Today wrapped up CES 2008 and this was definitely the year of entertainment. Everything was centered on delivering entertainment to your computer, phone and other sources. Take Logitech for example, their CES product line all dealt with media computers and delivering content to PC users other than video games.
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I admit that I was disappointed that there wasn’t much on the gaming side of things this year. Razer only introduced a new gaming mouse pad and focused more on its new endeavor called Joot!, which is a music sharing device for MP3 players.
This was the year of the thin HDTV with most major manufacturers showing off thin HDTV sets in their booths. These HDTVs are cool and all, but really how thin do we need them? If you are going to wall mount thin is nice, but I would wager the vast majority of HDTV owners simply set them on an entertainment center where the thinness is really a moot point.
Alienware has a new curved display that I checked out today for PC gaming, one of the few gaming announcements at the show. The long curved display uses rear projection DLP technology. The image quality was far from what gamers would consider ideal, but it was a cool design process. The Alienware rep at the booth said they hope to bring the display to market by mid 2008.
Asus had its line of mainboards, computers and video cards on display at CES 2008 and I took some time to check them out today. The second gen Eee was conspicuously absent and I could tell by the sigh and the roll of the eyes that the Asus folks have been asked where it was a million times a day since the show started. The only really interesting things I saw from Asus was a 1GB 8800 GT video card that will be shipping soon and the notebook external graphics card called the XG Station that will begin shipping soon as well.
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NVIDIA didn’t let me down when it comes to gaming with its announcement of Hybrid SLI, which gamers and main stream computer users alike will come to love when it becomes available. NVIDIA also has a few other tricks up its sleeves that we can talk more about soon that gamers will really like. All in all CES 2008 was a year of nothing that really made me go wow. I guess the coolest thing I saw at the show would have to be the Samsung 31-inch OLED, and its sure to carry a price tag that will make me forget how cool it looked.
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