ASUS’ Zenwatch Is Another Stylish Take On The Android Wear Project

asus-zenwatch-02The ASUS-built Zen Watch doesn’t sport a circular design like LG and Motorola’s upcoming offerings, but it does still look stylish and even somewhat futuristic. Your window into the digital world on this device is a 1.63-inch, 320 x 320 AMOLED touchscreen, with Gorilla Glass 3 as a supplementary. A leather-stitched strap comes in the box but any 22mm strap will also do.

Internally, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC lives to perform calculations, with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a 1.4Wh battery, Bluetooth 4.0 (duh), a microphone and a bio sensor (heart rate plus activity monitoring) as neighbors. IP55 certification means it can last in the shower, and ASUS has gone ahead and ported some typical Zen apps to ASUS-ify the experience.

Total cost? $260, making the ZenWatch more than its Android Wear competitors; expect it to hit the stores some time between late Q3 and early Q4 of 2014.

AudioEngine B1: Would You Like Top-Notch Bluetooth With Your Powered Speakers?

IMGP4598This isn’t going to be a very elaborate review, first of all.

Secondly, this is the AudioEngine B1, a small accessory designed to turn the two well-renowned powered AudioEngine PC speakers — the A2+ and the A5, both reviewed here and here — into wireless, Bluetooth speakers.

Sounds very awesome in our book, but is it really? Time to find out.

Alienware’s New Area 51 Desktop Is — Well, It Looks Awesome

area-51-2014And it also seems to shamelessly be inspired by the trash can style of the new Mac Pro, but is very original in its own right. Built in the hexgonal style, Alienware’s new Area 51 gaming desktop is designed this way not only for the aesthetic pleasure, but with excellent ventilation in mind as well, which makes it possible to push against a wall without worry of it being hotter on one side or the other. Also, expect to pay a lot for this machine, once official pricing is announced.

Processor-wise the Area 51 will ship with the new Intel 6-score and 8-core processors, as well as NVIDIA’s  or AMD’s latest GPUs, which can be double-sized and triple-stacked, even. Then, and only then is it time to go l33t on some n00bs.

Via: Alienware

Nintendo Makes Some Much Needed Revisions To The 3DS — In Japan

new_nintendo_3dsOfficially called the “New Nintendo 3DS”, the new Nintendo 3DS (see what just happened?) features some subtle and some major changes. The first more apparent is that the X, Y, A, and B buttons are now colored a la Nintendo 64 and SNES consoles of the last century. Also, there are two shoulder buttons per side, and an additional, but smaller, analog stick on the right side of the portable game console.

Best of all? Nintendo has fixed the 3D effect; by using gyroscopes and the cameras, the 3D image can be tailored to the angle of which you are looking at the 3DS, therefore eliminating the eye strain and headaches associated with the 3DS when it first launched years ago.

Inside, there’s a faster processor and more RAM, allowing for better visuals than before. Also added: NFC (near-field communication). As for sizes, the new 3DS will come in regular and XL versions, and comes out on October 11 in Japan.

Currently, no North American or European launch dates are available, but they might be soon.

LG Announces The G Watch R: Circular Design And Lots Of Charm

LG+G+Watch+R+1Even before the highly-anticipated Moto X’s reveal, LG decided to get a head start and announce its circular Android Wear smartwatch. Designed not to replace the existing, square G Watch, but to simply serve as an additional option, the G Watch R sports a 1.3-inch Plastic OLED (P-OLED) full 360-degree display — emphasis on that entire display, says LG. Thus, this makes for some nice simulated watch faces, as seen above.

Powering it is a 410mAh battery, only a measly 10mAh more than the square G Watch. Otherwise, everything remains the same — except that this one, due to its design, looks significantly more elegant, dapper, and dare I say, professional.

A heart rate monitor, power/sleep button on the side, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with 512MB of RAM and 4GB internal storage complete the rest of its specs. It’s also rated IP67 for water resistance (which up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes) and comes with two interchangeable wrist straps for good measure. LG says that the G Watch R will go on sale in Q4 of this year, for an as-of-yet, undisclosed price.

Of course.

Kelvin Green II Desk Lamp Review: What Great Design Gets You

kelvin-lamp-iiThe world of desk lamps can be a very dreary and uninspired place. But, in a sea of regular and boring LEDs, there are in fact, works of art, that can also be constituted as good for the environment, while being at the very height of aesthetic beauty.

The Kelvin Green II desk lamp looks like one of those great designer lamps: A 7.5 watt lamp with 30 2700K LEDs with max output of 325 lumens, aluminum body, motion sensor, and an automatic brightness mode.