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12 Best and Worst Things We Saw at CES 2015

From groundbreaking audio gear to a creepy robot servant, these were the things that thrilled us and chilled us at the world’s biggest tech trade show

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The CES trade show, which runs until January 10th, 2015, is the world's largest annual innovation event that offers an array of entrepreneur focused exhibits, events, and conference sessions for technology entrepreneurs

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Today marks the end of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the biggest trade show on the planet, and a sprawling preview of the most exciting tech slated for release throughout the coming year. It's an event too big for one convention center (it barely fits into three, plus countless hotel suites), and too diverse to be summed up in a single trend piece (though journalists are never afraid to try). For all the attention garnered by 4K TVs, the show floors were packed with more sensor-embedded gadgets than ever before. And from computer vision systems for driverless cars to the first-ever production hydrogen car — Toyota's $50,000 Mirai — some of the biggest announcements at CES 2015 were automotive. Putting the entire event into context is a fool's game.

So let's talk about the stuff that stood out at CES, the individual gadgets that deserve the most praise — and the most scorn. Of all the products we saw first-hand, here are the ones we either instantly wanted to take home, or couldn't resist taking down. (For more news, analysis, and product roundups, check out Men's Journal's full coverage of CES 2015.)

Devialet Phantom

BEST: Devialet Phantom

Looking more like a starship's escape pod than high-end audio gear, this Bluetooth speaker has the clean, distortion-free output of a model 10 times its size. Its "imposive heart bass" design, which the French company says is inspired by ventricles in the human heart, generates outsize low-end by building up enormous pressure inside its compact frame. And this isn't mere marketing-speak. Whenever the bass kicks in, the vibrating panels on either side of the speaker extrude to an alarming, and completely awesome extent. The Phantom will be available in the U.S. this summer for $2000 to $2400.

Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri

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WORST: Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri

In a perfect world, the 88 Tauri would be a stunt, a wealthy activist's elaborate indictment of his of her fellow one-percenters. But Tonino Lamborghin has disgorged ludicrously-priced phones before, and this limited edition calfskin-and-stainless-steel smartphone is all too real, for a price of $6300. Its components are impressive — 20-megapixel camera, 3400 mAh battery, etc. — but not industry-leading, and the phone itself is surprisingly heavy. It's the smartphone equivalent of a Trump building, with just as much class.

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