Acer Chromebook Spin 15

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3D NAND-enabled SSD featuring full-disk encryption

Logitech® G PRO Gaming Headset

For professional and competitive gamers

Transcend 500S and 300S series of SD and microSD cards

For the storage needs of today’s users

Kingston Reveals its first wireless headset

The HyperX Cloud Flight Gaming Headset

February 12, 2020

Logitech Expands Video Collaboration for the Personal Workspace with Zone Wired Headset

Logitech announced it is expanding its video conferencing solutions for the entire work environment and enhancing the personal workspace with its upcoming Zone Wired headset. With this new headset, Logitech now has a complete modern portfolio of both wired and wireless headsets giving customers flexibility to choose the right solution for their preferences. Whether you’re in an open office or working remotely, Logitech Zone headsets make it even easier to focus and work from anywhere.

“We’ve tackled small, medium and large meeting rooms with high-quality room solutions,” said Philippe Depallens, general manager of personal collaboration at Logitech. “Now, we’re establishing a category of products designed for the personal workspace that provide a complete personal collaboration experience, whether that’s with audio or webcams. As video collaboration continues to grow, our goal is to provide solutions that are simple to use so you can perform your best no matter where you take your meetings and calls.”

Expanding the Logitech personal collaboration portfolio, Zone Wired joins Zone Wireless, both available in a Unified Communications (UC) and Certified Microsoft® Teams version. You can use the headset with popular calling applications such as Zoom, and Zone Wired will also be bundled with Logitech webcam solutions to complete your personal workspace setup.

The new Zone Wired headset is designed with premium audio drivers for optimal calls or music listening and a sleek in-line controller for quickly muting, playing or pausing audio. The headset includes a tangle-free cable and USB Type-A or Type-C connectivity, offering more versatility, and is compatible with the Logi Tune mobile and desktop apps.

Zone Wired features Microsoft Teams premium microphone for open office, enabling the mic to remove neighbors’ conversations from being overheard on your call. Additionally, the Microsoft Teams version of Zone Wired includes a unique Teams UI and in-line control button, making it easy to launch a Microsoft Teams meeting with a single click, pick up and answer a Teams call, and use voice skills with Cortana® by long-pressing the button.

February 7, 2020

GIGABYTE Launches DESIGNARE DDR4 Memory for content creators

Gigabyte launched the DESIGNARE Series DDR4 3200MHz 64GB memory kit. With its innovative motherboard line, the DESIGNARE label has become synonymous with efficient content creation and this newly launched memory kit advances the brand to new heights with its 32GB capacity per DIMM, professional look and high density heatsinks. The ultra-high capacity per DIMM facilitates video editing and 3D modeling on projects with higher memory requirements and ensures that content creators will not be limited by insufficient memory capacity on their RAM sticks. With an aluminum heatsink design that keeps performance high and temperatures low, the new memory kit is a welcome addition to the DESIGNARE lineup and an indispensable asset for building a powerful content creation rig.

Performance oriented platforms generally fulfill the needs and requirements for high-end gaming but the hardware requirements for efficient content creation is even more demanding. Content creators require high-end processors, RAM, graphics cards, and storage devices to get their work done as efficiently but low RAM capacity limits the efficiency of programs that have higher memory requirements, imposing a bottleneck on overall performance. Although AMD and Intel have added support for single DIMM 32GB DDR4 memory, the market is lacking when it comes to high capacity memory kits, limiting potential performance and system stability for content creators.

GIGABYTE recognized this lack of high-capacity DIMMs on the market so its R&D put in the resources to develop a 64GB high-capacity DDR4 memory kit with 32GB per DIMM at 3200MHz. The new memory kit offers the best balance between performance, support, and pricing in the market. With the 4DIMM configuration of the Intel® Z390 or AMD X570 platforms, both platforms can support up to 128GB memory capacity. The 8DIMM configuration of the Intel® X299 and AMD TRX40 enables them to support up to 256GB memory, doubling the DDR4 memory capacity of standard consumer platforms! In addition, the DESIGNARE Series DDR4 3200MHz 64GB memory kit has passed both the Intel and AMD certification and offers the best support. In terms of style, the new memory kit features silver and white aluminum heatsinks without the RGB, which allows it to distinguish itself from the AORUS memory lineup while staying true to the GIGABYTE DESIGNARE design style with its clean, uniform, and professional look.

“Content creators often utilize applications that have higher memory requirements so GIGABYTE DESIGNARE DDR4 3200MHz 64GB Memory Kit offers users 256GB memory capacity to work with which addresses those demands,” said Jackson Hsu, Director of the GIGABYTE Product Development Division. “GIGABYTE DESIGNARE Series DDR4 Memory Kit stays true to the DESIGNARE brand and builds on the success of AORUS memory products. Having undergone a complete development process and rigorously tested, this product offers content creators the best tools to build the most high quality content creation platform!”

GIGABYTE DESIGNARE Series DDR4 3200MHz 64GB Memory Kit has been produced and tested under the GIGABYTE Ultra Durable standard to ensure its efficiency and stability is ideal for content creation. Products have been released to the product.

Fujifilm launches “FUJIFILM X100V”

FUJIFILM is pleased to announce the launch of the premium compact digital camera “FUJIFILM X100V” (hereinafter “X100V”) in late February 2020. The X100V features a newly-developed high-performance lens on its camera body, designed with functional beauty and sophistication. It is equipped with the latest image sensor and image processing engine to deliver premium-quality images with the company's signature color-reproduction technology. In addition the evolved version of the Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder offers inter-switchable optical and electronic options, in pursuit of the photography style of “shooting through the viewfinder.”

Fujifilm pioneered a new market segment of premium compact digital cameras in 2011 with the launch of the FUJIFILM X100, the inaugural model of the X100 Series. The X100 Series has established a distinctive market position as premium compact digital cameras. It has won great acclaim from users around the world for its sophisticated exterior design, facilitating intuitive operability, and advanced image quality based on Fujifilm's signature color reproduction technology that has been refined over 80 years.

The X100V is the fifth-generation model of the X100 Series. While maintaining the Series' popular design in principle, the new model uses aluminum for the top and bottom plates of the camera body, applying advanced metal processing technology. It has achieved sharp looks to the edges while keeping the surfaces smooth. The use of a tilting rear LCD monitor and dials on the top plate enables intuitive operations and gives the camera body design sophistication exuding functional beauty. A high-performance lens with ultra resolution has been newly developed for this model. The back-illuminated 26.1MP “X-Trans™ CMOS 4”* sensor and the “X-Processor 4” high-speed image processing engine are combined with Fujifilm's unique color reproduction technology to produce premium-quality stills and videos in “memory colors,” i.e. vivid colors exactly as you remember. The X100V equips the Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder, the world's only** viewfinder that can be switched between optical viewfinder (OVF) and electronic viewfinder (EVF). The EVF uses a newly developed organic electroluminescent (EL) panel with capability of high-resolution, high luminance, high contrast to provide enhanced immersiveness in photography shooting experience.

The X100V is a digital camera that integrates excellent design and operability, perfected with attention to detail, with functions that achieve outstanding image quality. It will give photographic pleasure and a sense of joy to own such excellent camera to a wide range of users including professional photographers and photography enthusiasts.

January 25, 2020

Canon Announces the EOS-1D X Mark III, Built for Uncompromised Photo and Video Performance

Canon recently announced the release of the EOS-1D X Mark III, built to meet the needs and demands of professionals who require the best from their equipment. With a powerful 20.1 megapixel 35mm full frame CMOS sensor and the new DIGIC X image processor, the EOS-1D X Mark III delivers top-notch image quality in a wide range of shooting situations.

With the ability to capture high-resolution images at up to 20 frames per second (fps) and high-definition video up-to-4K 60P featuring Canon’s proprietary Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus (AF) technology, the EOS-1D X Mark III is a workhorse for any professional image creator.

“We are very excited to introduce the EOS-1D X Mark III as the ultimate Flagship DSLR in Malaysia. This exceptional game changer model is the first full-frame Canon camera to feature 4K video without cropping and it’s not just for seasoned professional but also advanced enthusiasts. We are confident to push the boundaries with this model in terms of technical performance, its versatility and usability which comes with a host of new features,” said Albert Mah, Head of Imaging Communication Products Division, Canon Marketing Malaysia.

Some of the EOS-1D X Mark III’s features include:

A newly developed 20.1 megapixel 35mm full frame CMOS sensor

Continuous shooting speeds of up to 16 fps (viewfinder shooting) and up to 20 fps (Live View) with AF/AE tracking

DIGIC X image processor with CFexpress media (dual slots), which allows a burst rate of approx. 1000 shots (RAW + JPEG)

New AF sensor combined with AI Servo AF IV[1] delivers significant improvement in AF speed and tracking performance

4K UHD and 4K DCI movie recording at 60p/50p, and supports Canon Log 4:2:2 10-bit in-camera recording

In-camera recording of 5.5K RAW movies with simultaneous MP4 files

Built-in Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi with FTP. Supports 5Ghz wireless LAN and compatible with 2x2 MIMO when used with WFT-E9

The Ultimate EOS Camera: Unparalleled Speed and Performance

Equipped with a newly developed high-res AF sensor that adopts a square pixel design, there is an increase in pixel density for both vertical and horizontal directions. This pixel miniaturization increases the pixel density by 28 times, resulting in a significant increase of AF points from 61 points (EOS-1D X Mark II) to 191 points (for optical viewfinder shooting) in the EOS-1D X Mark III. Processing speed of the new AF sensor is 40x faster than the EOS-1D X Mark II, resulting in significant improvement in subject recognition and tracking performance.

With the increased number of pixels, minute variations in distance to the subject in focus can be accurately detected. This brings about a dramatic improvement in AF accuracy. All 191 AF points support exposure of up to f/8 over the entire AF area, with 65 cross-type AF points at f/8. This makes the EOS-1D X Mark III great for use with extenders, especially for wildlife or sports photographers.

By reducing noise in the CMOS sensors and improving noise reduction with the DIGIC X, the upper limit of normal ISO speed has been increased from one stop to 102,400. Image quality in the ISO 6400-12800 range, which is frequently used by sports and news photographers, is also improved with better noise control. A dedicated DIGIC 8 processor has been employed for AF management and control of the 400,000 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor.

The newly developed 16-point low pass filter helps to reduce moirĂ© and colour distortion, as well as improve image resolution. Gaussian filter features have been incorporated within the EOS-1D X Mark III’s low pass filter to better suit high-resolution lenses.

A brand-new feature of the EOS-1D X Mark III is the HDR PQ HEIF, a 10-bit recording standard (for stills) that differs from conventional high-definition standards, which use high-resolution and low-noise approaches.  The new standard aims to reproduce an image that is close to what is seen in reality compared to conventional image rendering methods, making images look sharper in detail.

HEIF files can be easily converted to JPEG (HDR PQ-quality) format, either in the camera itself or on another device using Digital Photo Professional. HEIF images have a similar “feel” to those shot with HDR PQ, and slightly different from photos shot and saved directly as conventional JPEG files. This feature eliminates the need for RAW development retouching and gamma adjustment process, which was necessary in the past for photos containing strong contrast or lighter tones in neutral-colored areas.

The EOS-1D X Mark III also features a new "Clarity” setting as one of the image adjustment options. This setting is particularly useful when users want to maintain a soft appearance with the subject’s skin, or when they want greater clarity to emphasise qualities such as the hardness of metal or details presented in a scenic view.

Burst shooting on the EOS-1D X Mark III has been increased to a maximum of 16 fps (approx.) to help the photographer capture decisive moments. One of the issues faced during high burst shooting is the experience of “blackout” because the mirror (retracted when one shot is taken) fails to properly capture a new image for the viewfinder to display. To minimise this problem, the EOS-1D X Mark III uses a new mirror system with a high-speed mechanism to retract and reset the mirror, combined with an optical system that displays images in real time. This greatly improves the camera’s ability to track moving subjects through the viewfinder.

For Live View shooting, the EOS-1D X Mark III is capable of high-speed burst shooting at up to 20 fps (approx.) for both RAW and RAW + JPEG recording. Focus and exposure can also be maintained via AF/AE tracking. The effective AF area during Live View burst is broader than what is available during viewfinder shooting, with tracking up to 525 segments. Even when the electronic shutter is chosen for photo shooting, the EOS-1D X Mark III can perform high-speed burst shooting at up to 20 fps. Additionally, the EOS-1D X Mark III also has the ability to focus extremely well in low light situations (as low as EV-6).

Eye Detection AF and head detection routines help to precisely identify the intended subject when using the EOS-1D X Mark III. The accuracy and stability of human detection functions have been greatly improved, and coupled with the miniaturized AF area division (up to 525 segments), the camera provides excellent tracking performance and focusing accuracy, even for fast moving subjects. When shooting human subjects, the camera will detect and focus on the subject’s eye. Even during burst shooting at a speed of up to 20 fps, the camera maintains its fix on the subject’s eye, allowing the photographer to achieve highly accurate focus.  Up to 3,869 AF positions can be manually selected to fine tune focusing.

In the viewfinder shooting mode, the new AI Servo AF IV provides higher predictive accuracy and stability by employing Canon’s most advanced AF algorithm. In challenging shooting conditions such as when the subject is moving away from the camera, the EOS-1D X Mark III is able to maintain highly accurate focus, allowing photographers to capture impressive shots of the desired subject.

New Dual CFexpress Media Format and 4K Video Recording Without Cropping

The EOS-1D X Mark III is equipped with dual CFexpress card slots with CFexpress being a new recording media positioned to be the leading format for high-speed transfer data. The ultra-fast transfer speed of CFexpress media, coupled with the camera’s extended buffer memory, allows the EOS-1D X Mark III to achieve an astounding continuous burst rate of 1,000 shots (RAW). This translates to five times more compared to the EOS-1DX Mark II. With the EOS-1D X Mark II, a photographer could shoot at 14 fps for 12 seconds until the buffer is filled, but with the EOS-1D X Mark III, the duration can last for a minute at 16 fps.

The EOS-1D X Mark III is also the first Canon full-frame camera to feature 4K video without cropping, with the camera supporting movie recording in both the 4K UHD (3840 x 2160, 16:9) standard established by the ITU and is suitable for broadcast content production. It additionally supports the 4K DCI (4096 x 2160, 17:9) standard established by the Digital Cinema Initiative (a group of movie production companies).The EOS-1D X Mark III is equipped with Canon Log whose performance has been proven in CINEMA EOS SYSTEM. Canon Log supports H.265 HEVC encoding, which ensures wide gradation, vivid colour range and small file size.

The HDMI 4K 60p output/Canon Log 10-bit output can be used to transmit 4K movie data to another device for display or external recording. The EOS-1D X Mark III also supports Canon Log YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit video output and ITU-R BT.2020 color gamut output. These features make it possible to capture movie images with excellent dynamic range and vivid color. In-camera 5.5K 60p RAW movie is also available on the EOS-1D X Mark III. The RAW movie’s high resolution, gradation, and editing capabilities allow users to shoot HDR clips, high-contrast scenes, and scenes that require advanced editing. High-speed movie shooting at 120p/100p for FHD is also possible with the EOS-1D X Mark III.

Most of the AF functions used to shoot Live View still photos can also be used for movies. Users can easily switch between movie and still photo shooting with the same operational “feel”. The camera ensures that each function behaves in the same way even though Live View photo shooting has a different subject detection scheme from that of viewfinder shooting. This allows users who are accustomed to AF shooting through the viewfinder to use AF functions effectively when shooting movies.

Enhanced Network Functions and Transfer Speeds

The EOS-1D X Mark III is also equipped with built-in GPS receiver with logging function. This makes it easier and more efficient for news photographers or nature and landscape photographers to maintain a log of shooting locations and manage files. The EOS-1D X Mark III supports up to SuperSpeed Plus USB (USB 3.1 Gen 2) transfer speed. When connected to a PC with a compatible cable, data transfer speed is faster than that of the EOS-1D X Mark II (SuperSpeed USB, USB 3.0).

The EOS-1D X Mark III now comes with built-in Wi-Fi with FTP functions. This greatly enhances photographers’ workflow in the field as they can quickly transfer images conveniently without any additional add-on devices. If a longer range and faster transfer speed is needed, the new WFT-E9 which comes with dual antennas compatible with Dual Band (2.4GHz/5GHz) and MIMO is available as an accessory for EOS-1D X Mark III.

In terms of durability, the EOS-1D X Mark III has a projected shutter life of 500,000 cycles. The main structural parts of the camera are made of magnesium alloy for lightweight and high rigidity. The EOS-1D X Mark III is also water and dust resistant. The AF-ON button now doubles up as a smart controller, which incorporates an optical sensor to detect the finger’s movement. It allows the user to quickly select the AF point easily without releasing the AF-ON button. A new high-definition LCD panel with approximately 2.1 million dots (EOS-1D X Mark II: approximately 1.62 million dots) provides a clear, distinct display - menu and playback operations can be handled using the touch screen.

There are also illuminated buttons on the EOS-1D X Mark III for easier menu and playback operations in dark conditions. The improved viewfinder is able to display key elements (other than the AF frame) in red. This makes it easy to view information even in very dark or extremely bright conditions. The display of other viewfinder elements/information does not impair AF operation.

Robotic Camera System

Along with EOS-1D X Mark III, Canon has launched a Robotic camera system (CR-S700R), a remote control solution for capturing still images using interchangeable lens cameras, via intuitive remote operation. The system consists of a Robotic camera head for Pan/Tilt/Roll/Zoom operation, and an IP Camera Controller (CR-G100) for managing wired connection with camera and PC, as well as its remote operations. By using the optional Camera Remote Application (CR-A100), photographers can manage Live View display and remote release of multiple robotic camera systems and cameras.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III will be available in all Canon authorized dealers nationwide effective from February onwards. For more information, please visit our corporate site for key features and for pricing.

January 7, 2020

SanDisk unveils a portable 8TB SSD prototype and 1TB USB-C thumb drive

SanDisk today announced a new high-capacity SSD prototype that offers a total of 8TB of storage space, which is the biggest SSD that's been made so far.

At 8TB of storage space, the pocket-sized drive offers double the capacity of the 4TB super slim prototype drive that was shown off last year. SanDisk isn't selling the new 8TB SSD as of yet, but it does offer transfer speeds up to 20Gb/s.

Along with the prototype drive, SanDisk also debuted its new 1TB SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB-C, a dual connector drive that can transfer content between USB-C and USB-A devices.

The Dual Drive Luxe USB-C is tiny enough that it fits on a keychain, and it is set to launch later in the first quarter of 2020 for $250.