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25 Best Tech Products at CES 2021 | Man of Many

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While other brands were keen to show off their new home speakers and fridges, Samsung has revealed it is hell-bent on filling your home with robots. The new Bot Handy is an innovative robotic assistant that Samsung says will be able to recognise objects using a camera and AI. Sebastian Seung, president of Samsung Research suggested that the new robot will be “an extension of you in the kitchen, living room, and anywhere else you may need an extra hand in your home”.

Samsung Bot Handy

If there was one consistent theme for CES 2021, it was the importance of TV. Sony answered the call with the announcement of its new A90J OLED TV, which features a brighter display courtesy of a new aluminium sheet lamination that allows for cooling. Additionally, the release will come with a new UI built on Google TV and a Cognitive Processor XR which uses AI and machine learning to provide enhanced sound and picture.

Sony A90J OLED TV

Probably one of the most awesome announcements to come out of CES 2021 was the MaskFone. Teased last year, the new product offers an insane take on the new norm. The machine-washable fabric mask comes with an N95 filter, a built-in microphone, and attached earbuds, making it an all-in-one communication hub on your face. When you aren’t using the earbuds, you can even attach them to the mask’s magnetised cable clip. Best of all, you can sync the mask to Binafone’s mobile app, Hubble Connected, integrating Alexa or Google Assistant commands.

MaskFone

ASUS’ much-loved Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand also unveiled som killer gear at CES 2021, most notably the ROG Flow X13. The 13-inch ultraportable gaming laptop is powered by up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS mobile processor CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics. Even better, the energy-efficient CPU helps prolong battery life, giving Flow X13 up to 10 hours of gaming on a full charge.

ROG Flow X13

Not content with making ridiculously fast and luxurious cars, Mercedes Benz stepped into the CES arena this year, unveiling its new MBUX Hyperscreen. The 56-inch artificial intelligence hub is set to replace the conventional instrument cluster and infotainment system in Mercedes-Benz’s EVs. Using 12 actuators and a series of OLEDs beneath an anti-reflective Gorilla Glass touch surface, the MBUX Hypercreen is powered by eight CPU cores and 24GB of RAM. Reports suggest the MBUX Hypserscreen will release sometime between 2022 and 2023.

Mercedes-Benz MBUX Hyperscreen

As part of CES 2021, Razer unveiled new Blade 15 and 17 models, all backed by the newly announced NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 30 Series Laptop GPUs, faster displays, and sleek mobile design. According to Razer, the new NVIDIA Ampere architecture will increase energy efficiency by up to 2x, accelerate performance dramatically and introduce third-generation Max-Q technologies such as Advanced Optimus for improved battery life when playing on the go. Additionally, the new gaming laptops will cop a dynamic Boost 2.0 for optimised GPU performance when gaming or creating, and Whisper Mode 2.0 for improved acoustic control when working in quiet environments.

Razer Blade 15 & 17

General Motors backed Cadillac announced that it is planning to move into the eVTOL air-taxi business, and what’s more, the brand is doing it in style. At CES 2021, GM unveiled renderings and animations of its battery-powered, Cadillac-branded personal aircraft.

Cadillac eVTOL Air-Taxi

Dell has launched a series of new curved monitors complete with 90W PD connections that can power your laptop and connect it to the screen with just one cable. The flagship 40-inch model is the world’s first WUHD 5K2K monitor with 5120 x 2160 resolution and a pixel density of 140 ppi. Both 38″ and 40″ models will be available on January 28th.

Dell Curved Monitors

ASUS dropped a host of new laptops at CES 2021, but by far the biggest was the flagship ZenBook Pro Dup 15 OLED. The 15.6-inch model scored th3 prestigious 2021 CES Innovation Award for its tilting ASUS ScreenPad Plus, a full-width secondary touchscreen with a new auto-tilt mechanism that improves readability, aids cooling, and works seamlessly with the main display for effortless multitasking and creativity.

ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED

Set to take on DJI for aerial supremacy, Sony announced its latest drone technology in the form of the Airpeak. Even better, the four-rotor remotely piloted aircraft can carry Sony’s class-leading A7S III camera, a full-frame, interchangeable-lens model that can shoot 4K video. According to the brand, the Airpeak is capable of “precise, stable flight, and aims to contribute to the world of entertainment while also pursuing new possibilities for creative expression”. While pricing isn’t available just yet, Sony did use the Airpeak to capture some pretty gnarly shots of the long-anticipated Vision-S electric car.

Sony Airpeak Drone

ROG also took its ScreenPad concept and elevated it this year. The new Zephyrus Duo 15 SE also copped AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX mobile processor CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics. According to ROG, gamers can use the ScreenPad Plus secondary panel to browse the web, read emails, chat over instant messaging apps, or to stream or record gameplay. The brand apparently worked with developers for additional interactive content on the secondary display, as well as partnered with XSplit Gamecaster to allow gamers to monitor their streams while gaming on the main display.

ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE

Looking like your run of the mill mini-van, the Sono Motors Sion is so much more. The car is completely decked out in solar panels, which when combined with the 35 kWh battery can pump out a maximum range of 158 miles, with the ability to recharge itself enough for up to 21.7 miles. Its top speed of 87 miles per hour isn’t too shabby either. Sono plans to launch in Europe first, where it already has 12,600 preorders, and the U.S. at a later date with a net price of USD$26,000.

Sono Motors Sion Electric Car

The kings of modern audio came back big this year. JBL unveiled a new integrated amplifier that has a slightly more retro vibe than some of the other products teased of CES 2021. Featuring silver knobs and teak-wood veneer side-panels, the SA750 plays off the vintage feels we’ll all been missing. From a tech perspective, however, this thing is all 2021. Through its use of integrated amplifiers, the modern hi-fi setup produces high-resolution DAC, support for AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast and Roon, all while utilising a 220-watt amplifier. The JBL SA750 will be available in April 2021 and is priced at USD$3,000.

JBL SA750 Integrated Amplifier

Foldable phones aren’t a new concept, but TCL is taking a completely new approach to the design challenge. Instead of folding a flexible display, TCL has shown off a new innovation that rolls in and out, much like a paper scroll. The insane new development isn’t expected to land any time soon, however.

TCL Rollout Screen

The Italian designed headphones that have been causing a stir amongst audiophiles have finally addressed their biggest failing. At CES 2021, V-Moda announced the new M-200 would come with noise-cancelling properties, a first for the brand. The new model follows a familiar design language, with customisable faceplates for the outside of each earcup, and the same rounded hexagonal design. Inside, you’ll find custom-tuned 40 mm drivers and 20 hours of battery life.

V-Moda M-200 ANC

Samsung has pushed QLED technology to the next level with an entirely new light source called Quantum Mini LED. Through precise control via a Quantum Matrix Technology Neo Quantum Processor, the new range of QLED TVs produce an incredibly clear and accurate picture. Even better, Hass Mahdi, director of audio visual at Samsung Electronics Australia, said the latest innovation has allowed Samsung to reduce the width of its TV displays by up to 50 per cent. Set for installation inside both the 8K (QN900A) and 4K (QN90A) flagship Samsung TV models, home-cinema fanatics will have a hard time picking this year.

Samsung Neo QLED TVs

Another rollable to make an appearance at CES 2021, LG’s Rollable Phone was perhaps the most exciting. Confirming earlier suspicions that the Korean giant was working on a flexible phone, the prototype was teased in an awesome video which looks futuristic as hell. Not much is known about the new innovation, but the clip was enough to get us more than excited.

LG Rollable Phone

The ROG Strix SCAR 17 is what ASUS is calling the “ultimate portable esports machine”, offering superfast visuals on the world’s fastest laptop display, a 360 Hz FHD panel with a 3 ms response time. According to the brand, an optional 165 Hz WQHD panel combines fluidity with higher detail and a DCI-P3 colour gamut. Both options have Adaptive-Sync technology, and ROG engineers worked on reducing the bezel size to offer a larger screen-to-body ratio for more immersive gaming.

ROG Strix SCAR 17

We know LG’s UltraFine monitor line is good, so much so that Apple has even stated the product as the preferred option for its MacBooks, but now there is a new level of expertise coming through. The company announced its first UltraFine monitor with an OLED display: LG UltraFine OLED Pro. The 31.5-inch 4K monitor is expected to have far better picture quality than current models and comes with a USB-C connection, three USB-A ports, two DisplayPort ports and an HDMI port.

LG UltraFine OLED Pro

These handy little add-ons turn any pair of sunglasses into speaker-frames. With the help of two Bluetooth speakers, the Jbuds snap easily onto the temples of your glasses, allowing for immersive audio to flow straight to your ears. The Buds Frames cop two 16.2 mm drivers and support AAC and SBC audio codecs, with the capability to switch between JLab’s Signature and Bass Boost EQ settings. Further to that, Jlab’s new release comes with MEMS microphone for audio calls and has the option for independent speaker use.

JLab Jbuds Frames

Aside from the standard computer and TV releases, CES 2021 also took us down the garden path, thanks to a friendly little invention called the Flow. Designed by GoSun, the Flow is an ultra-portable, solar-powered water purifier that comes with hoses for drinking, bathing, and outdoor cooking. Joining the brand’s already stellar lineup of solar-powered lights, ovens and coolers, the Flow helps to solidify the off-grid system, perfect for long-term campers and adventurers.

GoSun Flow

Dell’s lineup of laptops has become an unexpected favourite here at Man of Many, so we’re understandably pretty pumped by the announcement of the new Latitude generation. While not world-beating by any stretch, the new Dells cop the latest Intel chip along with a handy new addition. The Latitude 2021 edition features a SafeShutter webcam that has an integrated, physical shutter that flicks open and closed as you enter or exit relevant applications. No more black tape on the webcam.

Dell Latitude 9420

When Square Off’s automated chessboard was first unveiled a few years back, it definitely caught our attention. Now, the brand is back with an all-new innovation – a rollable board. In previous incarnations, you play against built-in artificial intelligence, with pieces moving to the squares on their own via a mechanised magnetic system. In this new version, however, you can roll up the board when you’re down, stuff it in your backpack and head off. While the new Square Off addition doesn’t have the same automatic movement, you can’t put a price on portability.

Square Off Rollable Computer Chess Board

Taking up the challenge of smart glasses again in 2021, Lenovo has unveiled the ThinkReality A3, an innovation capable of showing five displays at once. Enhanced with industrial frame options for safer and more durable use, the Lenovo ThinkReality A3 Smart Glasses fit just like a pair of sunglasses. According to the brand, the new release is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 Platform and feature stereoscopic 1080p displays. The glasses also sport an 8MP RGB camera capable remote use cases, while the dual fish-eye cameras provide room-scale tracking.

Lenovo ThinkReality A3 Smart Glasses

Focusing on tackling entertainment in the COVID world, LG has announced a new 55-inch transparent display that doubles as a partition. Designed not for viewing your favourite movies or TV Shows, but for displaying information to customers, the screens can be used as a physical barrier between customers and staff, while also serving as a menu.

LG Transparent TV

Another announcement from Lenovo came in the form of the Yoga AIO 7 all-in-one desktop PC. A flexible release, Lenovo claims the AIO 7 will take up less desk space thanks to its rotating display. Along with a rotatable hinge, the computer supports both 99 per cent DCI-P3 and 99 per cent Adobe RGB colour standards. Powering it all is an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processor and paired with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU.

Lenovo AIO 7

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