Friday, January 8, 2010

CES 2010: Highlights

Thus far, most of what I've seen from the big consumers and electronic show in Vegas this week hasn't really gotten me too excited. The most interesting thing about it, of course, was who wasn't there again - Apple!

Even though Apple wasn't there, its shadow certainly was and it loomed heavily over the entire event. This can easily be attested by the fact that everyone and their dog, from Microsoft on down, were all-of-a-sudden were renaming their 'tablet PC's' - slates - as in Apple's registered 'iSlate'! Wow, now that's what I call having a really big shadow, and especially when considering that Apple has neither confirmed or denied its very existence!

Apart from Samsung's fabulously sexy new 9000 LED LCD TV ( seen above) and its incredibly super-thin profile, and its sexy iPhone looking touch remote, the only thing that really caught my eye was the Wind Top AE2420 from MSI. This machine looks similar to its older all-in-one cousin, the 2400. What caught my eye was its old Apple Cinema monitor styled casing, and more importantly, its specs. This baby just happens to sport the first i5 processor for the line, and as well, features a Radeon HD 5000 series graphic controller, 5.1 audio, a nice sized 23.6 inch 1080p monitor. Oh, and by the way, did I mention that monitor was also a multi-touch one at that? A serious machine with some serious specs.

I don't know if its exactly from CES, or not, but Engadget did a post on two similar machines, the Lenovo IdeaCentre A300 and C310. Since I love all-in-ones, these machines also, naturally, caught my eye as well.

As you can see, the A300 above, and also the C310 below, are both decent looking machines. However, I still think that the new iMacs are better looking, and especially the 27 incher is a better spec one at that. I've also noticed that Apple's influence seems to be felt in the A300 mouse - its rather reminiscent of Apple's old Mighty mouse in shape and form, don't you think?

Another thing that was exciting, but I still won't get too excited about, was Panasonic's huge, enormous, absolutely colossuses' of a TV - the fabulous 152 inch 3D 4K! I definitely want one of these for my bathroom, and maybe the linen closet, but I'm not going to get too excited for the simple reason that there is probably no-way-in-hell I could ever hope to afford one! But as you can see in the picture, via Gizmodo, that big screen certainly makes that man below seem ever so small and insignificant!

In conclusion, as far as any CES 2010 highlights goes, for me anyway, well there hasn't been really any, other than the few mildly exciting ones above. Even these are honestly not really that exciting when I come to think about it, so I'm hoping that before the big show is a wrap up, they will at least roll out something - anything that will make me sit up and take notice. Otherwise, when it comes to excitement, well, I guess, I'll just have to wait until the 26th. of January when Apple, hopefully, and finally will unveil that big shadow that hung over CES this year - that mythical 'iSlate' tablet!

And that's my 2 cents 4 this Friday, January 08, 2010

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