The ZDNET team has scoured CES 2024 to bring you the most innovative new tech and exciting products. While we have many lists highlighting the best TVs, laptops, robots, headphones, and mobile accessories, we wanted to provide you with our top picks that we believe will be worth your hard-earned money when they launch in 2024. Additionally, we wanted to showcase the best innovations that may not be on your shopping list but are worth knowing about due to their potential impact on future products. Here are our top picks from CES 2024:
Samsung S95D OLED: Best TV
At CES 2024, TV innovation was everywhere, with transparent TVs, over 100-inch QLEDs, folding TVs, and 8K projectors. However, the best TV of the show was the Samsung S95D OLED. It introduced a glare-free display that combines the qualities of anti-reflective screens with the intense colors and excellent dynamic range of OLED technology. We tested the glare-free display with a phone camera flash and were amazed at how well it dispersed the light. This means you can use this TV in the brightest rooms, which has been a challenge for OLED TVs. When it launches this spring, it is expected to have the best picture quality on the market. The price is estimated to be around $2,500, with potential discounts during Black Friday.
Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid: Best laptop
Lenovo’s new ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid is a unique 2-in-1 device. It is the world’s first 2-in-1 Windows PC and Android tablet. When you detach the 14-inch OLED display from the keyboard, it automatically converts into the Android operating system. Additionally, you can connect the bottom keyboard portion of the 2-in-1 to an external monitor, effectively giving you two computers to work with.
TimeKettle X1 Interpreter Hub: Best AI device
Translation technology saw significant advancements at CES 2024, and the TimeKettle X1 stood out. This device provides real-time translations in up to 40 languages with minimal latency and high accuracy. The compact device fits in the palm of your hand and includes a screen that displays transcriptions of your conversation. Two earbuds accompany the device, allowing two people to have in-ear translations during a one-on-one conversation. It offers various modes suitable for different situations and can even provide real-time translations for up to 20 people in five different languages when synced with multiple hubs. The TimeKettle X1 Interpreter Hub is available for $699 on the TimeKettle website.
MSI Claw: Best gaming device
MSI’s first gaming handheld, the MSI Claw, impresses with its latest Intel Core Ultra processor for enhanced performance and gaming. It features a more ergonomic design with ample ventilation, distinguishing itself from its competitors. The device also supports USB-C Thunderbolt, enabling external monitor use. While its LCD display falls short compared to OLED rivals, the gaming potential of this handheld more than compensates for it. The MSI Claw is expected to start at $699 and will be released later this year.
Minitailz Smart Dog Collar: Best tech accessory
The Minitailz Smart Dog Collar provides insights similar to a fitness tracker for humans. By attaching it to your dog’s collar, you can access data about its heart health, activity, appetite, and more through the accompanying app. The attachment also includes location tracking, eliminating the need for additional trackers. One of its essential features is the ability to detect early symptoms of heart disease, potentially saving your dog’s life. The Minitailz Smart Dog Collar has been recognized as a CES 2024 Innovation Award Honoree in the Artificial Intelligence category. It is available for $99 and requires a subscription fee of $25 per month or $275 per year.
Holoconnect Holobox: Best innovation overall
The Holoconnect Holobox allows you to have holographic video calls with near-zero latency. It is a “plug and play” system that only requires an internet connection. To be a hologram yourself, you need a well-lit white background, and then you can carry on with your video call as usual. While the price is not disclosed on the Holoconnect website, interested customers can request a pricing list. Although it is expensive and may not be suitable for everyone’s living room, the concept of future video calls becoming holograms is incredibly compelling.
TCL 115-inch QD-MiniLED TV: Best TV innovation
Laser TVs and ultra-short-throw (UST) projectors have gained popularity recently, aiming to create a more cinematic experience at home. At CES, Samsung unveiled an 8K projector that reaches up to 150 inches. However, TCL’s 115-inch QD-MiniLED TV stood out as the best TV innovation. The challenge with these projectors is achieving high brightness and color accuracy, which TCL successfully accomplished with its QD-MiniLED technology.
These are our top picks from CES 2024 that we believe will make a significant impact in the tech industry. Stay tuned for their releases and witness the future of technology unfold.