CES 2010 – What are you keeping an eye out for?

by Damian on January 4, 2010 · 10 comments

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With CES 2010 taking place this week, I thought it would be a good chance  to get some feedback from our readers, what new gadgets/technology are you hoping to see introduced? Is it the latest smartphone, the next iGadget, an affordable robot to replace your spouse, or maybe you are just looking for simple products that don’t require 20 yrs as an IT professional to understand? A few things that are of interest to me:

So speak your mind and let your inner geek out!!!!

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Hi, my name is Damian, and I'm tech gadget addict! Although I always had some interest in technology, it wasn't until I got my EX470 and more importantly found Mediasmartserver.net, that my interest became an addiction. My goal, aside from world domination and to see the Mets/Broncos win another championship, is to set up the perfect digital home where all my media is available at the click of a button. When I am not writing for Mediasmartserver.net you can find me over at my blog at http://www.adigitalhomeblog.com or follow me on twitter


welchwerks January 4, 2010 at 7:04 pm

My First stop if they are there…..

(also I live in Vegas and go every year, going on 6 yrs i think hehehe)

Ceton Multi-Channel Cable TV Card


Expected in Q1 2010
One Card – Up to Six Live HD Channels Simultaneously

4-tuner Multi-Channel Cable TV Card The Ceton Multi-Channel Cable TV Card enables Media Center PCs to play or record up to six live channels of HDTV at once and stream live HD channels or recordings to multiple HDTVs throughout the home, all from a single cable connection. With Ceton you finally have a solution to transform your Media Center PC into a complete entertainment platform for all your media – even encrypted cable TV – with terabytes of storage

Now that is cool i just finished an Zotac ITX 9300 G E build and waiting for this card

Michael January 4, 2010 at 9:32 pm

I caught a very recent review of HP MSS’s at another site and there is a small quip about HP releasing two new MSS’s. Information on what these will be called and the changes/improvements would be very cool.

I for one would like to see video out and true RAID (ideally RAID 5?)

Phreaknes January 4, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I’m keeping my my eyes out for information on:

HTPC cases: I want cases that have a look closer to home AV equipment with progressive styling ques, nice displays (unlike the iMon LCD), proper provisions for cooling and sound attenuation. I want something in my living room that looks like it belongs there not that it happens to be there.

Media Extenders: Though I’m planing on getting 2 Xbox 360′s to use as media extenders, 360′s have some shortcomings (Crap DVD drives, noisy, somewhat ugly, expensive, etc.) and there aren’t many other options out there. Small, quite, simple to setup, stable, cost efficient, and available.

Cable Card: The more options the better! I feel that there will be several different options, but pricing and availability are the only things i’m concerned about. I’m not worried about your new wiz bang CableCard if it hasn’t already had Cablelabs approval. I want street date and price everything else will come in order soon enough.

Remote controls: I was somewhat excited about the Lenovo HTPC remote but without backlit keys it’s out. I really want a remote that can control my W7MC not these cheap remotes that happens to work most things or the complex / very expensive ‘mega remote’ that controls everything except the cats’ mood. Touchscreens that works with slideshow would be great.

Blu-ray drives: I want options, quality at an affordable price. I want a blu-ray player that rips like MAD and a DVD writer that does the job very well all in one drive. There have been several drives on the market but they either do one or the other very well and the other spec suffers greatly. Let narrow that gap a little

Microsoft to fully commit to Home Media Entertainment: I want M$ to really push innovation in this area, It could be a money maker but they have to get it out of the geeks hands and make it as mainstream ASAP. When ever Windows is mentioned in the mindset of the person should be Windows Servers, Windows for business, Windows for home use, or Windows for entertainment.

Zune Integration into Media Center: I would be very cool but I doubt it. Microsoft has never been good at that math. I’m looking at an Apple Ipod Touch to control my [U]Microsoft Windows 7 Media Center[/U]. That should be a crime against nature, but its a reality.

SSD: I want every manufacture that either produces hard drives, controllers, or memory to have in volume shipping SSD drive announcements at CES. I want everything between the crappy shuddering controllers to the X-25m/e killers out there flooding the market. The more in the channel the lower the price. I want 1$ – $1.50 per gig SSD NOW.

ATI 56xx series with passive cooling: Street date and price please tick tock!! Don’t make me get a 4670 passive when we’re so close to a [B]5[/B]670

Alex Kuretz January 5, 2010 at 12:40 am

I’m with you on the SSD drives for sure, I’m actually holding out on a Win7 upgrade on a home PC in the hopes that some cool changes will be coming for SSD in the near future.

Damian January 5, 2010 at 5:20 am

@ welchwerks/Phreaknes,

We definitely think along the same lines :-) I hope we can get an official street date/price on the Ceton card. I will probably compare against the HDHomeRun since I do like HDHomeRuns network tuner.

I think the 56xx is not due out until at least Feb 20. I am sure there will be a passive model, either from HIS or Sapphire. I will either get a 5670 or go a different route and build another HTPC based on clarkdale. I already had 2 4670s in my HTPCs but I would like to move along with bitstreaming and right now it seems that setting it up with Clarkdale is smoother then with the 5xxx cards. Maybe I am just looking for an excuse to build :-)

Damian January 5, 2010 at 5:21 am

@ Michael,

What information do you think you read regarding new MSS’? I don’t think there is any expectation (just speculation on my part but shared by others) of a new MSS being introduced.

Michael January 5, 2010 at 10:46 am

While I wasn’t able to confirm this with a second source, to include digging through HP’s press announcements, I caught this over at Tom’s…

HP Really Keeps On Rockin’

Ironically, just as we were going to press, HP announced another generation of MediaSmart Servers.


So while I acknowledge that Tom’s is no longer the site they used to be, even by a long shot, I wouldn’t expect a comment like that to come from thin air…???

Alex Kuretz January 5, 2010 at 11:17 am

Michael, I believe that Tomshardware article was published a bit later than they expected when they wrote it, and that they are referring to the DataVault.

EricTheRed January 6, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I want WHS based on Server 2008r2 x64. So, is MS going to show us the next version of WHS?

Damian January 6, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I think the next WHS (Vail) is expected to be based off of Server 2008 x64 and the hope is that it will be released this year. I have not heard any sort of hint though that it will be highlighted at CES, but it would definitely be a nice surprise.

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