Date: January 5th, 2010
Writers on the CES Floor: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
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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 1: FLIGHT & SETUP
Day one was going to be a nightmare for me regardless of how I prepared. But still, traveler's anxiety kept me up a few nights worrying whether I would make a connection due to the increased security for anyone entering the US. Seeing I was going to Vegas via a 6:05am flight from my home city of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and then a 8:40am connection, that left me 1hr 20 minutes in my connection hub of Toronto to collect my bag, drop it back off before US customs, go through customs, and then in addition have a full body inspection just before my gate. I luckily got there with only 10 minutes to spare. Then the flight was delayed and three days worth of anxiety was for nothing. Yeesh.....
Needless to say, after I was on my connection, it was all good from there. Got into Vegas, got into my hotel and got situated, cat-napped for 30 minutes and then prepared for my first press function of CES 2010.
The first thing to do was clean up, get dressed and head over to the Venetian Resort and Casino to check out the ASUS event along with attending the CES Unveiled Pre-CES event.
ASUS Press Event (Netbooks/Notebooks)
ASUS had this first press event to introduce the media to their new netbook and laptop models for 2010. Everyone knows about the EEE PC netbooks but a lot less know about their laptop product line. ASUS doesn't compete in the mainstream notebook market with ACER, HP and other well known notebook name brands, but they do focus on bringing laptops to the market with additional features, functionality and capabilities.
Take for instance this NX90 notebook. Not only is it an 18.4" desktop replacement / semi-transportable laptop, it is fired by Intel's mobile line of i7/i5 processors for excellent performance and reasonable relative power consumption. But the key feature for this laptop is its two large Bang & Olufsen ICEPower certified speakers on either side of the monitor.
Another laptop that caught my eye was ASUS's U Series Bamboo Collection laptops which in part are made with environmentally friendly bamboo, but also gives the product a great finish. This one is definitely on my short list.