Technological World for January 11, consumer tech: Highlights from CES

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CES has it all. Watches, keyboards, docks, desks, laptops, TVs, and more.

Citizen’s smart watches have retro looks but future functionality

Watchmaker Citizen has been around for more than 100 years, and the new CZ Smart watches that were unveiled at CES show some of that history.

These watches look like classic watches of old, but have the tech that other smart wearables have, like sleep and activity tracking, music streaming, and spatial sensing.

The new watches are being released in Canada in March and range in price from Cdn$399 to $499.

Kensington’s peripherals enhance your office experience

Kensington keeps making my office space better. Among the new products announced at CES were a bunch of new new docking stations, including two portable versions.

The MD120U4 (US$150) expands the number of ports on your laptop.

The SD1700P (US$140), meanwhile, has a wireless charging pad built in so you can charge your mobile too.

And there’s the larger, more feature-filled SD5780T Thunderbolt 4 (US$400), a great docking station for your desktop.

And after spending a day in an open office environment recently, for the first time in more than three years, I can’t wait to get my hands on the MK7500F QuietType Pro keyboard which promises to deliver silence even though it’s a mechanical keyboard.

Acer’s got a desk you can pedal at

Forget the standing desk. Acer’s new eKinekt BD 3 is a bike desk, and you can use the energy generated by your pedalling to power your computer and other devices.

Lenovo’s unique dual screen laptop

Lenovo’s Yoga Book 9i has two OLED screens that are hinged and can be arranged in a number of configurations. It comes with a detachable keyboard, stylus, and stand.

LG’s OLED TVs get better and so does the operating system

This year is the tenth anniversary of LG’s OLED televisions and they keep improving on the technology.

This year’s lineup includes the C3, G3, and Z3 OLED Evo screens with a new Alpha 9 processor and a brightness booster technology on the G3 model.

A significant update to the webOS operating system that drives the TVs allows for individual profiles, so you can personalize the screen with the channels and apps you want. If you use your screen as part of your home office, you can gather related apps into a folder.

There’s also the ability to set your own side-by-side multi screen, and because there’s two inputs on the back, you could plug in two PS5s or two Xbox Series consoles and pretend you’re playing couch co-op.

There’s also a dual audio output with the TV having one level and the Bluetooth output with a separate level, so you can have the TV on at a moderate level, and if someone finds it difficult to hear, they can connect a Bluetooth headset and have a louder volume just for them.

Samsung brings QLED tech to OLED screens

Samsung’s always got next-level televisions, and this year they’ve injected OLED sets with the Quantum Dot technology that was developed for the LED line years ago.

What this means is that Samsung’s OLED televisions can deliver a much brighter picture, which can dramatically improve colours.

The QLED line from Samsung also gets improvements, with Auto HDR Remastering, which converts standard dynamic range images to high dynamic range so you get better shadows and highlights in your picture.

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