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LAPTOP's Best of CES 2010


This year's CES was dominated by products featuring the new 2010 Intel Core Processor family. The most outstanding member of this family by far is the Core i5, which brings high-end peformance to mainstream notebooks. We had a chance to review our first Core i5 notebook this week, and we were very impressed by the chip's ability to multitask and perform everyday chores at higher speeds than its Core 2 Duo predecessors. In addition to using Intel's 32-nanometer Nehalem architecture, Core i5 chips contain several innovative features. Hyper-threading allows the processor's two physical cores to run two threads each, dramatically improving the performance of multithreaded apps such as video editors, photo processors, spreadsheets, and high-end games. Turbo Boost allows Core i5 to increase its own clock speed, effectively overclocking itself to speed up processor-intensive tasks. And, for the first time, Intel's graphics chip and memory controller have been integrated into the processor, allowing for better power management, smaller systems, and the ability to amp up the graphics speed as needed.

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LAPTOP's Best of CES 2010


Best Notebook: IdeaPad U1 Hybrid

Things get interesting when you detach this notebook's 11.6-inch screen, transforming it into a slick and versatile tablet.
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Best Smartbook: Lenovo Skylight

The breathtakingly thin, beautifully rounded Skylight looks like it's on loan from the future.
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Best Netbook: Viliv S10 Blade

The Viliv S10 takes netbooks to the next level.
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Best Smart Phone: LG GW990

The LG GW990 is the first smart phone to be powered by Intel's Moorestown Atom processor.
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Best App: Parrot AR.Drone

Our favorite app at this year's CES demonstrates what happens when you think outside the screen.
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Best Storage: Clickfree C2N

Backing up multiple computers doesn't get much simpler than the C2N backup drive series.
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Best Home Entertainment: Boxee Box

Boxee and D-Link partnered to create one of the most compelling products to appear at CES 2010.
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Best Accessory: Powermat Portable

We lamented the fact that the original Powermat had to be plugged into a wall. No need for our tears now.
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Best PMP: Valups Tivit

The Tivit from Valups is a fun accessory that enables users to view free Mobile DTV broadcasts on their mobile device.
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Best eReader: Alex eReader

Price: 359

Spring Design's Alex eReader impressed us by combining a standard 6.0-inch EPD screen with a large and useful 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen in a slim device.
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Best Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-TX7

This premium point-and-shoot combines scads of features that are as impressive as they are useful.
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Best Software: Splashtop 2.0

Splashtop, the instant-on operating system found in every notebook brand from ASUS to HP to Lenovo, won us over anew.
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Best Enabling Technology: Mirasol Display

Qualcomm mirasol display technology takes cues from nature to provide screens that look beautiful in all lighting conditions.
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Best GPS: Dual Electronics XGPS300 Cradle

The Dual Electronics XGPS300 cradle will turn the iPod touch into a fully-functional GPS navigator.
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Best Green Gadget: iGO Laptop Charger

The iGo Laptop Charger earns its green cred by automatically knowing when to shut off, thus eliminating the scourge of vampire power.
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Readers' Choice Award: BlackBerry Presenter

Price: 199

The BlackBerry Presenter lets you connect to a projector and do PowerPoint slideshows, complete with animation, straight from your BlackBerry phone.
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