Wow its 2010, not only a new year, but a new decade! As many of you know January is a crazy month for us as we headed to Vegas for CES. So most of the month we covered CES, but we did get some reviews in as well. My favorite article from CES would have to be the ASUS article, they are really going to be releasing some cool new video cards and motherboards. As far as reviews go my favorite was the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 2000 Core i5 Gaming System. It was really fun playing games on the system while I had it.
This year’s CES was sure great! It’s been 2 weeks since the event and we have completed our coverage of the event. We posted a total of 33 articles covering the show, our largest coverage of the show yet! I think the site being on wordpress made a huge difference! My favorite product of the entire show was Lenovo’s U1 laptop. It has a screen to pull out of the chassis and becomes a tablet. You can check it out in our Digital Experience article. Here is a list of all the CES coverage from start to finish.
I myself have been going to CES for 5 years now. For us here at ThinkComputers it is really the highlight of the entire year, we really don’t attend any other trade shows. We get to see the latest technology, new products and catch up with old friends, not to mention getting to spend a week in Vegas. Something really stood out to me this year during CES…it was very small! Also this year CEA (the company that runs CES) tried to kick out many exhibitors who opted to use hotel rooms instead of paying for a booth.
Older readers may remember a television maker called Admiral. It was started 43 years ago as Admiral Overseas Corporation in Taiwan, but has evolved through time. It switched wholly to monitor production in the 1980s, but reintroduced televisions to its lineup in 2005. While AOC is not quite a household name these days, it’s very likely that most readers have used a device manufactured by AOC’s manufacturer. AOC is the brand of the factory, TPV Technology Limited, the largest display manufacturer in the world. AOC’s products are available in several stores, including RadioShack, K-Mart, Sears, Costco, Staples, and more. AOC showed many products at CES this year, including new computer displays, new televisions, and a line of all-in-one PCs.
John Curran, President and CEO of the non-profit American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to sit down with me and discuss a major problem the world is facing in the next two years. The Internet is running out of IP addresses–numbers computers use to contact each other on the Internet, but there is a solution. This solution is IPv6, an method of addressing which greatly expands the number of addresses available, which ensures that every computer, mobile phone, e-book reader, gaming console, refridgerator, and any other Internet-connected device can talk to each other.
Altec Lansing’s been around for a long time. Its speaker products are top quality and its new products are sure not to break that streak. This year, Altec Lansing showed off four major new products: an iPod dock, earbuds, 2.1 computer speaker set, and a chainable stage speaker for game consoles.
Taiwanese power supply and accessory manufacturer Topower has been around since 1986. Its original core design was the ability to switch power modes. Topower expanded through the world, specifically into the North American market, and ships its PSUs to ODMs, OEMs, and distributors throughout. This year at CES, Topower showed off several new items, including a 2000W power supply, new cases, and a fan.
Some point during your childhood, there’s a high probability you dreamed of having a game room. Usually the game room included your favorite games, your best friends and nonstopped gaming. Microsoft wants to turn this dream into reality. Game Room (launching early 2010) will allow you to assemble your favorite arcade games in multiple rooms across three floors, invite your best friends to play over Xbox Live and nonstopped gaming can ensue.
Lunch at Piero’s is always a great event during CES that we always try to attend. Piero’s Italian Restaurant is located within walking distance from the Convention Center and each year they have a 2 day luncheon for media. During this luncheon they invite companies to show off new products and technologies. We really like this event because we get a 1 on 1 with companies in a more relaxed atmosphere. Let’s see some of the cool things we saw this year at Lunch at Piero’s.
Here at ThinkComputers we mainly know Razer for gaming mice and their Mako speaker system. I really never thought of them as a console peripheral maker, but this year at CES most of what they were announcing was all made for consoles, particularly Xbox 360. If you are a console gamer then you are definitely going to like what Razer has in store for you in 2010.
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