CES 2022 Hit List: Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3, Sony Vision-S 02 electric SUV

Still want to check out more new tech coming out? We’re handpicking more of our favorite products and concepts from this first big tech conference of the year. You can now check out five more attention-grabbing gadgets on this list. Let’s go!

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3

Lenovo’s another brand we like keeping tabs on because they roll out unusual form factors during CES (check out the ASUS stuff we wrote about, those are pretty cool, too). And the new ThinkBook Plus is no exception. Lenovo introduces a second full-color LCD display beside the keyboard deck that looks like a notepad attached to the side of the device. And you can take notes with it as it has an integrated digitizer layer for stylus support. The ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 has a main 17.3-inch IPS panel with 3K resolution, while the smaller screen is an 8-inch one with an 800 x 1,280 resolution.

With the unique form factor, its Windows 11 version offers more snap shortcuts that take the second display into consideration. Windows treats the display as an external screen, so it works similarly to how a connected monitor acts. A waterfall mode can spill over an app from the main display into the second screen. You can use that display as a notepad and digital number pad. Apps like Adobe Lightroom can turn it into a dedicated dashboard for shortcuts or a magnified view. A Magic Launcher at the bottom of this screen gives quick access to features like the whiteboard, number pad, and specialized software. If you’re wondering what powers this machine, there’s a 12th-generation Intel Core processor with up to 32GB of DDR5 RAM, Intel’s Xe graphics, and a 69Whr battery.

Samsung Freestyle portable projector

Aside from the slew of TVs, Samsung also launched a new portable projector that’ll make it easier to turn any space in your home into a movie room. The Freestyle projector weighs less than 2 pounds, comes with a 180-degree stand, and lets you project screen sizes ranging from 30 to 100 inches. It also has a 1080p resolution and offers 360-degree sound and auto-focus and auto-leveling capabilities. And since the Freestyle uses Samsung’s smart TV platform, you can use it with your favorite streaming apps.

Samsung also offers different accessories that can work with the Freestyle, including a lens cap for creating mood lighting, a waterproof case for outdoor use, and a USB-C portable battery for outlet free projecting. And if you wanted to attach it to a light bulb socket, there will be a base for that.

Eargo 6

This is a hearing aid built for the pandemic age. Eargo unveiled its newest intelligent hearing aid at CES. It’s another small pair of black buds that stay hidden for those who prefer aids that are out of sight. It maintains its completely in canal form factor, but, of course, it gets new features. It has a new mask mode that helps resolve any sound change issues caused by the face masks we need to wear these days.

It also gets a new Sound Adjust feature, which uses Eargo’s proprietary algorithm to optimize the buds’ settings automatically based on your environment. The Eargo 6 also gets improved noise reduction, so it lets voices through background noise better. The earbuds are also IPX7 water-resistant, which means these can be submerged for 30 minutes at a depth of one meter without causing damage.

Acer Aspire Vero National Geographic Edition

We appreciate a collab, especially one for a good cause. Acer’s first laptop made from post-consumer recycled plastics got a new look for the year. The Acer Aspire Vero National Geographic Edition gets a topographic map-like pattern on the lid, which Acer says alludes to the impact of global warming on rising sea levels, along with a small National Geographic logo. The iconic yellow border is also seen on the bottom right corner of the keyboard, and the words “For Planet Earth” are printed in yellow on the space bar. Each purchase of this special edition model helps support the global non-profit National Geographic Society.

The Aspire Vero is a 15.6-inch laptop with a chassis and screen bezel made from 30% PCR plastic, and the keycaps on the keyboard are 50% PCR plastic. Its insides are also designed to be easily accessible and upgradable. So, if you wanted a more eco-friendly laptop with a unique look, Acer has you covered.

Sony Vision-S 02 electric SUV

Sony has introduced a follow-up to the electric car it showcased at CES two years ago, calling its new prototype the Vision-S 02. It took the sedan’s EV and cloud platforms and migrated these into the SUV. This electric SUV has sensors all around its body, including CMOS image and LiDAR sensors for driver assistance systems and Time-of-Flight sensors for driver authentication and gesture and voice commands. It will also have 5G connectivity to allow over-the-air updates and remote operation, which Sony is developing with its partners. The company has been conducting tests in Europe to offer Level 2+ driver assistance tech on public roads.

Sony is serious about becoming a player in the electric vehicle space. The company plans to establish Sony Mobility Inc. this spring to explore entering the EV industry.


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