Premium USB’s Impressions of CES 2011
Now that the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas for 2011 has come to a close, it is time to digest all that was showcased, as well as reflect, on all the craziness that CES 2011 proved to be. Well first and foremost CES 2011 was massive! There were about 120,000 people from all around the world who flew in to attend this year’s CES with literally thousands of different Exhibitors showcasing just about every kind of technology you can image.
CES 2011 proved to be the year of the Tablet and 3D entertainment, but perhaps one technology that was perhaps even more than present at the show, but often overlooked, was USB 3.0 technology. USB 3.0 was everywhere! We ran across booths that were promoting USB 3.0 hubs, cables, motherboards, and even some USB 3.0 flash drives with ground breaking speeds. Needless to say after walking up and down every isle at CES 2011, USB technology was prevalent and seemed to solidify itself in consumer electronics for years to come.
Now while there is literally too much information about CES to cover in one blog, here are our overall impressions of how USB technology was displayed and showcased at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show:
• More USB 3.0 Flash drives presented by more manufactures/vendors than ever before. Almost every booth that was displaying USB 3.0 technology was also displaying their 3.0 flash drives.
• More USB 3.0 integration with computer motherboards was showcased. For example GIGABYTE previewed their new G1 Killer Series motherboards that support up to 4 on board USB 3.0 connections!
• More companies are using wireless USB drives as a means to link your home entertainment equipment with your PC. This would mean that you could wirelessly stream content from your personal computer to your TV, digital photo frame, or even stereo equipment allowing for easy hands free operation.
• This year’s CES also seemed to showcase many new and interesting rugged USB drives. These drives were more physically durable as well as many had internal data security up to 256 AES hardware and software encryption.
Keep in mind that these are all brief summaries of our experience and we will have pictures as well as videos posted within the next few days detailing our experiences at CES 2011 including interviews with Gigabyte, Mimoco, Corsair, Victorinox, as well as many others.
Share your experience or your impressions of CES 2011 as well as what you think this year’s CES showed might have missed below.