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Belkin International Returns to CES

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Belkin International brands – Belkin, Linksys, Wemo and Phyn – for the first time since merging with Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT), today announces its 2019 portfolio of connected things (Belkin) and connected home (Linksys, Wemo and Phyn) products at CES 2019. New connected things products include audio, USB-C, mobile power, and new cables and new connected home products include enhanced WiFi security features, HomeKit compatibility and Alexa integration across connected home products.

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Audio

  • ROCKSTAR Headphones with Lightning Connector
    • Engineered to enhance durability – prevents cable strain, breaking and straining; MFi certified
    • Designed for comfort and quality performance, silicon ear tips provide enhanced fit and seal for noise isolation; sweat and water resistant
    • Available Summer 2019, Belkin.com
    • ROCKSTAR Headphones with USB-C Connector coming later this year

Charging Cables

  • BOOST↑CHARGE USB-A to Lightning, USB-A to USB-C, USB-C to Lightning Cables made with DuraTek
    • Re-engineered design to maximize cable durability and strength; newly included leather strap to organize cable and prevent tangles
    • Available in 4ft, 6ft and 10ft lengths offers the perfect cable length for any use case
    • New speckled design available in black and white
    • MSRP $24.99 – $34.99
    • Available Spring 2019, Belkin.com and retailers worldwide

Fast-Charging Chargers and Power Bank

  • BOOST↑CHARGE USB-C Car Charger + Cable and USB-C Home Charger + Cable
    • QuickCharge 4+ technology enables faster charging up to 50% in 15 minutes
    • Compatible with all QuickCharge and Power Delivery devices up to 27W; 4ft. USB-C cable included
    • MSRP $39.99 – $44.99
    • Available Spring 2019, Belkin.com
  • BOOST↑CHARGE Power Bank USB-C 20K with USB-C Cable
    • Power Delivery 2.0 30W enables fast-charging of 11-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation)
    • The high-capacity power bank supports most USB-C devices including Apple MacBook and Nintendo Switch
    • Charge an additional device with the 12W USB-A port
    • MSRP $129.99
    • Available Spring 2019, Belkin.com

LINKSYS 

Mesh WiFi Router

Mesh WiFi is an enhanced version of WiFi, delivering faster speeds, more coverage and more reliable connections – the more radios a router or mesh solution has, the more ways to deliver better, faster and more dependable WiFi.

MAX STREAM AC2200 Tri-Band Mesh WiFi Router 

  • Tri-Band WiFi and MU-MIMO technology delivers blistering combined WiFi speeds up to 2.2Gbps, essential for simultaneous streaming of movies, online gaming, video chatting and using smart home devices
  • Built-in Mesh WiFi lets the router’s coverage grow as your needs do; simply add and connect a Velop Mesh WiFi Node anywhere in your home for additional, ubiquitous WiFi
  • Easy setup through the Linksys App
  • Automatic software and security updates keeps your network ahead of the game
  • MSRP: $199.99
  • Available on Linksys.com, Bestbuy.com, Amazon.com

Parental Controls and Network Security

  • Linksys Shield
    • Premium subscription software service for Velop Tri-Band users to block unwanted content/category and provide an additional layer of digital protection for your connected devices and family
    • Content filtering flags sites that contain adult, violent or unwanted content and allows you to choose which types of sites your kids can visit
    • Advanced browsing protection by checking the sites you visit against a database of millions of known threats, can help prevent you and your family from unsuspectingly visiting malicious sites
    • Parental Control Subscription is $4.99 per month or one year for $49.99 and will be available February 2019
    • Network Security Subscription is $1.99 per month or one year for $19.99 and will available later in 2019

WEMO

  • New Wemo Light Switches for 2019
    • Native HomeKit compatibility; leverages Apple’s software authentication for HomeKit compatibility without the use of other hardware. Joins Wemo Mini Smart Plug and Wemo Dimmer for full HomeKit compatibility across Wemo’s leading family of devices
    • Updated design, single-pole and 3-way options
    • Control your home lighting from the wall, your phone or by using your voice via Siri
    • MSRP of $39.99 (single-pole) and $49.99 (3-way)
    • Available Spring/Summer 2019 on Wemo.com  

PHYN

  • Phyn Plus Smart Water Assistant + Shutoff
    • Connected smart water monitoring device that detects leaks anywhere in a home and can automatically shut off the main water supply to prevent costly damage
    • Monitors water use, giving homeowners insight into how much water their homes and water using fixtures are consuming so they can conserve and save
    • Alexa integration; homeowners can now ask Alexa to provide updates on their water usage and turn on and off their water through Phyn Plus’ shutoff valve
    • Phyn Dashboard for professional remote water monitoring and management across multiple properties

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Logitech G Launches Astro A50 X Wireless Gaming Headset

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Logitech G, a brand of Logitech has launched the Logitech G ASTRO A50 X LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset and Base Station in the GCC, the fifth generation of the critically acclaimed ASTRO A50 Series console gaming headset. The new ASTRO A5O X is designed to deliver the ultimate console headset experience. With breakthrough innovations in audio and connectivity, the ASTRO A50 X LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset + Base Station features:

  • New PLAYSYNC technology for easy connectivity and switching between the XBOX, PS5 and PC via a single button press
  • PRO-G Graphene Audio Driver technology for high-performance gaming audio
  • 24-bit LIGHTSPEED Wireless technology for pro-grade performance on the console

“Over the last decade, the A50 has become an icon in gaming headsets due to its focus on gamer-centric design, premium sound, and superior comfort and durability,” said Dana Zebian, Logitech G’s Marketing Manager for the Middle East. “Our new A50 X elevates this beloved headset with an unmatched level of performance by combining the A50’s award-winning design with several new features and advanced technologies that truly revolutionize gameplay.” Comfort, sound, connectivity, communications and compatibility are the keys that gamers look for in an audio solution. The A50 X combines the design of the original A50, a favourite of console gamers everywhere, with four breakthrough innovations in the console headset market.

Bringing all systems together, PLAYSYNC Technology is an industry first that allows gamers to connect their Xbox Series X|S, PS5 and PC/MAC all at once and seamlessly switch between all three gaming systems with the simple ‘one-click’ of a button on the A50 X headset. When switching between Xbox and PS5 consoles, PLAYSYNC will change what the gamer views on their TV and what is heard in their headset. When switching to PC, PLAYSYNC will change what is heard in the gamer’s headset. Allowing gamers to decide and easily switch to the gaming experience they want to enjoy at any moment.

A50 X is a two-part Base Station and Wireless Headset system that works directly with high-performance game consoles as well as 4K UHD Televisions using HDMI 2.1 technology. Using HDMI, the Base Station directs audio wirelessly to the A50 X Headset while passing the console’s video through to the TV without impacting the source’s intended fidelity and features such as 4K 120Hz HDR, VRR, and ALLM. The result is high-performance and ultra-low latency video.

Audio signals are also intelligently routed on A50 X; with the headset docked to the Base Station, audio signals along with video will be passed through to the connected TV. When gamers undock the headset, audio signals will be rerouted to the headset automatically, improving convenience and versatility between open or private listening experiences.

With sound being such a critical component in gaming, the A50 X’s PRO-G GRAPHENE Audio Driver has been precision-engineered with a 40 mm graphene diaphragm featuring a live edge suspension, to deliver superior audio performance like never before. The new driver delivers improvements in sound reproduction accuracy, time to signal accuracy and distortion reduction, allowing players to identify audio objects more clearly, and more quickly discern their location as objects move relative to the player.

Graphene is a breakthrough material for audio clarity, detail, and spatial timing accuracy. With unprecedented harmonic rigidity, these audio drivers reduce distortion while delivering soaring highs, clear mids and rich bass. Optimized for the multi-platform player who requires the highest levels of audio and visual fidelity, and demands both style and design excellence, the A50 X headset system is purposefully designed to work with high-performance game consoles using HDMI 2.1 & USB-C connectivity, allowing A50 X to deliver uncompressed audio at up to 24-bit fidelity. The integrated LED status info panel and the click-in magnetic charging cradle of the A50 X Base Station keeps the headset battery topped off and always at the ready.

Logitech G’s award-winning 24-bit LIGHTSPEED wireless technology is a continuously improving pro-grade solution for quality of sound, reliability in connectivity, and efficiency for epic battery life. The Base Station also features simultaneous Bluetooth® connectivity allowing gamers to mix Discord chat with game audio or listen to music while playing.

The A50 X is Logitech G’s first headset that comes equipped with an integrated high-resolution 16-bit 48 kHz LIGHTSPEED microphone, this additional bandwidth lets the microphone capture a much broader spectrum of sound delivering unrivalled performance, clarity, and quality in a boom microphone. A50 X lets players control the Game/Chat mix on Xbox, PC—and even their PS5, and balance volume between game and chat with on-ear controls.

Gamers can optimise and fine-tune the gaming audio experience with G HUB on PC and the Logitech G App on iOS/Android devices. Control headset EQ presets or dive deep into the fully parametric EQ. Take advantage of the extended resolution of the microphone and dial-in broadcast-quality EQ settings while controlling their environment with noise reduction. Gamers can set up stream output audio mixing, specify sidetone amount, save custom presets, and more.

The Logitech G ASTRO A50 X Wireless Gaming Headset + Base Station is available now in key retailers across the GCC.

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HP Unleashes Latest OMEN and HyperX Gaming Arsenal

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HP ignited the Dubai gaming scene today with a showcase of its latest OMEN and HyperX devices and accessories. The event unveiled a collection of cutting-edge products designed to elevate the gaming experience for all. “HP understands the evolving needs of gamers, creators, and streamers. The OMEN and HyperX lineup caters to this diverse audience, offering a blend of power, performance, and quality. Whether you’re a seasoned pro, a casual player, or just starting your PC journey, OMEN and HyperX offer a perfect match for an immersive and seamless experience,” the company said.

 

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OMEN Transcend 14
The star of the show was the highly anticipated OMEN Transcend 14. This lightweight 14-inch powerhouse is built for those who demand both gaming excellence and creative freedom. Featuring a stunning 2.8K 120Hz OLED display and powered by the latest Intel Core Ultra Processor, the OMEN Transcend 14 seamlessly blends portability with premium performance. This allows users to transition between gaming and creative tasks on-the-go, without sacrificing processing power.

Beyond the Transcend 14, the showcase also featured:

  1. A broad selection of other OMEN laptops boasting impressive performance and design.
  2. An array of HyperX gaming gear, including mice, headsets, backpacks, and the world’s most customizable mechanical keyboard.

HyperX Alloy Rise

“With PC gamers numbered 1.1 billion and an expected growth to 1.85 billion this year, gaming is not just a pastime; it’s a dynamic and evolving culture that connects people worldwide,” said Peter Oganesean, Managing Director of HP Middle East. “Our Gaming Showcase in Dubai underscores our dedication to providing gamers with the latest advancements in technology, empowering them to reach new heights of performance and enjoyment.”

HyperX QuadCast

HP’s Dubai Gaming Showcase wasn’t just about unveiling new products, it was a strategic move aligning with the region’s thriving gaming scene. Gaming in the Middle East is no longer a solitary activity; it’s a social phenomenon fostering vibrant communities. With the UAE gaming market expected to grow steadily at 5.40% annually from 2024 to 2027, OMEN and HyperX are stepping up to meet this growing demand.

HyperX Pulsefire Mat RGB

HP’s latest offerings prioritize personalized experiences, delivering top-notch performance, sleek designs, and extensive customization options to cater to the diverse needs of Middle Eastern gamers. Attendees at the showcase weren’t just passive observers. Interactive demos and expert insights allowed them to experience firsthand the power and versatility of the OMEN and HyperX lineup. The message was clear: from competitive esports to immersive storytelling, these products offer limitless possibilities for gamers to explore and excel.

HyperX Cloud III

The showcase also highlighted HP’s commitment to a sustainable future. Eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient designs were incorporated into the showcased gaming devices and accessories, demonstrating that responsible practices can go hand-in-hand with high-performance gaming gear. By aligning with the Middle East’s burgeoning gaming community and prioritizing personalization, performance, and sustainability, HP positions itself as a leader in the region’s ever-evolving gaming landscape.

HP’s Dubai Gaming Showcase wasn’t just about announcements, it was an exhibition of cutting-edge technology for passionate gamers. Here’s a closer look at some of the key highlights:

OMEN Transcend 14: This ultra-light champion weighs in at only 1637g, defying expectations for a portable powerhouse. Featuring a stunning 2.8K 120Hz OLED display and the latest Intel Core Ultra Processor with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 series GPUs, it allows seamless switching between gaming and creative endeavors, anywhere, anytime.

OMEN Transcend 16: This desktop replacement boasts a stunning 240Hz, 16:10 display with vivid colours and high refresh rates. Powered by the latest 14th-generation Intel processors and up to a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070, it empowers creators and gamers alike.

HyperX QuadCast

HyperX Cloud III Wireless Headset Black: This evolution of the legendary Cloud II Wireless incorporates next-gen technology and a sleek design, delivering exceptional audio for the most dedicated players.

HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Mini Wireless Black Mouse: Weighing less than 60 grams, this ultra-light, wireless mouse offers precision control in a compact form factor.

HyperX Pulsefire Mousepad: Engineered for durability and precision tracking, this mousepad features an optimized surface and anti-fray stitching for enhanced comfort and control during intense gameplay.

HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Mini Wireless

HyperX Alloy Rise 75 Gaming Keyboard: The “world’s most customizable” toolless mechanical keyboard, the Alloy Rise takes personalization to a whole new level. Hot-swappable key switches, magnetic top plates, badges, and more let you tailor your keyboard to your exact needs.

HyperX QuadCast S Black Microphone: This condenser microphone delivers both broadcast-quality audio and stunning aesthetics. Customizable RGB lighting adds a touch of style to any stream setup.

HyperX Knight and Delta Backpacks: These durable, weather-resistant backpacks offer secure storage for your gaming essentials, with classic HyperX colours and airline carry-on compliance for ultimate portability.

OMEN 17: OMEN recently announced the upcoming launch of the OMEN 17 Gaming Laptop. Designed for the multi-faceted gamer who dabbles in content creation and esports, this laptop boasts increased performance, larger screens, and captivating visuals. It caters to a growing segment of gamers who demand versatility from their machines.

Staying true to its innovative spirit, OMEN will integrate a dedicated Copilot key for quick AI accessibility. This intriguing feature remains shrouded in a bit of mystery, but it hints at AI-powered functionalities to streamline the gaming experience. Additionally, an AI-driven OMEN camera and voice enhancer will elevate your audio and video quality, ensuring seamless communication with teammates or viewers.

The showcase also highlighted HP’s recent partnership with Riot Games, the powerhouse behind popular titles like League of Legends (LoL Esports), VALORANT (VCT), and Teamfight Tactics (TFT Esports). This groundbreaking global collaboration will reshape the gaming and esports experience for players worldwide. As the official Riot Games Technology partner, OMEN and HyperX gain access to Riot’s massive player base. This collaboration empowers them to provide top-tier hardware and technological solutions that will fuel various aspects of the Riot Games ecosystem, from powering the experiences of millions of players to supporting record-breaking esports events.

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GameSir Launches Nova Series of Gaming Controllers

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GameSir has announced the official worldwide release of its newest controller series – the highly anticipated Nova Series featuring the GameSir Nova and GameSir Nova Lite. Two next-generation devices with cutting-edge capabilities and a raft of key features, the GameSir Nova and Nova Lite promise to empower users during gameplay and take gaming exploits to the next level.

Billed as ‘the ultimate multi-platform gaming controller’, the GameSir Nova offers unrestricted gaming experiences with its cross-platform adaptability. Compatible with Android, Switch, Steam, PC, and iOS devices, this fabulous controller enables users to conquer their games with style, precision, and incredible performance. The GameSir Hall Effect anti-drift sticks are engineered for increased consistency and smoothness during gameplay with specially optimized algorithms, stylish RGB circles come with personalized lighting effects for unique gaming experiences, and tri-mode connectivity makes for unparalleled hassle-free flexibility with three connectivity options (Bluetooth, 2.4GHz, and Wired).

Additionally, the GameSir Nova supports Switch, Dinput, Xinput, Arcade, and MFi as a truly versatile controller, holding the keys to ultimate gaming experiences with less latency, motion control, programmable macro back buttons, and dual actuators for strong and subtle vibrations. The controller is also available in retro white and neon teal. Much like its fellow Nova Series device, the GameSir Nova Lite promises to deliver next-level gaming experiences – empowering users throughout gameplay conquests. Exactly like the GameSir Nova, this innovation comes with the same multi-platform compatibility, GameSir Hall Effect anti-drift sticks for maximized performance, and tri-mode connectivity with Bluetooth, 2.4GHz, and Wired.

Another standout component is the turbo function for faster response. The Nova Lite features a 20Hz Turbo function with customizable buttons, meaning gamers have a convenient way to enhance immersive gameplay. Additionally, greater control is assured thanks to the multi-function M button that enables users to seamlessly adjust such as vibration intensity, switch modes, stick’s dead zone and interchange key values in various settings. Gamers also have the option to choose between two colours – Stellar White or Space Purple – with the device catering to every gaming requirement at a super-affordable price.

Commenting on the global launch, Betta Core, CEO, GameSir, said, “After many months of behind-the-scenes planning and preparation, we’re thrilled to officially release the Nova Series across international markets. A series sure to be embraced and enjoyed by gaming enthusiasts far and wide, we’re particularly excited because the GameSir Nova and Nova Lite perfectly complement our vision to empower every individual during gameplay and expand the boundary of joy. With the Nova Series now available, we can’t wait to see the reaction and reception from the worldwide gaming community. For sure, these innovations will meet every expectation.”

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