By Terry Currier
The 2004 CES (Consumer Electronic Show) ran January 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Did I get to see everything there, no. Even going for three days, I could not see everything. At least I could not see and get information on everything. Here are some of the things I found interesting. I will list them by the type of item it is. This is my first part of a series. By the way I want to thank the CES organization for putting on such a great show. Also have to mention the press parties ShowStoppers, Lunch at Piero’s and ImageScape for gathering such great companies together. They help make gathering information quicker and easier.
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Acer America Corporation www.acer.com/us
Acer showed the Ferrari 3000 notebook. It’s exterior has coats of patented Ferrari Red paint and a metallic silver palm rest area accented with the yellow Prancing Horse racing shield familiar to car and racing fans worldwide. Features an AMD Athlon™ XP-M processor 2500+ and ATI® MOBILITYTM RADEON™ 9200 graphics with 128MB of dedicated DDR memory. The display is 15" SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) TFT and 512MB of DDR333 SDRAM upgradeable to 2GB system memory. In addition to wireless 802.11g, there are four USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire® (IEEE 1394) port, FIR (fast infrared), 10/100 LAN connection, 56K V.92 modem, S-video output and Bluetooth™ support. Comes with a 60GB ATA/100 removable hard drive, DVD+RW optical drive, and 4-in-1 card reader for optional MultiMediaCard™ (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) card, SmartMedia™ card or Memory Stick®. A high-capacity Li-ion battery delivers four hours of battery life.
Antelope Modular Computing www.antelopetech.com
Antelope makes a single nine-ounce, 3”x5”x3/4”, 10 or 20Gb mobile “core” which becomes your PC. Users can carry their entire computing environment wherever they go, including all files, applications and databases they would typically store on a larger device. The MCC is a fully functioning PC that can be used in a mobile, desktop or other configuration, depending on the user’s preference. The power supply, display and I/O connectors have been removed – leaving the processor, internal battery, memory, data and applications. It uses a 1GiG Hz Transmeta Crusoe 5800, and the core weighs only 9.1 ounces. It uses the Windows XP Professional operating system.
You may not of heard of them, but if you want to see some of the latest techno toys, go to here. Dynamism.com brings over the very latest from Japan which the big companies won’t bring to America, because there is not being a large enough market. So while Sony won’t market the X505 in the U.S.A,. you can get the latest and lightest from Dynamism.com. The X505 comes with a Pentium M 1GHz processor, 512Mb of RAM, 10.4” screen, and weighs 1.7 pounds. Then there is the Samsung X10 notebook weighing 3.98 pounds and is only .94” high. With a 14.1" TFT screen, it features a Centrino processor, Nvidia Ge-Force 4 Go 440 64MB video chipset, 60Gb hard drive, and you can put in up to 1Gb of RAM.
The T6000 PC is their first in a series of new 64-bit PCs using the AMD Athlon 64 processor 3000+. Enhancing the performance of 32-bit applications for gaming, digital photography and other multimedia applications, it has HyperTransport™ technology, increasing bandwidth and reducing bottlenecks. They are also coming out with a 64-bit notebook line with 15.4-inch widescreen display and 54g™ wireless connectivity. The M6805 and M6807 use the ATI's Mobility RADEON 9600™ video card, and features a 16:10 aspect ratio, similar to the widescreen TV format allowing up to 30 percent more DVD viewing area than a standard 15-inch notebook screen. The M6000 series is 1.6 inches thin and weighs 7.5 pounds.
Falcon Northwest www.falcon-nw.com
Falcon Northwest has been building high end PCs for game playing and enthusiasts for over a decade. Widely considered the creator of the "Gaming PC", Falcon has been serving gamers long before gaming became the huge market segment it is today. Falcon's product lines range from the most elite of high end systems with the custom painted, custom built "Mach V" line, all the way down to the sub $1,000 portable "FragBox", for gaming on the go.
The HP Pavilion zd7000 features NVIDIA GeForce 4 440 Go and GeForce FX Go 5600 GPU with 8X AGP (up to 128MB dedicated video memory) for high-performance graphics and special effects. For RAM, you can put in up to 2048MB SDRAM. It has a 5-in-1 digital media card reader. You can customize to include Windows XP Media Center 2004 plus a personal TV tuner and personal video recorder (TV/PVR). Comes with Harman/Kardon® integrated speakers, and widescreen displays (up to 17"). Choose a DVD-ROM, a DVD/CD-RW combo, or a DVD+RW/R and CD-RW combo. For desktop you can choose all the way up to the a450e series with the new AMD Athlon™ 3400 + operating at 2.2GHz. Put in up to 1Gb of RAM, 8X DVD+RW/+R drive (DVD writer & CD-writer combo), and take up to a 250Gb hard drive.
Hush Technologies makes fanless PCs ergonomically designed to work with people, not against them. They focus on stability and silence. So think about that while you sit there reading this, I’m sure you can hear your computer fan. The HUSH ATX™ is a computer designed to dispel the heat evenly through out, so no fan is needed. Their design silently works for Intel© Pentium© 4, Celeron and AMD Athlon XP© or Duron© CPUs.
The Tek Panel™ 300 G is driven by the powerful 3.06 GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 HT 800MHz FSB processor and features a state-of-the-art 30” diagonal WXGA TFT/LCD, full-color, wide screen display. Contained in an ultra-thin 5” profile that can be either wall-mounted, or free-standing. It includes an ATI® 9800 All-In-Wonder™ Pro Graphics Card that also delivers several multimedia features, including a 125 channel TV tuner, Personal Video Recorder capabilities, DVD-ROM/CD-RW, and DVD playback. Fully customizable, the standard unit includes 1GB DDR memory, 120 GB SATA Hard Disk. The viewing panel has 450 nits of brightness and an ultra-wide 178º viewing angle.
Monarch Computer Systems
Monarch Computer Systems has been building personal computers and high-end servers since 1991. The Monarch Traveler 1000 is WxHxD: 11 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 10 3/4, the smallest DC powered desktop system out today. Targeted toward the home and mobile entertainment market, and is designed for simple implementation in all types of vehicles. The Traveler can be used as an MP3 player, DVD player, gaming console, CD-burner, GPS system, and TV capture and video editing station for any mobile home, RV, boat or car. The system has Firewire ports and USB 2.0 to let you use nearly any peripheral imaginable. It uses the VIA EPIA M10000 (1 GHz C3 CPU – Nehemiah Core) DDR/1394 Mini-ITX system board running the Microsoft Windows XP for software applications.
Nimble was showing the Nimble V5 Personal Communicator and Computer. It is an echo-free video and audio conferencing device as well as a fully functioning PC no bigger than a hardback novel. With features such as quiet operation, stylish look and feel, and the ability to be always on with a power consumption of only 14 watts. It comes with the VIA C3 Eden 733MHz chipset , 256MB DDR RAM (expandable to 512MB), and a 30GB hard drive. I/O ports are USB (2.0) x 4, Ethernet Port x 2, PS/2, VGA x 2. It uses Windows XP.
Their NB258 notebook has a 15.4” WXGA TFT Widescreen display, operating speed of 2.8GHz to 3.2Ghz (Intel), with hard drive choices of 30GB/40GB/50GB. Combo DVD-RW/DVD dual drive, wireless LAN, Ethernet, 1394, and 3 USB ports. DDR RAM up to 1GB, with a front side bus speed of 533MHz to 800MHz. The weight is 7.7Ibs.
The LCD PC373 uses a Intel CPU operating at 2.0 to 3.06GHz, 400-533MHz FSB, and 512Kb L2 cache. The display is a 17” LCD. Video card is a ATI M9-P, a highly optimized 128-bit engine with AGP 4X platforms. Hardware DVD sub picture decoder with interpolation scaler and alpha compositor provide optimal DVD sup picture quality in all display bit depths. 4 USB port; 1 SPDIF; 1 IEEE 1394; 1 PS2; 1 VGA Port; 1 Printer Port; Integrated enhanced TV encoder. Hard drive size is 40-80GB with RAM memory configurations up to 8GB.
The OQO ultra personal computer is a fully-functional Windows XP PC small enough to fit in your pocket, yet powerful enough to replace your laptop. It has all the functionality of an ultraportable notebook computer, with a 1GHz processor, a 20GB hard drive, 256MB of RAM, color transflective display (for easy indoor and outdoor viewing), 802.11b wireless, a removable lithium-polymer battery, and FireWire™ and USB 1.1 ports. For input and navigation, it includes thumb keyboard with TrackStik™ and mouse buttons as well as digital pen and thumbwheel.
Shuttle is a leading provider of small form-factor (SFF) computers and mainboards. The ST61G4 uses the Intel Pentium 4 / Celeron processor in the 478 pin package with 400/533/800MHz FSB. It supports dual channel DDR200/266/333/400 DDR SDRAM interface up to 2Gb capacity. Video is an integrated high performance ATI Radeon 9100 graphic core, with 4X AGP. The front panel has 2 USB 2.0 port, 1 IEEE 1394 connector, and a 6 in 1 media card reader. On the back panel is 2 USB, 1 IEEE 1394, LAN, VGA, and TV-out connections.
VAIO® PCV-W500GN1 is a desktop a space saving computer perfect for multimedia use. It has a 17.5-inch wide format bright LCD, integrated DVD/CD-RW drive and Giga Pocket® personal video recorder. The small footprint and design are highlighted by a white aluminum finish and acrylic accents. When the attached keyboard is open, the PC is ready for computing - anything from standard productivity functions to any of Sony's included multimedia applications, such as Click to DVD™ and PictureGear Studio™ software. Folding the keyboard all the way up creates an intensely thin profile. This audio mode position leaves exposed the integrated speakers for CD and digital music playback pleasure. It also reveals a portion of the LCD, which transforms into a clock that adjusts its color and lighting according to the time of day. The jointed hinge keyboard can also be folded in half for TV mode. The PC also has 4 USB 2.0 ports and an i.LINK® (IEEE 1394) port to connect compatible multimedia devices.
Showed the Satellite A45 Series of notebook PCs designed for cost-conscious consumers, families and students. Comes witth integrated Wi-Fi (802.11g) wireless connectivity, DVD+-R/+-RW drive, SRS® TruSurround XT™ sound technology from SRS Labs. The notebooks also include Microsoft® Office OneNote™, enabling users to easily capture and organize notes more efficiently. It has 512Mb of RAM, a TV-out port, i.Link® (IEEE 1394) and a built-in Secure Digital™ (SD) slot.
Have you ever been working on a project and wanted more screen space? Here comes the Trapezia 2 Monitor System to the rescue. It has two 17 inch TFT LCD monitors right on top the CPU. So you can open up a number of applications and easily see them all, or open a big spreadsheet. Want more? They have three or even four monitor units. The CPU is a Pentium 2.6GHz with Hyper threading, 120Gb hard disk and they can put in up to 4Gb of RAM.
All of them come with the Microsoft® Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
The Fujitsu T3000D uses the Intel® Pentium® M processor 1.40 GHz which supports enhanced Intel Speedstep™ technology, 1 MB on die L2 cache, 400 MHz system bus speed, 32-bit architecture. The display is a 12.1" XGA display with electromagnetic (active) digitizer. Maximum internal display resolution is 1024x768, 16M colors, external resolution is 1600x1200. System memory is 256 MB minimum, two DIMM slots available; upgrade with 256 MB, 512 MB, or 1 GB SDRAM; maximum memory to 2 GB. Hard drives is 40 GB or 60 GB ATA 100, shock-mounted hard drive. Optional 802.11b/g™ wireless LAN with dual diversity antenna; Multinational 56K4 V.90 modem and 10/100 Base-Tx Ethernet. Battery life with Lithium ion is up to 4.5 hours, 5 with high-capacity main battery. Dimensions and weight 11.5"(w) x 9.3"(d) x 1.1 - 1.4"(h), 4.18 lbs with battery.
The Compaq Tablet PC TC1100 uses the Intel Pentium M 1.0GHz processor with 400MHz Front Side Bus and 1MB cache. They also offer a Intel Celeron 800MHz processor with 400MHz Front Side Bus and 512KB cache. The display is a 10.4-inch color TFT XGA with 1024 x 768 resolution (up to 16.7M colors internal). External resolution up to 1600 x 1200. Graphics uses the NVIDIA GeForce 4 Go 420 with 32MB (4X APG). Standard memory is 512MB (333MHz) SDRAM on models with Pentium M processor, 256MB (266MHz) SDRAM on models with Celeron processor. Hard drive choices are 30Gb , 40Gb (4200rpm) or 60Gb (5400rpm) SMART hard drives. Comes with one Secure Digital (SD) slot, PC Card Type II slot, modem RJ-11, NIC 1 RJ-45, Fast Infra-red (VFIR), integrated Bluetooth, USB 2.0 Port (2), and integrated Type III MiniPCI WLAN adapter (Intel Pro/Wireless 2100 802.11b). DVD-ROM Drive with DVD movie playback
The Portégé® M200/205 Series uses the Intel Pentium Processor M at 1.50GHz (up to 1.70GHz), and the NVIDIA® GeForce™ FX Go5200 32M graphics processor with 32MB DDR video memory. Comes with a 12.1" SXGA+ diagonal display (1400x1050), digital ink technology, and integrated full-width keyboard. Integrated WiFi® support, optional Bluetooth™ to keep personal devices synchronized, and Wide Area Network (via PC Card). Fast Infrared (FIR), 10/100 Ethernet, and V.90 modem. Ports include 3-USB 2.0 ports, 10/100 Ethernet, RGB monitor port, Line-out jack, and AC input jack.
The ViewSonic Tablet PC V1100 is a fully functional network-ready PC in a convenient tablet form factor featuring integrated WAN, LAN and Wi-Fi. Compact and lightweight at only 3.4 pounds. Uses a 866MHz Intel® Pentium® III-M processor. Standard memory is 256Mb SDRAM (expandable to 768Mb), while the hard dive is 20Gb. Video resolution with the built-in LCD display is 1024x768 in landscape mode 768x1024 in portrait mode. With an external monitor you can get up to 1024x768. Graphics uses an Intel embedded, AGP 4X Video chip set. The display is a high luminance XGA 10.4" TFT LCD. Built-in 802.11b Mini-PCI Wi-Fi ™ LAN, RJ-11 56Kbps V.90 modem, one Type II PC Card, one Type II Compact Flash. Dimensions 9.9" x 11.3" x 1.1", weight 3.4 lbs.(including battery). System ports include Firewire, two USB ports, microphone and audio-out jack, Mini VGA port. Front accessible 24X CD-ROM.
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