CES 2017 Day 3 was our busiest — and most fun — day of the show yet. Dell and Asus unveiled lineups that included laptops full of the latest Intel and Nvidia specs, as well as a new focus on 2-in-1 designs.
Razer really wowed us with two concept products. The first was a Razer Blade Pro outfitted with butterfly-style 4K displays; the other was a projector system that redefined our understanding of immersive gaming.
Lego wants to make coding and robotics easy for kids with a kit that lets young engineers build their own robot toys, and somewhere on the show floor, we discovered a giant Nintendo controller masquerading as a coffee table. So, yeah, there's that.
Lego's Boost kit will have kids ages 7 and up coding and building robots in the time it takes to say "Everything is awesome." This $160 kit includes a motor, a distance sensor, a tilt sensor and 840 Lego blocks that can be rearranged to build one of five robot companions. Voice commands and other fun actions, such as dancing motions or noise responses, can be programmed via the tablet app. Lego Boost will be available beginning in the second half of 2017.
If you're going to build a kickass laptop, why not build one with three 4K screens? That's Razer's explosive engineering for Project Valerie, a concept laptop with one stationary 17.3-inch 4K display and two slide-out screens with the same pixel power. This 12K unit is powered by a Razer Blade Pro laptop with Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics. Glory to Nvidia.
We weren't sure a 6-inch smartphone with a 12-hour battery life could get more appealing. Then, Huawei announced that the Mate 9 will begin shipping this week and will feature built-in support for Amazon's Alexa voice assistant. Huawei didn't show off any specifics during its CES event, but let's just say there are 42 Alexa-aided activities the Mate 9 can help you with.
The Aristotle is one part baby monitor, one part digital assistant and one part smart-home device. In a home nursery, it works as a voice-enabled baby monitor that can also perform tasks such as dimming lights or playing music. As with the Amazon Echo, parents can use the Aristotle to order more baby gear, via Amazon.com, Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby or Target. The Aristotle hub and camera will become available in June for $299.
What's exciting about Dell's lineup for the new year? The company's Latitude line is getting new 2-in-1 systems, so you'll be able to detach tablet displays from accessory keyboards with clean-cut, professional-friendly designs. Meanwhile, both the XPS 13 and the XPS 15 get boosts in performance, but without massive upticks in price. Lastly, the Dell Inspiron 17 gamer includes an onboard subwoofer and starts at an affordable $799.
The Nikon D5500 was already our favorite DSLR for less than $1,000, and now, Nikon builds on that foundation with the D5600, an all-new camera that includes Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth connections. Now, any picture snapped on the camera can be shared instantly with a connected smartphone.
If you ever wanted an NES controller roughly 100 times the size of a regular one, here it is.