Best TVs Announced at CES 2018

If the television trends at CES 2018 were a long-time friend you hadn’t seen in a while, you’d instantly acknowledge how thin they are. You’d say, “Wow, you’ve really slimmed down. What are you doing?”. They’d respond by showing you their advanced yoga practice and effortlessly roll-up into a ball.

While enjoying great conversation over lunch, you’d be astounded at how crisp and clear their voice was. And just when you began feeling bad about yourself, you’d see with complete clarity every single wrinkle on their incredibly porous face.

Trust us, if you thought that introduction was over dramatic, you’re right.

That’s because the televisions unveiled at CES 2018 were nothing if not dramatic. Let’s step inside the theater of CES 2018 and look at our picks for most impressive TV unveilings.

Best TVs Announced at CES 2018

Best TVs Announced at CES 2018

LG’s 65-inch 4K OLED Rollable TV

If you’ve ever been to a magic show or known anyone with a top hat and a bunny, you’ve seen someone pull a rabbit out of a hat. But have you ever seen a television appear out of a thin rectangular box with the click of a button? No? Well, prepare to be amazed because that is exactly what LG’s 4K Rollable TV does.

This OLED display isn’t your standard touch-your-toes type of flexible. This TV rolls up completely just like a poster would. Many would say that kind of flexibility really isn’t necessary, but we think the fact that it is possible, is amazing. What’s even more amazing is that the actual display of the television looks just as good as your standard 4K display. This OLED TV is so flexible it can even unroll to specific sizes that match whatever media you’re watching.

LG’s Largest and Best Display

What’s better than a 77 inch TV? Why, one that’s 88 inches, of course! Not yet for sale but available for ogling is LG’s largest OLED display coming in at a whopping 88 inches. Just for good measure, LG decided to throw in an extra 8 and make this TV 8K. No, not its price, but its resolution.

As for price, you can bet this TV will be more than $8,000 when it’s available for purchase. This TV is not yet for sale and further specs have yet to be released.

LG’s Crystal Sound

The big, ugly and ineffective speakers on televisions have been under siege for the past few years. Not only does their sound quality pale in comparison to the impressive performance of the current market sound bars, but they are a bit of an eye sore and take up a good amount of space on televisions that are obsessed with being thinner.

Enter Crystal Sound. LG’s cutting-edge television that emits sound from its screen. Producing sound from the display allows the screen to be extra-thin, which is all the rage.

Don’t big TVs need love, too? This OLED television uses what they call “exciters” located behind the OLED panels that vibrate its crisp display producing a very directed and high-quality sound.

Samsung’s “The Wall”

Who wants to stare at a boring wall when they could be staring at a television that is as big as a wall? Samsung’s appropriately-named unveiling of “The Wall” boasts 146 diagonal inches. It’s micro LED screen is being described as a modular screen that can be scaled up or down to fit your environment.

Gone are the days of staring at an actual wall; now we can stare at our gigantic TV on the wall.

Wait. Haven’t we done that before?

Not at 146 inches, we haven’t.

Much is still to be revealed for each of these televisions, but one thing is for sure, the future is here.

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Google Assistant vs. Amazon Alexa

Google Assistant vs Amazon AlexaEveryone in the tech industry predicted that smart home technology would yet again dominate the headlines as 2018 CES show stealer. What we didn’t expect, or at least appreciate, was Google’s plan to show up and wave its latest integrations in everyone’s face.

Including one lady named Alexa.

Last year Alexa was the clear queen of the Miss Smart Home Pageant, dominating her competitors in every category. However, Google Home showed up at CES 2018 to prove that Alexa’s reign as pageant queen may be in jeopardy. And Google was not shy about shouting their intentions to the world. They setup camp smack dab in the middle of the convention center parking lot, complete with a swirly blue slide and ball pit.

What else would you expect from the iconic Silicon Valley startup?

Passengers of the Vegas monorail couldn’t catch a ride without thinking to themselves, “Hey Google”, because the entire monorail was wallpapered in Google ads.

We have every indication that Google is not interested in being first runner up now or in the future. So, what exactly is Google bringing to the table and how does it compare to Amazon’s Alexa? Let’s look at the pageant judge’s ballots to find out.

Google Assistant vs. Amazon Alexa

Most Intelligent

In our opinion, the answer here should not shock you. Google is recognized globally as the number one search engine. So much so that we use its name as a verb. Don’t believe me? You can Google it.

Most Actionable Skills

At this point, Alexa is more highly skilled than Google. Meaning Alexa offers more app-like capabilities than the Assistant so far as access to recipes, music, podcasts and other skills. Google refers to these capabilities as “actions”. However, at this point, Alexa had many more skills than Google Assistant has actions.

Most Conversational

Some Amazon enthusiasts will try to make the case that saying “Alexa” is way easier than the vowel conglomerate of “Hey Google”. But in our opinion, that’s only because they know what happens once you get past the pleasantries. Google Assistant has a hands-down better likelihood of answering your request with an accurate answer or completion of a task. While Alexa, because of its lesser intelligence (see above), is more likely to respond with, “Sorry, I don’t know that one.”

Most Likely to Always Have Your Back

If you have just about any Android phone, you never have to feel alone because you’re always only one “Hey Google” away from talking to your personal assistant. Alexa is currently only fully integrated with two Android phones. For other mobile devices, you can download the Alexa app but that will only give you a snippet of Alexa’s full potential.

Most Talented

If you are a tech nerd like us, it may hurt you to read but this category goes to Alexa. You can interact with your Alexa device to stream video or music content from your phone to your Amazon Fire Stick or the new Amazon 4K TV. In fact, the new 4K TV comes with a remote that has a built-in microphone to easily request content. While Google does have the Chromecast, which we believe has a much more streamlined integration with phones than the Fire stick, we gave this category to Alexa because she has more television talents.

Most Likely to Keep Your House Clean

This one’s a tie. Why? It turns out that people don’t care who cleans their house as long as their house is clean!

Major manufacturers are finding that the limitations of smart home loyalties are a turn-off to consumers. Consumers want to choose a refrigerator because of how much beer it holds, not because they know the refrigerator will play nice with their current smart home technology.

Google and Amazon each have a significant number of integrations available, or in process, with a variety of smart home devices, appliances and systems. However, neither Google or Amazon wins this category because consumers are ready to choose favorites.

If you’re keeping score, Google Home wins by one. Assuming we read the card right (cue Steve Harvey).

*Photo credit Google

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CES 2018: Top 3 Trends

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show has come and gone. And while we are sad to see it go, we are ecstatic over what it had to offer. The expansion of smart home technologies, virtual reality, and televisions were expected at this year’s CES and nonetheless exciting to see, and health tech, beauty tech and even robots brought unexpected excitement to the tech world.

From the unexpected to the expected, let’s look at CES 2018’s top 3 unveilings. Continue reading

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CES 2018: What to Expect

What to expect at CES 2018Our favorite time of the year has come; it’s time for the Consumer Electronics Show, the biggest tech show of the year. The show runs in Las Vegas from January 9th– January 12th and we can’t wait to see what new innovations will be unveiled. Like any good technology lover, we can’t simply wait to see what happens, we must speculate! Here is our list of top innovations and unveilings that we expect to see at CES 2018. Continue reading

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Control4 Smart Locks for your Smart Home Security

In our last post we talked about securing your garage door with Control4. This may have left you wondering about all the other entry doors on your house and if they can get any “smarter”. With Control4, they certainly can. In fact, currently Control4 can work with 3 different brands of smart locks to keep your home secured. Continue reading

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Control4 Smart Garage Tech

Control4 Smart GarageHave you noticed that calling something “smart” has taken on a whole new meaning? Historically we’ve reserved that word to reference individuals with high levels of intelligence or perhaps a sweater vest with a certain sophistication. Today however, we call a lot of things smart. Like phones, TVs, lights, thermostats, sounds systems and garage doors.

Yep, you read that right, even garage doors have gotten smarter. Continue reading

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Top Gifts for Music Lovers

Top Gifts Music LoverIf you have a true music lover in your tribe, an iTunes gift card or generic pair of headphones won’t rightfully acknowledge your appreciation of their hobby. No, true music lovers take how, when and where they listen to their favorite artists and albums, seriously. If you are tasked with the challenge of finding the perfect gift for the music lover in your life, don’t fear. We’ve compiled a great list of items that are sure to impress. Continue reading

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Top Gifts for Your Tech Lover

Every family has one. Whether it is an uncle, spouse, cousin or child, there is bound to be someone on your list who is a tech junkie. Here is our list of the top items you can expect your tech lover to be asking Santa for this year. Continue reading

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Best Tech Stocking Stuffers of 2017

Top Tech Stocking StuffersThe holidays are here and that gives us all the excuses we need to brag on some of our favorite tech gadgets for 2017. These gadgets can stuff stockings or be wrapped up under the tree; however you deliver them they will surely be a hit. And with everything under $20 your bank account can rest easy. Continue reading

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The New Universal Remote Controls are Getting Smart

Universal Remote ControlWhen most people under the age of 30 hear the words “universal remote”, they shudder as they think back to memories of their father stomping around the living room, frustrated with the remote their mother bought him for Father’s Day in 1995. We can promise that the days of desperately trying to setup your universal remote are truly a thing of the past! The new universal remotes are a fantastic addition to your living room and setup is simple. Continue reading

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