MSI AEGIS is one fierce gaming barebone PC

The folks over at MSI are no shrinking violets when it comes to gaming PCs, and this time around, they have decided to lift the veil on what they deem to be the fiercest mobile gaming barebone PC series in the world – the MSI Aegis as well as the Aegis X. Both of these are touted to be the world’s first compact gaming barebone PC series that are full well capable of delivering full-sized performance even while one is on the move.

MSI’s Aegis will come with a proprietary B150 motherboard and CPU Cooler that can support an Intel 6th Gen processor, whereas the AEGIS X will be equipped with a Z170 motherboard that is capable of handling an Intel K-series processor. In order to ensure that performance boundaries will break into new stratospheres, the flagship AEGIS X will also boast of a Dragon OC button, which boosts speed by 15% with one touch. Sounds pretty much like one of those old school computers that come with a “Turbo” button, don’t you think so?

Specially designed for gamers who are looking to maximize space as well as power, the two AEGIS gaming barebone models feature an ultra-aggressive and compact design that conceals a plethora of cutting-edge components, including support for up to full-sized NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and dual NVMe PCI-E Gen3 x4 SSDs in Super RAID 4 with data speeds of up to 3300MB/s.

When it comes to cooling with all of the high end performance parts inside, fret not. The MSI AEGIS series will guarantee exceptional cooling and silence even under the most stressful battles with a patented Silent Storm Cooling 2 thermal design, whereby it will pull cold air from a couple of different chambers in order to individually cool components. Not only that, it boasts of a unique internal structure that separates a 600 Watt power supply from the main chamber, increasing thermal efficiency and allowing gamers easy access to components. The MSI AEGIS X also incorporates built-in liquid cooling so that it can take overclocking to higher levels.

Expect the MSI VR-ready AEGIS X gaming barebone with a Z170 chipset, liquid cooling and overclocking capabilities to be made available from $499.99 onward, while the AEGIS gaming barebone with a B150 chipset is also available from $399.99 onward.

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Child’s Self Casting Fishing Rod makes things easy peasy

You know, there are times when you will actually need to pry your young one away from the TV or computer screen simply to enjoy the great outdoors, especially when the weather is real fine and dandy. After all, staring for too long a period of time at a blank screen is definitely not recommended at all, so why not take your little one for a spot of fishing? It teaches the value of patience as well as helps open up the line of communication, and make sure there is no digital fishing involved. Enter the $49.95 Child’s Self Casting Fishing Rod that will target beginners.

The Child’s Self Casting Fishing Rod is as what it is, being a child’s fishing rod that launches its bobber up to 25 feet with the press of a button. It is the perfect way for children to experience real-life fishing with minimal assistance from parents or grandparents, as young anglers can simply pull back the spring-loaded barrel, aim it at the target area, and press the launch button. The capsule-shaped bobber will remain closed until it hits the water, where it will then release the baited hook to tempt any nearby fish. It comes with 150 feet of 8 lb. test line and a couple of hooks, targeting those who are aged 8 and older.
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Review – Aircom A3 Headphones

Once you’ve used a product for a while, you notice little things that you would personally want to change to improve it. This is why there are so, so many different products available for just about everything you could think of. When it comes time to buy a new set of headphones, you not only have to decide how much you’re willing to spend, but what sort of functionality you’re looking for. Do you want over-the-ear, ear hooks, ear buds, something tiny, something HUGE? If you like working out and need something that will accommodate all the time you spend in the gym sweating it up, but can also function for everyday use, you might want to look into the Aircom A3 Headphones.

There are 4 versions of this product available, ranging in price from $29.99-59.99, named the A1, A3, A5, and JM Stereo Headphones. The A1 is for everyday music lovers, while the A3, the pair we’re looking at today, have a better seals and fitting options for those who like to be active. The A5 has wood components for better sound, and the JM are stereo, take on aspects from the A3, and are a bit flashier.

Look:

The cable is a matte rubber casing to help prevent tangling, and measures about 4.5 feet long. The top two feet of the cable separate off to lead to the left and right ear buds. Beneath the point of separation is a metal band with Aircom written in white on the side. On the left line, there’s an in-line microphone with an on/off switch for answering or ending calls and pausing or playing music. Just above this on both sides are the drivers which are encased in plastic with a silver band of metal around its center. Leading to the ear buds are air-filled hollow tubes which let the sound travel up to the ear buds. The buds are primarily plastic, except for the backing which is metal with the diamond-shaped Aircom logo on the back.

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What it does:

The big selling point of these headphones are the hollow tubes with the speakers not being in the actual earbud as the space it travels through will give you more of a “live” sound. Not only does this mean you can sweat up a storm, but also that you can submerse the ear buds in a cleaning solution to get all of that disgusting wax out after a run. Don’t lie, we’ve all almost had a candle in there at some point. The backs of the buds are magnetic, and will click together so you can wear them around your neck when you need your ear holes to be open.

Performance:

These headphones are meant for those with an active lifestyle, and don’t want the hum of the world around them to get in the way of their hulk session. Since I was using these with the intent of reviewing them, I tried my best to get them to knock out while exercising, but to no avail. I used the smallest of their ear bud sizing options, and was happy to find that they not only had options for the bud, but for the ring seal as well. Thankfully it wasn’t an absolute nightmare to change them out too.

Since I personally don’t like to hang my headphone cables around my neck, the magnetic feature wasn’t useful in the intended way for me. However, it provided me mindless entertainment clicking and unclicking them together because I take joy in the small things in life. The other big pull for these headphones was the air tube, and while the quality of the music came through just fine, they brought on an unexpected surprise sound-wise.

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I scared myself silly a time or two by touching the air tube at random, since that’s where the sound is coming through, any bump or brush against them came through a bit louder than I was expecting, much like a stethoscope. Since I sometimes fiddle with my cables when sitting at my desk, I also found that pressing the tube cuts off the sound (hi-ho logic). The air tubes actually made wrapping them a bit strange as well due to the change in cable size and the speakers being in a different place, but it wasn’t an impossible task, just less visually satisfying. None of these are complaints, it’s more of letting you know that these are things that will happen. The sound was quite “roomy”, as I believe that’s the best way I can describe it. While the bass could’ve given a bit more in my opinion, it’s not a deal breaker.

Conclusion:

They do their job, and they do it well. There were a few new aspects for me with the air tubes, but after the first few uses I didn’t notice them anymore. They’re priced at $49.99, and it’s not unwarranted for the quality both in build and sound. The fact that you can also wash the earbuds after use is a huge plus in my book. Just make sure to give them a little time to dry out after you wash them or you will definitely be surprised by a gush of water in your ear.

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Ricoh PJ HDC5420 home theater projector is their maiden attempt

ricoh-hdc4520Ricoh might be a name that many of us who work at offices are familiar with, what with the kind of photostat machines that they churn out. However, did you know that Ricoh too, has its fair share of projectors, and its first-ever home theater projector has been announced? I am referring to the Ricoh PJ HD5420 which will merge the benefits of a world-class business technology alongside the latest entertainment features. This is a spanking new home theater solution which is able to display up to a 300″ diagonal image in smaller spaces such as family rooms, now how about that?

This merry bunch of capabilities will come together in order to transform the Ricoh PJ HDC5420 into an excellent choice when it comes to entertainment applications, ranging from 2D to 3D movie viewing as well as video gaming where home theater environments are concerned, in addition to professional business uses such as clubs, museums and restaurants.

The abilities of the Ricoh PJ HDC5420 should not be underestimated, as it is touted to provide life-like images thanks to a six-segment RGBRGB color wheel which can deliver richer colors and faithful skin tone reproduction. As for the RGBRGB color wheel, it will include sections of cyan, yellow and white to increase brightness and provides the highest possible image quality for movie viewing, and when merging such a feature with the projector’s true high definition (1920 x 1080 dpi) resolution, it is a whole lot more suitable for home theater use than anything else.

A 0.65″ DLP chip underneath the hood and a 16:9 aspect ratio will be able to help ensure a true high definition visual experience, while other features include support for multiple image and color correction modes, letting users obtain the image quality that they want regardless of projection surface color, ambient lighting conditions, or video format. Heck, even Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) is supported, allowing users to display content from a variety of devices. The asking price stands at $1,165 for the Ricoh PJ HDC5420 if you are interested.

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360fly 4k camera is now available

When it comes to camera technology, Full HD resolution recordings simply won’t cut the mustard anymore in this day and age. In fact, 4k video recording capability seems to be gaining the upper hand, and with that in mind, we are led to what 360fly as a company has on offer – a 4k camera with a difference. Why do we say so? For starters, this is no ordinary 4k camera, as it is a single-lens camera that captures stitchless 360-degree video with interactive and mobile virtual reality viewing capabilities.

Hence, with much fanfare surrounding the spanking new 360fly 4K camera, this particular product will roll hot off the manufacturing lines of its factory, arriving at retail locations and will continue to roll out through the month of June. Originally shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year, the 360fly 4K camera will sport a higher resolution compared to its predecessor, boasts of intuitive filming and editing advancements, as well as live mobile streaming capabilities via the LIVIT mobile app.

The 360fly 4K camera will boast of a powerful new image sensor that nearly quadruples the resolution of the original 360fly HD camera, resulting in 2880×2880-pixel, 360-degree 4K video. Not only that, the 360fly 4K camera will come with upgraded and advanced features such as LIVIT Live Streaming, a front-facing cam, a Time-Lapse Video Mode, telemetry support, 64GB of internal memory, and OnePush Button Color-Coding.

The asking price stands at $499 apop, and one ought to take note that the 360fly 4K camera will be made available online at 360fly.com and in-store at U.S. retailers, where among them include the likes of Best Buy, Target, REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart and other specialty retailers. It is also nice to know that the 360fly 4K camera will not be limited to a US-only launch, as it is also set to be launched across internationally in regions in the vein of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Latin America, Canada, South Africa and China.

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Casio set to roll out two new color ways for the PRO TREK PRG300

It looks like it is time for a brand new look as the summer arrives, and so it makes perfect sense for one particular model of something to come with more than just a single shade of color, don’t you think so? Well, Casio also thinks along the same line, which means that they are pleased as punch to roll out the PRO TREK PRG300 in orange and grey shades, being known as the PRG300-4 and PRG300-8, respectively, with the two of them being ideal for a wide range of outdoor adventures from hiking and biking, to camping and kayaking.

David Johnson, vice president of Casio’s Timepiece Division, shared, “With summer on the horizon and Great Outdoors Month beginning in June, there is no better time to get outside to camp, fish, rock climb and more. Having a triple sensor watch on your wrist while out navigating mountain peaks or angling at your local riverbed is useful because it will analyze your surroundings and aid in keeping track of where you are, as well as provide the current and upcoming weather while on your journey. The new models offer outdoor enthusiasts versatility in stylish, vibrant colors, while providing a feature-set built to experience life’s most exciting adventures.”

The PRO TREK PRG300-4 and PRG300-8 will arrive with Casio’s Triple Sensor Version 3 Technology, where it will be able to deliver outdoor enthusiasts with fast, precise data readings in order to assist them to navigate through just about any adventure. The timepieces will comprise of a direction sensor for compass readings, pressure sensor for altimeter/barometer readings and a thermo sensor for temperature readings, allowing the user to effortlessly monitor all the required information on outdoor conditions. Not only that, Casio’s Tough Solar Power technology will let users charge the timepiece in low or fluorescent light, which means there is no longer any need for continuous battery replacement.

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EC Technology reveals Bluetooth 4.1 Magnet Attraction Headphones

iec-bt-headphonesWhen it comes to headphones, there are dime a dozen models to choose from. Of course, some of us would prefer earphones, while others prefer headphones, wireless or wired, it really boils down to what suits the shape of your ears better, not to mention your budget and the ilk. Well, with so many different models out there, why not throw caution to the wind and try something that hails from a lesser known name? I am referring to the Bluetooth 4.1 Magnet Attraction Headphones by EC Technology.

Yup, I myself have not heard of EC Technology before, but they happen to be a supplier of high quality consumer electronics products, and they have just introduced the spanking new EC Technology Bluetooth 4.1 headset that will boast of headphone functionality, and not only that, will also come with a microphone as well as stereo with Magnet Attraction, now how about that? There will be a top-of-the-line CSR8635 Bluetooth 4.1 chipset which has been integrated and thrown into the mix in order to achieve a wire-free connection to smartphones, tablets, PCs and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. Through this, one will be able to enjoy a steady Bluetooth signal, and when coupled with an independent in-line control and HD microphone, users will be able to enjoy incredible wireless freedom regardless of whether they are listening to music or simply making a call to friend or family.

There will also be selectable soft medical grade earbuds that allow a fit for various ear sizes, ensuring that users will never have to feel uncomfortable, even after wearing them for a long time. There will also be an adjustable buckle that makes it possible to set to their most favorable length. It has a 10-meter working distance, allowing you to enjoy your favorite thumpin’ tunes whenever you are pounding the pavement or hitting the mills at the gym. With a form factor that measures all of just 4.2” x 3” x 1”, this is one ultra-light and ultra-small device that will surely underline its comfortable design and sets users’ ears free.

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The Lightpack will make staring at a screen more interesting

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We are not necessarily kind to our eyes. Not only do we forget our sunglasses all the time, but we then spend hours upon hours staring at a screen every day. We also get so into our work that we forget to blink, drying our eyes out and burning our corneas. It’s a very real thing. While making sure to blink more while you work can help, trying not to put one focused light in front of your eyes can lessen the damage as well.

If you want to minimize the strain of looking at a screen in a darker room, a backlight behind your monitor can help. The Lightpack will do just that, as this a content-driven lighting system that will not only give you more lighting, but will have it be the same color as what’s on the screen. This gives you a tad more indirect lighting, but also broadens what you’re looking at to be more of a visual experience.

You won’t need to worry about installing drivers as this will be automatically recognized on the first connection. It will play nicely with Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Android, connecting through USB to your setup. While there are options for screens under 52 inches at $79, there is also a Lightpack for TVs that are 65-86” if you’re wanting the same sort of effect for your living room.

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Urbanears pays homage to French Open with new Active Hellas headphones edition

Urbanears-rolland-garrosThe French Open is one of the famous four in the tennis world, where winning all of these four tournaments in a single calendar year would mean that one would pick up the elusive Grand Slam. This is truly a unique ground where clay brings about a whole new dimension of tennis. Urbanears has decided to pay homage to the hallowed grounds of Rolland Garros thanks to its latest Active Hellas headphones edition.

Swedish headphone brand Urbanears is more than pleased to be part of the Roland–Garros tradition, thanks to this particular maiden collaboration effort. As a result, one would behold the clay-red edition of Hellas, which would be a pair of sweat-friendly wireless Bluetooth headphones that happen to hail from the new Active collection.

Oscar Axhede, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Urbanears, shared, “This official collaboration is an epic moment for us. Our special edition Hellas celebrate that creative flair and passion we see played out at Roland– Garros each year. We’re delighted to work alongside such a design-conscious brand like Urbanears to color a pair of headphones in our trademark clay-red.”

Sports headphone Hellas ensures that things remain classy on the courts thanks to a washable headband as well as ear-cushions, an integrated microphone, and a swipe interface which would allow you to cycle through your power-playlist without having to use anything else other than your finger, now how about that? If you are going to make your way to Paris this spring to attend the French Open, then you can pick up the Roland-Garros edition at Roland-Garros stadium shops, at select stores and online at Urbanears.com for $120 a pop. Surely this is one pair of headphones that are extremely stylish, and even if you do not reach the kind of playing skills like that of Rafael Nadal on clay during his heydays, then at least you look darn good while bowing out to your opponent.

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Braven BRV-1M is ready to rock and roll

brv-1mWhen it comes to portable speakers that not only function well, but also look good at the same time, then you can be pretty sure that one of the names that would pop into the minds of many most of the time would be Braven. After all, they have come up with their fair share of portable speakers in the past, and does not look as though they are going to shy from continuing down that path in the near future. Braven’s BRV-1M happens to be a next-generation compact Bluetooth speaker that has been specially designed to deliver the most powerful sound in the most extreme environments.

The BRV-1M has been engineered for adrenaline and adventure seekers, as this latest portable Bluetooth speaker model boasts of an IPX7 waterproof rating as well as an impact-resistant housing that is able to withstand even the most aggressive spills, bumps and drops. Just which particular target group would the BRV-1M cater to? We are looking at cyclists, bikers, snowboarders and hikers, as the BRV-1M can be secured onto almost every surface with integrated tie-down bars and included heavy-duty strap. If you are going to use it in other activities, the BRV-1M will also boast of an included Action Mount accessory that is compatible with GoPro and popular action sport mounting systems.

The BRV-1M will arrive with just about everything an adventurer requires to rock their next experience, sporting up to a dozen hours of uninterrupted playtime as well as a 2,200mAh power bank which will also double up as a smartphone charger. Heck, it will also support hands-free calling in the wild, thanks to a built-in noise-cancelling microphone. There is also a newly designed quick release cap system which will shield connections from water and dirt, and a battery level indicator provides a quick glance as to whether this needs to head off to a power outlet or not. The $99.99 asking price will see the BRV-1M arrive in Black/Red and Gray/Black color combinations.

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