Another CES has come and gone and most of us are still in the afterglow of the gadget-y, electronic orgasm that befell Las Vegas last week. We’re were there for the press conferences to see as many of the new products as we could, and to network like we’ve never networked before. Remember kids, no matter what your profession is, networking is the key to getting everything you want.
Instead of breaking it down by category like many other sites have already done, we’re going to do something different. We’ll be breaking down our coverage by day and showing you the awesome gadgets we saw on the days we we were shown.
Day 0 was Monday and the unofficial start of the madness. The show was to kick off the following day, but that didn’t stop companies from having all kinds of showings and conferences. For us the real fun came at night during Pepcom, a show within CES where over 190 exhibitors showed up to give the press a peek at what they’ll have on the show floor during the week.
Hit the jump and after the break we’ll show you the awesome we saw in the 4 hour rush.
As a note, hover over the bottom half of the slideshows for captions on each image.
Viewsonic had some very impressive displays at their booth during Pepcom, including a smart display and a 4k professional monitor. The 4k monitor rasied some questions in our collective head as it was getting its video signal from 2 Dual-Link DVI ports. Getting 2 QWHD monitors, the Yamakasi Catleaps, to work on a system was challenging enough. We hope this comes with Display Port.
4K 27inch monitor
Also shown was a prototype of the VP2780, a 4k professional grade IPS monitor. This demo unit was being fed signal via 2 Dual-Link DVI cables. After our adventure in trying to get two QWHD monitors (the infamous Yamakasi Catleap Q270) running we can only imagine what it will take for this to run on a home computer. Display Port of bust.
4K 27inch monitor
The demo unit of the VP2780 had truly amazing color depth and image clarity. Since this was the demo unit, neither price nor release date could be confirmed.
4K 27inch monitor
Like we said earlier, the color depth and image clarity on this monitor are truly going to be stuff of legends. This is a detail of the same woman with the painted face.
If it wasn't 4k, it was all about the touch at the Viewsonic booth. This is the TD2740, a 27" IPS panel that has 10-point capacitive touch built in. Unlike many other IPS panels coming to market, this one will be running 1080p, but will be Windows 8 certified and pack a 1.3M pixel web-cam and MIC.
Smart DIsplay 24
Apparently, their are some companies that believe consumers want a bigger tablet than 10". Enter the Smart Display- a 24" capacitive-touch, Tegra 3 powered device. It was cool to use and we want one with a wall mount.
UBUNTU PHONE! Color us surprised as we haven’t heard the entire internet singing this mobile OS’s praises and welcoming it with open arms. Canonical has truly made an impressive piece of software that will take users some time to get used to, but make much more sense than what’s available now. How do we know that it’s going to be game-changing? Take a look at the first slide-there are no buttons on that handset. Yeah, we’re a little excited for this.
Ubuntu Phone will keep the same purple-orange color scheme as the rest of Ubuntu.
The calendar and gallery can be tied together for customizing of events.
There is no separate settings menu for Ubuntu Phone. All of the settings will be located in the pull-down shade from the top.
Access to different settings happens by pulling the shade down partially and scrolling left or right.
Aftter choose=ing the correct setting, pulling the shade down completely will bring that menu up.
Ubuntu Phone will have a Quick Launch bar that will be associated with the left side of the screen and keep 10 apps in it.
The Home Screen will keep all of your apps and will be compartmentalized.
Scrolling left or right on the Home Screen will take you to different sections of your data. Swiping right once will bring you to the integrated contacts.
Kingston is celebrating their 10th year anniversary of the Hyper X line of memory and 25 years in business. Needless to say, the folks over at Kingston were in a great mood. There were sticks of RAM and SSD’s being shown off all over the place and it was obvious that Kingston is really going to be leading the way for the future of flash memory. We especially think that after seeing one little, but huge surprise that had many people dumbstruck and calling “HAX!”.
SSD NOW V300
Kingston had a strong presence at Pepcom. Highlighted in this clear acrylic rig was their new SSD NOW V300. Look for our review soon.
Kingston has been around for 25 years and in that time have made quite a bit of name in the memory industry. Here's a look at some of the RAM that helped them become the great company they are now.
The crowd just to see this was 20 people deep at the least. The future has arrived much quicker than we expected. Yes, that's a 1TB flash drive.
Latest Hyper X RAM
In front of the system with the SSD in it, was the anniversary edition of the Hyper X Beast RAM (black) and Hyper X RAM.
While they are known more so for their laptops and impeccable keyboards, Lenovo pulled out all of the stops and brought products from all of their lines, including a number of which aren’t even available on this side of the planet. We were glad to see that the pre-built gaming desktop market hasn’t completely dried up with the Lenovo Erazer. Even more impressive than that was the Lenovo Horizon- a 27 inch, 10-point touch, table-top computer that folds flat much like their A720.
Extreme case designs are making a comeback, hopefully. The Erazer will be a fully decked out gaming PC complete with Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM minimum, and water -cooling standard. We'll take two.
27 inches of screen real estate is much bigger than expected when used as a touch surface. The Horizon will feature it's own app market as well.
Not all games for the Horizon will rely on touch alone. This Smash TV-like dungeon crawler uses touch and joystick accesories.
The accessories for the Horizon aren't just joysticks. There will also be six-sided die and pucks for playing digital air hockey.
Lenovo Cell Phones
Even though they'll probably never see the light of day state side, Lenovo still brought all of their new smartphones to Pepcom. Acquiring one of these will require a trip to China. And we were just thinking of where we could go for a vacation.
That’s it for the highlights from Day Zero. Stay with us as we recap all of our time in the desert
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.