Wednesday 20 April 2011

MoreFrom the Gadget Show Live 2011

Last week we managed to escape the confines of MoreFrom mansion and headed to Birmingham NEC. Our destination - The Gadget Show Live 2011 'the UK's ultimate consumer electronics event' according to their website and pretty good it was too. As you'd expect there were a mass of phones, laptops, cameras and many of the latest tablets.

I did get quite excited when I realised there would be bikes too. Although the selection on offer was disappointing in the end, too many weird electric hybrids for my liking and a rather pointless test track.

The show is split into many different areas; 3D experience, gaming and future tech all had their own zones as the Gadget crew like to call them. With the Game Zone particularly impressive, I imagine it was heaving at the weekend with rows and rows of gamers vying for prizes and getting a taste of future releases.

If you wandered off the beaten track a bit you could also find the Robo Tech Challenge area - great if you like Robot Wars and that kind of thing. The Photographic Workshop also looked good for the latest cameras and picking up a few retouching tips.

Music and sound were well covered with everything from DJ kit to in-car entertainment. Yes there were cars with ridiculously large speakers and yes there were scantily clad 'personality' girls.

The massive 'Super Theatre' where the presenters chat (and sing?) and demonstrate kit was unfortunately not open for the trade day (the day we attended) but it looked very impressive and reports say it was.

All-in-all it was a good show - some big brands like Apple, Nikon and Toshiba were missing, but their products could still be found. Highlights for me were the Motorola Xoom tablet, the 3D TV demos and the 70s Batmobile. Will we be back next year? Probably, there were no brand new products launched, but it was good to see so much shinny plastic in one place.

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