CES 2015: news and reviews from Las Vegas

CES 2015: Ultra-light laptops have been the order of the day for Thursday at CES. PC Pro’s roving repoter (and editor-in-chief), Tim Danton, has got his hands on two of the most exciting, as well as taking time to see a 4k quadcopter and E Ink interior decor. Scroll down for more.


Below you’ll find a feed of the latest news, reviews and other cool things from this year’s CES.


    CES is one of the world’s biggest technology trade shows, attracting 160,000 visitors to Las Vegas each January. It’s a time for product launches, keynote speeches and more hype-per-second than should be legal.

    CES 2015: news and reviews

    There’s no egos here at PC Pro (not bad ones anyway), so there’s no shame when say CES is too big for us to cover by ourselves. To combat that the news section below will be a mix of our own unique reviews as well as the best from the web.

    Thursday (8/1/14):

    DJI’s 4K eye-in-the-sky Inspire 1 Drone

    Despite the fairly dull name, the DJI Inspire 1 Drone is a hugely exciting piece of kit. The tablet-controlled quadcopter can capture 4K video with a steadier hand (or blade) than any human. Check out Tim’s (rather meta) video of the videocopter below.


    E Ink Prism

    Bored of your interior decor but don’t want to repaint your house? This colour-changing E Ink wall could be for you.


    Dell XPS 13 laptop with “infinity” screen

    Dell may just have come up with a MacBook killer in the XPS 13, with its super-slim bezel, QHD+ resolution screen and impressive internal specs.


    Check out Tim’s review for the full picture.


    Lenovo LaVie Z


    The other contender for the MacBook Air’s throne is Lenovo’s ultraportable LaVie Z, which comes with a shiny new magnesium-lithium chassis and weighs less than 800g, but falls down when it comes to battery life and storage capacity. Still, we wouldn’t say no to taking it for a test drive.


    Wednesday (7/1/14):

    Intel Curie and RealSense

    As usual, Intel made a splash in its keynote today, with Curie, a button-sized computer for smart fashion. Apparently, Curie could enable smart handbags, smart rings and other jewellery, and smart clothing. (No, we have no idea why you would want a smart ring either).


    CEO Brian Krzanich also showed off new uses for its RealSense camera technology in such scenarios as opening doors using facial recognition, 3D gesture controls on laptops to stop your hardware getting “yucky” while you’re using it in the kitchen, and, er, drone-pong.


    Blu Studio Energy

    Blu Products has unveiled a smartphone with a battery life of four days. Sporting a 5000mAh battery, the Studio Energy claims to last up to four days with “standard” use.

    Aside from it’s impressive longevity, it’s fairly underwhelming in terms of specs, with a 1.3GHz CPU and 1GB of RAM. The 720p screen isn’t going to be any real competition to flagships either.


    However, if you’re in the market for a bare-bones budget smartphone, with a projected price of $179 (£118 at current conversion rates) coupled with the battery’s enhanced capacity, the Studio Energy could prove a very attractive prospect.


    Sulon Cortex

    The Sulon Cortext is a new Oculus Rift-style headset being demo’d at CES 2015 that aims to blend virtual reality with augmented reality. Unlike the Oculus Rift or Sony’s Project Morpheus, the Cortex is an independent device, and does not need to be tethered to a PC or PlayStation.


    One of the more interesting features is the ability to produce, via its inbuilt sensors, a life-like digitised version of the user’s surroundings, into which it can then drop AR elements such as portals and game objects.

    It can also transition to full-on VR similar to the Oculus Rift, with the added bonus of hand-tracking down to the individual fingers. It’s got some slight teething problems with resolution, software kinks and similar issues, but it’s a very exciting piece of kit that we’ll be keeping a close eye on.

    For more information, check out Gizmodo’s coverage:


    Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 AnyPen


    £249 Toshiba Satellite Click Mini


    HP EliteBook Folio 1020: first look


    Tuesday (6/1/15):



    Alactel OneTouch Watch


    Hands on: Asus ZenFone 2 review

    Tim Danton muscled his way to the front of a media scrum to get his hands on the new phablet from Asus.

    By all accounts the ZenFone 2 looks like a clean and powerful smartphone. Click on the link above to read the hands on review.


    Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi: first look

    The T300 Chi is a featherweight tablet, docking keyboard and Core M CPU. Asus is making it clear that it want to own the 2-in-1 market.


    It’s a clever design, packs all the power most people need, and doesn’t make any major compromises as either a laptop or a tablet (unless you consider its dependence on Windows 8.1 a compromise).


    Sony adds stainless steel strap to SmartWatch 3

    Sony’s keynote was a bit of a letdown in terms of new product launches with no new Xperia phones or any sign of the Project Morpheus VR headset.

    However, the company did announce something of a new direction in its wearables strategy, with the launch of a stainless steel version of the SmartWatch 3. When it was initially launched in September 2014, the SmartWatch 3 was a fitness wearable through and through. However, the new stainless steel band hints Sony is latching onto the “smartwatch as fashion item” trend.


    Additional announcements were a new smart headband for runners, an update to SmartEyeglass, and a new interface and functionality for Lifelog.


    Monday (5/1/15):

    Samsung keynote livestream:

    If you’ve got a burning desire to control your smartfridge with your smartwatch, then we’ve got a live stream of Samsung’s keynote speech with expert analysis via a live blog. Expect lots of wearable news and a strong focus on the Internet of Things.


    Sony keynote livestream:

    Sony press event

    Anxious to catch all the latest developments on the Xperia range, Project Morpheus and more? We’re hosting a live stream of Sony’s keynote event, as well as our expert live blog.


    Nvidia Drive

    GPU and system-on-a-chip behemoth Nvidia is spreading its wings into the self-driving car market with two new “mobile supercomputers”, the Drive PX and Drive CX, which provide advanced special awareness and human-computer interfaces to autonomous vehicles.


    The computers are both powered by the company’s new Tegra X1 chip, which has a whopping 1 teraflop of processing power. According to Nvidia, this is the most powerful mobile processor ever produced.


    Acer Chromebook 15

    The world’s second biggest Chromebook seller, Acer, is looking to build on its success by announcing its largest Chromebook to date.

    What you need to know about the Chromebook 15 is that it has a 15.6in 1920 x 180 HD display (a cheaper 1366 x 768 display is on offer too). The device comes with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, an HDMI port, 16/32GB SSD and up to 4GB RAM.

    Prices start at $249 with UK prices yet to be confirmed. The current conversion puts the Acer Chromebook 15 at £162 pounds, so we’re predicting a maximum UK price of £199.


    The five most bizarre products of CES 2015

    CES isn’t all about serious hardware. Companies also use the expo to show off conceptual and sometimes downright bizarre products.


    Early nominees for strangest in show include a hovering speaker, smart pedals, a smartwatch for keeping track of tennis scores and a 3D food printer and oven hybrid. Watch this space for more weird and wonderful gadgets.


    LG G Flex 2

    The LG G Flex 2 has leaked ahead of its scheduled launch at CES 2015. Posters for the upcoming smartphone appeared on the CES showfloor showcasing the handset’s curved design.

    The smartphone looks to have retained its predecessor’s essential look, but boasts predictably upgraded hardware. Qualcomm teased a new LG device containing a Snapdragon 800-series chipset, and this is likely to be the G Flex 2. However, this could technically refer to their 805 or 808 processors, rather than their bleeding-edge 810 range.

    The LG G Flex 2 is set to be officially unveiled on the first day of CES 2015.


    Thursday (18/12/14):

    LG’s webOS 2.0 TVs

    LG’s new generation of smart TVs will be faster and more capable, according to the tech giant. Whether you actually need an 8K TV is very debatable, considering there is minimal content available for 4K right now.


    Sony’s rival to Google Glass

    Sony is trying to beat Google at its own game with a new smartglass wearable, on public display at their booth.

    Go to page to for our CES 2015 preview.

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