Gadgets: Consumer tech � kit
This year's Consumer Electronics Show was surprisingly uncrunched. E&T was there to give you the skinny on the gadgets that will hit UK stores later this year.
1. Samsung wall mountable Blu-ray player
Samsung has created the world's first wall-mountable Blu-ray player, the BD-P4600, which also offers access to video and music streaming services, such as Netflix and Pandora. The BD-P4600 and BD-P3600 will include BD Live (Profile 2.0) and Bonus View (Profile 1.1) support, full HD 1080p, DVD upscaling, and total HD soundtrack support. Standard CD playback is also possible. The player is an incredibly small 1.5in thick. The company is eliminating the need for cables with wireless connection to the Internet via an optional 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi dongle.
2. Netgear ITV2000
Netgear's ITV2000 Internet TV pulls over 90 live streams and searches clips from sites such as the BBC and YouTube. If you don't yet have a gadget hooked up to your TV that can access these sites, give this small device a go. In addition to the video search and live feeds (up to 300 are planned), the ITV2000 can connect to photo services. You can also listen to your own media via USB. The device connects over Wi-Fi or ethernet, and has composite, component and HDMI connections.
3. Logitech G Series
Logitech has already shown off the G13 Gameboard - a mini-keyboard designed for the player's other hand, and the company has now officially unwrapped the rest of its latest G-series range. With gaming enthusiasts in mind, the G9x mouse is a new and improved version of the popular G9 gaming mouse, combining 5,000dpi with the same switcheable grips and buttons. Other gizmos include the G19
gaming keyboard and the Dolby accredited G35 headset.
4. Digital Entertainer Elite
This is a great all-in-one solution for storing and playing your media files. Netgear's Digital Entertainer Elite is the most powerful and flexible digital media player around, incorporating the latest video, audio and wireless technologies to deliver an unparalleled living room experience. Its large 500GB hard drive, which is easy to upgrade, made this the most versatile media player at the show. Consumers can play Blu-Ray quality video of up to 1080p, hi-res digital photos, MP3s and recorded television shows from their PCs. They can also enjoy Internet content, such as YouTube, Internet radio, Flickr and RSS feeds. The device automatically finds all digital media files on the home network and organises them into an easily accessible library.
5. Logitech Harmony 1100 remote
This is the successor to the Harmony 1000 and now comes in a sleek, black-anodized aluminium casing. You are able to customise the 3.5in touch-screen display with your own buttons and menus. The biggest feature added to the Harmony 1100 is support for RF (radio frequency) based control instead of just standard IR (infra red). Like all Harmony remotes, it continues to sync with your computer via USB using the Harmony remote software, which gives users access to an extremely large database to aid in the configuration stages. Even the most obscure devices can be found in their database.
6. Sony DSC G3 Digital Camera
Sony, as usual, have made a big splash at CES. We were especially impressed with their new digital camera with Wi-Fi which enables users to upload photos and videos using their home wireless network. With 10 megapixels, a four-times zoom lens, intelligent scene recognition, anti-blink, smile shutter and 4GB of internal memory, it has some impressive features. The G3 also has an inbuilt browser which should make uploading to websites such as Flickr very easy. The 3.5in LCD displays high-resolution images at 921,600 dots which is about four times more than the usual LCD.