CES 2011 Pre-show Roundup

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Actiontec released a new wireless HDMI transmitter and receiver set at Pepcom called the MyWirelessTV, capable of transmitting 1080p video with 3D. With nearly no latency, this product is good to connect sources with a range up to 150 feet. No price was listed on this new gadget, but it will start shipping midway through this year.

Altec Lansing
For notebook and mobile device users, Altec Lansing released the new inMotionAir, a wireless sounbar connected via Bluetooth. The sound bar supports a range of up to 100 yards, allowing you to enjoy music anywhere, with its internal rechargeable battery. The inMotionAir will be sold in February for $199 at alteclansing.com and Radio Shack.

At Pepcom this year Buffalo previewed their new CloudStor NAS solution, allowing users to interact with their media anywhere that has an internet connection. No matter if you are sitting in your home or sitting on the beach across the planet, if you have access to the web, you can still pull files and media off the CloudStor located in the security of your home. The CloudStor will be offered in two sizes (each expandable with another drive) for $169 and $269 for the 1TB and 2TB models respectively.

Corel recently updated their latest VideoStudio Pro and WinDVD Pro software at CES this year, to take advantage of the new transcoding power in new AMD and Intel processors. These changes help reduce the time needed to switch video formats, as well as reduce overall system load in decoding video.

CyberLink is another software company taking advantage of performance boosts given by the latest AMD and Intel processors. Their new PowerDirector 9 video editing software makes complete use of the 64-bit environment to make full use of installed system memory… up to 192GB.

Hitachi GST
Hitachi, a maker of hard drives and storage solutions, released a new external drive this year at CES called the G-Drive slim. Making use of a 7.5mm 320GB hard drive they released last year, the G-Drive slim is super compact, and retails for $99. Since it is targeted at Apple users, it comes preformatted for the Mac and will be sold in Apple stores and online.

At this year’s CES, IOGEAR released two new HTPC keyboards; the palm-sized GKM571R and the larger GKM581R, both operating on the 2.4GHz wireless spectrum. Both of these keyboards support ranges of up to 33 feet, provide built-in mouse functionality, and are compatible with both PC and game consoles. The palm-sized GKM571R sells for $99 and the larger GKM581R goes for $89.

Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab released a new all-in-one protection suite called Kaspersky Pure this year. Compared to solutions currently on the market, this software protects all computers in your home and can perform scans to any household source over the network. The software also supports protecting and limiting internet use to family computers, to keep your kids safe. This software retails for $89 for a one-year, three-user license.

Along with some updates to its popular USB flash drive lines, Kingston continues to expand its line of high-performance Solid State Drives (SSDs) for notebook and desktop users. The current Kingston SSDnow V-series SSD “notebook upgrade kit” promises to deliver sequential write speeds of 230MB/s and sequential read speeds as fast at 250MB/s.

The big news that Crucial had at this years CES is the introduction of the new RealSSD C400. Offering substantial speed and power improvements over their previous C300, the C400 claims read speeds up to 415MB/s and write speeds up to 260MB/s over the SATA 6.0Gbps interface. No prices were listed, but Crucial expects to start shipping these in February.

At this year’s Pepcom Synaptics was showing off their new ClickPad technology, aimed at improving the user experience on any notebook it is installed on. Offering completely clickable surface not limited by hinge bars, users can press to click anywhere on the touch surface using the same pressure. The new touchpad is also aimed at making manufacturers live’s easier, but reducing the time and error installing it, as it comes pre-calibrated and fully assembled. Expect to see this new touchpad technology in notebooks released over the next year.

The team at SanDisk has expanded their line of flash memory cards for digital cameras as well as offering new versions of the popular Cruzer line of USB flash drives. The “SanDisk Ultra” USB Flash Drive features faster transfer speeds of up to 15MB/sec and large storage capacities that help consumers conveniently manage libraries of multimedia content. The drive carries a five year limited warranty and comes in 8GB to 32GB capacities carrying suggested retail prices ranging from $44.99 to $109.99. The new SanDisk Cruzer Edge USB flash drive carries a two year limited warranty and is available in 2GB to 16GB capacities carrying suggested retail prices ranging from $12.99 to $79.99.



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