Alternatives for popular CES products
LAS VEGAS -- There was no shortage of eye-catching, flashy products at CES this past week, but as cool as all that was, most of the products that made their debut are either not yet available to buy, or come with a seriously hefty price tag that most consumers can't afford.
Here, we've rounded up the most popular products that also seem useful to own, with some alternative models that you can not only buy right away, but at a much more reasonable price than their CES 2019 equivalents.
Yes, the image quality will be better than 4K, but 8K TVs won't be realistic for at least another couple of years, unless you want to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a new model that hasn't had its kinks worked out.
Next-best thing, available now: Sony XBR75X900F 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
Matrix PowerWatch 2
What makes this water-resistant smartwatch/fitness trackers different? It's powered by your body heat or solar energy, so no need to recharge or replace batteries -- ever. This new addition by Matrix is packed with all the features modern wearable users want in a smartwatch, versus the first edition, which only displayed the time and recorded steps. It's available for pre-order (limited quantity) right now on Indiegogo for $249, then will cost $499 once officially released this summer.
Next-best thing, available now: Apple Watch Series 4
Acer Swift 7 laptop
This new Swift laptop (specifically the SF714-52T) is ultra thin, so it's highly desirable for those who plan to take it with them everywhere. It has none of the bulk and weight, but all of the high performance of some of its counterparts. It will be released in May and costs $1,699.
Next-best thing, available now: Acer Swift 3 SF314-54-56L8, 14" Full HD
And, don't forget: ASUS VivoBook S Ultra Thin Laptop
Evovacs Deebot Ozmo 960 robot vacuum cleaner
BestReviews loves robotic vacuums for their convenience and ability to keep floors free of dirt, pet hair, and dust bunnies. The main upgrade to previous models of Ecovacs is better artificial intelligence, so it will be better able to recognize things you do not want it to suck up, like all those socks that have gone missing. The price isn't set yet, but it will be released later this year.
Next-best thing, available now: ECOVACS DEEBOT N79S Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Ava fertility tracking bracelet
Any woman who is trying to conceive knows that it's rarely super easy to get pregnant. Fertility tracking devices are prevalent, but this new Ava bracelet is pretty enough to complement most outfits without standing out. That and the lack of the need to pee on a stick or take your temperature every day to know when you're ovulating is a blessing for many trying to expand their family. The Ava bracelet is available now, but costs $299 (base price).
Next-best thing, available now: Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test
Yuneec Mantis Q drone
Despite its immense popularity, the Yuneec Mantis Q really only stands out for its voice command feature. This tiny drone likely isn't worth the $449 price tag.
Next-best thing, available now: Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone
KitchenAid SmartOven+ with Powered Attachment
This smart oven is all-in-one, and the company claims it will replace all your bulky appliances, as it grills, bakes, steams, and even serves as a powerful pizza/baking stone. It makes cooking faster, easier, and safer than ever before. Pricing and release date have yet to be released.
Next-best thing, available now: Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven 1800-Watt Convection Toaster Oven with Element IQ
Cyberfishing Smart Fishing Rod Sensor
Find "the big one" faster and easier with this smart fishing rod sensor. It is lightweight and attaches to your favorite rod with ease, tracking your catches (and where you got them), helps you find the fish you're after, alerts you to weather conditions around you, has a long battery life, and stands up to water. You can pre-order the kit for $79.99 on the Cyberfishing website, and it will ship at the end of January.
Next-best thing, available now: Garmin Striker Plus 5cv with Transducer, 5" GPS Fishfinder
The 3dRudder XR Millennium Chair
Gamers who want it all and have the money to invest in it will love the 3dRudder XR Millennium chair, which brings an impressive augmented and virtual reality experience into your home - comfortable and hands-free.
Next-best thing, available now: HTC VIVE Virtual Reality System
uHoo Indoor Air Sensor
With increasingly poor air due to environmental change and now all-too-common wildfires in some areas, ensuring you're breathing healthy air is increasingly important. This thermos-sized device tracks the humidity, temperature, air pressure, and other critical air quality metrics around it. Through the uHoo app, you will know how your air quality is, and its size makes it easily portable. But you will pay - it's $329.
Next-best thing, available now: GermGuardian CDAP4500BCA 22" 4-in-1 WiFi Smart Air Purifier and Air Quality Monitor
Unless you haven't been following CES or the news at all, you have seen this ultra-modern foldable smartphone/tablet combo. It folds all the way in half to fit just about anywhere, and works similarly to an Android phone. Although no specifics have been released, the phones are set to roll out later this year.
Next-best thing, available now: All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet
Garmin's Mercedes Vivoactive 3
If you love your Vivoactive Garmin wearable, drive a lot, and want a luxury branded fitness tracker that will communicate with your car if you're too stressed and need a rest stop, this is for you. It's set to start selling at Mercedes dealerships this March, but the price and also what car models it will work with are still unknown.
Next-best thing, available now: Garmin Vívoactive 3
Ebikes are nothing new, even ones that can handle rough terrain like the Passepartout, but this model uses Panasonic's GX0 Center Unit System Power Unit Motor -- which is more powerful, and it's nicer looking than a lot of clunky ebikes we've seen. The SRAM Rival 1 model costs $5499, and the SRAM Force 1 is $6499.
Next-best thing, available now: DJ Mountain Bike
GoPro HERO7 Black
The latest and greatest GoPro delivers super stable video (even when you're not steady), no gimbal required. The SuperPhoto feature means instant, vivid photos. You can also livestream to share your experience in real time so your followers, friends and family can live vicariously through your footage.
Next-best thing, available now: This exact model: GoPro HERO7
Older model for a better price: GoPro HERO6
Whirlpool® Smart All-In-One Washer & Dryer
Want to do your laundry all in one machine that removes the guesswork and planning, while making the time-consuming chore of laundry much easier? This is the appliance that can achieve all those dreams at once. Plus, it's ideal for those short on space. Pricing and release date have yet to be released.
Next-best thing, available now: LG WM3997HWA Ventless 4.3 Cu. Ft. Capacity Steam Washer/Dryer Combination with TurboWash
Katie Reseburg is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. BestReviews never accepts free products from manufacturers and purchases every product it reviews with its own funds.
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