by Michael Martis aka No-Control
My 1st day at CES. Wow this place is crazy! Tons of people and exhibits. I think I’ve only seen about 30% of the show so far. But let me tell you that I’ve run across a lot of interesting and exciting products. The HSS & BYOB team will have our hands full the coming months bringing you in depth reviews of some really terrific products. 3d is being really represented with 3DTV’s, PC’s and gaming (PC, PS3, XBOX). But consumption is only half the story. 3D content creation is also being show with 3D Camcorders
This is my day 1 top 5 list. These are in no particular order & I’m not going to go into specifics. Just looking to generate some buzz.
Lenovo’s is really on it this year. Their IdeaSlate is an interesting take on a Windows7 Tablet and their U1 detachable made reappearance as well. Their new laptops are super nice looking thin light functional. The E220s & E420S being my favorites. Not to mention rapidrive which boots the laptop in just a tick over 7 seconds.
I had a nice conversation with Motorola who gave me the once over on their new ATRIX phone. The is exclusive to ATT, but its nothing special what was really interesting was the ATRIX’s laptop dock. Completely powered by the phone it offers a unique way to use productivity apps from the android phone onto the 11” display and keyboard.
Apparently D-Link has been busy. They have a Powerline 4 port switch GigE switch (AV500), DNS-325 is something I’m really interested in The over hauled interface is spiffy and the feature list is deep include remote backup and folder/file specific incremental backup. They also teamed up with Yahoo to provide Yahoo!TV similar to Google TV time will tell if this is any good. Box running Boxee was there and looked promising a HSS review will be coming soon.
A cloud connected technology that expands the home gateway / router into a full home data management center. It provides centralized secure sharing both locally and remotely. All through a web interface. This is something BYOB will be testing in the near future.
Raidon showed us several pieces that I was thoroughly impressed with. 4x2.5” USB3.0 RAID0/1/5/JBOD capable external enclosure, that is small & nicely engineered. Another impressive item is a 3x5.25 RAID cage that has 2x2.5” slots in a RAID1/0 and 4x3.5” slots in a RAID 5. The controllers are in the unit and only require 2 sata ports and 3 molex power connectors.