April 25, 2015

Acer Releases Budget Oriented Chrombook


After launching the Acer Chromebook 15, the industry's first Chromebook with a 15.6-inch display, Acer today expands this line with a new model, the Acer CB3-531, available at a wallet-friendly price of only $199.99. The new Acer Chromebook 15 features 11.5 hours of battery life, the longest in the industry's 15-inch Chromebook segment.

"Our Acer Chromebook line has been pleasing customers and winning awards since we introduced the first model in 2011," said Jerry Kao, president of Acer Notebook Business Group. "The new model is a homerun for an important segment in the market - people who want a large 15.6-inch display Chromebook and long battery life at a price that fits in a limited budget. The capabilities and ease-of-use of the Acer Chromebook 15 CB3-531 make it a great choice for families, seniors, and anyone who wants to enjoy the many benefits of Chrome on a large display."

According to the latest data from Gartner, Acer Group is currently the world's leading Chromebook brand with over 36 percent market share in 2014.

Vibrant, Large-screen Display Leads the Industry
The Acer Chromebook 15 CB3-531 has a large 15.6-inch LED-backlit TFT LCD display that delivers a productivity boost since customers have more room to enjoy video, apps and tabs. Plus the new Chromebook's display features Acer ComfyView anti-glare properties to minimize the amount of reflecting light for less eye strain and fatigue. The HD 1366x768 resolution ensures that customers can comfortably enjoy content.

The two full-sized upward facing speakers deliver increased volume and exceptional audio clarity. Plus, the built-in web cam supports High Dynamic Range imaging for clearer photos and brighter video chat experience.

All-Day Battery Life with Solid Performance
The new Acer Chromebook 15 CB3-531 provide extra-long battery life of up to 11.5 hours so customers can use the device for all-day fun, or productivity at work or school.
The Acer Chromebook 15 is powered by the Intel Celeron N2830 dual-core processor and has Intel HD Graphics to provide a responsive experience. The 16 GB eMMC storage provides fast saving and accessing of data.

Fast WiFi Connectivity
The Acer Chromebook 15 CB3-531 keeps customers connected whether they're streaming video, browsing websites or catching up on email. The Chromebook includes fast MIMO 2x2 WiFi 802.11ac wireless connectivity, which is up to three times faster than previous generations.

Reinforced, Durable Design with Large Touchpad
The new CB3-531 model in the Acer Chromebook 15 features the same reinforced design as the premiere models in the line. The case can withstand up to 60 kg of force, while the corners have been fortified to tolerate up to 45 cm drops without damage. These design enhancements translate into greater strength and reinforcement to endure bumps and drops.

The textured granite gray surface of the CB3-531 is comfortable to hold and ensures a secure grip when moving around the home. Plus, the Chromebook can be easily moved since it weighs just 2.0kg (4.41 pounds) and measures only 383w x 256d x 24.2h mm (15.08w x 10.08d x 0.95h inches).

The Acer Chromebook 15 line features the largest touchpad of any Chromebook today. As a result, customers will have a better overall experience and greater flexibility to zoom, scroll and navigate around the device. Also, customers can connect other peripherals to it via Bluetooth 4.0, the USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port and HDMI port. The SD/SDXC card reader accepts cards up to 128 GB in capacity.

Chrome is Secure, Easy to Use, Share
The Acer Chromebook 15 is great for a range of customers who view, edit, create and collaborate both on-line and off-line in programs, such as Office documents and Gmail. Chromebooks are simple to use and ideal for sharing by multiple users, since users can log into their own account to access Docs, website bookmarks and other information. Storage on Google Drive(5) protects files, documents, and photos safely in the cloud, and ensures that the most current version of the file or document is always available and safe, even if the Chromebook is lost or stolen.

Security is a key benefit of the Chrome OS, as it's automatically updated to guard against ever-changing online threats. In addition, the Supervised Users feature helps get children online in a safe, controlled way.

Model, Availability and Pricing
The new Acer Chromebook 15 CB3-531 will be available with 16 GB of internal storage and 2 GB RAM. The new Chromebook will be available in North America starting in July at prices starting at $199.99. It will also be available in EMEA starting in June 2015 at prices starting at €249.

April 24, 2015

Acer Announces First Curved G-Sync Monitor



Acer today announced the 34-inch curved 21:9 ultra-wide Acer XR341CKA monitor, the world's first curved monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC, providing an immersive gaming experience with minimal stutters and screen tears. DTS sound, 2x7W speakers, a zero-frame design with a futuristic aluminum base and ambient lighting options create an exciting entertainment experience with style.

The Acer XR341CKA features a curved 21:9 UltraWide QHD (3440 x 1440) resolution IPS display panel with a 178-degree viewing angle, providing an immersive experience in games and entertainment with a broader view. It supports 100% of the sRGB color gamut, delivering accurate color reproduction desired by design professionals and photo enthusiasts for precise color matching across applications and print output.

The curved screen puts every corner of the screen at the same distance from the customer's eyes, providing a uniform viewing experience. It also presents a more immersive experience with a wider field of view and increased perceived area of peripheral vision compared to a flat display of the same size. The XR341CKA can be configured in a multi-monitor setup for an even richer gaming experience, thanks to its zero-frame design.

"Acer continues to showcase its commitment to PC gaming with the introduction of their new NVIDIA G-SYNC-enabled XR341CKA gaming monitor," said Jeff Fisher, senior vice-president of the GeForce business unit at NVIDIA. "The preferred choice of PC gamers everywhere is a GeForce GTX GPU, which when paired with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology is the only platform to deliver an ultra-smooth gaming experience across the entire spectrum of PC games."

For gamers, the XR341CKA supports multiple features that allow them to fine tune the monitor's performance, including 6-axis color adjustment enabled by NVIDIA G-SYNC, on-screen display of refresh rate, and three different aim-point icons to choose from. Users can easily identify when G-SYNC mode is on through a red ambient light at the lower edge of the monitor, of which intensity changes according to the instantaneous monitor refresh rate.

Designed with ergonomics in mind, the XR341CKA can be tilted from -5° to 35° and adjusted vertically up to 130 mm, allowing the user to adjust the monitor to the most comfortable viewing angle. It also features flicker-less technology to lessen eye fatigue for a more comfortable gaming or working experience.

The XR341CKA supports DisplayPort and HDMI inputs, and has a built-in USB 3.0 hub which supports high-speed charging of smartphones and other devices.

Pricing and Availability
The Acer XR341CKA monitor will be available in North America in September with prices starting at US$1,299, in EMEA in August with prices starting at €1,399, and in China in September with prices starting at ¥8,999.

April 21, 2015

Fractal Design Releases Define S



Introducing the Define S. A new segment within the Define family is born and it's all about flexibility, silence, cooling and beyond. The Fractal Design Define S lends the appearance, sound dampening technology, and support for a wide variety of components from the widely popular Define Series, while introducing a new, innovative internal layout. The Define S case is packed with intelligently designed enthusiast-oriented features delivering a silent case with powerful and expansive air and liquid cooling support, presented in a stunning Scandinavian inspired construction.


The modernized internal layout of the Define S omits the optical drive bays, instead focusing on a clear straight airflow path and uncompromising water cooling support.
The Define S case reaches the highest level of silent computing through strategically placed dense sound-absorbing material, multiple ModuVent fan vent covers and finely tuned Dynamic Series fans.

Key Features

  • Optimally designed for silent computing, while not compromising on airflow and cooling capabilities
  • Innovative internal layout, providing a perfectly straight airflow path to the CPU heatsink for air cooling set ups or extensive radiator mounting possibilities for water cooling set ups
  • Extensive water cooling support for a case of this size; housing radiators up to 420mm in the top and 360mm in the front
  • Including smart reservoir brackets; featuring drill-free reservoir mounting on the front of the motherboard tray and pre-drilled pump mounting holes on the bottom panel
  • Equipped with ModuVent fan slot covers providing the option of additional cooling or maximum sound absorption
  • Including two Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 140mm fans developed for superlative airflow while still maintaining low noise levels
  • Maintaining a dust-free interior with dust filters that cover the front and bottom air intakes
  • Introducing newly designed hard drive trays placed vertically behind the front partition of the motherboard tray; Three sturdy steel trays with vibration-dampening grommets allowing for installation of one 3.5" or 2.5" drive on each tray, without disrupting the airflow or interfering with the radiator mounting possibilities
  • An additional 2 dedicated steel SSD trays cleanly placed behind the motherboard tray
  • Long motherboard tray extending to the front panel contributing to an extremely clean build, hiding both hard drives and cables
  • Define S model is also available with a large window on the side panel

MSRP Define S
  • USD $79.99
  • EURO €89.99
  • GBP £64.99
  • SEK 849:-
MSRP Define S Window
  • USD $89.99
  • EURO €99.99
  • GBP £69.99
  • SEK 949:-

April 7, 2015

Roccat Announces Kave XTD 5.1 Analog Gaming Headset



ROCCAT Studios, Germany's game peripheral powerhouse adds a member to the Kave family with the ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Analog, set to hit online stores and retailers this April.

The XTD 5.1 Analog brings true premium 5.1 surround sound headset technology to your gaming experience, with all of the bells, whistles and comfort features gamers have come to know and expect from a ROCCAT offering. The fully immersive, this Kave headset comes equipped with two 40mm driver units, a 30mm vibration unit in each ear cup, a dual-mode remote for highly effi-cient, time-saving audio control adjustment, and a convenient LED light-tipped mouthpiece that ensures you know when you're on a live mic or muted. Inspired by the original Kave, the most successful true 5.1 gaming headset ever, we studied our original designs and analyzed gamer feedback to craft the 5.1 Analog's features. We kept what worked, and made advances where we knew this new headset could shine. One of those advances, of course, was in sound clarity.



The Kave XTD 5.1 Analog blazes a new path in pure, high quality in-game audio. It's the first analog gaming headset to feature an interference isolator, a revolutionary technology that provides zero noise interference. The electromagnetic interference most gamers simply accept as a part of gaming audio experiences is a thing of the past. The Kave XTD 5.1 Analog provides nothing but clean, crisp audio in full, high quality surround sound.

René Korte, CEO and founder of ROCCAT Studios effuses about the Kave XTD 5.1 Analog, "Not only is this headset a technically on-point peripheral in function, but the build is amazing. Looking at it, you'd never guess it was twenty five percent lighter than the original Kave. That's an ultra-light build packed with features, and so easy to wear during long gaming sessions due to a bevy of comfort options. To us, quality is innovation, be it something nobody has ever thought of, to making something that everyone has seen feel like a new experience. That's the Kave XTD 5.1 Analog. That's ROCCAT philosophy in practice."

The ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Analog is available now in Europe for 119,99 Euro and hits shelves in the US around mid of April for 119,99 USD.

For more information, visit the product page.

LaCie Doubles Capacity of Rugged Thunderbolt SSD



LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX), announced today that its iconic Rugged Thunderbolt™ storage solution will be available in a 1 TB SSD capacity. With double the storage, the new LaCie® Rugged is just as portable with no size or weight increase compared to the 500 GB offering. Plus, it still features the lightning–fast transfer rates of Thunderbolt and is tough in the field with shock, dust and water resistance.

"My expeditions take me all over the globe so I need equipment that's up for any terrain," said photographer and National Geographic Expeditions expert Kike Calvo. "The LaCie Rugged is my go–to hard drive because its fast speeds help back up my work quickly, and its toughness has yet to let me down. With the addition of drones into my workflow, I'm creating more content than ever before. So larger capacity in the same reliable enclosure means I can take fewer drives and save valuable luggage space."

The LaCie Rugged delivers speeds of up to 387 MB/s* — three times faster than a standard mobile hard drive**. With these speeds, creative professionals can transfer 100 GB in less than five minutes. The LaCie Rugged even provides enough bandwidth to review and edit photos or video in the field. With a laptop and a LaCie Rugged, a photographer or videographer has everything they need to back up footage or complete a project on location. This time savings and convenience is key for field–based professionals.

"Wherever digital content is created and wherever our customers want to travel to capture and collect it, our LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt drive will go as the ideal companion," said Erwan Girard, Business Unit Manager for LaCie. "With fast Thunderbolt speeds that save hours in the field and now a 1 TB SSD capacity, our customers can focus on the creative process instead of worrying about transfer times or storage limits."

The LaCie Rugged is MIL–compliant, which means that data is protected even during accidental drops of up to 2 meters (6.6 feet). With its cap in place, the LaCie Rugged is also IP 54–rated for superior protection against dust and water splashing — even during operation. Plus, it is resistant to vibration and shock and is tough enough to be shipped for reliable delivery to clients or partners.

With both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces, the LaCie Rugged is an ideal match for Mac® and PC users. The LaCie Rugged is fully bus powered through the Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 cables. Plus, the integrated Thunderbolt cable stows neatly when not in use, ensuring that it will never get lost or left behind.

The LaCie Rugged includes everything professionals need for secure backup in the field: a backup software suite and compatibility with Time Machine® and Windows® Backup. It also includes LaCie Private–Public software, which lets users password–protect the entire drive or only certain volumes with AES 256–bit encryption.

See the LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt hit the trail: https://youtu.be/c18vI-BYwrU


WARRANTY

The LaCie Rugged features a three–year limited warranty that includes comprehensive, complimentary web–based resources, expert in–house technical support, and worldwide repair and/or replacement coverage. It is possible to upgrade this service with warranty extensions and fast product replacement.


AVAILABILITY

The new 1 TB SSD version of the LaCie Rugged, design by Neil Poulton, will be available this month for $949.99 (MSRP) through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers.