CES 2012: What's New

We are finding ourselves right in the middle of a great event of the IT world. January 10 marked the beginning of the annual show taking place in Las Vegas, The International Consumer Electronics Show. This event first took place in 2004, and since then it has become one of the major sites for the leading companies to present the latest developments in consumer electronics.

CES 2012 has attracted quite a number of companies that are demonstrating many interesting and really innovative devices (for reference, scroll down :) ); but that is not the only interesting thing about this year's trade show. It is also marked by the fact that it's allegedly the last CES for such a giant as Microsoft. In December, they announced they are not going to take part in the show after 2012. That is a good reason to start this coverage with them, isn't it?

First of all, during the press conference, the representative of the corporation airily mentioned that the long-suffering stable release of Windows 8 should take place in October 2012. This event will bring to life a great number of projects based on the (again, allegedly) revolutionary operating system by Steve Ballmer's co-workers. At CES one of the few products with Windows 8 inside was a thin tablet PC prototype by NVIDIA based on Tegra 3 processor and featuring an ARM version of the OS. Unfortunately, we are unlikely to see the device on offer, as NVIDIA produces only constituent parts for tablets and computers :) Let's see what happens next!

NVIDIA with Windows 8NVIDIA tablet with Windows 8

Speaking about NVIDIA, we must admit, however, that it boasts not only Tegra, the processors designed for mobile devices, but also some powerful machines with the latest NVIDIA GeForce inside. One of them is Falcon Northwest, a humming computer with GeForce GTX 580, ASUS 3D screen and (again NVIDIA) 3D Vision 2 glasses. This complicated srtucture allowed visitors to enjoy stereoscopic Battlefield 3.

Speaking about laptops, we must mention an interesting solution suggested by Sony. Their concept is based on a separate screen and keyboard blocks that interact via a wireless channel. In general, the prototype looks really beautiful thanks to the smooth lines and the backlit keyboard. You can check it out yourselves:

Sony laptop prototypeSony's laptop prototype

As a competition to Apple, Chinese Lenovo has presented a 27-inch all-in-one that can lie almost flat. The gadget's name is IdeaCentre A720, and it's called the world's thinnest device of that kind. It will be offered with various Intel Core i processors and NVIDIA graphic cards, and we truly hope it will be released in the first half of this year.

Lenovo all-in-oneLenovo's all-in-one

HP is also delivering good news. The company has announced HP Envy 14 Spectre, a 14-inch laptop with Intel Core i5, up to 8 gigabytes of RAM, USB 3.0, HDMI and Mini DisplayPort. The developers say it will work up to 9 hours without recharge. However, the remarkable feature about this device is that it is made of glass. That looks really nice, but still the glass made the new laptop much heavier than it could be (about 1.7 kilos), and moreover, its surface must become very dirty after a couple of days in use. Look, even in this video we can notice how easily one can smear the device:

Another gadget presented at the CES that we found really useful and unusual, was Thermaltake Max 5 Duo SATA HDD Rack with USB 3.0 by Thermaltake Technology. This is a case for two SATA I/II/III (2,5" and 3,5") disks which is to be installed into the 3.5" disk PC slot, adding two extra USB 3.0 ports to your computer. Consider purchasing this gadget, maybe it's time to change your 3.5" disks to something more useful?

Thermaltake disk caseThermaltake disk case

For today, that's the most catchy, in our opinion, news from Las Vegas. Tomorrow comes, and we will discover something new again. See you tomorrow at Software Informer and our CES 2012 coverage!

Comments

Joshua Wrightwood

Well guys, I do not know about you, but I am hella excited about the possible release of Windows 8, hopefully, this year. The tablet with Windows 8 looks pretty sleek!!!! Hopefully, Tegra 3 will be powerful enough to run Office applications, then there is a chance Microsoft inserts its dominance into the tablet market as well and Apple will have nothing else to do but share. Well Android will have to too Unless Android releases some outstanding Office tools for Android... Google think!

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Danford Blitz

I agree that VAIO keyboard is practically unusable, but I'm keen on its design. Looks cool.
By the way! Lenovo is a pleasure to the eye.

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Al-Shedan

Even its design could be better.

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Daniela

Lenovo reminds me so much of Mac! You know, after posting this article and leaving the office, I immediately began to doubt, whether the chosen picture was right. Those colors made me think I'd mistakenly uploaded a photo of Mac mini

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Arrgh

That VAIO keyboard looks like it's not only backlit, but also like it's painted on. Is it some sort of a touch keyboard displayed on a plastic brick? Didn't they learn already that this kind of thing is utterly unpleasant to use?

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Guest #21497490

Well that is true.

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Elsa2012

A laptop made of glass seems to be very impractical... It is surely not for those who works at home or who has children or pets...

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Al-Shedan

Yes, my cat would ruin this laptop immediately.

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Daniela

I'm afraid it will fit only surgeons

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