Phoenix Hyperspace Wins CES Readers’ Choice Award

ces-best_hyperdrive_shEvery year at CES, our editorial staff selects the most innovative products introduced at the show and honors them with LAPTOP’s Best of CES awards. This year, we’re giving out awards in 15 different categories, from netbooks to phones to storage devices. But why should we have all the fun? Readers choose 2009’s Readers’ Choice winner by voting for one of the products below. Hurry, because voting ends on Saturday, January 10 at 12pm PT, and we can’t pick a winner without you! Update: Our readers have spoken loudly and chosen Phoenix Hyperspace and this year’s Best of 2009 CES Reader’s Choice Award winner. Congratulations to the folks at Phoenix for making a truly groundbreaking instant-on operating system that has the unique ability to run alongside Windows and switch back and forth with one key press. The final results from our poll are below.


Phoenix beat out some stiff competition. on the road to victory. See the complete list of nominees below:

msi x320

MSI X320 Ultraportable Notebook

There is the $2,000 Apple Macbook Air and then there is the under a grand MSI X320. Less than a half an inch thick the 2.9 pound X320 still packs more ports than the Air with 3 USB, Ethernet, VGA Out and a mic and headphone. With a 13-inch display it is able to achieve its lower price point thanks to its Intel Atom processor. Read Our MSI X320 Hands On >>

asus t91

ASUS Eee PC T91 Netbook

We have seen a lot of ASUS Eee PCs in our time but none as quite as pimped out as the T91. Sporting a touchscreen the T91 will be able to recognize pen and finger input and with a touch UI things should be simple to navigate on the desktop. Beyond the touch goodness, the 8.9 inch netbook is one of the more compact netbooks for its size and sports GPS capabilities and TV tuner. Read Our Eee PC T91 Hands On >>

Samsung MBP200Samsung MBP200 Pico Projector

Samsung’s 50-ounce MBP200 can project images as large as 50 inches. But it isn’t the first pico projector (read: the first pint-size model to create big images). But it builds on the innovation of companies like 3M, Microvision, and Optoma by adding a microSD card slot, 3.5mm jack for headphones or speakers, small stand allowing presenters to use a sheet of paper as a screen, and, most interestingly, a 2.2-inch LCD for viewing content stored on the microSD card. the MBP200 isn’t just a pocketable projector; it’s also a bona fide media player. Read More About The MBP200 >>

The LG Touch Watch Phone

The LG Touch Watch Phone features a full touch screen, 3G data speeds, a music player, all in a timepiece that measures just 13.9mm thick. Did we mention you can make video calls with its built-in camera? Bond, James Bond. Read Our Watch Phone Hands On >>

Phoenix Hyperspace Instant-On OS

Imagine a light-weight Linux-based operating system for surfing the Web that cold boots in about 30 seconds and wakes from sleep in under 4 seconds. And what if that operating system could run at the same time as Windows, allowing you to switch back and forth just by hitting the F4 key, even if Windows is in the middle of booting up? You can stop imaging by Phoenix’s new Hyperspace operating system promises all of that. Read Our First Impressions of Hyperspace >>

Sony VAIO P Series Netbook

The VAIO P isn’t just the world’s lightest 8-inch notebook, at 1.4 pounds. Sony crams in EV-DO, GPS, instant-on functionality, and a high-res (1600 x 800) display. Read More of Our Sony VAIO P Series Coverage >>

Palm PrePalm Pre Smartphone

Is the Pre Palm’s comeback device? It features a 3MP camera with flash, a fully connected operating system that runs applications built around Web programming languages like HTML and CSS, and complete integration with your e-mail accounts, chat accounts, and Facebook. Sleek and beautiful, this Sprint smart phone is full of compelling features but will it meet expectations when it launches in the second half of 2009? Read Our Palm Pre Coverage Here >>

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  1. CJ Says:

    none of those :\ why isnt hp mini 2140 up there? its like the best netbook out now

  2. Jocelyn Enecial Says:

    Phoenix Hyperspace Instant on OS!

  3. Joe Cusimano Says:

    Hyperspace, definitely! This is the one truly unique product among many others, that are simply ‘evolutionary’.

  4. JohnP Says:


  5. JonGl Says:

    I see the Linux fanboys have been active. Sorry, but while it’s nice, it’s not revolutionary–it’s been done, and besides that, it’s not an OS replacement. If Microsoft and the powers-that-be with Linux simply fixed suspend so it was useful, this thing would be totally redundant. I like Linux, but this gimmick is just that–a gimmick. It’s nothing special.


  6. JonP Says:

    the Palm Pre was the best on there, but personally, I like the new Walkman as the best of CES. – It may not be the most innovative, but its the one outside of the Pre that I would be most likely to buy.

  7. BrigitteP Says:


  8. Omer Sharabi Says:

    In one ward – FANTASTIC!

  9. GolanP Says:

    “I like to move it move it” and instant on. Watch out Microsoft!!!

  10. Dan Says:

    Good start, needs more work. I would use it if it came with my laptop, and I might even spring for a couple of bucks if it didn’t but I would never consider a subscription to use it. This is a good implementation and looks slick but it is not unique and has been done before. Does not deserve “CES Reader’s Choice” Award. There were a lot more deserving products at the show. Choices presented were lame.

  11. ken Says:

    I think is a good approach, I’d to see more about this stuff.

  12. Miles Says:

    The PALM Pre is the first phone to make the iPhone look old and outdated!

  13. Giovanni Says:

    I like the new Sony Walkman and i definitely buy it this summer, cause Samsung always stick on touch screen system like ipod touch without other alternative for change the songs with simple push buton!
    Walkman offer two ways for active peoples training! + an oled screen with better definition + wifi for check my mail and smaller size than Ipod touch for active peoples.

  14. Stradivariuus Says:

    Nice review! This notebook is not that 5 star thing…

    Didn´t like something that should be there and aren´t…

    HDMI! HD 1080! and 2 graphics! Okay it has 2gb of ram thats really NICE! I hope it can be easily accesible in terms of hard drive swap! But you know something I saw that review of the Asus EEE PC 1000HE and it was almost perfect… I almost said okay now I can jump and buy…

    But no! It doesnt has HDMI, no HD 1080! Has that FANTASTIC thing on the back THE UPGRAD of the Ram and HArdDisk ! How NICE of Asus to give us all this…. But the problem is the graphics and the Atom ( no Dual Core) and can I add touch screen? Okay the price would increase but what a MACHINE IT WOULD BE!

    I can guess why things are like they are. Intel wants things as they are and Microsoft wants to impose things…

    All this mess just makes me, the consummer, wonder why… Why all this fuss and conflicts…

    Until now because of this things there isn´t a netbook fast, reliable and beautiful on the market…

    Perhaps a 12” not released yet may do the job… Or the Dell Inspiron mini 10 can fix a lot of this issues

    Who knows….

    Can´t forget to say how sweet is joanna voice ehehe ;))))

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