Best of CES 2004
This year's Consumer Electronics Show is shaping up to be one of the biggest ever. With so much to check out, CNET's editors had a tough time narrowing down 10 products to be considered the best of the show. But after much debate, our editorial team selected the 10 that they consider the crème de la crème of CES.
| || ||A camera for every pocket |
In the digital camera arena, pocket-size models rule the day at this year's CES. Plus, most offer useful new features such as improved video capabilities and support for PictBridge.
| || ||Video gadgets for the cassette-averse |
Want a multimedia device instead of just a plain DV camcorder? One of the cool-looking devices in Panasonic's ultracompact D-Snap line could fit the bill.
| || ||Burning bigger, burning faster |
DVD technology is omnipresent at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, and the latest optical drives and media options are promising higher capacity and faster speeds for PC users.
| || ||Fujitsu unveils new tablet at CES |
The most recent trend in tablet PCs saw makers of slate tablets adding convertible tablet/notebook models to their offerings. But at this year's CES, Fujitsu has gone back to its slate roots, launching the Stylistic ST5000 Tablet PC.
| || ||Cell phones get a features boost |
CES isn't traditionally known for its cell phone announcements, but the products released at this show are clearly a harbinger of things to expect this year. We'll see handsets with more internal memory (5MB and up), built-in video recorders, and improved cameras.
| || ||Storing all those multimedia files |
All those MP3s, digital photos, and home movies have to go somewhere, and the race is on to develop smaller, cheaper, and larger-capacity storage. So we weren't surprised to see at this year's show announcements of new storage products in virtually all shapes and sizes.
| || ||Microsoft visualizes portable video |
PVPs from Archos and RCA made a major splash at last year's CES; this year, the big story involves Microsoft and its Windows Mobile Software for Portable Media Centers OS.
| || ||The new faces of TiVo |
Devices that use TiVo's user-friendly program guide, interface, and smart-TV recording functionality will be available from DirecTV, Hughes, Humax, Philips, Pioneer, RCA, Samsung, and Toshiba this year. But few of these products will be standalone Series2 DVRs.
| || ||Cool Bluetooth accessories for your iPod, PC |
On a show floor full of big TVs and home-theater systems, a little digging reveals that Bluetooth is finding its way into some very cool little gadgets for the iPod and PCs.
| || ||DVRs go high-def |
Attention, early adopters: If your ultimate desire is to record high-definition TV at home for later viewing, get ready. Recording HD is now a reality from some cable and satellite providers.
| || ||Sony's subdued CES lineup |
Although the electronics powerhouse announces home-theater treats such as wireless LCD TVs and HTIB systems and new DVD recorders at the show, Sony's overall showing is limited.
| || ||New batch of players unafraid of the iPod |
Creative Labs, Samsung, and Archos debut new MP3 players designed to be stiff competition to the Apple iPod and iPod Mini.
| || ||Is mobile Bluetooth here? |
Judging by the quantity of Bluetooth-enabled headsets on display at CES, it looks like mobile Bluetooth is making its way to the United States.
| || ||Software and services do the digital dance |
Big names such as Microsoft, RealNetworks, and Sony roll out significant new services this week, with a big emphasis on digital audio and video.
| || ||Are you connected? |
From what our editors are seeing in Las Vegas, 2004 will usher in faster, cheaper, and easier home networks.
| || ||CNET's take on the Next Big Thing |
Find out what four technologies CNET editors say will dominate the consumer electronics scene in 2004.
| || ||An easier HDTV |
Nearly every major TV manufacturer at this year's CES has announced a full line of integrated HDTVs with built-in tuners.
| || ||Panasonic's upcoming HDTVs, DVD recorders |
A slew of new HDTVs and DVD recorders highlight Panasonic's extensive lineup of home-theater products for 2004.
| || ||OQO device, subnotebooks hit CES |
Several tiny ultraportables have been released into the wild at CES this week, including Sony's one-inch-thick VAIO X505 and the OQO subnotebook/handheld device.
| || ||Camcorders: cool, cutting-edge, and just plain weird |
If you're willing and able to spend a little more on a camcorder, you'll find plenty of options in 2004.
| || ||Setting new standards at CES |
Which of the new networking technology standards will make the connected home and networked home entertainment possible?
| || ||LCDs go the last mile |
Need more reasons to ditch that old, boxy CRT monitor for a slick, flat LCD? The latest LCDs at this year's show will give you several, including CRT-caliber video.
| || ||Camcorders you can afford--no, really |
Those looking for an affordable camcorder will be happy to know that the big camcorder manufacturers are finally speaking your language at this year's CES.
| || ||Aiwa's surprisingly evolved MP3 player line |
Aiwa has dabbled in the digital-audio market before, but its new series of MP3 players look like they could be a hit with consumers.
| || ||Samsung's CES home-theater offerings |
Samsung trots out a tasty assortment of new TVs, DVD players, DVD recorders, and home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB) systems at this year's show.
| || ||Sony unveils gadgets, music store |
The company shows off a slew of new home-theater and portable-audio gadgets, as well as throwing its hat into the music download ring with a service called Connect.
| || ||Dell to expand printer line in 2004 |
The PC maker plans to work with Fuji Xerox, Kodak, and Samsung to increase the number of printing devices it offers. Analysts say to look out for color laser printers.
| || ||Gates talks convergence at CES |
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates touts video capabilities through portable and set-top devices.
| || ||Home entertainment's wireless hookup |
This year, digital media receivers that wirelessly shuttle audio and video from the PC to the home entertainment center are likely to be blockbusters.
| || ||V's Bravo DVI DVD encore |
V follows up on the success of the Bravo D1 with two new DVI-equipped DVD players.
| || ||Epson's convergence TVs |
The printer maker debuts its photo-friendly Livingstations.
| || ||Philips TVs and DVD recorders |
Philips is sprucing up its line of LCD and plasma sets, adding Wi-Fi and memory-card slots to certain models.
| || ||CES 2004: what to watch for at the show |
Once a year, the Las Vegas Convention Center turns into a playground for electronics enthusiasts from all over the world. And the question on everyone's mind is: what product or technology will be the next big thing? Executive Editor David Carnoy spots some early trends.
| || ||Best of CES 2003: a look back |
See what did--and didn't--happen with our top 10 product picks from CES in 2003.
| || ||CNET's News.com covers CES 2004 |
The latest announcements from the show floor in Las Vegas.