CES 2013: The Best in Class – Walkthrough

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Selecting the best in show is no easy task, because CES covers such a crazy range of devices: refrigerators, tablets, smartphones and even technologically advanced cutlery. This year was no different. Join us after the break for CES 2013’s very best. These are the starring crew of Best in Class from CES 2013. Just a walkthough !!!!

Best in HDTVs: Sony’s 56-inch Ultra HD OLED

Sony-4K-OLED-1024x719                One of the narratives going into (and coming out of) CES 2013 was whether OLED or 4K TVs represented the best of the high-priced displays filling manufacturer’s high-end product slots this year. We saw many great displays and connected products at CES 2013 but our pick for best in show is the one that made the fewest compromises: Sony’s 56-inch Ultra HD OLED. It does have the drawback of being without a release date or possible price — hey, what happened to that Crystal LED from last year? — but putting out an image in which we found no flaws pushed this one to the top. Other contenders included Panasonic’s new top-of-the-line ZT plasmas, Samsung’s 85-inch UHDTV and LG’s soon-to-ship 55-inch OLED, but when we’re thinking about what the best thing we saw this year was, there’s no question that this is it.

Best in Gaming: Razer Edge

url              Razer’s Edge was the most exciting gaming news out of CES 2013. Not just because it’s a powerful gaming computer (it is), but also because of its modularity. That it can be used as a standalone tablet, as well as a portable game console, as well as a home game console is extremely appealing. The Edge takes an open platform and combines it with the comfort of gaming consoles — two great tastes that taste great together. Except this is actually more like four or five tastes that taste great together.

Best in Tablets: Panasonic 4K 20-inch tablet

IMG_6718_large_verge_medium_landscape          It’s really heavy and the battery life is likely quite poor, but who cares? The display quality, impressive brushed-metal back and bezel and — to quote our own Jon Fingas — the “audacity of Panasonic to build something like this” was mighty compelling. The booth display had the tablets set up demoing architectural applications and remote photo shooting work. We’d take either thank you very much.

Best in Smartphones: Sony Xperia Z

xperia-z-black-1240x840-fc46866d549b883db7ff0ee3d7329e77-optThe Sony Xperia Z’s 5-inch 1080p display and the new Exmor RS sensor for HDR video capture plus the fact that it is waterproof helped it shine in our opinion. The overall look and feel of the device is head and shoulders above anything else we’ve seen from Sony; they’ve stepped from wobbly plastics to a premium feel. Carrier specifics and exact launch date are still being hashed out but look for the Sony Xperia Z this year sometime in Q1.

Best in Laptops: Lenovo Yoga 11S

Lenovo-Yoga-11Given that Intel’s battery-saving Haswell chips won’t be shipping for a few months yet, it’s pretty clear the best laptop of 2013 is yet to come. For the time being, though, our favorite notebook of CES and the new year would have to be Lenovo’s Yoga 11S. It offers the same comfy keyboard and versatile form factor we admired on the Yoga 13, except it’s been cut down to a more compact size (one that’s easier to use in tablet mode, we’d wager). At the same time, unlike the similarly named Yoga 11, it runs full Windows 8, not RT, and is powered by a more robust laptop-grade processor. Lenovo’s shape-shifting ThinkPad Helix was also a serious contender, what with its reversible display, but we have a feeling ThinkPad diehards are going to loathe that new buttonless trackpad.

Among the highest-mentioned trends have been high-definition televisions, with over 5,000 mentions. Other hot topics include smartphones and tablets.Dr. Stephen Woo brought on stage with him leaders from several partner companies and organizations, including President Bill Clinton, who discussed the importance of mobile technology to help people around the world.Discussion centered around the most important trends in the mobile first world. Panelists discussed the mobile ecosystem, future of wireless devices and the concept of “the Internet of things.” Processor capabilities, connected cars, smart homes and the smart TV relationship were among the top mobile trends for 2013 named.

Yes, an innovative ending for the world’s Best Consumer Electronic Show. Cya Next Year  !!!


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