Computex 2013: Motherboards, Peripherals, And Mobility

Trendnet And Roccat At Computex


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 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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  • slomo4sho
    Hmm waterproof. First step in building a completely submersed system :)
  • ojas
    "Surprise, it runs Android"

    What's the surprise? All intel-based phones run fact, Intel explicitly expressed a lack of desire to enter the WP market for the time being.

    And the K900's launched in India too, now.
  • ojas
    Will you guys review the Brix?
  • RedJaron
    I'd be interested to know how MSI runs their OC line cooling test. A 4.6GHz CPU will need some kind of active cooling, and that cooler will at least partially induct some airflow over the VRM. Or do they just simulate the CPU with a current draw? And speaking of VRM, I thought Haswell brought the VRM into the CPU, so what do these massive 20 phase VRMs do?
  • laststop311
    28 watt iris 5100 ultrabook chips increases the bloodflow to certain parts of my body. You can pretty much do very very good 768p casual gaming on the iris 5100. This will make some for really really thin and sexy laptops.

    How is this for a mind blower The Asus Zenbook infinity is so super sexy looking. Now the iris pro is only on standard voltage so I know we won't see that but the ultrabook level cpu's do have HD IRIS 5100 support Now since 2560x1440 is double 1280x720 should be able to game at 1280x720 with perfect scaling just much better clarity. And The Iris Pro 5100 (especially if you keep cpu stock and use all your tdp headroom to OC the graphics) it will be able to run pretty much any game with many on high setting and med high) at a relatively easy 1280x720 resolution.

    That new infinity may even be a decently fun casual gamer machine too. I'm freaking in love. I need to marry it already.
  • 8350rocks
    Meh, some of the gigabyte stuff was cool...not much love for AMD oriented products this time though. I like the direction MSI is going, if they can get that product out...I would consider it for my next build.