The Consumer Electronic Show, sprawling over five massive halls here in Las Vegas, is full of giant televisions, sound systems, appliances, and more connected gadgets and products than any one place can host. All of it is trendy — bright, loud, and aimed to grab you — but much of it isn't at all pragmatic (a 170-inch SUHD TV anyone?), and hardly worth a second glance. That's where we come in. Here, from the floors of the show, are the items that are truly groundbreaking, in the sense that you'll want one, stat.
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By Jon Chase, John Lonsdale, and Erik Sofge
Samsung Notebook 9
It's rare to find a laptop worth talking about at CES, and rarer still to single out one from Samsung — it's been years since the company produced a Windows computer. But the Notebook 9 stands out from the crowd by being barely there. At 1.85 pounds, the 13.3-inch model weighs less than the MacBook (which is 2.03 pounds), despite incorporating a bigger screen (the MacBook's display is 12 inches). Even the 15-inch version of the Notebook 9 is trying to steal Apple's thunder, sporting a USB-C port for fast data transfer and rapid charging, something found almost exclusively on the MacBook. The price and timeframe for this series is currently unknown, but we can only hope that other laptop-makers take notice, and inject a little sex appeal back into PCs. [samsung.com]