CES 2018 - Las Vegas, NV Overview Updated January 12, 2018

CES 2018 - Las Vegas, NV

CES 2018 is set to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada starting January 8th, 2018. The annual Consumer Electronics Show is one of the biggest conventions with all of the biggest names in tech showing off their latest releases.

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 wins CES award for best kids’ peripheral

This past week at CES in Las Vegas, VTech was honored with the Best Peripheral Award for its newest Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2. The award was presented by KAPI (Kids at Play Interactive) and the panel of judges selected the VTech watch from over 500 tech products released in 2017. With its two cameras, watch faces that teach kids to tell time and included games, this is definitely not just a toy watch.

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Tetra is an iPhone-connected portable dishwasher that will also cook seafood

You may have heard of Heatworks before, the brand behind those sleek iPhone-connected water heaters. CES 2018 delivered a new creation from the brand that’s designed for apartment dwellers and those running low on space. Tetra is a countertop dishwasher from Heatworks and design group ‘frog’ that offers smartphone features, a unique (and attractive) design along with the ability to clean an entire load in 10 minutes.

Of course, you can control the entire thing with your iPhone, too.

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Scosche details new MagicMount Pro Qi Chargers and a premium line of mounts

Scosche has announced a new line of iPhone-focused Qi wireless charging accessories today at CES 2018. Each of these new products belongs to the MagicMount Pro line that includes solutions for desks, cars, night stands and more.

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TempTraq is a wearable for continuously monitoring your baby’s temperature

Parents have enough to worry about when they have a sick baby at home. So why should they have to try to take the little one’s temperature while they are sleeping? Well, now there’s a better solution out there. It’s called TempTraq and it is a wearable baby thermometer that can record and send alerts to your devices wirelessly without disturbing your resting baby.

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Milo is a new Z-Wave smart home hub centered around a touchscreen & Google Assistant

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We’re less than a month into the new year, but it’s starting to look like the smart home in 2018 will be defined by all-in-one hubs. Leading up to and during CES, we’ve already seen several companies looking to try their hands at the centralized gateway concept. Milo is one such hub, that packs Z-Wave Plus and Zigbee device compatibility alongside Google Assistant integration.

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Sphero unveils first developer-focused robot under Misty spin-off at CES

After hitting the scene back in June, Sphero spin-off Misty Robotics is ready to unveil its first product. The advanced robotics company is looking to move away from the consumer-friendly toy space with new high-end offerings geared toward developers. Today at CES, Misty unveiled its first release that will be available on a limited-basis as the company feels out potential interest.

The Misty 1 will retail for $1,500, which is a significant jump in price from Sphero’s typical offerings. Initial plans are to offer around just 50 units to start, with potential expansion coming down the line according to CEO Tim Enwall.

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Aeolus is the beer-fetching, house-cleaning robot of your dreams

Amongst the rollable prototype OLED displays, smart home hubs and live translation headphones of CES, there are always a few amazing little robot helpers. From adorable home companions to futuristic commercial fleets, you can always count on new AI bots to appear in Vegas come January.

One such bot that caught our attention is Aeolus. The large wheeled robot can bring you a drink, sweep the floor, liaison with Amazon’s Alexa and much more…

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9to5Toys’ Best of CES 2018 Awards

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It’s been a big week at CES 2018 in Las Vegas with a number of new products across nearly every category. For 9to5Toys, that includes a bevvy of new TVs, smart home products, storage and much more. We hit the show floor over the last few days to find our favorite new releases coming down the line this year.

Hit the jump for this year’s 9to5Toys Best of CES Awards…

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Ingestible smart sensors: body/immune system data from the inside out

From smartwatches and basic tracking bands to smart rings and head-mounted gear, wearables are everywhere this year at CES. It seems as though companies are trying to cram smart tech and sensors in to just about anything they can think of these days. But one particular avenue of this kind of technology yet to make its way to the masses is smart, connected “ingestibles”…

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The Royole Smart Writing Pad captures notes and doodles in real time

Royole is a company that produces flexible displays, sensors and all around smart devices. Its latest product is a smart writing pad that can transcribe in real-time from regular paper using a standard pen or pencil. Now you can have a digital record on any of your devices instantly.

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Brilliant controls all your smart home gear from one touchscreen hub + more

These days it can be difficult to get into smart home products with so many different standards and brands out there. Anytime we see universal gear that attempts to bring the whole thing together, regardless of how you have invested your cash already, it’s worth investigating. Brilliant showed up at CES 2018 with what it describes as “the world’s smartest light switch” and so far, it has our attention…

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Huawei unveils Q2 Mesh Wi-Fi system w/ 1,867Mbps speeds, security emphasis, more

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Throughout last year, a variety of new mesh Wi-Fi systems made their way to market from tons of companies. Some released the mesh technology in the form of entirely new routers, while others released updated versions of existing access points, touting more reliable connectivity and faster speeds. Fitting into the former category, Huawei decided it would be kicking of 2018 by throwing its hat into the ring and releasing a mesh router system of its own.

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Satechi launches ‘Type-C 75W Multiport Travel Charger’ for MacBook, iPhone, and iPad

At CES 2018, Satechi has announced another new USB-C accessory on the heels of unveiling its Smart Dual Charging Station for iPhone and Apple Watch yesterday. The new “Type-C 75W Multiport Travel Charger” offers 2 – 2.4A USB-A ports, 1 – QC 3.0 USB-A port, and 1 – USB C port at a fair price.

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Coros intros new Omni iOS-connected smart bike helmet w/ bone-conduction audio at CES

Alexa and other virtual assistant technology are certainly all the rage at CES 2018 this year. But we have also seen some interesting wearable technology, not the least of which is the Motiv fitness tracker ring and some of the intersting VR gear that has surfaced. In the midst of all the new product announcements, Coros Wearables is introducing its new Omni smart bike helmet at CES 2018 in a major way…

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Cauldryn battery-equipped travel mug can boil water on-the-go and much more

CES 2018 has been an exciting one this year with crazy new displays, Alexa sound bars, connected luggage and headphones made of illegal gun metal. Another interesting product we spotted this year is the Cauldryn heated travel mug. Cauldryn has been on the scene with its battery laden portable water/coffee system since mid last year and is now ready to expand its next generation tumbler through 2018 with new accessories and add-ons.

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Polk Audio Command Bar is the ‘first ever’ soundbar to feature Amazon Alexa built-in

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Polk Audio has been around for years. Polk has a fairly large announcement at CES 2018 this year. The Polk Audio Command Bar is the “first ever” soundbar to feature Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant built-in. Honestly, this is something I’ve been waiting for since Alexa first came out, and I’m glad a company like Polk is the first to do it

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Next generation iOS connected luggage from Incase debuts at CES 2018

Incase not only makes a slew of different iPhone and iPad accessories, but also some of the best connected luggage products on the market. The company also made its way to Vegas this year to announce the next generation of its connected travel eco-system…

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Yevo’s new wireless earbuds are made from illegal firearm metal known as Humanium

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We have already seen our fair share of new headphone designs from CES 2018. Sennheiser’s new BeatsX competitors, SOL’s very first foray into the world of over-ear Bluetooth and Mymanu’s Click+ live translation headphones are just some of the interesting headsets to come out of Vegas so far this year. While it might be a while until we see the Eagle head-mounted home theater come to fruition, we are quite excited about the new Audio-Technica QuietPoint over-ears.

One thing we expected to see even more of by now is truly wireless earbuds. But the folks over at Yevo have got us covered with its new headset made of a very special metal known as Humanium.

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Audio-Technica shows off new headphones, a belt drive turn table, and more at CES

Today at CES in Las Vegas, Audio-Technica is premiering a slew of new products including its QuietPoint over-ear wireless active noise-cancelling headphones. They will be Audio-Technica’s first wireless over-ear headphones to feature the exclusive “Pure Digital Drive audio technology.” Plus, the company will also be showing off its new top of the line turntable, and much more.

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Satechi’s customizable Dual Charging Station for iPhone, Apple Watch/Pencil, more

Straight from CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Satechi is revealing its new Smart Dual Charging Station for Apple gear. Satechi has become well-known for quality accessories at a somewhat affordable price tag and its new charging solution is no exception. While it might not be as groundbreaking as we would have hoped for, the sleek looking dual charger is ready for prime time this year and its semi-modular design can accommodate iPhone, Apple Watch, Apple Pencil and more…

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Monoprice unveils new smart home accessories, 3D Printers, and more at CES

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While CES is typically the time for new companies and startups to showcase up and coming releases, veteran companies take to the expo to show off new products as well. One such case is Monoprice, who today has unveiled a variety of new offerings from smart home accessories to 3D printers.

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Klipsch set to update wireless speaker lineup w/ Alexa and Google Assistant starting this year

CES 2018 continues to roll on with new family-focused home monitoring and hybrid mouse pad Qi chargers, but now it is time to move over to the audio world. We saw some very intersting new Roku voice controlled sound bars from TCL yesterday, and now audio company Klipsch is ready to unveil its 2018 plans…

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Tabs launches family-focused home monitoring kit w/ parental controls, location tracking, more

Update: Tabs is now available for purchase directly from their site and has bypassed its Kickstarter campaign. The first batch of orders are said to be arriving in the coming weeks, so early adopters will have the new system in their hands much sooner than expected.

It seems like all of the more recent connected-DIY home security systems focus on one main thing, thwarting potential break-ins. Of course that’s all well and good, but what about parents who just want to remotely make sure their children have made it home safely from school? That’s where Tabs comes in, a home monitoring solution geared towards families.

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Corsair’s new hybrid mouse pad Qi charger powers up your iPhone wirelessly, more

The Consumer Electronics Show isn’t just about 8K TVs and this magical rollable OLED, it’s also about personal home theaters for your head, fitness tracking rings and new gaming peripherals. Corsair is well known for its hardcore gaming keyboards, mouse pads, mice, headsets and more. The company has showed up at CES 2018 with a few new devices including a wireless gaming keyboard and the interesting new hybrid mouse pad/Qi charger…

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Motiv’s fitness tracking ring gets even smarter with Apple Health & Android support

The Motiv fitness tracking ring is an interesting concept. The small, yet, at least to some, attractive ring can handle much of the same tasks your Fitbit, Apple Watch or other devices of that nature usually take care of. Described as one of the smallest fitness trackers out there, it’s worth looking into for anyone that doesn’t like the wrist-mounted options.

While we have got a good look at the small fitness ring in the past, Motiv has brought some very interesting new features and updates to CES 2018, along with deeper support for Apple Health and Android users.

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Western Digital unveils ‘world’s smallest’ 256GB flash drive, wireless My Passport, more

As part of CES 2018, Western Digital has a handful of announcements today that it says bring new ways for users to consume, capture, and preserve their photo and video content. The announcements include an ultra-small USB 3.1 drive, a new My Passport Wireless SSD, and more…

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LG’s new rollable 65-inch OLED is on display at CES 2018

Well CES has always been the time for the major players in the game to show off the next greatest thing in home theater gear. There’s always that crazy prototype or something along those lines that gives us a quick glimpse into the future. And while LG’s insanely large 88-inch 8K screen has already made headlines, this rollable OLED display is a whole other story…

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TCL showcases first soundbar w/ Roku voice assistant, metal-framed displays, more

TCL has now unveiled new gear for 2018 at CES. We are getting a good look at its new home theater audio solutions as well as the new 5 and 6-series Roku TVs. After getting an early look at Roku’s new virtual assistant and audio tech last week ahead of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, we expected to see at least a few new product announcements make use of the integrated smart technology. TCL is first out of the gate with its new assistant laden Alto Soundbar and metal-framed displays…

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Anker intros a lighter portable PowerHouse battery for $200 less at CES 2018

By now, most 9to5Toys readers are likely familiar with Anker’s PowerHouse 434Wh portable generator/battery. We have featured the device several times and it remains one of our favorites in the product category. The off-grid power supply is a fantastic companion to have for the technologist on-the-go or just simply as a back-up power supply during power outages and potential emergency situations. However, its $500 price tag is still a little too steep for some. Enter the new PowerHouse 200. A smaller, more affordable version of its larger predecessor that has just been announced for CES 2018

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HyperDrive offers 9to5 readers exclusive 20% off USB-C hubs for MacBook + more

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In celebration of CES 2018, we are teaming up with HyperDrive to offer 9to5 readers an exclusive 20% off all of the company’s USB-C hubs. Simply use code 9to5mac at checkout to redeem the special pricing.

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CES 2018: Panasonic officially announces GH5s with better low light performance

Low light shooters who find the GH5’s low light capabilities a bit underwhelming might find their needs met by the just-announced GH5s. Panasonic, who announced its new camera at CES 2018, has created a Micro Four Thirds shooter featuring a new 10.28MP Multi Aspect Ratio MOS Sensor, dual native ISO 400 and ISO 2500, and built-in V-Log L.

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Westinghouse 4K Ultra HDTV sets revealed at CES starting at only $350

When you think of 4K TV sets you don’t often picture them as being inexpensive, but with brands like VIZIO jumping in to the fray with new technologies we’re starting to actually see prices come down. Just recently, Westinghouse, a brand we commonly see out of Best Buy, announced it will sell 4K TVs starting at $350 for a 43-inch. It will also sell 50- 55- and 65-inch sets as well. Here’s our hands on coverage.

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SOL debuts its very first over-ear Bluetooth headphones at CES + much more

SOL Republic is one of those companies that has capitalized on the popularity Beats headphones have carved out over the years. It has successfully created similarly fashionable products while maintaining a big enough price gap from Apple’s flagship drivers to remain competitive. It has been quite a while since we got refreshed cans from the company, but it looks like it is now ready to unveil its latest and greatest for CES 2018

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Ring unveils new home security cams, sensors, outdoor lighting and more at CES 2018

Ring is quickly becoming one of the premiere brands in home security/automation. The company’s doorbell products have been a very popular choice for a while now and were the recipients of deep deals over the Black Friday holiday. With CES in full swing and the recent acquisition of Mr. Beams, Ring is readying a completely refreshed lineup of home security and connected outdoor lighting products for 2018…

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ShadeCraft showcases Sunflower, “the world’s first autonomous umbrella” at CES

If you somehow haven’t noticed, CES kicked off this weekend and we’ve seen smartphone-enabled devices in just about every area of your home, from connected-vacuum cleaners to Alexa-enabled shower heads. Now, the folks over at ShadeCraft are doing the same for your patio with the official launch of its solar-powered umbrella, Sunflower.

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The new Pico Eagle wearable home theater hits CES w/ Lightning OLED Microdisplays

CES coverage is usually dominated by insanely massive TVs, home router systems and just about every kind of smartphone accessory you could imagine. One thing that certainly won’t get as much attention is the Kopin and Pico wearable theater. Yes, you heard that right. You may have seen similar head-mounted home theaters in the past, but this Pico design in combination with Kopin’s new Lightning OLED Microdisplays is looking to take things up a notch…

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Linksys announces new Xbox WRT Gaming router, budget Velop mesh Wi-Fi options

It’s CES 2018 week in Las Vegas and last night we saw CES Unveiled. At Unveiled, companies take a chance to show the press and media products before they bring them to the show floor. Linksys has announced a new version of its super powerful WRT32X gaming router from last year and new, more budget-friendly Velop mesh Wi-Fi options.

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ECOVACS brings voice control, laser scan mapping, more to new robotic cleaners at CES

CES 2018 is in full swing. While we’re seeing notable launches for new products throughout the home, companies like ECOVACS are turning their attention to saving you time. ECOVACS has unveiled three new robotic helpers for around the home, with two autonomous vacuum cleaners as well as a cordless window cleaner.

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Mymanu’s Click+ truly wireless headphones offer live translations for up to 37 languages

There are loads of truly wireless headphones out there that promise the best sound quality with the best fit and a completely wire-free experience. But there aren’t as many that will also offer up live language translations. Google and Bragi both have products that claim to offer up this kind of technology, but it looks as though competition from Mymanu is finally ready for the marketplace…

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Anker celebrates CES w/ new deals from $11: PowerCore batteries, Lightning cables, more

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With CES 2018 underway, a number of manufacturers are offering discounts this week to celebrate new releases. One of which is Anker, that is discounting a handful of popular accessories via its Amazon storefront. Our top pick is its PowerCore 5000mAh Ultra-Compact USB Power Bank for $12.99 Prime shipped when promo code Y18A1109 is applied during checkout. That’s good for $5 off the regular going rate and the first discount we’ve tracked since the spring. Features include a 5000mAh battery, charging speeds up to 2A and an overall size of 10cm tall by 3cm wide. Rated 4.5/5 stars.

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Sennheiser unveils BeatsX competitor at CES 2018 + more headphones

Sennheiser is another company we are expecting to unveil, at the very least, a refreshed generation of cans and in-ears. This year at CES, the German audio manufacturer is looking to compete directly with Apple’s BeatsX headphones along with the announcement of a very high-end 800-series set…

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Elgato unveils the Eve Room and Button, 2 new additions to its lineup of HomeKit devices

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With CES having officially begun this weekend, we’re already seeing a wide range of notable new products. Turning our attention specifically to the smart home, the folks over at Elgato have kicked things off this week by unveiling 2 new HomeKit-enabled devices. Eve’s Button introduces a new way to control connected accessories and the second generation Room upgrades its predecessor with enhanced sensors and an improved E-ink display.

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Kano makes CES debut with brand new STEM camera kit + more

If it wasn’t already obvious, CES 2018 is now in full swing with product announcements coming from every direction. The new Roav Viva Bluetooth Alexa assistant for your vehicle surfaced this morning, not to mention huge announcements from LG, Roku, Netgear, TiVo and the gorgeous Alexa-enabled Verdera Mirror. When it comes to the world of STEM, we expected to get some announcements courtesy of Kano and that we are..

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Anker brings Alexa and PowerIQ charging to any vehicle with the new Roav Viva

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It is CES 2018 week here at 9to5Toys. We have folks on the ground in Vegas bringing you the best-of-the-best from the world’s biggest electronics show. We have already seen some amazing new gear including Kohler’s gorgeous Alexa-enabled Verdera Mirror, Mophie’s 22000mAh powerstation AC, LG’s new 88-inch 8K OLED display and so much more. And now we are looking at Anker’s new Alexa-enabled Bluetooth smart charger for your vehicle…

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iDevices Instinct in-wall switch has built-in Alexa capabilities, more

Today at CES 2018, iDevices has unveiled its new Instinct Wall Switch with Alexa. Designed to control lights first and foremost, this new smart home device can also manage compatible products such as Philipe Hue and others supported by Amazon’s Voice Assistant. This particular light switch is unique because it not only has Alexa-compatibility, but it also allows users to leverage the platform thanks to a built-in speaker and microphone.

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Azpen announces two Alexa-enabled DockAll charging stations w/ Qi, more

If you’ve been paying attention lately, Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant has been added to everything. Just earlier today, we saw a mirror that will have Alexa baked in. Now, we’re seeing Qi- and Lightning-enabled charging docks that have the Alexa voice assistant on-board.

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Vobot is bringing a wake-up light with Alexa to CES 2018

Last year at CES, Vobot introduced the world’s first smart clock that with Alexa built-in. Now, the company plans to unveil the Vabot Halo at this years show. It’s an upgraded version of the original Alexa based alarm clock, but now has a host of other features including sunrise simulation and more.

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XYZ takes 3D printing to the next level at CES 2018: Pen Cool, Nano, more

As more and more CES 2018 announcements surface, we are now getting a look at what XYZPrinting will be showcasing this year. The company is well-known for its 3D printing products and most notably, the affordable price tags that come along with them.

XYZPrinting certainly isn’t going to change the game in 2018, but it does have a refreshed lineup of products that are sure to bring even more users into the world of 3D printing. We are essentially getting 3 updated versions of already existing products starting at under $45 for the company’s new 3D printing pen…

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