CES this was huge and Day 2 and 3 were crazy packed with gadgets of all sorts. We finally had enough time to get to the show floor and to start poking around at all of the tech. Unfortunately, there’s no real good vantage point to get a good shot of exactly how big this show is. If you’ve ever been to other large scale conventions like NYCC (New York Comic Con) or Otakon in Baltimore, you’ll have a slight idea of how big this show really was. We can say for sure that CES is much bigger than those shows combined.
Enough of this idle chat though. We know you came here to see all of the goodies that we got to see and play with. And FYI, stayed tuned because we might have a little contest to give away some swag. We’re just saying.
As a note, hover over the bottom half of the slideshows for captions on each image.
Want to carry all of your gear in style? Well, the good folks over at Golla have something that will fit just about everyone’s style and carry all of their tech toys. From cell phone pockets to camera bags and laptop sleeves, there really isn’t much they don’t make for daily transport of mobile gear. And all of their products are packing great design cues and material choices. Even though Golla is originally a Finnish company, some of the their products can be found stateside in big-box retailers like Target and Best Buy and more coming to our shores everyday.
Fanta messenger bag
Golla's take on the classic messenger bag has some unique features such as pockets in the front and back of the flap and detachable hip strap.
Brea Casual Bag
A laptop bag for the ladies, the Brea casual bag is a tote bag that fits a 16" and all of the electronic accessories of the moden woman.
G Casual Bag
If the Brea is a bit too big, Golla has the G Casual bag, a smaller tote. This bag doesn't support a laptop, but it does have a tablet pocket.
Damani Laptop Sleeve
The Damani Laptop Sleeve comes in 2 different sizes, supporting 14 inch and 16 inch laptops.
Camera Bag Collection
The camera bag collection from Golla contains a case that fits every type of shooter, from casual to professional.
Messenger camera bag
Easily our favorite feature of the larger camera bags, the entire liner is removable. This makes the bag usable as a day bag while the camera equipment stays in the hotel room.
Mirrorless camera bag
While not quite big enough for a DSLR, the Mirrorless Camera bag has enough enough space for an ultrazoom or micro 4/3's camera.
DSLR CAMERA BAG M TRAVIS
The Travis DSLR bag comes in a bright yellow and a much more subdued black. In addition to having enough space for a DSLR and extra lens, there's a pocket on the back to stash a tablet as well.
Third party accessories were alive and well with companies making better gear for more affordable prices. A stand out for us was PDP (Performance Designed Products) and their line of audio and licensed products. Their Afterglow audio products made a splash about a year ago with good sound and build quality for an affordable price. Now they’re ready to expand on that line with new color ways and a new model. The mobile accessories are beautiful and sport graphics that would make most geeks swoon. Seriously, chibi comic book characters, video game characters, and even Hello Kitty.
Afterglow Wireless headset
Our personal favorite from the PDP booth were these redesign of the Afterglow wireless headset. Updates for this version include a new foldable headband, air chambers that have the multi colored lights, and this white color way.
Afterglow On-Ear headphones
Completely new to the Afterglow line are these on ear headphones. There will be 2 versions when the launch, one for gaming with a built-in mic and another for mobile with no mic.
Afterglow In-Ear earphones
The last addition to the Afterglow line are these earphones. They'll be released some time this summer, but for an undisclosed amount.
Zumi Black Cases
For the sophistcated iPhone user, PDP has the ZUmi Black cases for the 4/4S. These cases feature unique materials such as aluminum and leather.
Zumi Life Cases
Also there is the Zumi Life cases for the same phone for the user that wants something tough and good looking for everyday use.
Zumi Sport Cases
Lastly in the Zumi line of cases are the Zumi Sport cases for people that live active lifestyles. Not only are there cases here, but also an entire syste, of strap and bands to allow everyone to keep moving and have their device with them.
Marvell Kawaii cases
These cases are really caought our attention- chibii Marvel super heroes!
PDP licensed cases
PDP also has a fairly impressive catalog of licenses that it can use. Shown here are DC, Nintendo and Nerf of Hasboro. They also have Disney too.
PDP Afterglow HDMI Cables
We saw all of these HDMI cables in the PDP booth, but none on display. We were particularly interested in the hydra styled cables with multiple connections in the one cable. These could prove very useful in a dedicated theater setup.
X-Gaming’s X-Arcade is all about one thing-giving you the ability to bring the arcade experience in its purest form to your living room. While their controllers might not come with a roll of quarters or the funk that actual arcades of yore had, anyone that sees the Tankstick sitting on your coffee table will give you some serious death glares out of jealousy. That’s only if the spy the joysticks. We can’t imagine what will happen if they find a full size cabinet in any room of your living abode. We hope that if anyone buys one of these that their skill level would be near-legendary at the very least.
X-Arcade Upright front
A true arcade cabinet in every sense, the X-Arcade cabinet would be the perfect addition to any game room. Especially seeing that it come preloaded with over 200 games, including Street Fighter II.
X-Arcade Upright side
From every angle, the ful cabinet is a beauty to behold. Thankfully, it plays just as well as it looks.
X-Arcade controller front
Let's say you can afford or have the space for a full cabinet, then the Tankstick is for you. The trackball let's you even relive playing classic games like Pac-Man and Galga.
X-Arcade controller side
There are side buttons that can be used for pinball games as well. The Tankstick is USB and plug n play with computers. Adapters to game consoles are sold separately.
Makers of very small form factor computers, Giada had some very beautiful systems on display and none of them were bigger that a novel. We had heard of them a few years ago when book-sized barebones computers were getting rather popular. Now the computer manufacturer is looking to break into the market with fully built systems that are ordes of magnitude faster than those kits. Not only that, but now the tablet market is in their sights as well.
Giada i53 front
The i53 is a mini computer that packs a lot of punch. Sporting either a Core i3 or i5, 4GB of RAM, and up to 500GB of storage. It's also about the size of a DVD case.
Giada i53 ports
Out back, the i53 sports Ethernet, 4 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and VGA. This is just enough to make a great contender as a HTPC. Not to mention that it comes in black.
The D2305 is for those who need a few more features in their mini computers than the i53. The main pluses here are dedicated graphics (GT640) and optical disc drive.
Giada mini computer example
An example of how one of these miniature computers could be used in marketing to drive video to a large retail screen.
New for Giada is their tablet division. Pictured here is their upcoming T820 which is an 8 inch, Android 4.1 tablet.
Like we said at the beginning of the post, we’re doing a small giveaway to thank everyone that has come to the site and taken part of the discussion. Look for the official announcement at the end of the next (and final) CES 2013 recap post.
Growing up the son of a West Coast Video Manager, Sean-Paul has literally been playing video games for as long as he can remember. Starting as a wee little boy in his room with a 7” black and white TV and his Atari 2600 with Tank Plus, not much has changed, just the room and television have gotten bigger. When not gaming, Sean-Paul is usually cooking, watching anime, or riding his bike around Singapore and dreaming up his next computer build.