CES: The Essentials

If you aren’t already familiar with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), on January 7-10 in Las Vegas, you definitely should be, especially if you’re looking to make a purchase at your local Best Buy in the next year.  It’s basically like what the Detroit Auto Show is for consumer electronics as it lays out what is to be expected over the coming months in the form of new cell phones, laptops, televisions, and pretty much any other electronic device you can imagine. With the release date of many of these products being made known, many purchasing decisions can be made to help you either save for, or save on buying a reduced priced item on it’s way out.

This year’s show will showcase 20,000 new products from 27,000 companies, and to make sure you are ahead of the curve, we thought we would give a little preview of what to keep an eye on:

Television:

The home theater experience just went to the next level with the emergence of 3D television sets being at the forefront of the buzz coming from CES.  With Sony, Discovery, and IMAX recently joining forces to announce their plans to create the first full-time 3D television network, and ESPN’s plan to feature 85 events this year in 3D on their new network, the technology is definitely not going anywhere anytime soon. With that said, if you have the cash for one of these sets, definitely do your research. If not, the bright side of this info is that “regular” HDTVs should come down in price, so be on the lookout for that.

Cell Phones:

Last year’s CES gave us plenty to be excited about with devices like the Palm Pre. This year, the early attention has been on Google’s Nexus One and Blackberry’s new products like the Essex and their new mobile presentation presenter, allowing you to do PowerPoint Presentations directly from your phone.

Laptops:

Every year, the year’s best and brightest in mobile computing is put on display here and this one is no different. Speaking as someone who is in the market for a new laptop, just like with HDTVs, new releases are destined to reduce the price on great laptops that are still out. Problem (or not) for me is, I’m definitely a fan of the shiny new releases, especially Sony Viaos, as I own one.

Don’t wait for the mainstream news to provide the highlights of the show without really taking a good look at what is on the horizon for yourself. Check out tech news sites like TechCrunch and Engadget to get the head’s up on what’s hot.

Check out this report from IDG/Networkworld.tv:

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