The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show—better known as CES—came and went in what seemed like the blink of an eye. Similar to previous incarnations, this one went down in Las Vegas and saw lots of cool tech getting even cooler. By that, we mean the trend of implementing Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant into just about everything has continued, though the event also introduced a variety of radical one-offs. Also featured were the latest and greatest flagship products from your favourite brands such as LG, Sennheiser, Samsung, and others. Speaking of favourites, we’ve put together a list of the show’s greatest hits. Presenting the future, one premium product at a time.
LG Signature OLED TV R
LG brings a minimalist fantasy to life with the new Signature OLED TV R. This strikingly modern product hosts a rollable OLED display, which lowers into the base when not in use. Add to that a Gen 2 processor, Dolby Atmos sound, and voice-activated assistance, and this product leaves nothing to be desired.
Anker PowerCore+ 19000 PD Hybrid
More than a high capacity portable charger, the new PowerCore+ 19000 PD Hybrid from Anker is also a supremely functional data hub. As a result, you can charge your entire workstation in one fell swoop, using the product’s various ports. Streamlined is the operative word here.
Audio-Technica is taking things up a notch with three new QuietPoint wireless headphones (aka the ATH-ANC900BT). Each one comes equipped with digital hybrid active noise cancellation, offering a higher degree of exterior noise reduction than any previous model. The headphones also deliver up to 35 hours of battery life, brilliant acoustics, and effortless touch-and-swipe controls.
Cambridge Audio Alva TT Turntable
Vinyl is piping hot right now, so it’s only natural that we see the emergence of some truly innovative turntables. Among them is the new Alva TT from Cambridge Audio, which represents the world’s first Bluetooth aptX HD turntable. Place it anywhere in the room, sync it with any Bluetooth receiver, and spin wax with more freedom than ever before.
Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar
Sennheiser is one of the best names in the game and the new AMBEO Soundbar proves why. Bolstered by premium materials and 3D technology, it puts a 5.1.4 home entertainment experience in one place. Prepare for some truly immersive sonics.
Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant
The days of stupid clocks are long gone. Enter the Lenovo Smart Clock, which comes equipped with Google Assistant and makes for the ideal bedroom accessory. This quietly plush device supports both touch and voice controls, hosts a 4″ IPS display, improves sleep, charges your phone, and deftly blends with any modern interior. Make it part of your smart home family.
Ring Door View Camera
Whether you want to see who’s knocking at the door or who’s been lifting packages off your front porch, the new Ring Door View Camera is your friend. Supremely easy to install, the device connects to your smartphone and comes with Alexa built-in. Get with the times, will you?
Samsung Space Monitor
No matter how sleek our gadgets get, we can always use more desk space and less clutter. The new Space Monitor from Samsung duly abides. Not only is this HD monitor wireless and adjustable, but you can store it flat against the wall when it’s not in use. That opens up all kinds of free space on your desktop. Thanks, Samsung!
Withings Move ECG
Taking health tracking to a new frontier, the Withings Move ECG is an analog watch that can provide an electrocardiogram on demand. The product operates for a full year on a single battery charge and touts a water-resistant design. Also featured are walk, run, and swim tracking features, as well as an altimeter for stair climbing.
Huawei MateBook X
Huawei introduced its next generation of portable MateBooks at CES 2019, and our personal favourite is the MateBook X. It’s the world’s first 13″ fanless laptop, which measures in at 12.5mm thick and weighs just 2.31 lbs. Meanwhile, the device’s 88% screen-to-body ratio is one of a kind. Offered in either Prestige Gold or Space Gray, this sleek PC is runway ready.
Samsung 75-inch MicroLED TV
If only the top shelf of colour resolution will suffice, accept nothing less than the new MicroLED TV from Samsung. Early reports suggest that this beautiful product will outperform its OLED counterparts by way of crisper colour and a longer lifespan. As if that wasn’t cool enough, the TV is also modular by design, allowing you to connect or take away display components for a customisable experience.
Lenovo Smart Tab
Is the Lenovo Smart Tab a premium tablet or an Amazon Alexa smart home device? It’s both, actually. Dock this hybrid at home or take it on the go and prepare to fall in love.
JAXJOX Kettlebell Connect
Good for 14 hours on a single charge, the JAXJOX Kettlebell Connect is a true masterstroke of consolidation. Thanks to a bullet stacking system, you can add or take away weights with the greatest of ease. The handy workout tool tracks metrics for up to nine users, and syncs with an adjoining app.
Panasonic GZ2000 OLED TV
Panasonic worked hands-on with Hollywood colour expert Stefan Sonnenfeld when crafting the new GZ2000 OLED TV, which accordingly delivers brilliant cinematic quality. It’s also the world’s first TV to support HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG Photo, and the first to include upward-firing speakers capable of producing Dolby Atmos sound. And we’re just skimming the surface.