Date: January 8th, 2006
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor) & Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
SHOWSTOPPERS MEDIA EVENT
ShowStoppers is a huge event for mostly smaller companies wanting to expose their products to the media. To say the least this was one event we loved attending. The displays were great, the food was awesome (unlimited sushi anyone?) and the atmosphere was comfortable and informative. Although we visited most of the booths, we will be only talking about a few seeing we can't cover everything.
Here are some of the vendors we thought were interesting and worth a mention.
The Mogo Mouse is an incredibly thin and useful bluetooth optical mouse that stores and charges in your laptop expansion card slot. Now if your laptop doesn't have bluetooth built in, you will see an interesting adapter next to the penny at the bottom of the photo. This is THE smallest bluetooth adapter I have seen to date and is meant to be installed into a USB port and can stay there permanently due to its' tiny form factor. It is practically like it isn't even there. I know I wish I had one on the laptop I am using right at this moment seeing I have a large bluetooth adapter interfering with my mousing area while writing this review. This is a product we will be aggressively pursuing for a review.
EMERGE TECHNOLOGIES INC
Emerge was on hand to display their retractable computer accessories which you could use during traveling. I am personally a gadget freak and you can see Joe got a photo of me showing some interest in their products. Everything from network accessories to microphone and headsets were on hand and I was lucky enough to snag a sample headset w/ microphone for use during the trip. Stay tuned for some reviews on their products. Everyone needs some convenient products and I love covering them and giving them some exposure.
There were some nice surprises at the PNY booth. While their lineup includes new offerings in the system and flash memory arena, the new 8800GTX from their elite XLR8 Performance Edition line probably garnered most of the attention. It appears that PNY is going after the enthusiast market in a big way!
Ultra Products had a substantial presence at Showstoppers with some cool new hardware targeting the enthusiast market.
A new chassis with carbon fiber panels was a big hit with the crowd. The case is not just about looks, either. With a roomy interior and plenty of drive space, this chassis should also be very utilitarian.
Got power? Ultra does! 2,000 Watts to be exact. This behemoth should provide the power user with more than enough juice for that new monster rig he’s been saving for.