CES 2008

CES 2008: Razer Mako 2.1 THX-certified Advanced Desktop Audio system

Razer have officially announced at CES the Mako 2.1 THX-certified gaming speaker system that James went head over heals for back in October, and I hope he’s been saving up his pocket money since bi-amped, 2.1 audio with Class HD amplifiers apparently don’t come cheap.  Setting the price at $399.99 or €399.99 in Europe, each satellite speaker pumps out 50W and the total system power is 300W.



CES 2008: Polaroid Freescape

Imagine combining the best of the TiVo and the best of a SlinBox all into one and you have a pretty good idea of what Polaroid is offering up with the Freescape. It’s a DVR, is a wirelessly streaming media hub, and it’s a place shifter, it is the ultimate in digital entertainment hardware.


CES 2008: Digital Media Remote

The Digital Media Remote (DMR) is an advanced programmable remote that has wireless data capabilities. The WiFi connectivity gives wireless setup, access to content and network backup of user settings. No PC is required for installation and it wirelessly updates with new features, content, client software and firmware.

It’s very user friendly and customizable. Its has patented wireless configuration software and device codes and has both the WinWAP brower and the Click365 Mobile Content for messaging, entertainment and gaming. It’s also got off-screen EPG browsing.


CES 2008: Sony mylo 2 personal WiFi communicator

We knew it was coming, but Sony’s new mylo 2 is actually more impressive than we dared expect.  While like the original communicator device it still lacks a cellphone radio, leaving you at the mercy of its WiFi b/g connection, the rest of the spec sheet is positively glowing.  The display is now a 4.5-inch 800 x 450 touchscreen, it has 1GB of internal memory and a 1.3-megapixel camera.



CES 2008: iRiver Wing UMPC

You’ve got to hand it to iRiver, they pump out some fantastic industrial design.  Latest to prompt a small puddle of drool around my keyboard is the Wing, a flash-based clamshell UMPC with 4-inch touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard.  iRiver’s press release has it down as running embedded Linux Kernel 2.6, which is strange because some are reporting it to be a WinCE Pro machine; assuming the details from the horse’s mouth are correct, the 4GB of memory (and SD expansion) should be plenty for some compact Linux apps.



CES 2008: Image from Klipsch

The Image headphones are tagged as being the world’s smallest and lightest available on the market right now. They have patented Contour Eal Gels that are anatomically designed to fit inside the ear canal. They are said to reduce ear fatigue as well as provide excellent noise isolation and increased bass response.

Each Image model will come in five different sizes so you can find your perfect fit. They have exclusive extended-frequency KG926 balanced micro-armatures and feature aluminum casing finished in anodized copper. They have aerodynamic shaped black tails which are flexible and reduce cable stress and help to damper and minimize noise.


CES 2008: BT10 MAX 4x

Powermate is showing their MOTOR TREND BT10 MAX 4x Dual Bluetooth Headset. It has “Extreme Noise Cancelling Technology” which they say will cancel 4 times the external noise and is worn with an over-the-head headband or with earbuds.

Since it works with earbuds you get the dual sound and its compatible with most Bluetooth phones. It has call waiting and 3-way calling, voice activating dialing, touch-button volume, one touch answer and AC/DC Chargers. It only weighs 1.5 oz. and has an 8 hour “in use” lifetime and 250 hours of standby time. It works within a 30ft range and comes with a 2 year warranty.


CES 2008 : First Digital Compact Camera from Samsung with HD capture

Samsung raises the bar on digital compact camera to unveil first digital camera with capability to capture motion picture in high def format of 720p at 30fps. The latest NV24Hd has a 10 mega pixel resolution and features dual image stability smart functions in both digital and optical integration. The optical path is powered by a 2.7-5.2mm, 3x optical external zoom lens and has a high image sensitivity of ISO 3200 with faster advanced shake reduction (ASR) to 0.7 seconds for extreme low light condition.


CES 2008 : Samsung Unveils L series Digital Compact Cameras

Three new additions from Samsung line of compact digital compact announced at CES 2008. The entry level L – series L210, L110 and L100 will feature digital image stabilization and intelligent face recognition. They seem to be the standard features on all entry models these days. Among the three, the L210 will have 10 mega pixels while the other two gets 8 mega pixel resolution and the only function that separated L100 and L110 is Dual Image Stabilization as oppose to one.


CES 2008: Kenwood’s new amplifiers

The Kenwood USA Corp has several different products out on show including a new line of amplifiers. The Kenwood KAC-9104D is a monaural amp and has 500W (900w at 1&2 ohms) of continuous output. It has a built-in Boost of up to 18dB at 40Hz, a variable low-pass filter and a variable infrasonic filter to help with reduced distortion at ultra low frequencies. It can be combined with a second one in dual mono configuration for a subwoofer of up 1,800watts of power. It’s 30% smaller than its predecessor and when it’s released next month it’ll go for around $300.


CES 2008: Interactive Toy Concepts showing off new Tube Amp-based shelf stereo with integrated iPod Dock

Interactive Toy Concepts, the people that brought you half a ton of flying gadgets and toys were showing of a yet to be released new product the other night at CES Unveiled. It was a small shelf stereo that had 8 GE Vacuum tubes backed by some digital amps, some really nice, moderately high end speakers attached to it and the whole set sounded pretty amazing.


CES 2008: Motorola MOTO Z10 hands-on

Vincent may be surgically attached to his iPhone, but he still found a moment to visit Motorola at CES 2008 and grab some hands-on time with their Z10 kick-slider, fresh to the US.  The compact cellphone may look like one of Motorola’s fashionable-fancies, but inside there’s some serious hardware: HSDPA, GSM/GPRS/EDGE, a 3.2-megapixel camera and 2.2-inch QVGA display.  They’re positioning the Z10 as a mobile phone film studio, and if you can ignore the hyperbole you might find you’re actually impressed.

Check out an exclusive video of the Motorola MOTO Z10 launch after the cut


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