in Hanover, Germany, is the world’s largest
computer exhibition. This year the show ran from
15th to 21st March and, although both visitor and
exhibitor numbers seemed down on last year (roughly
400,000 and 6,000 respectively), there was still
plenty to see and do.
compared to previous years there were fewer new
and innovative products to be found (iPod rip-offs,
digital photo frames and water cooling systems were
all there in abundance) we still managed get a heads-up
on some of the newest and coolest kit that’s
likely to hit the UK this year.
Originally announced back in January at CES, Las
Vegas; the X1950Pro Dual from Sapphire was not working
in a Quad crossfire configuration. It looked like
Sapphire had rectified the driver problems in time
for CeBit 2007, although on further inspection,
it was in fact running in Crossfire on one card
only – watch this space!
Primax, OEM manufacturer of PC peripherals have
just launched the wireless Twister mouse. It’s
designed for compact storage, to be bundled with
laptops, battery powered and embeds a wireless USB
dongle for travel. The Twister uses high definition
laser optics and to maintain a long battery life,
will switch off when twisted flat. It’ll retail
for around $60.
MoGo on the other hand is the latest
revision of Primax’s ultra portable laser
mouse. This is the Express card version that will
plug straight into most laptop express slots for
charging and storage. It will then rely on a USB
Bluetooth dongle or the laptop’s internal
Bluetooth connection to control the pointer. There
is a small flip on the underside of the MoGo to
give the mouse a slight angle to make it easier
to use. Battery life is around 3-4 hours and the
PC Card version is already available on the market.
There are always enough keyboards at CeBit to cover
half of Outer Mongolia, but the CAESAR
from Enermax is one that caught our eye. It’s
a very sleek design, using a laptop style keyboard
and surrounded by a metal mesh to match many of
Enermax’s case designs. It’ll be launched
was accompanied by a couple of mock external HDD
designs, although the 3.5” version will eventually
feature a mesh material like the 2.5” caddy
in the picture. The concept is an easy slide-in
fitting assembly. The 2.5” drive will be USB
powered with optional DC input and the 3.5”
will include an external power adaptor.
a simple demonstration of the true capabilities
of the 933W PSU
from Enermax, we pictured the unit powering 24 active
SATA hard drives in a JBOD RAID configuration.