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GadgetMatch Awards: Best of CES 2020

A peek into the future

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Turning the page to a New Year always feels symbolic. It’s a new beginning, a chance to start fresh. What better way to kick things off than to get a sneak peek at what’s coming next? That’s exactly what CES 2020 gave us.

This year’s CES is by far one of the most well-rounded ones. Sure, we got our usual cool gaming things, some laptops here and there, and even new phones. But we also got a glimpse at living and traveling in the future could really look like.

Best Kitchen Appliance: LG InstaView ThinQ Oven with Air Fry

We’ve always loved how you could knock on LG InstaView refrigerators to get a peek at what’s inside, that way you save energy by not letting out cold air. This year, LG is bringing that same tech to their new InstaView ThinQ Range and it’s a match made in heaven. Imagine not having to open the oven to keep a close eye on the cake you’re baking, just knock on the oven door twice and the oven lights open. The oven is self cleaning too. Oh and did we tell you, it’s also got a built-in air fryer!

Best Urban Gardening Solution: LG Indoor Vegetable Cultivator

With studies pointing to how there soon won’t be enough land to feed the earth’s growing population, giving people the option to grow food in their own homes is a step in the right direction. While it’s not going to be an appliance you’ll think of buying first, LG Indoor Vegetable Cultivator is a good way to invest in the sustainability of your future. While it might look like a fridge, a cooler it isn’t. Instead it replicates all the right conditions needed to go produce outdoors. The indoor gardening machine can grow produce enough for a family of four.

Best Mobility Concept: LG Connected Car

If there’s no place like home, wouldn’t it be amazing if everywhere was home? That’s the thinking behind LG’s new seamless life initiative. Their connected car concept imagines a future where rides are shared but the experience is still personalized. From seats that adjust to feel like your favorite comfy seat, to continuing that movie from where you left off at home, to a virtual assistant that’s a voice command away — LG’s Connected Car gets us excited about the future of mobility.   

Best PC: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold

While foldable smartphones are sexy, tablets that fold into laptop computers make even better sense and Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold is leading the charge. A concept device not too long ago became a reality at this year’s CES. Why do we love it? Because it’s one of the most versatile PCs ever. It’s both a desktop computer and a laptop. It’s an e-reader, digital notebook, tablet for watching videos or playing games.

Best Smart Home Device: Lenovo Smart Frame

If pictures can truly say a thousand words, then the Lenovo Smart Frame will let you say a million. It’s exactly what its name says it is. The Lenovo Smart Frame will let you display any album or collection on your Google Photos.

Don’t feel like showing off your personal shots? It comes with a free app with hundreds of art pieces to choose from. As far as wall decors go, this might just be one of the smartest at the moment.

Best Laptop: Lenovo Lavie Pro Mobile

Made of lightweight magnesium-lithium array through Japanese craftsmanship with a minimalist design. I don’t know about you, but that sounds sexy AF — and that’s not something one usually says about a laptop.

Every single inch of the the Lenovo Lavie Pro Mobile screams premium. Inside is Intel’s 8th gen chip with 8GB of memory and 512GB of SSD storage. That’s not bad at all.

Best Chromebook: ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 

One look and you wouldn’t think the C436 is a Chromebook. It’s like a regular premium laptop through and through. At 13.7mm and 1.1kg, this is the thinnest and lightest 14-inch Chromebook.

That tiny body packs a lot of punch though. Up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD storage, Wi-Fi 6. Two USB-C ports, microSD card slot up to 2TB.

Then the fact that it’s a flip which means you get various modes like laptop, tablet, and tent mode. This is as versatile a Chromebook as it gets.

Best Gaming Laptop: ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14

The very first thing you’ll notice about the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is its LED dot-matrix lid. Similar to how you can customize RGB lighting on most other gaming laptops, you can make the Zephyrus G14 truly yours just like we did ours. Don’t lets its size fool you either, this gaming notebook packs a punch with NVIDIA RTX 2060 graphics card and 120Hz display for silky smooth gaming. Want!

Best Smartphone: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Note enjoys a cult following because of an experience and functionality that remains unmatched by any Android rival. Understandably this top-of-the-line phone comes with a premium price tag. Which is why we couldn’t be more than excited about the launch of the Galaxy Note 10 Lite.  It’s got has everything you’d expect from a Galaxy Note: big display, huge battery, and of course the S Pen. It even offers something its big brother doesn’t — a headphone jack. Now everyone can own a Galaxy Note!

Best Lifestyle TV: Samsung The Sero

Remember the time when shooting vertical videos was laughed at? These days, we’ve embraced both portrait and landscape content, and it only makes sense that televisions can switch between the two — just like we do on our smartphones. While innovation in TV tech is defined by screen size, resolution and color, Samsung’s spinning The Sero, with its forward thinking approach to media consumption is THE ONE that caught our eyes at CES 2020.

Best Gaming Desktop: Razer Tomahawk

The most fun thing about building PCs is how you can easily change parts to upgrade. The Razer Tomahawk is a compact PC gaming solution that makes it easy to slot in upgradeable components without the need for a toolbox.

Utilizing Intel’s NUC 9 Extreme Compute Element — which is essentially a system-on-a-card that’s powered by 9th-gen Intel Core H-Series processors — the Razer Tomahawk N1 chassis can be opened from the rear, with a lock-and-slide mechanism allowing for easy access to the case’s internals.

Best Gaming Concept: Alienware Concept UFO Prototype

For many years now manufacturers have tried to find ways to make PC gaming more portable. But the more powerful gaming laptops get, the farther away from portable they become. As a result many gamers resort to buying or building desktop rigs with an insane amount of computing power.

Alienware wants to change that and Concept UFO might just be the ultimate portable PC gaming device. Imagine being able to take your entire Steam library and play whenever, wherever. Its big display and detachable controllers make it a perfect companion for those who want to game at home or on the go.

Best Midrange Smartphone: TCL Pro 10

TCL makes a splash in the smartphone space this year with its first self-branded smartphone lineup headlined by the TCL Pro 10. In its first attempt at a midrange smartphone, it delivers on what we so desperately need — a flagship experience for less. Leveraging the company’s experience expertise in TV display technology and a focus on a camera that can compete with the best, this phone has all the right ingredients to make you want to consider it.

Best Value for Money TV: TCL 6-Series TV (2020)

 

TCL has always been known for offering good products for less money, and its popular 6-series TV remains at the forefront of that. Not only is it moving on from Quantum dots to Mini LEDs, rumors suggest the 2020 version might be even cheaper than the 2019 models.

So you’re getting a better viewing experience for less. Hard to argue when you’re getting such great value.

Best Wireless Earphones: TCL ACTV200BT

There’s much more to TCL’s new wireless earphones, the ACTV200BT, than just providing the soundtrack to daily workout. It’s also equipped with a multi-sensor system that will accurately read and monitor your heart rate. The system is called ActivHearts and it works with the majority of sports apps. The device can last over 14 hours of playtime and six hours with the heart rate monitor on. It’s also capable of fast charging so you can get two hours of extra power when you charge it for fifteen minutes.

Best Audio Product: Vizio Elevate Soundbar

When Vizio set out to make their award winning sound bar even better, they decided to focus on ensuring that when you listen to music on it, it sounds just as good as audio from your favorite movie or video game. Because you deserve great sounding content regardless!  The new Elevate Sound Bar comes with auto rotating speakers so you get more focused  Dobly Atmos and DTS:X content.

Best Mobility Award: Audi AI:ME

Over the last few years we’ve seen CES becoming more and more important to cars, to the point where it almost felt like a car show. While there wasn’t a shortage of concept cars this year, there weren’t a lot that you could actually drive — which makes our ride on Audi’s AI:ME self-driving car one of our favorite moments from the show. This futuristic vehicle was unlike any other we’ve experienced with massive glass windows, luxurious interiors and a feeling of zen. Audi wants its car of the future to be empathic — using artificial intelligence to understand and adapt to our needs and preferences. It’s a refreshing approach from a car manufacturer. At CES Audi didn’t come to sell any particular car, but instead is using it as a platform to engage in conversations about the future of mobility.

Best Personal Care Device: Colgate Plaqless Pro Toothbrush

Smart toothbrushes aren’t new and there are many good ones in the market today. But, like any tool, the effectiveness of a smart toothbrush relies heavily on proper use. Colgate’s upcoming Plaqless Pro toothbrush hopes to address this, with optical sensors that identify plaque on each tooth as you brush and an indicator light that tells you when to move on to the next one. Now that’s smart brushing done right!

Sustainability Award: Food Solution: Impossible Pork

While red meat tastes so good, excessive consumption of it is not good for the planet. So if you’re looking at ways of reducing your carbon footprint, a plant-based diet can be one of the easiest steps to take. There are many meat substitutes in the market today but nothing comes close to the taste and texture of actual meat than those made by Impossible Foods. At this year’s CES, the food tech company best known for the Impossible Burger rolled out Impossible Pork. At the show we tried a Vietnamese banh mi made with Impossible Pork, and it was so good we think the company should just rebrand to Possible — because thanks to them a plant-based diet is.

Sustainability Award: Use of AI in Agriculture: John Deere R4038 Sprayer

There were many sexy vehicles at CES, but we found the story of agriculture equipment company John Deere equally sexy. Using artificial intelligence and deep learning the company is building tractors, harvesters and other agricultural vehicles with a focus on sustainability and reducing farming’s impact on the environment. Take for example the R4038 Sprayer. Let’s put it this way, not every square foot of land have the same needs, this machine is smart enough to know which parts need extra care. And with its ExactApply nozzle control system, they’ve been able to make tasks like spraying pesticide an extremely precise operation. John Deere’s innovative tech solutions allow this behemoth of a farming machine spray just what’s needed to only where it is needed.

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Samsung Galaxy Chromebook now available on Best Buy

Best of Galaxy tech and Chrome OS

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Working and learning from home has now become the norm for a lot of people around the world. If you’re looking for a flexible workstation, or even just to stay entertained during self-isolation, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is now available for purchase.

The new Galaxy Chromebook combines the best of Samsung’s Galaxy tech such as an AMOLED display and built-in-pen support, with the simple and fast Chrome OS.

Its AMOLED display is the first ever featured on a Chromebook and delivers 4K UHD resolution for a more immersive Netflix and chill experience.

It’s also packed with productivity tools, such as the built-in pen for note taking, drawing, or signing documents. Internally it’s powered by the latest 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor.

It’s also equipped with Intel Wi-Fi 6, so your next Zoom meeting (or party) would go as seamlessly as possible. There’s a good helping of ports available — two USB-C ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a UFS/MicroSD slot. RAM can go up as high as 16GB while storage is up to 1TB SSD.

Those who have shifted to digital learning for the time being can enjoy a more collaborative experience through Chrome OS features like Google Drive functionality.

There’s also Click-to-Call and Messaging apps along with other Samsung smartphone features that you can access directly on the laptop.

Google Assistant is also readily available whenever you need it.

The Galaxy Chromebook is available in Fiesta Red and Mercury Gray on Samsung.com and Best Buy for US$ 999.99.

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Sex tech is for everyone, not just for men

CES 2020 encourages sex positivity

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Startup Lora DiCarlo graced the headlines last year for having its award revoked by the committee behind the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The startup believes it was unjust and fought for its right to be part of the annual show.

This year, Lora DiCarlo is the talk of the town once again, not because of an issue, but for being in the spotlight of CES 2020. Lora DiCarlo paved the way for sex tech to be out in the open, particularly companies with devices geared for women’s sex, health, and wellness.

Sex tech isn’t new, but sex being taboo in this modern yet surprisingly conservative society took the spotlight away from their devices. In case you’re wondering, sex technology mostly ventures on innovations to enhance our sexuality and sexual experience.

Breaking barriers

In 2017, men enjoyed VR porn as if it was that revolutionary, while sex toys and vibrators that offer solutions to enhance our experiences and relationships aren’t getting the splash they deserve. Thankfully, CES 2020 is taking a step forward in ending sexism and encourage sex-positivity. After all, sex is part of human nature.

Ever since Lora Haddock DiCarlo — the founder of Lora DiCarlo — fought for their right to be at CES, I was astounded and followed her journey. I’m all ears for women speaking up, especially with the goal of making a change in our society.

Lora DiCarlo’s Osé won an innovative award and was later revoked by CES. Eventually, Lora DiCarlo got the award reinstated while fighting for sex tech to be recognized in a separate category.

Now that DiCarlo and her company sparked a controversy, sex tech are now in the spotlight of the annual show held at Las Vegas. DiCarlo didn’t expect herself to be at the forefront of change, but it elevated her profile and grew her business.

Pleasure is at the forefront

At CES 2020, Lora DiCarlo showcased their first device once again — the Osé — is a personal massager which produces blended orgasm by mimicking movements of a human partner. It’s that revolutionary, hence, gaining an innovation award. I mean, just imagine a device pleasuring you the way a human partner does — It’s astonishing!

Lora DiCarlo’s Baci

Additionally, Lora DiCarlo unveiled two more devices: Baci and Onda. Baci is a micro-robotic device which stimulates the feel and motion of human lips and tongue, while Onda mimics the motion of human fingers. Even though it’s meant for women, I can’t wait to actually try one!

Lora DiCarlo’s Onda

More sex technology to solve our needs

DiCarlo’s fight enabled other companies and devices to get noticed and join the spotlight. Satisfyer showed-off Satisyfer Connect, an app that can be used remotely with a long-distance partner. Lioness delivered its second-generation vibrator tracking data to improve orgasms.

Satisfyer

Furthermore, Womanizer exhibited their products and Pleasure Air Technology — a combination of suction and pressure waves — which brings a mindblowing, orgasmic experience. While all of these talk about pleasure, Morari introduced a “band-aid” that withholds pleasure, solving the premature ejaculation issue prevalent with men.

2020 might just be the beginning, but CES showcasing sex technology is a huge step forward in encouraging a sex-positive society. If you’re still iffy about this technology, remember that you’re not the target audience and that you were born because your parents had sex.

READ MORE: 6 sex toys to help women achieve pleasure like no other

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LG at CES 2020

Anywhere is home

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At CES 2020, they’re offering not just one, but many smart home appliances — such as washer, dryer, refrigerator, and more.

LG’s ThinQ, InstaView, and Signature series all make life easier at the comfort of your home.

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