CES 2018: Top Picks
CES 2018 Top Picks
Although I was not at CES 2018 myself like the vast majority of us normal folks I have been following the goings on on Youtube. In the future I'd love to be able to go to CES to check out all the cool and futuristic stuff 1st hand, it must be living in the future for three days. Whilst I couldn't be there in person to provide a more personal experience I have rounded up the top 5 things or concepts I saw come out of CES that either excited me or grabbed my attention.
1. Hyperkin Gameboy
The moment I saw this I had already paid for it, metaphorically that is. One of my most cherished childhood memories is the Christmas my parents got me a Nintendo Gameboy with a copy of Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue. This is hands down one of the best gaming devices ever made which is why I have owned every iteration of the Gameboy since. This Gameboy refresh has an full aluminium chassis, a rechargeable battery, an RGB screen back light and uses the original Gameboy cartridges. This thing is absolutely beautiful. At this stage it is not confirmed if this product will be released, but I sure as hell hope so because Pokemon Blue and I have many more hours of fun to be had!
2. AMD Ryzen mobile
I've never really cared for gaming laptops, for the most part I find them big, ugly, bulky and really expensive. Now I know that Ryzen mobile is in no way shape or form a competitor for gaming laptops, but what it is is a gaming capable chip designed for thin and light laptops. The fact that now I can buy a slim and elegant laptop that can run the games, for me is a game changer. Now this is highly subjective and only makes sense for my particular use case of course. I don't play modern AAA titles I play predominantly old RTS games and Fallout 4 none of which are demanding by current standards therefore a laptop like the HP Envy x360 would be great for me.
3. RetroBit Sega Accessories
When I saw this I got very excited. Not only for the products themselves but for what might be coming in the future. I absolutely love SEGA with the SEGA Dreamcast being my favourite console ever closely followed my the SEGA Megadrive, the thought of being able to buy officially licensed wireless controllers for my systems is awesome. Retrobit are producing accessories for the Megadrive, Saturn and Dreamcast, they also said they might be looking at consoles too! The thought that one day their could be a EGA Dreamcast reboot equipped with native 720p HDMI output has got me HYPED beyond belief. I have both my fingers and toes crossed.
4. Sennheissr CX 6.00BT bluetooth headphones
There are a lot of wireless bluetooth earphones out there but this one has caught my eye. I like the stylish yet simple design, I like that its Sennheiser and I like the price. For £89.99 you get fantastic Sennheiser build quality, sound quality and 6 hours of play back. I have been wanting to get some wireless earphones for a while but have not seen anything I felt justified their price tag but now I have seen this I will certainly be taking the plunge on the CX 6.00BT.
5. Smart Mirror
This is not a specific product but more the concept that I like. Almost all of us have a mirror in our bedroom which we look at everyday, some of us more than others. It make so much sense to make something the majority of us use on a daily basis into a smart device. The use cases are plentiful. Imagine waking up in the morning getting ready in the mirror whilst being able to check on your social media, news, RSS feeds, financial quotes/charts all whilst putting on your shirt and tie or your make up. Think about being able to take full body selfies without a phone or a friend or using a virtual wardrobe to preview and put together your outfit without having to try anything on!
I'm sure many of you don't agree with my list but these things are subjective, we all have different tastes. Let me know in the comment what your top 5 products or concepts were this year.