Archive for: CES

CES 2012: LaCie Introduces New 2 TB 2big Thunderbolt Drive And eSATA Hub.

  • January 12, 2012 8:45 pm

How exciting can hard drives be. Right? Well, partially. Truth be told, when designed well hard drives can actually be pretty sweet. Case in point: LaCie. Their attention to detail has resulted in a long line of successful functional and stylish storage options.

At this year’s CES, LaCie once again expanded their line by introducing two new thunderbolt models: the 2 TB 2big and eSATA Hub Thunderbolt series. The 2big ships with support for RAID (0 and 1), hot swappable drive bays, and of course, the ability to daisy chain up to six connected devices. Meanwhile, the eSATA hub connects via Thunderbolt and provides two eSATA ports for such devices. And, because you can daisy chain up to 6 Thunderbolt devices, one could theoretically connect up to 12 2 TB hard drives for up to 24 TB or storage!

All in all, we’re glad to see more manufacturers (non-Apple ones too) finally getting more into the Thunderbolt arena.

CES 2012: Hands On With P2i’s Moisture Repelling Technology.

  • January 12, 2012 6:53 pm

The Droid RAZR by itself isn’t necessarily anything special. Sure. It’s a fast Android phone. But unbeknownst to us is one small feature that is (thankfully) beginning to catch on: Waterproofing.

Now to be clear, P2i’s nano technology as it is implemented on the RAZR does not protect it from water should you go swimming with it. However, it greatly adds resistance to moisture based corrosion and small splashes of liquid.

Interestingly enough, P2i president, Dr Stephen Coulson, originally invented their coating technology for military specific scenarios.

Perhaps the best proof of concept/demo we saw involved napkins coated in P2i’s proprietary substance that literally kept said napkin bone dry despite being repeatedly submerged in water.

We’re not lying when we say that our entire basis of life as related to the assumed physics of water absorption by napkins has changed drastically. But don’t take our word for it. Hop past the break for a chance to have your mind blown compliments of P2i…

CES 2012: Hands On With Polaroid’s SC1630 Android Camera.

  • January 11, 2012 2:04 am

Polaroid hasn’t been on our (and probably a good number of peoples’) radar for quite some time. The once innovative company has seemingly fallen into stagnant state, unable to produce the once great products of years past. But this year is different thanks to a “smart camera” in the SC1630 — a 16 megapixel point-and-shoot camera powered by Android.

We got our clammy paws all over Polaroid’s latest and greatest. Hop past the break for the visual evidence, and of course, our oh so important thoughts…

CES 2012: LG Spectrum Hands On And Initial Impressions.

  • January 11, 2012 1:44 am

Android phones are a dime a dozen it seems. Hardware specs don’t mean much anymore as everyone and their mother uses virtually the same few platforms, allotment of RAM, and screen size. Sadly, as much as we hate to admit it, software apps/skins are what differentiates the multitude of Android devices. However, there are some exceptions to that rule. One such exception: the LG Spectrum. Hop past the break for Gadgetsteria’s official hands on and initial impressions…

CES 2012: Nokia Lumia 900 Hands On.

  • January 11, 2012 1:26 am

Nokia used CES as the launchpad for the North American push, and what a push it was. While the Lumia 900 is more or less a slightly larger, but nearly spec-for-spec copy of the Lumia 800, it intrigues nonetheless. The downright sexy hardware of the Lumia 900 is a testament to the fact that despite being down and beaten repeatedly over the last couple of years, they still know how to design a beautiful piece of hardware.

At CES 2012, Nokia and Microsoft are beating the war drum proudly (and perhaps naively), acting as if Apple and the best Android manufacturers have to catch them. While that topic is certainly debatable, there’s no denying that the Nokia Lumia 900 is a gadget worth remembering. Everything from the solid construction to the seemingly impenetrable colored polycarbonate oozes sophistication.

Hop past the break for Gadgetsteria’s Lumia 900 hands on.

CES 2012: Seagate’s LTE-ified Hard Drive Is Pretty Sweet.

  • January 10, 2012 11:28 am

You can only do so much to a hard drive to make it unique — up storage capacity, use some new fancy type of memory, or simply shrink down the tech to unbelievable levels. Or you could be like Seagate and something truly “out there” such as stuffing an LTE modem inside of an external hard drive’s enclosure. The as of now unnamed prototype also features a battery tucked away inside that reportedly allows for up to 5 hours of 802.11b/g/n streaming.

Here’s to hoping this mystery device doesn’t end up as another piece of CES vaporware or, that any attached data plans don’t cost more than the GDP of some developing countries. Agreed?

Vizio Announces All-in-One PC, Tablet, Laptops, And….?

  • January 9, 2012 8:44 pm

Exactly as rumored before the start of CES, TV turned tablet maker Vizio announces their new line up, which includes the all-in-one PC.

Where form meets function, we can now have a computer that’s just like us. That’s how Vizio is touting their iMac-like personal computer, stylish and minimalist. While the computer looks great, there is no word on specifications, or screen sizes (we’ve seen 24″ and 27″ mentioned), but there is a vague release window of spring.

Also announced but scarce on details is Vizio’s new 10″ M-series tablet. At this stage in the game a dual-core is given, though a quad-core would be preferred. Ditto for Android 4.0.

Finally, a pair of laptops (14″ & 15.6″) round out Vizio’s new “hobby”. As you can see, specs are in short supply. We’ll work on getting more concrete info and images in the coming days as we go hands-on.

In the meantime, continue inside to see video’s of the new device(s).