Date: January 7th, 2011
Writers on the CES Floor: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor) / Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
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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.
QNAP didn't have any new products to show off at CES this year, but they did announce an updated firmware for their Turbo NAS line that will be available in about a week. Version 3.4 firmware adds some useful functionality including real-time remote replication between the NAS and storage devices such as an external HDD or FTP server. It will also add RAID 10 support, which is something the community has been asking for. Rounding out the new features are advanced folder permissions (you can now assign permissions to subfolders), and a MyCloudNAS service. Cloud computing is really big right now and QNAP is also embracing this new technology.
AOC (Lunch at Piero's)
Tablets are one of the most popular devices at the 2011 CES, and AOC gave us a demo of their entry into this quickly growing market. The Breeze tablet has a large, crisp 8” touch screen and runs Android 2.1 OS. It also features a full-size USB 2.0 port, Micro SD card reader, and all the functions you'd expect from a tablet like email, the ability to play multimedia files, and browse the web. The best part about the Breeze is the price – at less than $200, this is sure to be a very competitive product in the tablet market.
Also on hand was their line of thin LED monitors which even though they were a full 21.5 inches large, they were going to be on sale for less than US$139 at your favorite online retailer. The image quality was no worse than wheat I have seen on most models from other manufacturers that charge over US$50 more for the same thin profile and
LED backlight technology. We are looking forward to reviewing their products in 2011.