CES 2013 Photo Gallery

Here is a completely random set of the photos from our CES folder. You never know what you will find among these as they are inclusive of a lot of what we saw at the 2013 CES show. There is everything from 4k televisions to robots and booth babes. The gallery is quite random so feel free to browse around it will be almost like being at CES.

CES: Best Tablet – Razer Edge Pro

This category was a fairly easy one to pick from the tablets at CES. There are tablets with better price points and some really nice convertibles, but nothing comes close to delivering the dream like the Razer Edge. First introduced at the 2012 CES as an experimental product called project Fiona and largely crowd-sourced the Razer features some incredible specs. The 10.1 device runs Windows 8, is equipped with a Intel Core i7 processor, an NVIDIA GT640M LE GPU, and 8GB of RAM. The tablet can come bundled with a Gamepad Controller to turn it into a mobile console, and a Keyboard Dock will also be available, as well as a Docking Station that can charge the device and connect it to your television for home console fun. The Razer Edge Pro is more than just a tablet, it’s a full-fledged mobile gaming PC, ready to play all of your favorite games and applications. With Windows 8, gamers will have access to the largest library of games in the world, so you’re not waiting on the most popular games and software.

We got to see this in action and play with it at CES and its an incredible machine. The one downfall is the price at 1299.00 however, it replaces your laptop, tablet, and gaming console which helps a lot. In order to do all that it will require spending an additional 99 bucks for the dock and 199 dollars for the keyboard dock. The gamepad controller is 249 dollars, but it is really overkill if you ask us.  However we have to say, in docked mode it is one of the best consoles we have seen connecting you to a desktop display with peripherals, or hooks up to the big screen with multiple gamepad controllers. The keyboard dock  is optimized for PC games and applications by converting the Edge to a notebook style PC and it delivers better sound and extends the battery life as well it basically becomes a complete gaming laptop when docked. There is also a gamepad controller, but in use we found it a little awkward to use although we cant really say why except it just seemed too heavy when using the handles.

Overall though, this tablet cannot be beat for the gamer in your family. If I were going to spend 1500 bucks on a tablet or laptop or any combination thereof, you can bet it will be a Razer Pro

Video: Razer Edge Pro at CES 2013

TECH SPECS

Edge Pro
Processor Intel Core i7 Dual core w/ Hyper Threading Base 1.9GHz / Turbo 3.0GHz
Memory 8GB DDR3 (2x4GB 1600MHz)
Video Intel HD4000 (DX11)
NVIDIA GT 640M LE (2GB DDR3, Optimus Technology)
Display 10.1” (IPS, 1366×768)
10-point capacitive touch
Operating System Windows 8
Storage 128/256GB SSD (SATA-III)#
Network Intel WLAN (802.11b/g/n + BT4)
Others Stereo speakers
Codec supports 7.1 (via HDMI)
HD Webcam (front-facing, 2MP)
Array microphones
Dolby Home Theater v4
USB 3.0 x1 (green, SuperSpeed)
Audio jack (3.5mm, 4-pole, stereo out / mic in)

Photos:

razer_edge_pro_CES (3)

razer_edge_pro_CES (1)

 

razer_edge_pro_CES (2)

2013 CES New Innovation Award Winner: The Displair

The Displair is our new innovation award winner for the 2013 CES. The Displair creates a touchscreen display out of thin air. You have to see it in action to understand how cool this is. We have been asking for this and it looks like something out of a science fiction movie. but this is no dream, it exists and we got an up close look at it at this years CES. The days of smudges on your screen will soon be over as the air doesn’t smudge. Air flows out of the device, interacting with water drops to form a screen where you can beam images from a computer or tablet. But this is not just a simple projection screen, it’s a fully interactive display, you can actually play games on this like in the video below from CES where Fruit Ninja is played just by waving your hand across the Displair’s virtual screen.

Minority report, here we come. Check out the video and images below to see it in action.

Video of the Displair in action at CES

Images from CES

displair1displair2 displair3 displair4

CES 2013: 4k UltraHD is whats hot, but its a dead technology already

sony-oled-4kVisiting CES, you would think that UltraHD is right around the corner with the manufacturers all showing off their brilliant 4k Televisions. The problem is that they are never ever coming to your living room. We don’t mean never, like they are 5 years away, we mean never as in in 50 years you will still be watching your 1080p displays.

Why? Well, there are several things wrong with UltraHD the first is that they are right up against the good enough wall that 1080p represents. No one is going to pay the price difference for the UltraHD sets in the next 5 years because in your living room, you really don’t need the extra resolution enough to make it worth even a 50% premium, much less the current premium of 10,000%. The second issue is that there is not now, nor is there ever going to be any available content to speak of.

People just don’t really understand what 4k is. 1080p is 1920×1080 pixels per frame. To store a 1080p feature film in high quality, it requires anywhere between 25 and 50 GB per movie on a Blu-Ray. To store a 4K UltraHD movie would require an astounding resolution of 4096×2160 and would require almost 10 Terrabytes of storage. You think you are getting that on a Blu-Ray? What about a successor to Blu-Ray? Just think about the current cost of data drives. Even if they were going to put movies on drives with spinning discs each drive would cost a grand. Even if you look at 5 years from now, the cost will be down to maybe 4-500 dollars.

That is for one movie. I just don’t think we are suddenly going to start paying that kind of price for our movies. Even if you got crazy and it got down to $100.00 would you even consider that cost per movie for your library?

So, you think maybe we will stream that content? Unless you have a Gigabit connection or actually higher you can forget that, most people cant even get faster than 50Mb connections. At that rate your movie will be ready to start streaming in about twelve hours.

But, these televisions look amazing at CES. I saw them, and they were impressive. That though is the real problem with UHD. I was in a giant room watching a 85 inch display. In my living room that becomes pointless. The average screen size is around 46 inches. Even if you have a really big television its a 55 or 60 inch unit. Houses just dont fit televisions bigger than that very often and that is the real problem with UHD. It is not even the technology, but you cannot tell the difference in resolution until you get over around 80 inches and that’s at around 20 feet. Go right now and measure the distance to your television. If you can get your TV 20 feet from where you can sit, 4k may be for you, but you are in about the top .0005% of consumers.

UHD for the home is just not in the cards anytime in say the next 25 years or so, but there are two different use cases for monitors that can display at that resolution.

The first is glasses free 3D. We saw some great uses at CES where the passive 3D was quite impressive, but there are still the storage and other problems to overcome with that and the other is for cameras. I can see a case where your photos will display brilliantly on an UHD screen, but are you going to pay this kind of a premium for that?

4K UltraHD is dead. Unless Apple does it. Then of course we all need it.  (Just saying.)

CES 2013 Enter the show video

Here you can enter CES without fighting the crowds. Check out the display at the entrance. It’s 3D and amazing. The crowds are something else, Stay tuned here over the next few days for some amazing new stuff out of CES

The show is gigantic and there were some great products, bbut to be honest day one was a little of a letdown for a first time visitor. You have to sift through thirty booths of chinese android tablets that are not that impressive for every one cool new thing.

Dont get me wrong, there is plenty of fantastic stuff at CES, its just been overtaken by sheer quantity.

Here we are entering the show

entry_movie_cap

CES Booth Babe of the Day

It’s a 2 for 1 booth babe day cheerleaders!

CES Day 1 2013 030

CES Day 1 2013 039

 

CES Day 1 2013 049

Lenovo Thinkpad Helix is official. Hands on Video

lenovo-thinkpad-helix

Now this is what Windows 8 can be. Lenovo is introducing its first ThinkPad tablet with a detachable keyboard base. The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is an 11.6 inch Windows 8 tablet which can work as a laptop when docked to a keyboard base. But it has what Lenovo calls a “rip and flip” design which lets you remove the screen and use it as a standalone tablet device, or snap it back onto the base in “stand mode.”

Under the hood the ThinkPad Helix packs a lot more power than many of the 11.6 inch Windows 8 tablets we’ve seen so far, thanks to an Intel Core i7. Unfortunately it’s also much more expensive than other Windows 8 tablets… prices are expected to start at $1499.

Hands on video:

The Specs:

  • 11.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS 400nit display
  • 10-point multitouch screen with Gorilla Glass
  • 3rd generation Intel Core processor (up to Core i7)
  • Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro
  • Intel HD graphics
  • Up to 8GB of RAM
  • Up to 256GB of solid state disk space
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, mini-DisplayPort and mini-HDMI
  • 5 hours of battery life in tablet mode alone, 10 hours with the base

The tablet is 1.84 pounds, and so is the keyboard base, bringing the total weight to about 3.7 pounds. The ThinkPad Helix measures about 0.8 inches thick.

2013 CES Coverage

ces_logo-large

We are heading into the jaws of the gigantic CES 2013 show this Tuesday so be sure to stay tuned and we will bring you all the coverage we can from CES from live-blogging throughout the event to some of the best demos and announcements that we will be posting each night.

We’ll write up every new tech announcement we get our hands on to make sure you don’t miss analysis of new gadgets, but we have a lot more up our sleeves this year, too as we intend to take you around the show floor and video what we can so you can see it for yourself.

From the latest 4k televisions and the newest tablets to the smallest phone cases, we hope to present a side of CES that has been missing and that’s your side, what real people can expect to see in the months and years ahead.