A Sight to CE
There were plenty of products in a handful of categories at CES that will differentiate the sales floors of local, regional and national retailers throughout the next year. TVs slimmed down and boasted more connectivity. Despite disappointing sales last year, 3DTV is still in the forefront, especially as manufacturers roll out passive glasses sets. Audio made a steady comeback, thanks to more Ethernet-enabled receivers and a variety of higher-quality soundbars.
Appliances found their way on this year's showfloor, with several manufacturers showing off IP-enabled and energy-saving units that were featured in a constantly crowded pavilion. The enthusiasm bodes well for the connected home, which becomes more of a reality each year as manufacturers continue to create products that make it easier for consumers to set up robust, secure home networks. And then there were tablets.
A variety of manufacturers featured dozens of them, showing off units that will give iPad some strong competition (Blackberry's upcoming Playbook and Motorola's Xoom generated strong buzz). And, of course, there were enough iPad, iPhone and iPod docks and other related accessories to satisfy every demographic.
In the following pages, we feature some highlights from most of the major categories at the show. Since it's impossible to show more than a fraction of the thousands of products that roughly 2,700 vendors exhibited, make sure to visit dealerscope.com throughout the year as we continue to look at some of the hotter products and categories that were featured at the show and will eventually hit retail shelves.