15 best gadgets from CES 2024

Each year, hundreds of the biggest names in tech make their way to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Expo, or CES. This mega trade show is one of the best places to see new consumer tech months or sometimes years, before they are available to buy. This year, I am attending the conference in-person, making my way through booths, presentations and hands-on demos to check out what’s new in tech.

SKIP AHEAD Best tech | Best home and kitchen | Best smart home | Best beauty and wellness | Best health and fitness | Best outdoor

With hundreds of products debuting at the show, sometimes the most interesting and practical tech can get lost in the crowd. We made an effort to highlight a mix of products: from the outlandish and spectacular to the more subdued and practical.

The best products from CES 2024

We focused on products that practically enhance or upgrade our lives. We saw many (but not all) of these products up-close at CES. We tried our best to get our hands on the products when possible.

Gadgets at CES are often previews — products that aren’t yet available for purchase, but are close enough to the final product consumers will ultimately be able to buy. As such, you won’t be able to get your hands on most of the products on this list just yet.

Best tech

LG Signature OLED T TV

LG has a habit of launching ultra-high end, mildly outlandish TVs at CES. Last year, it debuted the LG Signature OLED R, a TV that rolls down into its stand, so it is out of sight when not in use.

The new OLED T is a wireless, 77-inch transparent TV: the front panel is transparent, with a contrasting screen behind it. By raising or lowering the contrast screen, you can make the screen look more or less transparent. LG showed off visuals that made it look like a 3D fish tank with the transparent screen, and then raised the opaque panel to show off how the TV functions more normally. The screen is practically invisible when fully transparent or turned off, better blending into the environment instead of looking like a big black screen, says LG. It is slated for a release sometime in the second half of 2024, according to an LG representative I spoke with at CES, with pricing to come.

Asus Rog Zephyrus G14

This is the newest version of one of our favorite gaming laptops. This upcoming model has a new, slimmer design that weighs 3.3 pounds, the lightest yet, with a one-piece aluminum frame that looks even more well-suited to travel compared to previous versions. It also has a customizable light strip on the lid. Another big upgrade is the screen: an OLED panel that should provide richer colors and contrast than previous models. 

These laptops will launch sometime in early 2024.

Samsung Music Frame

This is a minimalist and artistic take on the typical home speaker that takes cues from Samsung’s own The Frame TV. The speaker system is housed inside a box that looks like a picture frame, complete with a customizable print on the front of the box. You can connect to the speaker via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and it can be paired with Samsung TVs and soundbars, according to the brand. Samsung did not reveal a release date or price for the Music Frame.

Roku Pro Series TV

Roku started making its own line of TVs in 2023, releasing a range of options under $1000. The new Roku Pro Series TVs will have more advanced picture and audio quality for under $1500. The Pro series will use a 4K QLED mini-LED screen with local dimming and enhanced audio technology, according to the brand.

These TVs will also have the new Roku Smart Picture, a software feature that uses AI to identify what type of content is on the screen and automatically adjust the picture settings for an optimal viewing experience, says the brand. As someone who often changes the settings on my TV depending on if I’m watching sports, movies or playing games, the idea of my TV doing this for me sounds exciting.

The Roku Pro Series TVs are slated to be released in the spring of 2024 in 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch sizes.

Asus ZenScreen Fold OLED MQ17QH

This is the portable monitor I wish I had during my CES trip. It is a 17.3-inch, quad-HD OLED HDR screen with two USB-C ports and a mini-HDMI port to use with your laptop, phone or handheld gaming console. 17-inches would normally be too big for a portable monitor, but this screen folds in half, making it just as compact as smaller options. It weighs about 2.6 pounds and has a built-in stand Asus did not share a price or release date for the ZenScreen Fold.

Satechi 3-in-1 Foldable Qi2 Wireless Charging Stand

Wireless charging is about to change with the new Qi2 standard. Built on the widespread Qi standard, Qi2 delivers up to 15W of power (up from the variable 5-15W of Qi1) output on all compatible devices and has a strong magnet, similar to Apple’s MagSafe.

This wireless charging stand from Satechi can charge your iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch. The stand is made of aluminum with a vegan leather base and silicone charging puck, according to the brand. Perhaps more importantly, the stand folds down to a slimmer size, making it easier to travel with. It will be available in Q2 of 2024 for $129.99.

Best home and kitchen

GE Profile Smart Indoor Smoker

Have you ever wanted to smoke a rack of ribs indoors, in a small apartment kitchen? This countertop smoker uses wood pellets, just like an outdoor smoker, but it turns that wood smoke into warm air using a catalytic converter, according to the brand.

This smoker has six preset food settings (brisket, pork ribs, pork butt, wings, chicken and salmon), and it can connect to the GE Profile Connect app for more features. It does not list a specific capacity, but GE says it can fit 3 racks of ribs (cut in half), a full chicken or a 14 pound pork butt.

Best smart home

Nanoleaf Skylight Modular Ceiling Light (Pre-order)

Nanoleaf makes some of our favorite smart lights, including colorful bulbs, wall shapes and portable lamps. This light fixture has a modular design that can be mounted to the ceiling like a skylight. It also uses a traditional hardwire connection for power. Like other Nanoleaf products, it has tons of color tones, fun color scenes like rain or sun shower and can sync with your other smart home gadgets to turn on, off and adjust automatically. It comes with three panels, but can be expanded to include up to 100 panels by incorporating Skylight Expansion Packs.

Each square emits 1400 lumens of light with a lifespan of 25,000 hours, according to the brand. It connects via Wi-Fi and is compatible with Apple, Google, Amazon and Samsung smart home. Pre-orders are available now, with shipping in late January.

Best beauty and wellness

L’Oréal AirLight Pro

This hair drying tool uses a combination of infrared-light and wind to dry hair faster and gentler than a traditional hairdryer, according to the brand. The Dyson Supersonic, one of the best hair dryers according to our experts, also uses wind to dry hair and prevent excessive heat damage, but does not use infrared light. The AirLight Pro will dry hair faster and consume up to 31% less energy than a regular hair dryer, says L’Oréal. It is L’Oréal’s first hair drying tool, and was developed in partnership with the hardware startup Zuvi. It will be available to shoppers sometime in 2024, with pricing to come.

Proclaim Custom-Jet Oral Health System

Imagine a water flosser inside of a mouthguard, one that can do all the work of flossing automatically in about seven seconds. That’s the Proclaim system, a 3D-printed mouthpiece up to 60 water jets angled to clear bacteria, plaque and food between your teeth and below your gum line, according to the brand. Excess water flows out of the front section of the mouthpiece into the sink.

Like other water flossers, it has a base station that provides water to the jet mouthpiece. For larger families, the mouthpiece can be swapped out so that everyone can use the same base station.

Best health and fitness

Evie Ring

This health tracker is designed for women’s health, with menstrual, sleep, heart rate, and activity tracking, according to the brand. It has an open design to better accommodate the natural changes in size our bodies go through every day, says the brand. Unlike many fitness trackers, it comes with a charging case so you can more easily charge the ring on the go. It has up to four days of battery life, and the charging case adds up to 10 full charges. Currently, it is only compatible with iPhones.

Withings BeamO

The Withings BeamO is a thermometer, stethoscope, pulse oximeter and electrocardiogram in one device. It’s designed to help you measure core health vitals easily at home, data that may help health professionals better perform remote health visits, according to the brand. The device syncs with the Withings Health Mate app when connected to Wi-Fi, and is USB-C rechargeable.

The BeamO will retail for $249.95 when it launches in June of 2024, following FDA clearance of its ECG capability, says the brand.

Garmin Lily 2 Smartwatch

Smartwatches have a tendency to be big and bulky. Not so with Garmin’s Lily 2. Like the Lily 1, it is a small, 35mm circular touchscreen smartwatch that aims to mix form and function. It tracks health, workout and sleep data, similar to most of our favorite fitness trackers.

Improvements over the original include a metal housing, sleep tracking, contactless Garmin Pay, new workout options, and much more through the Garmin Connect app. It has up to five days of battery life, and works with iPhone and Android smartphones.

Best outdoor

Jackery Solar Mars Bot

What if your solar panels could follow the sun? This robot does just that, automatically tracking bright light and navigating outdoor environments to follow it. The solar array folds up while moving, and expands while stationary. It has multiple cameras onboard that help it avoid obstacles. It can also charge at user-designed spots, and can be moved by hand if needed. Onboard are multiple USB-A, USB-C, three-prong and 120V power output ports. The brand did not reveal a release date or price for the Solar Mars Bot.

Current Backyard Model G Dual-Zone Electric Grill

This is a full-sized, outdoor, electric grill that plugs into any standard outlet. It reaches a maximum temperature of 700 degrees, far hotter than any gas grill I’ve ever used. You can also control the left and right cooking zones independently of each other with the dial controls on the front panel. When connected to Wi-Fi, you can monitor and control the grill remotely using the companion app and your phone, according to the brand. The product will ship from the brand in February of 2024, with other retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Williams Sonoma and more carrying the product in March.

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Harry Rabinowitz is a reporter at NBC Select who covers technology and fitness, including guides to wireless earbuds, fitness trackers and new and notable products. To pick the best products from CES 2024, he attended the conference in-person in Las Vegas, spoke with dozens of brands and researched top-trending products from the conference.

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