The CES 2020 has arrived and gone, and as always technology and the automotive world have presented the best of themselves.
Whether it's compelling concepts, advanced gadgets, or simple upgrades, the competition this year has been high. Here is the best of CES 2020 seen around.
Best smart home device: August Smart Lock Wi-Fi
The CES2020 wasn't short on smart locks, but the August Smart Lock Wi-Fi got everyone's attention.
45% smaller than the previous version, the new Wi-Fi Smart Lock no longer needs a separate bridge to go online.
That convenience, along with easy installation and a solid app, makes it the # 1 choice of smart locks at CES 2020.
Best ultraportable notebook: NEC Lavie Pro Mobile
The wish list for an ultra-portable notebook is rather short, but in reality an aesthetically pleasing, thin, light and long-lasting laptop is still difficult to offer. NEC Lavie Pro Mobile has a 13,3-inch large screen, a weight of 800 grams and all that good things in magnesium and lithium is in a thickness of 1,5cm.
Best laptop: Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
Google has shown that Chromebooks don't have to be cheap, and Samsung's Galaxy Chromebook interprets this literally. From its striking red finish to its excellent combination of specs and portability, that's a solid message: Chrome OS is more than capable of dealing with Windows and Mac.
Best tablet: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold
If 2019 has seen the arrival of foldable phones, 2020 is the dawn of foldable PCs. Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Fold is a tablet when opened and a clamshell the size of a book when closed. It will be expensive, but the ThinkPad's sturdiness and attractive design might be worth the expense.
Best content creation tool: Insta360 ONE R
360-degree cameras can be fantastic, but devices that do just that have proven to be not very versatile. This is why Insta360's ONE R should be fine. Its modular design allows you to switch between 360 degrees, 4K wide angle and normal photos thanks to a 1-inch Leica sensor, all on the same base. It is this flexibility that makes it the first choice at CES 2020.
Best medical device: Phonak Virto Black
The old acoustic systems have now been replaced by high-profile earphones and Phonak's Virto Black demonstrates the value of this evolutionary step. Individually customized and optimized, these earbuds not only enable hearing management but also Bluetooth streaming and more. With such a device, the "disadvantage" of those with hearing problems becomes almost the "privilege" of being able to count on more functions.
Best graphic accessory: Wacom One
Graphics tablets are typically expensive and only suitable for desktop use. This is why Wacom One is the product to remember. At under $ 400 it's a pen-enabled portable artist display and works not only with Windows and Mac, but also with Android phones. For those who have started to devote themselves to digital art on their phone and want to take the next step, the Wacom One seems to have the right price. It will open up to a whole new generation of graphics tablets.
Best vehicle: Audi AI: ME Concept
When your car drives on its own, what will you do in the spare time you've earned? That's the question the Audi AI: ME concept attempted to answer at CES 2020. An autonomous electric sedan with an unusually spacious cabin, previewing features (such as an eye-sensing display and virtual reality in the cockpit) that the automaker hopes to market. It is exciting to see how the potential of even small vehicles can develop that do not sacrifice interior space thanks to the switch to electric.
The best of the best of CES 2020: Mercedes-Benz VISION AVTR
If the 4 major themes of CES 2020 were Green Technology, Sustainability, Electricity and Style, the Mercedes-Benz VISION AVTR would embody them all. The 'Avatar' inspired Mercedes concept is whimsical at first glance, but behind this flashy look are some great ideas that are sure to have relevance in the future of cars.
Fabrics and finishes made from renewable materials are already making their way to production vehicles. Graphene batteries are still in the preliminary stage. The indoor environment devoted to pure entertainment is a fascinating point of arrival. VISION AVTR first caught my attention, then showed me what it promised: a vision. A great future vision of technology and more sustainable mobility. Fantastic.
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