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Inside CES 2017: Crowds, cool tech and giant company booths

At a show as big as CES, one way to get noticed is to make your company's booth as large as possible. Go for a walk with CNET inside the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Kent German
Kent was a senior managing editor at CNET News. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he reviewed the first iPhone and worked in both the London and San Francisco offices. When not working, he's planning his next vacation, walking his dog or watching planes land at the airport (yes, really).
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Linksys

Linksys's new EA8300 router promises some of the fastest real-world Wi-Fi speeds that can be beamed to devices like laptops, smartphones and tablets.

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DJI

The drones section of the show floor is always fun. Just mind your head.

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Autel Robotics

For instance, Autel Robotics has a drone that can cook a turkey.

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Etekcity

At Etekcity's booth you'll find smart home and outdoor gadgets.

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ZTE

ZTE occupied a prime spot in the South Hall just opposite the CNET stage. Inside you could see its V8 Pro Android phone.

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Hisense

The car is just eye candy at Hisense's booth. Instead, look for a gallery of TVs like its entire 2017 lineup, which the company spilled at CES, and a crazy-expensive ($13,000!) 100-inch TV that's a 4K laser projector.

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LG

When you're not gaping at LG's crazy-thin W7 wall TV, take a stroll through a tunnel lined with 216 OLED TVs.

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Panasonic

Panasonic always occupies a large booth spanning the Central Hall of the convention center, but the company didn't announce a whole lot at its CES press conference.

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Intel

The real news from Intel didn't happen inside the company's booth, but at its press conference instead. There Intel demonstrated the first "walk-around" VR experience.

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Polaroid

Polaroid's star attraction was the Pop, a 20-megapixel camera with a 3.9-inch LCD and a Zink-technology printer inside. For retrophiles, you can even print photos with the signature Polaroid border.

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Changhong

Sometimes, you have to look up to see the prettiest sights on the show floor. This red wavy ceiling adorns the booth of Changhong, a Chinese TV manufacturer.

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TCL

Nearby in its more minimalist booth, TCL showed three new Roku TVs in its P series and new models for its cheaper C and S families.

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Qualcomm

Qualcomm used CES to make big promises about 5G, show a pair of smart glasses and demonstrate its new Snapdragon 835 chip.

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GoPro

At GoPro's booth you could see its Karma drone, which will return to stores later this year. It was recalled last November when a small number of the quadcopters lost power while flying.

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Altec Lansing

Altec Lansing makes speakers, both Bluetooth and not.

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Loctek

And Loctek makes TV and monitor mounts and tablet stands.

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IOGear and more

Near the back of the hall are smaller booths from companies like IOGear, which makes audio/video gear, and smart glasses manfacturer Vuzix.

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Furrion

Those bikes would be a great way to traverse the cavernous show floor quickly.

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Garmin

At Garmin's booth you could try on its new Fenix 5, 5X and 5S smartwatches.

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