What happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas, Readitonthewebs best tech from the 2018 CES show.
Best Gaming NVIDIA Big Format Gaming Display
The “F” in NVIDIA’s BFGD might stand for “format” but there was another word we – and many others – had in mind when faced with its 65-inches of 4K gaming talent. G-SYNC to reduce tearing and latency, 120 Hz refresh rates and the convenience of onboard Android TV make it the ideal pairing for your gaming PC.
LG Signature OLED TV W8
LG’s 2017 OLED TV lineup was arguably the best in the world last year, and the company continued its hot streak at CES 2018 by announcing the new LG Signature OLED TV W8. This stunning 77-inch television is less than 3mm thick, and it uses a special zero-gap mounting system to hang flush on any wall. How is it possible to create a TV this thin? The internal components are housed within a connected sound bar so they don’t occupy space behind the screen like they would normally.
The W8 will be among the first TVs to be powered by LG’s new α9 Intelligent Processor, which powers the new LG ThinQ AI solution that doubles as a Google Assistant-enabled smart home hub. It also features the same great 4K OLED panel quality that has made LG a market leader.
Samsung “The Wall” MicroLED TV
Samsung unveiled a beautiful new flat-panel television at CES 2017 called “The Frame,” which was designed to look like a piece of art hanging on a wall when not in use. At CES 2018, Samsung took things a step further.
“The Wall” is a modular TV system that merges multiple borderless MicroLED TVs into one giant screen that measures up to 146 inches diagonally and can occupy an entire wall. They feature 8K resolution, and fewer panels can be used to create a TV that isn’t quite as massive. Samsung hasn’t yet announced pricing or availability for The Wall, but this is undoubtedly one of the most impressive creations yet from the world’s #1 TV maker.
Best Budget Laptop – Acer Chromebook 11
To say Chrome OS has come a long way since Google’s early releases is a serious understatement, and we’re at the point where the new Acer Chromebook 11 not only could be coaxed into duties as your everyday notebook, but excel at them. 10 hour battery life, the latest USB-C connectivity, and a starting price at just under £200 makes these arguably the biggest bargain in Chromebooks around.
ASUS Chromebox 3
Gaming PCs and over-designed glowing towers are everywhere at CES 2018, but it’s a far smaller box that gets our nod for the Best Desktop award. ASUS Chromebox 3 can handle 4K video, has USB-C, and gets Intel’s very latest processors, all in something small enough that it could hide on just about any desk.
Smart home security was a big theme at this year’s show, and the new Aura was by far one of the smartest solutions on display at CES 2018. This futuristic motion detection system doesn’t use cameras or infrared sensors like existing solutions. Instead, Aura monitors the Wi-Fi radio waves that fill every home and reads the patterns as they bounce off of walls and objects. When these patterns are interrupted, Aura knows that motion is occurring and it can set off alarms or trigger smart home events as a result. Aura offers a starter kit for £150 that covers 700 sq ft.
LG InstaView ThinQ Refrigerator
Refrigerators with built-in displays are becoming more common these days, but you’ve never seen one like the LG InstaView ThinQ fridge. This cutting-edge refrigerator features a gorgeous design and a 29-inch touchscreen display. It runs webOS and can of course display things like the weather, recipes, and more. But LG’s new screen has an even better feature: Knock on the screen twice and it instantly becomes transparent to show you what’s in the fridge behind the door without having to open it.
Google may have plastered Las Vegas’ billboards with Google Assistant adverts, but CES 2018 was still dominated by Amazon’s Alexa. The friendly voice agent showed up everywhere from TVs, through routers, to car dashboards and even bathroom mirrors.
Nvidia Drive Xavier
There’s a huge convergence required for autonomous driving to go from futurism to everyday regulations, automakers, and most of all processing power. It’s the latter where NVIDIA’s new Xavier weighs in, a processor laser-focused on automotive technology and its various demands and constraints. Fitting supercomputer processing into a practical form-factor and with reasonable power consumption isn’t easy, and there’s good reason why many companies working on self-driving cars have opted for NVIDIA’s platform.
MirraViz UltraBright MultiView Screen
California-based startup MirraViz isn’t a household name at this point, but the new UltraBright MultiView Screen could help change that. This revolutionary projector screen allows users to aim two different projectors at the same surface, producing two completely different images. The special display design bounces each projected image back in the same direction from which it came, allowing two people in two different positions to see different images on the same screen.
Anyware Smart Adaptor
The Anyware Smart Adaptor is one of several all-in-one smart home solutions shown off at CES 2018, but it’s the only one with a brilliant compact design. In fact, you won’t even know it’s there. Seen in the image above in between the light bulb and the socket, the Anyware Smart Adaptor packs in a wide range of functions including lighting and dimming control, motion detection, temperature monitoring, humidity monitoring, and more. The Smart Adaptor also has integrated energy monitor features, and it can automatically switch off lights when you leave.
Anyware’s Smart Adaptor is already available now for £50.
Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector LSPX-A1
The Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector (LSPX-A1) won’t be found in many homes when it’s released later this year, but it’ll have nothing to do with a lack of desirability. It’s aimed at the highest segment of the high-end market and will carry a price tag of £20,000 when it launches. Sony’s LSPX-A1 projector looks like a piece of modern furniture, and it can sit just 9.6 inches from the wall. Despite that close distance, the 2,500-lumen laser projector is capable of beaming a screen that measures up to 120 inches diagonally. The same enclosure houses a Glass Sound Speaker with 360° sound, ensuring the best possible home theatre experience without the need for any additional equipment.