Viva Las Vegas for CES 2019

The last time I went to CES (Consumer Electronics Show) was in 2017 and that was a milestone event – the 50th edition spread across the Las Vegas city area. Five days weren’t enough to cover everything that would come to consumer’s hands, but I’m hoping to be better prepared for it this time.

CES 2017 badge

The 2019 edition is looking to focus a lot on 5G and many of the related concepts of IoT (Internet of Things) powering society and future cities. Of course, you’ll also have big gadget announcements and major keynotes by industry executives. Though this year’s event is shorter by a day, it’s still going to be a challenge to see as much of this event knowing that it’s spread across the entire Las Vegas strip.

What to expect at CES 2019?

Las Vegas Convention Centre during CES 2017
Las Vegas Convention Centre during CES 2019. It’s where most of the exhibitors will have the latest and greatest on display.

Personally, I’m expecting to figure out how to squeeze every aspect of this tech fest knowing that there is a lot of ground to cover. CES is not just in one venue – it’s spread across the Las Vegas Strip, from the Las Vegas Convention Centre in the East to Mandalay Bay in the South.

This isn’t just some futuristic showcase. We’re talking about phones, televisions, computers, toys, and more being announced by the big stalwarts (i.e. Panasonic, Sony, LG, Samsung, and AMD). Don’t forget that they may unveil new products for the coming year.

Take this experience I had at the Nikon booth during CES 2017. They completed 100 years and decided to do something special at the 50th edition of the event.

Hot topics for CES 2019 encompass ‘5G and Internet of Things (IOT)’, entertainment, wearables, AI, and automotive trends. Sounds like a lot? There’s plenty of overlap and crossover between some of them, as one like likely fuels the other. Product concepts and showcases will likely accompany breakout conference sessions during these days.

Having a quick look at the keynotes and exhibitors, I’m more inclined towards the exhibitors since that’s where I can get hands-on time with actual products that an average person like me is planning to buy. I’m not just looking into home entertainment items like big LED TVs.


You can imagine PC component makers showcasing new GPUs and aftermarket parts/accessories with live demos. It looks like a lot of things, but you’d be surprised into how much is on display for people to learn more about the latest gadgets and consumer electronic items coming to online store shelves.

Packing for a gadget-fest

If I’m going to be blogging about all the announcements and product showcases at CES 2019, I’m going to have to bring all my best equipment with me for this. Aside from the hardware, there’s also the magic of software to be added.

15-inch MacBook Pro (mid 2018)Adobe Premiere Pro CC
GoPro HERO5 BlackAdobe Premiere Rush (iOS and Mac)
iPhone 8Final Cut Pro X
Huawei P20 ProFILMIC Pro for iOS
Olloclip Filmer's KitAdobe Photoshop Express (iOS and Android)

Of course, there are some additional items that will greatly help with capturing every detail stretching the event:

  • GoPro head mount and chest mount
  • Cables (USB-C, Thunderbolt, Lightning, etc.)
  • Juicy power bank

I’m not going to bore you with just concept stuff. You’ll have to keep checking my blog and social media accounts to lear more about what’s unveiled at CES 2019.

P.S: I’m also happy to announce that I’m parnering up with Raqami TV to fuel their focus on Arabic tech content, as I’ll be providing them with things live from CES 2019.

Author: Yasser Masood

Think of me as a grassroots community evangelist. Juggling social media while covering technology/digital trends across the Middle East and crossroads of society and culture, while unearthing other perspectives that pique my interests.

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