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1-2KNOW: PC case with seven fans


HARDCORE PC gamers are extremely fussy about the hardware and nothing but the very best will do. Whether it’s the PC case itself or what’s inside, those who want top performance will do well not to overlook the PC case.

NZXT Phantom 410 Special Edition

EFFORTLESS MUSIC STREAMING

SEE-THROUGH ANDROID VIDEO GLASSES

ALL-IN-ONE WEBCAM

The NZXT Phantom 410 Special Edition might just fit the bill for performance enthusiasts, since it features effective airflow of up to seven fans including a couple of 120mm and a single 140mm LED fan. Not only that but the interior offers support for 240mm dual radiator water cooling and a built-in 30W fan controller.

If you want to upgrade storage space, that’s a snap, thanks to innovative right mounted hard drive rails, while a removable hard drive cage makes it easy to install extended video cards. Screwless 5.25 inch hard drive trays secure 2.5-inch SSDs in case you want to take the flash memory leap forward.

Apart from that, there is USB 3.0 connectivity and an acrylic window that lets you (as well as other visitors) admire the amount of effort and money spent to build this rig.

The NZXT Phantom 410 Special Edition comes in four colours — Black with Orange Trim, Black with White Trim, White with Blue Trim, and a surprise Gunmetal black edition. US$99.99 (RM308) each. Details at www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/phantom_410
 

EFFORTLESS MUSIC STREAMING

WHAT makes the Logitech UE Air Speaker special? For a start, it now features Apple’s AirPlay support, virtually enabling you to stream uncompressed music from iTunes or an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, that is hooked up to your home’s WiFi network, to a Logitech UE speaker.

Your ears will definitely tingle with the high quality audio, thanks to a huge sound stage that is boosted by dual tweeters and woofers. Of course, do bear in mind that the audio quality delivered by a pair of speakers largely depends on the quality of the digital file and the best speakers in the world will not help a poorly encoded audio file. Still, the speaker is more about freedom and it offers the capability of listening to music wherever you are within range.

Setting it up is easy, all you need to do is dock your iOS-powered device, follow the simple on-screen instructions, download the Logitech UE Air app, key in your WiFi password, and you are good to go.

The setup process is a one-time occurrence, and the  speaker will juice up your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch whenever it is docked and playing music to further save time. Available at US$399.99 (RM1,200). Details at www.logitech.com/en-us/press/press-releases/9819
 

SEE-THROUGH ANDROID VIDEO GLASSES

WHEN you put on the Epson Moverio BT-100 display, chances are you may feel as though you are wearing something from the future while looking as cool as Bono of U2 fame. The marvel behind this see-through display is this — not only are you able to see what is right in front of you but it also paves the way for you to interact with 2-D and 3-D digital content.

This is also the first Android-powered see-through wearable display in the world, where micro-projection technology and an Android-powered track-pad controller will enable Moverio users to view streaming video, experience side-by-side 3-D content and enjoy downloaded digital content on a virtual 80-inch perceived screen that has been projected into your actual environment.

The display has WiFi connectivity while the built-in rechargeable battery is good for six hours.

Moverio can also function as a portable media player, where you stash away your music and videos on a microSD memory card that will further augment the included 1GB internal memory.

Available at US$699.99. Details at www.epsonstore.com/
 

ALL-IN-ONE WEBCAM

Logitech comes up with all sorts of snazzy computer peripherals and the Swiss company has managed to give webcams a boost with the Logitech BCC950 ConferenceCam. This is touted as the first communications tool of its kind that merges a full HD webcam alongside a high-quality, omni-directional full-duplex speakerphone — all rolled into a singular USB device so that small groups are able to collaborate in venues such as conference rooms, closed offices or shared work spaces.

Just what does the Logitech BCC950 ConferenceCam carry along with it? We are looking at a full HD webcam with motorised pan, tilt and zoom that makes it a snap to ensure everyone ends up in the picture, and this can be controlled using a control pad on the device or via a convenient remote control.

In addition, the control pad or the remote will also double up as the gateway to answer incoming calls, end calls, adjust the volume as well as mute the microphone.

Specially optimised for Microsoft Lync and being Skype Certified, the BCC950 ConferenceCam ought to be able to play nice with the majority of video platforms, boasting a wide 78-degree field of view and 180-degree video pan, support for 1080p, 30fps HD through plug-and-play UVC H.264 video technology and a speakerphone. It tips the scales at a mere 560g.

Expect the Logitech BCC950 ConferenceCam to arrive in markets worldwide in May at US$249.99. Details at www.logitech.com/en-us/press/press-releases/conferencecam-pr

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