DirecTV is showing off their latest receiver, the slimmed down and somewhat fanless HR44 (the fan is onboard, but will only turn on in dire circumstances). The receiver itself features a 1TB hard drive, and is capable of streaming media to devices such as the new 2013 Samsung and Sony Smart TVs, as well as the PS,3 to deliver the new DirecTV Genie experience. Wifi is onboard as well, offering truly wireless connectivity, and the set top box is capable of recording multiple streams with a much faster interface than than previous DVR models. No official price or date has been released as of yet, but we’ll have that in formation for you as soon as it’s available…so stay tuned.
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Turtle Beach has launched a new series of gaming headsets, including a new cross-platform model. The Ear Force CP510 for Xbox 360 and Ear Force XP51 for PS3 include Turtle Beach’s proprietary digital signal processor, Dolby Digital surround sound, Dual Band Wi-Fi, a rechargeable lithium battery and are Bluetooth compatible. Each runs a full 15 hours on a full charge and will be available this quarter for $289.99 and $269.99 respectively. For those looking for “one headset to rule them all,” the new 7 series features one headset that can be used for gaming consoles, Mac, PC or mobile, with an interchangeable cable to connect to your hardware of choice. Prices range form $149 to $279, and you can learn more by checking the full PR after the jump.
JBL has announced new audio accessories at CES this year–and if you’re the owner of a new iOS device with a lightning connector, you may begin your applause now. The products include the JBL Charge, which is a Bluetooth speaker that will run for 12 hours on a single charge and doubles as a high capacity battery–it also will charge your mobile devices on the go. The JBL Rumble is another speaker with a lightning connector to dock your latest iOS device, and promises to offer superior sound quality with rich bass; it can also stream music and is compatible with popular DJ applications. Check out the full list of new JBL releases after the jump.
If a Windows 8 touchscreen laptop is on your shopping list, then you will want to take a gander at the latest T series Vaio computers form Sony. Each features a touchscreen option to take full advantage of Windows 8, with a T Series 14 and 15 featuring a full HD 1080p display in a magnesium/aluminum body. Both laptops will be available in the spring courtesy of Sony retailers and resellers. Check the short release after the jump.
Panasonic has unveiled the latest tablets in their rugged Toughpad line, available in both a 7-inch Android tablet that runs Ice Cream Sandwich, and a 10-inch tablet that runs a full version of Windows 8. The Android tab will be available in February for $1300 and the Windows 8-powered Touchpad will be available in march for $2900. Yes, the price tags are high; but you are getting Panasonic’s legendary Toughbook specifications–meaning these things are virtually indestructible, and a great option for those on worksites. Check the full release after the jump.
Netflix has announced a major upgrade to its content delivery network. Open Connect is a single purpose video content delivery network that was launched last year, and that network is now available to Netflix international users offering Super HD quality streams for better picture on 1080p HDTVs and will be available to the masses. Check the full release after the jump.
Sharp’s audio group came to CES with four new active sound bars, its first portable audio system in years, and its first Apple-docking microsystem with Apple’s new 8-pin Lightning connector. A quartet of new sound bars tops out with the $599 HTSB-60 and opens with the $149 HTSB-20. The HTSB-60, designed for use exclusively with 60-inch and larger TVs, incorporates built-in HDMI switching, Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 decoders, proprietary virtual 5.1 surround sound technology, 2.4GHz wireless subwoofer, 2×80-watt plus 1×150-watt amplification, and a black textured finish that complements Sharp’s 2013 TV line (the wall-and-table-mountable enclosure measures 54.5″ by 2.88″ by 2.69″). The 2.1-channel sound bar features two exposed woofers and an exposed tweeter for each left-right channel. The bar also incorporates dual HDMI 1.4a 3D-capable HDMI inputs, HDMI 1.4a output with audio return channel, optical digital-audio input, and 3.5mm analog audio input. Other DSP modes include cinema, game, music, sports, news and nighttime listening. The Sharp HTSB-60 is available now.
Epson has launched a new HD projector to its line of home theater projectors . The $899 750HD is scheduled to ship in march and features both 2D and 3D 720p capabilities for viewing at up to 120 inches or larger. Featuring 3,000 lumens of both color and white brightness, the easy-slide image correction makes viewing from any device much clearer and easier without the need for any additional format converters. HDMI and USB connections are onboard as well, with five color modes for adapting the picture to each (also along for the ride are Epson’s RF 3D glasses for 40 hours of viewing on a full charge). The 3LCD PowerLite® Home Cinema 750HD represents a pretty incredible value for anyone looking to get into 3D HD projection, and you can learn more by checking out the full release after the jump.
Hewlett Packard introduced two new Sleekbooks at CES this week. The new Sleekbooks are based on a 15.6-inch display and will come in both touchscreen and non-touchscreen versions, said Kevin Wentzel, HP’s technical marketing manager. Sleekbooks are laptops that don’t quite meet Intel’s specifications to be labeled an Ultrabook, but are much less expensive–enabling HP to reach a larger audience. The touchscreen version will carry a $699 price and will ship in Febuary, while the non-touch model will be priced at $499 and should hit stores this month. The Sleekbooks are powered by an AMD CPU and feature HP CoolSense, ProtectSmart and Connected technologies. HP has included all of the regular ports and connections found on a mainstream laptop, adding that these are features still in demand by consumers. They will come in black, red and blue, and we’ll have more on the new Sleekbooks when they launch next month.
Mad Catz has released its new line of multiplatform gaming peripherals available for use across mobile, PC and Mac platforms. That includes the R.A.T. mouse, the F.R.E.Q. headset, the M.O.U.S.9 wireless mouse, and the C.T.R.L.R. wireless gamepad, all of which are being branded into the GameSmart line. All four devices become available “in a range of distinctive colors” to the general public in “early 2013.” Check the full release after the jump.