This year, PEPCOMs Wine, Dine & Demo event at the metropolitan pavilion in New York proved to be a must see. Whether it was a new mobile device, the next innovation in desktop computing, home appliances that are ubiquitous with automated homes or a fully digitized stroller, each manufacturer and concept team put on their absolute best to entice the interest of the industries heavy hitters and the press. The wine & dine part of the event was also no disappointment. Great wine and great food in the same room with some of techs heavy hitters and a few interesting start ups. These are just a few of the companies and products featured at the event; watch out for more PEPCOM related articles in the future.
When it comes to the tried but true power PC builds, Acer seems to have stolen the show and a cemented a stronghold on the market. Debuting a range of laptops and desktops from casual usage to hardcore gaming, Acer made sure there was something for everyone and showing no bias to one particular market. The show-stopper was their game-changing Predator G6 Desktop, equipped to make sure you can run titles such as Fallout 4 with absolutely no issues at peak framerate. If anything, the spec of this system are nothing short of incredible:
- 6th generation Intel Core i7-6700K
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
- Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5
- 64GB DDR4 Dual-Channel Memory
What seems to be more of a muscle-PC than anything, the specs do more than speak for themselves. The CPU comes with “One-Punch” overclocking complimented with an IceTunnel cooling system to handle the excess heat from higher speeds. The GTX 980 also supports UHD 4K/2K, supporting up to a 3840 x 2160 display. Expansion was also a consideration, as the rig contains a front-facing Acer Easy-swap expansion bay that can hold up to 12TB of storage space, which is also expandable with an up to 512GB SSD. This is definitely a system to look out for.
Proving once again that they are the enthusiast’s choice when it comes to memory, Kingston used their presence at the show to flex their memory muscle once more. HyperX, a division of Kingston Technology, announced the launch of higher-capacity additions to the Savage and Predator line of DDR4 memory and further expanding upon an already speedy set of memory.
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Both lines of memory cater to hardcore gamers and enthusiasts, the Savage now clocking in at 2666MHz with a 128GB kit of eight, each DIMM containing 16GB of RAM. The Predator set clocks in at 3000MHz in 32GB kits of two and 64GB kits of four. The built in XMP ready profiles are optimized for Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, as well as Intel 10 series and X99 chipsets. This will allow for easy overclocking without having to make any changes in the BIOS, which will be quite the boon for the enthusiast crowd.
D-Link has made another foray into the home automation market by debuting the Komfy system, a full solution for home security. At it’s core, the Komfy system seems to provide home surveillance initially. Though that is it’s primary function, it can monitor far more than movement within your home. Aside from offering 1080p full HD video, you can also control your lights remotely, utilize sound/motion detection, air quality detection, temperature sensor and a humidity sensor. The focus here is not home security, but maintaining the delicate balance of comfort and climate that affects both you and your family. A bit less “busy” in Control4 and similar setups and just as effective.
- Full HD resolution image quality
- 3MP CMOS sensor
- See up to 16 feet in total darkness
- Supports H.264 codecs
- 130 degree Field-of-View
- Sound/Motion detector
- microSD/SDHC slot for local recording based on motion trigger
- Push alert notifications
- Komfy app support for iPhone and iPad
- Can be accessed via mobile device
Continuing the trend of shying away from style-over-substance headphone trends that the Beats headphones had created, Altec Lansing showcased a line of new, stylish yet well-performing headphones for sport, relaxation and serious music lovers. For the jogger, the In-Ear Sport earphones will ensure you will no longer be bothered with the cumbersome feeling of a cord wrapping around your arm, as these headphones are Bluetooth with a solid signal. These marine-grade IP67-rated buds are water-resistant, feature a 20-hour Li-ion battery with integrated microphone and also include song/phone navigation buttons.
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For the music lover, the Evolution headphones offer a good bang for the buck, as touted by AL. The headphones feature 40mm neodymium drivers, a flat tangle-free detachable cord, integrated microphone and dual 3.5mm connectors for easy sharing. The final set, the Kickback, is for the professional DJ or the serious listener. This one features rotating ear cups that swivel towards the back of the head instead of the front of the face, making these headphones VERY effective for the professional spinner.
As a sign of the growing market in cloud storage, Acronis has launched their data and file backup solution True Image. Instead of touting the usual draws of limitless storage and affordable plans, the focus on True Image is seamless ease of use and solving the usual aches and pains of today’s cloud storage options as well as full image backup.
- Covers PCs, Macs, Android and iOS devices, as well as Windows tablets
- Online dashboard allows you manage multiple device backups from one place at any location via web browser
- Unlimited cloud space is perfect for large files and archives, and offers personal archiving capabilities for file/data organization
True Image also hosts upload speeds that are up to 50% faster than their competition, AES-256 encryption and optimization for Windows 10 users.
Though that have become ubiquitous with the business and office environment, projectors for home use have not been at the forefront of popular technological advancement, but strides have been made in making the devices more accessible and less expensive. Eliminating the need for large devices or ones which are expensive to maintain, the Cube from RIF6 is an extremely small, compact and wildly mobile projector that works on the go in no time flat with your mobile devices
- LED Light Source (RGB)
- 854×480 WGA Resolution
- 120 inch / 304 cm image size
- microSD/MHL/HDMI input
- 50 lumen brightness
- 20,000 hour bulb life
- .3 pounds
While the specs seem a bit underwhelming compared to the usual ones we see with traditional projectors, keep in mind that this item is not traditional. The mobility and convenience of use make it a stellar product out of the box, and etches out as much quality as it’s small frame can output which is quite the accomplishment. For those who do not need a large view, or are working in small spaces, this is perfect and practical.