PCR has rounded up the latest tech to keep in mind for future retail opportunities.
Here is this week's selection of upcoming and recently released products...
Zotac ZBOX: silent mini PCs
Zotac has announced the C-series of ZBOX mini-PCs, which it claims utilize a fan-less chassis for ‘silent’ operation.
The ZBOX CI540 nano series includes an Intel Core i5 4210Y with Intel HD Graphics 4200, while the CI520 series uses an Intel Core i3 4020Y with Intel HD Graphics 4200 and the CI320 series incorporates an Intel Celeron N2930 with Intel HD Graphics.
For those who favour AMD components, the CA320 nano series includes an AMD A6-1450 APU with an AMD Radeon HD 8250.
Models are available with 4GB of preinstalled DDR3L memory and a 64GB solid state drive. All configurations include HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, as well as 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.
SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD: quick gaming storage
SanDisk has announced its Extreme Pro solid-state drive – a drive designed for gamers, PC enthusiasts and media professionals.
The Extreme Pro can read at a speed of up to 550 megabytes per second and write at speeds of up to 520MB/s, making it suitable for loading games and intensive applications.
The Extreme Pro is available in capacities of up to 1TB.
Corsair memory and storage: fast flash and rapid memory
Corsair has announced several memory and storage products designed for fast performance.
Designed for gamers and enthusiasts, Corsair Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory delivers speeds starting at 2666MT/s and 3000MT/s, with Corsair predicting that the speedswill get faster as the technology matures.
The new modules offer almost twice the speeds of standard DDR3 memory – up to 24GB/s. Corsair also claims that the memory can deliver up to 40 percent more power efficiency than standard DDR3 memory.
Corsair has also announced the new Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 flash drive in 256GB and 128GB capacities.
The Flash Voyager GTX is said by the firm to be the fastest USB flash drive Corsair has ever produced, with peak transfer speeds of up to 450MB/sec read and 350MB/sec write.
The firm has also launched the wireless storage device, the Voyager Air 2. The palm-sized, wireless hard drive can add 1TB of storage to an iPad, iPhone, Android device, PC or Mac.
Powered by a rechargeable battery, the latest second-gen drive also uses the new Voyager Air 2.0 software, which adds new features to the Voyager Air product family, including: simplified media browsing, cloud synchronization with Dropbox and Google Drive, and Airplay streaming to Apple TV.
Kingston HyperX module: record-breaking RAM
The currently unreleased 4GB HyperX DDR3 2933MHz module from Kingston Technology has been overclocked to reach 4500MHz, the highest frequency in the world.
Overclocker Hicookie achieved the record speed using the module and the new Gigabyte Z97X-SOC Force LN2 motherboard.