Consumer Electronics Show 2011 in Las Vegas

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Most of us are still recovering from our turkey comas over the holidays, but we’re heading straight back to Las Vegas for the annual International Consumer Electronics Show. By the time you read this post, I’ll either be several thousand feet in the air on a plane or I would have already touched down in Sin City.

What Is CES?

For those of you who are not as familiar, CES is the largest technology trade show in North America, covering just about everything there is to cover in the world of consumer electronics. You get computer hardware, like motherboards and graphics cards, as well as more consumer-oriented content like smartphones, televisions, and car audio.

There is a very good chance that tablet devices will be a major focus for CES 2011, considering that so many companies are trying to snatch some market share away from the Apple iPad. We’re expecting an Android Honeycomb tablet from Motorola, for instance, as well as offerings from Viewsonic, Acer, and Asus.

This Is Not a Vacation

Now, you might think that when this freelance writer makes a trip to Las Vegas to be surrounded by all these tech toys that I’d be a very pleasurable holiday. While I’ll certainly have fun, I also need to remind you that covering a trade show is not a vacation. In fact, the days that I spend covering conferences like CES are usually the busiest days of the year for me.

A typical CES day involves waking up bright and early, rushing to my morning appointments with the different vendors and manufacturers, rushing to my afternoon appointments that take me up to dinnertime, trying to slot some time in between appointments to hit the press room for some writing, heading back to the hotel to write some more coverage, heading to the various evening events, and coming back to the hotel to get in some more work before going to bed… only to do it all over again the next day.

Do You Want Free Stuff?

The good news is that I usually come home with free swag, some of which I usually give away in a contest. If there is anything specific you want me to check out at this year’s CES, drop me a line and I’ll see if I can find the time to take a look. No guarantees, but I’ll do what I can.