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ICYMI: CES 2019 catch-up

ICYMI: CES 2019 catch-up

If you weren’t able to experience the magic that is CES first hand, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a rundown of some of the stuff across the web that caught our eye from one of the biggest consumer expos in the world.

Alienware

Big gaming laptops seem to be a theme at this year’s CES, with Alienware showing off their m17 – the upsized version of last year’s m15 laptop.

The m17 includes the pre-requisite 17″ monitor but features new upgrades including the latest Nvidia graphics card, an improved keyboard and enhanced cooling system.

However, Alienware bought the big guns to CES with “the most powerful, upgradeable gaming laptop ever conceived”, according to their press release. The Area-51 laptop has been designed to be future-proof and easily upgradable for users who want to future proof their portable PCs.

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Acer

Acer is on the prowl after introducing two new inclusions to their Predator Triton gaming laptop series, the Predator Triton 900 and the Predator Triton 500.

The USD$4,000 (AUD$5,599) Predator Triton 900 includes an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU and 8th-Gen i7 processors under the 17″ hood, with the more affordable USD$1,800 (AUD$2,519) will include similar hardware into more compact 15.6″ body.

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ASUS

ASUS’ ROG line up expands with at least 5 new products being added to the line – including a monster gaming tablet.
Their CES showing included the ROG G703 replacement, bringing the popular laptop up to spec with the latest technology including 8th Generation Intel processors, larger heatsinks and fans for better cooling, and impressive SSD load times.

The slimmed down ROG Zephyrus S was on display too, showing that big power doesn’t have to be bulky. The GX701 (17″) and GX531 (15″) models will both include Nvidia’s new RTX technology starting with the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU.

Esports enthusiasts and players will be looking at the Strix SCAR II and Strix HERO II, with both devices being aimed directly at them.

The SCAR II includes an 8th Generation i7 Processor, along with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, with options to modify. The ROG Strix Hero II comes with the RTX 2060 only but does look a little more stylish, if that’s something that’s important to you.

Probably the most attention-grabbing release is ASUS ROG Mothership 2-in-1 gaming tablet. Yep, tablet.

Designed as a desktop replacement, the Mothership packs an Intel i9 processor, 64GB DDR4 RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU into a 17″ form factor. While it weighs in at a hefty 4.7 KG (estimated), it would probably be good for LANs and competitions.

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HTC

HTC is working to make VR more accessible with the Vive Cosmo.

The HTC Vive Cosmos teases its potential through a teaser trailer released on Twitter, with more information to come about its ability to link to mobile devices and its wireless capabilities.

 

HyperX

HyperX released a range of new hardware, spanning from headsets to RAM as a part of their CES show.

Part of the announcement included that the popular HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB RAM modules now come in 16GB capacity in a 3000MHZ and 3200MHZ speeds.

Alongside improving the internals of your gaming rig, HyperX showcased the HyperX Cloud Orbit and Cloud Orbit S headsets, which utilise “Audeze’s patented 100mm Planar Magnetic Drivers for accurate sound.” The Cloud Orbit S is also said to “deliver a stable hyper-realistic 360-degree audio environment.” These two new headsets were paired with the HyperX Cloud Alpha Purple Edition, with the white headset being accented with purple for users who want to steer away from the traditional monochromatic colours… Or just really like the colour purple.

Other announced peripherals include the HyperX Pulsefire Raid RGB Gaming Mouse, which gives users 11 programmable keys for personal macro functions, and Omron switches for 20M click reliability, and the HyperX Quadcast Standalone Microphone, which they’re aiming at streamers with its LED broadcast indicator and tap-to-mute functionality.

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Nvidia

Nvidia’s presentation was centred around their RTX technology and the ground-breaking capabilities of the Turing architecture that powers it.

CEO of Nvidia Jensen Huang announced that the GeForce RTX 2060 will be introduced at USD$349 (AUD$599) with intent to make “NVIDIA’s new Turing architecture accessible to tens of millions of PC gamers,” according to the Nvidia blog.

Nivida’s biggest drawcard was how their latest set of GPUs are now capable of real-time Ray Tracing on desktops and laptops – with the RTX series of GPUs being installed into new over 40 new laptop models.

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Razer

Razer has partnered with Xbox and Amazon to bring their Razer goodness to the masses.

The Razer Turret for Xbox One is a collaboration between Razer and Microsoft, allowing gamers to play their Xbox with a keyboard and mouse without the hassle of wires. Also, because it’s Razer – it’s Chroma enabled.

If you want to sync your new Razer Turret with the rest of your Chroma enabled devices, Razer has made it easier with the addition of Amazon’s smart-speaker Alexa being added to the Razer Chroma Connected Device Program. Users will now be able to provide voice commands via Alexa to their Razer mice, keyboards, headsets, and anything else that can be controlled by Alexa.

Razer has also added three new cases to their hardware lineup, with something for every user.

The Lian Li O11 Dynamic comes through from the Designed by Razer Case program and features a relatively minimalistic design, accented by Razer’s trademark neon green three-headed snake, and Chroma LEDs.

The Razer Tomahawk and Razer Tomahawk Elite were designed in-house by Razer with the standard Tomahawk featuring the Razer logo and Chroma LEDs in a traditional mid-tower form factor.

The Tomahawk Elite is for more serious hardware heads with two tempered glass side panels that rise from the case to access the internal space, optimised for water-cooling, and a matte black aluminium front panel.

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Lenovo 

Lenovo bought something for everyone for their presentation this year with new, and upgraded devices for show.

Lenovo are getting onboard with Nvidia’s new RTX line of cards with the Lenovo Legion T730 and T530 towers and C730 and C530 cubes getting an upgrade to the GeForce RTX 2060 GPUs. Not only are their current models getting upgrades, and their new Lenovo Legion Y740 and Y540 laptops are also utilising the new series of cards with the RTX 2070 MAX-Q GPU available in the top of the line Y740 15″.

A new keyboard and mouse have hit the CES presentation desks too, with Lenovo revealing their Lenovo Legion M500 RGB Gaming Mouse and Lenovo Legion K500 RGB Mechanical Keyboard, which are both designed to give users the best experience for hardcore gaming and everyday life.

Alongside all of this are the Lenovo Legion H300 Stereo and H500 Pro 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headsets. Both headsets feature a retractable microphone boom mics for clearer callouts to your team.

If you’re in the market for a new monitor, Lenovo has bought their new ultra-wide 43.4-inch curved display with a 144Hz refresh rate and VESA Certified DisplayHDR 400 combined with AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 technology for a crystal-clear viewing experience. If you want something a bit smaller, Lenovo also showcased their 27-inch monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate and Nvidia G-Sync.

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