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By May 13, 2016 Read More →

Hands on with the Predator 17 laptop #Acerliveblog2016

Photogallery_Predator_17_front-rightSun, Blue Skies and Acer Products Galore, It’s a rare day in Belfast that the sun shines continuously but with it being the infamous Friday the 13th today luckily is one of those days! With the added bonus of Belfast hosting this years #Acerliveblog2016 this weekend will definitely be one to remember.

With bloggers from all over the UK attending Acer’s annual event, we met up at the luxurious 5 star Merchant Hotel and entered the ‘room’  to which could only be described as an undercover communications room you would see in a blockbuster films. Forget the red room of pain Acer have created a red room for playing with Acer;s iconic Predator logos glowing on the back of the laptops and the rooms red back lighting this would be a gamers dream come true.

  • The Predator monitor range Predator Z35 £799.99, Predator X34 £899.99 Predator XB271HU £549.99
  • The Predator Desktop range G6 £1199.99 G3 £972.95, G1 £549.99
  • The Predator 15 laptop £1187.97 Predator 17 £1449.79
  • Predator Z650 projector £939.32
  • Predator 8 tablet £199.99
  • Liquid Zest 4G £109 available June
  • Jade Primo £429 without dock £475 with doc

Hands on with the Predator 17 laptop

This laptop looks and feels premium. With the back lit keyboard and sleek matt rubberised casing you know Acer have not spare any expense in creating this laptop range.

Specs:

  • Intel core i7
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 980m
  • Blu ray Disc
  • Full HD 1080
  • Preloaded was metal gear solid V The Phantom, I was  PC gamer in my younger days however moved to popular consoles as  the desktop I had could not sustain the constant spec needed for games. This laptop could reignite my love for PC gaming.
  • Subwooofer speakers – powerful sound
  • Thunderbolt 3 8x faster than usb 3.0
  • Acer also have the Predator gaming headset
  • Curved Gaming at Full Throttle: Predator Z35 Monitor

The Predator Z35 is the first 35-inch product of Acer’s Predator Z Series curved gaming monitors with NVIDIA® G-SYNC™. Its 35-inch 21:9 UltraWide Full HD (2560×1080) panel features a curvature of 2000R for an immersive, wraparound gaming experience. The Predator Z35 gaming monitor incorporates NVIDIA® ULMB™ (Ultra Low Motion Blur) technology , reducing motion blur by delivering sharp edges in fast-paced gaming environments, and supports overclocking to a lightning-fast 200Hz refresh rate, so gamers can find their enemies before they spot them and enjoy crystal clear turns on the racetrack.

Pixel-Perfect for a Competitive Edge: Predator XB1 Monitor The Predator XB1 Series gaming monitors feature the latest NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ technology, giving gamers a competitive edge with pixel-perfect images and smooth visuals. The 27-inch models (XB271HK / XB271HU) all feature a ZeroFrame edge-to-edge design, with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) or WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS panels that support 100% of the sRGB color gamut, while the XB271HU support NVIDIA® ULMB™ and refresh rates of up to 144Hz. The 28-inch model (XB281HK) features a 4K UHD panel that has a fast  GTG (Gray to Gray) response time of 1ms, rendering fast-moving actions or dramatic transitions smoothly without smearing or ghosting.

In-Game Advantage with GameView The new Predator gaming monitors feature Acer’s GameView technology, which allow gamers to swiftly toggle between three customizable display profiles, tweaking settings such as Dark Boost, Overclock, and aim-point assistance for different types of games. This allows quick display adjustment while in- game, without the need to navigate through layers of OSD menus, especially when every split second counts.

Pricing and Availability

The Predator Z35 gaming monitor will be available in EMEA in November with prices starting at €1,099.

The Predator XB1 Series gaming monitors will be available in EMEA in October with prices starting at €699.

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To find out about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or retailer via www.acer.com.

The new products were unveiled today at the next@acer press event at IFA Berlin in Germany, where the company announced its latest devices and solutions for gamers and consumers for the holiday season. Visit Acer’s booth at IFA 2015 in Messe Berlin (Hall 12/101) or learn about the new product range on acer.com/nextatacer.

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By May 13, 2016 Read More →

Synology DS916+ is the successor of DS415+

f-DS916+_right-45Synology® Inc. today launched DS916+, a 4-bay scalable NAS designed for professionals and growing businesses. Powered by a quad-core CPU, DS916+ performs high-speed computing and data encryption tasks. With flexible scalability up to 9 drives, DS916+ is able to handle rapidly growing storage capacity needs. Equipped with DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.0 and versatile add-on packages, users are able to perform seamless file syncing and sharing, productive collaboration, and smooth disaster recovery on DS916+.

DS916+ delivers outstanding performance exceeding 225 MB/s reading and 221 MB/s writing. When transferring encrypted data, DS916+ also achieves 225 MB/s reading and 209 MB/s writing and can handle a wide range of computing tasks in a secured and robust working environment. DS916+ comes with two memory options, 2GB and 8GB for more flexibility in concurrent connections and virtualisation.

“Designed to meet fast growing businesses’ increasing storage capacity demands, DS916+ bridges the gap between costly enterprise level capacity and personal storage that are insufficient for expanding businesses,” said Michael Wang, Product Manager at Synology Inc. “With DS916+ and an expansion unit, DX513, businesses can now enjoy flexible scalability and all the powerful features DSM 6.0 delivers.”

DS916+ runs DSM 6.0, the most advanced and intuitive operating system for NAS devices. Featuring a wide range of applications from backup to network management, DS916+ provides all essential business services and increased productivity at work. Synology has received numerous media accolades, such as topping the midrange NAS category in TechTarget’s storage solution survey.

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By May 13, 2016 Read More →

Synology DS116 is the successor of DS115

002Synology  Inc. has launched the new DiskStation DS116. The 1-bay NAS server, powered by a dual-core processor with impressive encrypted data transmission capabilities, is one of the top picks for home users and small workgroups seeking a budget friendly storage solution that comes with comprehensive add-on features such as file sharing, collaboration software, and much more.

“DS116 is an excellent choice for home users and workgroup environments,” said Jason Fan, product manager at Synology Inc. “Its handy software packages include everything you need to boost work productivity and improve day-to-day workflow. Synology NAS comes with a set of robust file management tools allowing users to share, access, and sync files across desktops, laptops and mobile devices, integrate multiple public cloud storage services in one single interface, and improve team dynamics with modern collaboration packages.”

Powered by a 1.8 GHz dual-core processor, DS116 delivers high speed performance exceeding 112 MB/s writing and 111 MB/s reading. Equipped with dedicated hardware encryption engine, DS116 ensures significantly improved performance when transferring encrypted data, with 112 MB/s encrypted reading and 93 MB/s encrypted writing — an increase exceeding 241% and 364% respectively compared with its predecessor.

In addition, the dual USB 3.0 ports provides fast data transmission to a wide range of external devices. DS116 energy efficient design consumes only 10.68 watts while accessing data and 6.28 watts during disk hibernation. DS116 runs on DiskStation Manager (DSM), the most advanced and intuitive operating system for network-attached storage devices that offers a wide range of applications from backup to multimedia for home and personal uses. Synology was voted by PC Pro readers as “The Best NAS Device of 2015”.

According to their survey, more than a quarter of all NAS drives bought by PC Pro readers are made by Synology and 97% of them would buy Synology again.

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By May 13, 2016 Read More →

Follow us on Twitter at the Acer Live Blog 2016 #AcerLiveBlog2016

acer-logoThis year Acer is coming to Belfast for their yearly Live Blogging event and we will be blogging live with the best of them. Using #AcerLiveBlog2016 you can see a bunch of hand picked bloggers from Friday to Sunday embarking on a series of tasks and endeavours utilising various Acer goodies along the way. You can follow us on Twitter as the best source.

Things will be kicking off around 1pm on Friday and rolling on until Sunday. There might be certain theme from a popular Television show with deep links in Northern Ireland. Winter Acer Is Coming!!!

By May 12, 2016 Read More →

Pick up the Samsung Galaxy S7 from Mobile Phones Direct

samsung-galaxy-s7-blackMobilephonesdirect.com has an neat idea up their sleeves. If you are pondering over the idea of purchasing the Samsung Galaxy S7 you can have an extra read over some interviews with several Bloggers, including myself, as to why we are excited about the Samsung Galaxy S7. We were asked what we would do first if we had the phone, each answer was wildy different from the next and the article covers many aspects of the phone in different walks of life. In the end, one of the bloggers will have the opportunity to win the device to review.

Check out the answers on mobilephonesdirect.com and you could convince yourself that the Galaxy S7 is the phone you want next.

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By May 11, 2016 Read More →

Tech Addicts UK Podcast – 11th May 2016 – No O2 for Three

uwFGWPjeGareth Myles, Gavin Fabiani-Laymond and Jay Garrett are back for a second podcast. With a slight hiccup last time in the recording the guys are ready for action and reporting back on their experiences in technology over the last four weeks. 

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Show Notes

What have you been playing with?
Gareth: Archos F24 Power, Petcube, PitPat and ChargePit
Gavin – LG G5 – 2 more Friends. LG HiFi DAC & LG Tone Platinum (world’s first headphones with APTX HD) now reviewed every LG G5 Friend, Cam Plus, 360 cam, 360 VR, Samsung S7 – Official Samsung Wireless Battery Pack, Audioquest Dragonfly RED, Huawei P9 – “00” really  
Jay – Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 tablet, reviewed P9, a Guild Hammer Drill, Ratchet and Clank the movie and was at the launch of the IXION Maestro and Solo:2 compact Hi-Fi at Harrods last night.
Discussion: Three & O2 merger not allowed. Problems ? Three #makeitright advert banned by Advertising Agency. EE won appeal.
Discussion:  The Next@Acer line up Aspire S 13 Acer Chromebook 14 for Work Switch Alpha 12 Predator Gaming Line

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By May 11, 2016 Read More →

How to bring the European football championship to life in the living room

276E7QDSW_ftl bk_LRWith just one month to go until the European football championship kicks off in Stade de France in Paris, football fans throughout Europe are making plans for a month-long football fest. A lucky few have tickets for the stadiums. The majority will be watching at home – and pre-tournament prep for most people is all about studying match schedules and planning their own fixtures in the form of get-togethers with friends and family. To maximise viewing pleasure, it is also worth making a technology upgrade part of the game plan. MMD, a leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, highlights some display choices to enjoy an even more brilliant viewing experience in the many hours of football over the coming weeks.

For fans on a budget
A new display does not have to be a big-budget decision. Price-aware fans who are also short of space still want their football viewing to be a sociable experience, with plenty of people around to share the highs and lows. The 27-inch 276E7QDSW display from MMD fits the bill. The format is 16:9, with enhanced Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, which creates a widescreen picture with detailed imaging that works perfectly for fast-moving matches. Despite its modest dimensions, the display is clear and vivid – and thanks to the wide-angle panel technology (PLS), an entire group of people can gather round and still see the picture even when looking from virtually side-on. With Flicker-Free technology, the display eliminates flicker effects, keeping eyes fresh for hours of football. Viewers can expect crisp detail paired with brightness, incredible contrast and realistic colours for a true-to-life match experience.

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For technology fans with more cash to spend
It is not like having tickets to the real-life match. But even without passing through the stadium turnstiles, football fans can get closer to the action with an UltraWide screen, Quad HD resolution and one-billion-colour support. What makes the BDM3490UC special is its curvature: it wraps around the viewer’s line of vision to create a truly immersive, focused experience. The flicker-free, high resolution visuals (3440 x 1440 pixels) and smooth colour gradations are complemented by the 34-inch display’s integrated audio technology, the DTS™ sound enrichment suite that brings the unique stadium sound alive through integrated speakers. It all makes for totally captivating football!

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For non-fans (rumoured to exist)
Of course (dare we say it), not everyone relishes the prospect of a month-long football-only viewing diet. People who are not fans themselves but have one (or several) in the family should take a look at the 27-inch 275C5QHGSW display with Ambiglow Plus Base. Its special lighting effects are guaranteed to restore a good mood. Even when the display is off, the Ambiglow Plus technology shines a halo of light on and around the base that can be adjusted to create a unique room ambience. When the display is on, it can be programmed to synchronize colour and brightness with the display image (inevitably football) to create a more intense viewing experience that moves colour and vibrancy beyond the screen itself. The picture is also superb: AH-IPS widescreen visuals, vivid colours and contrast will keep the football fans happy too.

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In the new extended format, the championship is a 51-match tournament: more than ever before. All the more reason to get the right display for these extra viewing hours in time for the opening match on 10 June – and make the experience simply unforgettable.

By May 11, 2016 Read More →

Sennheiser launches HD 650 and Apogee Groove

HD_650_Apogee_Groove_Bundle_product_shot_RGB_redAudio specialist Sennheiser and digital audio recording specialist Apogee are launching a new bundle that brings together Sennheiser’s HD 650 open, dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones with the Apogee Groove – a high-performance USB DAC and headphone amp. This combination lets Mac and PC users enjoy the full dynamic range and ultra-low distortion levels of one of the classics of Sennheiser’s audiophile headphone world powered by the legendary sound quality of Apogee.

Crafted with handpicked components for incredibly narrow tolerances, special acoustic materials and exceptional engineering, they deliver reference-class fidelity and a balanced sound with crisp bass, excellent mid frequency response and a gentle, pleasantly natural treble: the iconic, oval-shaped Sennheiser HD 650 are a true headphone classic by the leader in audio.

With the HD 650, Sennheiser created the first dynamic headphones to achieve such authentic and natural sound reproduction, both accurate and transparent. Manuel Ricke, Product Manager Audiophile at Sennheiser, explains how the headphones have been perfectly paired to the Apogee Groove headphone amp to bring their captivating sound to PCs and Macs: “With more music stored on PC and Macs, the output of the computer can prove to be a bottleneck that limits the ability to deliver sufficient power to audiophile-grade headphone models. The HD 650 are excellent open, dynamic headphones. However, their high, 300-ohm impedance means they require more power than can usually be provided by a computer. Drawing on Apogee’s 30-year pedigree as an innovator and industry leader in digital audio recording, the Groove amp increases the output signal to do full justice to the capabilities of the HD 650.”

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A headphone classic meets world-class digital audio expertise

The world’s most successful artists, producers and audio engineers rely on Apogee gear to capture GRAMMY-winning recordings. The Apogee Groove headphone amp makes this recording studio technology available in a premium compact DAC and headphone amp, providing a simple yet powerful, take-anywhere solution. Groove is designed to deliver every sonic detail from streaming music services like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Google Play Music and provides exceptional playback quality for high-res files like WAV, AIFF and FLAC. Groove’s output provides ample power at any impedance for a punchy bass and stunningly clear mid and high frequencies. Its Constant Current Drive™ technology delivers a smooth frequency response with any headphones – with Apogee recommending Sennheiser headphones to the discerning listener. Groove also features Apogee’s Quad Sum DAC design which utilizes four digital-to-analog converters per channel to achieve the highest dynamic range and lowest distortion (THD+N) of any device in its class.

“The combination of Sennheiser’s HD 650, the undisputed benchmark in headphones, with Apogee Groove’s driving power and sonic excellence, is a match made in heaven”, commented Betty Bennett, co-founder and CEO of Apogee Electronics.

The exceptional performance delivered by the new bundle is effortlessly easy to obtain – simply connect the Apogee Groove to a computer’s USB port and the HD 650 to its audio output and you will enjoy a new standard in sound.

The bundle will be distributed exclusively via Sennheiser’s online shop from the end of June.

http://en-uk.sennheiser.com/audiophile-headphones-high-end-hd-650

By May 9, 2016 Read More →

Huawei P9 is now available at Carphone Warehouse

image002 [2437597]The eagerly anticipated Huawei P9 is now available at Carphone Warehouse in-store nationwide and online!

Thanks to its elegant, aluminium body the Huawei P9 boasts a sleek design, with rounded corners making it feel seamless and classic in the palm of your hand. The Huawei P9 is available in black and white on a wide range of tariffs including a £26 per month plan with no upfront cost on Vodafone. This includes 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data.

Yet do not be fooled by its slim exterior – the device’s slight frame does not compromise its muscle. Behind the scenes, the Huawei P9 pairs a powerful 2.5GHz Kirin 955 processor with a sizeable 3,000mAh battery which really packs a punch ensuring your apps and games open instantly and run efficiently.

The handset features a pair of Leica-certified cameras, both with 12-megapixel sensors. One camera has a red, green and blue sensor, while the other is black and white. These work together to create photos with improved contrast and better depth of field, making it the perfect companion to capture moments in incredible detail and displaying quality visuals on the 2 inch Full HD display.

Carphone Warehouse compares the widest range of tariffs on the market so is offering its Price Promise** to any new or upgrading customer. Price Promise means anyone who thinks they’ve found a better deal from either O2, Vodafone or EE on a Pay monthly or SIM Only plan, will have the deal matched by Carphone Warehouse and their first month’s line rental paid for free.

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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