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CES 2022 live blog Day 5: All the latest news and biggest announcements

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CES 2022 is nearly over — in fact, today (Jan. 7) is the last day of the show. But over the past week, we've seen an incredible number of new products launched, including a new Sony electric SUV, full 2022 TV lineups from Samsung, LG, Sony and more, laptops, monitors and PCs from Acer, Lenovo, Alienware and Asus and smart home devices from, well, everyone.

Phones have also been well represented, with the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, OnePlus 10 Pro and a couple of TCL handsets, and we've also seen a bunch of new headphones, speakers, smartwatches, routers and more.  Oh, and a PC case that 'breathes' to cool itself.

While last year's CES event was strictly virtual, this show has gone ahead in physical form, although it does appear that attendee numbers are down. But while Tom's Guide has decided not to attend in person, we're still covering every second of the show to bring you all of the big announcements and events as they happen.

So, scroll down for all the news from CES 2022 Day 5 — and for full details about the CES 2022 schedule, exhibitors and more, head to our CES 2022 hub page. And be sure to check out the Tom's Guide CES 2022 Awards winners. 

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Good morning, and welcome to Tom's Guide's CES 2022 live blog Day 4. 

Though many of the big events have already taken place, the CES schedule is still packed with events and conferences. Of the 60 in today's running order, there are sessions on everything from health to crypto to AI to eSports and space travel. Plus food — quite a bit of it, actually, with 'The Future of Meat' standing out as today's best-named conference.

Anyway, we'll keep our eyes out for the interesting stuff, and also fill you in on any product announcements you might have missed.

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Let's start today off by rounding up some of yesterday's highlights — including an extremely odd PC case that breathes. Don't believe me — check out the GIF above.

The case in question is the Kinetic gaming-PC case from Cyberpower, which has 18 triangular mechanical vents that automatically open and close according to cooling demand. I'm honestly not sure whether to find it creepy, cool or both.

Cyberpower calls this process "intelligent airflow," and you can watch it in action on YouTube (opens in new tab). Unfortunately, there's no pricing or availability information yet, although Cyberpower says the Kinetic case is "coming soon."  

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Sleeping is great — although CES does kind of get in the way of it. Damn time difference between Vegas and London. Anyway, CES 2022 saw some neat upgrades to smart mattress manufacturer Sleep Number's award-winning 360 Smart Bed range. 

The new Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed monitors your general wellness and sleep health, and generates real-time suggestions to help you sleep better (presumably such as "Put down your Nintendo Switch right now, it's 1 a.m.!") 

It'll even learn your snoozing habits so that it can detect and alert you to "abnormal events," and the company is also seeking FDA clearance for the ability to warn you about insomnia, sleep apnea, and other health conditions.

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I've long wanted a robot vacuum, because I have a dog and he has fur and it gets everywhere. Unfortunately I also have several flights of stairs in my house, so it's not really that practical. If I was getting one, though, I'd be looking at this list of our favorite robot vacuums at CES 2022

The big trend this year is improving hybrid vacuum-mop designs. Some new robot vacuums can now rinse and clean the mop head between runs, as well as self-emptying the dust bin — saving you the hassle of doing it yourself. 

The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra is one of these models. An intelligent docking system and an improved obstacle avoidance system really takes it to the next level. This robot vac does come with a hefty price tag, though — $1,399.99. 

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Meanwhile, Neato claims its new D9 and D10 have substantially better dust pick-up than previous models. And the iconic D-shape of the body is ideal for reaching into corners and along edges. Though they don't have self-emptying bases, they are also more affordable. The D9 is $449 on Amazon (opens in new tab) and the D10 is $599 (opens in new tab).

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Yes, you could painstakingly go through each and every laptop announcement coming out of CES to find out which ones are bangers and which ones are clangers. But why do that when we've done all the work for you?

Our round-up of the best laptops of CES 2022 highlights the most interesting machines we've spotted this year, whether it's from in-person briefings or information we've gleaned from afar. We may not be at CES in person this year, but plenty of interesting laptops from Lenovo, Acer, HP, Alienware and others are on display, and this guide can bring you all the important details about each model.

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Let's talk about phones for a minute. We've seen some big announcements at CES 2022, including the full reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE and the partial reveal of the OnePlus 10 Pro, but you might have missed some new Nokia handsets. 

Truthfully, these won't give the best phones any cause for concern, but they could appeal to budget shoppers. Of particular interest is the Nokia G400, which gives you a 5G capable phone for $239. You also get three rear cameras — a macro lens joins the main and ultrawide cameras — and a 6.6-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate. That latter feature is normally reserved for much more expensive phones.

The rest of the Nokia models shown off by HMD Gobal — which runs the Nokia brand these days — includes four other new U.S.-exclusive models which it plans to release during the first half of 2022. Options range from the compact $99 Nokia C100, which features a 5.45-inch screen, to the $149 G100, which will feature a larger 6.5-inch panel and 5,000 mAh battery.

The cheapest Nokia device coming out in the first half of this year is the Nokia 2760 Flip, a feature phone that revives a model from 2007. 

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We've also seen some new mobiles from TCL — yes, the company more commonly known for its TVs — in the form of the budget TCL 30 XE and TCL 30 V

They're both 5G-capable and with a low price tag, giving them a chance to rank among the best 5G phones. We're looking forward to getting hands-on with the new models try try them out.

Pricing info isn't available yet, though we expect the TCL 30 XE will cost less than $300. The TCL 30 V might cost a bit more since it has support for Verizon's mmWave 5G network.

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The car industry loves CES because it's the perfect place for them to show off the weird and wonderful stuff they've been developing behind closed doors. While those concept cars aren't likely to hit the round, we might still seem some of their best features make it to a future EV.

Take the Mercedes Vision EQXX, for example. This beast offers 620 miles of range, thanks to a lightweight aerodynamic design, and a brand new compact battery design. That battery has the same power as the Mercedes EQS, but is half the size and 30% lighter. It's also got a 47.5-inch 8K mini-LED display that stretches the entire length of the dashboard.

Whether we'll see a Mercedes with quite so much range is a question we can't answer right now. But the automaker has confirmed some of these advancements are already being added to future cars — and hopefully the battery is one. We can always benefit from extra range, even if it's not quite so mind-blowing as the EQXX.

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If you've got a car with Android Auto but not one that lets you connect your phone wirelessly, a new car adapter is here to make connecting an easier proposition. The $90 Motorola MA1 wireless car adapter for Android Auto plugs into your car infotainment system, letting you access your favorite maps, music and messaging apps on the car's display.

Not as many cars offer wireless Android Auto support as you might think, so the the Motorola MA1 provides an easy workaround for just getting into your car and connecting automatically. (The adapter doesn't actually come from Motorola, but from SGW Global, which is licensing the Motorola name in this case.)

The Motorola MA1 adapter goes on sale January 28 at the Motorola Sound website (opens in new tab); you should be able to find it at other retailers, too.

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Whether you have an EV or still burn gas to get around, it's always a good idea to invest in a dash cam. Because the roads are a dangerous place, and it's wise to make sure you have evidence of what happens. 

Nextbase, which makes several of the best dash cams (opens in new tab), is taking that concept a step further with the AI-powered Nextbase iQ. Not only can it record what's happening in and around your car, the built-in AI is able to keep tabs on what's going on around your car and make sure you're aware of potential dangers. Be they from pedestrians or other vehicles.

On top of that the iQ has built-in cloud connectivity to upload and access footage in real time, lets you track your car's position with GPS, and includes a 'Valet Mode' that notifies you if something's going wrong when someone else has your car.

Pricing is still to be announced, but the Nextbase iQ is currently scheduled to arrive this fall.

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Hi there, it's Richard Priday, staff writer, here again to highlight some of the most interesting things on show at CES.

You probably don't associate Sony with electric vehicles, but that's something it wants to change. After showing off the first Vision-S in 2020, it's returned this year with the Vision-S SUV, a new larger-bodied version of the concept.

Not only does it look suitably futuristic, but the touted safety sensors and in-cabin entertainment system also offer a big leap forward in tech too. Now all Sony has to do is make it...

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Smartphones aren't really the focus of CES, but the Vivo V23 is catching a lot of attention for its unique color-changing ability.

The Sunshine Gold version of the phone, when exposed to sunlight, will shift from its basic blue/green to gold. That's thanks to ultraviolet-sensitive crystal structure within the phone's body.

Beyond this, there are a few other noteworthy parts of this phone. It has two front-facing cameras in a notch above the screen, something most Android phones have long abandoned, and a huge 108MP main rear camera on the V23 Pro model. It's just a shame that at the time of writing, there's no sign they'll go on sale in the U.K. or the U.S.

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Still want more color-changing tech? The BMW iX Flow can do this too. The triangular wrap covering its body panels uses the same E Ink technology that powers e-readers to swap the color of the car between black and white.

While you can make the car switch colors at the touch of a button, this isn't just a feature for if you're indecisive about your paintjob. BMW's pitch says the colors could change to help you find the car in a parking lot, or to communicate diagnostic information about the battery. 

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If you're in need of the ultimate productivity companion for the MacBook Pro 2021, then you should check out the Plugable UD-6950PDZ. This is a docking station that lets you connect to three other displays with ease, either with HDMI or DisplayPort connections, making the most of the power of the M1 Pro or M1 Max chips inside the MacBook.

Aside from triple display support, you also get six USB 3 ports for all your accessories, a gigabit ethernet connection for speedy wired internet and 60W USB-C power output to keep your laptop juiced up. Oh, and an audio in/out jack too.

Of course, while this dock seems designed to get the most out of the new MacBook Pros, there's nothing stopping you from using this with other high-powered laptops capable of outputting to multiple displays. You may even think it's worth it just for all those USB ports.

CES 2022 is bringing its fair share of futuristic tech, and Portl has something straight out of sci-fi. Portl is a company that creates giant cubes for people to virtually beam into. The company calls these 4K holographic displays, and as you can see in the clip above, the news reporter can have a presence at CES in Las Vegas without ever leaving a studio in Los Angeles. 

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Israel-based company Noveto has unveiled a new smart speaker titled the N1. It has built-in Alexa support and its built-in Smart Beaning tech, which, according to a press release (opens in new tab), provides "personal and immersive 3D binaural sound without headphones."

This smart speaker will use a camera to track a listener's head and "transmit ultrasound silently through the air, converging in small audible pockets outside the listener's ears."

The company claims that a listener can listen to their music, without headphones, while others around them can barely hear a thing. 

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Gaming laptops never take a back seat at CES. Acer has brought some major heat with its new Acer Predator Triton 500 SE. It's an updated version of the Acer Predator Triton 500 from last year, this time featuring a 12th gen Intel Core i9 CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti laptop graphics and 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM. It'll ship with Windows 11 too. 

The Triton 500 SE will hit store shelves in March with a starting price of $2,299.

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Want to know what are our favorite gadgets of the show? Wonder no longer, as the Tom's Guide CES 2022 Awards are now live. We've picked out top tech in a variety of categories, from EVs to smart home to TVs to laptops. Congratulations to all the winners!

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Feeling a bit punchy from being cooped up inside? Then you may want to check out Liteboxer VR, a new virtual-reality boxing app coming to the Oculus Quest 2 in March. We had a chance to go hands-on with Liteboxer VR, and found it was a pretty fun workout. It gamifies boxing, letting you rack up points the more often you hit the correct targets. And, when the app is officially released, you'll be able to spar virtually against others in the metaverse. Ugh, I want to punch myself for saying that.

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My wife might be keen for me to try out the Motion Pillow 3, which promises to stop people from snoring. This smart pillow has a little sensor and an AI that listens for your snoring patterns, and then inflates four separate airbags inside the pillow to adjust your head, opening up your airway to promote better breathing while you sleep. It also has a sleep tracking system that monitors your sleeping patterns and trends, and analyzes the data in a smartphone app.

The Motion Pillow 3 is the company's third iteration; pricing has not been announced, but the previous model cost around $400.

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CES 2022 isn't all about the products we saw. In some cases, it's about the products that we didn't see. Take, for example, Project Spartacus: Sony's long-rumored rival to Xbox Game Pass.

At Sony's CES 2022 press conference on January 4, the company announced specs for the PSVR2, as well as an ambitious EV concept. However, the company didn't breathe a word about a game subscription service. In a CES that's been pretty quiet otherwise, such an announcement could have stolen the show.

Tom's Guide discussed why Sony missed a golden opportunity to reveal Project Spartacus, and why we'll just have to sit tight for another few months in the meantime.

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Without a good router, you won't have a good tech setup at home, period. We've catalogued the best home Wi-Fi routers of CES 2022, including innovative fare such as the TP-Link Archer AXE200 Omni and the Netgear Nighthawk RAXE300. CES is usually a good event for revealing new router technology, and this year is no exception.

This year's routers seem to be faster and more reliable, with occasionally striking (if outlandish) designs. The big advancement this year seems to be the inclusion of the 6 GHz band, which could mean more efficient, less cluttered wireless signals.

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The Asus Zenbook 17 is one of the strangest laptops we've seen from CES 2022. This is due to the fact that foldable laptops are extremely rare. However, given the growing popularity of foldable devices (mostly in smartphones at the moment), it's easy to see more laptops adopt this feature.

However you feel about foldable laptops or foldable devices in general, you have to admit that they are intriguing. And isn't CES supposed to be about strange gadgets? The Asus Zenbook 17 is unique that we just had to place it in our best laptops of CES 2022 list.

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Sticking to strange but awesome CES 2022 announcements, our favorite laptop in our Tom’s Guide CES 2022 Awards is the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3.

What's great about this laptop is that a single image (like the one above) speaks volumes. This is a device that's tailor-made for creatives who need more screenspace — something they'll definitely get with the 8-inch screen sitting beside the keyboard. This screen also acts as a canvas to draw and write on. It is for these reasons and more that we placed it in our best laptops of CES 2022 list.

We were impressed by the Lenovo ThinkBook Gen 3 during our hands-on demonstration and can't wait to put it through its paces when it officially releases.

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If you're worried about robots taking over human jobs, the robotic barista, Ella (opens in new tab), won't do much to set you at ease.

Japanese commuters can now grab their morning coffee from this fully-automated barista. This IOT device from Singaporean startup Crown Digital, has been installed in Tokyo and Yokohama train stations and will be there until February 2022 in collaboration with the East Japan Railway. The robot has a five-square-meter footprint and can produce 200 cups of coffee per hour. Each cup costs $3, which is certainly cheaper than Starbucks.

Ella is one of the craziest things announced during CES, but isn't crazy and wacky things part of the fun of the show?

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Alienware debuted a lot of gear at CES 2022, but its best new product may have been the Alienware x14 gaming laptop, which packs top-end specs into a compact frame for a reasonable price of $1,799.

For that price, you'll get an Intel Core i7 12700H CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Spend a bit more, and you can trade up to a Core i7 12900H, an RTX 3060, 32GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD.

The only downside is the screen, which stays at Full HD resolution, although that's offset by the 144-Hz refresh rate. The Alienware x14 is fully loaded port-wise, so no dongles will be necessary, and its weight of less than 4 pounds means you can take it anywhere after it becomes available in the next three months.

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