It may seem CES 2020 has just started, but How-To Geek’s editorial team has aired across Las Vegas in the past week, checking for the latest and greatest product announcements. After careful consideration, the team awarded the following 15 products with the How-To Geek’s Best of CES 2020 awards.
Best in Show: Roland Go: Livecast
If you’re looking at the photo above and wondering why this product won the Best in Show award, it’s because Roland took on the difficult task of setting up a live streaming studio and compacting it in an easy to use box. What you see in the picture is the Go: Livecast and it allows you to connect any iPhone, iPad or Android and put it online using the company’s free downloadable app.
When you’re ready to improve the quality of your live stream, Go: Livecast can help you quickly add music, videos, and graphics from your device’s local storage. You can also wirelessly add a second phone or tablet and introduce multiple viewing angles to Twitch, Facebook, or other supported services.
Best Chromebook: Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
Google rules the roost of high-end Chromebooks, but Samsung’s convertible Chromebook Galaxy is also looking to make a nest. With its striking red chassis and its drooling 4K OLED screen, it brings high-end features generally reserved for the most expensive Windows ultrabooks. We’ll have to see if the 8MP camera on the keyboard, combined with Samsung’s suite of Android apps, can also make it a premium tablet.
Best computer monitor: Asus ROG Swift 360Hz
As for monitors, almost everyone agrees that higher frame rates produce better gaming experiences. While other companies are still working on perfecting the 240 Hz screens, Asus went to Vegas with its 1080p 24.5 inch ROG Swift 360Hz. You’ll need a powerful GPU to run the monitor, but at least your next Overwatch or CS: GO game will be smoother than ever.
Best computer accessory: Fujitsu Happy Hacking Keyboard
the Happy Hacking Keyboard has long been an expensive favorite among fans of mechanical keyboards (don’t call it a rubber dome). Fujitsu introduces the latest update from Japan to the international market, with new models improving connectivity and charging over USB-C. The cheaper Pro 3 Classic is wired only for purists, while the Pro 3 Hybrid can use Bluetooth. The Pro 3 Hybrid Type-S uses quieter switches if you want to upgrade for the benefit of your colleagues.
Best TV: Samsung Sero TV
It’s hard for some of us to admit, but Samsung had the most exciting TV design in the living room, surpassing the cheaper OLED and Mini-LED models with a form factor that some might find attractive. the Sero tv rotates ninety degrees to display vertical video in full screen, addressing and, unfortunately, acknowledging one of the increasingly common troubles of social media.
Best Smart Home: GE Series C Smart Switches
Most of the time, if you have to choose between smart light bulbs and smart light switches, you should get the switch. But there is a problem: most smart switches require neutral wires and perhaps a hub. Older homes often do not have neutral wires, and concentrators are complicated and expensive. Now, C by GE has a new smart switch for you who give up the neutral wire and the hub.
Best Laptop: Withings ScanWatch
the ScanWatch Much like Withings’ previous hybrid wearable devices, but the extra trick of detecting arrhythmia and sleep apnea using SpO2 sensors and data compression is well worth your attention. Nailing the essential functions of the smart watch and focusing on health is a solid proposition for those who are not ready or want to dive into a more complex smart watch without the comfort and readability of a conventional dial.
Best Home Audio: Vizio Elevate Soundbar
Speaking of rotary gadgets, Vizio Elevate Sound Bar draws a similar tip with its most external speaker drivers. While many soundbars say they are perfect for stereo music content, Vizio puts its best face forward by rotating the upstroke surround drivers to deliver more punch on the left and right stereo channels.
Best mobile accessory: PopSockets PopPower Home
PopSockets, the company that stormed the world of smartphone accessories with its extendable handles, now makes a wireless charger – and it works really well. As you can see, PopPower Home has a slot for your PopSocket attached, which makes it easy to align your phone to the Qi charger. But don’t worry, if you don’t rock a PopSocket on your devices, this fast wireless charger is still worth the price of $ 60.
Best automobile: Bosch virtual visor
When you think of innovation in the automotive industry, you might first think of better infotainment systems. Bosch took an alternative approach and solved a problem that many have with their car sun visors. Using an LCD screen and eye tracking technology, the Bosch virtual visor can monitor where a passenger is looking and selectively darken certain parts of the person’s face.
Best Household Product: Moen Smart Faucet
At first glance, the U by Moen smart faucet does not stand out from other kitchen faucets. But under the hood, you can use your favorite voice assistant to ask the appliance to measure a certain amount of water and set it to a specific temperature. Plus, with a battery built into the faucet, you don’t need an electrician to operate a separate outlet just for your sink.
Best concept: OnePlus Concept Phone
the Concept One by OnePlus has a first on a smartphone: it uses electrochromic glass to hide the network of rear cameras and the flash when not in use. When the camera application is closed, the rear window covering the camera assembly is completely opaque. Turn on the camera and bam, the cameras and the flash are exposed instantly (well, in 0.7 seconds) when the glass becomes transparent. What makes this feature truly game-changing for us, however, is that the electrochromic glass doubles as a neutral density filter.
Best Wellness: Muse S
At CES 2020, Muse – known for his meditation headbands – announced a new laptop called the Muse S. In addition to being an improved meditation accessory, the Muse S helps you fall asleep. Thanks to the device’s “real-time biofeedback”, ambient sounds, comfortable design and soothing narration, the wearer can go on a “Go-To-Sleep Journey” and fall peacefully into deep sleep.
Editor’s Choice (Cameron Summerson): Lenovo IdeaPad Duet
Without really seeing Lenovo IdeaPad Duet, you might be quick to dismiss it as an interesting idea. But after seeing it, we knew this thing was special. It’s a 10-inch Chrome OS tablet with a folding kickstand, but it’s also a small laptop thanks to its magnetic keyboard / trackpad. To put it bluntly, that’s what the Surface Go should have been.
Editor’s Choice (Michael Crider): Marseille mClassic
We have already seen evolutionary gadgets, even those intended specifically for classic game consoles. But the Marseille mClassic has a large collection of features that make it both flexible and affordable. Its HDMI-to-HDMI configuration leaves analog conversion to more specialized gadgets, focusing on making every edge and pixel of the first 3D consoles sing like the PlayStation and Dreamcast on a 4K TV. From the demonstration we saw, it is also without any noticeable lag and preserves the color exceptionally well.