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New Legacy line and home electronics devices are complemented by typical charger, PSU fare, etc.

Mid-week at last week's 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, I met with Rosewill to share with the readers a peak of upcoming products.

I.  Meet the Legacy Line

For those unfamiliar with Rosewill, the Taiwanese-American peripheral brand is the official peripheral brand of Newegg.com, one of the world's largest online electronics store.  Newegg, still private and worth billions, was founded in 2001 by Fred Chang.  In 2004 he launched the Rosewill brand, which would go on to have offices in Shanghai, China; Taipei, Taiwan; and The City of Industry, Calif. 

Today Newegg employs 2,500, and many of those are working the Rosewill brand designing peripherals.  Like domestic rival In Win Development Inc. (TPE:6117) (InWin), Rosewill's focus in 2014 was heavily aimed at minimalism, mixing metal and aluminum in premium case designs.

The companies' target audiences are a bit different, though, despite some overlap.  Where as InWin oft caters to the premium enthusiast crowd willing to pay big bucks for limited edition, specialist cases, Rosewill is more of a mass market seller.

At CES 2014 its big ticket item was the LEGACY case series
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Rosewill Legacy
The Legacy family [Image Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech LLC]

The new line is full of steel and aluminum mini-ITX, ATX, ITX, and micro-ITX cases for purposes ranging from home theater PCs (HTPCs) to standard gaming/work machines.

Legacy V3

Legacy V3


Legacy V6

Legacy V6 spec


QT01

QT01



Legacy U2
Legacy U2




Legacy U3
Legacy U3



Legacy MX2

Legacy MX2

Overall the legacy family -- generally available in white and black, features a lot of aluminum and premium looks for relatively affordable price points in different form factors, ranging from $60 USD to $220 USD.  These cases are all currently available.

Along with the Legacy line, Rosewill refreshed its bestselling BlackHawk line.  While the refresh won't arrive until Q2 2014, it will bring with it a magnetic cover, to a recessed port bank, which doubles as storage.  It also features integrated SD and microSD cardreaders and a bigger window.

Rosewill also was showing two other ATX Mid Tower cases; the STEALTH ($70 USD; Q2 2014 availability) and RISE ($120 USD; Q2 2014 availability).  The former case is more of a budget design, while the latter features a large glass panel for nice views of your machine's internals.  Both of these cases are formed of SGCC (sheet galavanized cold-rolled, coil) steel, so expect them to be a bit heavier.

II. Peripherals, Home Electronics

Rosewill product marketing specialist Buu Ly and marketing analyst Veronica Chen also showed me a variety of other prouducts, which include:
  • Audio
    • E-340/550/860 earbuds ($30/40/60 USD)
    • Ampbox (wireless speaker) ($80 USD)
    • Sonas RS-OW813 stereo headphones ($100 USD)
  • Power Supply Unit (PSU)
    • Capstone 1000-M ($200 USD)
  • Chargers: PowerBank Series
    • RCBR-13001/13010/13020/13030 (various submodels) ($30/40/60/70)
chargers
  • Keyboards
    • RK-9100 xR/RBR "Apollo" w/ Cherry Switches ($150  USD)
    • RK-6000 "Striker" w/ Cherry Switches ($60 USD)
    • RK-8350 (membrane; backlit; programmable) ($50 USD)
    • RK-8300 (membrane) ($40 USD)
  • Mice
    • Helix RM-20 (wired; 2400 dpi) ($30 USD)
    • Jet RGM-300 (wired; programmable; 2000 dpi) ($40 USD)
    • Reflex RGM-1000 (wired; 8200 dpi) ($60 USD)
  • Mouse Pads/Mats : React Series

    React mousepads
    • RIMP-13001/R13002/13003 (Branded with Rosewill's logo) ($20/30/40 USD)
  • Networking
    • 802.11ac (AC1200UBE) USB stick adapter ($50 USD)

      802.11ac
       
    • 802.11ac (AC1200UBE2) wireless antenna (up to 867 Mbps) ($60 USD)
    • 802.11ac (AC-600UB) mini-plug style wireless device
    • RFS-108P/RGS-108P 8-port ethernet switchs ($80 USD/$130 USD)
    • RNWA-SA-1000 (30 dBm antenna, up to 1000 Mbps in 802.11n mode) ($70 USD)
  • Surveillance Cameras/DVR Systems
    • RCSM-OD13604 (ball-style, tinted) ($70U SD)
    • RCSM-OD13605 (ball-style, LED lit, tinted) ($70 USD)
    • RCSM-OD12604 (barrel-style, LED lit) ($100 USD)
    • RCSM-OD12705 (barrel-style, LED lit) ($130 USD)
    • RCSM-OD12706 (barrel-style, LED lit) ($210 USD)
    • RCSM-OD13706 (ball-style, LED lit, tinted) ($110 USD)
    • RCSM-OD13707 (ball-style LED lit, tinted) ($150 USD)
    • ID-18701 (zoom-capable) ($100 USD)
  • Flashlights
    • RFL-13003 (800 m illumination, 1000 lumens) ($40 USD)
    • RFL-13004 (200 m illumination, 300 lumens) ($80 USD)
  • Other
    • Power Adapters ($20, $25, $35, $40 USD)
    • Solar lights (RTTL-13001) ($40 USD)
I'll spare you the nitty gritty on these products -- most are either launching in Q2 2014, or are available now.  I might be reviewing one of the chargers, actually, as I was curious to see how it performs in terms of time of charge etc., versus older models like the "Power Fort".

III. Small Appliance Line Brings Tech Smarts to the Kitchen

Probably the most entertaining/intriguing part of Rosewill's product line was its growing assortment of consumer kitchen appliances.

It's starting off small with an electric induction oven (capable of between 300 watts/150 ºF (65.6 ºC) and 1800 watts/450 ºF (232.2 ºC).  It can tell (allegedly) if "unsuitable" (e.g. not oven safe) cookware is on it, preventing accidental melting of plastic pots, etc.  In addition to its advanced overheating protection, other "smart" features include an LED readout and 3 hour timer setting.  At $100 USD, this could be a good thing to take with you in your camper, RV, etc.
RHAI-13001
The RHA-13001 Induction Cooker

Even more high-tech is the new rice cooker from Rosewill, the RHRC-13001.  A 700 watt unit, the cooker will become available later this quarter.  It can make up to 1 L/5.5 cups worth of rice at a time.

It includes "3-dimensional heating" technology to assure a delicious, fluffy result, and utilizes a "fuzzy logic processor".  LCD readout and control buttons are also onboard.  The device retails for $100 USD.

RHRC-13001
RHRC-13001 Rice Cooker

For those who love rice this is great news.  Just don't do what my brother used to do and leave the dirty rice cooker festering in the sink for your roommate/brother to find.  Since he's moved out, though, I might know what to get him for next holiday season.

Rosewill also showed off a hot water tea kettle, a fryer, and a popcorn maker, the latter of which was particularly fun.

Rosewill consumer appliances
Left to right; hot water pot, popcorn maker, rice cooker, mini-fryer
[Image Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech LLC]

These items were not in the company's catalog; if they're not out, they should be coming soon, though.  Obviously it's good to keep an eye on ratings given the youth of Rosewill's home appliance brand, but the company's strong return policy and tech savvy could help bring a high-tech hand to the small appliance market.


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lolwut?
By Motoman on 1/14/2014 12:28:14 PM , Rating: 3
...a desktop case without even a single bay for an optical drive.

Brilliant.

[facepalm]




RE: lolwut?
By Eagle17 on 1/14/2014 12:58:29 PM , Rating: 5
exactly... I havnt had the need for an optical drive in almost 2 years.... tired of those ugly slots and slot covers.


RE: lolwut?
By Murloc on 1/14/2014 3:58:43 PM , Rating: 2
people who want to build particular configurations probably are used to using bootable USB peripherals and don't want the optical drive bay because it's ugly.

I've never used USB since I always had a optical drive and I know how to work with that, but I wouldn't let the lack of a optical drive bay stop me from buying a HTCP case or anything like that.


RE: lolwut?
By TakinYourPoints on 1/14/2014 5:59:08 PM , Rating: 3
Get out of the stone age. Optical drives are an albatross on case design. For years I've used USB sticks for OS installation, external hard drives and online services for backups, and downloads for applications/games.

Its 2014. Optical media on computers have gone the way of the floppy. The difference is that a little floppy drive didn't take up much space while those 5.25" optical drives add way too much volume and weight to a desktop. Its even worse with laptops, a complete waste of space.

Valve's prototype Steam Machine has the right idea, enough room for a full size GPU while eliminating the optical drive and only using 3.5" SSDs: http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2013...
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2013...

With it you get a GTX 780, an i7 Haswell CPU, and terabytes of storage in a very compact case. These days optical drives give no real benefits. Cases without 5.25" bays will start to become the norm, not the exception.


RE: lolwut?
By Motoman on 1/15/2014 10:33:01 AM , Rating: 2
A DVD-RW drive is $15.

For the once-in-a-while it's useful, you're a moron for not spending the $15.

Get over yourself. The indignant rage against having an optical drive is pure stupidity.


RE: lolwut?
By flyingpants1 on 1/16/2014 10:55:04 PM , Rating: 2
No, they are 99% useless nowadays. If you ever need one, you can simply use another networked computer or buy a USB DVD drive.


RE: lolwut?
By TakinYourPoints on 1/24/2014 5:30:36 PM , Rating: 2
You still crying over the loss of the floppy?


RE: lolwut?
By TakinYourPoints on 1/24/2014 5:33:10 PM , Rating: 2
And as usual, you miss the point. It isn't about money, its about 5.25" drive bays that never get used being massive wastes of physical volume in a case.


Need home automation
By HoosierEngineer5 on 1/14/2014 11:23:52 AM , Rating: 2
If anybody could have a successful line of home automation products, I think it would be Newegg.

I have regrettably spend hundreds of dollars on unreliable home automation products. Alternatives seem fractured and too expensive.




No optical, huh ?
By WT on 1/15/2014 9:29:52 AM , Rating: 2
My Blu-Ray collection would argue with you on this one.




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