CES 2019

ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 promises a middle ground

ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 promises a middle ground

Chromebooks started out as underpowered descendants of the ill-fated netbook line but, thanks partly to Google, they have started reaching for the top. Unfortunately, Chromebooks now seem to sit on opposite ends of both features and price spectrums. The ASUS Chromebook Flip C434, which almost passed unnoticed, wants to be the outlier. ASUS claims it offers a middle ground between the two extremes, delivering power and style in what is hopefully a still affordable price.

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Sony soundbars, 4K Blu-ray player aim for a more immersive experience

Sony soundbars, 4K Blu-ray player aim for a more immersive experience

Almost everyone seems give priority to image and video quality but it’s no secret that terrible or even just unsatisfying audio can ruin the experience just as well. As TVs become thinner, TV makers have found the opportunity to offload the audio duties to dedicated speakers, particular stylish soundbars. At CES 2019, Sony is announcing two such products, including its first with dual built-in subwoofers. And to complete the set, it is throwing in a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player into the mix as well.

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Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones get Alexa support

Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones get Alexa support

Sony has bestowed its WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones with support for Alexa. The headphones, which are already available, enable a voice-controlled experience via the push of a button. Until now, the WH-1000XM3 headphones only supported Google Assistant, but that will change in the near future thanks to a new software update bringing Alexa.

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Sony MASTER Series 8K Z9G, 4K A9G TVs bring beauty and brains in one package

Sony MASTER Series 8K Z9G, 4K A9G TVs bring beauty and brains in one package

While smartphone makers are now obsessed with thinning bezels and notches, TV makers are still pushing for higher and higher resolutions. The market now tops at 8K, even when video content is still coming to terms with 4K. That might not matter though, because thanks to the Picture Processor X1 Ultimate in Sony’s MASTER series of TVs, content is promised to look crisp and clear in the Z9G’s 8K or the A9G’s 4K, even if they weren’t made for such large screens.

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Intel talks 10nm Ice Lake and Project Athena at CES

Intel talks 10nm Ice Lake and Project Athena at CES

Intel had a few different announcements to make during its CES 2019 keynote address tonight. All of Intel's announcements received varying levels of detail, and in the case of some of them, we already had some information coming into the show. Still, there were certainly some intriguing announcements made tonight, even if we're left waiting for Intel to deal more information.

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Sony XAV-AX7000 car receiver flaunts a fancier, more ergonomic look

Sony XAV-AX7000 car receiver flaunts a fancier, more ergonomic look

Cars are getting smarter but most of them require you to actually buy a new car. Not so, says Sony. All you really need is its new XAV-AX7000 CAR AV Receiver, presuming you can install a new head unit into your car, and you can pretty much get thee basic conveniences of having your smartphone displayed on your dash. And better yet, it’s good looking as well and even has a dedicated button for your voice assistant needs.

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Sony Extra Bass lineup gets new portable, party, and high-power speakers

Sony Extra Bass lineup gets new portable, party, and high-power speakers

Sony's Extra Bass speaker lineup has been updated with three new portable models, as well as an outdoor party speaker and a high-power speaker. The refreshed offerings cover a variety of needs, including outdoor use, providing audio for larger groups, and music while out traveling. Notable among the products is GTK-PG10, an outdoor party speaker with built-in cup holders.

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HTC VIVE Pro Eye, Cosmos dev kit, Infinity subscription expand VR ecosystem

HTC VIVE Pro Eye, Cosmos dev kit, Infinity subscription expand VR ecosystem

Consumer electronics encompasses a wide variety of products, from smartphones to appliances to, of course, computers. One new face in recent years has been virtual reality and while the hype around what was believed to be the next wave of computing, its biggest proponents haven’t given up hope. In fact, HTC VIVE just made a couple of new announcements, including two new headsets. And it is so confident in its VR ecosystem that it’s opening up an unlimited subscription tier for all the VR experiences you can get.

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Samsung Family Hub refrigerator update brings new UI, richer experience

Samsung Family Hub refrigerator update brings new UI, richer experience

Samsung's smart home refrigerator Family Hub will receive an update this year that provides an overall "richer experience," according to the company, as well as more Bixby features and Family Board, an updated communal board that provides household members with a personalized experience. The updated offerings build upon the foundation Samsung set three years ago with the Family Hub's debut.

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The Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle just got a price

The Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle just got a price

An electric Harley-Davidson might sound like blasphemy, but the iconic motorcycle-maker is embracing the EV future with the new LiveWire. Now opening up for preorders as of CES 2019 today, the electric motorbike has finally had a price tag attached, though the size of it might make you wince.

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Lenovo ThinkVision P44W Monitor hands-on: Multi-display replacement

Lenovo ThinkVision P44W Monitor hands-on: Multi-display replacement

Lenovo's new ThinkVision P44w monitor is designed for professionals who typically have multi-display work setups, eliminating the need for multiple monitors by offering a huge 43.4-inch display with a 32:10 aspect ratio. The P44w is the equivalent of two 24-inch monitors, and it features dual integrated USB-C ports for two video inputs.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga hands-on: Thin, Light, Refreshed

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga hands-on: Thin, Light, Refreshed

Lenovo has taken the wraps off its 7th-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon, as well as the flexible ThinkPad X1 Yoga 4th-gen. Both models represent the latest evolution in Lenovo's ThinkPad ultrabook lineup, each building upon the best parts of the former models with new features, upgraded hardware, and more. Both models are thinner and lighter than any of the iterations before them, and the new X1 Yoga is now offered with an all-aluminum chassis.

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