Every year, like clockwork, the Consumer Electronics Show offers up plenty of mouth-watering tech porn that’ll leave you sitting in a pool of your own slobber. It’s not as often, however, that the new revolutionary gadgets are able to withstand the hype and prove they’re more substance than gimmick. Upgrade your gear with these dope picks and throw your old stuff out on the stoop STAT.
Core Speaker System The Core utilizes new technology to essentially create a sound bubble that provides live-effect acoustics and clarity superior to the traditional two-speaker setup. Connect it to your Apple TV for a surround sound film experience or to a turntable to amplify your favorite records. $449, massfidelity.com.
Samsung Curved SUHDTV Samsung is continually redefining what we expect from home theater products. Quantum dot technology contributes to the next generation of ultra high-definition displays and the curve isn’t just for show—it adds depth and dimension to the picture. Simply put, it’s an IMAX for your living room. Price TBA, samsung.com.
AlienWare Area 51 Gaming Desktop Stocked with a Intel Core i7-5820K processor, established gaming brand AlienWare’s Area 51 desktop is quite literally a gaming machine. Insane graphics, memory, and power are just a few of the reasons it’s time to upgrade. $1,699.99, dell.com.
Zuta Pocket Printer Gentlemen, the future is here. Throw your old printer in the bin and let this little robot get to work. The small wifi-connected device can print on any size of paper, with any device, without making you want to jump out of a window. $199, zutalabs.com.
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Lenovo listened and it shows in their third edition of the Carbon series. The new anti-glare QHD display reduces eye fatigue for long nights spent gaming, er, working and can also be used as a touchscreen. $1,199, lenovo.com.
Cleer Bluetooth Headphones Cleer put everything into these headphones to ensure that you don’t lose even an ounce of quality from studio to ear. The advanced technology delivers true high-definition audio playback—and does so wirelessly with NFC Bluetooth pairing. $199, cleer.us.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S A standout in the CES tablet line up is none other than the Galaxy Tab S. The sleek design and color combos rival even Apple’s aesthetics and features like multi user mode and window multitasking set it apart from the pack. $499.99, samsung.com.
Sharp Aquos Crystal Sharp’s Aquos Crystal brings luxury to the pre-paid world. The 5” bezel-less edge-to-edge display and Harman/Kardon audio are well worth the $150 upgrade from the old flip phone. $150 with pre-paid contract, sharpusa.com.
Harman/Kardon Esquire Mini Speaking of Harman/Kardon, let’s take a moment to appreciate the beauty that is the Esquire Mini. The speaker game was fierce this year, but the Esquire’s bold design combined with HK’s never disappointing sound earned it a CES innovation award. $149.99, harmankardon.com.
Withings Activité Wearables are the new everything. Problem is, as much as we love keeping track of our runs, swims, and sleep sessions, the bulky rubber designs are cramping our style. The Withings Activité has a classic, minimal design that you’ll actually want to wear. Unless you were going for that pretentious-nerd-wearing-glorified-hospital-band look. $499, withings.com.