HyperX latest gaming headset tracks which way you’re facing

HyperX has set out to prove it’s more than just a RAM maker at CES 2019, revealing a number of cool-looking gaming peripherals, including the Cloud Orbit S gaming headset, which uses magnetic drivers and motion tracking technology for a truly immersive experience.

The Cloud Orbit, and the Cloud Orbit S, are HyperX’s first gaming headsets to be powered by Audeze’s patented 100mm Planar Magnetic Drivers, which apparently offer 3D audio technology and audiophile-grade sound quality.

The Cloud Orbit S also includes Waves Nx head tracking, which gives the wearer a 360-degree audio environment that adapts according to how a user moves their head.

“We’re partnering with HyperX to bring our award-winning sound to the wider audience of gamers. We want to change the way people experience games and give them an edge in head-to-head play,” said Sankar Thiagasamudram, founder and CEO of Audeze.

Not only will these headsets offer immersive gameplay, they could also give you the competitive edge, with HyperX promising that you’ll be able to better pinpoint where your rivals are in frantic online games.

The HyperX Orbit will go on sale for $299.99 (around £240, AU$420), with the Orbit S retailing for $329.99 (around £260, AU$460) in the second quarter of 2019.

Of mice and microphones

HyperX also showed off the HyperX Quadcast microphone, which is a standalone mic for PC, PS4 and Mac streamers. It comes with an anti-vibration mount, gain controls and loads of additional features that will appeal to people who like to broadcast their gameplay. It will be available in March for $139.99 (around £110, AU$200).

There’s also the HyperX Pulsefire RGB gaming mouse, which offers 11 programmable buttons, and comes with a Pixart 3389 sensor for improved accuracy and speeds of up to 16,000 DPI. It goes on sale at the beginning of Q2 2019 for $99.99 (around £80, AU$140).

HyperX hasn’t forgotten its roots, however, and it also showed off the HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB 16GB RAM module. It comes in speeds of 3000MHz and 3200MHz and is sold as individual modules, or in kits of two (32GB) or four (64GB). As the name suggests, it comes with RGB lighting which can be synced up with other RGB-enabled components. These modules will go on sale in January, starting at $167 (around £130, AU$240).

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Sony Xperia XZ4 looks set to have a very tall screen

It’s been rumored for a while now that the Sony Xperia XZ4 will have a narrow screen with an aspect ratio of 21:9, but we now have some evidence that it could also be very tall, with a length of 15.2cm.

That’s according to @UniverseIce – a leaker with a good track record – who has measured and taken photos of “the tempered film of the Sony Xperia XZ4”.

You can see these images below, including one which shows the screen film next to an iPhone XS Max. If anything, the XZ4 looks ever so slightly taller than the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max, yet because of its aspect ratio it’s also far narrower.

Looks convincing

We have heard rumors before that the Sony Xperia XZ4 would have a 6.5-inch screen of its own, so this adds up, with the larger bezels on Sony’s handset accounting for it being marginally taller.

The shots also match up with earlier images, complete with a dual-lens camera on the front. So they may well be accurate, especially as the Sony Xperia XZ4 could be announced at MWC 2019 in late February, and this close to launch we’d expect to be getting fairly accurate leaks.

That aspect ratio is a surprising choice by Sony though, as it makes the screen longer and narrower than the majority of smartphones. The Sony Xperia XZ3 for comparison is 18:9.

The XZ4’s rumored aspect ratio could be good for watching movies – indeed, the same source has shown how that might look in a video. However, it remains to be seen whether people will take to its shape for other activities, like browsing websites and using apps.

  • The Sony Xperia XZ4 could also be very powerful

Via XperiaBlog

Get 50% off Sky Entertainment and broadband in this flash sale

If you’ve had your heart and mind set on getting a Sky broadband and TV package for a while, now might be the perfect time as Sky has just cut its prices by 50% on selected bundles. But you do need to hurry, these deals are only around till January 10. 

The standout deal of the two is Sky broadband entertainment for £30 a month marked down from £60 a month. We can’t really remember a time where Sky’s packages were ever as high as that but either way £30 a month is a great price for a TV and broadband deal. You can also upgrade and get the Sky fibre version of the package for £39 a month, which means getting a major speed boost for an extra £9 a month. 

If you’re heart is set on Sky, these are the best prices right now but if you’re willing to switch there are some other deals out there which might be slightly better value for money. You can see all of these at our Broadband and TV deals page or scroll down to see these Sky deals in full. 

  • All of today’s best broadband deals in the UK

What do I get with the Sky entertainment package?

With Sky’s Entertainment package you’re getting access to over 300 channels. This includes Sky Atlantic, perfect for fans of shows like Game of Thrones, Westworld, True Detective and a number of other award winning shows. Along with this you’re also getting channels like Sky One, Fox, SYFY, Comedy Central and a host of others and not to mention, the ability to pause, rewind and record live TV.

Sky Broadband and TV deals in full:

Byton confirms M-Byte car will be available in 2019 with AI, 5G and 48-inch display

Electric car startup Byton is back. After unveiling its M-Byte Concept vehicle back at CES in 2018, it’s returned to Las Vegas, Nevada for CES 2019 with news that the M-Byte will be available before the end of 2019.

There will be two models of the all-electric M-Byte, with the entry level model offering up to 250 miles on a single charge and starting at $45,000. There will also be a model with a bigger battery, which will offer up to 320 miles from one charge.

The M-Byte comes loaded with innovative features, and it’s the first car to offer full connectivity on the go with multiple antennas and 5G support built in.

Inside, the main attraction is the huge, 48-inch display which spans the entire width of the vehicle (that’s the size of seven tablets or 24 smartphones). 

The look of the interior has been updated over the Concept for the production version, but the huge screen remains, as does the 7-inch ‘driver tablet’ which is mounted in front of the steering wheel. The tablet doesn’t rotate with the steering wheel though, keeping it orientated correctly the whole time.

Physical buttons and stalks have also been included on and behind the wheel, to provide quick, safe access to core features and provide a still-familiar look and feel for drivers.

Another screen has been included as well, with an 8-inch display housed between the front two seats of the Byton M-Byte. This is more for the front seat passenger more than the driver, but you’ll also be able to use voice and gesture control as well.

Just ask Alexa

Amazon Alexa is integrated into the Byton Byte OS, allowing you to harness the power of the smart voice assistant, from controlling music and navigation, to buying products and making dinner recommendations and booking.

It also had its K-Byte concept car (announced in 2018) featuring a digital grille, which certainly looks cool, but we’re not too sure how practical it’ll actually be day-to-day.

The Byton press conference is currently happening right now, and we’ll be updating this article live as more information is announced. 

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AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen Mobile processors aim to take over the laptop scene

While all eyes were trained for AMD to announced 7nm Ryzen 3rd Generation processors and Vega II graphics cards, the company has surprised us all with its new 2nd Gen Ryzen Mobile CPUs.

Whereas in years past AMD would only introduce a handful of CPUs, the chipmaker now has a full product stack to power everything from gaming laptops, Ultrabooks, budget notebooks and even Chromebooks – more on this last one soon.

  • AMD Ryzen 7 3750H: 4-cores, 8-threads, 10 GPU cores, clocked at 2.3GHz to 4.0GHz
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700U: 4-cores, 8-threads, 10 GPU cores, clocked at 2.3GHz to 4.0GHz
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3550H: 4-cores, 8-threads, 8 GPU cores, clocked at 2.3GHz to 3.7GHz
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: 4-cores, 8-threads, 8 GPU cores, clocked at 2.1GHz to 3.7GHz
  • AMD Ryzen 3 3300U: 4-cores, 4-threads, 6 GPU cores, clocked at 2.1GHz to 3.5GHz
  • AMD Ryzen 3 3200U: 2-cores, 4-threads, 3 GPU cores, clocked at 2.6GHz to 3.5GHz
  • AMD Athlon 300U: 2-cores, 4-threads, 3 GPU cores, clocked at 2.4GHz to 3.3GHz

Looking at AMD’s product stack from the bottom up, you’ll find it offers quad-core chips more quickly and regularly than even Intel’s latest Whisky Lake and Amber Lake processor families. The Ryzen 3 3300U is AMD’s second lowest-tier entry-level CPU, but if you were to buy an Intel-powered laptop with the same number of cores you would have to find a machine with at least an Intel Core i5-8265U – or i5-8259U from the Coffee Lake U-series family.

Unfortunately, AMD’s top-tier mobile processor only features four-cores, whereas the Intel Coffee Lake H-series chips have moved up to being hexa-core. However, it’s worth noting that the company has only announced two H-series CPUs, so this could just be the beginnings of the brand’s gaming laptop ambitions.

Performance gains

According to AMD, the Ryzen 5 3500U will deliver 14% faster web browsing, 27% greater media editing performance and tie in productivity than an Intel Core i5-8250U (Kaby Lake R). In terms of battery life, Team Red promised users can expect up to 12 hours of general usage and 10 hours of video playback.

Of course, AMD’s greatest strength is it integrated, discrete-class Vega graphics and company. The Ryzen 7 3700U pitted against an Intel Core i7-8565U (Whisky Lake) can play most games 10 or more frames per second faster at a 720p resolution and low settings.

AMD also plans to keep its mobile chips in top game playing shape by delivering Radeon Software updates to all its Ryzen Mobile processors both past and present.

Meet the first AMD-powered Chromebooks

On top of introducing its 2nd Gen Ryzen Mobile Processors, AMD also introduced new A-series chips designed specifically for Chromebooks. 

  • AMD A6-9220C: 2-cores, 2-threads, R5 Series Radeon Graphics, clocked at 1.8GHz to 2.7GHz
  • AMD A4-9120C: 2-cores, 2-threads, R4 Series Radeon Graphics, clocked at 1.6GHz to 2.4GHz

In a fight between the AMD A6-9220C and the Intel Pentium N4200, Team Red promises users can expect 23% faster web browsing, 2.5x faster email, 33% faster photo editing and 34% gaming. That last bit seems crucial as Chrome OS and Android seem to be inseparable at this point and gaming on Chromebooks becomes bigger.

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Acer’s Swift 7 laptop gets somehow smaller and lighter for 2019

Acer announced the Acer Swift 7 at CES 2019, promising an even smaller device than last year’s impossibly thin laptop.

Slowing its pursuit of that ‘world’s thinnest laptop’ title, Acer’s flagship Ultrabook for 2019 is still just 9.95mm (0.39 inches) thin and weighs in at just 890 grams (1.96 pounds).

A smaller chassis allows the Acer Swift 7 to shrink the bezels even more this year around, achieving a screen-to-body ratio of 92%. The monitor itself is a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080-pixel panel with a 100% sRGB color gamut. 

The focus on crafting such a thin and light laptop hasn’t come at the expense of durability, as the new Acer Swift 7 is made with magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminum alloys. Acer claims that these materials are two to four times tougher than regular aluminum, while also being up to 35% lighter. 

Swiftly fixing the past

We weren’t the biggest fans of the 2018 Acer Swift 7, as it pulled out the clicking functionality from the touchpad, and featured a behind-the-curve Intel 7th-generation fanless processor. Acer is addressing these complaints by including an 8th-generation Intel Amber Lake fanless processor, similar to what’s found on the 2018 MacBook Air, and an integrated click button in the touchpad.  

Acer claims the Swift 7’s processor will enable 10 hours of battery life. And, when paired with the 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD, the Acer Swift 7 will deliver “top-notch performance for web browsing” and “productivity with presentations and spreadsheets”. 

Acer also claims that it can handle creative tools, but that’ll likely be limited to some Photoshop work.

Finally, there’s the new touchpad. Made of Corning Gorilla Glass, it should be both durable and responsive. And, Acer has listened to feedback, and has integrated a physical clicking mechanism into the Swift 7’s touchpad. 

The Acer Swift 7 hopes to appeal to the same kind of luxury mobile audience as the Apple MacBooks, and will be out in the US in May at $1,699 and Europe in April, at €1,799. Specific UK and Australia availability information is forthcoming.

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