Infographic: CES 2011 and Early Adopter Technology Costs

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On the eve of CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2011, we wanted to examine how early adopters pay a premium for being “first” when it comes to the latest, greatest, newest, coolest.  For gadget geeks, CES is better than Christmas, the Superbowl and Bill Gates’ birthday combined.  This year’s trade show runs from January 6th through the 9th and will feature hot new technology in tablets, Android phones, 3D TVs, video games as well as a keynote speech by Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer. You can expect more coverage (and salivation) via the Guy and Yasar show, but before your eyes glaze over in lust for the latest techno-toys, take a look at how some popular gadgets have increased in functionality while at the same time improved in affordability over the years:

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What new CES releases are you looking forward to learning more about? How long do you wait to buy new technology?

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  1. GuyCopes

    4 years ago

    I’m a big proponent for waiting in terms of new tech. A few months-to a year after release many of the initial launch bugs have been found and addressed. The price also usually drops on new items as well making the delayed purchase, IMO, the smarter purchase. However, I can’t wait for the CES show and that first glimpse at all the new tech toys. Drool.

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  2. Allegra.Ringo

    4 years ago

    I totally agree with GCapes re: launch bugs! Plus, I’ve read that companies sometimes purposely leave features out of early models, so they can make them selling points in the later models.

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  3. TheeBert

    3 years ago

    what does “price at first today’s popular product at release” mean?

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