Welcome to Reviews OnLine: Comdex Fall 1998: Comdex Wrap-Up
Show Wrap-Up
by Rick Smith and Jim Bennett
(November 23, 1998)

Fall Comdex 1998 Coverage
Chicago to Vegas Trip
Comdex Kickoff
Daily Show Calendar
Product Briefs
Snapshot Gallery
Comdex Wrap-Up

At Comdex 98, flatness ruled!

Flat technology was everywhere and more affordable than last year. New monitors ranged from more efficient flat screen CRTs to a pervasive display of sizzling LCDs. Flat is in - very in. Portable, free standing or wall hanging.

The portable flat screens are found in many different pen computers. They have different form factors and operating systems. These form factors range from palm sized units, to convertibles and to the larger traditional tablet units. Operating systems were proprietary, Java, Windows 95, Windows CE, Windows NT. Manufacturers of these units ranged from small startups and "pre-IPO" companies to large multinationals.

The free standing and wall hanging units were found on two different monitor styles. There were the conventional style monitors with truly flat fronts. These were so flat that they initially appear to be curved inward because we so used to monitors that curve outward. The other style was flat LCD monitors which were in the range from 14 inch to 50 inch (35.5 cm to 127 cm) The larger 50 inch (127 cm) HDTV monitors were stunning, approaching near reality in their representation. The price is high, but will probably drop as production ramps up.

More video cards with high speed 3D graphics rendering capabilities were introduced.

Other developments included text to speech rendering, speech to text recognition using conveniently small handheld devices, faster desktop PCs, smaller, lighter and thinner notebooks, larger backup and storage devices, wireless home networks and digital cameras everywhere (both still and video).

On the enterprise front, net terminals still exist, Office 2000 approaches, affordable color printing for the workgroup, LINUX continues to win converts, and SQLServer 7.0 is released.

Copyright 1998 Rick Smith and Jim Bennett All rights reserved.

Article Indexes
  Products Index
  People Index
  Events Index

Product Briefs
Desktop PCs & Servers
  Ergo Thunder Brick 2
Eizo FlexScan Displays
Future Power epower
HP NetServer LXr 8500
Meridian Snap! Server
Digital Cameras
  3Com HomeConnect
Agfa ePhoto 780c
Canon A5 Zoom
Kodak DC265
Minolta 3D 1500
Nikon D1
Olympus C2000
Toshiba PDR-M4 & M5
Notebooks & Mobile
  3Com Palm VII
Fosa Mini Notebook
Pionex Elite
Quantex Celeron Laptop
Sharp Actius PC-A250
Sony F250/F290 Notebooks
Talontek MPC-2000
Mobile/Wireless Communications
  3Com 56K GSM Modem
Novatel Merlin Modem
Xircom Ethernet CompactCard
Mobile Software
  Etak Traffic Touch
DataViz Documents To Go
Softbook E-book System
  Agfa SnapScan Touch
Visioneer Strobe Pro
  Brother MP-21 C Portable
Tektronix Phaser 780
Xerox 480cx
Software & Books
  Avid Cinema for Windows
Caere PageKeeper Pro
Corex Area Code Fix
Docent Outliner
Macmillan Office 2K Books
Paragon FoneSync
Symantec pcAnywhere 9.0
Sybari Antigen 5.5
V-Communications AutoSave
  InFocus 330
Mitsubishi S120
  Club Photo
Intelliquis Traffic Builder
NETSilicon NET+Works
Panasite Web Builder
  Calluna 250 Mb PCCard
Castlewood 2.2Gb ORB
Iomega Clik!
Teac CD-W 54E
Batteries & Power
  Duracell Ultra Battery
Electrofuel PowerPad
Eveready Energizer ACCU
Graphics & Video
  Belkin USB Video Bus
Daeyang VR Headset
Kodak/Intel Picture CD
Nogatech USB TV
Number Nine SR9
  Logitech Cordless mouse
Raritan Switchman
Targus USB MiniMouse
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