VoodooPC and Zalman
VoodooPC was still at CES this year, even after their recent acquisition by HP, showing off some new products.
The first item was this new 20′ ‘portable’ notebook — yes it does have a full number pad on the keyboard and STILL has a couple inches on either side of it before the edges of the unit.
To quote Voodoo’s PR: Featuring two NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX GPUs running in NVIDIA SLI mode and powered by AMD Turion™ 64 X2 dual-core mobile technology, the HW:201 also features the biggest notebook display on the market today — a 20.1′ high-resolution screen — making it the perfect laptop for PC gamers who demand a more immersive portable PC gaming experience. The HW:201 is set to begin shipping to customers on January 8, 2007.
Zalman has become one of the better case and cooling manufacturers of the years and their display at CES continue to show their development in area.
First up was the Fatal1ty branded case that we have already reviewed here at PC Perspective and gave high marks to. Check out the review for all the details.
The TNN 300 case takes a unique approach to case design with passive cooling being the goal. Notice the large heatsink-type side and front panels that are used to remove the heat from inside the case instead of fans.
Zalman has improved on their HTPC line up of cases as well with the HD160XT that comes with a built in touch screen LCD panel. You can be sure we’ll have one of these in soon!
Another unique device is this fan speed monitor that Zalman has built. What is even more impressive is that the device displays the amount of power draw in watts that your system is pulling currently — and it works with any power supply, not just Zalman units.
It works with this little device that it comes with; basically a watt meter that reports to the front digital display. This device could be very handy for a great many users.
Finally, though our pictures can’t possible show it thanks to their single eye, Zalman is set to start selling new stereoscopic monitors that work with NVIDIA’s stereoscopic feature in the Detonator drivers. By wearing some little glass that don’t change the colors like standard 3D glasses, you can get the effect of three dimensions in nearly any game. I got to play World of Warcraft with it and have to say it was actually really fun.
Look for these to hit the streets in the March time frame.
The 2007 Consumer Electronics Show seemed like a bit of a let down this year in terms of overall exciting from the attendees, but when looking at the PC vendors that we spoke to, it turns out that 2007 could be a pretty exciting year for gamers and enthusiasts.
If you have any questions about our CES coverage feel free to stop by this forum thread to post and I’ll try to answer them as quickly as I can. Thanks for reading, and here is to a great 2007!
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