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CES 2008: Toshiba Qosmio is first notebook with HD-DVD R/RW drive

CES 2008: Toshiba Qosmio is first notebook with HD-DVD R/RW drive

The Qosmio G45-AV690 is an amazing laptop with it being the first notebook with an HD-DVD R/RW drive being one of the many new features. It’s a 17-inch notebook with a 1080p resolution for HD-DVD playback. This Toshiba laptop also has the OpenCable or OCUR chipset in it allowing you to have a digital tuner for recording digital or analog TV both over the air or from a Digital cable service and even allows the use of a CableCard.

CES 2008: Pyramat Laptop Sound Booster

CES 2008: Pyramat Laptop Sound Booster

Pyramat had one other game enhancing product that was really hard to miss, the Laptop Sound Booster, and I can vouch for the boosting ability… I could barely hear myself think as I came up to it.

It has two full range illuminating speakers and connects via USB. It definitely amplifies the sound and can support laptops up to 17”. A good feature of this is that it will prevent your laptop from overheating on your legs or your furniture. It also doubles as a writing desk.

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CES 2008: Pyramat PM450-WR Gaming Chairs

CES 2008: Pyramat PM450-WR Gaming Chairs

Pyramat which is all about performance gaming had a few different gaming chairs on show tonight. I got a relatively good look at two of them, the PM450-WR Sound Rocker and the PC Gaming Chair 2.1.

The PM450-WR Sound Rocker has speakers and a subwoofer with wireless audio reception. It has a cordless rechargeable battery and iPod,Mp3,DS Lite and PSP input. There’s a 24GHz wireless transmitter and it’s made from breathable microfiber fabric. It comes with a multiplayer connection, volume/base controls, headphone jack, a storage pocket and it folds away for storage and has carrying handles for easy transport.

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CES 2008: Becker Traffic Assist 7827

CES 2008: Becker Traffic Assist 7827

Becker’s Traffic Assist features an easy to control menu, an automatic on/off ignition switch, reality view, route planning, volume/mute control and a day/night design. It has convenient destination entry via alphabet/selection list on a touch screen, postal code entries as well as street addresses, intersections, rest areas and coordinates.

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CES 2008: Parrot SK4000 Motorcycle helmet wireless audio solution

CES 2008: Parrot SK4000 Motorcycle helmet wireless audio solution

Check out this nifty little gadget from Parrot! It connects to just about any helmet because it has some pretty flexible mounting options. On the outside you have the mic and the majority of the hardware and then they were ingenious enough to move the speakers to the inside of the helmet and they give you several different options mounting that on the inside of your helmet.

CES 2008: Pepcom – Navigon 7100

CES 2008: Pepcom – Navigon 7100

The Navigon 7100 GPS comes with Reality View and Lane Assistant which will show you on the screen exactly which way/lane/road to take. It has an automatic traffic jam avoidance system which is very handy and Radar Info which tells you when a speed camera is coming up.

It has more than 2 million points of interest and has both 2D and 3D map views. The 4.3 full color touch screen is easy to read in it’s 16:9 widescreen format.

CES 2008: Fujitsu LifeBook U810

CES 2008: Fujitsu LifeBook U810

So this mini notebook is a cool hybrid cross between a UMPC and a Tablet PC. It has the same hinge as a convertible tablet, but the screen size of a UMPC. It also has a biometric fingerprint scanner and a 5.5 hour battery life, but Fujitsu have added 3G WWAN cellular broadband so as to maximise on-the-road use.

CES 2008: Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7 Noise-Canceling headphones

CES 2008: Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7 Noise-Canceling headphones

So, these things one an Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Award, and for a good reason too, I tried them on to demo them, and without music playing, just on the noisy show floor, they dropped out almost all of the noise. There was enough noise coming through that I could here what I wanted to, but it was at a level that was easily ignorable and all the background noise was completely eliminated.

CES 2008: Parrot RK8200 digital card stereo/hands-free kit

CES 2008: Parrot RK8200 digital card stereo/hands-free kit

So Parrot is so innovative that they have decided to go ahead and ditch the optical media formats, which is a smart move on their part since I have more music on my phone than I do on all of the CDs both burned and bought that I have. But, in place of the optical media, they have given you so many more ways to connect what you do store your music on.

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