CES 2013 Day 3: Top 10 Stories
On Day 3 of CES 2013, the Las Vegas Convention Center show floor opened up and more than 3,000 exhibitors showed off their latest technology. We pounded the show floor and got hands-on demos with just announced notebooks and tablets. Here are our picks for the top 10 stories of the day.
Razer Announces the World’s Most Powerful Tablet
Game on! Razer announced the Razer Edge, a 10.1-inch Windows 8 slate touted as the world’s first tablet designed for PC gamers, at CES 2013. First introduced as the Project Fiona conceptual tablet at CES 2012, the Edge is the result of a large crowdsourcing effort. The product boasts an Intel Core i5 CPU and Nvidia GT640M graphics, effectively making the Edge the most powerful tablet in the world. Thanks to that power–and a nifty gamepad dock–the Edge can play full PC games as well as touch-screen-optimized titles.
Touch Pen Turns Non-Touch Screens Into Touch Screens
If you’re one of the many people running Windows 8 on a non-touch-screen notebook or desktop computer, you’re missing out on some key touch features. Windows 8 practically beckons the user to touch the screen, and multitouch gestures from the trackpad just aren’t the same. With E FUN’s new apen, unveiled at CES 2013, every Windows 8 device is now touch friendly.
Hands-On: The Samsung Series 7 Ultrabook
The Series 7 Ultra isn’t the lightest Ultrabook around, weighing 3.6 pounds, but that’s to be expected given that the notebook sports a full HD touch screen. The 0.7-inch profile is certainly slim enough for easily slipping this system in a backpack. Up close the 1080p touch screen was very bright and sharp, and it responded well to our swipes. We also appreciate the backlit keyboard and JBL speakers. The touchpad proved smooth and accurate when performing Windows 8 gestures.
Hands-On: LG Tab-Book H160
Here as CES 2013 we went hands-on with the Tab-Book H160, an 11.6 device powered by an Atom processor. The star of the show is the button on the left side of the chassis, which activates a spring-loaded mechanism to slide up the display. As you’ll see in the video, it’s like magic. In fact, LG’s effort makes other sliders from the likes of Sony and Toshiba look like algebra equations.
Hands-On: Samsung NX300 Mirrorless Smart Wi-Fi Camera
The NX300, a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, has built-in Wi-Fi that lets you upload photos and videos to the cloud with just the push of a button. That’s right, there’s a physical button on the NX300 that will automatically pair the camera with your smartphone or tablet and start transferring images. When we tested it out, it took no more than a few seconds after we took a photo for it to appear on a Samsung Galaxy Tab II.
T-Mobile Announces Nationwide HD Voice, 200M LTE Users by 2013
T-Mobile is keeping the news coming here at CES 2013. Shortly after revealing that the company will begin offering no-contract unlimited 4G for $70 a month, T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere helped announce that the carrier now offers HD Voice across its network nationwide.
Hands-On: Nvidia Project Shield
Based on how many people were gathered at Nvidia's booth to gawk at Project Shield--behind glass--it's safe to say that it's one of the most buzzed-about gadgets at CES 2013. Now that we've held the portable gaming console in our hands, we can say with confidence that it's worthy of the hype.
Hands-On: ASUS Transformer Book
How do you improve one of the best Ultrabooks? You add touch and let people detach the display to use it as a Windows 8 tablet. That’s the gist of the ASUS Transformer Book, which sports a full HD touch screen, Core i5 or Core i7 processors and both a 128GB SSD and 500 GB hard drive in the dock.
Audi Unveils Plans for a Future of Autonomous Vehicles
During its press event here at CES 2013, Audi revealed that it has become the first automaker to receive a license to drive autonomous vehicles in Nevada, and that it had already done so on highways. Audi also showed the vehicle entering a parking garage and finding and maneuvering into a parking spot without human intervention.
Hands-On: Panasonic ToughPad FZ-G
Anticipating that the enterprise market will want a fully rugged and secure Windows 8 tablet, Panasonic at CES 2013 unveiled the ToughPad FZ-G1, the first Windows 8 tablet designed for field workers who need a durable design to withstand the elements.