PEPCON 2016 was a real treat this year, showcasing the latest releases in consumer electronics and general technology. Considered to be a companion convention to the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year out west, PEPCON gives the press and prospective consumers a chance to see what manufacturers are coming out with next and get a jump start on the information mill that follows the announcements. Though the floor was a wide expanse of showcases going over every form of tech one could conceive, here are what we found to be the standout pieces.
In the never ending quest to perfect the portal earphone, audio tech giant Platronics has debuted with a solid set of Bluetooth earphones that puts emphasis on exposing your ears to even more detailed audio, toting that you will experience your music like never before. The BlackBeat GO 3 wireless ear buds feature custom speakers with ear buds that block outside noise, comfort-fit ear tips molded precisely to the human ear, and extended battery life that supports up to 6.5 hours listening time with up to 14 days standby time. The pair also feature a nano-coating by P2i, protecting the ear buds from light rain, humidity and sweat. Paired with a triple set of cushioned tips and stabilizers, this looks too be one of the most complete ear bud sets we’ve seen.
SanDisk has one again placed themselves at the forefront of the mobile storage industry with the release of their next-generation microSD card family, now featuring the fastest transfer speed available to consumers. Created for those who need to have that type of speed available, this card is godsend. Supporting speedy transfers for 4K UHD videos as well, it seems that no HD movie file will experience the delay of transfer lag with these cards. The Extreme PRO microSDXC cards will come in 64GB and 128GB sizes, coming in Q2 2016 with a price of $179.99 and $299.99.
Hot on the heels of SanDisk’s innovations in mobile storage, Western Digital has had the same successes with their desktop storage solutions. WD has finally made the jump to 8TB external drives, offering solutions for those who do NAS, video surveillance, or simply needs massive amounts of space for data and applications. The 8TB expansions will be applied to the general line of external WD devices, such as the My Cloud, Mirror and EX2 Ultra. The My Book, Book Duo and Book Pro will also make the jump to 8TB.
On the home entertainment front, TCL and Roku have announced the combination of TCL’s 4K UHD TVs integrated with the Roku OS. Announced originally at CES 2016, TCL will be releasing six models with a focus on advanced connectivity and widening the availability of 4K content to consumers with Roku, further signaling the replacement of disc media. The award-winning S-series will add a 55” and 65” model, available for pre-order @ Amazon. The P130 series is touted to provide the ultimate 4K TCL Roku experience, featuring an enhanced remote, headphone jack, voice search and the ever-handy remote finder. Sizes include 43”, 50”, 55” and 65”.