CES 2017 was just last week and although the event is over, it has still left a lasting impression on many tech enthusiasts thanks to the masses of new devices and software that were unveiled and put on display. While there were no major smartphone announcements this year, there were some decent announcements in the way of the ASUS ZenFone AR and ZenFone 3 Zoom, both of which are poised to be decent offerings, although the ZenFone AR is the bigger of the two since it does support both Tango and Daydream, making it the first of its kind to do so.
Of course, smartphones aside it might have been more exciting for some to experience the official announcement of the Samsung Chromebook Pro, which, is not only one of the most premium looking Chromebooks to date, (Pixel lineup aside as the Chromebook Pro will be affordable to almost everyone) and it wasn't alone as Samsung introduced the Chromebook Plus right alongside it. This Chromebook carries just about all the same specs as the Chromebook Pro except for the processor, which means no matter which unit you go with you're getting a great and streamlined experience. These are also the first Chromebooks to be designed in partnership with Google.
If you're the virtual reality type, VR technology was everywhere this year, just like last year, although it might have been more underwhelming given that the biggest VR hardware was all launched throughout 2016, and so far everything that was announced last week doesn't look like it will eclipse any of the biggest current offerings. That said, Lenovo announced a VR headset that they say will cost "less than $400" although they haven't mentioned an exact price, but judging by its design and hardware, which includes two cameras on the front, it should be an interesting device. There were a lot of smart home and IoT products announced at CES this year, too, with one of the most intriguing being NVIDIA's SPOT accessory. This is essentially an extender of Google Assistant, which is baked into the all new NVIDIA SHIELD that was announced as well, and together they can allow a consumer to use Google Assistant just as they would if they had multiple Google Home speakers. Among these bigger device announcements, there were loads of things to see across various categories from Bluetooth and non-Bluetooth audio equipment to TVs, and much of it being captivating new tech.