Cooler Master Goes Apples at 2014 CES, Gets HAF Stacked
By Hank Tolman
Along with seemingly everyone else at CES 2014, I caught Cooler Master straying from their PC case and peripheral’s roots and into other areas of interest. Benchmark Reviews visited Cooler Master’s suite at the Palm’s Resort and Casino during CES 2014 and we found some interesting new products that you might not expect to see from the company that brought us the HAF series of cases.
An entire room in the Cooler Master suite at CES 2014 was actually dedicated to Apple device peripherals. This story isn’t completely new, as Cooler Master’s JAS Mini has been around for a short time already. According to Cooler Master, the JAS Mini is one of the hottest iPad Mini and iPhone stands available through the Apple Store. In addition to the JAS Mini, however, Cooler Master had on display a slew of Apple-centered peripherals. Although they are targeted at Apple devices, however, it should be noted that most, if not all, of these peripherals can also be used with other smartphones and tablets.
The Cooler Master R9-TPS-DUOSA-GP, also known as the DUO was on display at CES 2014. The DUO is a tablet and smartphone stand and charger and quickly splits apart into a dual-function stand and charger for both your tablet AND your smartphone.
Set up next to the DUO was a concept Bluetooth tablet dock with pop-up speakers. Two speakers pop up out of the dock and retract back into to save space and look good when the dock is not in used. The speakers have a groove in the top of them where the tablet sits.
Okay, so this one isn’t really Apple-centric necessarily, but Cooler Master did have an Apple monitor sitting on it. The monitor stand is lightweight and easily portable, but durable enough to hold a heavy and large monitor. The feet on the bottom of the stand can be screwed in and out to adjust the height of the stand to your desired level. The monitor stand has spacers between the two platforms so that it forms a little cubby where you can hide your valuables.
JAS Music Pro and JAS Music Mobile
Two other stands that Cooler Master had on display in their suite were the JAS Music Pro and the JAS Music Mobile laptop stands. These stands are designed for DJs and music professionals to be able to quickly and efficiently set up their equipment in a more organized fashion. The laptop sits on the upper deck of the stands while other music equipment can slide below onto the lower deck. The JAS Music Pro, while lightweight, conforms more to a music maker that stays in one place. The JAS Music Mobile, on the other hand, conforms to its name by folding up for easy transportation.
The JAS Pro, a Macbook and iPad stand, and the Cube, another tablet stand, were also on display.