I was pleased this time around to see some very impressive notebooks from more than one manufacturer, among a slew of other great products and accessories. This year definitely holds a lot of interesting stuff to hit consumers hands, some of which I know I'll be taking a closer look at.
With the exception of this article going up considerably later than I anticipated due to spotty wifi at my hotel, not having a mobile hotspot with me and my notebook needing teardown maintenance, I have to admit this year's CES was the best out of any I have yet to attend. Given the somewhat sombre experience I had at the show last year, that's definitely a welcome change.
Slates have (thankfully) come and gone. The big theme at CES 2014 is 4K, and among the plethora of oversized 4K curved and 3D televisions being shown off, panel manufacturers are finally getting off the 1080P bandwagon and providing notebook users with some serious high-resolution options.
Over at the Sony booth, the company was also showing off it's newest 11.6" devices, in contrast to no longer manufacturing any 17" models. Sony's notebook lineup now tops out at 15.6". To be honest, that's no surprise given that the perks associated with 17" notebooks in the past (keyboard with number pad and higher resolution screens) can now be had at the smaller size.
Android and Windows slates continued to make a splash at the show, although with much less fanfare than years past. Either the novelty is beginning to wear off, or we're seeing the start of the mobile bubble finally bursting. That's not to say there weren't any interesting or new handhelds to show off. Toshiba had its new Encore 8" Windows 8 slate being displayed, but the most interesting small tablet came from Panasonic.
Headsets seemed to be a very popular accessory at the show with more than one company exhibiting their lineup. Turtle Beach had several models on show that caught my eye, especially because of their white color.
PERSONAL SHOW FAVORITES:
With special permission from the Sony official in charge, and my USB demo drive plugged in, I was allowed to crank this beast to maximum volume. Let me tell you, it could be heard from outside the convention center on the street. Yet despite the over 7000 watts of power and over 70 dB volume, the sound quality remained excellent and bass was clean and powerful. Forget about annoying the neighbors, this thing will wake the dead... in the adjacent town.
I've thoroughly enjoyed covering CES 2014. The images shown here were just a small portion of what I took a look at. I also must say that my experience was extremely positive, receiving a lot of good feedback from manufacturers and vendors, along with much encouragement. While it has taken a lot of time for me to get to where I am now, I am happy to see that my efforts are being rewarded.
I am definitely looking forward to CES 2015, that's for sure.