CES looked a little different this year after going fully digital, but that hasn’t stopped companies from revealing new products. After careful consideration, the How-To Geek and Rate Geek teams have awarded the following 11 products with How-To Geek̵
Before you jump in the prizes, Rate Geek has worked hard on all of the CES 2021 announcements that you need to be aware of. Go there if you missed something from the internationally renowned trade fair.
Best in Show: Kensington StudioDock
To stand out from anything announced at CES 2021 and win Best in Show, a product must make an entrance. The Kensington StudioDock did just that, leading most of the team to say, “I want that.”
Using StudioDock with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, you can turn your iPad Pro or Air into an iPadOS iMac. Use the two built-in wireless chargers and the optional Apple Watch charger (coming soon) and the all-in-one system turns into the ultimate workstation or secondary display.
RELATED: Kensington’s StudioDock is a charging station that turns your iPad into an iMac
Sadly, Kensington hasn’t announced a release date or price for StudioDock, but you can sign up on the company’s website to be the first to know when the dock goes on sale.
Best Concept: Razer Project Hazel
Disposable and cloth face masks are so 2020. That’s why Razer is working on Project Hazel, a high-tech mask concept packed with technology that you’d expect from the gaming company. In addition to customizable RGB LED lights, the transparent N95 mask includes a small microphone and amplifier, active ventilation, and comes with a charging case with built-in UV lights.
While most of Razer’s concepts showcased at previous CES events have not hit the market, it’s possible the company will bring Project Hazel to the masses by the end of 2021.
RELATED: Razer’s Project Hazel face mask has N95 filters, amplifier and (of course) RGB
Best Smartphone: TCL 20 5G
Known for its televisions, TCL released some of the first budget-friendly 5G smartphones in 2020. This year, the company wants to keep the ball rolling with the introduction of the TCL 20 5G.
Equipped with a Snapdragon 690 5G chipset, a gorgeous 6.67-inch FHD + display, a 4,500 mAh battery, and an AI-powered triple camera setup (including a 48MP sensor), this Android handset will be tough be beat by those who don’t want to spend a fortune on a new smartphone.
RELATED: TCL’s new 20 series phones combine beauty with affordability
Pricing and availability in the US will be announced later this year, but for now, we know the 20 5G is priced at $ 299 (about $ 363 USD) and comes in Placid Blue and Mist Gray. The handset will ship in Italy for the first time from February and will be expanded to other countries and regions.
Best Mobile Accessory: Satechi 2-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charging Stand
Third-party MagSafe chargers are finally starting to arrive, and Satechi’s 2-in-1 magnetic wireless charging stand is probably one of the cleanest multi-device options available today. If you’re someone who rocks AirPods and an iPhone 12, this charging dock is perfect for a nightstand or your desk.
RELATED: Charge your iPhone and AirPods in one place with the latest charging standard from Satechi
The Satechi 2-in-1 Charging Stand can be pre-ordered for as little as $ 60. But if you hurry and get one before January 18, 2021, you can save 20% by using the promotional code “Magnetic.”
Best Chromebook: Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2
Samsung stole the show in 2020 when it unveiled its Ferrari red Galaxy Chromebook. Unfortunately, the ultra-powerful and ultra-expensive Chromebook didn’t get good reviews. Samsung used this feedback as a learning opportunity and announced a similar looking but totally different Galaxy Chromebook 2.
Now priced at just $ 550 with an Intel Celeron 5205U chipset, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of built-in storage, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 has a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 QLED display and is believed to have a battery life of 14 hours. For $ 150 more, you get a 10th Gen Intel i3 CPU and double your RAM and storage.
RELATED: Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook 2 is affordable and has a beautiful QLED display
Best TV: TCL 2021 6 Series (R648)
TCL’s TV division goes all in on two things: 8K and mini LED. Introduced at CES 2021, TCL’s 6 Series (R648) uses third-generation mini-LED backlight technology called OD Zero to increase the brightness of the TV, add more even uniformity between the millions of mini-LEDs, and contrast, while increasing the thickness of the television panel.
The addition of 8K resolution in all 2021 6 Series Roku TV models makes it more accessible to more people. While there may not be much native content available to take advantage of all those pixels, TCL believes the AiPQ Engine can handle upscaling 4K content smoothly.
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This year’s TCL 6 Series TVs with 8K mini-LED technology will be available later this year alongside last year’s 4L 6 Series Roku TV models. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.
Best Computer: Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i
If you ever get tired of looking at your laptop’s bright screen, Lenovo’s ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i is a computer with two screens and a full-size e-Ink panel on the outside. While the business laptop has the premium specs you’d expect, the 12-inch e-Ink panel has a redesigned user interface that gives you quick access to your favorite applications and tools.
Lenovo plans to sell the ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i starting at $ 1,549 in the first quarter of 2021. At the time of writing, no fixed date has been announced.
RELATED: Lenovo’s ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i is a wonder with two screens and a full-size E-Ink display
Best Computer Monitor: LG UltraFine OLED Pro
If you were waiting for a company to announce an ultra-precise computer monitor at CES 2021, look no further than the LG UltraFine OLED Pro. This 31.5-inch 4K display claims to have 99% Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 color accuracy, a million-to-one contrast ratio, and uses OLED screen technology for true blacks and HDR display.
RELATED: LG’s first OLED computer monitor is a 32-inch 4K stunner
The UltraFine OLED Pro, which appears to be on the market primarily for content creation professionals, will hit shelves sometime later this year. LG has not announced a fixed release date or price.
Best Smart Home: myQ Pet Portal
If you’re tired of walking your dog or don’t want to install an ugly dog door, myQ, the makers of internet-connected garage door openers, has the perfect solution. Introduced at CES 2021, the myQ Pet Portal replaces your entire door with a smart dog door.
Controlled via an app on your smartphone or a smart tag on your dog’s collar, the dog door slides open long enough for your pet to walk through and then closes behind him. When it’s time to re-enter, the doors can be opened automatically again. The addition of cameras, speakers and microphones on both sides of the door will help you know when your dog needs to go outside.
However, I hope your dog is really your best friend as the myQ Pet Portal starts at $ 3,000.
RELATED: The myQ Pet Portal is very expensive, but super great (especially for your dog)
Best Robot Vacuum Cleaner: Roborock S7
The Roborock S7, which looks like your standard robot vacuum cleaner, but not automatically and smartly vacuums and mops your house at the same time. With its sonic mopping function, the S7 scrubs the floor 1,650 to 3,000 times per minute to clean up dried-on mess. In addition, the robotic vacuum cleaner can identify surfaces and lift the mop attachment when vacuuming carpets so they don’t get wet.
The Roborock S7 will go on sale March 24, 2021 for $ 649.
RELATED: The new Roborock S7 robot vacuum cleaner can mop your floor while it vacuums it
Best gaming: Arcade1Up X-Men Arcade cabinet for 4 players
Reliving the 80s arcades can now be done easily from your living room or playroom. Arcade1Up, one of our favorite companies making replica arcade machines, attended CES 2021 to launch new cabinets for Break out, Dragon’s Lair, Killer Instinct, and more, but our pick for the best new release is the X-Men Arcade cabinet for 4 players.
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Honorable mention must go to Arcade1Up’s pub-esque four-players Pong cabinet. Unlike the company’s earlier cabinets of this style, this one stands at head height.
Congratulations again to all How-To Geek Best of CES 2021 winners! Checking out Rate Geek to find coverage of everything else announced on the virtual exchange.