12 cool gadgets announced at CES 2022
Despite the increase in coronavirus cases, CES, the world’s largest consumer tech show, returned to Las Vegas this year to host product presentations from some of the industry’s heavyweights.
While a number of companies pulled out of the in-person shows, there was no shortage of cool gadgets announced during the show.
Here are a few:
Samsung’s Freestyle projector
Thinking of recreating that home theater experience? Samsung has you covered with its new ultraportable projector, called The Freestyle. This two-pound television alternative can project onto surfaces, whether it’s a wall or a screen, up to 100 inches.
The projector itself sits on a 180-degree cradle, allowing you to watch your movies from the ceiling if you wish. And what’s impressive is that, for such a small device, it’s capable of outputting 1080p HDR video, as well as 360-degree audio. It’s already available for pre-order in select markets with a retail price of $ 899.
Sony has finally announced the next-gen PlayStation VR, which has long been rumored for the PS5. Appropriately called PlayStation VR2, the new headset features a number of notable improvements over its predecessor, including sensory features and eye tracking capabilities. Internal displays have also been improved, now with 4K OLED displays supporting a 110-degree field of view, foveal rendering, and refresh rates of up to 120Hz.
To accompany the headset, Sony also unveiled the PlayStation VR2 Sense controllers, which come with a six-axis motion system and a capacitive sensor. It also includes the trigger effect and haptic feedback of the DualSense controller.
While we haven’t yet seen the new system in action, this is certainly exciting news for VR fans who own a PS5.
Asus ROG Flow Z13
When you can’t choose between a gaming console, laptop, or tablet, why not go for a hybrid device? The Asus ROG Flow Z13 has the form factor of a tablet and the features and specifications of a gaming laptop.
Under the hood, you can have up to an Intel Core i9-12900H processor paired with an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti graphics card. And you can configure it further with up to 16GB of DDR5 RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe 4.0 storage. These components are all packaged in a relatively thin 12mm package with a 13.4in LCD display.
You can easily place the Flow Z13 on your desk, connect a controller, and start playing just like you would with the Switch, for example. At the same time, you can also connect the included keyboard and use it as a laptop. After all, it comes with Windows out of the box.
AnkerWork B600 video bar
If your job involves a lot of video calls, you know that having a good camera and microphone is important to looking and sounding professional. The AnkerWork B600 Video Bar is a remote meeting unit that covers both of these needs and more. This all-in-one device features a webcam, indicator light, array of microphones and speakers.
The camera sensor records video in 2K resolution at 30 frames per second and offers field of view adjustments, autofocus, and artificial intelligence-based image enhancements. The illuminated key, on the other hand, lights up your face during meetings.
For audio, the bar sports an array of four microphones with dynamic beamforming to reduce ambient noise and improve clarity. It also includes speakers, allowing you to hear the people you are talking to without the need for any other hardware.
Perhaps the best part of the B600 is that it clips easily onto your monitor or laptop, which can help reduce clutter on your home workstation. It will launch on January 25 for $ 219.99.
Acer Chromebook Spin 513
Sticking to the productivity-related hardware, Acer’s new Chromebook Spin 513 is a relatively affordable convertible that packs a punch.
This laptop tablet houses a MediaTek Kompanio 1380 octa-core processor and an Arm Mali-G77 MC9 graphics card. For reference, the Kompanio 1380 is Mediatek’s new upper midrange chip that would be a big step up from the 500 and 800 series.
The Spin 513 also sports a 13.5-inch panel with a 3: 2 aspect ratio, which Acer says gives you 18% more vertical screen space compared to an aspect ratio panel. 16: 9. It also has a resolution of 2256 × 1504, similar to the brand’s high-end Chromebook Spin 713.
While Chromebooks are rarely as flexible as Windows laptops, they are still budget options for anyone who needs a device for simple, everyday tasks like filling out spreadsheets or distance learning. And Acer’s Spin 513 is no exception, starting at $ 599.99.
Razer Enki Pro HyperSense
Razer previously hinted at the idea of a vibrant gaming chair in 2019 and it’s now one more step towards becoming a reality.
The Enki Pro HyperSense is a gaming chair that features a haptic motor with 65,000 haptic variations and a feedback of +/- 1 G-Force. The physical feedback syncs with the game, movie, or music you’re playing, taking your immersion to the next level, as the gaming hardware brand puts it.
In short, when, for example, you take a sharp turn in a racing game, you will not only see or hear it, but you will also feel it.
Samsung Odyssey Ark
We can leave it up to Samsung to create curved displays that look cool. The South Korean electronics giant this year introduced the Odyssey Ark, a 55-inch curved gaming monitor that supports both horizontal and vertical orientations.
The screen features a 16: 9 aspect ratio with 4K resolution and an immersive enveloping field of view. And, as mentioned, you can flip it vertically so that it curls over your head. It will also feature quantum dot color and Mini LED backlighting. Samsung has yet to share any other details apart from these.
As for availability, the monitor is expected to arrive in the US later this year, although pricing has yet to be revealed.
New silicon from Intel, Nvidia and AMD
We’re sort of cheating here by putting new offerings from Intel, AMD, and Nvidia under one entry. Then again, they can all be classified as new chips. The three companies are back at CES 2022 again, competing to see who brought in the fastest, most powerful silicon.
Intel has unveiled the latest version of its 12th generation Alder Lake processors for laptops, which feature a hybrid architecture. The main one in the new line is the Core i9-12900HK, which is said to be the chipmaker’s fastest mobile processor ever.
Nvidia, meanwhile, has also released several explosive announcements, removing the packaging from the much-vaunted GeForce RTX 3090 Ti graphics card. At the same time, the RTX 3050 for desktops and RTX 3070 and 3080 Ti for laptops were also announced.
Not to be outdone, AMD also unveiled its own line of processors, including Ryzen 6000 for laptops and Ryzen 7000 for desktops.
Sony QD-OLED TV
CES wouldn’t be complete without new TVs, and Sony introduced the world’s first QD-OLED TVs this year. The Bravia XR A95K is the brand’s new 55- and 65-inch 4K flagship using new display technology.
What is QD-OLED? QD-OLED stands for Organic Quantum Dot Light Emitting Diode. This is a new innovation in displays that essentially builds on what OLED is already bringing to the table. Samsung Displays, the division of Samsung that manufactured and supplied the panels for Sony’s new televisions, offers enhancements such as more vivid colors in bright areas and better viewing angles. You can, for example, watch your TV from the side and not see any color change.
The A95K is equipped with four HDMI ports, two of which are HDMI 2.1. It also comes with variable refresh rates and will feature automatic HDR tone mapping and automatic low latency mode when connected to a PS5.
Sony has yet to announce pricing and availability.
LG G2 TV
Sony isn’t alone in bringing shiny new TVs to CES 2022. LG is expected to showcase some of its upcoming TVs at the show, including its biggest and brightest OLED display yet. The flagship G2, the successor to the G1, benefits from a number of key improvements over its predecessor.
Most notable is that the G2 TV can deliver higher peak brightness than all previous LG versions, thanks to new algorithms and improved heat dissipation. A brighter OLED panel lets you enjoy glare-free viewing even when your TV is in a very sunny room.
However, the most interesting feature of the G2 is that it comes in a gigantic 97-inch option with 8K resolution, which is about an inch less than TVs from other brands that exceed 98 inches.
LG has yet to announce a release date and price for the TV.
TCL Nxtwear Air
The TCL Nxtwear Air is sort of an outlier in the smart glasses space. Instead of AR and VR functionality, wearable glasses act as a secondary display for your phone, tablet, or laptop.
The device has two 1080p Micro OLED displays which give the effect of viewing a 140 inch screen from a distance of four meters. TCL claims that this new iteration benefits from a redesigned design, 30% lighter and much more elegant than its predecessor.
These glasses are expected to launch in the first quarter of this year. No word on the price yet.
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro Series
Lenovo is further improving its already good Legion 5 Pro gaming laptops this year. The updated series, consisting of the 5i Pro and 5 Pro, can accommodate up to the latest Intel Core i7-12700H or next-gen AMD Ryzen processors with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards. It also has DDR5 memory and up to 1TB of PCle SSD storage.
Both include a 16-inch WQHD + panel with an adaptive 240Hz refresh rate, the first laptops on the market to have this display configuration. Both also support up to 135W USB Type-C charging and 6E Wi-Fi network connectivity, among a host of other upgrades.
We don’t think you can go wrong with this one if you’re looking for performance and graphics power for gaming on the go.
Lenovo has yet to announce pricing and availability. – Rappler.com