‘Consumer Electronics Show’ Posts

CES 2011 Student Gadget Roundup

Shep and Luke took over the NBC Universal stage (thanks again guys!) to take a look at their favorite gadgets for students from the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. Gadget List BassJump (Twelve South) Samsung Galaxy Tab HTC HD7 (Unlocked) Bottle Opening iPhone Case (Be a HeadCase) Livescribe Smartpen (4GB) Powermat 2X Portable Mat & Powercube ...

CES 2011: Second Half Photos

Better late than never, here are some highlights from Saturday and Sunday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas.

Kelly, Shep, and Luke basking in the calming blue glow of the NBC Universal Stage

In-Shower Review of the DryCASE

We picked up the waterproof DryCASE at CES. Once I got home, I decided to put it to the test. If you want the honor of winning this very unit, let us know in the comments a creative way you would use it. The DryCASE, in all its glory

Hands on with the Kno Tablet

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The Kno tablet is promising to be a breath of fresh air for students looking to lighten their backpacks and boost their productivity. Offered in both single and dual screen versions, the student companion focuses on eTextbooks and note taking, tasks many students find to be poorly executed on competing products. Handwriting on the 14” Kno screen with the battery powered stylus was fast and natural, allowing students to mark up eTextbooks purchased through the Kno store and keep up with the professor while taking notes in class. Although the large screen makes the device feel bulky, the decision to go with a larger screen was made to provide a better experience when reading large format textbooks, eliminating the need to zoom around the page. Those who make the jump to a dual screen Kno can take notes on the second screen while flipping through PDF’s on the other.

The Kno executes its primary functions, reading and writing extremely well however, browsing the web and navigating the device's menus felt cumbersome. It should be noted that the Kno is still in development and has time to grow. For now, we’re impressed with Kno’s reader application and student focused mindset, however we suspect the large, clumsy hardware will leave college students looking to alternative solutions.

Click through for a video demonstrating the Kno's silky-smooth stylus input

CES: Hands on with the Galaxy Tab

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It's no big secret that tablets are probably the next big thing, and Samsung recently released what many consider to be the first legitimate competitor to the iPad, the Galaxy Tab. Sporting a 7 inch screen, 1 GHZ processor, a 1024x600 screen and dual cameras, it's a well-made package, at least on paper.

I both love the design and hate it at the same time.  The Tab has a very nice textured back similar to the Galaxy S line of phones, and a flat back that allows you to rest it evenly on a table, a design decision that Apple would be wise to add to future iPads.  The screen is beautiful and very bright, with a very appealing pixel density.

Unfortunately, the Tab is hamstrung, at least in my view, by the decision to use a 7 inch screen rather than something a little larger.  It's too small to really hold with two hands, but too large to hold with one hand unless you want to look like you're holding some cartoony, ridiculously huge phone.  I would also note that the touch sensitive buttons along the bottom, required on all Android devices, make little sense on a device that requires you to grip the bezel.  

The upcoming Wi-Fi-only version of the Tab, a likely choice for college students, will probably be priced very similarly to the iPad.  I may be biased, but I think a student looking for a tablet would be wise to pick a product with a large enough screen to comfortably read e-books and PDF files for class, and I just don't think the Tab meets this criteria.  It's a nice device, but I hope they come out with a larger version soon.   We'll probably have a video walkthrough of the Tab from the NBC Stage on Sunday, so be on the lookout.  

Update: Click through for a brief video of the device.

CES 2011: First Half Photos

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We're halfway through CES 2011, and we've walked through miles of booths and exhibits on the quest for the best student gadgets. Naturally some silly pictures were taken along the way. Click through to see some.  

CES: Victorinox Presentation Master

Just as Chris got all giddy about the Sony PartyShot, I’ve gotta say that the Victorinox Presentation Master takes the cake for me. I always remember seeing the Victorinox logo on the back of my dad’s Swiss Army knife growing up. It’s exciting to see that the company is keeping their products relevant. I met ...

CES: eReader Roundup

For our second episode that we shot on the NBC Universal stage at CES 2010, we decided to do a roundup of all of the eReaders that were coming out this year. CES really was the year of the eReader with dozens being announced or released. And they really ran the gamut of features. Do ...

CES: Aluratek PMP

I caught up with Dave Song, the director of sales and marketing from Aluratek, to talk about one of their newest 720p PMP devices. This thing is sweet