Eco is the new buzzword and there is no escaping at CES this year. There isn’t a CE manufacturer out there that wants to be caught dumping toxic materials into consumers livingrooms; Sony is no different. Updated HCFL backlights helps drop LCD power consumption by almost 40%, an ambient light sensor adjusts the backlight appropriately and a motion sensor turns off the set after a period of… → Read More
Sony has a little camcorder aimed at the Internet crowd. The Webbie captures HD MPEG-4 video and 5 MP photos. It has a 5x optical zoom and special software that makes uploads speedy. Content is recorded on Sony’s Memory Stick PRO Duo media. The MHS-CM1 Webbie will be available for order tomorrow for $200 and the vertically-styled MHS-PM1 will drop in April for $170. → Read More
CES brings big changes to Sony’s camcorder offerings. High-def camcorders are getting big HDDs and there are a bunch to choose from with ranging pricing. Non-HD camcorders are getting the same hard-drive treatment too and will start at attractive MSRPs. Don’t want a built-in HDD? Cool, Sony has new HD flash models too. Oh, and there are new DVD models too. Full details after the jump. → Read More
Sony’s 2009 CES booth is showing off some sick, like sickly sick, thin sets. Primarily are these OLED Proof of Technology models that are dead sexy even to me. Chances are none of these will ever see a Euro snob loft. They are just concepts and there is nothing wrong with that. That thin TV, it’s .9 millimeter thick – or is that thin? Hmmm.
Apparently Sony has more OLED news at the CES keynote… → Read More
Sony’s dropped a solid-looking touchscreen Walkman line with the X-Series. I can’t say I’m a big fan of the finish (looks a bit like the kitchen counter), but these tiny Sony players always make up for kind of standard looks with a really polished feel. It comes in 16GB and 32GB flavors, prices to be determined, and does what you’d expect regarding YouTube and that sort of thing. It’s got “an… → Read More
My, oh my. The Sony VAIO P is a popular netbook. After using some Peter Ha-taught ninja skills, I made my way through the crowd to this tiny netbook. Overall, the netbook feels Sony solid. The nub was a tad finicky but it works. The resolution though is astoundingly high on the small screen. I love small font but at the default setting it was too small for me. Thankfully the P Series does support… → Read More
So these little P-series things are looking kind of weird, and kind of hot. I’m being pulled in two different directions. The screen aspect ratio is ridiculous: at 8″ and 1600×768 it’s just over 2:1, which is… pretty freakin wide.
They may be tiny, but they’ve got guts: they’ll run Vista and they’ve got GPS built-in, but it looks like you’re paying for the featherlight 1.4lb curb weight and… → Read More
At the Samsung press conference earlier today at CES 2009, Yahoo’s involvement with Samsung’s new HDTV line was revealed to be an integrated system of Widgets, based on a new Konfabulator engine. They went through it very briefly, but Flickr, news, finance, and other Yahoo services are fully available and integrated into an on-screen display, for use during usual TV watching. They call it Medi@… → Read More
Panasonic seemed to be just going through the motions at first, and I had decided that a certain covered-up thing thing was just a barrier to block over-eager photographers from spying their new portable Blu-Ray player. No! It was a one-third-of-an-inch-thin television. The guy unveiled it at the last second and gave pretty much no info at all. It was about 40 inches, and people kept wanging into… → Read More
I was just fondling the world-first Panasonic portable Blu-Ray player and getting it on video, and lots of people were taking pictures all around me. And when I start uploading the video, I find I’ve been scooped! Oh no! Well, at least I got scooped by the official blog partner of CES, bless their hearts.
Wait! That looks a lot like my jacket! Yes – and those are unmistakably my hands coming out… → Read More
Samsung just dropped four new digital cameras: HZ10W, TL100, SL102 and SL420. → Read More
Round two of eliminate the fluff, Samsung edition! This time, we’re looking at the Korean corp’s P3 portable media player. This time around it’s got a touchscreen, with haptics thrown in for good measure. → Read More
Let’s strip this information of all unnecessary fluff. Samsung makes Blu-ray players, among other things. Its “big one” this year is actually two models, the BD-P4600 (above) and BD-P3600. You can mount the BD-P4600 on your wall, and the BD-P3600 is the top-end traditional set-top model. Have a peach.
Update: Live pics after the jump. → Read More
First up is the HT-BD8200 Blu-ray home theater sound bar with an integrated Blu-ray player and wireless sub. It plays back full 1080p Blu-ray content and puts out virtual 5.1-channel surround sound. It’s wall mountable and is only 2.6 inches deep. You can also stream content to the sound bar over USB or Bluetooth. The BD8200 is BD-Live compatible and can tap into Netflix and Pandor for movies… → Read More
More products rolling off the CES 2009 assembly line, this time from Vizio – and they’re not super slim televisions! The VSB210WS is a soundbar with wireless subwoofer, and the VBR100 is a Blu-Ray player. Both are priced at $199, and should be appealing to budget-conscious consumers. → Read More
Complaints that Blu-ray is too expensive—we say it often—may soon be harder to justify, now that Pioneer will release the $250 BDP-120 in April. It’s just a Blu-ray player—no fancy Netflix streaming here—but if all you’re looking for is an inexpensive player (and have no interest in the PS3) you could do worse. → Read More
Casio just gave a simultaneously cool and really weird press conference. They’ve shrunk the famous EX-F1′s guts into a nice compact little package, then demonstrated what they said was going to be the next generation of photography. What was it? Well, come and find out! Lots of pictures, and video in a few minutes. → Read More
By raise of hands, who else thinks that all these anorexically thin HDTVs are dumb? LG’s latest set measures only 6.5mm thick and Sony’s isn’t that much more thick. (pictured)
Poor Toshiba. While every other major CE player is introducing 4th and 5th gen Blu-ray players, Toshiba is still ignoring the winning format. The company does, however, have some nice flat screens coming out in 2009 with widgets powered by Intel and Yahoo that’s going to work nicely with Windows Media Center. The rest of the mundane are simply too mundane to be worth your time. Oh, how about CELL… → Read More
Along with the Netgear Internet TV player announced today, Netgear also unveiled a more practical set-top box, the Digital Entertainer Elite (EVA9150). Click on if you’re interested. → Read More
Yep, another set-top box. Netgear unveiled the Netgear Internet TV Player (ITV2000) today. From this box you can stream content to your TV from sites like BBC, CNN, ESPN, EuroSport, NBC, PGATour, and TMZ, as well as video sites like YouTube, Google Videos, Yahoo Videos, and MetaCafe. Click on for press release. → Read More
LG just released a vast amount of information detailing their latest lineup of HDTVs, but most of it you can make up yourself: imagine a list of TV sizes, a descending list of model numbers, and a likewise descending list of features. The ones worth mentioning are the LH50 (below) and PS80 series, which will both have ethernet ports and the new Netcast streaming technology, allowing you to watch… → Read More
LG just finished showing off their newest stuff, including the much-ballyhooed watch phone. They also had some nice big TVs and a nice little notebook I hadn’t seen before. Pictures inside. Plus the Vu said a bad word! → Read More
What’d I tell you last night? Didn’t I say TI’s DLP pico projectors would make a splash at CES this year? → Read More
It seems like TI’s DLP pico projectors are going to make a big push at this year’s CES. I mean, even Wowwee is getting into and we’ve caught wind of a few other big time players who are getting ready to announce similar devices over the course of the week. Bug Labs now has one and they’re calling it the BUGprojector. The other four BUGmodules include BUGsound, BUG3g GSM, BUGwifi and BUGbee. More… → Read More