CES 2012 CoverageBosco - January 19, 2012
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Arctic had a great booth, showing off its ability to do more than just cooling. Arctic even provided free entertainment with a representative attempting to fly around one of its remote control flying birds (literally, a bird). Needless to say, it was flying less than most birds.
Arctic had two new coolers that really caught the eye — the Freezer i30 and the Freezer A30, an Intel and AMD cooler, respectively, designed for the enthusiast. The Freezer i30 is compatible with the new 2011 socket, capable of cooling 320 watts with four double-sided, direct-touch heat pipes. The Freezer A30 is the exact same, but instead has a base bracket for AMD sockets. Both have the classic Arctic black and white fan mounted on one side that is near silent.
Arctic had a few gaming headsets that were well worth trying on. With an extendable mic that easily contracted for non-gaming use and a circumaural design, the P321 USB headset was a great find. A few headsets were out to play with, but without some actual gaming, it's hard to say how they perform in those instances, but they all played music quite well. All the headsets had inline volume controls, making it easy to set the volume just right, which is always a plus no matter their use.
The P311 Bluetooth stereo headset has made its way to being available in the US. Designed to keep any jogger cord-free or just allow one to roam free about the house, this headset is perfect. It is compatible with iProducts as well as notebooks, tablets, smartphones, and most Bluetooth-capable devices, allowing you to even catch phone calls while you're jamming or just out for a run. They fold up compact and come with a nice storage case as well. Coming in five colors, you can have a pair to match any ridiculous jogging suit you might own!
The Arctic M571 and M551 mice were both out for a quick test. Rather different from your typical Razer or any other gaming mice, these had a very different fit. The M571 has a dedicated rapid-fire button for that extra help in any shooting game and adjustable DPI settings ranging from 800 to 2400 with an LED indicator. The M551 shares the same DPI range, but lacks the rapid fire button. However, it does have a nice ergonomic design for gaming and browsing.
One of the last finds at the booth was the K481 wireless keyboard. Designed wonderfully for use with a home theater setup, it has the keyboard and touch pad all in one. It's compact in size, reducing the key size down to about your average netbook size. The wireless frequency at 2.4GHz has a 10-meter range; so you can keep typing even when you have to run to the can. It even has the media keys to change the song you’re listening to, whenever, wherever.