When it comes to netbooks and small form factor PC’s Intel really has taken over. The Atom chip really made things affordable and gave netbooks enough power to do basic tasks. At CES 2011 AMD announced its Fusion Family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). These chips have a single die design with multi-core CPU technology, powerful DirectX 11 discrete level graphics and a dedicated high-definition video acceleration block. AMD sat down with us and discussed their new Fusion APU’s and what products we can expect to see with a Fusion APUs in them.
It’s not every day you get invited to Caesar Palace’s Rain Man suite to check out Dolby’s latest technology, so when the opportunity arose, I had to cease it. Dolby completely took over the Rain Man suite. First, they started by renaming it the ‘Dolby Definition Lounge’. Second, they turned every bedroom and any available space into a place to demo some amazing tech. Whether it was a Need for Speed World demo complete with seat, steering wheel and pedals, mobile devices running the latest Dolby tech, or a complete home theater setup, which after experiencing made me never want to leave the room, ever.
Wireless device manufacturer TRENDnet, a 20-year-old US company, met with ThinkComputers at CES to show a few of its new products. The company isn’t terribly well-known in the US, but is a very strong brand in Europe (primarily France), Russia, and several South American countries. TRENDnet is setting its sights on the US market, though, aggressively marketing itself and focusing on being first-to-market with its technologies. TRENDnet currently has the most popular gaming adapter on the market in the US. Gaming adapters are used for console systems and other devices which lack wireless NICs or the ability to add one via USB or PCI. TRENDnet made a flurry of announcements at CES.
OCZ had quite a lot to show us at CES this year. We all know them for making quality memory, solid state drives and power supplies. It seems OCZ is updating each one of these product lines with new more powerful products! They even had a solid state drive in one of their demo’s that broke 1GB/s in ATTO! So without further ado lets see what OCZ has for you in 2011.
I visited the suite of Phillips and Lite-On Digital Solutions (PLDS) to see the company’s Plextor and Lite-On products for the new year. First is the eNAU608, Lite-On’s “most personalized drive”. It’s an external, slim, USB 8x DVD writer with LightScribe and LabelTag functionality. Users can swap out inserts inside the top area in order to identify the drive as theirs. They can also print their own using packaged software. The drive is available now for $59.
Otherworld Computing, more commonly known as simply OWC, made a splash this year at CES with its line of Mercury Aura Pro SSDs for 2008 and 2009 models of the Macbook Air and other Macbooks. It’s the first of its kind made specifically for the MBA. The drive trounces standard HDD performance, and shows a 400% performance increase against the stock SSD from the 2009 model and a 200% performance increase against the 2010 model of the MBA.
We all know CyberPower for creating powerful and affordable gaming systems for people who do not want to, or know how to build their own system. Check out our review of their Gamer Xtreme 5000 Intel P67 Sandy Bridge System. They had quite a lot to show us this year at CES so let’s take a look…
This year at CES Thermaltake did not have a whole lot of new products, but the new products they did have are really awesome. They showed us some new keyboards from their Tt eSports line, a new gaming mouse, a few new cases, new power supplies, and some storage products. We all know Thermaltake makes great products so let’s see what they have for us in 2011.
Each year, Pat Meier-Johnson hosts a two-day lunchtime event at Piero’s, a classy Italian restaurant across catty-corner from the Las Vegas Convention Center. There, many companies from around the word — most notably VIA and D-Link — show off their wares in a more intimate setting than the show floor. I visited these exhibits and herein present a brief from each of many companies
This year at CES we have seen a lot! If you didn’t know CES is the largest trade show in North America and pretty much every manufacturer that makes anything electronic is here. So we have seen things like 3D HDTV’s, laptops, computer cases, car audio and much more. So how did these companies get your attention to come visit their booth? Booth babes of course! Here is our gallery from 2011!