More than 100 companies showcased their latest products and innovations at Pepcom’s Digital Experience press event. Hundreds of media members got to preview new products from companies like BlackBerry, Canon, Energizer, Epson, Garmin, Google, HP, Intel, Kodak, Lenovo, Lexmark, LG Electronics, Microsoft, and ViewSonic. We hand picked a few products that were pretty innovative and interesting at the same time.
One of the most visually stimulating things we saw at the event, other than the safari girls, was a 14.1″ Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) notebook display at the OLED Association booth. This display had a transparent background that was very interesting and the actual icons on the screen were bright, sharp, and colorful.
Intel had an array of budget netbooks running off their N450 Atom processors from companies like Acer, Toshiba and HP. the N450 offers characteristics such as low power consumption, low heat generation, and ultra-economical power usage.
IOGear had a modest-sized booth that included this small two port USB 3.0 PCI-E card that we thought was newsworthy enough to post here. This card supports data transfer rates up to 5Gb/s and is backward compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices. This was one of the first USB 3.0 cards we saw at CES and I’m sure it won’t be the last. It’s good to see vendors adopt this technology early and replace the legacy USB 2.0 interface.
Kingston showed off a variety of products from their HyperX line of system and laptop memory. Kingston introduced dual and triple-channel DDR3 1600 kits in the 16GB and 24GB flavors for hardcore enthusiasts to use in their insanely-expensive and blazing fast PCs. The 16GB kit will cost around $1,065 while the 24GB kit will be available at $1,598. Pretty steep, but well worth it to max our your LGA 1156 or LGA 1366 rig’s memory.
Another sweet product we previewed at the event was a Samsung BD-C6900 3D Blu-ray player. This slim player has a transparent cover and includes support for Internet TV with Samsung apps. It also includes mult-channel, high definition surround sound and meets Energy Star 4.0 guidelines.
Lastly, Buffalo Technology wowed me a bit with this iPhone dock slash portable hard drive that is properly named the Dualie. The Dualie is a combined storage solution and docking station for the Apple iPhone and Apple iPod. This product allows consumers to sync and charge their iPhone or iPod while providing simultaneous access to the included 500 GB portable hard drive for backup or storage of digital assets. The 500GB version of this product goes for $249.99.
There were hundreds of other products shown to media, and Allyn will showcase what he saw in the way of system storage innovations in a future news post so stay tuned!