Archive for Ces2011

Lenovo LePad and IdeaPad U1 Hybrid – Tablet, Notebook or Both


What better way to start 2011 than getting your hands on a new gadget. Among the most popular are laptops and tablets and if you’re vehemently confused which one to get then you can always settle with the new Lenovo LePad tablet and Ideapad U1 hybrid. The LePad slate is a media rich HD device that runs on an Android OS, and the Ideapad U1 is a keyboard base that offers a full Windows 7 computing functionality. When combined, they feature a one of kind Hybrid Switch dual mode that delivers only the best of mobile computing experience.

The Lenovo LePad is a lightweight and ultra portable 2-lbs slate that measures just half an inch thick. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with a low voltage design that helps the device run on batteries for up to 8 hours. It’s available in four fun colors and two different textures that share a 10.1-inch HD widescreen. The landscape and portrait modes are ideal for watching videos, surfing the Internet, accessing social networks and reading e-mails at the comfort of your fingertips. It’s also outfitted with a front mounted camera for taking pictures or holding video conferences. It utilizes a 4-pane GUI and a Lenovo exclusive push service that delivers email, news and other digital content in real-time. For browsing, it is 3G-enabled and should natively support Adobe Flash Player 10.1.

To harness the full capability of a laptop, the LePad can slide into the UI to form a unique 2-in-1 device. When used with the U1 base, the LePad instantly transforms into a Windows 7 laptop with a full QWERTY keyboard. The base runs a Windows 7 Home Premium operating system and an Intel CULV processor, the integrated Hybrid Switch feature lets users smoothly transform from one operating system to another.

More Lenovo laptops, netbook and Ideapad can be found here.

Dell Streak 7 – Better and Faster with T-Mobile 4G

Dell continues their series of lucky streaks with their latest addition to their tablet family – the new Dell Streak 7. If the hybrid combination of tablet and smartphone of the previous generation of Streak didn’t get your attention, the collaboration of Dell and T-Mobile to create Streak 7 might just would. Both companies put their resources together and developed the first 4G capable tablet engineered to take advantage of T-Mobiles blazing fast 4G mobile broadband network. The Dell Streak 7 was officially introduced last 2011 CES held in Las Vegas and to the delight of all the Android fan boys, it showed some very promising specs and features.

The portable and compact Streak features a brilliant 7-inch WVGA (TFT) touch screen display with the toughest commercial glass there is – Gorilla Glass. The screen can take on the daily abuse of web browsing, streaming video, watching TV and movies, reading books and magazines or playing games without as much taking a scratch, much more a dent. This smartphone-tablet hybrid runs on the Google’s latest Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system with Android Market and full support for Adobe Flash player. It runs on a dual core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and has 16 GB of internal memory and SD Card slot with support for expandable memory up to 32 GB.

Other features include a front mounted 1.3 megapixel camera and a 5 megapixel rear camera, SWYPE virtual keyboard, Wi-Fi, and some very interesting pre-installed contents like Mobile TV, BrainPop, Zinio, Qik Video Chat and other entertainment related applications.

Purchase Streak Android Tablet (WiFi, 3G, 5-inch Screen) here.

SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb – Because Superb Sound Matters

When you’re playing your favorite PC or XBOX 360 titles with a so and so and audio quality that “just would do”, then you might as well play with a one hand tied behind your back while riding a mechanical bull. Yes, that’s how bad the handicap is. To even the playing field or even get that extra edge, lend your ears to the new SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb wireless gaming headset. It showcases some of SteelSeries distinct features like swappable earcups, retractable microphone system and a nifty collapsible design for travelling. SteelSeries also added a few treats like XBOX Live support, auto balance of in-game audio and chat volume and couple of buttons and pre-configured sound settings.

The Spectrum 7xb is powered by 50mm drivers that deliver every audio detail from environmental sound, whispers, footsteps, gunshot, grenade blasts to in-game communications and soundtrack loud and clear. It operates on a wireless 4Mbit/s bandwidth for true lossless digital sound. The 7xb is specially designed to prevent interference from other devices by smart frequency hopping up to 344 times/second for that undistorted audio quality. This headphone has a range of 9 meters and easily connects to any XBOX 360. There’s a smart LED to notify when the headset is connected and up to four SteelSeries Spectrum can used with a TV or Xbox 360 simultaneously.

There are 5 buttons on the left earcups which gamers can use to turn the device on and off, adjust volume, activate LiveMix and set ExactSND. LiveMix balances and mixes Xbox LIVE chat and game audio to improve communication even under heavy gunfire. ExactSND provides pre-set equalizer configurations that can be used to enhance surround sound, environmental sound, and entertainment experience.

Check out STEELSERIES SPECTRUM gaming headset here.

ORIGIN PC Big O – The Ultimate Gaming System (or) Desktop, Console or a Beast?


Mate a premium gaming desktop with one of the big names in game consoles and you’ll have a Big O. The ORIGIN PC Big O offers the best of PC and console gaming as it integrated a liquid cooled XBOX 360 slim directly into a high performance desktop. The only downside is title wise, most XBOX 360 games are already available in PC versions, so the 360 is more of like just a bonus if you got tired of the keyboard. If ORIGIN manages to integrate a Sony PS3 – that’s another story.

Even without the XBOX 360 integration, the ORIGIN PC Big O is already a gaming system to be reckoned with. It offers total customization inside and out with only the best cases and components to choose from. Starting from the case, Big O is big – literally. It uses a fully customizable DD tower 21 Double Wide Case airbrushed by none other than KillerPaint. ORIGIN keeps your Big O cooled with an advanced liquid cooling system that helps maximize the performance of the processor, motherboard, video card and even the included Xbox 360 slim.

Inside is where the Big O really stands out; the starting configuration begins with an ASUS Rampage III Extreme and a professionally overclocked Intel Core i5 series processors combo with an 8GB Kingston HyperX Memory 1600Mhz for sides. To deliver the killer blow are two NVIDIA GTX 580 in SLI mode. If that’s not enough, there’s the benchmark and bank breaking CPU magazine configuration. It uses a custom DD tower 29 Case that houses an EVGA SR2 motherboard, dual Intel Xeon X5680 Overclocked to 4.3GHz, 12GB Corsair GT 2000Mhz and Quad SLI EVGA GTX 580 FTW – all cooled by ORIGIN High-Performance Dual CPU and GPU liquid cooling. Now go and weep.

Other Core i7 gaming desktops can be found here.

Go Play! Go 3D! – ORIGIN EON15-3D Gaming Laptop

Gamers! Move from being a spectator to an in-game front-liner! 3D technology is no longer limited to big cinemas and home theaters but in gaming laptops as well. ORIGIN and NVIDIA worked together to deliver cutting edge 3D gaming closer to who else? Gamers. By Combining the raw power and performance of the ORIGIN EON15-3D laptop with NVIDIA’s advanced 3D gaming graphics card and vision kit, PC games can now be played in an immersive stereoscopic 3D.

3D gaming can be easily experienced on the road and across the world with the EON15-3D. Users can choose from a selection of Intel processor and configure their system with up to 8GB of memory. They can immerse themselves in 3D gaming on EON15-3D’s 15.6 HD screen or alternatively by using the HDMI port to power any 3D ready monitor. For bigger bragging rights, they can even connect the NVIDIA powered ORIGIN EON15-3D to a 3D projector and go at it.

The benefits of 3D gaming includes having a complete view of the battlefield specially in real-time strategy games, easier inventory windows, quest logs, party tracking management in MMORPG, earlier enemy detections and faster reaction in shooter gamers and wider and more realistic view from the driver’s seat in racing stimulators. Not until a game is played in full stereoscopic 3D can players experience the best of gaming. There are a lot of promising present and incoming 3D-enabled titles out there, don’t get left behind – get an EON15-3D with NVIDIA’s 3D Gaming technology. This gaming laptop comes with a NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision kit and NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D Movie player package.

View more 3D laptops here.