Gadget Geek's Guide to CES 2013

By Gadget Geek

We round up the greatest groundbreaking gadgets to come out of CES 2013 so far.

There’s still two whole days left at CES, but we’re already floored by what’s coming out from some of the biggest names in consumer electronics. Here’s what’s caught our eye so far.

LG’s Google TVs

LG’s keynote unveiled seven new Google TVs on Monday, and their 55-inch premium Google TV GA7900 is a thing of dreams. All Google TV models will have built-in Google TV functions as well as the gaming app onLive, 3D capabilities and will come with a remote designed with a QWERTY keyboard and a built-in microphone which allows users to search for shows, websites and films by voice command. It’s safe to say with these user-friendly advancements, LG has definitely set the bar for the new wave of televisions. The models come in 47-, 50-, 55-, 57- and 60-inch screens and will sell for between $1,499 and $1,599.

Razer Edge Pro Tablet

Formally known as Project Fiona, Razer’s 10.1” Windows tablet, Razer Edge Pro, is finally available for purchase. Touted as the most powerful tablet in the world (and with an Intel Core i7 Dual core with Hyper Threading Base 1.9GHz / Turbo 3.0GHz we’ll let them have that title for the time being), the world’s first gaming tablet boasts a gamepad controller, docking station and keyboard dock. Touchscreen PCs were a huge trend at this year’s CES, and Razer’s gaming tablet when used with the keyboard is quite possibly the best PC touchscreen unveiled yet. The tablet is set at a pricey $1,299.99 with none of the accessories included, but if your life revolves around gaming, it’s a good purchase.

Sony’s Xperia Z Waterproof Smartphone

Sony’s attempts at breaking into the smartphone industry haven’t been the best, but their new waterproof smartphone may finally be the ticket to challenging competitors. The Xperia Z Waterproof Smartphone is currently on display (being dunked by a robotic arm into water) on the CES floor, where all can marvel at its incredible high-resolution five-inch screen (1920 x 1080 pixels) and slim 7.9 mm frame. The only catch is that all of the ports (USB, headphone, etc.) have to be covered for it to be completely waterproof. 

Canon PowerShot N

Standing at 3.1 x 2.4 x 1.2 inches and weighing about 6.1 ounces, Canon’s new PowerShot N packs a lot of quirky features inside its unique miniature design.  The first thing you’ll probably notice about the camera is its hinged 2.8” LCD touch screen which can tilt a full 90 degrees. With this, users are able to control the camera and take photos right side up or upside down. You’re also able to upload photos directly to a tablet or smartphone via the Canon CameraWindow app, use its out of sight LED flash and apply filters and cropping to each photo. The most surprising thing about the camera is the lack of a shutter button; when you want to take a photo, you press a ring that encircles the lens which lies right on top of another ring that activates the camera’s 4X zoom. It’s a little tricky to get the hang of, but if you like to carry a camera on you, this is a great product that will hit the shelves in April for $299.

Check out last year’s CES coverage here.


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