So for those of you who didn't get enough New Year's Eve partying, or couldn't find that awesome tech gadget under your xmas tree, a trip out to Sin City last week would have surely filled both your needs, and in my case, just made me get a little too much of it.
Every year, right after I'm done with the Christmas and New Year's Eve festivities, comes CES. And every year I find myself making the 3 hour drive, spending a week in the neon mirage in the middle of the cold and windy Nevada desert to check out what's new in the field of notebooks and accessories.
This year proved to be a far more busy affair as for the first time I had an actual schedule to adhere to, starting with the press events on Sunday. Various partners and exhibitors at the show commanded my attention and requested in advance my time for meetings, interviews, press conferences and booth tours. Even throughout the show week, my inbox was deluged with emails from manufacturers and vendors, a positive sign thanks to the work of the many PR people out there handling all this. It's also one of the perks of having a press badge and being qualified with full press credentials - unlike some guys who show up just to walk the exhibit halls rocking a Fisher-Price camcorder!
Much to my surprise, Toshiba failed to impress this year by showing NONE of their consumer notebooks at their booth. Even my rep was absent from their staff this year. Did my Shame File hit a nerve? Whatever the reason, the company has clearly downplayed a key staple of their product line - that's a bad move in my opinion considering the VERY prominent exposure CES creates, and the importance notebooks still play in the consumer electronics space.
Sony also failed to showcase any notebooks, but that's understandable given the sale of the VAIO brand last year. Even mentioning the word VAIO caused a very cold response from one of the Sony reps there. Ill feelings aside, I still have a job to do, though.
|Going back to desktop CPU's in notebooks|
|Fancy a desktop GPU for your notebook?|
|Small, wireless and self-powered|
|BT speakers with real bass|
|Gotta love that 21:9 aspect ratio|
|Real 4K IPS at 60Hz|
|m.2 for the masses arrives|
This has been a pretty quick wrap up of the events, but only because more is coming, and because I got hit with a nasty illness right on my last day there, meaning this article is a week late going live. Stay tuned for more coverage of CES 2015 as I get the material together... and my health slowly back!
|What a party!|
It was the prefect end to what had been a hectic week of walking, photography, business card shuffling and information overload. Most importantly, it made me realize that as great as this work is, it's important to spend time with people who I care about, and who I know care about me. A big thank you to WD for pulling off an awesome night that myself and those with me will remember.