Not that the previous products I've told you about over the last few weeks weren't great, but this final group of new gear from CES may be the most interesting and practical I saw, such as a way to save money on power, powerful paper shredders and arguably the best portable stereo Bluetooth speaker.
Your PC is asleep, but it's on. Likewise your HDTV, your A/V receiver, your cable box – all likely on, but in standby. According to Monster this continual standby/not-off condition costs you more than $200 a year and wasting a lot of power. These new Power Center outlets, available in March from Monster for between $60-$150, makes it easy to shut down all your gear and tells you how much money you can save. Plug the Monster Power Center into a power outlet and your gear into the Power Center outlet. Download the Power Center app for your smartphone. If you're within 100 feet of the Power Center, you can turn on/off what's jacked into it remotely via the app. With an Ethernet Power Center "gateway," your Power Center is connected to the Internet for remote control and monitoring from anywhere.