At CES every year there are tons of companies known and unknown doing what they can to get more exposure for their devices. Whether it is for some obscure gimmicky device such as a portable scanner, helmet display or a huge announcement for high-end products like Nokia’s Lumia 900 there is definitely a lot to be seen at the conference.
To be honest, this CES hasn’t had the same energy as previous years. Most of the announcements were already expected and the things we didn’t expect weren’t necessarily that amazing. There were a few gems at CES 2012, though, so without further ado these are our five best gadgets and tech of CES 2012.
1. Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook :
The surprising star at CES this year wasn’t a tablet or a smartphone, but a laptop. Not just an ordinary laptop, though. With the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook the company brings the first wave of extremely slim portable computers that will rival the MacBook Air.
Forget netbooks. With the XPS 13 you can get a model as thin as 6mm (or up to 18mm) and still get up to a 13.3 inch display running at 1366x768p resolution complete with Gorilla Glass, an Intel i5 processor, 128 GB of internal storage and up to 4 GB of RAM. If you’re looking to get a new laptop, this is the way to go.
2. LG 55-inch 3D OLED HD TV :
When it comes to TVs, it always seems that as soon as you buy the latest and greatest HD TV that a newer model is right there taunting you.
LG is the one to step up the bar this time with their massive 55 inch 3D OLED high-definition TV.
It is extremely bright, crisp, clear and unimaginably thin. It is the largest OLED TV in the world and only measures in at 4mm thin. It also has a 1mm bezel so the picture is completely edge-to-edge. I don’t know about you, but having this piece of hardware would be one of the most impressive things in my home.
3. Samsung ‘Smart Evolution’ kit :
Samsung has felt the same problems I have, apparently, with TVs always evolving as quick as one is purchased. To take care of this problem Samsung is going to introduce a new technology that they bill as “system-on-chip” smart evolution. With the new system, Samsung TVs in the future will be able to “evolve” by way of OTA updates just like a smartphone.
4. Acer Iconia Tab A700 :
While ASUS had been dominating the Android tablet seen previously, Acer is stepping up to not only compete with ASUS but with Apple as well. With the Iconia Tab A700’s 1.3 Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich this is the bar setting device for 2012.
If you want to start the year with a new tablet and don’t want a device that the iPad 3 will dominate, you’ll most likely be in safe hands with this tablet.
5. Razer ‘Project Fiona’ gaming tablet :
Finally, a gaming tablet that will actually be useful for gamers. Razer wowed this year at CES when they revealed Project Fiona. The 10.1 inch touch display device will be connected to two Hydra-style controllers and will be powered by an i7 processor.
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Even though CES wasn’t as buzz-worthy this year as it had been in the past, there were still a lot of neat things to check out. Be sure to check through the entire Digit Network to find in-depth reviews, discussions, and more CES 2012 coverage.