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Trendnet And Roccat At Computex

Computex 2013: Motherboards, Peripherals, And Mobility
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Trendnet

Trendnet showed off its newest dual-band routers, the AC1200 ($130) and triple-antenna AC1750 ($150). The model numbers are a bit of a misnomer; they indicate theoretical 802.11ac plus 802.11n throughput. So, for example, the AC1200 is supposed to be capable of up to 867 Mb/s through ac and 300 Mb/s through 802.11n. The AC1750 has a claimed 1300 Mb/s ac ceiling and up to 450 Mb/s of 802.11n bandwidth through three transmit and three receive antennas.

The company also announced its TEW-800MB wireless AC1200 media bridge at Computex. Equipped with a quartet of gigabit Ethernet jacks, along with two transmit and receive antennas for 802.11ac and n, media devices around the bridge get wired access to your wireless network. It should be available in July at around $160.

Trendnet also sells power-link networking solutions capable of transfer rates as high as 500 Mb/s. This stuff is best-suited to environments riddled with thick walls, where wireless networking just can't cut it.

Finally, the company showed off a 720p cloud-connected camera that doesn't require a static IP address. This security-oriented product features a wider angle and better resolution than older VGA-limited models. Unfortunately, it can't yet record over Trendnet’s cloud service. The company is looking to add that functionality within the next year. In the meantime, you can use the camera to record locally.

Roccat

Roccat is celebrating the five-year anniversary of its Kone release with a Kone Pure Optical for $69. As with the company’s other mice, its lighting can be fine-tuned with RGB controls in the software.

We were also treated to a demo of the upcoming Ryos MK Pro, expected within the next couple of months. Featuring per-key lighting controls and an available SDK for custom effects, we'll be curious to see what enterprising enthusiasts do with Roccat's software. The estimated price on this one is $150.

Lastly, we got another update on Roccat's Power-Grid software. At various stages during its development cycle, the folks at Roccat showed us the utility's progress. Now, Power-Grid is in closed beta and the company is planning to launch a final version at gamescon. In case you're unfamiliar with the software, it wireless interfaces with iOS- and Android-based devices, giving you remote control, custom macros, news, and more. Tom's Hardware is even featured as a resource in the initial build!

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