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Alienware and Dell Roll Out New High Performance PCs at E3 2017

LOS ANGELES, June 12, 2017 — E3 — Alienware and Dell head into this year’s E3 with a triad of new PC gaming systems and components – high-end Alienware gaming desktops with new multi-core processor options, a full range of performance gaming monitors and peripherals with Alienware’s signature design and a new Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop bringing VR to all. Alienware and Dell continue to demonstrate why, together, they have become a leading PC gaming brand worldwide with gaming solutions for players of all levels and budgets.

Driven by a fierce commitment to deliver what PC gamers want in gaming products and community, Alienware and Dell continues to make solid investments in PC gaming, virtual reality and esports through ever-expanding offerings and partnership innovation. This has stoked an incredible 17 consecutive quarters of PC growth*, continuously innovating with PC performance and designs, both in the realm of gaming, VR and beyond.

“I love arriving at E3 every year to watch fans get blown away by our latest PC gaming innovations and this year is no exception,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware, Dell Gaming and XPS. “Our fans’ passion for Alienware and our gaming PCs is our lifeblood, and it’s only through our equal passion and commitment in delivering bleeding-edge innovation, design and performance, that we continue to exceed expectations and deliver on their requests.”

Alienware Area-51 Updated with New Multi-Core Processors

Intel and AMD are stepping up their game with multi-core processors available in two new versions of the Alienware Area-51. The new top-of-the-line processors are for diehard performance enthusiasts demanding the absolute best gaming experience, and for gamers who create, using resource intensive applications. Geared to be the best engines for 4K, 8K or VR applications, E3 visitors will be the first to experience the new rigs powered by Intel Core X-Series or AMD Ryzen Threadripper – marking Alienware’s first 16-core/32-thread Area-51. Dell will be the exclusive OEM launch partner to deliver AMD Ryzen Threadripper pre-built systems to market and the high-end 16-core processor will be factory-overclocked across all cores. Intel Core i9 processors are for gamers running applications that prioritize clock speeds that run at boost speeds up to 4.5GHz. These chips are ideal for customers who explore the world of mega-tasking, doing many system demanding tasks at the same time, and are looking for a complete, reliable solution from a trusted brand. The Area 51 Threadripper Edition will be available to order on July 27 and the Area 51 featuring Intel Core X-Series will arrive on August 22, with pricing to be announced soon.

Alienware Debuts High-Performance Monitors, Keyboards & Mice

Delivering on fans’ requests, Alienware is debuting a full range of performance oriented gaming monitors and peripherals with its signature premium design and the specs and customization that gamers demand including Alienware’s AlienFX lighting, which works with more than 150 titles, including Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, Shadow Warrior 2 and Agents of Mayhem (available August 15, 2017), for in-game lighting effects.

MonitorsThe Alienware 25″ gaming monitor, with either NVIDIA G-SYNC (AW2518H) or AMD FreeSync, (AW2518HF), offers fast, responsive gameplay with virtually no input lag, at an extremely rapid 1 ms panel response time, and a native 240Hz refresh rate. With three preset display modes, full adjustability, single-diecast stand legs, and a seamless panoramic multi-monitor view with ultra-thin bezel in 1920×1080 resolution, the Alienware 25″ gaming monitor is perfect for any gamer. Available in the U.S. June 13, concurrent with E3: monitors ($499-699 USD).

Alienware Advanced Gaming Keyboard – Blending gamer-friendly design features and intuitive software, the Alienware Advanced Gaming Keyboard with optional palm rest delivers a premium gaming experience at an affordable value. Featuring mechanical keys with brown switches, with more precise, responsive and consistent key strokes with five keys dedicated for macro commands that give gamers a competitive edge. Personalizing the gaming experience, Alienware’s sophisticated software, Alienware Control Center, allows gamers the ability to configure all keys to desired commands. Available in the U.S. June 13, concurrent with E3: Advanced Gaming Keyboard ($89.99 USD).

Alienware Pro Gaming Keyboard – Amplifying the gaming experience, the Alienware Pro Gaming Keyboard with optional palm rest exemplifies all the essential design components of the Advanced Gaming Keyboard, and elevates the engineering innovation with dedicated volume roller and 13 zone-based RGB AlienFX backlit lighting options. A key stroke can mean the difference between winning and losing, and onboard memory adds a new level of intelligent options for assigning key stroke combinations ultimately increasing efficiency to command and conquer opponents. Available in the U.S. June 13, concurrent with E3: Pro Gaming Keyboard ($119.99 USD).

Alienware Advanced Gaming Mouse – Fusing ergonomic design for increased comfort and intelligent software with gaming-grade performance, the Alienware Advanced Gaming Mouse offers multiple configurations with on-the-fly DPI to switch between precision and speed style gameplay.  Outfitted with nine unique buttons for in-game customization. Available in the U.S June 13, concurrent with E3: Advanced Gaming Mouse ($49.99 USD).

Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse – Further enhancing the premium gaming experience, Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse incorporates all the game-ready innovation of its capable sibling, and leverages advanced custom ability innovation with swappable grips, up to 13 programmable buttons, perfect for MMOs like World of Warcraft and four variable levels of weight adjustment providing ultimate control over cursor precision and movement speed to dominate opponents. Available in the U.S. June 13, concurrent with E3: Advanced Gaming Mouse ($89.99 USD).

Alienware 15 to offer NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q design

Alienware 15 will offer the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q technology operating at the GPUs highest performance configuration of 110 watts starting June 27. Alienware’s adoption of Max-Q technology provides the highest performance in a 15.6″ laptop for PC gaming, VR and other applications that continues Alienware’s tradition of designing innovative systems with the latest technology. Balancing superior gaming performance with portability, the Alienware 15 features a full complement of input/output connections for popular gaming peripherals and VR headsets. Game longer with a 99Whr battery, while fully immersed in AlienFX lighting with a keyboard optimized for competitive gamers. Available in the U.S. June 27, with pricing to be announced soon.

Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop Launches at E3

Following the successful launch of the Inspiron Gaming Laptop, Dell introduced the first gaming desktop in its growing Inspiron Gaming line at Computex and will begin offering it in the US tomorrow. The new Inspiron Gaming Desktop with Windows 10 is built for gamers seeking a competitive advantage at an affordable price and incorporates the latest AMD multicore Ryzen processors featuring SenseMI, thermally-optimized airflow routing, Polar Blue LED Illumination, easy component access and power supply options up to 850 watts for supporting dual discrete VR-ready graphics from AMD and NVIDIA. Available in the U.S. starting June 13th, from $599.99 USD.

Dell and Alienware Esports Investments

For over a decade, Dell and Alienware has helped drive excitement to the explosive rise of esports.  Successful sponsorships in the earliest esports tournaments led to long term partnerships with organizations like Team Liquid and Team Dignitas, two of the most established esports teams in the world, and ELEAGUE, the premium esports tournament brand formed by Turner and IMG, with live event coverage on TBS, Twitch and YouTube. Dell and Alienware equip our partners with a range of hardware and technology used in training and competition including ELEAGUE’s upcoming CS:GO Clash for Cash: The Rematch.  Previous ELEAGUE CS:GO Major finalists will compete using the latest Alienware Auroras for this winner-takes-all showdown for $250,000. Stay tuned for additional tournaments and exciting news to be announced soon.

Alienware and Dell Gaming Live at E3

E3 attendees are invited to drop by the South Exhibit Hall to get hands-on with VR and PC gaming demos at the Alienware (#3023) and Dell (#3013) booths. The brand-new Alienware mobile broadcast studio will be outside the venue providing a “live” platform for competitive gameplay, industry interviews and product showcases, which will run on Alienware TV, a community hub complemented by the Alienware Arena, which reaches more than six million members through multiple social platforms.

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Creative Unveils Sound BlasterX AE-5 at E3 2017

LOS ANGELES, June 12, 2017  — Creative Technology Ltd today announced at E3 2017 the latest addition to its Sound BlasterX Pro-Gaming Series, the Sound BlasterX AE-5. E3 is the world’s premier event for computer, video and mobile games and related products, making it the perfect place to debut the next era of PC audio.

The sound card features the world’s best gaming headphone amplifier for PCs. The Sound BlasterX AE-5 delivers the ultimate audio performance with the full force of a 122dB 32-bit/384kHz ESS Sabre™ DAC, a kick-ass custom-designed 600Ω discrete headphone amp, audiophile-grade components, and proprietary Sound Blaster audio enhancement technologies.

Xamp Discrete Headphone Amp
Delivering an industry-leading gaming headphone amplification experience, the on-board headphone amplifier is custom-built using discrete transistors and audiophile-grade WIMA® film/foil capacitors in a dual-amp design to satisfy the most demanding needs of today’s intense games and high-resolution audio. Experience the difference of a discrete dual-amp design as each audio channel is individually amplified to deliver pristine, uncompromised audio. Plus, the high heat resistance of the German-made WIMA capacitors greatly reduces noise and audio interference. The Xamp’s ultra low 1Ω output impedance also makes it perfectly capable of driving sensitive in-ear monitors as well as studio-grade headphones from 16Ω to 600Ω.

122dB DNR Sabre-Class DAC with Industry Leading Audio Processing
At the heart of the Sound BlasterX AE-5 sound card is the quad-core Sound Core3D audio DSP and a 122dB ESS Sabre-Class DAC that instantly boosts regular motherboard audio with up to 32 times more clarity. The premium audiophile-grade DAC with its high dynamic range indulges users with up to 32-bit/384kHz lossless playback and true audio fidelity for high-definition audio in games, movies, and music.

Updated, refined, and perfected through years of being the leader in sound processing, Creative’s AE-5 is feature-packed with the latest and greatest version of Creative’s award-winning audio processing and algorithms that improve music, movie, and gaming experiences. The legendary Sound Blaster technologies provide fully customizable DSP-powered audio enhancements, crystal-clear vocal reproduction, in-game voice communication enhancements, 7.1 virtual surround sound and other advanced audio technologies.

World’s First Sound Card with Integrated RGB Controller Powered by Aurora Reactive Lighting System
The Sound BlasterX AE-5 card is the first sound card to feature a built-in RGB controller that comes with the Aurora Reactive Lighting System. A separate RGB lighting system could set a user back by at least USD 50, but now this is built into the card itself with the AE-5, giving users amazing value and performance for their system. This also means that valuable space within a gamer’s desktop can be saved for other components.

The RGB controller, powered by Creative’s very own Aurora Reactive Lighting System, not only lights up the card through the PCB, but also gives gamers the flexibility to build their dream gaming rig by connecting up to four LED strips to match the awesome sound with an awesome light show. The fully customizable Aurora Reactive Lighting System allows users to choose from multiple presets or program it with up to 16.8 million colors and various rhythms to choose from, using the Sound Blaster Connect PC software.

All New Scout 2.0 Feature
Scout 2.0 is an upgraded version of Creative’s well-received Scout Mode feature – Scout 2.0 now also includes Scout Radar.

Scout Radar is a smart companion that enables gamers to visualize and pinpoint their enemy’s position on a Scout Radar app with the user’s smart device, while Scout Mode lets gamers hear their enemies before they are seen. The all new Scout 2.0 feature is sure to give gamers that added winning edge.

5.1 Discrete Speaker System Support
The Sound BlasterX AE-5 comes with support for a full-fledged discrete 5.1 speaker set-up, enabling gamers to enjoy the full potential of surround sound in today’s entertainment content.

“The Sound BlasterX AE-5 represents the best amplification experience for gaming headphones that a sound card can offer. Since our very first sound card 30 years ago, we’ve always been passionate about sound when it comes to entertainment and gaming. The AE-5 embodies our continuing dedication in giving gamers the absolute best. This is an amazing way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our gift of sound to the PC world: the Sound BlasterX AE-5,” said Low Long Chye, general manager of Creative.

“Discrete circuitry designs using components such as transistors and capacitors deliver audio with warmth and nuance that is seldom found in today’s commoditized audio products. With the AE-5, we have preserved the rich legacy of these quality components and combined it with world-class engineering and audio processing technology to deliver the absolute best audio experience for the PC. And that’s not all, the AE-5 also takes the sensory experience beyond sound with a 16.8 million color light show.”

Technical Specifications

• Audio/DSP processor : Sound Core3D
• Channels : 5.1 discrete speaker out
  7.1 virtual headphone surround
• Interface : PCIe
• DAC : ESS ES9016K2M SABRE32 Ultra DAC
o Max playback resolution : 32-bit/384kHz*
o DNR : 122 dB
o THD + N : 0.00032%
• ADC : Sound Core3D
o Max recording resolution : 24-bit/96kHz
• Headphone amp (600 Ω) : Custom-designed discrete headphone amp (Xamp)
o SNR : 116 dB
o THD + N : 0.0009%
o Output impedance : 1 Ω
o Headphone impedance range : 16 – 600 Ω
• Connectivity : 3 x 3.5mm line out (front, rear, center/sub)
  1 x TOSLINK optical out
  1 x 3.5mm headphone out
  1 x 3.5mm microphone/line in
  1 x Intel HD audio front panel

Sound BlasterX AE-5 Pure Edition
A special white edition of the Sound BlasterX AE-5 is also available exclusively online at www.creative.com. Unlike the standard version, which comes with a single 30cm LED strip with 10 LEDs, this special Pure Edition will include four LED strips.

Full Range of Sound BlasterX Pro-Gaming Gear and the X-Fi Sonic Carrier at E3
Visitors can experience the all-new Sound BlasterX AE-5 together with the entire Sound BlasterX series at Booth 3053, E3 Los Angeles Convention Center (June 13 – 15, 2017). The Sound BlasterX series includes the latest gear in the gaming ecosystem, including the award-winning Katana under-monitor audio system, Siege M04 precision gaming mouse, and Vanguard K08 mechanical keyboard.

Also making a special appearance will be the X-Fi Sonic Carrier, Creative’s ultimate audio for ultimate gaming. The Sonic Carrier, a powerful home entertainment system with Dolby Atmos®, Creative SuperWide X-Fi™, 17 drivers in a 15.2 configuration, and 2000W peak power, is set to blow gamers away with the ultimate immersive cinematic sound. Besides being showcased at the Creative booth, the Sonic Carrier will be showcased by major game developers BANDAI NAMCO, SEGA Europe, ATLUS/SEGA and Deep Silver to show-off their very latest immersive gaming content at their booths.

Pricing and Availability
The Sound BlasterX AE-5 will be available in July 2017 on www.creative.com and at authorized dealers at USD149.99.

Gamers in the U.S. will be able to pre-order the Sound BlasterX AE-5 from Newegg, Fry’s, Micro Center and Creative websites beginning June 13, 2017, coinciding with the launch at E3.

The Sound BlasterX AE-5 Pure Edition will be available in August 2017 exclusively on www.creative.com at USD179.99.

For more information on Sound BlasterX AE-5, and in-country availability, go to www.creative.com

Creative Labs Unveils X-Fi Sonic Carrier

MILPITAS, Calif., June 9, 2017 — Creative Technology Ltd today announced it would be deploying its ultimate weapon of mass entertainment – X-Fi Sonic Carrier – into the gaming arena at E3 2017. E3 is the world’s premier event for computer, video and mobile games and related products, and is held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The Sonic Carrier, a powerful home entertainment system with Dolby Atmos®, Creative SuperWide X-Fi™, 17 drivers in a 15.2 configuration, and 2000W peak power (1000W RMS), is set to blow gamers away with the ultimate immersive cinematic sound. Besides being showcased at the Creative E3 booth, the Sonic Carrier will be used by major game developers BANDAI NAMCO, SEGA Europe, ATLUS/SEGA and Deep Silver to show-off their very latest immersive gaming content at their E3 booths.

“Gamers will enjoy a cinematic experience with incredible realism as more and more games adopt Dolby Atmos. Not only that, this immersive three-dimensional soundstage gives gamers a new competitive edge as each sound comes to life and moves around, and now also above. For games without Dolby Atmos, gamers can also enjoy a similar magical experience using Sonic Carrier’s 15.2 SuperWide X-Fi technology that delivers a breathtakingly wide 3D soundstage that goes beyond imagination,” said Sim Wong Hoo, CEO of Creative Technology, and creator of the Sonic Carrier.

“And with its 600W RMS subwoofer, gamers will experience not just powerful audio, but literally feel chest-pounding bass, earth-shattering explosions and bone-crunching punches in games. This is the ultimate audio for the ultimate gaming arena that the world has never experienced before. We’re glad to have the opportunity to team up with some of the best game publishing names in the business to set a new benchmark for the ultimate gaming experience,” added Sim Wong Hoo.

“Quality sound reproduction plays a huge role in immersing players in our games and Ace Combat 7: SKIES UNKNOWN is ready to rock players’ minds through the X-Fi Sonic Carrier system. The 15.2 up-sampling sound technology adds a level of depth and realism to Ace Combat 7: SKIES UNKNOWN’s gameplay that will place players square in the cockpit of advanced fighter aircrafts to experience heated air-to-air combat like never before,” said David Bonacci, brand manager at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.

“Project CARS 2 is striving to deliver the pinnacle of authenticity in the realm of driving simulation games and part of that authenticity is delivered through great sound. The X-Fi Sonic Carrier system is able to make the cars in Project CARS 2 come alive, giving voice to each and every sports car, race car, and hypercar in the game. Hairs will rise and palms will sweat when players experience the visual and aural mastery within Project CARS 2 through the Sonic Carrier system,” said Raymond So, brand manager at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.

A Brand New Concept in Hi-Res Audio and Video, with Dolby Atmos®, Creative SuperWide X-Fi™, and Multiple Advanced Technologies

Powered by eight processors, the Sonic Carrier is not only capable of high resolution audio playback, it also features an Ultra HD video engine that supports 4K 60fps video playback of local and online content.

Featuring three distinct wireless technologies, the Sonic Carrier offers two separate Wi-Fi® solutions for audio and video streaming, Bluetooth®, and a zero latency wireless speaker-to-speaker link to up to four subwoofers.

The Best of Both Worlds: 3D Cinematic Sound and Super High-End Audio

Imagine a world where games and movies come alive with the most immersive 3D audio experience with the latest Dolby Atmos technology used in premium cinemas, now brought straight to the user’s home – only better. Movies and games will never be same again with cinematic audio that not only flows around users, but also above them.

In the other world, music listening is transformed into a magical auditory experience. This is the 15.2 world of super wide extreme fidelity, called SuperWide X-Fi. In this realm, every audio stream regardless of quality is algorithmically metamorphosized to an eXtreme Fidelity level of 24-bit hi-res audio and expanded three dimensionally into a 15.2 super wide soundstage.

One would expect all these wizardries to come from a convoluted array of expensive systems. Instead, it is a beautiful sleek one piece system, sans messy cables. Together with an exquisite wireless subwoofer akin to designer furniture, the Sonic Carrier is truly a masterpiece of art.

SuperWide X-Fi Stereo

SuperWide X-Fi Stereo is a radical new audio technology that elevates the auditory journey to a totally different dimension. When SuperWide X-Fi touches any common stereo source it transports the listener to a magical three dimensional audio utopia that transcends a traditional left-right stereo experience. Gaming audio can be scaled up to this ultimate SuperWide X-Fi experience. This is the Audio of Tomorrow… the next leap in the evolution of audio perception.

Visitors can experience X-Fi Sonic Carrier at E3 Los Angeles Convention Center (June 13 – 15, 2017), at the following locations:

  • Creative Labs, Inc. – Booth 3053
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. – Booth 1647
  • SEGA Europe – Booth 4300
  • ATLUS/SEGA – Booth 4312

For more information about the X-Fi Sonic Carrier, go to www.soniccarrier.com.

Download a 28 page X-Fi Sonic Carrier brochure at www.soniccarrier.com/brochure.

Logitech G Unveils G433 and G233 Gaming Headsets

NEWARK, Calif. & LAUSANNE, Switzerland — June 8, 2017 — Logitech G, a brand of Logitech, (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today announced the launch of the Logitech® G433 7.1 Gaming Headset and the Logitech® G233 Prodigy Gaming Headset. These headsets feature advanced gaming technologies, including patent-pending Pro-G™ audio drivers, for superior audio performance, in a lightweight, extremely comfortable fit designed to go with you beyond gaming sessions.

“If you’re like me and game a lot, having an awesome gaming headset is critical,” said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of Logitech G.  “And if you love music then having a great pair of headphones is also important. Now you can have one headset that delivers the best of both worlds. You can move seamlessly from your PC to your console, and because of the beautiful design, Pro-G audio drivers, and removable boom mic, you can step outside and wear them on the go and have a headset that fits your lifestyle.”

High-Quality Audio

Both headsets feature advanced Pro-G drivers made with hybrid mesh materials that provide high-quality audio. The drivers deliver clear highs and lows with minimal distortion. Logitech G optimized the sound quality for analog reproduction and digital USB output, so the sound profile is accurate on any source.

Additionally, the Logitech G433 uses DTS Headphone:X® 7.1 for the latest in high fidelity surround sound. Highly realistic DTS Headphone:X technology accurately replicates 7.1 speaker placement and audio positioning, so you can hear in-game environmental effects and positional audio that game designers intend you to hear, such as how far away enemies are and which direction they are coming from. You can also tune the volume levels for each of the seven audio channels.

Comfortable, Athlete-Inspired Design

The Logitech G433 and Logitech G233 headsets are durable, yet lightweight and extremely comfortable. The Logitech G433 features a hydrophobic, stain-resistant fabric finish that comes in four colors: Royal Blue, Fire Red, Triple Black, and a special Camo Blue, sold exclusively through Best Buy in North America. The Logitech G233 comes in a soft-touch black material with Cyan Blue ear pads.

Both headsets feature sports mesh ear pads that are breathable and can be easily removed for cleaning. The Logitech G433 also comes with a second set of microfiber ear pads, so you get a choice of what material is best for you.

Extremely Clear Communication and Multi-Platform Support

Both headsets feature a removable, high quality boom microphone with a micro pop filter for crystal-clear voice chat and communications. And they both work with PCs, consoles (including Xbox One, PlayStation®4, and Nintendo Switch™) and mobile devices. Both G433 and G233 are officially Discord Certified — guaranteeing the highest levels of audio and voice clarity.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech G433 and Logitech G233 gaming headsets are expected to be available at global retailers in June 2017 for suggested retail prices of $99.99 and $79.99, respectively. For more information please visit our website, our blog or connect with us on Facebook.

About Logitech G

Logitech G, a brand of Logitech International, is the global leader in PC and Console gaming gear. Logitech G is dedicated to providing gamers of all levels with industry leading keyboards, mice, headsets, mousepads and simulation products such as wheels and flight sticks – made possible through innovative design, advanced technologies and a deep passion for gaming. Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI). Find Logitech G at www.LogitechG.com, the company blog or @LogitechG.

Apple Unveils new iPad Pro Lineup

San Jose, California — Apple today introduced an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, featuring the world’s most advanced display with ProMotion technology and incredible performance with the new A10X Fusion chip. The new 10.5-inch model reduces the borders by nearly 40 percent to fit into an incredibly compact package that still weighs just one pound. Combined with powerful new iPad features in iOS 11 coming this fall, like the all-new Files app, customizable Dock, improved multitasking and deeper integration of Apple Pencil, iPad Pro gives users the ability to be even more productive and creative.

“These are by far the most powerful iPads we’ve ever created with the world’s most advanced displays featuring ProMotion, the powerful new A10X Fusion chip and the advanced camera system of iPhone 7,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “Together with iOS 11 these new iPad Pro models will radically change what users can do with iPad.”

The Most Advanced Display Featuring ProMotion

The stunning, redesigned Retina display in iPad Pro features ProMotion, a new technology that delivers refresh rates of up to 120Hz for fluid scrolling, greater responsiveness and smoother motion content. With ProMotion, Apple Pencil is even more responsive with an industry-best, 20-millisecond latency for even more fluid and natural drawing. ProMotion also improves display quality and reduces power consumption by automatically adjusting the display refresh rate to match the movement of the content.

The advanced Retina display is Apple’s brightest iPad display yet and features antireflective coating, making content easier to see indoors and out. True Tone dynamically adjusts the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate viewing experience. A wide color gamut enables iPad Pro to deliver digital cinema-standard colors.
Groundbreaking Performance Powered by A10X Fusion Chip

iPad Pro delivers groundbreaking performance, connectivity and versatility to tackle the most demanding tasks. The powerful new 64-bit A10X Fusion chip provides performance that is faster than most PC laptops shipping today, so tackling complex tasks like editing photos and 4K video, rendering 3D images or playing games feels effortless. A six-core CPU and 12-core GPU deliver up to 30 percent faster CPU performance and 40 percent faster graphics performance than the industry-leading A9X chip, while delivering all-day battery life.¹

iPad Pro is the perfect device to shoot, edit and share pro-quality photos and videos. It features the same advanced front- and back-facing cameras as iPhone 7, including a 12-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, along with a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera. iPad Pro also features a four-speaker audio system, providing powerful, clear and rich stereo sound in any orientation. An embedded Apple SIM2 and support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE Advanced3 make it easier to stay connected when traveling in more than 180 countries and regions.
Touch ID on iPad Pro is more responsive and gives users a simple and secure way to unlock iPad, keep personal information private within apps and approve purchases from the App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store. With Apple Pay on iPad, paying for physical goods and services within apps or on websites in Safari has never been easier.4

iOS 11 Introduces Powerful iPad Features

iOS 11, coming this fall, introduces powerful new features for iPad, including:

  • A new customizable Dock that provides quick access to frequently used apps and documents from any screen;
  • Improved multitasking, including a redesigned app switcher that brings Spaces to iOS, making it easier to move between apps or pairs of active apps, used in Split View and now Slide Over;
  • The new Files app that keeps everything in one place, whether files are stored locally, in iCloud Drive or across other providers like Box, Dropbox and more;
  • Multi-Touch Drag and Drop, which is available across the system to move text, photos and files from one app to another, anywhere on the screen;
  • A new document scanner in Notes, which lets users easily scan single or multi-page documents, removes shadows and uses powerful image filters to enhance readability; and
  • Deeper integration with Apple Pencil, with support for inline drawing to write along text in Notes and Mail, Instant Markup to easily sign documents, annotate PDFs or draw on screenshots, and a new Instant Notes feature, which opens Notes from the Lock Screen by simply tapping Apple Pencil on the display. New searchable handwriting makes it easy to search for handwritten text or characters.

Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard

Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, available for purchase separately, bring breakthrough levels of precision and utility to iPad Pro. Advanced sensors in Apple Pencil measure both pressure and tilt for natural drawing, annotating and note-taking. A new full-sized Smart Keyboard has been custom designed for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, offering a thin yet durable keyboard that never needs to be charged or paired over Bluetooth and is easily foldable into a protective Smart Cover.

  • The 10.5-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space gray, gold and rose gold and starts at $649 (US) for the 64GB with Wi-Fi model and $779 (US) for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is available in silver, space gray and gold and starts at $799 (US) for the 64GB Wi-Fi model and $929 (US) for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. For more information, visit apple.com/ipad.
  • The new iPad Pro models are available to order beginning today from apple.com and will start delivering to customers next week. Both models will also be available next week in Apple Stores, through select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers (prices may vary) in the US and 37 additional countries and regions, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. India, Turkey, UAE and other countries and regions will follow later this month. Brazil, Mexico, South Korea and other countries and territories will follow in July.
  • Apple Pencil is available for $99 (US). The Smart Keyboard is available in charcoal gray for $159 (US) for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and $169 (US) for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.
  • A new Leather Sleeve is available for both the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro in a range of colors for $129 (US) and $149 (US), respectively. A new Apple Pencil Case is available in a range of colors for $29 (US). iPad Pro Smart Covers are available in polyurethane and leather in a variety of colors for $49 (US) and $69 (US) for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and for $59 (US) and $79 (US) for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro at apple.com and Apple Stores.
  • Every customer who buys iPad Pro from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup, in-store or online, to help them customize their iPad Pro by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store and more.5
  • Anyone who wants to start with the basics or go further with their new iPad Pro can sign up for free sessions at apple.com/today.

Kidz Gear Wired Headphones with Volume Limited For Safety Review

As adults, we have all been to some concert where the music was so loud we wanted to put in ear plugs.  Or, perhaps, you needed to protect your hearing during an NHRA race.  Obviously, protecting your hearing is important.  However, with children, it is especially important to protect their hearing.  You see, after the age of 3 months old, any hearing damage can become permanent.  Up through the age of 5, hearing damage can also affect the child’s speech and language development.  On the flip-side, it is important to let your kids listen to educational programming, music, etc for proper development. How do you balance volume vs music? The Kidz Gear Wired Headphones With Volume Limited For Safety might have the solution.

The Kidz Gear Wired Headphone with Volume Limiting For Safety comes with a nice set of headphones to get you started which are extremely lightweight and comfortable to wear, my wife will probably use them to sleep in since she likes to listen to movies at night but the device will work with a standard jack you would plug headphones into like your phone or an iPod or an airplane or whatever. The secret ingredient is the 7 inch long black cable which acts as a go-between from your audio source to the headphones themselves.

This is great, as it allows you to use it with any other set of headphones.  I tried different types of music, rock, classic rock, metal, punk, all that happened with them was a lowered down volume but didn’t sound muffled or distorted. Even bass which surprised me, I figured that would be the first thing that it muffled but it almost seemed like some volume was left in case that was an issue. I had my headset turned all the way up and my iPhone turned all the way up.  So if you are relying on the limiter to be your volume control that is the wrong use for it, you should as a parent set the proper levels on the headset for the the child it isn’t designed to replace parenting.  It just helps do your job well.

Overall, the Kidz Gear Wired Headphones With Volume Limited For Safety is a long name for a great device that helps protect the hearing of our future citizens and might not be such a bad idea for adults who value their hearing too!   For you adults out there, however, I would probably recommend using the volume limiting cable with a pair of headphones designed for the adult human head. It’s a sub $20 dollar investment into your child’s hearing, go do it!


Kidz Gear Wired Headphones With Volume Limited For Safety Review Score

(5 out of 5 stars)


 

Acer Predator Z35P Monitor Available for Pre-Order

SAN JOSE, Calif. (May 23, 2017) – Acer America, a global innovator in gaming hardware, has brought to the United States, the Acer Predator Z35P monitor featuring a massive 35-inch 21:9 UltraWide WQHD (3440×1440) 1800r curved display.

This colossal monitor offers smooth and stunningly realistic game play leveraging NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ and NVIDIA® ULMB™ technologies to eliminate stutter and reduce motion blur. With support for up to a 100Hz refresh rate, gamers can find their enemies, duck for cover or make sharp turns on the race track with speed and agility.

“We’re excited to bring the Predator Z35P to gamers in the United States,” said Ronald Lau, Acer America director – stationary computing. “This UltraWide gaming display delivers curved gaming with remarkably smooth action play, immersive images and dynamic audio that will thrill even the most avid enthusiasts.”

Monster Visuals, Powerful Sound

The Predator Z35P portrays amazingly realistic visuals with resolution up to 3440×1440@100Hz using DisplayPort and up to 3440×1440@50Hz leveraging HDMI.  A 4ms response time, 2,500:1 native contrast ratio and 300 cd/m2 brightness contribute to the spectacular image quality.  Leveraging 16.7 million colors and a 100 percent sRGB, this beast of a monitor boasts the highest color accuracy and color space reproduction required by gamers, designers and photographers.

Two built-in 9W speakers provide powerful 18W sound, eliminating the need for external speakers. Acer True Harmony™, a customized equalizer, fine-tunes and optimizes the frequency balance to deepen the impact of sound effects, music and more with enhanced bass and multidimensional audio. Connectivity options include HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2 and four USB hub 3.0 ports.

Comfortable Viewing, Customizable Design

The stand furthers viewing comfort with ergonomic tilt from –4 to +35 degrees, swivel -20 to 20 degrees and adjustable height up to 5 inches. A cable management hole keeps cables organized and out of the way.

Viewing angles up to 178-degrees horizontally and vertically provide wide and clear viewing, while Acer VisionCare with flicker-less, blue light filter, ComfyView and low dimming technologies help prevent eye fatigue during long gaming periods.

Predator GameView lets gamers make precise color adjustments, set up aim points for hip-fire accuracy and adjust dark boost levels for more clearly spotting enemies. Custom settings can be saved in three different profiles for switching between scenarios at any time during gameplay.

Pricing, Availability and Warranty

The Acer Predator Z35P is available for pre-order on Amazon now and will be offered at other retailers in the United States later this month for a MSRP of $1,099.

The monitor is backed by professional, high-quality technical support and a standard three-year parts and labor warranty.(2) Acer’s online community at community.acer.com provides customers discussion forums, answers to frequently asked questions and the opportunity to share ideas for new and enhanced services and products.

Turtle Beach Unveils XO Three and RECON 150 Gaming Headsets

San Diego, CA – May 16, 2017 – Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR) today revealed two new models for its 2017 lineup of acclaimed gaming headsets for Xbox One and PlayStation®4. Similar in style to the company’s best-selling XO FOUR STEALTH, the new XO THREE officially licensed gaming headset for Xbox One and RECON 150 offer the same rugged and robust design as their predecessor, with large 50mm speakers and Turtle Beach’s renowned high-sensitivity mic to deliver the unbeatable game and chat audio needed to secure victory on the multiplayer battlefield. The XO THREE and RECON 150 are planned to launch at participating retailers this July for a MSRP of $69.95, with the RECON 150 headset available only at Best Buy in the U.S., and at participating retailers in the UK and Australia, and in select territories across Europe.
Additionally, last month Turtle Beach redefined what gamers should expect from a chat headset with the all-new RECON CHAT for Xbox One and PS4™, which are now available globally at participating retail outlets for a MSRP of $19.95.

“Part of our consistent success in this category is rooted in the breadth and quality of our lineup because we have a gaming headset for every type of player,” said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. “The XO THREE and RECON 150 headsets are great additions to our mid-range line of products, delivering amazing game audio, crystal clear chat and comfort at a great price.”

In addition to the large, high-quality 50mm speakers and Turtle Beach’s renowned high-sensitivity mic, the XO THREE and RECON 150 include convenient in-line controls that put Master Volume and Mic Mute right at your fingertips. The XO THREE also delivers immersive virtual surround sound on Xbox One via Windows Sonic for Headphones, making your games, movies and music a more in-depth experience.

Full details on Turtle Beach’s XO THREE and RECON 150 are below:

  • Rugged & Comfortable Design – The XO THREE and RECON 150 have a thick, rugged and robust frame with a plush leather-wrapped headband and breathable fabric-wrapped ear-cushions that allow you to play for hours in complete comfort.
  • Surround Sound Ready* – The XO THREE is surround sound ready for Windows Sonic for Headphones on Xbox One (and compatible Windows 10 PCs) so you can experience your games, movies and music with deeper immersion. *Windows Sonic for Headphones only available on Xbox One (and compatible Windows 10 PCs) with update from Microsoft.
  • Large 50mm Speakers – Hear every crisp high and thundering low with these large, high-quality 50mm over-ear speakers.
  • Crystal Clear Chat – Turtle Beach’s renowned high-sensitivity mic picks-up your voice loud and clear, and can be removed when watching movies or listening to music.
  • Convenient In-line Controls – Convenient in-line controls place Master Volume and Mic Mute right at your fingertips.
  • Versatile Compatibility – Works great with PS4 and Xbox One controllers with a 3.5mm jack, as well as with PC, Mac® and mobile/tablet devices with a 3.5mm connection. Other Xbox One controllers require the Headset Audio Adaptor (sold separately).

For more information on the latest Turtle Beach gaming headsets and audio accessories, visit www.turtlebeach.com, and be sure to follow Turtle Beach on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Sennheiser PC 373D Headset Review

Sennheiser has a long history of making high quality audio headphones. When I recently got the chance to take a look at their 7.1 surround sound headset, the PC 373D, I was reminded of my previous experience with a Sennheiser headset, which set the bar very high. Looking at the weighty price point of the PC 373D headphones, a hefty $249.95 at the official Sennheiser website, I was hoping they would be just as good of an audio experience.

Our look at the Sennheiser PC 373D begins with its overall design and build quality. In terms of its looks, the PC 373D is actually very similar to the PC 350, but mixed with some features from the PC 360 headphones. It’s as if the two headphones made a child together. It has the ear cups and mic design of the PC 350 and the headband style of the PC 360 – all while keeping its predecessors’ light weight and comfort. One of the things I loved about the PC 350 was how comfy the ear cups were on the sides of my head and the PC 373D headphones are terrific. I wore them for several hours at a time during my usage and never experienced ear ache or unnatural pressure on the sides of my head. Something that it brings over from the PC 360 is the volume dial on the right ear cup. I love this control and it makes fine adjustments easy to accomplish. Sennheiser does use a strangely-thin audio cable for the PC 373D. I was hoping that they would opt for a braided cord but the current cord material feels pretty thin. But, I digress… On a positive note, the headband feels really sturdy and I can’t see it breaking anytime soon.

The virtual 7.1 surround sound is accomplished via downloadable software as well as the use of the USB dongle that comes with the headphones. It is a strange setup in opposition to how many other virtual surround sound headphones work but, in this case, the headphones connect to the dongle via mini-USB port, and then from the dongle to your computer via 3.5mm audio jack. Unlike other headphones, you need the dongle as, without it, you are left with a mini-USB cable that won’t connect to any audio output ports. My advice is DON’T LOSE YOUR DONGLE! The virtual surround software has several presets, such as music and gaming, and all seem to work very well in creating virtual channel separation. Usually, I am not a fan of virtual surround sound, opting for much heavier real surround sound headphones. That being said, I actually loved listening to the PC 373D’s crisp audio and separation. They have shown me that virtual surround sound can be just as good – if not better in some ways (the biggest way being the decreased weight in not having seven drivers in the headband, saves the neck a lot of stress).

I played a whole library’s worth of games using the Sennheiser PC 373D’s – from Fallout 4 to EverSpace to Flight Simulator X to…. Well, a lot more titles from a variety of categories. I also listened to a good amount of music on them. Moving on to its microphone, the boom mic picked up my voice with great clarity during several sessions of online RPGs via Roll20.net and on TeamSpeak servers. The best part of the microphone boom is how it mutes itself when you swivel it upward. I wish more headphones did this as it is such a natural movement and you always know whether your mic is hot or not. The optional noise cancellation algorithm is also very good and I never saw a reason to disable it during my usage of the headphones except while I was testing it out.

Overall the Sennheiser PC 373D 7.1 surround sound headphones are terrific. The audio quality is great, microphone pickup perfect for gaming or chat, and its construction is super-comfy. Sennheiser continues to impress me. I just wish that they used a more durable cable material, like a braided cord. Truth be told, the biggest drawback in reviewing this pair of headphones is knowing they have to go back after my evaluation period is over, but I digress. At $249 dollars, the Sennheiser PC 373D headphones are an excellent choice whether you are gaming or playing your favorite tunes.


Sennheiser PC 373D Review Score

(5 out of 5 Stars)

Official Product Page


Technical Data

  • Color: black
  • Wearing style: Headband
  • Impedance Headphone: 50 Ω
  • Connector: USB
  • Frequency response (Microphone): 50 – 16, 000 Hz
  • Frequency response (Headphones): 15 Hz – 28,000 Hz
  • Sound pressure level (SPL): 116 dB
  • Ear coupling: Around-the-ear, open acoustic design
  • Cable length: 1,7m + 1,2m
  • Weight: 355 g
  • Pick-up pattern: Noise-cancelling
  • Microphone sensitivity: -38 dBV/Pa

AOC Unveils Portable 16 Inch USB Display

Fremont, Calif. – May 9, 2017 – AOC, a worldwide leader in monitor display technology, today announces the AOC 16” class USB Monitor (I1659FWUX), with IPS panel and powered by DisplayLink Technology.

The USB monitor is ultra slim and lightweight for maximum portability. Its small footprint makes it perfect for displaying business presentations or adding a second monitor to your laptop or desktop for increased productivity. The widescreen monitor receives both power and signal via a single USB 3.0 cable for plug-and-play connection. It does not require a dedicated power cord or VGA cable, and comes with a foldable flexi-stand for maximum flexibility. It will be available at Amazon for $149.99 ($199 MSRP). The USB monitor will launch on May 12 and is available for pre-order from Amazon here.

USB 3.0 technology achieves high transfer rates and delivers high quality images. Designed with a piano-black glossy finish, this USB monitor features a 15.6” screen, 700:1 contrast ratio, 25ms response time, and a beautiful 1920×1080 Full HD resolution at 60Hz. The IPS panel renders vivid colors with wide viewing angles.

The 16” USB Monitor with its foldable flexi-stand is ideal for viewing in landscape or portrait mode. Landscape mode is ideal for presentations and spreadsheets, while the Portrait mode conveniently gives you an easy vertical view of your instant messaging programs, infographics, or search results. This monitor has a unique auto-pivot feature that automatically adjusts the image according to the display’s orientation, so you will never have to change settings as you switch between landscape and portrait mode. The AOC USB Monitor is also VESA 75 x 75 mm compliant, allowing you to easily mount the USB monitor to any VESA compatible mount. Multiple USB monitors can also be simultaneously connected to a single laptop or desktop computer to function as a multi-monitor PC or Mac, thanks to the built-in DisplayLink technology.

I1659FWUX SPECIFICATIONS

Size:  15.6”
Model:  I1659FWUX
Panel Type:  IPS
Resolution:  1920 x 1080
View Angle:  IPS 160°/160°(CR>10)
Brightness:  220 cd/m2
Response time:  25 ms (tr+tf)
Features:  Auto pivot
Ultra slim
Light Weight
Foldable flexi-stand
Low power consumption