I have to say it. NAB didn't seem as glamorous this year. Maybe part of that had to do with trying to get to and from the convention center with a taxi cab strike happening...
In years past, there was always something that was leading edge - HD, 4K, DSLR, Adobe CS*.*, And LED lights (they are still too expensive so we are trying lower wattage to see if that cuts down the heat) just to name a few.
This year? Not so much.
Here is what I did see though, that intrigued me.
McAfee and the Channel: The deal with Intel and McAfee is done! Intel is now shipping the first of three different types of product offerings into the channel. We wondered what the response would be so we called a bunch of our readers and the response was overwhelming.
Amazingly, almost every reseller we contacted was interested in at least learning more about the product, something we seldom see beyond the latest "key products" like CPUs, graphics cards, etc.
Our review copies (it's all done electronically so we are just waiting for the key) are on the way so look for an update in the next week or so but McAfee has been on the market for a lot of years. It is a tried and trusted security product that consistantly won high praise, so we don't expect to see any challenges.
Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C: Asus has done a great job of gaining market share these past couple of years. One of the secrets to their success is the effort, energy, resources and money they put back into research and development of new product.
The VivoTab Smart ME400C is a good example. It’s an Intel Atom-based tablet with a sleeve that doubles as a stand and wireless Bluetooth keyboard option. By propping the tablet up with the sleeve and pairing it with the keyboard, users can access unlimited productivity. The 10.1” tablet, (1.27 lbs. and .51” thin) has a 178-degree viewing angle and comes loaded with Windows 8.
The tablet comes with 2GB of memory, 64GB of storage, a built-in camera and a battery life of up to 8.5 hours between charges. To learn more about Asus, click here.