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Event Report – CE Week NYC

A few weeks ago, around the end of June, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) rolled into NYC for an event called CE Week. While the main function of this week-long event is to give manufacturers a chance to meet with the members of the press and showcase their new wares, it also serves as a time when industry pundits can speak to other interested and influencial members of the industry. The short version is that this is NYC’s version of CES.

While this year’s CE Week didn’t seem as exciting as the previous year, there were definitely some notable trends and interesting products on show for the rest of the year.  Easily the biggest trend in the products that we saw was portable wireless audio. Bluetooth speakers were cheaper than a dime-a-dozen, with seemingly every other manufacturer offering some way for consumers to have the soundtrack to their lives everywhere they go. And speaking of soundtracks, headphones were another really hot trend this year. We were happy to see that circumaural (large, DJ-style) headphones seemed to be making a show-of-force at the show. We’ve always favored that style of headphones as they are much less likely to damage your hearing than earplugs and they just flat out look cooler.

Not everything was bass and beats at the show and we’re going to prove that right now by running through some of the vendors that we spoke to. Here’s a preview of what to look for between now and the holiday season.

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Upcoming Events: GDGT Live and CE Week NYC

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Hey everyone, We just wanted to let you all know that GDGT Live is this coming Monday (aka today, 6/25) in NYC. If you happen to live in the area and don’t have plans Monday night, we highly suggest making it out to the event. It’s the only tech event in NYC that’s open to the public and it only happens once a year here in the city. The complete vendors list can be found over on the GDGT site and you’ll definitely want to check it out. Logitech, Boxee, Gunnar Optics, and Western Digital will all be there and that’s just a few of the companies that will be showing off their new wares. Plus there’s raffle prizes and freebies for the first few hundred people to show up. And drink tickets for the thirsty among you.

Here’s the link to register If you can’t make it to the event, then make sure you follow us  on twitter and stay up to date as we’ll be doing live updates during the event. If there’s anything you want to see, just ask and we’ll make sure to get you the info you need.


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Also, this week is CE Week NYC. Unlike other shows like Pepcom and Showstoppers, CE Week is, as the name suggests, a week long series of events. The way we like to think of it is that it’s a miniature CES in NYC. That’s also starting up on Monday with events and panels around the city. The main event opens on Wednesday and you can rest assured that we’ll be there. Again, follow us on twitter to get our live updates and to ask us any questions.

Review: Yamakasi Catleap Q270


So If you haven’t heard, there’s a new monitor making a big splash around the net. It’s the Yamakasi Catleap Q270. It’s a beautiful piece of tech, but chances are you’ve never heard of it or the company. In all honesty, we hadn’t heard of Yamakasi either until about 2 weeks ago ourselves. The monitor sounds too good to be true, so we made sure that one got sent to us and put it through the ringer. If you want to give yourself a brief overview, check out our un-boxing video right after the break.

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Pepcom Eco-Focus NYC

Not too long ago, the great folks of Pepcom through one of their signature press events in NYC. There’s always a theme and this time was no different. Since it was April and Earth Day wasn’t too long ago, the theme was being green and impacting the environment as little as possible. Here’s a run down of the cool stuff that we came across and think you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for in the near future.

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GIVEAWAY! : NZXT Source 210 Elite


Do you remember this guy? You should because we just talked about it and thought it was a great case. So great in fact that we’re going to give it away!  That’s right, our very first giveaway will be of this awesome little case.


So how do you enter? Well, just find us on twitter (@themardukreport) and leave a comment below with your twitter name and the name of the case below. We’ll use a random number generator and pull a number for the winner. Just like in Highlander, there can be only one winner. There are no runner up prizes this give away, but next time we might have more stuff for you all.

Oh, and the drawing will be open for a week starting from today. That’s May 7th to 14th, 2012 and is open for US residents only. Sorry to any international readers, but we’ve had cases shipped to us from overseas before and they weren’t pretty when we received them. We wouldn’t want broken cases showing up for you.

Noblesse oblige. I pray for your continuing service as a savior.