Ecoxgear reveals the EcoSlate rugged audio system

ecoslateWhen it comes to the great outdoors, many of us would have our collection of camping gear down pat — making sure that we can survive with the bare necessities if push comes to a shove. However, just in case there is a little bit of space left in your backpack that you would like to carry around, why not go ahead and be wild by toting around a portable speaker? Not only do you get to share your favorite tunes with your family and friends who are with you, you would also be able to use it to soothe or inspire yourself if you are alone. Ecoxgear knows that having a tough and rugged portable speaker which is capable of handling all the rigors of outdoor life is crucial, which is why they have come up with the EcoSlate.

The EcoSlate is deemed to be an all-in-one audio system which will merge a bright 200 Lumen flashlight, a built-in power bank and backlit buttons, resulting in the ultimate companion for any outdoor adventure. It is portable and compact, but do not let its relatively diminutive size fool you. It is still full well capable of packing a punch, boasting of a pair of 10W speakers as well as dual passive sub-woofers, while sporting a Bluetooth range of up to 100-feet for a single speaker.

So you have to go through a few bumps and knocks on your outdoor adventure. The EcoSlate is more than equal to the task, thanks to a tough, drop-proof exterior that meets military specifications. Even if you need to ford a river, fret not. The EcoSlate comes with IP67 waterproof certification, and best of all is, it even floats to make sure that whatever music that you are playing at the moment? It will not literally get drowned. The EcoSlate will arrive in Electric Blue, Grey, Black, Mint or Orange for $149.99 apiece.

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V-Moda reveals the Forza Metallo Wireless neckband Bluetooth headphones

V-Moda is well known for their collection of headphones as well as other audio products, and most of the time, these offerings tend to be on the high end side of things. It is the same this time around, with the Forza Metallo Wireless neckband Bluetooth headphones. Specially designed by and for modern audiophiles, the Forza Metallo Wireless comes across as a high-performance and ultra-sleek companion for anyone who has high demands for their audio accessories. Boasting of the newly developed 5.8mm dynamic micro Hi-Res driver, it will be accompanied by a futuristic sweat-resistant technology, patent-pending sport fins for hybrid sport performance and the world’s first jewel-grade 3D printing customization of in-ears.

Val Kolton, V-MODA CEO, beams proudly at the Forza Metallo, saying, “All other in-ear wireless headphones have a variety of form factors with show stopping compromises, imperfect ergonomics or useless gimmicks. They either look like unsightly massive ‘plastic space ring around the collars’, Frankenstein bolts that will not stay in your ears or separate earbuds that are quickly lost, have reception issues and need a dongle or case. Our first neckband Bluetooth headphone features a minimal design that can hide under a shirt collar, maximum battery life, enhanced antenna and unrivaled all-day ergonomics. With Forza Metallo Wireless we are unleashing audiophiles and professionals with ultimate ergonomics via our unique TrapLock™ titanium cable refined to every nanometer from countless anatomical tests conducted over years.”

While it sports a minimal design, it is still a high performance piece of hardware, where you will be able to enjoy balanced vibrant bass, vivid mids and natural stress-free highs surrounded by a vast 3D soundstage. The Hi-Res drivers themselves are joined by a CNC forged aircraft-grade metal housing, specially meant to reveal music like instrument engineers intended. It even has the Qualcomm aptX audio codec that helps deliver peak audio, allowing consumers to enjoy CD quality wireless audio playback. Expect the Forza Metallo Wireless to arrive in shades of Gunmetal Black and White Silver for $170 each.

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MSI gaming laptops continue to break new ground

MSI has carved a name for itself in the realm of gaming laptops, and this time around they intend to awe the masses with the all new GP62X and GP72X Leopard series. These are gaming machines that you can bring with you while you are on the move, allowing you to get your gaming fix in without missing a beat. MSI intends to redefine gaming performance by offering a gaming laptop that has a 120Hz 5ms screen, a NVMe M.2 solid state drive which will certainly break existing bandwidth limitation, and updated SteelSeries RGB keyboard with Silver Lining print.

Screen tearing and jitters will no longer plague your mobile gaming sessions, thanks to the all new full HD 120Hz panel with 5ms response time. Such an ultra-fast refresh rate will allow you to react instantly to your game, resulting in a true blue MSI gaming experience. The GP62X and GP72X Leopard series gaming laptops will be equipped with a NVMe solid state drive, allowing gamers to experience the full performance potential of the latest SSD technology that has extreme read speeds of up to 2,200MB/s. Apart from that, this particular range comes with an Intel 7th Generation KabyLake processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM that can be further expanded to 32GB, and up to a GeForce GTX1060 graphics card.

Your keyboard movements will not be slow and clunky thanks to the upgraded RGB keyboard by SteelSeries that includes SteelSeries Engine 3 support. Thanks to the SteelSeries Engine 3, gamers are able to personalize their playing style through the customization of each key, where you can change the keyboard’s backlight color. SteelSeries’ GameSense will also enable the colors of the keyboard to change according to in-game action. Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Minecraft are two such titles that support GameSense.

Already available, the MSI GP62X and GP72X Leopard gaming laptops will retail from $1,099 and goes all the way up to $1,599.

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SteelSeries Evil Geniuses range of gaming peripherals announced

steelseries-evil-geniusesSteelSeries continues to cast their net on the gaming marking, where the fastest growing major PC gaming headset brand in the US has just announced that they have a brand new range of tournament-ready products that has seen the hand of Evil Geniuses in it, who happen to be their elite e-sport partner. Evil Geniuses is a legend of the times, having pocketed more tournament prize money compared to any other e-sport organization in the world, and to have them approve of this latest branded gaming peripherals is a hallmark of excellence that the average Joe and Jane can aspire to.

With having more than 15 years of SteelSeries esport experience, your gaming rig is never going to be the same again if you would like to step into the shoes of these legends. Why not outfit your next gaming session with an Arctis headset that has a custom-designed Arctis headband, in addition to the Evil Geniuses limited editions of the M500 Keyboard with Cherry MX Red keys, a custom-tuned Rival 300 and a QcK+ mousepad?

The Rival 300 Evil Geniuses Edition will be based on SteelSeries’ most famous mouse used in e-sports, sporting a guaranteed 30-million click rating as well as an e-sports-focused ergonomic design. It relies on a Pixart PMW3310 optical sensor, half a dozen programmable buttons and lights up with prism RGB illumination to get the job done.

As for the limited-edition Apex M500 Evil Geniuses keyboard, this bad boy comes with Cherry MX Red switches for ultra-fast clicks and double taps, full anti-ghosting, and plays nice with the SteelSeries Engine. Last but not least, the gaming mousepad is not overlooked with the QcK+ Evil Geniuses Edition, having a near frictionless surface that delivers unmatched tracking accuracy. Expect the Evil Geniuses Signature Line to be available now, with the limited-editions of Rival 300 going for $59.99, $99.99 for the Apex M500 and $19.99 for the QcK+.

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SteelSeries QcK Prism Gaming Mousepad is truly out of this world

ss-prismJust when you thought that all mousepads were more or less the same — to provide an adequate and decent gaming surface for the masses where every single flick of the mouse will see the cursor or crosshair go where it is intended to go, here comes SteelSeries to upset the proverbial apple cart. The QcK Prism gaming mousepad from SteelSeries is truly something that is different from the rest, where it has been built with the purpose of delivering far more than performance as it boasts of the aesthetics of illumination while gaming on your PC.

This particular new mousepad will come with dual-sided premium surfaces, making it the first of its kind in the world. There will be 360 degrees of continuous illumination across 12 separate zones, as well as interference-free USB cable placement for a truly unique gaming experience. Since this is the first mousepad of its kind in the world, boasting of a premium micro-textured cloth which will add friction for more deliberate movements as well as a hard polymer surface for a fast-paced glide on the other side, it really depends on the genre of the game that you are playing.

As for the aforementioned 360-degree, 12-zone Prism RGB illumination with advanced lighting effects? It will feature support for the SteelSeries GameSense, as it delivers reactive illumination to in-game events — letting you know that you are running low on ammunition, or to keep a lookout for the health bar, number of kills, cooldown timers, among others. SteelSeries Prism Sync is also thrown into the mix, allowing gamers to enjoy dynamic multi-color lighting effects between the QcK Prism and all other Prism-enabled gear, such as the Arctis 5 headset, Rival 700 mouse and Apex M800 keyboard. Certainly this is one of the cooler mousepads that you can carry to any BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) events. Nice to see that SteelSeries has also ensured the cable housing remains out of the way on the left side, where it will not interfere with a gamer’s mouse cable.

Expect the SteelSeries QcK Prism to retail for $59.99 apiece if you are interested

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Piper Computer Kit helps kids learn that the machines aren’t magic

For those of us that grew up when only one computer was in the household and phones were meant for little more than talking, it seemed like magic when the two became one in smartphones, and computers became capable of anything you can imagine. For kids who are growing up today, smartphones, 3D printers, and hover boards are just “how it is”. To make sure that they understand what makes them tick, you’ll have to educate them yourselves, as most schools only have kids learn on computers, not learn about them.

Just to make sure your little ones will be able to understand the basics, this Piper Computer Kit will help them build their first computer and much more. This has a wooden computer case, LCD monitor, Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft, and hardware components that they’ll be able to use to solve in-game challenges. The WiFi-enabled gameplay of a title everyone knows of even has extra levels and sharing capabilities so they can show off their discoveries with their friends.

There are LED lights, motion sensors, buzzers, buttons, and switches that will help your child learn how to connect the dots for making a machine, making it work, and having fun in the process. The computer aspect runs on a Raspberry Pi 3 project board with 1GB of ram and a 1.2 Ghz quad-core CPU. This isn’t cheap at $299, but will begin the journey of knowing about and understanding how computers work, which will be priceless information in today’s computer-driven world.

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GoPro reveals new pilot program for Fusion, the new 5.2K spherical camera

gopro-fusionGoPro is no stranger to many of us when it comes to action cameras. In fact, it would be the “go to” brand where action cameras are concerned, and professionals as well as amateurs alike would love to capture the exhilarating experience of a downward slalom or a whitewater rafting session using a GoPro device. However, it is time to expand upon GoPro’s family of devices, and the all new GoPro Fusion is about to be a reality soon. Right now, GoPro has shown off a brand new pilot program for its 5.2K spherical camera, the GoPro Fusion.

Content professionals would be among the very first few who would be able to take advantage of GoPro’s spanking new camera when it comes to virtual reality as well as OverCapture, and that is definitely not all. This particular 5.2K spherical camera has been specially designed in order to be the ultimate capture device when it comes to fully immersive virtual reality content in addition to conventional non-VR video and photo formats.

Basically, professional content creators are now able to apply to participate in the pilot program which is tipped to roll-out some time in the summer of this year. We are curious to see the reality that is about to unfold before our very eyes, based on what GoPro founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman, shared, “Fusion is just that, the ability to capture every angle simultaneously…as though you had six GoPro cameras fused into one. Whether filming for VR or traditional fixed-perspective content, Fusion represents the state-of-the-art in versatile spherical capture.”

It will definitely ensure Fusion’s place in the annals of action cameras, where it offers the ultimate spherical capture solution when it comes to innovative, envelope-pushing content creators. There will be a limited commercial release of Fusion before the year is over, and we do look forward to pricing and specifications details when that happens.

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LifeProof reveals the AQUAPHONICS Bluetooth Speakers

Music is the rhythm of life, and for some of us, we are unable to live without any kind of music at all. In fact, we make use of music in order to soothe our souls, making sure that a particularly difficult day at work will be all the more merrier at the end when your favorite tunes begin to play in the background. While bringing a portable speaker around with you is not the most efficient way of getting things done, how about making sure that the portable speaker is rugged and tough to be able to handle just about anything that you throw in its direction? LifeProof knows this, which is why they have come up with the Aquaphonics Bluetooth speakers.

The company that pioneered Four-Proof technology protection into its award-winning smartphone and tablet cases is now ready to rock and roll all the more, delivering a revolutionized waterproof, drop proof, dirt proof and snow proof technology which arrives in the form of the Aquaphonics Bluetooth speakers.

Aquaphonics will arrive in a trio of lifestyle-inspired sizes for go-anywhere, do-anything premium performance, where the Aquaphonics AQ9 and AQ10 being available already, while work is being done to make sure that the Aquaphonics AQ11 is well on its way. The AQ9 will feature an asking price of $99.99 a pop, while the AQ10 will be $199.99 with the AQ11 going for $299.99, making it the most expensive of the lot. Those who are interested will be able to pick up these speakers exclusively at Best Buy retail locations as well as online.

These portable speakers are waterproof to 3.3 feet (one meter) for up to 30 minutes, and is also tough enough to be able to handle drops of up to four feet (1.2 meters). To sweeten the deal, these are sealed from dirt and snow, and has the ability to pair with up to eight Bluetooth devices. Regardless of which particular model that you choose from, all of them will come with an integrated microphone in order to double up as a speakerphone, while offering hi-fi audio in spaces — whether big and small.

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Casio PRO TREK WSD-F20 goes hi-tech

When it comes to tough timepieces that are also functional while looking great on your wrist, you would not be able to go too wrong when it comes to Casio of Japan. Casio has a long history of rolling out timepieces that are rugged and yet fully capable, and their latest release says it all — the Casio PRO TREK WSD-F20. This is a trailblazer of a watch, where it is powered by Android Wear and is touted to be the ultimate wrist device where tech-savvy outdoor enthusiasts are concerned.

The Casio PRO TREK WSD-F20 was first unveiled earlier this year, but the global launch has finally happened. Better late than never, we guess. Powered by Android Wear 2.0, it is perfect when it comes to outdoor activity, thanks to the inclusion of GPS navigation capability in addition to a full color map display, offline map usage functionality, water resistance of up to 50 meters, as well as having been tested to military standard specifications in order to make sure that it is more than capable of withstanding a range of rugged activities and adventures.

What kind of hardware will the new WSD-F20 arrive with? For starters, there is the built-in, low-power GPS and full color map functionality that works great even without an Internet connection. Not only that, it will work great in areas that do not have any kind of cellular service, which will then free users up to be able to fully enjoy their adventures. The timepiece itself will be enhanced via richly-designed and easy-to-read map data from Mapbox, and all maps can be downloaded beforehand to the WSD-F20 before you embark on the next great adventure.

There is also the brand new Location Memory app which instantly reads the user’s existing location, and will be directly accessed simply by pressing a button that is located on the side. You need not fret about getting lost since you can perform a recording of the path traveled, letting you make a mark or utilize speech recognition when it comes to adding notes in unmarked map spots.

To add more value, Casio’s Moment Setter app will alert the user to important moments when hiking, cycling, fishing, or even enjoying a spot of snow or paddle sports. All that the user needs to do is to set conditions to automatically receive important alerts, including the best possible fishing times, a rest break interval, as well as sunrise/sunset times.

Available in black and orange with an asking price of $500.00 a pop, the Casio PRO TREK Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F20 is certainly worth checking out if you want a timepiece that can handle just about any adventure you go through.

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The Fidget Hand Spinner keeps busy minds occupied

When you’re sitting during a lecture where the professor is going off on a tangent or are stuck in a meeting where your boss loves to hear themselves talk, your mind wanders. It’s hard not to be restless and start tapping your feet, fingers, and playing with whatever is nearby. You don’t want to be rude, but you also don’t want to be bored, and have to find a common space in between the two so you don’t go insane.

We’ve seen tools like the Fidget Cube in the past, but if that novelty has worn off or it has seen so much use that you need a new one, this Fidget Spinner might be a good replacement. This is a toy that has ceramic bearings that you can spin as much as you want without needing repairs, oil, or maintenance. If your spin is powerful enough, it could keep going for over 2 minutes.

These come in a variety of color options, and there’s even a glow in the dark version for those that need something to distract themselves before going to sleep. It’s only 3 inches in diameter, so it can easily go wherever you do. They’ll cost you around $9 a piece, and should survive constant use from both adults and children alike. If you are getting one for a child, check in with their teacher, as what might seem like a good idea could quickly become a nightmare in the classroom.

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