6 Top Stories of IFA 2012: Day Three

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IFA 2012 isn't just tablets, Ultrabooks, and hybrid slate-laptops. On our third day at the popular European tech showcase, we came across Angry Birds-themed portable speakers and a medical device that reads vital signs via an iPhone. We can't lie though, traditional gadgetry was everywhere. Our list includes new Ultrabooks from Lenovo and a family of affordable Android slates from a device maker you'd never expect.

Portable Angry Birds Speakers

Those adorably self-destructive Angry Birds dominated the air, but soon they'll be taking over the airwaves, too. Everyone's favorite flying fowl will soon be sold as external speakers that cost between $24 and $34, can play audio for up to 8 hours, and are all charged in just 2 hours. To chirp out your tunes, just connect your device to the tethered 3.5mm headjack on each birds' back.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U510 Hands-On

With a $679 starting price, the Lenovo IdeaPad U510 Ultrabook is a definite bargain. It packs a 15.6-inch display, Nvidia GT625M graphics, and a DVD drive into a thin, portable frame. But just like any budget notebook, you'll need to be prepared to make some sacrifices for that limbo-low cost of entry.

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Maxell Android Slates Hands-On

Here's something you can't get in state-side. Maxell--yes, the folks that made VHS and cassette tapes in the 90s--are the proud manufacturers of Android tablets but only for European markets. Wandering the IFA 2012 show floor, we came across five options ranging in size from the 7-inch MaxTab E7 to the iPad-sized MaxTab H10. Our favorite is the MaxTab C8, a 8-inch, boxy slate with a full USB port for connecting thumb drives.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Z Series

The Lenovo IdeaPad Z Series aims for a sweet spot of power, portability, and posh design. Both the 15.6- and 14-inch models include tactile soft-touch covers, Ultrabook-like thin profiles, and effectual configuration options such as Core i7 CPUs, terabyte hard drives, and NVIDIA discrete graphics.

More: Lenovo IdeaPad Z Series Announced

Tinke iPhone Health Monitor

Doctor, schmoctor. Your smartphone is the only check-up tool you need. Just check out the Tinke Health Monitor, a device that connect's to the iPhone's 10-pin port to measure blood oxygen levels, as well as breathing and heart rates. Check out our digital doctor's visit below.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y400 and Y500

If you're going to buy a multimedia notebook, you might as well spec it out. Lenovo's new IdeaPad Y Series laptops give you that power by including a swappable drive bay for extra storage space, cooling fans, or even a second GPU. On top of that the 14-inch series is configurable with up to a Core i7 Intel CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GT 655M graphics, 16GB of RAM, an SSD cache drive, and up to a 1TB hard drive.Get it how you like it, folks

More: Lenovo IdeaPad Y400 and Y500 Announced

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