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Sony at CES 2018

In my opinion, Sony won CES 2018 this year when it comes to main consumer electronics. They seem to be trying to return to their roots to bring great quality products, some extra innovation and a polished overall experience to the user. The started off by showing us their new TVs - as does all the big electronics manufacturers. Sony is doing something a little different with their models this year though. They don't have speakers - and you don't need a soundbar. Instead, the use several transducers sandwiched between a support bracket and pushed against the back of the glass OLED panel. The result is a very impressive sound experience that was easily audible over the roar of the show floor. What's more impressive is the posititional effect they manage to pull off. They can reproduce sound on the side of the TV where the noise is coming from - giving it a "stereo-on-'roids" feeling and it works quite well.



They also showed off a new intermediate glass-tube speaker from a design that they showed off years ago, but never brought to the masses due to the high costs. This is a pretty cool product and it is a full 360° speaker that looks like a functional art piece.

Glass 360° Speaker


One other thing that was pretty cool was their new laser projector. It starts up and runs full brightness within 5 seconds and has something like 30,000 hours of laser life - before you see ANY degradation. It can put out a 150-inch image when placed only 8-inches from a wall. When placed 3-inches from a wall, you still get an incredible 90-inch image. This will cost over $30,000 at launch and before you gasp and start complaining, remember that the focus of this product is at 100-inch or larger panels - which cost considerably more. Also the projector is much easier to ship and install than a 140-inch LED display.

Sony also showed off Bluetooth speakers that are capable to sync with a total of 100 speakers for an incredible block-party. Also, they showed off their new noise-cancelling headphones, neckband earphones and true wireless solutions as well. As always, Sony has lots of nice stuff, but this year they seriously upped their game with transducer panels and some incredible short-throw projector goodness.

LG at CES 2018

Over the years, LG has really impressed us with their latest and greatest and this year their "OLED Canyon" was pretty impressive indeed. Last year they had a full tunnel of OLED panels, and this year they had a full canyon to walk through that showcased their ability to bend their panels both concave (traditional) and convex (outward). This looked very impressive and shows that LG is thinking about practical applications for large displays as well as showing off some pretty tight curves that they can do with their displays as well. The results are almost breathtaking and while some may argue that VR gives you the same effect, the fact is that this canyon experience is a bit better than 4K - closer to 800K worth of craziness makes it incredible.


LG was also showing off their very nice Thunderbolt 3 displays that are capable of daisy-chaining multiple 4K displays. The 32UK950 pictured below is capable of the HDR600 specification - making it far superior to many companies HDR10 spec that just meets minimum requirements. While the image below looks pretty vivid and incredible, you really have to see it first-hand to appreciate the beauty that is the 32UK950 series.



LG also showcased their gaming displays capable of 240Hz, but without the full HDR600 specification. LG does support both Freesync and G-Sync in their gaming displays. 

There was much more to see and take in at LG, but these are the main highlights I think you'll enjoy!

Sennheiser @ CES 2018

Sennheiser was back at CES with some updated hardware. They have a new audiophile headphone called the HD 820 that is their first closed-back audiophile unit. In the past, the only way to get the resonance they needed for audiophile quality was to use an open-air design, but they've managed to use a concave glass cover and have pulled off some magic. The earphones aren't cheap though at over $2,000 and the matching AMP to drive them - the HDV 820 will set you back an additional $2,399.95

HD 820

HD 820


Sennheiser also showed off the GSP 600 headset launching right away. These will replace the GAME line headsets and has a renewed design, better comfort and is really better in every way.


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ASRock @ CES 2018

ASRock has a full lineup of motherboards, regardless of what size your looking for, or what brand of CPU you want to be running, and like every year at CES, they had the full lineup of new products proudly on display. 

One interesting thing that ASRock was showing of on some of their micro-ATX boards was a MXM slot that will allow you to add in a desktop GPU into a form factor that normally has to sacrifice GPU performance due to size restrictions. I've got a feeling we'll be seeing more MXM graphics cards in 2018 as ASRock already is working with system builders to utilize MXM GPUs and build full high-end systems in a super small form factor.


Mushkin @ CES 2018

With the speed of M.2 storage devices, combined with prices that are getting lower and lower, saying that 2018 will be a big year for M.2 hard drives probably isn't too much of a reach. Muskin is ready for the shift to M.2 drives thanks to some upcoming additions to their drive lineup with their new Pilot devices. 

While the new Muskin M.2 devices are probably going to garner the most interest, Mushkin has updated their other SSD offerings which will give you options regardless of your budget.

Western Digital @ CES 2018

One of the new updates from Western Digital is to their My Cloud Home devices that will allow you to backup all your music and movies but the updates will allow you to use Amazon Alexa to access and play them. If that's not enough of an update, they've also build Google Chromecast into the device which gives you even more playback options.


Boox by ONYX: eReader, Monitor, Writing Tablet & More



Every now and then a company comes along with a product that claims to have some pretty unique features. CES is all about showcasing these products, but often there are many products that leave us disappointed. The BOOX (pronounced books) from ONYX is a product that shows a lot of promise and delivers exactly what they promise. 

Select BOOX devices will be running Android 6.0 and the range in size from 6-inch basic units to the massive 13.3-inch unit we looked at today. This big reader can be used as an external monitor via a MicroHDMI cable, a standard large eReader or even a writing tablet with a pressure sensitive stylus. 



While the e-Ink BOOX in computer monitor mode has limited use, the fact that it can do it and provides a very easy-on-the-eyes display is pretty awesome. This is a very premium device with a lot of features, and that comes at a cost - a fairly large cost in fact. MSRP is about $800 on this, but when we referenced their products on Amazon, we found them for a little over half-price of their MSRP. This could make it the perfect, premium, large format reader for professionals or anyone that consumes a large amount of print media.


BOOX Drawing

The fact is, I'd love of these to play around with and use on the road. It could be a great companion for any journalist. 

More info on BOOX here.

Linner is Budget Noise Cancellation without Sacrificing Quality


Linner not a new company in the grand scheme of things, but they are new to us and they have brought some interesting products to CES this year. Their goal is to make Active Noise Cancellation available for everyone. They have a few wired products already on the market, the Linner NC21 Pro with a 3.5mm plug, a model with a Lightning connector for Apple as well as their first product the Linner NC21. On the wireless side, they recently launched the Linner NC50 Bluetooth noise canceling earbuds. What is really remarkable is that they cost much less than you'd think - and they still sound great. I had a chance to try out a few different models, as well as the latest on-ear headset - the Linner NC80. These will be priced at $89USD and should be available in Q1-Q2 of this year. They also have a pair of over-the-ear NC90s coming as well for a mere $99.

What makes these incredible is the quality of the product. Build quality, sound clarity and cancellation are much better than you'd expect at this price and are very similar (or better) than your favorite big-box brand. If they can get some brand recognition, Linner could have a very bright future.

MAKERbuino@ CES 2018

Here at BCCHardware we like tearing things apart and trying to put them back together again (and sometimes they even work better afterwards). As a result, the MAKERbuino caught our attention and required a stop at CES 2018. MAKERbuino is a very unique product that teaches you how to put all the necessary components together and in the end get your very own portable gaming system. The educational component of this product is a fantastic way to learn about electronic hardware and software and is fun for enthusiasts of all ages.

Our very own Ben Heide will be attempting this project in the near future and will report back. In the meantime, you can grab your very own and give it a shot for yourself.


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