Accessories

SanDisk reveals Solid State USB Flash Drive, A1-spec microSDXC card

SanDisk reveals Solid State USB Flash Drive, A1-spec microSDXC card

At CES 2017 today, Western Digital's SanDisk brand announced two new high-speed mobile storage products, including a microSD card and a USB flash drive. The first is the 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card Premium Edition, the first such card to meet the new Application Performance Class 1 (A1) standard. With this microSD card, smartphone users can take advantage of not just increased storage capacity, but greatly improved speed for loading apps and saving media.

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Sony EXTRA BASS headphones bring the thump wherever you go

Sony EXTRA BASS headphones bring the thump wherever you go

Sony says that today’s music is mostly characterized by “heavy-hitting bass lines and dropping beats.” That means you’ll need speakers that can handle those adequately, not exactly the domain of headphones, especially in-ear pieces. Not so, says Sony. At least not for its EXTRA BASS headphones. It is introducing four new such headsets at CES 2017, two wireless, one wired, and one in-ear. All with deep bass notes, convenient smartphone integration and, in the case of one, even noise cancellation.

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Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock can drive two 4K 60Hz monitors

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock can drive two 4K 60Hz monitors

Elgato has introduced its soon-to-launch Thunderbolt 3 Dock, a device that supports dual 4K displays, laptop charging, fast data transfers, and more. The dock, like ones before it, is designed for demanding laptop users who need to, at times, use a full workstation comprising external monitors and, perhaps, an external storage drive or two. The dock is designed for both Windows and macOS laptops.

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Wacom Intuos Pro, Intuos Pro Paper, and small Bamboo Folio unveiled

Wacom Intuos Pro, Intuos Pro Paper, and small Bamboo Folio unveiled

Wacom has introduced its new Intuos Pro, Intuos Pro Paper, and Bamboo Folio smartpad, a trio of products targeted at artists and designers. All three products have been unveiled at CES 2017 ahead of their upcoming launch. The Wacom Intuos Pro will be available in medium and large sizes, as will the Pro Paper Edition, while the Bamboo Folio smartpad will be available only in 'small.'

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Snakebyte shows off Nintendo Switch, NES Classic accessories at CES 2017

Snakebyte shows off Nintendo Switch, NES Classic accessories at CES 2017

The Nintendo Switch is still a couple of months off at this point, but that isn't stopping Snakebyte from announcing a slew of accessories for it. Snakebyte has all of them in tow at CES 2017 this year, being the first manufacturer to announce an accessory line for the incoming console. On top of all that, Snakebyte has a couple of accessories for the hugely popular NES Classic Edition in the works as well.

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Smart hairbrush from Withings and L’Oreal monitors forceful brushing

Smart hairbrush from Withings and L’Oreal monitors forceful brushing

It's the year 2017 and we have smart cars, smart homes, smart appliances, and just about every other type of product "enhanced" with smarts, so it's time we stop brushing our hair with dumb hairbrushes. Thankfully, L'Oreal and Withings have teamed up to bring us out of the hair care dark ages with the first smart hairbrush, the Kérastase Hair Coach.

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LG unveils ‘4K’ speaker and more audio devices at CES 2017

LG unveils ‘4K’ speaker and more audio devices at CES 2017

LG is debuting a number of speakers and audio devices at this year's CES 2017 event, including sound bars and speakers designed to offer the best sound from users' TVs. Heading the lineup is the new SJ9 sound bar, which boasts of Dolby Atmos tech, a slim and sleek profile, and even "4K High Resolution Audio," which might be the first time you're hearing of such a feature on a speaker.

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OWC DEC is an inconspicuous dock for the 2016 MacBook Pro

OWC DEC is an inconspicuous dock for the 2016 MacBook Pro

Among the things the latest MacBook Pros have been criticized for, aside from the debatable battery life, is Apple’s abandonment of traditional ports and connectors in favor of going all out with Type C Thunderbolt 3, which are, in shape and compatibility, USB-C holes. Sure, there are dozens of hubs and extensions out there to remedy that, but those just mean yo have another thing to carry and potentially get lost. OWC, famous for their Mac upgrades and accessories, might have come up with a prettier solution: the OWC DEC. It is practically a storage and port expansion dock that looks like it’s actually part of the MacBook Pro itself.

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Garmin Drive 2017 navigator product line update adds free live services

Garmin Drive 2017 navigator product line update adds free live services

Garmin has introduced an update to its Garmin Drive lineup, a series of portable navigation devices targeted at everyday commuters. There’s the Garmin Drive, an entry-level product, as well as the Garmin DriveSmart, Garmin DriveAssist, and Garmin DriveLuxe. The 2017 update is adding what Garmin calls “essential live services,” that is live services that are now available to owners for free. The 2017 Drive products have an ‘enhanced feature set,’ says Garmin.

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Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset hands-on: DTS 7.1 surround

Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset hands-on: DTS 7.1 surround

Logitech given its gaming headset range an upgrade, retiring the Greek God naming but adding a new, G533 Wireless Gaming Headset to the line-up for CES 2017. Announced today, the G533 targets PC gamers rather than their console counterparts, raiding the parts bin of the more expensive G933 for its Pro-G audio drivers. While it doesn't have Dolby 7.1 surround sound, the G533 does offer DTX Headphone X 3D sound support.

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Linksys WRT32X WiFi gaming router packs in Killer Prioritization Engine

Linksys WRT32X WiFi gaming router packs in Killer Prioritization Engine

Linksys came to CES 2017 with a few different routers in tow, one of which being its new WRT32X WiFi gaming router. If the phrase "gaming router" elicits an eye-roll, you're probably not alone, but there may be reason for gamers to consider this router over others. Linksys has teamed with Rivet Networks to make this the first router that features the Killer Prioritization Engine.

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Linksys Max Stream line gets two new Tri-Band MU-MIMO routers

Linksys Max Stream line gets two new Tri-Band MU-MIMO routers

MU-MIMO functionality is becoming more and more prevalent in wireless routers, and Linksys is looking to get in while the market is still growing. Today the company announced two new Tri-Band routers in its Max Stream line, bringing the total number of MU-MIMO capable routers it offers up to eight. On top of those two routers, Linksys also announced plans to launch a MU-MIMO adapter for PCs and laptops.

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