Date: January 7th, 2009
Writers on Show Floor:
Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
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Day One of our Coverage can be found HERE
Day Two of our Coverage can be found HERE
Day Three of our Coverage can be found HERE
Day Four of our Coverage can be found HERE
WHAT IS CES?
CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is a gathering of thousands of industry partners, press and manufacturers to facilitate and give media the chance to see developing technology and products while getting manufacturers the press and media attention needed for future growth. Through several different press functions, conferences, keynotes and show floor displays, the stage is set for information to be exchanged, professional relationships to be developed and for getting product marketing exposure.
DAY 5 COVERAGE
The start of Day 5 had Joe and I traveling to theHotel near the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino to discuss Zalman's 2010 product lineup over breakfast and soon after going up their suite for a product demonstration.
One of the products that Zalman will be aggressively pushing in 2010 is the
CNPS10X Performa which is targeted towards the user who wants a very capable cooler without having to pay a lot of money. With an MSRP in the US$40-$45, Zalman wants to allow people to still enjoy a Zalman product in this tough economic period. With five 8mm heatpipes, there aren't to many coolers with this type of potential at that low of a price that are still retaining their build quality. Stay tuned for a review on this product in the upcoming month.
In addition to a couple new cpu coolers, Zalman is planning on launching two targeted VGA cooling options which by their build quality and specs should be class leading. Instead of having one cooler than will cover both Nvidia and ATI cards, Zalman chose to engineer two options which focus on the differences between the two types of cards and how they are constructed. With a lot of other manufacturers getting out of the VGA cooling market, Zalman is on of the few trying to produce a cooling option other than the reference design.
In addition to offering a more mainstream priced case and cooler, Zalman will be offering a more affordable 80 Plus bronze certified power supply lineup which should be very competitively priced to compete with other manufacturer's affordable option for this year. The 400, 500 and 600 watt options should cover 90% of the consumer power supply demand for this year.
With the 3D TV market is getting huge amounts of press this year, 3D monitors are also trying to get back into the mainstream as well. With the use of polarized glasses instead of the shutter variety, this 24 inch 3D monitor from Zalman was really a different experience. I have yet to really try out 3D gaming and to be honest, it takes a little getting used to. But after a while, I can really see where the depth adds to the immersive environment.