Today we continue our coverage of this year's CES with a look at some of the most interesting from the consumer electronics side of the show.

SanDisk's Sansa Connect - PMP with WiFi

Microsoft’s Zune isn’t the only portable media player on the block to tout integrated WiFi.  SanDisk’s new Sansa Connect player doesn’t allow users to share music with other players but it does allow streaming music from internet radio stations and a yet unannounced subscription service.  Officials at SanDisk’s booth confirmed that users will only be able to transfer music to the player via USB and not wirelessly.  Users can play music and view pictures as well as wirelessly “recommend” songs to other players. 

The Connect features a 4GB flash drive with expandable memory via a microSD card. Expect to see it on sale in late Q1 2007 for around $250.  

Netgear's Attempt at Convergence
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  • SignalPST - Thursday, January 18, 2007 - link

    I'm very interested in the Samsung 30" LED LCD. Awesome resolution, great response and contrast, and most imporantly, it'll have very good color reproduction. Reply
  • sprockkets - Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - link

    Those micro projectors are sweet, and being LED powered, and priced right, will be something I'm lookin to buy. Reply
  • semo - Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - link

    about the quad hd display
    quote:

    Currently pricing is determined by the application, but expect to pay upwards of $50,000 for this set.
    that got me thinking so i phoned westinghouse and here is the conversation word for word:
    1st phone call:
    me:we need those 4 in 1 plasmas.
    westinghouse: do you mean our quad full hd displays
    me: yeah, yeah those jobies. we need 10. 5 minutes ago. move it move it.
    wh: who are you?
    me: military.
    wh: that will be $250,000 per display sir.

    2nd phone call:
    me: [in poorly imitated feminin voice] we are interested in buying a qhd display from you.
    wh: and you are?
    me: nuns.
    wh: we can give you one for $10,000 but let me speak to my manager.
    me: ok dear.
    ---muzak---
    wh: yeah ok great news, we can get you one $5,500.
    me: [voice almost back to normal] thank you child.
    Reply
  • kirbalo - Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - link

    I was at the show and the LG Rep. told me that both the Consumer player, and the PC Drive would both retail for about $1100 next month...not $2000. Reply
  • ManveerW - Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - link

    kirbalo,

    The cost of the drive will actually be around $1200. I corrected it in the article. Thanks for pointing it out!

    Manveer Wasson
    Reply
  • somegeek - Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - link

    After the first CES 2007 article "Convergence Happened" I was expecting something new. None of the products at the show have made convergence a reality. It's still an ambiguous, convoluted idea, like converging movies and games.

    - Set top boxes, like AppleTV, have been around for years and have failed to catch on.
    - Xbox 360 is not an option for people who don't play games, so it won't be mainstream.
    - IPTV on the Xbox 360 will have a smaller audience than the Xbox 360.
    - Small HTPCs haven't caught on, DTX won't change that.
    - The iPhone is a Jack of All Trades, Master of None.

    Convergence hasn't happened and it won't ever happen. Specialized, divergent technology is:
    - Cheaper to buy
    - Cheaper to build
    - Easier to use
    - Easier to make
    - Easier to sell
    - More efficient
    - More reliable
    - More profitable
    - Smaller
    - Simpler
    Reply
  • mesyn191 - Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - link

    Sure, there were a few cool things, but so hideously expensive even if I sold my right kidney it'd only be enough for the down payment on the loan to pay for em'. All the HD stuff is so DRM'd no freakin' way am I gonna be paying money for it, don't see how many other people will either. Reply
  • randomlinh - Thursday, January 18, 2007 - link

    I doubt people will care about DRM for now. Not many people seem to bother trying to back up their movies they buy. I don't see that changing. Therefore those who complain are in the minority. Reply
  • srue - Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - link

    I like the "No Cameras" sign below the Samsung Wireless Plasma. Reply

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