Acer Chromebook Spin 15

The first convertible Chromebook with a 15.6-inch display

KIngston announced the UV500 SSD Line

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 2, 2024

ASUS Announces BR1204 Series with rugged designs for education segment

ASUS recently announced the launch of its latest BR1204, CR, and CZ series laptops at Bett UK 2024, marking the third consecutive year of ASUS Education launches at the Bett Show and demonstrating its dedication to educational technology innovation. The flagship BR1204 is engineered to withstand the daily challenges of classroom activity, meeting the highest standards of durability. Accompanying the BR series are the CR and CZ Chromebook series (CR1204, CR1104, CZ1204, CZ1104), which bring unparalleled versatility and mobility to hybrid-learning environments. 


Together, these series champion the ASUS commitment to reliability, user-centric design and safety, both online and offline — with easy-to-service designs that ensure IT administrators can maintain devices with minimal effort, enhancing the efficiency of education technology. With the comprehensive ASUS lineup for education, both teachers and students are equipped to excel in the digital age. 

The ASUS BR1204 series, designed for the K-12 education segment, features ruggedized construction for enhanced durability, making it an ideal choice for active young learners. Key aspects include a fingerprint-resistant finish, easy rubber grip, reinforced internal components and a spill-resistant keyboard, ensuring the laptops withstand daily classroom use. This model is crafted to minimize learning disruptions, adapt to various environments and is easy to handle, making it a reliable educational tool. 

In an era where educational needs are as diverse as the students themselves, ASUS responds with an expanded BR series — including the all-new BR1204, a new 12-inch model alongside the existing 11- and 14-inch laptops. This growth in the BR series exemplifies the ASUS dedication to providing tailored educational solutions, offering a range of display sizes to meet varying preferences and requirements. 

Complementing the Windows-based BR series, the ASUS Chromebook CR and CZ series present versatile options, catering to different learning and teaching methodologies. These Chromebooks, available in both 11-inch (CR1104, CZ1104) and 12-inch (CR1204, CZ1204) displays, provide an alternative operating system choice, broadening the scope of educational tools available. This diversity in hardware and software ensures that ASUS devices align with the varied instructional strategies found in modern classrooms. 

Equipped with up to 10 hours of battery life, Chromebook CR and CZ support extended learning sessions without the need for constant recharging. The inclusion of world-facing cameras and comprehensive connectivity options, like WiFi 6E and 4G LTE, empowers students and teachers to engage in education from anywhere. The versatile hinge design, enabling a range of uses from note-taking to collaborative projects, further enhances the adaptability of these laptops. 

With the introduction of new sizes and the Chromebook CR and CZ series, ASUS reinforces its commitment to facilitating flexible, engaging and innovative learning experiences in any environment. 

January 25, 2024

Samsung Launches SSD 990 EVO: Elevating Performance for Everyday Gaming, Business and Creative Workflows

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced the release of SSD 990 EVO — the newest addition to the company’s lineup of consumer SSDs — which delivers powerful performance with better energy efficiency. Designed to enhance everyday computing experiences like gaming, work and video/photo editing, the NVMe SSD is expected to be an ideal solution for a diverse range of users.


“Samsung has been leveraging its advanced memory technologies for optimized SSD solutions, and for our latest consumer product, we’ve combined both innovation and practicality to enhance the computing experiences for users,” said Hangu Sohn, Vice President of Memory Brand Product Biz Team at Samsung Electronics. “The 990 EVO balances performance, power efficiency and reliability, making it a versatile choice for the latest interface that is suitable for a variety of everyday tasks, including gaming, business workflow and creative endeavors.”

The 990 EVO offers enhanced performance of up to 43% compared to the previous model, 970 EVO Plus. Sequential read speeds come up to 5,000 megabytes-per-second (MB/s) and write speeds up to 4,200 MB/s. Random read and write speeds also get a boost with up to 700K input/output operations per second (IOPS) and 800K IOPS, respectively.

By using Host Memory Buffer (HMB) technology to directly link to the host processor’s DRAM, the SSD can achieve optimized performance even with a DRAM-less design. Users upgrading from previous mainstream SSDs will experience significantly faster loading speeds for games and swift access to large files.

The Samsung 990 EVO improved power efficiency of up to 70% when compared to the 970 EVO Plus, allowing users extended usage on PCs without the constant concern for battery life. It also supports Modern Standby,1 which enables an instant on/off function with uninterrupted internet connectivity and seamless notification reception, even in low-power states.

The 990 EVO’s heat spreader label effectively regulates the thermal condition of the NAND chip, allowing operations to consistently run at their highest levels without compromising drive integrity.

The 990 EVO is a versatile SSD created to meet current computing needs and in anticipation of future requirements. Users can experience seamless multitasking with a single SSD that caters to the demands of everyday such as gaming, business and creative workflow.

Supporting both PCIe 4.0 x4 and PCIe 5.0 x2 interfaces, the 990 EVO fits the needs for today’s PCs supporting PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots while it also offers compatibility along with thermal control and power savings for PCIe 5.0 interfaces in upcoming applications.

The 990 EVO comes in 1 terabyte (TB) and 2TB capacity options.


 

January 24, 2024

Palit Announces Finalists for PALIT Maker Contest 23/24: Vote and Win Premium DIY Components and Peripherals!

Palit, a renowned graphics card manufacturer, is thrilled to unveil the top 5 finalists for the PALIT Maker Contest 23/24. After an intense competition spanning several weeks, the finalists have been carefully selected from a pool of exceptionally talented individuals. Palit now invites enthusiasts and the gaming community to participate in the final stage by casting their votes for the ultimate champion.

The 5 finalists have showcased their creativity and technical prowess in the Palit Maker Contest 23/24 videos, providing a glimpse into their unique vision for GPU cover design. Viewers are encouraged to watch the submitted videos, make an informed decision, and cast their votes for a chance to win Premium DIY Components and Peripherals.

Voting is now open and will continue until January 26, 2024. To express gratitude for the participation, voters stand a chance to win top-tier DIY components and peripherals.

As the landscape of PC DIY continues to evolve, Palit remains at the forefront, inspiring gamers to express their individuality through the Maker feature. This distinctive feature allows users to incorporate their designs on the cooler cover, providing a canvas for creative expression. The PALIT Maker Contest 23/24 serves as a platform for the most talented artists to showcase their skills and innovative approaches in GPU cover design.

Palit invites the gaming community and PC enthusiasts to be part of this exhilarating journey by participating in the voting process. The winner of the PALIT Maker Contest 23/24 will not only earn recognition for their outstanding design but will also contribute to the ever-evolving world of PC customization.

To cast your vote and witness the culmination of this exciting contest, visit https://palit.momentum-campaigns.com/index.php/phase-ii-voting/ for a chance to win Premium DIY Components and Peripherals.


January 23, 2024

Hands-On with Kingston 2024 Mini Dragon USB Drive: A Compact Marvel Unveiled

Recently, we received a delightful surprise gift from Kingston – the limited-edition 2024 Mini Dragon USB Flash Drive, just in time for the upcoming Year of the Dragon.This surprise afforded us the opportunity to delve into its design, performance, and overall usability.


The Kingston 2024 Mini Dragon USB Drive immediately stands out with its exquisite package design. A charming, round green dragon, gracefully suspended in the clouds, takes center stage, encapsulated within dragon egg-inspired packaging. The drive's sleek rubber exterior not only provides resilience against falls and impacts but also offers a delightful tactile experience. Its tail is thoughtfully crafted as a key ring loop, enhancing its portability and ensuring you can carry your files effortlessly wherever you go.


Crafted with precision, the dragon scale patterns on the metal alloy casing provide a tactile feel, and the compact form factor ensures a comfortable grip. The build quality exudes durability, suggesting resilience to the rigors of daily use.

Despite its diminutive size, the Mini Dragon doesn't compromise on power. The USB 3.2 Gen 2 speeds are evident in the swift data transfer during our testing phase. It's clear that Kingston has managed to encapsulate a robust performance within this small package. The dragon-inspired design adds a touch of flair to the USB drive. It's not just a storage device; it's a style statement. Whether attached to a keychain or kept in a pocket, the Mini Dragon draws attention and sparks conversations, making it a conversation starter for tech enthusiasts.


In our first encounter with the Kingston 2024 Mini Dragon USB Drive, it has left us with a positive and lasting impression. From its enchanting design to its efficient performance, this USB drive is more than a storage device – it's a statement piece for tech enthusiasts who value both style and substance.Kingston has created a miniature marvel that packs a punch in both aesthetics and functionality. Kingston’s limited-edition Mini Dragon USB Flash Drive is available through Kingston’s network of retail and e-tail outlets at a MSRP of RM98.

January 9, 2024

Acer Expands Gaming Portfolio with New Predator BiFrost and Nitro Series Graphics Cards

Acer today announced the Predator BiFrost AMD Radeon™ RX 7800 XT OC and a trio of Nitro graphic cards powered by the latest AMD Radeon RX 7000 series GPUs, including the new AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT GPUs. The new graphics cards empower users to experience immersive gaming experiences when playing the latest AAA titles with up to 16GB memory and next-gen technologies.


Boasting 60 unified AMD RDNA™ 3 compute units and paired with Predator FrostBlade™ 3.0 fans, the Predator BiFrost AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT graphics card offers seamless performance in 1440p and 4K gameplay. The Acer Nitro AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT OC graphics card comes loaded with 16 GB of GDDR6 memory and up to 624 Gbps memory bandwidth, while the Acer Nitro AMD Radeon RX 7700 XT OC graphics card offers 12 GB of GDDR6 memory and up to 432 Gbps memory bandwidth.

To achieve smooth and fast performance, the Acer Nitro AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT OC graphics card features 16 GB of GDDR6 memory while doubling down on cooling with Nitro FrostBlade ringed fans, a dual-ball bearing system, three heat dissipation vents, and offering a reinforced copper base to efficiently absorb heat and help increase the device’s lifespan. The meticulously engineered cooling system delivers the overclocking power gamers need to push the graphics card to its limits.

Acer’s latest desktop graphics cards push the boundaries of gaming and creative workflows. Leveraging the AMD RDNA™ 3 architecture, players can harness the power of advanced AI technology and raytracing accelerators to enable fluid resolution and high-refresh-rate gaming in the most competitive titles. Professionals and hobbyists can also edit, visualize, and create with no restraints with support for accelerated rendering applications. In addition, the new graphics cards include the new AMD encode/decode media engine for a more dynamic range of colors and enhancements when playing or streaming, and support the DirectX 12 Ultimate API to unleash immersive and lifelike visuals.

The Predator BiFrost AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT OC graphics card fuses the prowess of the AMD RDNA 3 chiplet design and Acer’s latest technology advancements. Gamers can expect major leaps in performance and efficiency with PCIe 4.0 and dual PCIe 8-PIN connectors. With a massive 16 GB GDDR6 memory and 624 Gbps bandwidth, the Predator BiFrost AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT OC graphics card delivers lightning-fast processing and visual fidelity in every frame, plus clock speeds that reach up to a 2,254 MHz game clock[1] and up to 2,565 MHz boost clock[2] for smooth responsiveness.

Crafted with precision, the Predator BiFrost AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT OC graphics card houses a robust cooling system with triple Predator FrostBlade 3.0 fans, a distinct ringed design, and wave-patterned blade texture to enhance airflow, paired with an efficient vapor chamber to optimize heat dispersion. DIY gamers will appreciate the sleek design measuring 281.9 x 117.9 x 61.4 mm and occupying 3 slots, making it a great fit for a wide range of gaming rigs. For added versatility, connectivity options include an HDMI 2.1 port and three DisplayPort™ 2.1 ports for easy device integration. Finally, the Predator BiFrost Utility App lets gamers oversee the device's performance and calibrate fan velocities and graphics parameters to their desired settings.

The Acer Nitro AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT OC and Nitro AMD Radeon RX 7700 XT OC graphics cards are primed to present the latest games in their full visual splendor. They blend redesigned AMD RDNA 3 compute units with unified raytracing and AI accelerators to take gamers on a mesmerizing journey in 1440p and 4K gaming. The Nitro Radeon RX 7700 graphics card’s game clock speed scales up to an impressive 2,276 MHz and the boost clock reaches up to an astounding 2,599 MHz. The Nitro Radeon RX 7800 graphic card’s game clock goes up to 2254 MHz while its boost clock reaches up to 2565 MHz to support graphic-intensive games and tasks.

The new Acer Nitro graphic cards feature a new encode/decode media engine for high-definition encoding capabilities. Whether it is exploring gaming realms, streaming videos, or creating designs, users can experience ultra-enhanced multimedia, elevated color spectrums, and dynamic enhancements with full AV1 encode/decode support[3].


Users don’t need to worry about overheating as the Acer Nitro AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT OC and Nitro AMD Radeon RX 7700 XT OC graphics cards feature dual Nitro FrostBlade ringed fans to improve airflow and dispel heat from the heatsink and away from the GPUs. Their dual-ball bearing systems serve to decrease noise, withstand high temperatures, and help minimize the fans’ wear and tear. The advanced cooling system lies beneath its thoughtfully designed exterior, with dimensions of 279 x 129.62 x 50.42 mm and 2.5-slot designs so gamers can maximize space without compromising performance. For added flexibility, the graphics cards come with one HDMI 2.1 port and three DisplayPort 2.1 ports.