The best mobile products at CES 2013 have much to tell us about the year ahead in tech. Based on what we’ve seen in Las Vegas, 2013 will see many new players enter the mobile gaming space hoping to make Windows gaming portable or Android achieve gaming parity with PCs and consoles. Your smartphone may even end up parking your car.
Now that you can get a watch that measures your heart rate, the market for fitness-enabled wearable technology will continue to explode, while both standalone cameras and hard drives become even more tightly integrated with your smartphone and the Web. LAPTOP’s Best of CES 2013 winners also demonstrate that the most exciting innovations can come from both the largest companies and the scrappiest of startups. Here are our top picks.
If you’re going to make a detachable Windows 8 convertible for business users, it had better offer more than Live Tiles when you pop the screen off its base. The ThinkPad Helix (coming this spring) does just that with a versatile design that enables users to flip the 11.6-inch touch screen around easily for giving presentations and a built-in digitizer pen for converting your notes to text. We also love the brightness and sharpness of the Helix’s 400-nit, full HD display. When you combine the slate and keyboard dock, this hybrid promises up to 10 hours of battery life. Despite its slim profile, the Helix’s keyboard offers a comfortable typing experience along with a roomy and responsive glass touchpad. While we wish Lenovo included an SD Card slot, the ThinkPad Helix has all the makings of being the dream notebook-tablet combo for road warriors.