This week the biggest news is the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) which I've been closely following.  This year’s big news are the new Sandy Bridge Intel CPU's which include a video card on the CPU chip itself which is fairly competent, uses much less power, and for mainstream PC's will become very popular.  The neat thing is you can still have a laptop or desktop with a discrete video card for gaming or work, and the system will know when to switch between the onboard low power video, and the higher power discrete card.  Great new technology.  Less power means less heat.

 

This week the biggest news is the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) which I've been closely following.  This year’s big news are the new Sandy Bridge Intel CPU's which include a video card on the CPU chip itself which is fairly competent, uses much less power, and for mainstream PC's will become very popular.  The neat thing is you can still have a laptop or desktop with a discrete video card for gaming or work, and the system will know when to switch between the onboard low power video, and the higher power discrete card.  Great new technology.  Less power means less heat. 

 

Other big news are the recent announcements of some very fast SSD's in the 2.5 inch (laptop size) form factor.  Previously they've been limited to a max of about 350mbps read and 200 mbps write like the Crucial C300 we reviewed last year.  In the next year this same form factor will push speeds in excess of 500mbps for both read and write!  I wonder where it will stop?

 

Other big news are the recent announcements of some very fast SSD's in the 2.5 inch (laptop size) form factor.  Previously they've been limited to a max of about 350mbps read and 200 mbps write like the Crucial C300 we reviewed last year.  In the next year this same form factor will push speeds in excess of 500mbps for both read and write!  I wonder where it will stop?

 

Other big news are the recent announcements of some very fast SSD's in the 2.5 inch (laptop size) form factor.  Previously they've been limited to a max of about 350mbps read and 200 mbps write like the Crucial C300 we reviewed last year.  In the next year this same form factor will push speeds in excess of 500mbps for both read and write!  I wonder where it will stop?

 

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) is the biggest international show of new electronics of all types in the world.   Manufacturers the world over prepare products timed to be announced at this show because of the exposure they’ll gain. The best advertising available.

 

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) is the biggest international show of new electronics of all types in the world.   Manufacturers the world over prepare products timed to be announced at this show because of the exposure they’ll gain. The best advertising available.

 

Last Years CES story was 3D televisions.  Since, it's all we've heard about.  This year they're pushing 3D content and 3D accessories as more affordable and stylish, 3D glasses especially.  The 'next generation' of 3D televisions arent out yet, so we're still on 3D TV v1.0.  But perhaps for CES 2012..

 

Last Years CES story was 3D televisions.  Since, it's all we've heard about.  This year they're pushing 3D content and 3D accessories as more affordable and stylish, 3D glasses especially.  The 'next generation' of 3D televisions arent out yet, so we're still on 3D TV v1.0.  But perhaps for CES 2012..

 

Camera manufacturers usually don’t heavily promote DSLR’s and other professional equipment, but they sure to use CES to promote consumer compact point and shoots.  This year we reach a milestone as name brand models such as Sony, Canon, Nikon, and others market competent point and shoots UNDER the $100 price floor.  Before, we could occasionally find a refurbished or generic brand P&S compact near this price, but this year will be the first time major brands are under $100.  Do you think they’ll ever reach the $1 price of the original Baby Brownie?

 

Camera manufacturers usually don’t heavily promote DSLR’s and other professional equipment, but they sure to use CES to promote consumer compact point and shoots.  This year we reach a milestone as name brand models such as Sony, Canon, Nikon, and others market competent point and shoots UNDER the $100 price floor.  Before, we could occasionally find a refurbished or generic brand P&S compact near this price, but this year will be the first time major brands are under $100.  Do you think they’ll ever reach the $1 price of the original Baby Brownie?

 

Last year the Ipad took the market by storm.  Computers have been downsizing since their introduction.  For many years various formats of laptops have replaced legions of bulky often hideous looking desktops as living room and dens the world over reclaimed the space they occupied, but lately the ubiquitous laptop has been under siege by Apple’s Ipad.  This year the Ipad is being challenged by a host of new tablets sporting Android and Windows 7 mobile operating system.  This next year will be the year of the tablet PC’s.

 

Last year the Ipad took the market by storm.  Computers have been downsizing since their introduction.  For many years various formats of laptops have replaced legions of bulky often hideous looking desktops as living room and dens the world over reclaimed the space they occupied, but lately the ubiquitous laptop has been under siege by Apple’s Ipad.  This year the Ipad is being challenged by a host of new tablets sporting Android and Windows 7 mobile operating system.  This next year will be the year of the tablet PC’s.

 

Some manufacturers like Dell and Lenovo, two of the biggest names out there, used CES 2011 to introduce and showcase the “convertible PC”, what seems like a normal laptop with both a screen and full keyboard, which has a detachable screen which can serve alone as a tablet PC.  I personally think this is brilliant if they find the right power vs. price point for the majority of consumers.

 

Some manufacturers like Dell and Lenovo, two of the biggest names out there, used CES 2011 to introduce and showcase the “convertible PC”, what seems like a normal laptop with both a screen and full keyboard, which has a detachable screen which can serve alone as a tablet PC.  I personally think this is brilliant if they find the right power vs. price point for the majority of consumers.

 

Every CES has a star of the show, and we often don’t agree on who this star is.  Some are proclaiming the tablet PC’s, others 3D accessories/content, and still others think it was the crazy fast SSD’s we’ll see early next year.  I think it’s the Sandy Bridge CPU’s. They won’t affect the high end workstation user much, but scores of laptop and entry-mid level desktop users will benefit.  Watch in the coming months as Sandy Bridge CPU equipped machines are marketed at full tilt proclaiming miracles of computing.

 

Every CES has a star of the show, and we often don’t agree on who this star is.  Some are proclaiming the tablet PC’s, others 3D accessories/content, and still others think it was the crazy fast SSD’s we’ll see early next year.  I think it’s the Sandy Bridge CPU’s. They won’t affect the high end workstation user much, but scores of laptop and entry-mid level desktop users will benefit.  Watch in the coming months as Sandy Bridge CPU equipped machines are marketed at full tilt proclaiming miracles of computing.

 

In truth they’ll replace most if not all of the laptop CPU’s, and all but the high-end desktop and server class workstation CPU’s.  This means they’ll be everywhere!  “Sandy Bridge Compatible” will be the next Intel sticker we’ll be looking for on the outside of personal computers of all types.

We really love in good times.

Until next time.

 

In truth they’ll replace most if not all of the laptop CPU’s, and all but the high-end desktop and server class workstation CPU’s.  This means they’ll be everywhere!  “Sandy Bridge Compatible” will be the next Intel sticker we’ll be looking for on the outside of personal computers of all types.