CES 2011 CoverageBosco - January 7, 2011
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CES Final Thoughts
There was a lot of new and exciting products shown off at this year's CES and I have a big feeling that 2011 is going to be a tremendous year for the industry. Having a big inner geek I get excited when it comes to cutting edge technology and there was a lot of that being showcased at the convention. A few companies that I would recommend keeping an eye on this year are MSI, Mushkin, Bigfoot Networks, and Patriot. Personally I had a preview into their current and future products that are on the line and I still can't stop the urge to get my hands on them. With the release of Sandybridge and AMD's APU, the hardware is going to take a leap over past performance and should blow our socks off.
On a personal side, CES is a time for the industry to come together and every year I get to see old friends and make new ones. The tech industry has some of the best people I have ever met and I look forward to the relationships as much as the hardware. I would like to thank the representatives of the companies that gave us their time as well as Dave and the rest of the OCC Staff which makes our trip a memorable one.
There's a simple saying that goes, "expect the unexpected." One could certainly apply that to CES. This is my third straight CES and every year seems to be a little different. But thankfully, there are some things you can always count on — lots of cool technology, lots of hot booth babes, and lots of great fun.
The OCC staff is truly like a family, and this year, the reunion started a little earlier than usual. My flight to Vegas had a layover in Detroit. I sit down at the gate and a second later, I hear "Andrew?" I look up and find Justin sitting directly across from me. Not only did we coincidentally have the same flight from Detroit to Vegas, but we were sitting just one row apart in aisle seats. By the following night, we had all arrived at Circus Circus — old friends reunited and one CES-noob, Mike, joining the bunch, but earning his keep by the end.
It's hard to pick a highlight of the trip. I always enjoy meeting with Razer's Robert Krakoff and seeing the Switchblade was pretty neat, though I was hoping for a working prototype I could actually test out. As always, it's also very cool when OCC gets recognized, whether by manufacturers or other media outlets. However, aside from hanging out with my fellow OCC staff members, partying with Cooler Master was probably the highlight.
It's sad that CES is over, but it's nice to be back in my own bed and back on super fast Internet again — I spent more time in McDonald's this trip just to use their free WiFi than I probably will the rest of the year combined. I hope I get to attend CES 2012 and I hope even more OCC staff members can come, not just to ease the burden on the rest of us, but because it's simply fun to hang out. Thanks to Dave for inviting me, thanks to my fellow staff members for always making the trip enjoyable, and thank you to the companies that met with us. Hope you all enjoyed the coverage!
As usual CES is welcomed for several reasons; To meet our friends and renew relationships that had become just a series of emails over the past year without the face to put behind the words and to take a look behind closed doors to see what is coming up in the following year. Even though we had fewer members in attendance we managed to visit just about all of the manufacturers relevant to our audience. This year OCC was invited to the MSI Master Overclocking Arena USA Qualifying round to award the winners the spots for the US in the final competition and Alan did a great job covering the event from start to finish. Thanks to MSI for putting on a great show! Go USA
One of my highlights each of the past three years has been representing OCC in the TigerDirect Build a PC Charity race. While I didn't win (again) I have continued the trek up the ladder this year finishing in fourth (by a measly .03 seconds). Again the motivation was there to finish above a few folks and it was great to see both Chris (Neoseeker) and myself finish in the top 10. At this pace I have three years left to win it! I'm baby stepping don't you know!
I want to thank all of the OCC team for the hard five days of work they put in this year and to thank all of the manufacturers we met for their time and the look at what's to come. I can't wait for next year!
This year was my third year coming out to Las Vegas for CES, and as always it was a lot of fun. We did not have quite as much staff here this year as we did last year, however it was still alot of fun going out to the convention center to go and visit all of the booths. There were a bunch of parties that we were able to go to where we were able to meet up with the different companies where I was able to meet the people that send me the product to review all the time. My favorite part about this visit this year was going to the PC Charity Race that was put on by CA and TigerDirect and watch Frank (OCC) and Chris (Neoseeker) compete. The time that we were down here this year went way too fast, and I can hardly believe that it is already time to take off and go back home, but it will be here next year as well and I will hopefully be able to attend next year. It was great to meet up with all of the staff members that were here last year and meeting Mike for the first time. I hope you all enjoyed the content that we got up this year!
This was the first CES I have attended, and only the second time I have been to Las Vegas. Having the opportunity to go to CES and meet with fellow staff members from OCC is an absolute privilege, and are all awesome people. Getting to see all of these new products up close, and getting to meet all of the representatives from each manufacturer is a neat experience that I won't forget. One of the coolest things that I was able to feel is the recognition from other manufacturers, and even other press-related sites when it comes to who OCC is. I introduced myself to a writer for MaximumPC, and he knew exactly who we are.
A lot of the technology shown at CES this year was, for lack of a better word, pretty incredible. There were a lot of new things that I laid my eyes on that highly impressed me, and I'm really crossing my fingers to see those products make it bigtime — one of those being the Razer Switchblade. Knowing that it won the CNET "Best of CES" award in the People's Voice category gives me hope that I get to see it in a store some day. Being able to meet Robert Krakoff, President of Razer, was also an awesome experience that I'll never forget and get to brag about to my computer friends all year. Another great experience was getting to meet and hang out with a lot of folks from CoolerMaster specifically, along with many other well-represented companies.
Even though CES was one of the most exhausting period of five days I've participated in throughout the entire year, it was a blast and absolutely worth it. I really hope to get the opportunity to go back and spend another exhausting week with fellow staff from OCC!
CES 2011 was definitely different than any other year that I have attended. Leading up to CES I had a nasty ear infection that I was fighting off and at one point I was unsure if I would be able to fly. But after changing my antibiotics four times my ear got better a few days before I left, with me getting clearance to fly the day before I left.
This year was one of the most enjoyable I have had, it just seems to get better every year. Even though I didn't have as many guys at the event we were still able to pull it together and get everything accomplished that we had set out to do.
This year I met a few people from other sites that I had not met before which was nice and I met a few new reps that I had not met before as well, so that was enjoyable.
From a tech side of things we got to see a lot of new stuff that will be coming out in 2011, and talking with all the companies everyone seemed to have a good year in 2010. My hope for 2011 is that this industry continues in an upward path and with some of the stuff under NDA we saw I expect nothing less.
Next CES I expect more staff and maybe even an OCC party who knows we will just have to wait and see what develops over 2011.
The staff that I had this year worked very hard, and I am very proud to have them part of my team. I couldn't have asked for a better hard working crew — they gave it their all.
Thanks for all of your support in 2010 and I look forward to working hard in 2011 and to continue to help OCC grow.
Dave "Bosco" Rattray