The TR Podcast 104: The rundown on CES 2012

Plus a roundup of earbuds for smartphones
— 2:30 AM on January 23, 2012

The Tech Report Podcast Date: January 22, 2012
Time: 1:58:46

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Geoff Gasior, and Cyril Kowaliski


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Footsore and skull-numbed, our panelists join us in this extra-long episode of the podcast to unload their collective brains of all they saw at CES 2011. The gang runs through everything from the mood and attendance at this year's show, to the latest and greatest in the cult of clicky keyboards, to whatever coolness Razer has to show this time around. As a bonus, Jordan reviews a slew of earbuds for smartphones.

Send in listener mail, and we'll answer on the podcast. -

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Listener mail/tweets:

To quality podcasting (0:01:11) - from Luke:

"I thoroughly enjoy your podcasts. They are informative, comprehensive, and interesting. The effort and care you put into them really shows.

I sometimes listen to a computer hardware podcast from one of your competitors, and their show appears to differ from yours in two ways: First, they don't pick out their topics until after they click record. And second, they consistently sound drunk.

So here's to quality podcasting, Luke

P.S. With all the talk about smoking and barbecuing over the last few months, don't you dare call this too off-topic to read on the show. =]"

32gb of RAM?(0:03:04) - from JMC:

"Ram is cheap enough now that I want to go for 32 gigs of ram. X79 sabertooth motherboard/3930. I thinking that I have a better chance of compatibility with 4 sticks of 8gig compared to 8 sticks of 4gig. Seems to always be iffy when you fill all ram slots. Have you heard of very many ram compatibility problems with X79 boards or am I probably quite safe buying a name brand like G-skill or Corsair?quot;

Tech discussion:

    Transformer Prime's 1920x1200 display is more than meets the eye - (0:08:43) - Read more

    Nvidia and Asus aim for $249 Tegra 3 tablet - (0:19:05) - Read more

    Industry marches ahead with plans to copy, counter Apple - (0:24:02) - Read more

    Lenovo's Yoga bends over backward to please us - (0:28:14) - Read more

    Razer's 'Project Fiona' brings PC gaming to a tablet format - (0:34:01) - Read more

    Razer brings Switchblade UI to standalone keyboard - (0:41:59) - Read more

    7-series motherboard roundup - (0:46:35) - MSI - Gigabyte - Zotac

    Sandy Bridge upgrades come to Zotac mini PCs - (0:48:22) - Read more

    Cooler Master expands clicky keyboard lineup - (0:50:48) - Read more

    Thermaltake brings rubber domes back in style - (0:54:41) - Read more

    Jordan's smartphone/iPhone earbud roundup - (0:59:07) - Beats by Dre - Bose IE2 - Klipsch Image S4i - V-Moda Vibrato

    Corsair adds quiet, budget additions to case lineup - (1:12:38) - Read more

    Thermaltake Level 10 descends to budget territory - (1:16:39) - Read more

    Trinity due mid-year in 17W, 35W variants - (1:19:58) - Read more

    AMD fights thunder with lightning - (1:24:31) - Read more

    OCZ, Marvell scale Kilimanjaro with PCIe SSD - (1:30:23) - Read more

    OCZ demos next-gen Indilinx SSD controller - (1:35:19) - Read more

    Lucid reaches for the clouds with GPU virtualization - (1:38:01) - Read more

    CES 2012: the shape of things to come? - (1:48:56) - Read more

That's all, folks! We'll see you on the next episode.TR

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