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Our Top Picks of CES 2014

John Sprout-smith
 


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It’s the little things that matter most. We’re not talking about nanotech at the moment. We’re talking about some funny little details about the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Some of the team members here at Sprout where lucky enough to attend CES in Las Vegas this January. More than just another techfest, CES is actually an annual, global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow where companies announce the best of what’s new. Our General Manager turned out to be one of the odd men out by NOT wearing a pair Google Glasses to the show.

There were big announcements and bigger screens, like an 105 inch Ultra HD screen from Samsung. Sharp also came out big with its 85 inch 3D screen that doesn’t require 3D glasses. But there was much bigger news in all the little things that are about to make our lives a whole lot easier.

In tablets

Samsung’s 12 inch tablets pulled a lot more attention than their giant screens TVs. The Galaxy NotePRO looks and acts like a laptop without a keyboard.

In phones

The Asus ZenFone 4 mobile phone is going to sell for only $99, bringing high-powered smartphones to a whole new market.

In power

Bulky power bricks are done. The FINsix laptop power adapters will be able to fire up most laptops, including the new MacBooks, and it’s only about the size of a cigarette lighter.

In audio

Picture this. LG’s SoundPlate is a Bluetooth enabled speaker system first and Blu-ray player second. It gives off home theatre quality sound in a tiny package. Perhaps the littlest detail that made the biggest impact was the throttling of Wi-Fi. Our Sprout General Manager found it more than a little annoying that he couldn’t get a signal to get online many times during the conference. Imagine all the tech-o-philes from across the globe gathered in a small space and all of them trying to upload video about how cool the tech was all at the same time! The poor little Wi-Fi must have gotten overloaded and gone for a nap. Well, entrepreneurs, there’s a challenge for you. Make a gadget that allows everyone to get online at CES next year!Sprout is an Australian mobile phone accessories brand, based in Brisbane, Australia that can be found in over 200 retail locations.

With an ever growing product catalogue, the team behind the brand is on a mission. to design and create the most innovative products for you to enjoy.

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