CES 2015 Day 2: Top 10 Stories

The second day of CES saw Asus unveil a trio of 2-in-1 devices, complete with a 12.5-incher that runs circles around the Surface, plus the world’s lightest laptop. But we were also excited to see a 3D printer truly priced for the masses, LG’s sexy (and tough) new curved phone sequel, a killer gaming PC that makes the PS4 look weak and a breathtaking new OLED TV.

Here are the top 10 stories of CES 2015 Day Two.

ASUS’ New Transformer Books Steal Apple’s Mojo

ASUS introduced a new series of Transformer Books, its line of Windows tablet-cum-notebooks with detachable keyboards. The Chi Series, three models that run from $299 to $799 depending on processor, screen size and configuration, have sleek all-aluminum bodies that beat the MacBook Air in slimness and the Surface Pro 3 in ease of use. Screen sizes run from 8.9 inches to 12.5 inches, ideal for all kinds of frequent flyers.

MORE: ASUS Transformer Book Chi: Trio of MacBook Air Killers

Da Vinci Junior 3D Printer Gets Kids in on Sculpting for $349

Look for more 3D printers at affordable price points, such as the da Vinci Junior. It’s a $349 kid-friendly 3D printer with a limited frame that can print devices only up to 5.9 inches on a side, but can carve objects in a level of physical detail that rivals machines nearly three times as expensive. Something kids (and parents) will appreciate: a non-heated print tray to keep young 3D-sculptors free of burns. 

MORE: Da Vinci Junior is a Cheap 3D Printer for Beginners (Tom’s Guide)

LG G Flex 2: Sexy Smartphone with Smooth Curves, Scratch-Healing Chassis

LG kicked off the new year with a new flagship: the LG G Flex 2. The 5.5-inch Android phone is built with four curves that give the device a dapper, crescent-shaped silhouette. If you think that’s sexy, wait until you see it in Flamenco Red. Internal specs are just as exciting: There’s a Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, 1080p screen resolution and Android 5.0 Lollipop. Throw in a chassis that can heal scratches in seconds, and you have a phone that gets an honorable mention on our list of the Best Smartphones.

MORE: LG G Flex 2: Curved Phone Heals Scratches in 10 Seconds (Tom’s Guide)

Origin Omega PC Gaming Console Brings 4K Gaming to the Couch

Move over, PlayStation and Xbox: Origin PC is making a truly massive push into big-screen gaming for the living room. Origin’s beastly big-box Omega console includes two Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 graphics cards and four hot-swappable hard-drive bays. The system can dual-boot Windows 8 and Steam OS, so power-hungry gamers aren’t caged in to the Steam network. For those who like their framerates incredibly crisp, the Omega packs enough processor power for 4K gaming on ultra HD TV sets.

MORE: Origin Omega Brings Beefy PC Gaming to Living Rooms (Tom’s Guide)

Lenovo's LaVie Z Is Light as a Feather

Lenovo takes the prize for world's lightest notebook with the LaVie Z, a 13-incher that comes in at 1.72 pounds, yet sports an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and full-sized data ports. It's lighter (and $200 less expensive) than even its convertible sibling, also called the LaVie Z. We're looking forward to carrying around the LaVie Z notebook around when it comes out in May -- even if we're worried it might get carried off by a stiff breeze.

MORE: Lenovo LaVie Z: World's Lightest Laptop Stuns

Cricket’s ZTE Grand Max + Phablet Boasts 6-inch 1080p Screen for $200 Unlocked

Cricket customers, rejoice. There’s a brand-new phablet hitting your favorite carrier’s shelves in 2015. The ZTE Grand Max +, a Cricket exclusive, is a 6-inch, 1080p smartphone with 4G LTE, a 13-megapixel  rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel front shooter, Dolby audio and a 3200 mAh battery. That’s a snappy array of specs that shines all the more when you consider it retails for a contract-free price of $200. Plus, thanks to AT&T’s acquisition of Cricket last year, the small carrier now offers wider coverage than ever before. 

MORE: Cricket Wireless Chirps, Launches Exclusive ZTE Grand X Max (Tom’s Hardware)

LG Doubles Down on OLED TVs 

LG took the stage at CES 2015 to defend OLED TVs. As the sole manufacturer of the more costly OLED television sets, LG had a lot to say -- and a lot of new TVs to show off. The company’s new fleet includes sets from 55 to 65 inches available in flat, curved or slim bodies. The pièce de resistance, however, is a 77-inch flexible TV that can transition back and forth between a flat and curved conformation.

MORE: LG Defends OLED TV’s Future with All-New Television Sets (Tom’s Guide)

Lenovo’s Two New Android Tablets: Affordable Doesn’t Have to Be Cheap

Lenovo has just entered the $100 Android tablet market with two new 7-inch devices. The Lenovo Tab 2 A7-10 costs $99 and packs a quad-core processor that matches the performance of similar devices on the market, while the Lenovo Tab 2 A7-30 costs $129. The less expensive smaller of the pair packs a 7-inch screen, Bluetooth 4.0, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 3,450 mAh battery; its dearer sibling has similar specs, but adds a 3G SIM card slot (and the ability to make calls), a rear-facing camera and an optional 16 GB of storage.

MORE: Lenovo Brings Us into a New Era of Affordable $99 Tablets (Tom’s Hardware)

ASUS Zenfone 2: Breaking the 4GB Barrier

It’s hard to pin down the ASUS ZenFone 2’s most innovative feature. It could be the phone’s comfy ergonomics and airy 6-ounce weight, or its roomy 4GB of RAM, a smartphone first. It might be the price point: $200 unlocked when it debuts in the U.S. this March. Or maybe, it’s the crisp edge-to-edge 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display and the 13-MP back-facing camera with F2/2.0 aperture and special low-light mode. We can’t say for sure -- all we know is that we’re itching to test this full-size smartphone. 

MORE: ASUS ZenFone 2: First Smartphone with 4GB RAM(Tom’s Guide)

3DSystems Haptic Stylus Lets You Touch Digital Objects 

3DSystems may change the way we design and play games in 3D environments. The Haptic 3D Stylus is like a traditional stylus, but comes attached to a robotic arm and a base that creates resistance as the stylus interacts with 3D objects. When the stylus’ on-screen indicator “touches” a virtual object, you “feel” the stylus stiffen in your hand.

MORE: Touch Digital Objects with 3DSytems’ Haptic 3D Stylus (Tom’s Guide)

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  • BulkZerker
    That cricket phone has been available since pct 10 of last year.
  • signothorn
    I have to ask, what's a "tablet cum notebook"?