Items tagged with CES

Motorola recently made quite a splash with their cute, mysteriously non-descript tease of their upcoming Xoom tablet that they promised to unveil at CES 2011.  Alas we waited with baited breath and tonight the wait was finally over, with Motorola unveiling not only the Xoom tablet but a host of smartphones based on the Android platform. In addition, though not confirmed by the Motorola booth reps, we heard from the folks at NVIDIA that Tegra 2 is powering not only the Xoom tablet but also Mot's new Droid Bonic smartphone. If NVIDIA was waiting to hit paydirt with Tegra 2, it seems Q1 will be the time, as we've seen announcments of Tegra 2 tablets and smartphones from not only Motorola but... Read more...
We just spent some time at an event hosted by enthusiast favorite GIGABYTE, at which the company showed off an array of high-end motherboards targeted squarely at hardcore gamers. GIGABYTE’s G1 Killer line of motherboards as they are known sport a number of features and aesthetic touches that not only set them apart from more generic boards, but address specific wants of many gamers.     The GIGABYTE G1.Assassin, G1 Sniper, and G1.Guerrilla. And Mat With A Gaggle of Hotties. The G1 Killer line of boards will initially consist of three X58-Express based products for Socket 1366 Intel Core i7 processors. The boards sport a black and green color scheme meant to conjure images of... Read more...
Can your wireless equipment seriously handle three antennas? That's a question you'll have to ask yourself if you're thinking about picking up TRENDnet's latest. The company has just launched what they're calling the first 450Mbps concurrent dual band router at CES 2011, with the TEW-692GR capable of handling 450Mbps transfers. This is the first router to offer full 450Mbps technology on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless bands, and with the former becoming more and more crowded by the day, a lot of power users are making the switch to 5GHz so their equipment can breath a little easier. Concurrent dual band technology sustains both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless networks at the same time, and MIMO antenna... Read more...
Earlier this week, Lenovo revealed a handful of new offerings. Today, we got a chance to see all of Lenovo’s latest products in person. Lenovo’s new IdeaPad U1 Hybrid with LePad Slate definitely had us excited earlier in the week, and it’s looking good in person too. This 2-in-1 device combines a slate with a Snapdragon processor and Android with a keyboard base and full Windows 7 functionality. The slate portion of the U1 Hybrid has a 10.1-inch panel and feels good in your hand. The base unit turns the slate into a laptop of sorts. Although we won’t see the IdeaPad U1 for a little while here in the States, we’re definitely anxious for this baby to hit the market.... Read more...
In typical fashion, OCZ had plenty of cool stuff on display in their suite at the Aria Hotel, a few miles away from the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas Convention Center and CES. As we’ve come to expect from OCZ, a plethora of new solid state storage products on display, along with some new power supplies and other memory products. Among the goodness, OCZ was showing off an updated version of their HSDL (High Speed Data Link) that uses an optical connection between the drive and controller. According to OCZ, the link is capable of data rates of about 20Gb/s. OCZ was also showing off an array of their high-end ZX series power supply units. OCZ’s ZX series PSUs are 80+ Gold certified... Read more...
A little earlier today, in a jam packed meeting room in the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, we spent about an hour listening to NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang speak about the massive influx of mobile computing devices over the last few years and NVIDIA’s plans to better infiltrate the burgeoning market moving forward. During his address, Mr. Huang spoke almost exclusively about the company’s Tegra 2 processor and its capabilities and performance, although he also dropped a bombshell to close his talk about NVIDIA’s “Project Denver”—more on that one in a bit. While discussing the mobile computing space, NVIDIA’s CEO stated that Tegra 2 will usher in the era of... Read more...
Need a little extra storage in your back pocket? Who doesn't? Samsung has just announced a new three-pack of USB 3.0 drives, all external and mobile and all fairly stylish. These new drives offer up to 1TB of capacity, a wave-like matte finish and four colors: Brown black, Noble beige, Clay orange and Mist gray. The premium drives also include high-gloss cases embedded with a multi-layered wave pattern in three jewel-tone colors; Onyx black, Sapphire blue and Coral pink. Furthermore, the newly implemented 256-bit Full Disk Encryption provides additional security on a hardware basis. Auto backup software supports both automatic and continuous data backup, so that user files are backed up automatically... Read more...
Microsoft has been talking about "three screens and a cloud" for some time now, and "cloud" is definitely the big new buzzword in the consumer electronics space. Lots of content we consume each day lives in the cloud, or faraway servers that host our content and can be accessed remotely at any time. Lots of Internet TV content also lives in the cloud, with millions of hours of Netflix content consumed each week. So, the cloud and TV can get along after all, right? That's right. Today, Funai Electric (the company that manufactures Philips, Emerson, Magnavox and Sylvania brand televisions and Blu-ray players) has announced an agreement in principle that will make Funai the first consumer electronics... Read more...
VIZIO announced its new line up of LED TVs with models ranging from 16- to 71-inches. Among the new models are two Cinema HDTV LED models with a 21:9 Cinema aspect ratio, Theater 3D, and VIZIO Internet Apps. Select models in the E and M series and the entire XVT series feature VIZIO Theater 3D, a technology that uses a circular polarized filter to eliminate the need for batteries and shutter mechanisms in Theater 3D eyewear. Theater 3D also claims to be better than conventional "active" 3D systems by boasting of reduced crosstalk, fast motion without blurring, the ability to be up to 2X brighter, a wider horizontal viewing angle, and no Active Shutter 3D flicker. Depending on the model of TV,... Read more...
Remember WebTV from years and years ago? It's sort of funny that people once made fun of that idea, and now having internet on your television seems to be all the rage. Google TV is hot to trot about it, and just about every high-end HDTV on the market today supports some form of connectivity. Now, iGUGU is hoping to follow suit and jump back on the re-growing bandwagon. At CES, the company announced InterneTV, described as an "easy-to-use, affordable solution that enables consumers to stream the majority of all PC- and Internet-based content to the television." The difference between this product and most every other one is that InterneTV is a PC-based solution, which enables it to stream content... Read more...
We know it's hard to stay on the cutting edge of technology, particularly if you're trying not to go broke while doing it. But Zotac is definitely not waiting around for anyone with their latest release. It feels like just yesterday that we sat down and tested out a Blu-ray equipped HTPC from this very company, and now -- just months later -- a successor is being unveiled. The new Zbox AD03 series is yet another slim, sleek HTPC line of machines that have Blu-ray capabilities. But the major change here is the use of AMD's E-350 APU platform. That's right, Fusion! Already we're seeing Fusion used in new, strange places, and we have to confess that we love it. There's a 1.6GHz APU (dual-core) at... Read more...
We knew that HP didn't buy Palm just to sit on it, and we also knew the company was planning new devices for 2011. Thus, it's no surprise that HP has an event coming, on Feb. 9, at which attendees are supposed to "Think Big. Think Small. Think Beyond." It sounds, from the teaser, that HP will be unveiling a series of devices, from tablets to smartphones. It also means that the odds of HP unveiling anything webOS related at CES just dropped to nil. We already expect the HP webOS tablet to be called the PalmPad. What will its new smartphones be dubbed, and is it already too late to catch up to Android and iOS?... Read more...
Who says retro went out of style years ago? Retro is most definitely in, particularly when one does it as classy as Onkyo does. The company has just revealed a new line of separate Hi-Fi components at CES, and they're all about as beautiful as they come. Home cinema equipment is generally seen as boring in terms of design; almost every single box looks like the other. But these are a sight to behold. All three models, the P-3000R pre-amplifier, M-5000R power amplifier, and C-7000R CD player, incorporate Onkyo’s new Dynamic Intermodulation Distortion Reduction Circuitry (DIDRC) to counteract unwanted high-frequency interference, and they've been intentionally designed to look like stereo... Read more...
At the annual Asus press conference held a couple of days before CES, Jonney Shih gave us a sneak peek of the company's tablet lineup. We’ve got pics, specs, and information regarding the upcoming Asus Eee Pad Slider, Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Pad MeMO, and the long awaited Eee Slate EP 121... CES 2011: Four New Tablets Coming From Asus... Read more...
At the annual Asus press conference held a couple of days before CES, Jonney Shih gave us a sneak peek of the company's tablet lineup. If you haven't jumped on the tablet bandwagon yet, 2011 might just be the perfect time to do so. Let's take a look at what Asus has to offer.    Is it a tablet? Or a notebook? The Eee Pad Slider is a little of both and features a 10.1” IPS touch-screen, but also a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Powered by a dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 SoC, it also sports built-in digital cameras on the front (1.2MP) and rear (5MP) for video chat and digital photography. And mobile users will appreciate the Android 3.0 operating system found on the Slider.  If... Read more...
Samsung launched a new digital camera with Wi-Fi capabilities. The new SH100 is a 14.2 megapixel compact camera that can wirelessly connect to other devices such as your Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. By pairing your devices, you'll be able to use your phone as a remote control or a remote viewfinder before snapping a photo. You can also use your phone's GPS capabilities to geotag photos. Thanks to the SH100's Wi-Fi capabilities, you'll also be able to back up your shots to your PC or social network. Other key features of the SH100 include DLNA wireless connectivity, Samsung's touch based Smart Access user interface, 5x optical zoom, and Digital Image Stabilization. The camera will... Read more...
Earlier today, before the onslaught of consumer tech goodness that is CES 2011, our man Mat Miranda had a chance to catch up with Micron representatives at the Storage Vision 2011 conference that is taking place before the big show opens in sunny Las Vegas.  Micron it appears is readying their next generation of SSDs to follow-up their very successful RealSSD C300 line-up.  The new top-end model in the family will be named, you guessed it, C400 and in the event you were feeling really clairvoyant, you might also guess that Micron is rolling out SSDs that are bigger and faster versus the previous generation.  Enough with our keen sense of the obvious though.  We'll let Justin... Read more...
Lenovo really is on a roll here at this year's CES. First came a bunch of new notebooks, and now this: the official introduction of the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid with LePad Slate. Now, we have heard about and seen these devices before. Even as far back as CES 2010, this units were making the rounds as prototype devices. It's been a long ride for them. There was even rumblings last year that the U1 would be scraped altogether. But now, the company is clearing the air. This particular product isn't exactly like the ones we saw before. Instead, it's a 2-in-1 device that combines the mobility of a slate with access to Android applications, along with a keyboard base that makes you feel more comfortable within... Read more...
Lenovo's CES launch started yesterday with five new notebooks, but the company just couldn't let desktop users sneak by without new machines to consider. The company is launching four new IdeaCentre all-in-one PCs today, the A320, B520, B320 and C205. Each one of these are uniquely designed, so you'll need to gaze on each one to see which design would look best in your place. The A320 is described as the industry's slimmest all-in-one desktop, with a 21.5" widescreen display, Intel's second-generation Core i5 CPU, HDMI input / output and an integrated card reader. The B520 is a really, really unique looking machine. It's the world's first "frameless multi-touch AIO PC," and it's also the company's... Read more...
CES is just now starting to take shape this year, and while tablets will no doubt play a large role, we get the feeling that wireless streaming will also be a huge topic of discussion. The time has come for wires to take a back seat to wireless, but there's still a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure that transfers are quick, lag-free and free from glitches. PrimeSense, which is the company behind the Microsoft Kinect peripheral, has now teamed up with Asus at CES to deliver yet another new wireless streaming solution to the world. The WAVI Xtion is a uniquely named device that has a next-gen user interface and is designed to extend PC usage to the living room. The WAVI Xtion media center... Read more...
At CES today, AMD will both launch its first Fusion Application Processors (APUs) and discuss the new platform's design wins. According to the CPU manufacturers press release, desktop, notebook, and netbook systems should be available now, with tablets and embedded options launching before the end of Q1 2011. "We believe that AMD Fusion processors are, quite simply, the greatest advancement in processing since the introduction of the x86 architecture more than forty years ago,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Products Group. "In one major step, we enable users to experience HD everywhere as well as personal supercomputing capabilities in notebooks that... Read more...
Ever heard of TransferJet? That's a protocol issued by Sony, and it seems like some other company sure loved the name. Alereon and Spectec have chosen CES to announced their partnership: SD CameraJet. This name described a wireless, ultra-wideband solution for transferring and streaming HD media from mobile devices, and there seems to be a growing amount of ways to do just that. The Spectec solution consists of the SDU-7200 Wi-Jet SD card and the SDU-7500 Wi-Jet USB dongle. Both are powered by the Alereon ECMA and ISO standard AL6000 Ultra Wideband chipset. This new solution is primarily designed to enable digital still cameras and video camcorders to quickly and easily wirelessly connect to... Read more...
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