We are back home from CES 2018! While the event is fun and engaging, it’s also exhausting and a lot of work! So we’re finally getting to our Best of CES 2018 post. Keep in mind that we’re a small crew and seeing the entire show is next to impossible. This Best of CES 2018 list is only the best of what we personally saw. There is without a doubt more out there and other outlets have their own lists. We encourage you to check out their posts as well because there’s interesting and exciting stuff there too.
We did see a lot but we had to narrow things down to a short list. So without further ado, here is or Best of CES 2018:
Best of CES 2018: Televisions
Samsung: The Wall
This is probably one of the products you’ll see on many best-of lists this year. Samsung introduced their massive 146″ microLED The Wall TV at their First Look event and we had the chance to talk with them about it. Watch the video right after to see what they had to say about this crazy TV.
“The Wall,” with MicroLED and self-emitting technology, delivers incredible definition without restrictions to size, resolution, or form. It replaces color filters with micrometer (µm) scale LEDs, which are much smaller than current LEDs, and serve as their own source of light.
Thanks to its module-based, bezel-less design, “The Wall” allows consumers to customize their television to the size and shape of their choice. The modular screen can be used to create a wall-sized display, or simply let consumers increase their traditional screen size to suit a new room in the home.
Best of CES 2018: Voice Assisted Devices
Lenovo: Smart Display 10 and 8
The theme surrounding CES this year was voice assistance. Google Assitant was particularly the focus of many brands at the show. Lenovo and Google partnered on the Smart Display and we spoke to both of them about these two new devices.
The displays come in 8-inch and 10-inch sizes and have Google Assistant integrated. This looks to be a play at Amazon’s Echo Show device which also has a touchscreen but with Alexa built-in. The displays look to want to be your central hub for controlling your IoT devices and consuming content.
Best of CES 2018: Affordable VR solutions
Lenovo: Mirage Solo and Mirage Camera
There were plenty of VR solutions at CES 2018 and Lenovo’s Mirage Solo and Mirage Camera were among them. This is Lenovo’s take on VR consumption and creation allowing users to both create VR content and watch it. The Solo is a standalone VR headset without the need for a phone or cables and it features WorldSense. WorldSense frees the user from external sensors which allows for ducking, dodging, side-step, and jumps. Lenovo says the Solo offers a 110° field of view which should be nice and wide for most users.
Meanwhile, the Mirage Camera captures VR photos and VR video with its dual 13MP fisheye cameras and its 180° x 180° which allows you to capture and experience in-depth stereoscopic photos and videos. Lenovo says the Camera is easy to use and integrates with Google Photos and YouTube using the specialized VR180 format. You can also live stream in 3D with the Camera. Check out the video below for more.
Best of CES 2018: Small Laptops
Dell: XPS 13″
Light, compact, powerful, and with long-lasting battery, the XPS 13 lineup is also getting upgraded to the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processors with Dynamic Power Mode which offers up to 44% more performance over previous models. Currently the smallest 13.3″ laptop in the world, the optional Quad HD+ InfinityeEdge display — with optional touch — offers sharp visuals and vivid, accurate color. The FHD version boasts up to 22 hours of run-time, promising all day use without having to plug in.
The Dell XPS 13 with 7th Generation Intel Core i3 is available in the U.S. and Canada now and starts at $799. The XPS 13 with 8th Generation Intel Core i7 will be available in the U.S. starting Sept. 12 for $1399.99, with additional configurations available in October. Canadian availability, timing, and price of the additional configuration are still to be confirmed.
Best of CES 2018: Business Solutions
Samsung showed off a lot of wares at CES 2018 and one that caught our eye was The Flip. Introduced at the company’s First Look event, the Samsung Flip WM55H promotes more collaborative digital engagement by alleviating the most prominent challenges businesses face when organizing, facilitating and recapping meetings.
An upgrade on both standard paper flip charts and analog boards, the Samsung Flip display expands opportunities to generate game-changing ideas while maintaining the familiar feel of traditional writing. However, unlike its predecessors, Samsung Flip allows easy sharing, annotation, movement and even searching, as well as the ability for multiple users to create content at once. Additionally, the Flip’s portable, wheel-based stand transforms any location into a huddle room, meaning added flexibility to businesses with limited conference space. Finally, the Flip display’s intuitive interface was specifically designed to be user-friendly and allow for timely, uninterrupted conversation.
Best of CES 2018: Home Security IoT
Home security is a big deal this year and one home security IoT device caught our attention. The Guardzilla 360 offers a lot of features including HD video, 360-degree recording, motion detection, night vision, two-way communication, auto arming, and more. Guardzilla also works with Google Assistant, Alexa, and Samsung Smart Things.
Best of CES 2018: Building Technology
Kinestral: Halio Glass
Imagine being able to control the tinting of your windows. That’s what Kinestral offers with its Halio Glass. The company is mostly doing commercial applications but are breaking into the consumer market. Since the product is a bit on the pricey side, it’s limited to those who can afford it. Still, it will be great to see these windows in commercial buildings which could help save energy. Check out the video below for more.
Best of CES 2018: Creative Laptop
HP: ZBook X2
The first thing that caught our eye with the ZBook X2 was its design, it is amazing. HP says this detachable PC/Tablet is aimed at creatives and gives you the power of a dedicated GPU in tablet form. Easily work with high-resolution files and switch between applications like Adobe® Photoshop and Illustrator. Create effortlessly with quad-core Intel Core processors, twice the memory of any other HP detachable PC, and NVIDIA 3D Graphics.
With the flexibility of a detachable Bluetooth keyboard, you can go from laptop to tablet whenever inspiration strikes. Plus customizable HP Quick Keys provide 18 time-saving shortcuts for your favorite Adobe apps. Create without interruption with a pen that never needs to be charged. It responds instantly to every nuance of your hand with 4,096 pressure sensitive levels and natural tilt capabilities. Check out what they had to tell us at CES 2018.
Best of CES 2018: Affordable Gaming Desktops
Dell: Inspirion 5680
With VR (virtual reality) gaining traction, the new Dell Inspiron 5680 gaming desktop features 8th Gen Intel Core processors and Ready for VR configurations which include NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 and 1070 discrete graphics options.
Offering easy upgrades, the Inspiron 5680 allows gamers to configure it with dual drive and SSD options, and up to 64GB DR4 2666MHz memory for faster performance and multi-tasking. Additional slots include a PCIe x16 expansion slot and up to 4 bays (3 HHD and 2 SSD bays) for future upgrading.
The latest gaming desktop from Dell also features SmartByte which prioritizes video streaming over other traffic for lag-free viewing. With the Performance 7.1 Channel HD sound card and Dell CinemaSound (part of Dell Cinema), gamers will be able to enjoy enhanced volume and bass while gaming or streaming video.
Best of CES 2018: Business Laptops
Lenovo: X1 Carbon Black
The Lenovo X1 Carbon has always been one of my favorite Lenovo ThinkPad laptops. This year the X1 line is even slicker and sleeker with an X1 Carbon Black model. Lightweight, powerful, and beautiful, this is the portable laptop for the business person who values highly functional applicable use and a badass look. Watch the video below as Lenovo takes you through all of their ThinkPad models for 2018.
Best of CES 2018: Home Technology and Environment
Phyn: Phyn Plus
Finally, there is the Phyn Plus which was a last minute addition to our list but deserves to be on it. The newly introduced Phyn Plus is a smart water monitoring system which is a combination smart water assistant and shut off device. The main purpose of the system is to protect families and homes from leak damage.
From the moment it’s plugged in, the smart monitoring system monitors, measures, and alerts owners of tiny water pressure fluctuations to help detect leaks before damage can occur. If a leak is detected, the system will automatically shut off while diagnosing possible plumbing system problems. Ryan Kim, CEO of Phyn, said it was possible to build this system thanks to a large backing and 10 years of research and development.
There it is! Our Best of CES 2018. While I am sure there were tons more we could have added to our list, these are just a few things we thought looked great from what we did get to see. Stay posted as we’ll have a few more CES 2018 related articles over the next week or two as well. Looking forward to CES 2019, hopefully, we can have more boots on the ground to cover even more for you next year!
Last Updated on January 12, 2019.