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After the conclusion of our first long day of meetings and floor walking and image gathering, we've got even more CES goodness to show off.
 
Manveer brings us word of a much-to-pricy gaming chair from D-BOX. Of course, that's part of the fun of CES: we all get to check out equipment we would love to have but could never afford. Not to say that the affordable stuff isn't nice as well, but 150" TVs and $15000 chairs just have something your avearge media player or phone can't quite compete with.
 
For another look at some display technology, Manveer also stopped by Samsung. Among the hardware was an array of OLED displays that looked quite good. Of coures, this technology isn't ready for prime time desktop displays yet. It seems like we've been waiting forever for OLED technology to reach the desktop, and while we won't get our hopes to high, the pervasiveness of OLED technology at CES certainly seems to be a good sign. Samsung was also showing off their much more mature LCD technology. This includes their incredible 3840x2160 82" display that is built from 4 1080p panels. This puts Samsung very close to the IBM T-221 resolution of 3840x2400, and is able to be used as a single display or 4 seperate displays in one.
 
AMD promised us a single slot dualGPU 3870 based card in January when they launched their 3000 series hardware, and they've at least come through on showing it off at CES. Anand brings us some images of the card itself. While we don't have our hands on it yet, you can be sure we will test AMD's high end part as soon as possible.
 
Ryan Smith brought us a couple updates from the show floor and some great in depth coverage of Paul Otellini's day one keynote.
 
As for off site information, we have a couple cool tidbits.
 
Gizmodo shows off Alienware's 2880x900 cureved DLP display. This thing looks crazy at it's 4 curved side by side panels designed to be really immersive. The prototype had some issues, but Alienware say's they'll be worked out by the time this is available.
 
Engadget has a mobile media player supporting WiMAX. Bringing city wide broadband to ultraportable devices is the holy grail to proponents of streaming media. Combine that with good battery life and a good interface and we could get really excited about it. Of course, stuff like this usually sounds better than it turns out to be -- that is until Apple decides to try its hand at it.

DailyTech is reporting another twist in the HD format wars. Apparently Paramount has a clause in its HD-DVD exclusivity agreement that allows it to back out if Warner sides with Blu-ray. This doesn't mean that Paramount will drop out, just that they have the ability to do so without concequence now that Warner has played its hand. The HD DVD Group's lack of CES presence and absense of new HD-DVD related announcements from Paramount also looks favorable for Blu-ray.

While the war isn't over, and Anand was right to advise consumers not to make a choice yet, the faster the war ends the faster we could see the HD content market really take off. Here's to hoping Blu-ray takes advantage of this opportunity and puts a quick end to the war. If they slip up at this point we could see a much more protracted format war that does nothing but hurt consumers.

Aside from all the CNBC coverage, the G4 network (which bought TechTV) has clips from yesterday's live coverage up on its web site. They've also got some photos from around the show and they should start to add more coverage this evening as they continue to report live from the show floor on G4.

Continue checking back with us through out the day for more blog updates and coverage information.

 
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  • KraftyOne - Friday, January 11, 2008 - link

    The curved screen was pretty cool. It let you use your peripheral vision to play which was pretty neat. Also, I saw it on the CES showfloor where there was less ambiant light inside of Dell's booth. Without the light on it, it was almost impossible to see the seems.

    There was also a company demoing a curved projection screen for gaming (bigger curve than curved theater screens), but I had a major headache at that point and couldn't try it.

    CES is like major information and sensory overload.
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  • Basilisk - Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - link

    Time for one of us to get a vision check. (Oh... it IS time for me!)

    Anyway, whatever they promised you, the pix clearly show a two-slot model.


    PS: If you want to make a bizillion small articles, fine, but please hang them off a sub-page and don't spew them all over the AT "front page", pushing other articles off. Or link them as tiny URL's under a common box, not as endless full boxes.

    My sympathies to whoever had to cover this seemingly dull event!
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  • NerdMan - Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - link

    "If they slip up at this point we could see a much more protracted format war that does nothing but hurt consumers."

    I don't see how monopolies are EVER good for the consumer. To think otherwise is absurd. Non-colluding competition is the only reason for companies to drive down prices.

    If it weren't for HD DVD, Blu-Ray discs would cost $30-40 right now. Thankfully you can find most of them much cheaper.
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  • strikeback03 - Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - link

    OTOH it takes a lot of savings on Blu-Ray discs to cover the expense of an HD-DVD player should you want to watch something that is HD-DVD only. If everything were released in both formats then it would not be an issue, but making the consumers invest in 2 sets of overpriced hardware sucks. Reply
  • amfriedman - Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - link

    I agree that having to purchase two players could be considered a slight inconvenience, but it is a non-issue for most. The intense competition between the BD and HD-DVD camps has had the effect of each side working diligently to enhance their hardware and media and adding new features more quickly and pricing it more affordably (particularly on the HD-DVD side, where excellent players can be had for less the $200), all in an effort to attract the consumer. I am format neutral with high end players on both sides, which I love. As a result of the format war, the cost of these players is very reasonable. The Toshiba XA2, which I own, is not only an outstanding HD-DVD player, but it has the added benefit of being one of the best standard DVD players ever made. If Blu-ray wins the war and HD-DVD concedes, I believe it will serve to curtail further innovation and increase prices for both hardware and media. For all of the complaining about the format war, I think it has helped the consumer far more than it has hurt.

    Just my $.02
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  • Viditor - Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - link

    Hey guys...just a quick editorial nit-pick here.

    I noticed that you're using the word "to" when you mean to use the word "too"...as in "much-to-pricy" should be "much-too-pricey".

    Just a nit-pick from my grandma the english teacher...:)
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  • JohnnyCNote - Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - link

    RE: "Engadget has a mobile media player supporting WiMAX. Bringing city wide broadband to ultraportable devices is the holy grail to proponents of streaming media. Combine that with good battery life and a good interface and we could get really excited about it. Of course, stuff like this usually sounds better than it turns out to be -- that is until Apple decides to try its hand at it."

    I haven't been keeping up with this technology. Does this mean WiMAX would allow a user to stream media from his own PC to another wireless device over distances greater than from room to room, or am I reading too much into this (aka wishful thinking)?

    Thanks . . .
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  • formulav8 - Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - link

    But I really hope HD DVD wins the war. Its looked very good for them when the cheap HDDVD players were sold. But you have to have big companys like Warner to back you up. If they truly change over to bluray and abandon hd dvd, then that could be the beginning of the end for hd dvd. Would losing Warner hurt hd dvd that bad though?

    Just my opinion.


    Jason
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  • Foxy1 - Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - link

    Is it just me or is Anandtech’s coverage of CES a complete bore? In case you’re not keeping track, the number of pointless blog entries per writer as are follows:

    Anand 6
    Manveer 5
    Ryan 2
    Gary 2
    Jarred 1

    It’s as if there is a competition to see who can pump out the most asinine entries in a one week period.
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