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CES 2011 Coverage

Bosco    -   January 7, 2011
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Creative Labs

Creative had a very impressive booth this year at CES. Many recent products were on display and the company offered thorough demos of most of them. We were first greeted with a wall of products in their retail boxes, mainly Creative's sound card and speaker lineups, as well as a few USB cameras.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of Creative's gaming headsets were demoed on several high performance gaming PCs, powered by the recently-released G1-Killer motherboards manufactured by Gigabyte. Most, if not all of these gaming headsets feature a very comfortable around-the-ear circumaural design, relieving just about any fatigue-related pain that can be caused by lower-end headsets that are less comfortable after extended periods of use. Many of these offer USB connectivity, while some still use the standard 3.5mm audio jacks for input and output so that they may be used on other devices that may not have USB ports, such as certain consoles and music devices.

 

 

 

Creative now has several more additions to its set of wireless speakers that allow for more end-user flexibility and a very clean look to one's workstation. This series is named ZiiSound, and there are currently three different products in this category. Each ZiiSound device streams audio wirelessly using Bluetooth and are compatible with just about every Bluetooth device, swiftly eliminating the need for wires. The T6 will be shipped with an included USB transmitter that can be used to broadcast audio from computers. There is also an optional dongle for Apple devices that use the standard dock connector, as seen in the picture below. Currently, there is no way to wirelessly stream from analog sources, such as your TV or any other non-Bluetooth devices, though that's sure to show up in the future with the way that Creative is moving! The rear of the T6 looks like any other 2.1 set of speakers — so no fully wireless speakers here yet.

 

 

The last cool gadget we checked out at the Creative booth was the Sound Blaster Recon3D. It is an external USB sound card that is great for portability. It is hardware accelerated, so the additional activity on the CPU from running an integrated sound card is offloaded to this device. It has virtual surround sound, which turns any regular stereo headset into an immersive 3D sound experience. It is also compatible with Xbox 360, PS3 and obviously with Windows and Mac operating systems.

 




  1. Pre-CES Part 1: Introduction & Corsair Press Event
  2. Pre-CES Part 2: Sapphire
  3. Pre-CES Part 3: Gigabyte Press Event
  4. CES Day 1 Part 1: Sennheiser
  5. CES Day 1 Part 2: Antec
  6. CES Day 1 Part 3: IN WIN
  7. CES Day 1 Part 4: LG Electronics
  8. CES Day 1 Part 5: LG Electronics (Continued)
  9. CES Day 1 Part 6: Samsung
  10. CES Day 1 Part 7: Corsair
  11. CES Day 1 Part 8: The CA Technologies Race
  12. CES Day 1 Part 9: The CA Technologies Race (Continued)
  13. CES Day 1 Part 10: MSI MOA 2011 Americas Finals
  14. CES Day 1 Part 11: MSI MOA 2011 Americas Finals (Continued)
  15. CES Day 2 Part 1: MSI
  16. CES Day 2 Part 2: MSI (Continued)
  17. CES Day 2 Part 3: Sony
  18. CES Day 2 Part 4: Zotac
  19. CES Day 2 Part 5: Mushkin
  20. CES Day 2 Part 6: Patriot Memory
  21. CES Day 2 Part 7: OCZ Technology
  22. CES Day 2 Part 8: Advanced Micro Devices
  23. CES Day 2 Part 9: Palit
  24. CES Day 3 Part 1: Creative Labs
  25. CES Day 3 Part 2: Shuttle
  26. CES Day 3 Part 3: NVIDIA
  27. CES Day 3 Part 4: PowerColor
  28. CES Day 3 Part 5: Razer
  29. CES Day 3 Part 6: Razer (Continued)
  30. CES Day 3 Part 7: Super Talent
  31. CES Day 3 Part 8: SD Association, Supermicro, Mad Catz, NEC
  32. CES Day 3 Part 9: Thermaltake
  33. CES Day 3 Part 10: Thermaltake (Continued)
  34. CES Day 3 Part 11: CyberPower PC
  35. CES Day 3 Part 12: Cooler Master
  36. CES Day 3 Part 13: Cooler Master (Continued)
  37. CES Extras: Cooler Master Party
  38. CES Extras: Bartenders, Sharp i3 Wall, Magician
  39. CES Extras: Convention Center, Counter-Strike 1.6 vs. EG.n0thing
  40. CES Extras: Booth Babes Part 1
  41. CES Extras: Booth Babes Part 2
  42. CES Extras: Booth Babes Part 3
  43. CES Extras: Booth Babes Part 4
  44. CES Extras: Booth Babes with Staff
  45. CES Final Thoughts
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