CES Day 2 - Benjamin "Zeus" Heide

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CES Day 2 took us to the LVCC where we met with a lot of companies that will be familiar to you and a few I'm sure you haven't heard of before.  Today we saw products that ranged from Memory to Bluetooth and even from Navigation to PC Cases and Cooling.  We also covered pretty much everything in between.  We've even had a brief look at a nice P2P box from D-Link.  It's good stuff, so make sure you keep on reading for all the details, images and more from the Show Floor.

GT900 and 3D Display
GT900 and 3D Display

 

Crucial/Lexar: 

My Day 2 at CES lead me to the Crucial/Lexar booth where we got to spend some time with Crucial talking about their RAM products.  Crucial is not prepared to sit idly by during 2008 and seeing their memory customers release faster clocked DDR3 products before them.  This is a beautiful thing for the consumer as this means that Crucial will have faster modules available at the same time or before other companies. Most high-end DDR2 and DDR3 memory products use Micron chips and Crucial should have first choice.

 Custom CM Case at Crucial
Custom CM Case
 Crucial RED!
Crucial RED!


Crucial has a future "Limited Release" of its new RED memory.  This memory comes in a 4GB kit of DDR2 800 with tight timings and will be available in the UK very shortly.  They are not planning a US release of this product for another couple of months, but they have promised us a sample to see how sweet it is to be RED. We'll find out soon.

 

Mio:

Mio has a fairly decent presence here at CES this year and some of the mono-rail trains are proudly brandishing Mio advertisements.  I'm not sure why you need a GPS on a train, but apparently they won't get lost.  We snapped a quick picture of their new 720 that will be available in North America immediately.

Mio C720

 

Blueant Wireless:

Blueant Wireless is a company from Australia that doesn't have much of a presence in the USA . . . yet.  After stopping by their booth and checking out some of their Bluetooth products, they should be a name that you'll consider on your next purchase.  Their premium products have a very attractive price point and are features packed.

Their currently available featured products are the Z9 headset with dual mics, noise isolation and noise suppression technology.  Also the hands-free SuperTooth Light car kit has been a big seller for them.

 Z9
Z9 Headset
SuperTooth 3
SuperTooth 3

 

The SuperToot 3 Hands-Free car kit is set to replace their current SuperTooth light.  The 3rd Revision of this product now includes some handy Text-to-Speech technology where it announces by voice who is calling by name and/or number.  They are also set to launch a new Bluetooth headset that is entire voice controlled.  You issue voice commands for pairing, dialling, hanging up, switching calls and more.  It's an amazing piece of technology that is very affordable.

Bluetooth Speakers
Bluetooth Speakers

 

They just got in the new Bluetooth speakers shown above.  These speakers manage 30W of crystal clear audio and can be connected wirelessly or with a standard mini-stereo jack.  The sound quality was amazing and the volume was impressive as it filled the booth with swinging tunes.  MSRP is expected to be $199 of this A2DP unit.

D-Link:

D-Link was showing a new product that looks like a hardware bit torrent server box.  It was running stand-alone and has a nice web interface to manage downloads.  We hope to be able to take a closer look at this unit in the near future.  The hardware looks like the DNS-323, and may even be able to be added to the DNS-323 through a firmware update.

 Bit Box?
Bit Box?
 Bit Box Software
Bit Box Software

 

D-Link also had interesting stuff such as Wireless Photo Frames that supported RSS feeds.  They won't guarantee that these will even make it out of Europe, but they show all the angles the D-Link is working to fully equip the digital home.

WiFi Frame


Hauppauge:

We stopped in at Hauppauge to check out some of their new capture and encoding products.  They have USB and PCIe interfaces and range from entry-level software-based encoders as well as more expensive hardware-based units.  All of these units encode to H.264 and have incredible quality when grabbing 480p video.

 USB Encoder
USB Encoder
H.264 Playback
H.264 Playback

 

We hope to grab more information and a few products from them in the near future.

 

Zalman:

We stopped in at the Zalman booth to see what was new and cool from this company.  They are still working on perfecting their Stereoscopic displays and have had to work with other partners since last year as their previous partners dropped the ball on panels and drivers.

Zalman GT900 & Display
Zalman GT900 & Display

 

One product Zalman launched this year at CES is the LQ1000 case.  Think of this case as the offspring of the GT1000 case and the Reserator XT.  We didn't get the best pictures of the front, but it is pretty sweet as it integrates the monitoring and controls of the Reserator XT into the front of this case.  While some compromises have had to be made in terms of HDD racks, the benefit of an all-in-one LCS from Zalman is worth it.  This is their first Liquid Cooled Case and it looks good.

 LQ1000 Case
LQ1000 Case


Zalman displayed a lot of their products including some old favourites and some new refreshes on some older products.  Under the bright lights these products looked fancy and shiny all around.

 Fan Controllers
Fan Controllers
HTPC Case
HTPC Case

 

RiData:

The last booth I am covering today is RiData and while many of you know them for their affordable DVD and CD media, things are changing evolving and getting better over at this company.  They make some innovative HD-DVD and BluRay products.  What is innovative about this media is that is exists on the same disk.  One side of the disk is BluRay and the other is HD-DVD.  They also pull the double sided trick with DVD+R DL and HD-DVD as well.

BluRay + HD-DVD on a disk
BluRay + HD-DVD on a disk
 HD-DVD and DVD+R DL
HD-DVD and DVD+R DL

 

RiData has the ability to very quickly manufacture high quality media - whether optical or flash.  The magic number this year for SD Flash cards and USB drives is 16GB and these are being showcased everywhere.  RiData has their share of flash media that is fast and reliable.

SSD is huge this year at CES as well and RiData has 32GB and 64GB models available at this moment and will have 128GB versions on the market this year.  These 32GB 2.5" SATA Drives powered a coule of their test systems in four drive RAID 0 arrays and were blazing fast. Read times exceeded 260MB/sec and write times were greater than 130MB/sec.  Impossible for traditional mechanical drives.

Ritek SSD
RiData SSD
 128GB SSD
128GB SSD

 

Wednesday will find us in some suites in the Hilton, Wynn, Bellagio and more.  It will be a good day, but until you get that coverage make sure you head on over and check out all the pics in our gallery and keep up to date with our CES coverage.