What were your favorite gadgets from CES?
CES 2013 is now history! We added hundreds of new products to gdgt this week, including many that may never become available, and some that will be ridiculously expensive when they do come out. Some of our favorites include Sony's prototype OLED UHDTV, Razer's Edge gaming tablet, and Lenovo's IdeaCentre Horizon table PC. (You can find the full list here: gdgt.com/showcase/ces-2013-the-best-and-most-inter...) What were your top picks -- and biggest disappointments -- from this year's Consumer Electronics Show?
The screen looks like any normal screen you'd see on a tablet, but when you enable a keyboard, little tactile nubs pop out of the screen. I've gotten pretty accustomed to using just a normal touchscreen for typing, but I think this would make typing even better and even make gaming controls on touchscreen devices tolerable.
This exact technology is actually something I wish was possible a few years back, thinking that it could only be pulled off with some voodoo magic, so I'm blown away that a company actually figured how to make this happen.
Engadget has a photos (as seen above) and a video of the Tactus screen in action:
- Xperia Z (nice specs, nice industrial design)
- Nvidia Project Shield (we'll see when they announce more details/reviews are published, but it looks interesting enough)
- PlayStation Vita (it's not new, but adding Project Shield to my list made me realize how neat it'd be to have a Vita, since the specially developed games are probably 10x higher quality than the phone oriented Android games)
- Razer Edge (some say it's the best W8 tablet period, it would be interesting to give it a try although I don't think it'd be a very good tablet or full PC)
- Sennheiser Orpheus HE90 (apparently these have been out for a while, but I didn't notice them until Engadget did a hands on post)
- Sony OLED UHDTV (OLED and 4K in one TV sounds good)
- Samsung S9 UHDTV 110 inch (large 4K TV on a funky easel also sounds good)
I use both the Surface RT and the Samsung Series 7 (running Windows 8) and the difference in performance with the Series 7 really blowing the Surface RT out of the water plus having the ability to run all legacy apps, etc.
Consequently, of course, the Series 7 battery life stinks, it is rather heavy, runs hot and isn't as flexible as the Surface RT and other hybrids/ (i.e. no docakable/detachable keyboard, no kickstand).
With the Surface Pro looking like it will deliver pedestrian battery life the Helix has, based on specs alone, gone to the top of the list for portable Windows 8 PCs.
I like the design, but I think I liked the design of the Xperia S better (gdgt.com/sony/xperia/s/). The only real difference I read between the Z and the ZL is that the Z will be dust and water resistant (if so, why bother putting out 2 models?). Anyway, I'm interested if Sony finally has a phone to get a gdgt score in the 80's so I clicked 'request score' on its page above to be notified when it's scored.
I can't really say much about disappointments since I had pretty low expectations for this year's event.