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Written by Olin Coles   
Sunday, 13 January 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
2008 International CES Computer Technology Highlights
Belkin Flywire Wi-Fi N 5GHz HDMI HDTV Receiver
D-Link DIR-855 Router and D-Life
NVIDIA Hybrid SLI Technology
Thermaltake BigWater 780 ESA and Armor LS
Cooler Master CSX and Cosmos S Cases
SilverStone ESA Commander and SaberTooth Mouse
OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator and HydroFlow
NVIDIA Stereosonic 3D Gaming
Logitech Harmony One Touchscreen LCD Remote Control
Lian Li PC-P80 Full-Tower ATI Spider Case
2008 CES Final Thoughts and Conclusion

SilverStone Commander LCD ESA Module

At the CES Kickoff Party that Tagan and NZXT sponsored at Caesars Palace, there was mention of ESA in Tagan's new power supply and LCD system control from NZXT; but there weren't both in the same product. SilverStone answers back with their Commander LCD ESA module. While NVIDIA has approved of the product, it is not part of the official ESA product line.

So what's so great about the Commander? Well, that's the easy part to explain. Aside from a cool LCD screen and detachable control module, it's also an add-on device that can be purchased separately from the rest of your system. The ESA Commander consumes two 5.25" drive bays, which won't be a problem with most mid-tower cases on the market. Combined with the flood of ESA-branded products hitting the market in Q1 2008, this should really spice up the hardcore enthusiasts computer system.

SilverStone Commander LCD ESA Module

SaberTooth 3200 dpi Adjustable X/Y-Axis Mouse

For most of the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show, I specifically ignored the constant barrage of new input devices. It seemed like everyone, even the memory and power supply manufacturers, had their own brand of gaming mouse. Truth be told, I have a hard time finding anything to be nearly as good as Logitech's G9 3200 dpi Laser USB gaming mouse; until now.

Now I really endorse the G9 that has become a permanent fixture at three of my own computer systems, but when Tony Ou stopped me from hurrying off to my next booth just to see the SaberTooth 3200 dpi laser mouse it was the G9 sitting next to it that made me look twice.

SaberTooth 3200 dpi XYZ-Plane Adjustable Mouse

The large "eyeball" thumb wheel is illuminated blue, and when operating Windows Vista it directly controls the 3D scroll option. SilverStone has designed the SaberTooth exclusively for hardcore gamers, as this mouse comes with software to save different user profiles which are then displayed at the top of the mouse. So far, this is all just a twist on my handy G9, but the best feature I learned of was the custom programmable X and Y axis resolutions.

This feature alone is an industry first, so far as I know. The ability to switch profiles and sensitivity on the fly will allow gamers to have one mouse for a myriad of very different purposes. Graphic designers will see a benefit to this as well, since often times it take a steady hand to make changes and horizontal movement is always more precise than vertical. Once mastered, the SaberTooth could quite easily give the Logitech G9 a run for the money... especially if money SilverStone is asking for it isn't enough to make you run.


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