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Coffee Talk #442: CES 2012 Aftermath

Posted on January 16th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Mobile Tech, PC Gaming, Today's Specials. 6 comments

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CES 2012 has come and gone! What did you think of this year’s show? Any products or technology jump out at you? Taking an informal poll of my friends in attendance (mostly videogame journalists, a few tech writers), television technology was the most exciting thing at CES 2012. Between OLED TVs and 4K TVs, there were several televisions on display that had my peers drooling. These are models that most people won’t be able to afford this year or next, but are glimpses of television’s exciting future.

Personally, I was impressed by LG’s Blast Chiller. Found in select LG refrigerators, Blast Chiller can bring take a can of beer from room temperature to icy cold in about four minutes. I’m trying to get LG to send me a review unit…and several cases of Guiness so that I can thoroughly test Blast Chiller.

I was disappointed that Sony didn’t get more attention with the Vita. I suppose that most videogame writers have had Japanese units for several weeks already, but my tech writer friends didn’t really seem too interested in Sony’s next handheld. If anything, tech writers and mainstream journalists seemed fascinated by Razer’s Project Fiona. Being new and unusual definitely helped Project Fiona grab some headlines.

Here are the three products that came up the most in conversations with my peers:

  1. Razer Project Fiona — Razer’s gaming tablet is extremely powerful, but is it something people want?
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note — Is it a phone?!? Is it a tablet?!? What is it?!?
  3. HP Envy 14 Spectre — HP’s answer to the MacBook Air is beautiful and covered by Gorilla Glass.

Now it’s your turn! Please share any CES news, products, and technology that caught your interest.

  • Smartguy

    Excited to see Nokia officially announce the Lumia series in whole coming to the US. DIsappointed that they want to push Skydrive with the shaky reliability of US networks. That could be damaging to a brand who really needs an enthusiast market to grab hold to drum up general consumer demand.

    My two cents.

    • raymond padilla

      I blame Elop. For some reason, he loves those Microsoft products and services. It's like he worked there or something….

      • Smartguy

        They are making it really hard for me to want to spend money on the device. There's no reason the device should be priced above an 8gb iPhone 4 haha, with contract of course.

        16gb just not enough. A 4.3 inch device with no expandable memory is actually appalling.

  • tokz21

    I would be interested that LG fridge but now I'm boycotting it! They couldn't choose any other NFL game!!!!

    I saw the WiiU in action with and HD version of a 3 min demo of LoZ. It looked awesome and I love with what they did the HUD. I'm very interested to see what else the WiiU can do now.

  • BigBlak

    I understand the 4k technology but how much better does it really look? 1080 is still more than fine with me.

    • raymond padilla

      The difference will be noticeable when 4K content comes out. A bunch of films are being shot using 4K cameras like the Red Epic. The Hobbit and the Spider-Man reboot come to mind, but there are plenty of others. This is definitely future tech we're talking about here. OLED TVs are exciting for the near future, but 4KTVs have the potential to be scary good.