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By May 6, 2016 Read More →

Petcube Camera Unboxing

vlcsnap-00001The Petcube camera is a dedicated piece of hardware to look after your animal friends whilst away from the home. Allowing the user a secure window into your house from a smartphone the Petcube also allows you to vocally interact with the animals and even play with them.

  • Check up on your pets when away from home
  • High Definition 138 degree wide angle camera
  • 2-way audio so you can hear and speak to your pet
  • Built-in laser to play with your pet
  • Connect to your existing home Wi-Fi
  • Tripod mount compatible
  • iOS and Android compatible

The Petcube Camera is for sale from Mobilefun for £170 here.

By May 6, 2016 Read More →

Vivitek introduces the D830 series

Vivitek_DH833 [1512422]Vivitek, a leading brand of visual display products, presents the D830 series, a new range of powerful multimedia projectors. Developed to make a great impression with their elegant design in any environment, their outstanding features include their high brightness in a compact body with a weight of just 3.2 kg. The Vivitek DH833 and DX831 deliver 4,500 ANSI lumens while the DW832 provides 5,000 ANSI lumens brightness with a choice of resolution at 1080p, XGA, or WXGA respectively.

The new Vivitek D830 series is characterised by its versatility. The projectors offer all common digital and analogue connectivity options including the possibility to connect compatible mobile devices via MHL. With their high brightness and a contrast ratio of 15,000: 1, the D830 series delivers brilliant images even in bright conference rooms and classrooms.

 The new Vivitek projectors are environmentally friendly with an easily replaceable lamp offering up to 4,000 hours life time, and energy-saving features such as Dynamic Eco Plus mode and Auto Power Off function when there is no signal input. Furthermore, the D830 series is compatible with major systems such as   Crestron® RoomView™, Extron, AMX SSDP etc., and thus can be integrated into existing networks to be centrally queried for status information or to change settings.

 “The D830 series is the ideal complement to our multimedia projectors,” says Holger Graeff, General Manager, Vivitek EMEA. “The strong brightness level of the projectors together with the wide 1.5x zoom for flexibility and full connectivity make them ideal for variable presentations for companies, schools and government agencies.”

 To make the user experience with the D830 series even more engaging, the Vivitek NovoPRO solution can be added for full wireless connectivity and collaboration for up to 64 users in the room. The NovoPRO platform is designed to ensure a top quality wireless experience to accommodate today’s popular Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept. NovoPRO ensures cross OS platform compatibility, yet at a price-performance point that makes it easily affordable for any meeting room, boardroom or brainstorm space.

With NovoPRO as the hub, multiple devices can be connected fast and simple at one time, while four can be simultaneously projecting in a split screen. To make operation simpler, the optional Launcher allows for instantaneous screen sharing though this USB plug-and-play connected device.

 Prices and Availability:

DH833: £819 (excl. VAT). Available immediately, also available with Education Warranty.

DW832: £669 (excl. VAT). Available immediately, also available with Education Warranty.

DX831: £629 (excl. VAT). Available immediately.

NovoPRO & 4-Launcher-set:  £699 (excl. VAT). Available immediately. 

Specifications D830 series:

·         Great flexibility with 1.5x zoom

·         Variety of display connectivity options including: HDMI and MHL

·         Built-in 10W audio speaker with multiple audio-in and audio-out ports

·         Integrated network monitoring and management solutions including Crestron® RoomView™, Extron, AMX SSDP and Telnet

·         Enhanced environmentally friendly power functions to increase lamp life, power savings and energy consumption

By May 4, 2016 Read More →

WIN Blingstring Solar Fairy Lights White 100 LEDs

blingstring_100_whiteRed Robin Solar are giving one lucky winner the opportunity to bling up their garden this summer with an enchanting set of Blingstring Solar Fairy Lights

The Blingstring Solar Fairy Lights are one of the bestselling solar fairy light brands in the UK. The lights come with an amorphous solar panel designed to give improved performance in dull weather. The back of the solar panel has been designed to enhance the waterproofing. Incredibly easy to install and free to run you will not be disappointed with your Blingstring Solar Fairy Lights. This particular version has 100 white LEDs.

To be in with a chance of winning some Blingstring Solar Fairy Lights, all you have to do is follow tracyandmatt on Twitter and retweet the following tweet: “RT I want to win some Blingstring Solar Fairy Lights from @tracyandmatt  and @redrobinsolar – You could too: http://wp.me/p3WUB6-fNO ” You can also click the retweet link below to save you copying and pasting the phrase. Your twitter name will be entered in to the draw.

RETWEET ME!

You’ll have to keep following us as we’ll notify winners via DM. 

Entry is open until midnight on the 15th May 2016 and the winner will be picked at random on the 16th May. Will that be a lucky day for you?

We’ll contact the winner via twitter so make sure that you are still following us!

Good luck.

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By May 3, 2016 Read More →

PitPat Unboxing

4The idea of a Fitbit for your dog is a humourous one however our K9 pals need a great deal of exercise to keep them in shape, not to mention happy. Sometimes throwing a lead on them and zipping around the block might not be enough.

Using a small piece of collar mounted tech and an app for your phone the Pitpat works like most fitness trackers, without the biometric readings. Designed to keep up with a doggies varied lifestyle the Pitpat is waterproof, lightweight and simple to use.

  • Check up on your dog’s health with ease
  • Attaches simply to your dog’s collar
  • Comfortable, small and lightweight design
  • Robust and waterproof
  • Bluetooth technology for safe wire-free communication
  • Free companion app for iOS and Android
  • Over 1 year battery life

The Pitpat is £39.99 from Mobilefun

By May 1, 2016 Read More →

Limited Edition Kahn Land Rover Defender at The London Motor Show

 

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The London Motor Show will be taking place at Battersea Evolution from the 5th-8th May where more than 40 car brands and 130 models will be on display to visitors from around the world. The ultimate automotive event will be opened by HRH Prince Michael of Kent on Thursday 5th May at an exclusive, ticketed preview evening.

 

Visitors to The London Motor Show will experience something rather special… On display for the very first time will be a limited edition, one-off, Land Rover Defender designed by Afzal Kahn.

 

Entitled the Ultimate Defender, this vehicle is a true collector’s item that celebrates the world-renowned Land Rover Defender mode that is sadly no longer in production. It will feature a variety of visual elements that give the classic design a more contemporary feel while recalling the long and storied history of the SUV – as the first and only Defender of its kind this car is extremely rare.

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Priced at £65,000, this Santorini Black model has been adorned with a purposeful and muscular appearance thanks to the addition of front and rear Satin Black wide wings with body coloured arches, integrated vents and exposed bolt apertures. A new front bumper incorporates integrated lighting and a sump guard, whilst an X-Lander front grille, mesh hood vents and Kahn vinyl stripes complete the facelift.

 

The vehicle proudly wears a set of 9.0” x 20” Mondial wheels in Volcanic Black with 275/55/20 tyres. In addition, Burnt Orange Metallic brake calipers, twin cross-hair exhaust system and hard-wearing mud flaps improve the off-road performance of the vehicle. Towards the rear, the vehicle proudly wears a Chelsea Truck Company spare wheel cover.

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Occupants are also treated to a wealth of custom tailored opulence that you won’t see in standard models.  The standard seats have been replaced with front and rear GTB seats in Hield Fabric, whilst the same fabric has also been integrated into the fillets. A centre glove box, passenger dashboard, handles, door panels, instrument binnacle, front door cards and boot panel, Churchill time clock, sat nav, reverse camera, Kahn billet and leather steering wheel, 4 speed auto gear box and vented machined aluminium foot pedals complete the package.

 

Designer of the Ultimate Defender, Afzal Kahn says: “I have designed a vehicle that celebrates the history and unique personality of the Defender. This is a fitting tribute to one of the world’s best loved vehicles and I would welcome feedback from Defender owners and enthusiasts alike who are welcome to visit my Kings Road boutique in Chelsea.”

 

 

Stephen Maitland-Oxley, Events Director at The London Motor Show says: “It’s an honour to be able to play host to this magnificent one-off Land Rover Defender and to offer visitors the opportunity to see this limited edition vehicle. The Defender is such an iconic car and now holds an even larger legacy following its production ending in January this year, so to be able to get one more glimpse of this model is fantastic.”

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Across The London Motor Show weekend, exhibitors will be showcasing their latest vehicles with prices ranging from £8,000, to in excess of £200,000, to cater to everyone’s pocket. Alongside the vehicles, the lecture theatre will play host to a fantastic line-up of honoured speakers including, Sir Stirling Moss, Tiff Needell, Ben Collins and Nigel Mansell who’ll be focussing on a number of major motoring issues.

 

The exhibition is designed with families in mind with fantastic activities on hand including the TOP GEAR simulator and a chance to play the Project CARS racing game using a VR headset.

 

The general early bird admission ticket is £15 from 6th-8th May and children under 10 go free. On the door ticket price is £20. For more information visit www.thelondonmotorshow.co.uk/

 

Opening times:

 

Friday 6th May: 10.00am – 6.00pm, Saturday 7th May: 10.00am – 6.00pm, Sunday 8th May: 10.00am-5.00pm.

By April 29, 2016 Read More →

Vivitek adds new model to bring sports and games alive

medium_Vivitek_H1060_FrontVivitek has announced the immediate availability of the H1060 projector.  With 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness and a contrast ratio of 15,000:1, the new H1060 is a perfect entry level projector for those who want to enjoy the upcoming Euro cup or the Olympic Games on a large screen in the comfort of their home.

The Texas Instruments’ DLP® and BrilliantColor™ technologies included ensure brilliant and rich digital picture quality with full colour saturation thanks to its 6-segment (GYRWCB) colour wheel. The Vivitek H1060 offers Full HD 3D directly via an HDMI port while its native 1080p resolution allows users to enjoy the top 3D and 2D video games.

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 “With its attractive price positioning, the new H1060 perfectly complements our existing range of home cinema projectors. It delivers an unrivalled price-performance ratio at a smaller budget and boosts very modest operational costs as the H1060 is equipped with an energy efficient lamp. This allows the user to enjoy a great image for up to 10,000 hours making it the ideal solution for enjoying many great entertainment moments at home,” comments Holger Graeff, General Manager EMEA of Vivitek Corporation.

The new model features a complete set of connectivity options including dual HDMI v1.4 inputs to allow users to connect their cable/satellite receiver, Blu-Ray disc player or video gaming console. The H1060 provides MHL support for easy streaming of video and audio content from any compatible mobile device. It includes several additional I/O ports including an audio in port to use the built-in 2 watt speaker or audio out port to connect to the external sound system. Moreover, thanks to its new energy efficient lamp, the lamp lifetime in dynamic eco mode is extended up to 10,000 hours and its position on the top of the projector also facilitates easy replacement by the user. The compact size and weight of only 2.3 kg ensures that the H1060 is easy to store and carry in order to enjoy sports events or games sessions with friends everywhere.

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Positioned as an ideal projector for anyone who wants to enjoy the big picture, the H1060 is a great budget choice that complements the existing range of Full HD home theatre projectors launched last year which already includes the Vivitek H1186 and H1188.

Key features / Specifications of the Vivitek H1060

–          High definition 1080p resolution (1920×1080) for clear and crisp visuals

–          DLP® technology with BrilliantColor™ for vibrant and rich picture quality

–          Powerful 3,000 ANSI lumens brightness with a 15,000 high contrast ratio to display sharp images even when the lights are on

–          6-segment colour wheel for outstanding colour reproduction (GYRWCB)

–          A long lamp life up to 10,000 hours for low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

–          Compact and lightweight at only 2.3kg for easy portability

–          Audio ready with built-in 2 watt speaker and audio out port

–          Dual HDMI inputs and MHL compatibility for streaming of video and audio content from any compatible mobile device

Pricing and Availability

The Vivitek H1060 is immediately available and is priced at £629 including VAT. It benefits from a three year warranty on the projector and one year on the lamp (or 1,000 hours, whichever comes first).

By April 29, 2016 Read More →

An AOC AGON Series Premium Gaming Monitor

2016-04-29 (2)AOC, one of the top global brands in the display market, recently presented their premium line of gaming monitors – the AGON series. Its first model is the 27″ (68.6 cm) AG271QX powered by a high-speed TN panel at a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. It delivers ultra-smooth images with a 144 Hz refresh rate and a response time of 1 ms, supported by Adaptive-Sync Technology (FreeSync™ compatible, at a 30-144 Hz range) that reduces stuttering and tearing – focusing on the best gaming performance.

Gamers that play competitively not only rely on fast and smooth images, but also on instantaneously-executed commands and perfect vision in every situation. The AOC Low Input Lag mode disables picture post-processing on the monitor’s electronics and, therefore, accelerates the command pass-through from mouse, keyboard and gamepad to result in immediate actions while the AOC Shadow Control enables gamers to quickly adjust contrast in overly dark or bright areas without sacrificing the quality of well-balanced areas across the rest of the screen.

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Gamers that never run out of steam would also want perfect ergonomics and to be able to rely on convenient features to adjust their monitor. The AOC AGON ergonomic base provides plenty of comfort when enabling adjustments of height, tilt and swivel, and is accurately marked by a scale, so gamers can always jump back to their preferred settings. What is more, the stand is equipped with a carry-handle for easy transportation of the monitor for example to and from eSports events. When not using the headset, there is a practical holder at the side of the display to hook it over. Even more comfort is delivered by the eye-protecting AOC Flicker-Free Technology and the AOC Low Blue Light mode, both reducing eye strain, discomfort and fatigue during long gaming sessions. Monitor settings are key features when it comes to individuality, and they need to be easily accessible. Adjustable gaming presets will grant gamers exactly that. AOC has not just implemented changeable Game Mode Presets, but also added the AOC QuickSwitch Controller, enabling the user to switch effortlessly between modes and adjust brightness, contrast and other gaming features.

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The AOC AGON AG271QX premium gaming monitor, clearly addressing competitive gamers, will be available in June 2016 for an MSRP of £479. 

 

By April 29, 2016 Read More →

Touching the Panasonic DX902

21371_TX_65DX902_1Recently I was  invited along to experience the new Panasonic DX902, a television that Panasonic are extremely proud of. Instead of getting distracted with all the latest Smart TV features Panasonic is focusing entirely on the best picture quality they can get from a panel. With the DX902 they are proud to point out it is receiving some of the best reviews across the Internet of any LED TV.

Previously Panasonic have spent a lot of time concentrating on plasma however they are having to keep up with the times as people are wanting thinner televisions with better power usage ratings. Pushing the LED technology as far as they can Panasonic has put in a vibrant 4K panel that handles HDR better than most. Additionally the Firefox TV operating system is in play here and gives a fast, responsive and easy to use experience for any TV user.

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Around the back of a panel are 4 HDMI ports with Audio Return Channel (ARC) and thankfully each of these is compliant with the high definition copy protocol (HDCP) 2.2 standard. Three USBs have been installed one of which is USB 3.0, and Panasonic have thankfully added set of optical audio outputs alongside the standard ethernet and tuner for Freeview and Freesat. As usual with the last few incarnations of Panasonic Viera TV’s we have two remote controls, a standard IR remote and a Bluetooth TouchPad that adds voice control.

The real star of the show year however is the new backlight technique Panasonic are employing, utilising local dimming. This screen is not lit from the edge, instead it uses a very specific structure with seven by seven clusters creating isolated areas of the screen to minimise any leakage. This allows the panel to have exceptionally deep blacks. We witnessed a test of Mad Max: Fury Road from a 4k disk and the results for stunning.

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What we’re seeing here is one of the first televisions with 10-bit HDR, a new standard supported by Ultra HD Blu-ray. The loss of detail and clipping is astonishing however Mad Max: Fury Road actually has dropped frames integrated into the original negative and some may mistaken this for performance problems. The DX902 has a new HCX+ (Hollywood Cinema eXperience plus) processing chipset, an improvement on the 4K Studio Master Processor, that helps produce pre-HDR Rec 709. This has earned 4K Certification from the renowned independent quality assurance group, THX.

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The Award-winning cinematographer Vanja Cernjul, known from TV series such as Marco Polo and Orange Is The New Black, noted: “I think when consumers see a 4K HDR image, they will get used to it very quickly, and then just start demanding it”. Panasonic utilised Vanja to create a cinematic short film to demonstrate Panasonic’s VIERA Ultra HD Premium TV’s ability to reproduce the director’s vision.

When all this is put together this TV really is one of the top TVs for the regular consumer,  certainly experts may be able to see problems however for the average customer the combination of outstanding colour, ease of use, to the point feature set and elegant look really make for a winner. Whilst pricey you really are getting what you pay for here and if you’re entertaining a 4K screen this summer then the DX902 is one to look at.

The DX902 comes in two sizes, 58-inch for around £2700 and 65-inch costing around £3200.

More information is available on Panasonic’s website.

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By April 28, 2016 Read More →

Innovative Vehicles on Display at The London Motor Show

car4The London Motor Show will be arriving at Battersea Evolution from the 5th– 8th May to showcase more than 40 car brands and 130 models to visitors from around the world. As the ultimate event in the automotive calendar the Show will provide the perfect platform to exhibitors wanting to launch their latest must-have models and display their vehicles in the UK for the very first time. Cars will range in price from £8,000 to in excess of £200,000 to suit everyone’s pockets.

Alongside dealerships representing manufacturers such as Volvo, Vauxhall, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and MINI, visitors will also have access to a selection of innovative cars such as; the Riversimple RASA, the VUHL 05 Lightweight Supercar, the MG GS and many more…

The lecture theatre will play host to a fantastic line-up of honoured speakers including, Sir Stirling Moss, Tiff Needell, Ben Collins, Nigel Mansell and Afzal Kahn who’ll be focussing on a number of major motoring issues.

Stephen Maitland-Oxley, Events Director at The London Motor Show says: “The London Motor Show is a Mecca for all fans of the motoring world. Whether you’re a teenager looking for your first car or an avid car collector, there really is something for everyone. We have more than 40 car brands who allow visitors to ask any questions before they make a decision to buy, making it the ideal shopping experience!”

The London Motor Show and HR Owen are delighted to announce that, for the first time in the UK, the Bentley Bentayga, Ferrari 488 Spider, Rolls-Royce Dawn and Lamborghini Huracán Spyder will be on display all together. Tom King, H.R. Owen’s marketing director, said: “The London Motor Show looks set to be a fantastic occasion, and we are delighted to be able to bring such a stunning range of headline new cars like the Bentley Bentayga, Ferrari 488 Spider, Rolls-Royce Dawn and Lamborghini Huracán Spyder to this new event for fans to enjoy. It is very exciting for motoring enthusiasts to be able to get up close and engage with these cars at one time. As the UK’s premier luxury and supercar dealer, H.R. Owen was perfectly placed to be able to supply such a rare and exotic group of cars to the show.”

Here is your sneak peek of the cars on display at The London Motor Show…

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VUHL 05 Lightweight Supercar

This Mexican designed and produced newcomer was first seen in the UK at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2013 and will use The London Motor Show to kick-start a packed global programme for this exciting new marque.

The VUHL 05 is powered by Ford’s award-winning turbocharged 2 litre EcoBoost engine, which is sufficiently potent to endow the two-seater with a mighty impressive power-to-weight ratio of 410bhp/ton. It’s currently for sale at a price of £59,995 from specialist dealer, Bespoke Performance.

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Riversimple RASA

This innovative, two-seater hydrogen cell powered car, developed and built in Wales, will be on display at The London Motor Show. The Riversimple RASA is a lightweight and highly efficient, “network” electric car powered by innovative hydrogen fuel cell technology and it’s the first road legal, engineering prototype. This car perfectly reflects the objectives of The London Motor Show, which is to showcase not just the wide range of exciting new cars currently available to the public, but also to provide the opportunity of promoting significant developments in automotive technology and innovation initiated here in the UK.

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Mitsuoka Brooklands Roadster

Mitsuoka Motor will be showcasing their limited edition “Brooklands” Roadster at The London Motor Show. Featuring a British sporting design of elegant flowing lines, the Brooklands Roadster combines timeless styling with advanced levels of modern technology, safety and comfort. Finished in true British Racing Green, the Brooklands uses the standard Roadster as a base, trimming the cabin in rich cream leather with green contrasting stitching on the seats, gear and handbrake gaiters and centre armrest. In keeping with classic British heritage, a burr walnut veneer dashboard panel has been fitted, as well as a headrest embroidered with the Brooklands logo.

To complete the Brooklands, Mitsuoka commissioned special sports hand crafted wire style wheels, synonymous with classic British sports cars of the early twentieth century. Rear wheel drive with an admirable high power to weight ratio, the Brooklands Roadster is fully equipped with the latest technology, advanced safety features and modern conveniences. Four wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Traction Control System (TCS) are all naturally standard, as are the front and side airbags. Power Retractable Hard Top is standard – available with either 6 speed manual or 6 speed powershift transmission with paddle controls. The Brooklands is priced at £57,500.

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Infiniti Q60

The new Infiniti Q60 is a premium sports coupe that combines expressive design with exhilarating performance and dynamics and will be on display for the first time in the UK at The London Motor Show. Daring proportions and taut, muscular lines provide the Q60’s impulsive exterior – lower and wider than predecessors. Dynamic enhancements, including an all-new lightweight and sophisticated 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine, together with new adaptive steering and digital suspension system, result in a premium sports coupe designed and engineered to perform. As standard for this version, power is channelled through the Q60’s rear wheels for optimal dynamic response and to benefit steering feel.  The Q60’s aggressive stance gives a greater impression of stability and in-control driving potential, while its lower centre of gravity has a positive overall effect on driving dynamics.

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MG GS

Dynamic. Sporty. Modern – three words that perfectly describe the MG GS that’s launching in the UK in June and will be on display for the very first time at The London Motor Show. The new SUV from MG exudes confidence and dynamism that sets it apart from the other models. This competitive car shows MG as a forward-thinking, consumer-conscious brand that produces great cars that appeal to anyone at any point in their life. This highly anticipated car is a real turning point in the history of MG.

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McLAREN 570GT

Following its global unveiling at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the new McLaren 570GT will be making its UK debut at The London Motor Show. Practical enough for everyday use and long-distance journeys, the car features a unique side-opening rear glass hatch offering additional 220 litres of storage on the leather-upholstered Touring Deck. The light and airy cabin is specified with the highest quality materials throughout and includes a standard fixed glass Panoramic Roof creating the most luxurious and relaxing driving environment. The car is fitted with the McLaren-developed 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 M838TE engine which generates 570PS (562 bhp) and 600 Nm (443 lb ft) of torque. The power is delivered via

a seven-speed seamless-shift transmission with adjustment through Normal, Sport and Track settings to produce one of the most rewarding driving experiences. The McLaren 570GT will be on display on stand L63 at The London Motor Show. The UK pricing starts from £154,000 and customer deliveries are scheduled for July 2016.

The general early bird admission ticket is £15 from 6th-8th May and children under 10 go free. On the door ticket price is £20. For more information visit www.thelondonmotorshow.co.uk/

Opening times:

Press & Trade Afternoon – Thursday 5th May: 3pm-6pm

Consumers – Friday 6th May: 10.00am – 6.00pm, Saturday 7th May: 10.00am – 6.00pm, Sunday 8th May: 10.00am-5.00pm.

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By April 28, 2016 Read More →

Gigabyte announces 4 New BRIX Systems

gigGigabyte has announced the launch of four new models joining the company’s extensive list of Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 certified devices: the BRIX GB-BSi5T-6200, GB-BSi5HT-6200, GB-BSi7T-6500 and GB-BSi7HT-6500Featuring the latest Intel® 6th generation Core™ processors, and now official support for the world’s fastest transfer protocol with Thunderbolt 3 over USB Type-C™ port, these new BRIX enter a new category of their own as a powerfully compact high-end PC.

Redefining the Desktop PC

Challenging the essence of how we define a desktop PC, GIGABYTE engineers have developed an ultra-compact PC with a brushed aluminum surface chassis design. Ideal for a broad range of computing applications at home or in the office, the BRIX expounds sheer simplicity and convenience. With a comprehensive choice of processors covering the entire performance spectrum, the BRIX sets a new standard for desktop miniaturization that makes it perfect as a discreet HTPC/multimedia hub, an ultra-low power PC for the family, an office PC or as a digital signage unit.

Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 Controller, Opening a World of New Possibilities

The new Thunderbolt™ 3 protocol, which is available over a USB Type-C™ connector on the back panel of the GIGABYTE BRIX T models, brings an unprecedented single-wire bandwidth of up to 40 Gb/s — twice more than the previous generation of Thunderbolt! This incredible increase in bandwidth is also accompanied with support for different protocols such as DisplayPort 1.2, which is able to drive a 4K resolution display at 60 FPS, and USB 3.1, also backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, opening up a world of new possibilities. Additionally, Thunderbolt 3 over USB Type-C has the ability to daisy-chain up to 6 devices, helping you to declutter your desktop and have a true one-cable solution.

Reversible USB Type-C™ with USB 3.1

GIGABYTE introduces the ultra-fast 10Gb/s USB3.1 Gen. 2 protocol to its BRIX units over the new reversible USB Type-C™ port. Powered by the Intel® USB3.1 controller which utilizes 4 PCIe Gen. 3 lanes, the GIGABYTE BRIX Type-C port is presented with a wide and uncompromised bandwidth to reach the limits of the USB 3.1 protocol and make back-ups or file transfers as quick as possible. 

Multiple Display Support

Without the need for an additional graphics card, the BRIX offers support for multiple displays via the Mini-DP and HDMI 2.0 ports. Thanks to Thunderbolt 3, you can alternatively configure your multi-display setup from the Mini-DP to the Type-C port. The BRIX offers a variety of configurations which makes it the perfect choice as a high productivity PC in a professional and a home environment. Other use case scenarios may include industrial and commercial multi-display applications.

 

Connectivity Worthy of a Desktop Tower

The BRIX is truly a one of a kind, versatile and flexible PC. Despite its compact footprint and slim profile, the BRIX offers plenty of connectivity with four USB 3.0 ports, one USB Type-C port (USB3.1 and Thunderbolt 3), one SD card slot, an HDMI 2.0, a Mini-DP (DisplayPort 1.2), gigabit LAN as well as headset and microphone jacks. Additionally with its bundled VESA bracket, it offers a simple and elegant way to turn any VESA compliant display or TV into a full-featured PC or digital signage unit.