Yesterday was day one of CES 2009 and after all of the dust settled I was disappointed with the show. I guess we can point the finger directly at the poor global economy as the reason there were so few new and really exciting products at the show. That and most all of the new stuff was preannounced leaving many of my fellow technology geeks wondering why we schlepped around the massive Las Vegas Convention Center at all.
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There were a few interesting finds yesterday in the home theater realm, but all of them were prototypes. Hitachi had a display up of its new and exceptionally thin LCDTV that was only 13mm thick. The rep told me that the firm hopes to have 13mm LCD TVs on the market by 2010.
Hopping down to the Sony booth I found that the electronics giant had an entire display devoted to its slick OLED TVs. The tiny 11-inch XEL-1 was on display as were a number of prototype TVs in sizes up to 31-inches. I shudder to think of how much a 31-inch OLED TV would cost.
I got my hands on Sony’s new Lifestyle Laptop VAIO P, which is a long and thin netbook running an Atom processor. The screen resolution of the thin and long 8-inch beauty was very high. In all honesty many will find the screen resolution to be too high, the icons were shockingly tiny. If you don’t have perfect vision or better, you need to get your hands on one of these things before you plunk down the nearly $700 starting price. The keyboard had nice typing feel, but the keys were even smaller than the typical netbook.
I also saw tons of hot cars and women yesterday on the automotive side of the show. The booth babes were seriously lacking on the technology side where most geeks spend their time at the show. The highlight of yesterday for me was the Tigerdirect charity PC race.
The race involved 30 geeky writer types from various technology websites and magazines. We were all tasked with building a computer as fast as possible, to make things go faster each of us had the mainboard, CPU and CPU cooler pre-installed and the IO plates covers were removed from the back of the chassis already.
I didn’t win sadly, but my charity still gets the PC I built. My rig failed to boot at all, which may or may not have been directly caused by the stick of RAM I failed to fully insert in my haste to be first. My friend from Tweak Town, Chirs Ram took second place and would have had first had he not started gloating over the win and stepped away before noticing that his machine was asking if he wanted to boot into safe mode. By time he realized it hadn’t booted all the way he lost to the first place guy by 3 seconds.
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I’ll be back at the convention center today to walk my second thousand miles and hopefully find some new and exciting gear to show you all.