Pepcom Digital Experience 2013 Show CoverageTue, Jan 08, 2013 - 11:30 PM
Amped Wireless 802.11ac, Samsung Series 7, and Monster Gaming Headset
Amped Wireless’ Next Generation 802.11ac WiFi Gear
Amped Wireless recently introduced their 802.11ac family of products to the world. These include everything from routers, to range extenders, to wireless adapters.
Just to give you a quick overview, if you are unfamiliar with 802.11ac, it is an upcoming standard that allows for superior bandwidth over the current 802.11 a/b/g/n standards. 802.11ac works on the 5GHz band and can provide up to gigabit speeds over WiFi. This is great for the wireless networked home or office that is streaming video, sharing files, or just your every day downloading and browsing of the internet.
The first product that was introduced was the RTA15 802.11ac wireless router. This high power, 700mW router, has three high gain antennas and 10 power amplifiers. This amount of power and amplification should provide plenty of range for your home or office.
Amped’s solution to get you these crazy fast speeds is to use the ACA1 wireless adapter. This device runs on a USB 3.0 interface and will give you ultra-fast connectivity to your desktop or laptop PC.
One other little item that somehow stuck out, was the company’s TAN1 adapter for Windows 8 tablets or laptop. This little adapter is just meant to clip onto the top or side of your device, to keep it up and out of the way, while utilizing a standard or micro USB port. There is no additional software to install, so that makes this little adapter simple and easy to use.
- High Power Wi-Fi Amplifiers for improving Wi-Fi transmitting capabilities
- Low Noise Amplifiers for improving Wi-Fi receiving capabilities
- High Gain Antennas
- Adjustable clip to accommodate all tablets and cases
- Connects via USB 2.0 or micro USB connector
- Provides up to 3x the range of embedded Wi-Fi adapters
The TAN1 wireless adapter will be available early 2013.
Samsung Teases Series 7 Chronos and Ultrabook
At Pepcom’s event during CES 2013, we got a chance to take a look at the recently announced Samsung Series 7 Chronos and Ultrabook.
The Series 7 Chronos (770Z5E) was quite the beauty to look at. The 15.6”, 10-finger multi-touch screen looked absolutely beautiful. When looking at Chronos’ display, you’re looking at 300nits of full HD (1080p) goodness. The general Windows 8 interface on this laptop was a pleasure to work with, as it was rather fluid and swift. Quite honestly, one would probably expect that from the Intel Core i7 CPU that is packed inside.
Look for the Chronos with up to 16GB of RAM, 1TB HDD, and the AMD Radeon 8870m with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. The best thing to look forward to in this laptop is the 11 hour battery life. That is an absolutely fantastic number to see!
The next in line was the Series 7 Ultra (730U3E), which is the first Ultrabook in the Series 7 line. This ultrabook packs a 10-finger multi-touch 1080p display, just like the Chronos, but is just a little bit brighter at 350nit. It comes complete with an Intel Core i5/i7, with the 1GB AMD HD8570m graphics processor. You will also get up to a cool 256GB SSD for your storage. There wasn’t much hands-on with this one, but it was definitely nice and light, which is listed at less than 3.5lbs.
Unfortunately there is no concrete availability.
Monster Pairs Up With EA For Gaming Headset
The same guys who bring you the famous line of cables for your audio and video needs, bring you the EA SPORTS MVP Carbon by Monster. These headphones have a suggested retail of $269.95, so they are likely out of reach for many gamers’ budgets.
The headphones have a very comfortable feel. The on-ear portion is very soft and light on your ears, that you shouldn’t have to worry about them squeezing your head too much. The headphones are so light to the touch, that I almost felt like I was going to break them. Rest assured, the wonderful person at Monster restored faith in me that they are quite flexible, and indeed they are from what she demonstrated.
Speaking of flexibility, these headphones will work seamlessly between your PC, Xbox, Playstation 3, or Nintendo Wii and Wii U consoles.
Monster pointed out that these headphones do not have multiple speakers for surround sound, but instead they use sophisticated sound processing method to do this. Monster calls this method High Definition Headphone Surround (HDHS).
These headphones do have folding earphones, so it will make taking them on the go very simplistic. The shot below does not show off the microphone, but there is a spot that it can plug into on the underside of the headphone.
According to Monster, these headphones will also be available in both black and white, beginning February 2013.