The Best Things We Saw at CES 2020
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The first Consumer Electronics Show of a new decade is coming to a close, and it has left us with a menagerie of new gadgets whose releases will be sprinkled out across the rest of the year (if they happen at all). As always, CES is an overwhelming flood of announcements so here is our roundup of the best things we saw at CES 2020.
Mophie Powerstation Go
Mophie announced one brand-new product at this year’s CES and it’s a first for the company. The Powerstation Go is still a portable powerbank, which Mophie is well-known for, but it’s unique because it can jump-start a car or SUV. It even comes with its own jumper cables. Additionally, the Powerstation Go has two USB-A ports, an AC output port and it can function as a wireless charging pad. It also has a built-in flashlight. The Powerstation Go will be available for purchase on January 9. It’ll cost $160.
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
Samsung’s first-ever Galaxy Chromebook is probably the most spec’d out Chromebook ever made. The 2-in-1 laptop has a 4K OLED display, which is basically unheard of on a Chromebook, or any 13-inch laptop for that matter. And, according to Samsung, it’s the thinnest Chromebook ever made and 38-percent thinner than a MacBook Air. It’s beautiful, powerful, fast and fanless (meaning it’s quiet). And yes, it’s also expensive. The Galaxy Chromebook will start at $999 and be available in early 2020.
The Suunto 7 has basically everything you’d want in a multi-sport smartwatch by Suunto. It has a built-in GPS, heart rate sensor, altimeter and it can track up to 70 different exercises, such as swimming, skiing, surfing, running and cycling. It’s shock-proof, water-proof and dirt-proof, too. As for what separates it from its predecessors: It’s the first that runs on Wear OS, which is Google’s smartwatch operating system. It’s also the first Suunto smartwatch that lets you download offline maps; this way you can accurately track exercises even when you leave your smartphone at home. And it’s the first smartwatch that gives you access to Suunto’s built-in Heatmaps (these had previously only been accessible on the company’s smartphone app), which allows you to find popular running or biking routes in a specific area. The Suunto 7 is available now for $499.
Sennheiser HD 450BT Headphones
The HD 450BT are newest noise-canceling headphones and their standout feature is price; they cost $220, which is significantly less expensive than the company’s flagship noise-canceling headphones, the $400 Momentum 3 Wireless. Additionally, the HD 450BT charge via USB-C and will get roughly 30 hours of playtime with ANC turned on. They’ll be available February 2020.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold
Lenovo just announced the ThinkPad X1 Fold, which the company is calling the “world’s first foldable PC.” It’s a tablet with a 13.3-inch OLED screen — it actually has the same 2048 x 1536 resolution as Apple’s affordable 9.7-inch iPad — and it can folded down into what looks like a small, easy-to-carry notebook. The ThinkPad X1 Fold actually has a built-in kickstand, which makes it easy to prop it up so that you can use as a laptop, and comes Bluetooth keyboard. This keyboard magnetically attaches itself to the bottom of the tablet when you’re not using it, so it doesn’t feel like an accessory that you need to bring separately.
Alienware Concept UFO
What if the Nintendo Switch was a full-fledged Windows 10 gaming PC? That is the idea behind Alienware’s Concept UFO. As a pre-production concept device that may not ever make it to market, a lot of the details for this gadget aren’t public. Dell hasn’t said what kind of graphics card its runs, what its battery life is or, crucially, how much it might cost. But the fact that Alienware could produce a working model to show off at CES shows the promise of fitting a truly top-of-the-line gaming right into the terrific handheld format that Nintendo has pioneered. Let’s just hope someone makes a version you can buy.
Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera
The Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera is the company’s newest security camera, designed to be added to an existing Arlo Pro 3 security system. It’s unique because it’s the first security camera that has a built-in floodlight and can be completely wire-free. Its built-in, curved LED panel can deliver between 2,000 and 3,000 lumens. This variance in brightness depends on whether you’re on battery power (2,000 lumens) or hard-wired to your home’s electrical system (3,000 lumens). The Pro 3 Floodlight Camera will cost $249 and will be available this spring.
LG GX Gallery TV Series
LG is getting more serious about “lifestyle TVs.” Each of its new GX Gallery series of 4K Ultra HD TVs is designed to look like a piece of art hanging on your wall, similar to Samsung’s The Frame TVs. The Gallery Series TVs come with a specially-designed wall mount so that they hang completely flush on the wall, and you’ll be able to customize the art when you aren’t watching. The Gallery Series TVs all have the ultra-thin form factor (20 millimeters thin) that LG’s OLEDs are known for. And they will come in three different sizes — 55-, 65- and 77-inch.
Klipsch T10 True Wireless Earphones
Klipsch claims that the new T10 are the world’s smallest and lightest wireless earbuds and after seeing them at this year’s show, I believe them — they are absolutely tiny. They also have an incredibly thin charging case that should barely take up any space in your pocket. They’re designed to sound great, which you’d expect from Klipsch, and have some pretty neat features such as gesture controls and active noise-cancellation. No pricing has been released just yet, but you can expect these to be on the high end when it comes to wireless earbuds. They’ll be released this summer.
Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub
Weber just announced a device that it’s claiming can turn any grill into a smart grill. The all-new Weber Connect smart device is grilling hub that works with temperature probes and the Weber Connect app. After placing the probs in your food, you’ll receive smartphone notifications telling you the precise times to flip your steak, and then of course serve and eat it. Basically, if you need help cooking a perfect steak, this “step-by-step grilling assistant” can help. It’s expected to cost $130 and be released in early 2020.
Samsung Sero TV
Arguably the craziest TV that Samsung announced at CES is The Sero. It’s a 4K TV that can rotate between being a traditional horizontal TV and a new vertical TV. (“Sero” means “vertical” in Korean.) The whole idea behind it is that more people are sharing content directly from their smartphones to their TV, be it on YouTube, Snapchat or TikTok, and this TV will actually be able to show that content its proper orientation. Admittedly, it’s strange but also kind of neat. As of now the TV only comes in a 43-inch model. Samsung says it will “expand The Sero’s availability to several global markets in 2020,” after an initial launch in South Korea last year. Whether that means it’ll actually be available in the US, we’ll have to wait and see.
Vizio’s First-Ever OLED TV
Vizio announced updated models of its V-Series, M-Series and P-Series Quantum X of 4K TVs, but the standout was its announcement of its first-ever OLED TVs. They’ll be available in 55-inch and 65-inch models, and both will released sometime later this year. Vizio has yet to release pricing, but you can expect these to be among the most affordable OLED TVs on the market. And that’s great news for consumers.
Vizio Elevate Soundbar
Vizio’s newest flagship soundbar sports a unique new trick. Yes, it has 18 drivers in total, but the left and right ends of the soundbar can actually rotate up, to increase height effects when they are working with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X encoded audio. Otherwise, they point forward like a typical soundbar. So far, no word on price or release date.
Harman Kardon Fly ANC Headphones
Harman Kardon hasn’t released new headphones in several years, but that all changed at this year’s CES. The company announced a number of wireless headphones and earbuds, with the most interesting being the FLY ANC, the company’s first wireless noise-canceling headphones. They look super comfy and will cost $250, which is more affordable than most other premium offerings. The Fly ANC headphones are available now.
Samsung’s “Zero-Bezel” Q950 TV
Samsung’s new 8K QLED TV isn’t just notable for its picture, but also for what’s (not) around it. The new flagship Q950 has, according to Samsung, a 99 percent screen-to-frame ratio, which means that the border around its picture is practically non-existent at just 2.3mm thick, for however that much is worth to you. And it better be worth a lot. While Samsung hasn’t divulged price or availability quite yet, if it runs in the same league as its predecessors, you can expect a price tag well above $10,000.
LG’s 2020 OLED TVs
These are LG’s new creme de la creme TVs that are able to produce a “real 8K” picture. They have cool minimalistic design and a fancy-new processor — called the Alpha 9 Gen 3 AI Processor — that LG claims leverages more power and more advanced artificial intelligence deep learning algorithms; it’s basically able to deliver the best 8K picture possible. And it will be available in 88- and 77-inch models.
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