You Decide: Vote for the LAPTOP CES Readers’ Choice Award

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Update (Poll Closed): Voting has closed as of 3 pm ET on January 10, 2010. Congrats to the BlackBerry Presenter and thanks for your votes.

Each year, we take scores of meetings with vendors, scour the show floors at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and attend various press events and news conferences, in search of the greatest new technology shown at CES. We choose winners in 15 categories, ranging from notebooks to smart phones, home entertainment devices, even apps and software. The 16th belongs to you, our readers.

Below you’ll find a list of more than 40 exciting new products shown or announced at CES. These are products we’re strongly considering for our 15 category awards and we want you to consider them for your reader’s choice award vote. Vote for one of these nominees by selecting it in the poll below. The winner will be announced on Sunday afternoon, January 10th. Voting ends at noon PST on Sunday, January 10th.

Choose carefully. Nominees below are listed by product category, though you can only vote for one.

Accessories

  • LightTouch Holographic Projector: The holographic laser technology and infra-red touch sensors can turn any flat surface into a 10-inch touchscreen. (Read More)
  • BlackBerry Presenter: PowerPoint jockeys with BlackBerrys can leave the notebook at home and carry this 1.2-pound device to plug into their smart phone and projector. (Read More)
  • Powermat Powerpack: New replacement cell phone batteries will let users charge their devices wirelessly without bulky cases or other add-ons. (Read More)
  • Sprint Overdrive Mobile Hotspot: This clever battery-powered hotspot delivers fast 4G speeds to up to 5 devices at home or on the go. (Read More)
  • TuneBug Shake: Need good sound in your bicycle helmet. The Shake is a portable speaker that creates surround sound inside a helmet. (Read More)
  • Zomm: A wireless leash for mobile phones, the Zomm uses Bluetooth to sound an alarm should you accidentally leave your handset behind. (Read More)

Cameras and Camcorders

  • Samsung S16: In addition to smooth 1080i video and an impressive 64GB solid-state drive, this premium camcorder is the first to pack a Wi-Fi receiver. With this feature, users can wirelessly upload videos to their PCs or to compatible Samsung televisions. (Read More)
  • Sony Cybershot DSC-TX7: Inside the TX7′s slim body is a confluence of advanced imaging technologies, from high dynamic range, to Sony’s improved sweep panorama mode, to full HD video with 60 interlaced frames per second. Amid plenty of safe camera refreshes, the TX7 takes risks, and they pay off. (Read More)

Enabling Technologies

  • Qualcomm Mirasol Display Technology: Using technology that was developed by studying nature, the Mirasol color ereader display uses less power while offering better outdoor viewing angles. (Read More)

eReaders

  • Entourage eDGe: This Android-driven dual-screen device pairs a touchscreen eReader display with a touchscreen color LCD into one multitasking amalgamation of eReader, tablet, and netbook. (Read More)

  • Plastic Logic Que: Aimed at business users, the large, touchscreen Que doesn’t just offer a great eBook reading experience. Aiming to be a paperless, digital briefcase, this device brings together your schedule, office documents and periodicals into one unified device. (Read More)

  • Skiff Reader: Taking the concept of e-paper to new dimensions, the Skiff is just over 1/4th of an inch with a flexible display. Add touch to the mix plus a slew of periodicals delivered wirelessly and you have one slick reader. (Read More)
  • Spring Design Alex eReader: One handheld device, two screens. Think the Nook but with a color screen large enough for browsing the web, updating social networks, and anything else Android apps will allow. (Read More)

Green Gadgets

  • ASUS Bamboo U Series Notebook: Made with one of the most sustainable materials on the planet, ASUS’ bamboonotebooks start off green and stay green by giving users control over the PCs energy consumption. (Read More)
  • iGo Green Technology: iGo’s new line of chargers and surge protectors seek to eliminate vampire power — energy that leaks away even when devices are off — by providing power only when your gadgets need it. (Read More)
  • Sony VAIO W “Eco Edition”: At first glance, it’s a typical netbook with an Atom N450 CPU, but it’s made with recycled plastic. (Read More)

GPS

  • TomTom EASE: This budget GPS utilizes a simplified display to get you going faster than ever. Access official map updates, add your own map corrections and download changes from other TomTom users. (Read More)
  • Dual Electronics XPGS300 GPS Cradle: Add the power of GPS to your iPod Touch with this combination battery pack and GPS receiver. Not only will it enable spoken turn-by-turn navigation on the Touch, users will finally be able to use all of the GPS-enabled apps available for the iPhone. (Read More)

Home Entertainment / Networking

  • D-Link Boxee Box: Boxee, the intuitive interface for accessing great Internet video, photo, and music services, finally gets its own dedicated set top box. Look out cable! (Read More)

Netbooks

  • HP Mini 5102: A LAPTOP Editor’s Choice winner, the10.1-inch Mini 5102 has the solid build quality of a more-expensive HP ProBook, with an aluminum lid and rubberized magnesium material throughout the case. It lasts over 10 hours on a charge, and has a great keyboard. (Read More)
  • Lenovo S10-3t: Lenovo’s convertible netbook offers multitouch, an attractive touch UI, the latest Splashtop instant-on OS to go with Windows 7 starter. (Read More)
  • Samsung NB30: Built for durability, the NB30 has a hard drive free fall sensor, a water-tight seal around the system designed to resist spills, and the ability to survive small drops that would destroy other netbooks. (Read More)

Notebooks

  • ASUS NX90J: A gorgeous 18.4-inch notebook with an anodized alumnium deck, Bang and Olufsen speakers, and dual touchpads. (Read more)
  • HP TouchSmart tm2: HP’s new consumer tablet offers over 9 hours of battery life, a sleek design, and a unique touch interface. (Read More)
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Hybrid U1: At first glance, this 11.6-inch notebook looks like an ordinary, but attractive ultraportable with Core 2 Duo and Windows 7. But slide back a latch in the lid, and the screen pops off and turns into a tablet compete with Lenovo’s sexy Skylight linux OS, 3G, and more. (Read More)

Portable Media Players

  • D-Link Peeble: Hook up the D-Link Peeble to your home network (either wired or wireless) to playback media files from your PC or external storage device on a big screen TV. (Read More)
  • Samsung Ice Touch: This innovative 16GB portable media player (made of tempered glass) features a 2-inch transparent AMOLED touchscreen display  with Samung’s “TouchWiz Sweep” interface to allow entertainment seekers to playback a wide variety of media files. (Read More)
  • LG DP570MH Portable DVD Player: Why just play discs on the road? The DP570MH connects to DTV no matter where you go. (Read More)

Software

  • Skype (with high def calling): Usually, video chats start to slow down once you crank up the resolution, but it’s smooth sailing with Skype’s new 720p video calls. (Read More)
  • DeviceVM Splashtop 2.0: Splashtop, the Instant On operating system loaded on notebooks by every vendor from ASUS to HP to Lenovo, just got a major update. We much appreciate the new application bar, which includes customizable shortcuts, e-mail alerts, as well as shortcuts for popular services, such as Facebook and Twitter. (Read More)

Smart Phones

  • Google Nexus One: This fast and elegant Android phone combines the latest 2.1 version of the OS, a 3.7-inch AMOLED display, a 1-GHz Snapdragon processor, and much more. (Read More)
  • Motorola Backflip: Motorola’s latest Android phone combines a unique reverse flip design and a great keyboard with a social networking-friendly interface. (Read More)
  • HTC HD2: A huge multitouch screen, fast processor, and HTC’s slick Sense interface make this the most compelling Windows Mobile phone yet. (Read More)

Smart Phone Apps

  • Intelius Date Check: About to pick up Mr. or Miss Right in a bar? Run his or her name through Date Check to find out if he or she is a creep. Available for Android, iPhone, and more (Read More)
  • Xobni Mobile for BlackBerry: When Xobni first appeared as a plug-in for Outlook, we quickly warmed to the way it helped organize our inbox and make searching through messages easier. Now, Xobni is out to make your BlackBerry inbox less unwieldy. (Read More)
  • Parrot AR Drone: There’s an app for this: use your iPhone or iPod Touch’s acelerometer to fly a propeller helicopter just over your bewildered friends’ heads. A camera on the helicopter streams video footage to your iPhone or iPod so that you can avoid a crash. More useful than iFart? No. More intelligent? You bet. (Read More)
  • TwonkyServer Mobile: PacketVideo, a company already known for developing solutions that allow users to access media on any device in the home, from a PC to an Xbox, has unveiled a mobile app for Android. Using the app, users can stream their music, photos, and videos stored on the cameras to devices as large as televisions, and comprehensive as a Sonos music system. (Read More)

Smartbooks and MIDs

  • ICD Ultra:An impressive 7-inch tablet, built on an Nvidia Tegra processor and Google Android OS. (Read More)
  • Lenovo Skylight: One of the first smartbooks to hit the market, the Skylight has a stunning super-thin design, promises 10 hours of battery life, and features the impressive gadget-based Lenovo SkyLight interface. (Read More)
  • Viliv N5: A 4.6-inch MID with a touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard that promises a complete Windows 7 netbook experience in the palm of your hand. (Read More)

Storage

  • ClickFree C2N: Clickfree’s lastest no-hassle backup drive series allows you to automatically back up multiple notebooks (Mac, PC, or both) in  your home or officethanks to the company’s new BackupLink technology. You simply connect the C2N to each computer on  your network via USB and then leave it connected to any one computer in order to backup all computers. (Read More)
  • Seagate BlackArmor PS 110 USB 3.0 Kit: Not only does Seagate’s latest drive feature software that backs up your entire system (including OS, programs and settings), but it leverages USB 3.0 to deliver data  transfer speeds 3X that of USB 2.0. (Read More)

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Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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