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Lenovo refreshes Smart Clock Essential, Smart Frame

For a smarter home

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Lenovo’s smart home essentials are a little underrated and unsung. But that hasn’t stopped the company from refreshing the lineup which include the Smart Clock Essential, Ambient Light Dock, Wireless Charging Dock, and Smart Frame.

Smart Clock Essential

The Lenovo Smart Clock Essential is the ultimate smart clock for any room. It has Alexa built in which helps you from setting timers, alarms and reminders, Alexa is there to help add items to your Amazon cart and even control your smart home with just your voice. It’s easy to manage compatible smart home devices with Alexa — just look for the ‘Works with Alexa’ badge on plugs, lights, and more.

Maintaining your privacy is always top of mind for Lenovo. That’s why the Smart Clock Essential is built without a camera and with an included mute switch for mics.

It’s also a 3W full range smart speaker for streaming songs via your Wi-Fi network4 from Amazon Music and similar streaming apps, as well as audiobooks and podcasts. It comes in Misty Blue and Clay Red.

Ambient Light Dock

You can pair the Smart Clock Essential with the Ambient Light Dock. You can use it as a nightlight on the clock’s base to provide ambient light in the room with eight lighting modes. These include solid colors like cherry and ocean blue, warm sunset tones, gorgeous rainbow light, as well as rhythmic motion lighting with colors fading in and out for a moment of zen.

To choose your favorite light setting, either double tap the top of the Smart Clock Essential with Alexa Built-in to cycle through the choices, change ambient light settings via voice command or by using the Alexa app.

Wireless Charging Dock with Night Light

If you want something that looks a little more fun, there’s the Wireless Charging Dock with Night Light. It comes in Squid and Sealion-inspired designs. Introduced last year alongside the Lenovo Smart Clock 2, it helps get rid of unnecessary clutter and cords by being your night light and charging pad.

Lenovo Smart Frame

The Lenovo Smart Frame is designed to help you rediscover and curate your family’s favorite images to showcase wherever you want in your home.

This refreshed version no longer requires a Google Photos account to load photos. Just use your phone to upload pictures to the frame’s built-in memory.

Also new is the added ability to leave loved ones and roommates virtual sticky notes on the screen saying: “Good luck on your test” or “Be home at 5!” These can be scheduled and timed, so they stay on only when you need them to be seen.

The functions will also be enriched with support for video channels, both from your local phone library or from your Google Photos account.

Interactive Activities

Additionally, there will be what Lenovo calls Interactive Activities channel concept which was previewed at CES. This transforms the frame’s traditional fixed screen into more of a pop-up interactive experience to increase a user’s well-being with a compatible fitness or mini-game accessory.

Imagine a Bluetooth-enabled rolling wrist ball workout tool capable of sending fitness data, stats on speed, weight of resistance force, and other challenge factors as the ball increases in speed inside the shell. This spinning motion helps the fingers, wrists, arms and shoulders gain strength. And the consumer can track their improvements live on a connected Lenovo Smart Frame.

Price and availability

  • Smart Clock Essential with Alexa Built-in is available in January 2022, starting at US$ 59.99
  • Ambient Light Dock is expected to be available starting in Q1 2022 and will start at US$ 29.99
  • Wireless Charging Dock with Night Light is available now (compatible with the Lenovo Smart Clock 2)
  • Smart Frame is available now in North America and Australia.

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GadgetMatch Awards: Best of CES 2022

Plenty of new gadgets and tech to be excited about this year and in the future

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It’s not quite the CES 2022 that many envisioned thanks in large part to the surge of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. But, there were still plenty of new gadgets and tech to be excited about this year and in the future.

Here are our picks for the best of the best at CES 2022.

Best Auto Innovation: BMW Color Changing Car

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CES continues to be the home of possibly the coolest things ever and this Color Changing Car from BMW might just be one of the coolest.

The BMW iX Flow uses E Ink technology to change how the car’s exterior looks. The car contains millions of microcapsules as thin as a strand of hair. Much like the E Ink you’ll find inside a Kindle, electricity causes the microcapsules to shift between black or white. Mind. Blown.

Best Smart Mask: Razer Zephyr Pro

Speaking of cool, Razer just gave us a smart mask that is not only helpful during the pandemic but is also pretty snazzy.

The Zephyr Pro looks just like the earlier version except for one small detail: speaker grilles around your chin. The mask can amplify your voice for up to 60 decibels at a range of one meter. That said, the mask does not have a voice changer, so if you want to sound like Vader, you’ll have to do it manually.

Best Foldable: ZenBook 17 Fold OLED

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ASUS has done it again. The company continues to be a pioneer in innovative PCs — from dual-screen creative devices to 2-in-1 gaming machines. This time, they dabble into foldables with the ZenBook 17 Fold OLED.

It looks like a more refined version of the ThinkPad X1 Fold first showcased by Lenovo. The leaps in tech are massive because of its foldable OLED screen the specs that the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is packing.

Best Sustainability Effort: Lenovo ThinkPad Z

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Lenovo is doubling down on sustainability. This is apparent on both the materials used on the Lenovo ThinkPad Z Series as well as the Yoga 6. Here, they used materials like recycled aluminum available in arctic grey or black and recycled black vegan leather.

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This extends to the packaging. The materials are made from 100 percent recyclable and compostable bamboo and sugarcane, and the AC power adapter uses 90 percent Post-Consumer Content (PCC).

If you’re the pessimistic type, it’s easy to look at these efforts as nothing more than a corporate attempt to tick sustainability check box. But, this is still a good example and one that other manufacturers can take a cue from.

Best Gaming Laptop: ROG Flow Z13

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Technically, ROG is calling this a tablet more than a laptop. The form factor is more reminiscent of Microsoft’s Surface Pro which they say is a device category on its own. Regardless of how you see it, it’s a thin and light, multi-mode device that has the power to handle AAA gaming.

It’s already pretty darn powerful on its own, but like the ROG Flow X13, it can get even more powerful with the existing ROG XG Mobile GPU or the revamped one with an AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT GPU

Best Dual-Screen Laptop: ThinkBook Plus Gen 3

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We’ve seen dual-screens on laptops before but not like this. Instead of just occupying the upper part of the keyboard layout, Lenovo opted to put an 8-inch display to the right side of the keyboard of the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3.

Lenovo believes this is a more mobile solution for anyone who is accustomed to using a second screen or display for their workflow. The screen also supports pen input which should also be useful for some creatives.

It’s an unusual placement for such a massive second screen and we’re excited to put it through the paces ourselves.

Best Business PC: Lenovo ThinkCentre neo

Lenovo is no stranger to providing computer support for large corporations. Their ‘Think’ line of devices is present in plenty of offices worldwide. In 2022, they are doubling down on their corporate efforts with the ThinkCentre neo line.

It’s composed of desktop PCs adorned with not only the necessary hardware for proper performance, but also the necessary software for privacy and security. This means companies can rest easy knowing their most confidential information is safe and secure and is easily accessible across their devices.

Best Product Refresh: ROG Zephyrus Duo 16

We’ve all heard of the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But ROG doesn’t seem to care for it as they continue to build on some of the best form factors they’ve released in recent years – more specifically, the ROG Zephyrus Duo 16.

This was first showcased in 2020 and this year it’s getting specs-boost and plenty of refinements to make it even better. The 2022 version is a Windows 11 machine powered by an AMD Ryzen 9 6980HX CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti laptop GPU at 150W with Dynamic Boost for high-end horsepower.

There’s also a version featuring ROG’s new Nebula HDR tech for the ultimate HDR gaming and movie-watching experience.

Best Wearable: Garmin vivomove Sport

Garmin has just brought out a hybrid smartwatch that’s perfect for casual users. The vivomove Sport blends fashion and functionality, even for an entry-level device. It fuses technology with an analog look so you can always track your health, fitness, and connections.

More importantly, the vivomove Sport carries Garmin’s in-depth features without breaking the bank. Truly a watch to be enjoyed by casual users getting into an active lifestyle.

Best Smart Home Device: Samsung Freestyle

Samsung knows how to stand out with the launch of its portable projector called The Freestyle. It’s a versatile, lightweight device that lets you play music and project videos any way you want it. You can watch a show on the ceiling or project it onto your walls – you decide your entertainment experience.

Further, it can double as a smart light on your corner since you can attach it to a standard E26 light bulb socket. A fun gadget worth adding into your smart home, if you have the budget for it.

Best Gaming Monitor: Samsung Odyssey Ark

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Samsung’s push into the PC gaming space is stronger than ever. Turning heads at CES 2022 is this curved 55-inch, 4K behemoth of a gaming monitor – the Samsung Odyssey Ark.

Other than the usual wide-angle usage, it can go into a new vertical cockpit-style rotating display that provides a new gaming experience and allows portrait or landscape orientation for multi-tasking and multi-window setup.

It sounds and looks insane that we feel a little sorry we didn’t get to try it for ourselves on the CES showfloor.

Best Innovation: John Deere 8R Tractor

The intersection between tech and food production is one that isn’t talked about much. Regardless, John Deere continues to innovate in this space. Their latest – the John Deere 8R Tractor – is one for the books.

The tractor is fully autonomous, has multiple cameras for monitoring and can be controlled using Deere’s John Deere Operations Center Mobile app. Farmers can just drop the tractor onto their fields and configure the tractor with simple swipes. They can then leave the field to focus on other tasks while the tractor works. With the app, farmers can change settings, access the tractor’s cameras, and check the vehicle’s status.

Best Lifestyle Accessory: L’Oréal ColorSonic

Dyeing your hair is fun, but quite tedious as a task. And a horrible experiment can send your hair frizzing and looking hideous. With salons still temporarily closed caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are looking for solutions to dye their hair easily and beautifully.

L’Oréal unveiled the Colorsonic — a lightweight, handheld device dispensing the right dose of hair dye, applied through a nozzle of bristles that evenly distribute the color. It makes dyeing your hair easy in less than an hour. So you can dye your hair, rinse, style, and go.

Best VR Device: Sony PlayStation VR2

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It’s been over a year since the release of the PlayStation 5. And while it’s still not widely available for everyone, Sony PlayStation has already announced the VR companion for the said console.

The system will come with new sensory features, enhanced control tracking, and higher visual fidelity. On a more technical side, the PlayStation VR2 will come with eye-tracking features, 4K HDR support, foveated rendering, enhanced field of vision, and more responsive controllers called The Sense.

Best TV: Sony A95K

Sony Bravia has always been one of the leaders in TV technology, but in this year’s CES, it looks like they’re taking a big step forward with the Sony A95K.

It features the XR Backlight Master Drive technology which is powered by Sony’s Cognitive Processor XR that precisely controls backlight for incredible brightness, as well as deep blacks and mid tones for a better and more immersive viewing experience.

The Sony A95K is also perfect for streaming and gaming. It has Netflix Adaptive Calibrated Mode and BRAVIA CORE Calibrated Mode for perfect viewing. It also has Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture Mode making it Perfect for the PS5.

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Sony introduces 2022 BRAVIA XR TV lineup with latest tech

For Netflix, PS5, and more

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Sony Electronics announced the global release of their new BRAVIA XR television series lineup which features the innovative XR Backlight Master Drive technology.

Included in the release are the X95K 4K Mini LED, MASTER Series A90K and A80K 4K OLED, and the X90K 4K LED models.

The new models feature the XR Backlight Master Drive technology which is powered by Sony’s Cognitive Processor XR.

It precisely controls backlight for incredible brightness, as well us deep blacks and mid tones for a better and more immersive viewing experience.

Perfect for streaming, gaming

Sony also partnered with Netflix for the Netflix Adaptive Calibrated Mode which adjusts image processing based on ambient light for an original view of films or series under any conditions.

This comes aside from the new BRAVIA CORE Calibrated Mode which also automatically adjusts image quality on screen.

The BRAVIA CORE app is a pre-loaded movie service that includes up to 10 movies to redeem and up to 24 months of unlimited streaming with a purchase of a BRAVIA XR TV.

All 2022 BRAVIA XR televisions released are designed to be ‘Perfect for PlayStation5 as they come with two PS5-exclusive features: Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture Mode.

Elevating sound experience

When watching movies, the Acoustic Surface Audio+ (for OLED models) or Acoustic Surface Audio (for LED models) precisely matches sound with on-screen images for an enhanced audio-visual feel.

To further elevate the listening experience, Sony suggests matching the BRAVIA XR TVs with its sound products, like the HT-A9 Home Theater System or the HT-A7000 and HT-A5000.

These models come with 360 Spatial Sound Mapping which optimizes and calibrates the spatial sound for a cinematic feel when watching movies, series, and more.

BRAVIA CAM

For 2022, Sony also unveiled the BRAVIA CAM. When connected to the BRAVIA XR TVs, the camera will recognize where users are located while optimizing picture and sound accordingly.

The new device also includes gesture controls, video chat, and other fun new experiences to be explored.

For the full lineup of features per television model, you may check the list below.

Models Features
X95K (85”, 75”, and 65”) 4K Mini LED TV Cognitive Processor XR

XR Backlight Master Drive

XR Triluminos Pro

X-Anti Reflection

X-Wide Angle

XR Contrast Booster

BRAVIA CORE Calibrated mode

Acoustic Multi-Audio

Acoustic Center Sync

BRAVIA CAM-compatible

Ambient Optimization Pro

Google TV

Hands-free voice capabilities

Minimalist one slate design, Seamless Edge, and flexible three-way stand

MASTER Series A90K (48”) OLED TV Cognitive Processor XR

XR OLED Contrast Pro

XR Triluminos Pro

BRAVIA CORE Calibrated mode

Acoustic Surface Audio+

Acoustic Center Sync

BRAVIA CAM-compatible

Ambient Optimization Pro

Google TV

Hands-free voice capabilities

Premium Remote

Minimalist one slate design, Seamless Edge, and flexible two-way stand

A80K (77”, 65”, and 55”) OLED TV Cognitive Processor XR

XR OLED Contrast Pro

XR Triluminos Pro

BRAVIA CORE Calibrated mode

Acoustic Surface Audio+

Acoustic Center Sync

BRAVIA CAM-compatible

Ambient Optimization Pro

Google TV

Hands-free voice capabilities

Minimalist one slate design with three-way stand

X90K (75”, 65”, and 55”) 4K LED TV Cognitive Processor XR

Full Array LED

XR Contrast Booster

XR Triluminos Pro (with wider color gamut)

BRAVIA CORE Calibrated mode

Acoustic Surface Audio

Acoustic Center Sync

BRAVIA CAM-compatible

Ambient Optimization Pro

Google TV

Standard Remote

Minimalist one slate design with two-way stand

Pricing and availability

Sony is urging customers to stay tuned on further updates regarding local pricing and availability for the latest BRAVIA XR TV models.

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L’Oréal Colorsonic reinvents the way we color our hair

Easily apply the color consistently

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The L’Oréal Group has been a habitué of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This year, the company unveiled its latest beauty-tech innovation in the form of Colorsonic.

It’s a lightweight, handheld device reinventing the way we color our hair. Using cutting-edge technology, the Colorsonic precisely formulate and dispense the right dose of hair color. Through the device’s oscillating nozzle of bristles, the dye is evenly distributed.

How to color your hair

Through easy steps, you can change the way you color your hair. First, you just need to select a hair color out of 40 shades available on Colorsonic. Then, you load the color cartridge to mix it properly.

Afterward, brush the device from roots to ends to keep it consistent. The oscillating nozzle moves 300 times per minute to effectively cover the hair, and an attachment is also included for those with hair longer than their shoulder.

Once you’re done applying the dye evenly, you just need to wait for 30 minutes. Then you can rinse, style, and go. Don’t forget to remove the cartridge from the device and store the remaining color from the kit so you can do easy touch-ups whenever you want.

Commitment to sustainability

L’Oréal’s commitment to sustainability continues with the unveiling of Colorsonic. It uses a recyclable formula cartridge that uses less plastic per application. The Colorsonic also removes the need for single-use gloves with high-performing, protective gloves that can be reused up to 10 times.

And more importantly, the Colorsonic device as well as its color cartridges are shipped in certified recyclable paper mailers.

L’Oréal is aiming to launch the Colorsonic in the United States starting early 2023.

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