Leica Hits Underwater Status With The X-U Camera

leica-xuThis is somewhat a departure of style for Leica and for the company’s fans (or diehards). A waterproof, shatterproof camera that costs just about $2,950 — the Leica X-U. Submerging the X-U up to 49 feet is possible dust-sealing and winter protection, meaning that this is the first stock Leica camera that you can bring to any environment without too much of a fuss.

And yes: Leica is famed for its pretty cameras, and the X-U is not one of the prettiest, but it is the toughest.

A 3-inch LCD screen is your only means of coordinating shots — no viewfinder here — using the 16.5-megapixel APS-C sensor with a fixed Leica Summilux 23mm lens and a fast f1.7 aperture. Record HD video at up to 1080p at 30 frames per second is another feature, albeit rather ordinary in this day and age.

It will be available in Leica stores and dealers at the end of January.

Via: Leica

Mujjo Leather Crochet Gloves Review: On Point Style, But Not Touch

20160116_133700These are Mujjo leather touchscreen gloves. With a top layer in crochet and the palm, fingers and thumb all in genuine Moroccan leather, these gloves immediately establish themselves as a luxury product — to which I say, that is correct.

So, Mujjo’s luxury glove offering is also touchscreen-enabled, meaning that it could become my best friend when out and adventuring in New York City. Except, that isn’t entirely the case; these gloves are on point, but are slightly out of touch. 

HP Envy 13 Review: A Good Opening Act

20160112_143227For more than two years now I’ve sworn by my 13-inch Macbook Air — clad in decals from my favorite companies. Although the Air is hilariously under-powered in this day and age, numerous OS X updates have kept the Air running like the venerable piece of machinery it was when I first bought it — as is often the case with a well-kept Apple product.

But, it was high time for a change, and also a chance to see if I could carry my custom desktop experience of Windows 10 to a laptop, with similar satisfaction of speed and function.

And so, the kind folks at HP sent out an Envy 13 which arrived at my dorm mid-semester. Here is my experience, cataloged in review.

The Oculus Rift Costs $599 And Is Already Sold Out

the-oculus-rift-2016Tor the years of hype and development, from issues to fragile developer units, delays and even an acquisition by Facebook, the final Oculus Rift package has gone live. On sale for $599 — a price that is high, yes, but enthusiasts and those keeping track have already bombarded the pre-order chance, rendering the Rift sold-out. Shipping starts in March; the next batch in May.

For those six Benjamins, Oculus will give you a “sick carrying case”, with a Rift headset, sensor, Xbox One wireless controller (that works with Windows), required cables and the games Lucky’s Tale and EVE: Valkyrie. What about the Oculus Touch controllers you ask? Well, those are delayed until mid-2016, but honestly that’s quite fine right now.

Virtual reality will finally have the opportunity to see mainstream usage with the PC gaming market, and as an experience in general. It’s worth noting that the Rift requires a beefy computer capable of gaming to make good use of it, so you’re on your own there.

So, the VR wizards at Oculus have thought of that as well: a $1,499 package will include the entire Rift package, along with a desktop PC that includes an NVIDIA GTX 970/AMD R9 290 graphics card, Intel i5-4590 CPU, 8GB RAM, HDMI 1.3 compatible output, 3 USB 3.0 ports and Windows 7 SP1 64 or newer (?).

Oculus: it’s time to rock.

Via: Oculus

Razer Blade Stealth: An Ultrabook Designed For Gaming — We Want It

razer-blade-portability-performanceThe moment this appeared in my inbox, I fell in love with what Razer was proposing.

The Blade Stealth is an ultrabook by design, starting at $999. Each Blade Stealth measure 0.52-inches thick with a starting weight of 2.75 pounds, while maintaining the CNC aluminum chassis seen on other Blade systems, but with an exception: individually-lit keys, meaning that this is a Chroma backlit keyboard (read: customizeable rainbow keyboard).

Be default, the Blade Stealth comes with a 2.5GHz (3.1 TurboBoost) Core i7 Skylake processor, a QHD display (2560 x 1440) or the option for a higher-res 4K display (3840 x 2160) display, which in variably will take a higher toll on the proposed high battery life that the Blade Stealth has, thanks to a 45 Wh cell.

Regarding memory, 8 GB of LPDDR3-1866 RAM is the only option here, with storage options ranging from 128 GB to 256 GB of PCIe storage on the QHD model, or 256 GB to 512 GB on the 4K screen model. Port selection includes two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI-out and a USB 3.1 Type-C connector with Thunderbolt 3 support — which is integral to Razer’s strategy for the Stealth.

This is where it gets interesting: the Razer Core. Basically, it’s a PCI express storage unit, where just about any 375W graphics card from NVIDIA or AMD can fit inside. When plugged via the USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port, can bring discrete graphics power to the Blade Stealth, turning it into a full gaming machine, with an excellent screen on both models. Four additional USB 3.0 ports come along for the ride, along with Gigabit Ethernet.

Pricing has yet to be announced for the Core, but anyone buying the Blade Stealth will definitely have to factor in the price, since it’s practically a necessity.

The LG G6 OLED TV Is A 4K Wonder With 2.57mm Of Thickness

lg-g6-tvLG launched a combo attack with its G6 OLED TV: 4K resolution and webOS as the operating system. Measuring 2.57mm thin, the G6 accomplishes its stupendously thin measurement using what LG calls Picture-on-Glass design, with an integrated soundbar from harman/kardon. HDR comes along for the ride as well, with ColorPrime Pro technologies to ensure the right color reproduction.

Release date and price is TBA, but expect “soon” and “expensive” to be what fills in the blanks.

Via: LG

The 4K Laptop Of The Moment Is The HP Spectre x360 15″

20151208_113741In all my years of tech writing and general fooling around with the latest gear, I never would have thought that the best looking 4K aptop would in fact, be built by HP.

Furthermore, that is would be a 15-inch laptop, but with the same thickness as its smaller 13-inch version. Back in December, HP stopped by NYC to show me and a few others what was in store for the early 2016. This is the Spectre x360 15-inch, and it is beautiful machine.

Google Drops A Gold Nexus 6P, Just Because

nexus-6p-gold-renderThe real question is: where is the rose gold model? As part of Huaewei CES 2015 announcements, the Google Play Store and BestBuy will begin stocking a 32GB model costing $499 and a 64GB version of the gold 6P at $549 — no 128GB this time.

Still, for what many consider to be the best and one of the most polished of the Android phones in the world as of early 2016, Google’s flagship rocks the gold rather well.

Via: Google Store