The Best of CES 2018 – Every year in Las Vegas, consumer technology companies use the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) to introduce their upcoming line-up of products. The majority of products are niche products for a specific audience or tweaks to previous models.
This year is not different from the previous, as this year showcases new cool techs and upgrades to some of the older techs. The following are the gadgets, computing devices, and wearables announced or shown at CES that most impressed us.
Here are some of the best of CES 2018. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comment section.
Acer Swift 7
Acer kicked off CES 2018 with the Swift 7. Acer claims it’s the world’s thinnest laptop, measuring 0.39-inch thick and weighs 2.48 pounds. With a sturdy all-black aluminum build with a 14-inch touchscreen with narrow bezels. It also has 4G LTE connectivity; its design integrates the antenna into the unibody chassis.
It’ll go on sale in April with prices starting at $1,699 and £1,599. Australian pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed but the UK starting price converts to AU$2,765.
- 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor
- 256GB of PCIe SSD storage
- 8GB LPDDR3 memory
- 4G LTE connectivity
- 14-inch Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen
- 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution display
- Backlit keyboard
- Up to 10 hours of battery life
- Windows Hello compatible fingerprint reader
LG Rollable OLED TV
LG Displayed their new creation, the world’s first 65-inch rollable UHD TV. Using a remote, it extended and retracted almost like magic from a long rectangular base.
Paper-thin screens you can simply roll up have been futuristic fantasies for years. That won’t likely change anytime soon, but LG Display is pushing the technology a bit closer to reality with its 65-inch rollable OLED screen. This OLED panel rolls up like a poster and can be unspooled into a very flat panel TV. At 65 inches of 4K resolution, it’s the largest, most advanced rollable screen yet.
HTC Vive Pro
HTC announced the Vive Pro, a new headset that increases the resolution of the image by 78 percent over its predecessor. It also features slightly improved ergonomics (though we still were not as impressed here—this is not the most comfortable headset) and built-in headphones. With a wireless adapter coming up, that could all add up to removing a lot of the hassle of gaming or diving into VR experiences on the Vive, which was arguably already the best consumer VR headset.
The Vive Pro also adds a second forward-facing camera and a second microphone to help with noise cancellation. The FOV is still 110 degrees.
Razer Mamba HyperFlux
Razer showed off its new flagship wireless gaming mouse: the Mamba HyperFlux. Razer’s goal for this mouse was to create one of the lightest high-performance wireless gaming mice available. In order to do so, it cuts something that seems like an important component: the battery.
The Mamba HyperFlux works with a new HyperFlux-branded version of Razer’s Firefly mousepad. The Firefly and Mamba connect via a magnetic field that transfers power directly to the mouse, also known as wireless charging, making the Mamba HyperFlux weighs in at only 96 grams.
The Mamba and Firefly HyperFlux will be sold as a combo for $250, available in Q1 this year.
Sony’s new and improved Sony Aibo is more lovable than ever. With advanced sensors, better AI, and a friendlier design, Aibo can recognize your family, stream video through its nose, nuzzle your hand, and learn its environment. It’s only available in Japan at the moment and costs a hefty 198,000 yen (nearly $1,800).
Toyota e-Palette ia an automated, electric, flexible vehicle concept by Toyota that can be tailored to various needs and lifestyles. The company’s president Akio Toyoda at CES also announced the e-Palette Alliance, a partnership which will see Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Pizza Hut and Uber collaborate on vehicle planning, application concepts and vehicle verification activities. Toyota, he says, is planning to develop a suite of connected mobility solutions through this new business partnership with a focus on developing the e-Palette concept vehicle.
Razer’s Project Linda
Razer’s Project Linda concept is an ultraportable laptop design powered by the Android-based Razer Phone. The 13.3” Quad HD touchscreen extends the 120Hz experience available on the Razer Phone to a larger display, providing fluid motion and vibrant visuals.
The Razer Phone’s performance, display, and dual front-firing speakers combine seamlessly with Project Linda’s larger screen, keyboard, and battery to provide the ultimate mobile hybrid setup for gaming, creativity, and productivity.
The 5.7” touchscreen of the Razer Phone can function as a touchpad, or as an interactive second touch display for custom interfaces or additional apps.