The ZDNET team attended CES 2024 to discover the most innovative new technology and products to share with our audience. While we have compiled lists of the best TVs, laptops, robots, headphones, and mobile accessories, we also wanted to highlight our top picks that we believe will be worth your money when they launch in 2024. Additionally, we wanted to showcase the best innovations that may not be directly purchasable but could influence future products. Here are our selections:
Samsung S95D OLED: Best TV
The Samsung S95D OLED TV stood out among the TV innovations at CES 2024. While there were transparent TVs, over 100-inch QLEDs, folding TVs, and 8K projectors, the S95D OLED TV offered a more subtle upgrade that significantly improved the everyday viewing experience. It introduced a glare-free display that combines the anti-reflective qualities of screens with the intense colors and dynamic range of OLED technology. We tested the display with a phone camera flash and were impressed by how well it dispersed the light. This means that the TV can be used in the brightest rooms, which has been a challenge for OLED TVs. When it launches this spring, it is expected to be priced around $2,500.
Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid: Best laptop
Lenovo’s ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid is a unique 2-in-1 device that combines a Windows PC and an 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 keyboard portion to an external monitor, essentially giving you two computers to work with. This versatility sets it apart from other 2-in-1 computers.
TimeKettle X1 Interpreter Hub: Best AI device
The TimeKettle X1 Interpreter Hub showcased the advancements in translation technology at CES 2024. It offers real-time translations in up to 40 languages with minimal latency and high accuracy. The device is compact and includes a screen that displays transcriptions of conversations, as well as two earbuds for in-ear translations during one-on-one conversations. It has different modes suitable for various situations, and multiple hubs can be synced to provide real-time translations for up to 20 people in five different languages. The TimeKettle X1 Interpreter Hub is currently available for $699.
MSI Claw: Best gaming device
MSI’s Claw is a gaming handheld that features the latest Intel Core Ultra processor for AI enhancements to performance and gaming. It has an ergonomic design with ample ventilation and supports USB-C Thunderbolt for external monitor use. While its LCD display falls short compared to OLED rivals, the gaming potential of this handheld compensates for it. The 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. It attaches to your dog’s collar and provides data on their heart health, activity, appetite, and more through an accompanying app. The collar can also track your dog’s location, eliminating the need for additional trackers. One of its significant features is the ability to detect early symptoms of heart disease, potentially saving your dog’s life. The Minitailz Smart Dog Collar 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 enables holographic communication with near-zero latency. It is a “plug and play” system that only requires an internet connection and a well-lit white background to function. Users can have holographic video calls, and Google even used the Holobox to showcase its Android characters in innovative ways at CES 2024. 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 holographic video calls is intriguing.
TCL 115-inch QD-MiniLED TV: Best TV innovation
Laser TVs and ultra-short-throw projectors have gained popularity for creating a cinematic experience at home. At CES 2024, Samsung unveiled an 8K projector that can reach up to 150 inches. However, the TCL 115-inch QD-MiniLED TV stood out for its innovative features. Unfortunately, further details about this TV were not provided in the original article.
These are our top picks from CES 2024, showcasing the most promising technology and products that will shape the future. Whether it’s a revolutionary TV, a versatile laptop, an advanced AI device, a gaming handheld, a smart dog collar, or holographic communication, CES 2024 demonstrated the incredible possibilities that lie ahead.