CES 2016

CES 2016

And I am back for a 6th year for CESĀ®.

Changes this year are in the naming. No longer referred to as the Consumer Electronics Show. It’s simplified to CESĀ®. I still have to tell people that are not tech-related that it’s consumer electronics show.

My focus this year is: USB-C devices, hubs, laptops and adapters, fitness devices, the VW BUDD-e electric concept van and other electric cars.

My regular stops are a visit to see new Canon cameras, Fitbit booth, the Cocoon backpack and Grid-IT booth and the Sony booth. And of course a visit to my favorite hotel/casino The Cosmopolitan for an open bar party (Bond Bar parties are no longer held – sad).

CES starts Wednesday, January 6th and goes through Saturday January 9th, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV at Las Vegas Convention Center and The Venetian. I am there the last 3 days this year.

CES 2015

CES 2011

It’s that time of the year again when the annual Consumer Electronics Show happens.

This is my fifth year back at CES.   This year, I will be covering just the first two days.

As with previous years, there will be a plethora of announced products like more 4K televisions, HD cameras, wearables like fitness trackers, digital media and much more.

CES starts Tuesday, January 6th and goes through Friday January 9th, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV at Las Vegas Convention Center and The Venetian.

Bond Bar – Autos ‘n’ Apps Meetup

bond bar

The Third Annual Autos ‘n’ Apps meetup is sponsored by Panasonic. One of my favorite CES pre-show parties at one of my favorite hotel casinos – The Cosmopolitan. And the Bond Bar… classy, fun and a bit on the wild side.

Casual Fun


I always find at least a few people to network with, share visions of tech and shoot the breeze.

This party is always open bar and there is not a single type of drink off limits. Some are even suggested by the wait staff. Here’s a few I tried last night.

Chocolate Banana

choc banana

Also called a Chocolate Monkey. Although this is shot form, so it’s just vodka and banana liqueur. Yummy.

Dirty Martini

dirty martini

A classic. This one was made with Hendricks Gin. Soak the olives for some extra kick after you finish your drink. These go down all too well.

Lemon Drop

lemon drop

A standard shot at most bars, this one was classed up using Grey Goose vodka. I only had one of these.

See you in 2015

I look forward to this event next year.

CES 2014

CES 2011

For the fourth year in a row, I will be at CES.   This year, I will be covering just the first two days.

As with previous years, there will be a plethora of announced products like more 4K televisions, HD cameras, cell phones, digital media and much more.

CES starts Tuesday, January 7th and goes through Friday January 10th, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV at Las Vegas Convention Center and The Venetian.

CES 2013 – Pre Show

CES 2013

I am here in Las Vegas for the annual CES trade show. This is my third year back and I’m excited to be attending all four days of the show this year.

Lots To See

I am looking forward to seeing lots of new tech and gadgets, especially digital cameras (both video and still), the 4K television (four times the resolution of today’s 1080p TVs), non-Apple tablets and the growing curiosity of the newest crop of ultrabooks. Plus anything else that piques my interest.

But First..

But before the official show starts tomorrow, there is a pre show CES party I will be attending at the Bond Bar inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino, drinking martinis and enjoying the company of fellow tech people.

More reports as I find them both here and over on my main blog, Banal Leakage.

CES 2013

CES 2011

For the third year in a row, I will be at CES.  But instead of only covering two days of the show, as I did the previous two years, I will be covering all 4 days.  I’ve not been to all 4 days in many years (back in the late 90’s when I was a newsletter/magazine publisher).

This should be an exciting show with all sorts of new products shown.  My coverage of the show in the last couple of years has been weak, but I’m hoping to step that up with more videos, more booth coverage and more product photos.

CES starts Tuesday, January 8th and goes through Friday January 11th, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV.

CES 2012 – Day 1 – Ultrabooks

CES 2012 crowds

Day one of CES 2012 was packed.  Hard to walk anywhere most of the day, but I fought the crowds and made some nice discoveries in the ultrabook category.

lenovo u300s

Ultrabooks are one of the most talked about gadgets this year and there was no shortage of them.  Lenovo has a strong contender with the U300S.  Just under 3 lbs, it’s a light and speedy portable that make for an easy to carry anywhere.

hp folio

Don’t confuse the name HP chose for their ultrabook. This is not anything close to the DOA Palm netbook from a few years ago. First off, the spelling is different (smart move, HP) and it’s running Windows not an OEM operating system. This sturdy lightweight has got a dual core processor, 4gb of RAM and a bright screen and had a soft rubber backing on the bottom for easy handling.

samsung ub900

Samsung’s 900 series ultrabook is an all aluminum case, a comfortable keyboard and a clear display that’s easy on the eyes for the 7 hours of battery life this portable gives out.


Toshiba’s ultrabook is 2.5 lbs – one of the lightest of the bunch – and with a 13-inch screen that appears to be flimsy, but it’s not… just thin and clear and built tough.  The keyboard and trackpad were one of the better ones of the bunch.

As a Mac guy, I don’t see myself switching to any of these ultrabooks (my heart is set on the MacBook Air), but if you are a Windows person and need a capable laptop to take with you pretty much anywhere, I highly recommend these models, based on my time with them at the show.

I will have more coverage of all that I saw at CES once I return home both here and over on Banal Leakage.

Going To CES 2012 in Las Vegas

CES 2011

It’s that time of the year and while I didn’t post much from the 2011 CES show, I am going back again this year to see what’s new and exciting in the world of consumer electronics.

Cameras and ultrabooks are my main focus this year and I hope to post at least a few updates here of what I find that I consider useful and cool.

The show is Tuesday Jan 10th thru Friday Jan 13th.  I will be attending the first 3 days, plus a few events at night.

CES 2011 – Day 2

More walking, more booths.  This was Day 2 at CES.

Panasonic was my first stop to see their video cameras.  After navigating through a sea of 3D TVs and 3D cameras, I found something that caught my eye.

Full HD video recording in a handheld device. But I wanted to see something in the professional line, specifically the AG-AF100. Alas, it wasn’t there.

But Canon did have their full line of professional cameras on display. And the XA10 caught more than just a glance.

Like the intro to the professional line, it comes in at under $2,000 and offers XLR mic plugs and a bevy of recording options.

I took other photos and videos that I will compile over on Banal Leakage for a summary post of the show.

CES 2011 – Day 1

My thoughts on the first day of CES 2011.

Tablets were everywhere.  From the major companies like Samsung to the throngs of “me too” gadget companies.  Almost all of them run some version and form of Android, which has developed into a stable and thriving competitor to Apple’s dominance.

Blackberry Playbook

But one standout was Blackberry with their Playbook.  I didn’t get much time with it as there was a line to get into just to see it.  But I was patient and it was very well done for a product that still has a while before it ships.  Responsive, great screen and easy to use.  The downside? No details on how to sync any non-Blackberry data to it.  I’m sure they will find a way to work that out.  They have to for it to be successful with the non Blackberry users, IMO.

Since this was my first time back on the CES floor in 10 years, I wanted to break in my sea legs by wandering the halls and getting to see the many booths that were hacking their wares.  Form and style stayed the same.  Just the products on display were different.

Day 2 is now and I’ll be reporting later on some cameras and other products that caught my interest.