Best of CES 2019 Overview Updated January 11, 2019

Best of CES 2019

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January 2019

All of the latest news and more from CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

Ecovacs’ latest robot uses AI to inch us closer to a fully automated vacuum experience

At CES 2019, Ecovacs Robotics showed off its latest robot vacuum, the Deebot Ozmo 960. What differentiates the Ozmo 960 from some of the company’s other high-end cleaners is the implementation of AI that detects obstacles like cables, socks, and more. Once it finds these items, the robot avoids them entirely so it doesn’t clog itself and or damage the item in question.

Without a doubt, this is a feature that every robot vacuum should have, but don’t. Thankfully this type of innovation is bound to expand throughout the rest of the market since it is what consumers expect from automated devices.

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Lexar announces the first-ever 1TB SDXC card, and it’s already available for pre-order

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When it comes to taking photos or shooting video on your camera, generally speaking, an SD card will be your go-to storage method. With video files (and photos) only increasing in size as the resolutions climb, it’s getting harder and harder to shoot lengthy sessions of either photos or videos without having multiple cards around. With Lexar’s 1TB SDXD card, that’s a worry of the past.

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Vava shakes up the market with a new 4K HDR short-throw projector for $3,500

One of the biggest trends of CES 2019 appears to be consumer-focused laser projectors. We’ve already seen familiar brands like Hisense and LG unveil their own home theater projection system this year. Now newcomer Vava is stepping up to the plate with its own 4K laser projector.

From a distance, it appears that Vava is checking all of the boxes on its latest release. You’ll find 4K and HDR certification here, along with a 30W Harman Kardon audio system plus support for select DTS codecs. The question is, can Vava compete in an already crowded market dominated by some of the biggest names in the game? More below.

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Lenovo’s Yoga A940 AiO is over $1,000 less than Microsoft’s Surface Studio w/ similar features

Microsoft’s Surface Studio is the king of Windows-based all-in-ones. In my book, Apple still rules the roost here, but the Surface Studio is a good competitor for artists who want to draw on their desktop. Now, Lenovo is entering the mix with its Yoga A940 all-in-one. Coming in at more than $1,000 below Microsoft’s Surface Studio price, this could become the go-to all-in-one for artists.

Lenovo didn’t skimp out on specs, either. The Yoga A940 should hold its own against both the Surface Studio and even some models of the iMac, though the iMac Pro still wins in the all-out power department. Lenovo’s Yoga A940 sports some very unique (and awesome) features, however, so keep reading to learn more.

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The latest Jammy Portable Guitar features a modular design, MIDI support and more

The Jammy portable guitar has gone through its fair share of iterations, but the company is now showing off the latest model. This new version has clearly addressed some of the potential customer concerns over previous form factors and is now ready for pre-orders.

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Lockly’s latest Secure Pro Smart Deadbolt touts five ways to unlock your front door

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Smart locks have been as popular as ever at CES 2019, with a variety of new models entering with HomeKit, AlexaKey by Amazon support and much more. Now we’re getting a look at the latest from Lockly, the Secure Pro, which shakes things up by touting five — count ’em, five — different ways to lock and unlock your front door. Head below to see how it stacks up to the competition.

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9to5Toys Best of CES 2019 Awards

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As expected, CES 2019 has delivered a number of new products across just about every category. At 9to5Toys we’ve been bringing you all of the best TVs, smart home accessories, and more throughout the week. Now, it’s time to name our favorite products that have come out of Las Vegas this week.

Head below for this year’s 9to5Toys Best of CES Awards…

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HP’s insane Omen 65-inch 4K gaming display sports NVIDIA Shield functionality, more

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CES has been laden with various new TVs and monitors, but it looks like HP has taken the crown with its new Omen X Emperium 65 gaming display. This 65-inch behemoth is part TV, part streaming media player, and frankly, an over-the-top solution for the hard core gamers out there. For the spec-heads out there, this one checks all the boxes, including 4K, HDR and G-Sync Ultimate certification. Basically, if you’re looking for a next-level gaming display for your living, look no further. But you’re going to have to pay for it.

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Sony announces five new Extra Bass Bluetooth Speakers focused on partying and outdoor use

At CES 2019, Sony has announced five new Extra Bass Bluetooth speakers that are scheduled to join its existing lineup in the near future. These new models come in all sorts of shapes and sizes with its largest, the GTK-PG10, easily being the most intriguing of the bunch considering that it will hold on to four drinks within its built-in cup holders.

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Powercast’s Joy-Con grips charge without a cable or mat and offer 38 hours of gameplay

Once you have tried Qi charging, plugging in a cable immediately feels antiquated. That being said, very few folks that I know have actually forked over the money to buy Qi chargers for their smartphone. Unless manufacturers begin bundling Qi chargers with their gear, some may skip Qi altogether and go straight for OTA charging when seeing what Powercast has showcased in its upcoming Nintendo Joy-Con grips. The company’s new grips not only extend Joy-Con battery up to 38 hours, they also charge without a cable or charging pad.

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SiliconDust launches new HDHomeRun Scribe Duo, its first tuner with built-in DVR, more

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Cord-cutters will soon have two new ways to ditch their cable providers thanks to SiliconDust. At CES 2019, the company announced its new Scribe Duo and Servio, which marks the first appearance of built-in DVR functionality in the lineup of HDHomeRun. The tuners were already some of the most popular ways to enjoy content without a cable subscription, but the upcoming models make it even more alluring to bring one of them into your home theater setup. Hit the jump for all of the details.

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Audio-Technica expands its QuietPoint wireless headphones lineup w/ new Bose competitors, more

Audio-Technica showed up at CES 2019 with major additions to its QuietPoint wireless headphones lineup. Noise cancellation was certainly a big deal for AT this year and its new flagship over-ears are leading the way with the company’s most advanced system yet. Head below for all the details on AT’s new Bose QuietComfort competitors and the rest of the new lineup.

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Alienware announces a 240Hz laptop w/ OLED option & 55” OLED gaming monitor at CES 2019

Dell’s Alienware division decided to make a huge announcement at CES 2019, claiming that it’ll be the first manufacturer to sell a laptop with a 240Hz display built-in. Alienware will also offer an OLED version of the m15 gaming laptop, for those who would prefer that.

Also on the OLED front, Alienware announced a 55-inch 4K gaming monitor (more like display at that size). This massive screen features a 120Hz refresh rate, which is rare on 4K OLED monitors like this. Dell is also updating its XPS and G-series laptops with OLED as well, which is great for consumers everywhere. More details below.

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Grovemade’s new Apple Watch dock is a minimalist home for your wearable

Portland-based manufacturer Grovemade is introducing a new accessory today for Apple Watch. This handmade, pad-style dock is designed to match the brand’s existing lineup of products. As expected, each Apple Watch dock is sourced from local materials where possible, something Grovemade has been priding itself on for years. More below.

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Samson brings its new $100 Satellite USB/iOS Broadcast Microphone to CES 2019

Straight from CES 2019 in Las Vegas, audio gear manufacturer Samson is announcing its new Satellite USB/iOS Broadcast Microphone. We’ve seen our fair share of content creator gear at this year’s trade show but can Samson’s new Mac and iOS mic standout from the pack? Head below for all the details.

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LaMetric takes on Nanoleaf with new Sky wall lighting panels at CES 2019

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It seems like everyone wants to put a splash of color on your walls these days. Just this morning, Nanoleaf introduced even more smart light panels. Now, upstart LaMetric is throwing its hat into the ring with its own smartphone-controlled lighting system. And we have to say, it looks pretty intriguing. LaMetric Sky doesn’t just light up your room, however. It can also relay data, time, and more. It’ll even tell you how many Instagram followers you have. Head below for more.

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Whirlpool unveils smart countertop oven w/ Alexa + more intelligent home appliances at CES

Whirlpool is unveiling a series of new intelligent gear for your home at CES 2019. The new Whirlpool smart countertop oven is filled with interesting tech advancements to make your life easier but it’s certainly going to cost you. Head below for all the details about Whirlpool’s CES 2019 lineup.

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Panasonic unveils “World’s Most Cinematic TV” with professional-grade color accuracy

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So far one of the highlights of CES 2019 has been AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support landing on Samsung, Sony and Vizio TVs. Panasonic is looking to shake things up at the trade show in a different way, which is where the newly announced GZ2000 4K OLED TV steps in. Claimed to be the “World’s Most Cinematic TV”, it’s headlined by top-notch color accuracy, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, as well as a few features that will be making their debut on the home theater display. Head below for a closer look. 

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Kwikset intros Halo Wi-Fi-enabled Smart Lock, budget-focused Aura option at CES 2019

Kwikset has introduced a trio of new smart locks at CES 2019 this morning. Halo is a Wi-Fi-enabled model while the lower-cost Aura features Bluetooth. Today’s news comes on the heels of Apple highlighting various HomeKit-enabled locks from Kwikset and others. Head below for more details on the latest out of CES in Las Vegas.

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Lenovo bolsters its lineup of PC gaming peripherals with new UltraWide monitors and more at CES

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Razer and Logitech have been dominating the PC gaming peripheral space for some time now. But with CES 2019 now in full swing, Lenovo is hoping to change that. The company has announced that it will be doubling down on its efforts to appease gamers with its one lineup of new devices to pair with your PC. Head below for a full look at Lenovo’s upcoming gaming monitors, keyboard, mice and more.

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The Nemeio E ink keyboard looks to shake things up with customizable, app-specific layouts

While CES is known for unveiling notable new products from some of the biggest names out there, it’s also a place for up and coming brands to showcase their latest wares as well. One of those companies is Nemio, who is detailing its new E ink keyboard in Las Vegas. Made for designers and power users, this unique input device is fully customizable with each key available for various user-defined functions. More below.

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Anker shows off new SoundCore lineup of speakers, Chromecast-powered projector at CES

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This evening Anker is unveiling its newest lineup of products at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. Today’s news includes six speakers and the upcoming Nebula Prizm II Pro projector. Anker has been steadily growing its offerings over the last 18 months, culminating in tonight’s expanded SoundCore and Nebula lineup. Head below for more details.

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HyperX announces new gaming products w/ mics, RAM, headsets, and more

HyperX is one of the most well-known companies when it comes to gaming headsets and other peripherals. The company announced today at CES a new lineup of products, from microphones to RAM, headsets, and even mice. The standout from the announcement would be the Quadcast Standalone Microphone, which works with PC, PlayStation 4, and Mac for streaming and audio recording. Plus, it’s great for doing voiceovers and offers a tap-to-mute functionality.

Alongside that, HyperX announced new Predator DDR4 RGB RAM, Cloud Orbit/Orbit S Headsets, Pulsefire Raid RGB Gaming Mouse, and even more to expand your gaming setup. Keep reading for everything.

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Samsung’s insane QLED 8K TVs are now up for pre-order starting at $5,000 for 65”

While 4K is finally becoming mainstream enough that it’s affordable for the masses, 8K is on the horizon. Today at CES 2019, Samsung announced its latest QLED 8K TVs with sizes ranging from 65-inches to 85-inches.

Samsung’s latest 8K TVs features Quantum Processors, Quantum HDR 32x, and 8K AI Upscaling. This means that no matter what you send to your TV, it’s going to be upscaled as best possible for the highest-quality experience Samsung can provide.

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HTC announces the Vive Pro Eye w/ native eye tracking, Vive Cosmos to game wherever you go

Last year, HTC released its Vive Pro VR headset. At CES 2019, the company is upping its game with the Vive Pro Eye. The Vive Pro brought dual OLED displays with high-end headphones built-in, which is something that hadn’t been done in mass market VR headsets prior to its release. The Vive Pro Eye broadens virtual reality horizons by introducing native eye tracking.

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Vintage meets modern on new Kodak Smile Instant Camera and Printer at CES

Today at CES 2019 Kodak has detailed a new vintage-inspired Smile instant camera that is sure to be a hit with the throwback crowd. This camera sports a built-in Zink printer along with a pop-up viewfinder, making it perfect for sharing photos on-the-go. Even better? It’s Bluetooth-enabled for snapping photos remotely or printing images from your smartphone.

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NVIDIA begins certifying certain Freesync monitors for use with its G-SYNC technology

If you’ve been in PC gaming for any length of time, you’ve likely noticed the huge price difference in Freesync and G-SYNC monitors. The variable refresh rate (VRR) options go from budget-friendly with AMD’s Freesync standard to NVIDIA’s high-end and high-priced G-SYNC standard. G-SYNC requires certification and licensing, but is by-and-large a better experience when it works well. At CES 2019, NVIDIA announced that it’s bringing its G-SYNC ecosystem to Freesync and other VRR monitors through a certification program with 12 monitors already being certified.

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Hisense shows off new two-panel ULED TVs at CES w/ Android TV and Roku platforms

After VIZIO and LG each unveiled updated TV lineups this morning, Hisense has now taken center stage at CES 2019. After impressing us last year with its laser projector system, we were anxious to see what the brand had planned for this year’s event. Hisense’s 2019 lineup will include a new ULED display along with Android TV and Roku functionality. More below.

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Ubtech lends its bipedal Walker robot a pair of hands and showcases new Cruzr at CES

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CES 2019 may have just started, but we’ve already seen some of this year’s most notable product announcements.  If you thought that TVs, smart home gear and the like were all CES had to offer, you’ll either be delighted or shocked to see the latest from Ubtech. The robotics company has time and time again has caught our eye with their unique announcements. And this morning, rather than showcasing a STEM building kit or a smartphone-controlled Stormtrooper, we’re getting a look at two new robots for the home and office. Hit the jump for more details.

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The GE Kitchen Hub packs a 27-inch touch screen, Google Assistant, and more

If you are anything like me, you have spent quite a bit of time dabbling with smart home gear and appliances. While the majority of the devices that I have spent time with may not have been made for use in the kitchen, GE’s new Kitchen Hub, as the name implies, is meant for exactly that. It’s a ventilation system that installs above your stove that also happens to have a 27-inch touch screen for controlling apps installed from Google Play Store.

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HUAWEI’s MateBook 13 takes on the MacBook Air w/ a quad-core i7, dedicated graphics, more

HUAWEI is known for its smartphones, but lately, the company has been pushing the envelope in the laptop space from its nearly-bezeless MateBook X Pro to its budget-friendly, yet powerful MateBook D. Now, the electronics company is announcing its latest foray into the mobile computing space, the HUAWEI MateBook 13.

The MateBook 13 will bring Intel’s latest Whiskey Lake processors, NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card, and an 88% screen-to-body ratio with prices starting at $999.

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Ring’s Door View Cam installs w/o wiring or drilling in peephole + smart lighting, more

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Ring has shown off its latest smart video doorbell at CES 2019 along with a dozen other new products including smart lighting, smoke detectors, and a flood/freeze sensor. As for the new headline product, Ring’s Door View Cam offers seamless, wireless installation on your door’s peephole.

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The new Retro Champ Mini Console plays NES & Famicom titles + more mini My Arcade cabinets

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My Arcade has been creating gorgeous little arcade machine remakes for a while now. They span just about all of the major game franchises and make for great collector’s items. While MyArcade is introducing a load of new options in that category this year at CES in Vegas, it’s the new Retro Champ NES console that has really caught our attention.

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LG’s foldable OLED TV is coming to fruition for consumers in 2019

After what seemed to be a myth, LG has officially announced today that the “world’s first” rollable OLELD TV will be available to the general public later this year. This lust-worthy detail comes on the heels of LG revealing that AirPlay is also on the docket for its lineup in 2019. Officially dubbed the LG Signature OLED TV R, this gorgeous display arrives in a stunning aluminum base that sets the scene for a sleek 4K panel to emerge. More details below.

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Vizio’s lineup of 2019 TVs are better than ever with Quantum Color, ultra bright panels and more

These days, companies like Samsung unveiling their latest and greatest TVs goes hand-in-hand with CES itself. So it’s no surprise that at this point, a majority of the standout news we’ve seen has been focused on the home theater center pieces. This morning, Vizio joined in and showcased its 2019 lineup of new TVs.

While AirPlay 2 support is one of the more eye-catching features, there’s so much more to write home about. Focusing on top-notch color vibrancy and accuracy, the new releases feature ultra bright panels, local-dimming and more. Head below for a closer look.

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Incase takes the wraps off new environmentally-friendly MacBook sleeves and organizers

Today Incase has announced that it is expanding its lineup of travel accessory organizers and protective MacBook sleeves. These new releases focus on sustainability thanks to Incase’s decision to lean heavily on FSC-certified materials. Dubbed the ecoNEUE line, this biodegradable and compostable material is produced in hydoelectrically-powered mills, taking the environmental focus even further. Head below for more details on the latest MacBook accessories from Incase.

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Blue goes pro at CES 2019 with the new $100 Ember XLR mic

Blue is coming to the Consumer Electronics Show 2019 with a brand new microphone. Known for its affordable plug-and-play USB options, the new Blue Ember brings professional XLR connectivity to the start-up podcast level market with a price to match.

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SOL Republic intros Shadow Fusion Headset w/ built-in Tile tracking at CES 2019 + more

Just ahead of CES 2019 this week, SOL Republic is introducing new Shadow Fusion banded wireless headphones with some interesting Tile integration. In addition, SOL is expanding its lineup with a series of brand new headphones for the first time in three years. Head below for all the details.

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Mophie introduces Juice Pack Access battery case for iPhone with wireless charging and support for wired headphones

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Mophie is out today with its latest battery case for iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and XR. The new Juice Pack Access brings the convenience of wireless charging to power up both the case and your iPhone. It also has the handy open bottom design that Apple uses with its own cases which works with wired headphones and other Lightning accessories.

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The new Tablo Quad DVR skips the commercials for you, supports 8TB of storage

Nuvyyo is expanding its Tablo lineup this morning with the new Quad DVR, yet another alternative for cord-cutters. The four-tuner set-top box offers many of the same features made popular by Tablo’s other options, but notably includes the ability to automatically skip commercials, a feature made popular by TiVo’s Roamio DVR. Head below for more.

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TP-Link debuts new Wi-Fi 6 routers including Deco X10 Mesh System touting 1.95Gbps speeds

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Just a few days ago we got a look at one of the newest Wi-Fi 6 Mesh System, from ARRIS. And now that CES 2019 is officially here, we’ll begin seeing even more notable home networking releases. TP-Link is wasting no time at all getting in on the action, unveiling Wi-Fi 6 mesh routers of its own called the Deco X10. Headlined by notable 1.95Gbps maximum network speeds, you’ll want to head below for a closer look at the X10, as well as the rest of the company’s latest releases.

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TP-Link expands its Kasa lineup with new AI-powered cameras, outlets and more

TP-Link’s in-house Kasa brand has unveiled a host of new products at CES 2019 this morning in Las Vegas. Its new cloud-focused platform uses AI to simplify smart home setups similar to how HomeKit manages multiple devices for Apple users. This platform focuses on movement and face detection as a means for activating other cameras, plugs and accessories in its lineup.

Today’s announcement includes a new indoor security camera, video doorbell, light strips, outlets and switches. Head below for full details.

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JBL unveils new Flip 5 Bluetooth speaker at CES, along with gesture-controlled PartyBox

This morning at CES, JBL unveiled a handful of new speakers headlined by the revamped Flip 5. Cashing in on the momentum of its previous Flip speakers, JBL is making a handful of key improvements. That includes an impressive 12 hours of battery life and USB-C charging.

Along with today’s Flip 5 announcement JBL is also taking the wraps off its new PartyBox speakers. This new release delivers everything for a quality DJ experience. This includes built-in lighting that’s controlled by a gesture-based wristband. Head below for more details on both releases.

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