After about 15 years away, Japanese consumer electronics company Nakamichi (founded in 1948 by Etsuro Nakamichi) has re-entered the U.S. retail market with some new audio gear that aims to challenge competing brands like Beats by Dre, Monster, and Bose. Available now at Sears, K-Mart, and on Amazon, Nakamichi's new Bluetooth headphones and Shockwave desktop speaker are competitively priced at about $68 and $55, respectively. These are quality products that offer an excellent user experience at a very budget-friendly price.
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Razer has announced a new line of headphones designed for personal entertainment. The Razer Adaro series includes four models: bass-heavy earphones, analog stereo headphones, Bluetooth headphones and DJ-style headphones.
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Samsung Electronics announced its new GALAXY Camera 2 just ahead of CES 2014. The GALAXY Camera 2 camera has been upgraded with a 1.6GHz Quad Core processor, the latest Android 4.3 operating system and enhanced battery life with a 2000mAh battery. GALAXY Camera 2 also features a 16M BSI CMOS Sensor, a huge 21x Optical Zoom, 2.0 GB of RAM, and 121.2mm (4.8-inch) HD Super Clear Touch LCD.
Sharing images with advanced Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities is made easier with a ‘Tag & Go’ feature which also connects the Camera 2 to NFC-enabled smartphones and devices. This camera also comes pre-loaded with the Dropbox app and 50GB of free cloud storage for up to two years.
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If you are getting ready to get out and into some active winter sports this season, here's a new piece of gear to bring along. This JVC Adixxion GC-XA2 ($299.95) is a new helmet cam / action camera, a small lightweight all-weather high definition video camera that is waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and freeze-proof. It has built-in Wi-Fi that allows the camera to link to a smartphone to frame shots no matter where the camera is mounted, and you can stream video to a PC and wirelessly transfer images from the camera to a computer.
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VIZIO recently announced their new VIZIO 54-inch 3.0 Home Theater Sound Bar (S5430w-C2) which will go nicely with a 55-inch or larger HDTV to provide a great immersive home theater experience while watching movies, TV shows, games and sports. This sound bar, priced at $299.99, offers three channels and integrated deep bass module which eliminates the need for an external subwoofer. According to VIZIO, the new 54-inch 3.0 sound bar creates a greater separation between the left and right channels for an enhanced stereo experience and a bigger sound stage to fill the room, and it features 103db of clear quality sound with less than 1% total harmonic distortion. A center channel on the speaker enhances dialog clarity.
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Gaming hardware, software and systems company Razer has launched its new top-of-the-line Razer Kraken Forged Edition headphones which feature isolated closed ear cups that are machined out of aircraft-grade aluminum, a matte texture finish, plush leatherette ear cushions lining the ear cups, and a fully adjustable headband in a lightweight foldable design. According to Razer, the Kraken Forged Edition headphones have 40 mm bass-heavy drivers that are said to deliver booming bass, clear midrange and crisp highs for sound that's optimized for music and pitch-perfect for gaming.
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Dell's new higher-end Ultra HD Monitors are starting to hit retail. Designed for graphics professionals, video editors, CGI animators, game developers and others who will not settle for an average display, these Dell Ultra HD Monitors offer four times the resolution of Full HD.
The Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD Monitor (UP3214Q) is available globally starting at $3,499. The Dell UltraSharp 24 Ultra HD Monitor (UP2414Q) is available now, starting at $1,399, while the UltraSharp 28 Ultra HD Monitor (P2815Q) will be available in early 2014.
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Nintendo announced the Luigi limited-edition, silver-colored Nintendo 3DS XL gaming system which sports a fun image of Luigi running with his brother Mario. The system comes pre-installed with the Mario & Luigi: Dream Team game and the bundled package is priced at $199.99.
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Acer has introduced its first touchscreen Chromebook, the Acer C720P which is priced at a budget-friendly $299.99. This lightweight Chromebook has n 11.6-inch "ComfyView" HD LED back-lit multi-touch display with a 1366x768 resolution, and it offers up to 7.5 hours of battery life. The Acer C720P is powered by an Intel Celeron 2955U processor based on the Intel Haswell micro-architecture, delivering fast performance for multi-tasking, and it packs a 32GB SSD that boots up in less than 7 seconds along with 2GB of DDR3 memory.
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Amazon has announced two special deals for Cyber Monday, with $50 off two of their most popular Kindle Fire tablets. The all-new Kindle Fire HD 16 GB is on sale for $119, down from $169. The Kindle Fire HDX 7”, which normally costs $229, is on sale for $179. Both of these Cyber Monday deals are available on Amazon.com while supplies last.
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