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For the first time since bowing out back in 1996, Atari is releasing a new gaming console. The all-new Atari VCS system comes with a copy of VCS Vault, which includes 100 classic Atari arcade and 2600 titles. The system also supports an online marketplace with over a dozen titles from independent developers. Adding even more versatility, it offers a PC mode allowing it to run Windows, Linux, and Chrome operating systems.
The unique array of modular controls in Monogram’s Creative Console empower your creativity and productivity on everything from the AdobeCS ecosystem to music production to your favorite games. The system offers shortcut buttons, sliders, dials, joystick, and mouse actions plus an Orbiter module for seamless app control. The modules can be connected in custom configurations to suit any workflow.
Built into an actual Pelican brand hard case, the DemerBox DB2 Indestructible Speaker blends a heavy-duty & waterproof design with premium-quality bluetooth 5.0 audio. It offers a solid 40-hours of battery life, dry internal storage, and its on-board USB port lets you charge other devices while it plays. 6 DemerBoxes can be linked at once.
The new Beats Studio Buds are packaged in a much smaller form than the brand’s previous earbuds, making them much more workout-friendly. An IPX4 rating for water and sweat resistance backs that up. The smaller looks doesn’t mean smaller sound though—they’re fitted with newly designed high performance 8.2-millimeter drivers. Available in red, black or white.
Co-engineered with the optics experts at Leica, the JMGO O1 Pro is an ultra-short throw smart LED projector. It projects an FHD 4K-quality image up to 110-inches. Leica auto image correction technology cleans up content quality while its 1250 ANSI lumens deliver 6000:1 dynamic contrast. Lightweight, portable, and has built-in Alexa. A funded Indiegogo.
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The 10-in-1 ACASIS swappable hub gives your PC a range of essential ports as well as SSD storage with read/write speeds up to 1000Mb/s. With its all aluminum body and swappable design, it allows you easily remove/replace full SSD cards without any tools. Ports include 4K @60Hz HDMI, 100W USB-C PD, SD/TF Slots, type-C 3.1, USB 3.0, gigabit ethernet, & audio input. A funded Indiegogo.
Nitecore’s NES300 is a compact yet powerful outdoor power station that boasts a large capacity of 311Wh, a high output of 200W & 9.1Wh/100g of outstanding energy capacity to deliver pure sine wave AC, vehicle lighter and USB outputs, offering simultaneous and versatile power to support all your adventures: road trips, camping, camera gear and more.
Brooklyn-based audio brand Grado Labs has once again upgraded its flagship Prestige headphones. With the addition of a powerful and intelligently-tuned 44mm driver, the all-new X Driver delivers their best, most advanced audio experience yet. The new model also features improved cables and a more cushy headband. Available now.
The latest addition to Western Digital’s WD_Black lineup is the D30 Game Drive SSD. It’s a compact bus-powered USB SSD offering read speeds up to 900MB/s. with capacities from 500GB to 2TB. There’s also a special version for Xbox coming out later this summer which comes with a one month trial membership of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Panasonic’s video-friendly GH5 has been updated to deliver even more prosumer performance. With a new processor, improved autofocus, and enhanced image stabilization, the GH5 Mark II is pretty much all new. It captures 4K UHD video at 60p and Cinema 4K at 24p with 10-bit 4:2:2 color output. A 20.3-MP Live MOS MFT sensor does this free of ghosting & flairing thanks to a new anti-reflective coating. The Venus Engine image processor is new, as well as up to 6.5 stops of compensation for smooth, stable moving shots in all kinds of conditions. Available for pre-order now.
Equipped with two, waterproof & grounded 3-prong outlets and a USB-A charging port, plus support for Alexa, Apple Home Kit and Hey Google voice control, the WeMo wi-fi Smart Outdoor Plug gives you precise mobile control for all your outdoor devices & appliances. An “Away mode” function turns various lights in the home on and off to make it appear occupied, when you’re away.
With its beach-friendly waterproof design and pocketable size, Sony’s SRS-XB13 speaker makes a cool companion for hot summer days. With an IP67 rating for dust- and water-proofing plus a UV-coated finish, it’s built for all-weather outdoor action. Shorter than a common 12-ounce can, it is also very packable; with a webbing strap loop for lashing it to your pack or carrying around your wrist. Battery life: 16 hours. Available in a range of colors.
The incredible charging power & small size of Anker’s gallium nitride chargers makes them a mobile-friendly option that really works—they’re about 20% faster than standard plug-in chargers. And the new Nano II GaN chargers offer this speedy performance in an even smaller package. Available in 30W, 45W, & 65W models, they feature a single USB-input to power all your devices.
Equipped with crisp 4K clarity and HDR10, Samsung’s M7 is a 43-inch all-in-one; the latest in its growing Smart Monitor lineup. It offers Alexa, Google Assistant and Bixby voice control as well as connectivity with select Samsung devices that enable it to function as a desktop computer as well as streaming Netflix using the brand’s Tizen Os. Also available in 27” & 32” sizes.
Designed for everyone from beginners to professional producers, the OXI ONE is a digital sequencer & MIDI controller that empowers you to make music with nearly unlimited creative control. It’s based around a performing keyboard with incredible connectivity, including, central & peripheral bluetooth wireless. It’s got 4 fully configurable sequencers, 32 track capability, loopers, arpeggiators, harmonizing with 150 different chord variations & so much more, making it a powerful modular component for live or studio use. A funded Indiegogo.
Designed for Apple users, Belkin’s Soundform Connect dongle is a smart little nugget that transforms any powered home speaker into an AirPlay smart speaker that can cast using newer iPhone, iPad, Macs, and Apple TVs running iOS 11.4 or later. Robust controls allow you to customize the experience through multiple speakers and rooms using the app or Siri.
In a range that includes more than 20 different speakers, the latest addition to Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound lineup is the portable Beosound Explore, a waterproof, dust-proof, travel-friendly speaker boasting 27 hours of continuous playback. Its small size, sturdy aluminum-body construction, and an integrated carabiner clip make it a great option for on-the-go audio. Just remember, most other hikers don’t want to hear your Travis Scott playlist.
An updated and slightly upgraded remake of Nokia’s iconic 2720 Flip from 2009. Bringing the classic flip phone back for Verizon, they’ve given it 4G connectivity as well as WhatsApp and Facebook app. It also functions as a wi-fi hot spot & features two screens – the external screen shows who’s calling. Big tactile buttons make for easy messaging and dialing & the battery life is truly legendary, offering up to 28 days on standby.
The Cleanstation from touch-free home innovators Simplehuman is a dedicated sanitation station purpose-built for iPhone. Drop your device in the slot where it’s lowered into the Cleanstation & in just 30-seconds, it is ejected germ-free. It uses UV-C LED lights to clean 99.99% of the surface area of your phone without ever touching it.
HTC’s latest addition to its high-end Vive lineup is the Pro 2, a pro-grade VR headset boasting 5K resolution with a 120º field of view plus a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. Designed specifically for PC compatibility, they also offer Hi-Res Audio & support for 3D spatial sound.