At Expo there was undoubtedly going to be some stands that drew larger crowds than others. While we were there it became quite clear that the winner in terms of crowd appeal and interest from press and general public alike was the SteelSeries one. This booth featured a nice lounging area of "Fatboy" bean bags, a few racks of mouse mats, several foam heads sporting the legendary Steelsound and Icemat headsets and the centrepiece, two gaming rigs hooked upto a large monitor with a pro gamer on one, and all challengers on the other. The prize for taking down one of these SteelSeries sponsored gamers was a headset of your choice; well we just had to give it a go.
Razer have transformed the gaming mouse market with their several successive mice; each building on the plus points of the last. With speaker systems and headsets; the keyboard was only a matter of time. Today I have the Razer Tarantula which is Razer’s first attempt (bar the Microsoft Reclusa).
Once we were there we were greeted by the enthusiastic Antec rep who was more than happy to tell of their latest products. They were mainly showing off their cases, including the new Antec P190 which builds on the success of the older P180 case and other Performance One enclosures.
At Expo myself and SorX met a fair few representatives of companies we hadn't heard of before. Having spotted the Revoltec stand on the first day, but giving it some space due to the large crowd that it drew, we rose fresh faced on the 29th and headed straight for it. Upon reaching their orange and black flecked stand we were greeted by the giant of a man that is Ralf Hamann. Now it could be said that many are giants when compared to my 5'5" frame, but this man towered above all around him. Moving into the booth, he showed us the range of peripherhals that Revoltec would be unleashing upon the world in June of this year.
Their main attraction was their new 24” widescreen flatscreen monitor promising 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178 degree viewing angel, 8ms response time, a huge 1920×1200 resolution and HDMI input.
Since computing is generally a bit of a male orientated interest, it never hurts to have a few good looking females to draw in the punters; Channel Expo was no different. Granted it was on a bit of a smaller scale that CeBIT but there was still a good bit of ass n' titties (thank you chauvinistic Rap artists) on display.
Silverstone have been producing high end power supplies and chassis for years now. They are hoping to continue this run with their latest range of PSUs, the Olympias. Featuring a strong single 12v rail and a multitude of connectors and cables, can the OP650 model serve up what we are looking for? Read on to find out.
Geil have been making waves in the memory market for years now and are looking to continue that trend with their latest and greatest modules, the ultra series. I have been lucky enough to receive a 1GB kit of 6400 memory from that very range. It boasts extremely tight timings and a wide range of safe voltage variation, lets see what these babies can do.
There are several products out there that appeal directly to the nerd nation merely because of the extreme technology put into it. The Optimus Mini three is the precursor, and ‘beta test’ for the full Optimus Keyboard and gives you an insight into the world of OLEDs and what can be done with them. Lets have a look…
Recently we tested the Ratpadz XT model, and it unfortunately received one of the lowest marks this site has ever given. Hopefully Ratpadz other model, the GS, will get a much better reception.