By Eric Lundquist  |  Posted 2002-11-20 Print this article Print

: Call it Comdex Lite"> The major conundrum for whoever runs Comdex is how to get some revenues from all the vendor activity at nearby hotels. As hotel suites have become the place where product introductions take place and where major vendor meetings occur, an astute attendee could accomplish a lot of business without ever setting foot in the Las Vegas convention center. When you talk with the vendors, they all feel that they get some great value from meeting in Las Vegas during Comdex but that they could skip the exhibition and get that same value without trucking in those exhibition booths. Here are my favorites from the show.
  • The flat panel monitors and televisions from Samsung Electronics. The televisions have nothing to do with enterprise computing and everything to do with building products with a design, quality and price point that consumers want. Resolution is way up, and price is way down. There is probably a lesson there for computer manufacturers. The 17-inch flat panel LCD monitor makes the future of CRT displays look fuzzy indeed.
  • The NEC tablet PC won the lightest race at 2.1 pounds. Ive often said that the tablets seemed a pricey clipboard alternative. But when you add wireless and security, the clipboard alternative starts to look attractive. Replacing lots of clipboards would add up to a decent sized business.
  • And Hewlett-Packard appears ahead of the pack with the 4.2 ounce iPaq handheld. Again the combination of wireless and a price point of around $200 make handhelds an attractive buy.
  • The keynotes. There is not a whole lot said at these events, but it is a great chance to see the bosses of the big vendors pitch their companies. While some of the pitches sound like a rip-off from the Home Shopping Network, others actually mix some intelligent forecasts with their pitch. My vote goes to National Semiconductor CEO Brian Halla, who predicted down to the day when the next technology boom would take place: June 21, 2003. I like someone who takes a strong stand. Im looking forward to going to Comdex Fall next year. Wherever, whenever and if ever it takes place.

    Since 1996, Eric Lundquist has been Editor in Chief of eWEEK, which includes domestic, international and online editions. As eWEEK's EIC, Lundquist oversees a staff of nearly 40 editors, reporters and Labs analysts covering product, services and companies in the high-technology community. He is a frequent speaker at industry gatherings and user events and sits on numerous advisory boards. Eric writes the popular weekly column, 'Up Front,' and he is a confidant of eWEEK's Spencer F. Katt gossip columnist.

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