UPDATE: ASUS Transformer Pad Duet wins this year’s Best of CES 2014 Readers’ Choice award.
CES 2014, like every CES before it, is a smorgasbord of the hottest, newest, most futuristic gadgets. As our reporters and editors roam the floor we strive to bring you the tech news you need to stay in the know. But, what really gets your motor running? For the Readers’ Choice awards it’s not about what we think, it’s about you. Between now and 10 a.m. EST on 1/9/13, you can chime in on your favorite devices and technologies shown off in Las Vegas.
There’s nothing like having options, and the 13-inch ASUS Transformer Book Duet TD 300 gives you plenty. Not only can the hybrid go from slate to notebook via its detachable keyboard, it can jump seamlessly between the tiles-and-desktop of Windows 8.1 right into the home screen of Google’s Android operating system. You can iron kinks out in a presentation using Microsoft Office’s PowerPoint one minute, and in the next, hop into Android for a round of Modern Combat 4. Tablet, notebook, Windows, Android. That’s a lot of choices at your fingertips.
You didn’t have to look too closely during NVIDIA’s demo of the new Tegra K1 graphics architecture to see the company was showing off the future of mobile gaming. The digital detail — and beauty — was right in your face. NVIDIA used a face-rendering graphic to show how existing desktop video processor technology can squeeze into smaller mobile chips for gaming tablets, consoles, and TVs. The effects were stunning: the demo character’s face shone with life-like details such as hair stubble and skin imperfections. Perhaps most stunning feature is the amount of power packed into Tegra K1, a whopping 192 CUDA graphic processing cores. That means your next mobile device should offer about three times the GPU power of the iPad Air, according to NVIDIA.
A gaming laptop under 3 pounds? We wouldn’t believe it either if MSI hadn’t flaunted its remarkable concept notebook at CES. It has no name, but when this 15-inch fragger is released later in the year, it will not be only the world’s lightest gaming notebook, it will pack weighty specs such as a 3K 2880 x 1620-pixel screen, two mSATA drives and a beautiful brushed-aluminum palm rest. But it will still weigh less than the current contents of your notebook bag. Talk about efficient design.
Our sister site, Tom’s Guide, has all the details on the Pebble Steel Watch. This $249 wearable device takes smartwatches high-end. It not only offers apps such as ESPN and Pandora, but it wraps those wrist-accessible apps in a waterproof, Stainless Steel face with a Gorilla Glass screen. It won’t ship until January 28th, but this puppy definitely go our attention.
Samsung announced four new tablets at CES 2014, but only one truly can’t be ignored. The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12 is a 12.2-inch behemoth of a slate that includes a stylus and the ability to multitask with up to four apps open on one screen. We like Samsung’s new Magazine UX, a tool that groups time, weather, news, emails and other relevant info in a Flipboard-like interface. What could be cooler? The screen’s so large (2560 x 1600 pixels), Samsung added a full-size soft keyboard complete with arrow keys and CTRL buttons.
Imagine running power from your car to your house for a full week, and the only waste product produced as water vapor. Yup, Toyota has the answer. At CES 2014, the car company debuted its new hydrogen electric-powered FCV. The four-door sedan, which will go on sale in 2015, runs on a hydrogen fuel cell capable of producing up to 100kW of electricity. The cells can store enough energy to get up to 300 miles on a single fill-up.
If you’ve been anxiously awaiting ASUS’s killer combo of a tablet and smartphone to come stateside, your time is almost here. AT&T revealed that it will carry this hybrid device, although it’s remaining cagey on many of the details, including price. We do know that the ASUS Padfone X combines a 5-inch Android KitKat handset with a 9-inch slate, both with full HD displays. The combo will also support LTE Advanced, HD Voice and Isis mobile payments. The latest Qualcomm processor will be running the show.
The original family-size tablet from Lenovo was cool, but the new Horizon 2 offers even more oodles of fun. This $1,499 Windows 8.1 tablet comes boasts a beautiful 27-inch 1080p touchscreen display that can be configured with an optional retina-like resolution of 2560 x 1440. We really like Lenovo’s new app called Aura AI that allows Android users to transfer content such as photos and video to the Table PC by shaking your phone or tablet. It makes it look as if the photos or videos actually “fall” onto the Horizon 2′s table surface.
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