The Best Products from CES 2012: From Helicopters to Ultrabooks
Packing a beefy quad-core Tegra 3 graphics processor from NVIDIA, but retailing for just $249, this 7-inch Android tablet touts enough power to deliver gasp-inducing multimedia showpieces without short-circuiting your monthly budget.
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LG 55-inch 3D TV
Winning top honors from critics, the 55-inch set's razor-thin (4mm) girth and crisp, bright colors are arresting enough to make casual passersby pause. It's fueled by a cutting-edge OLED display; pity it'll cost a minimum of $5,000.
Samsung ES8000 LED Dual-Core TV
Albeit less sexy than the manufacturer's 55-inch OLED offering, this TV features user-upgradeable hardware plus gesture and voice recognition apps. The built-in dual-core processors, cameras and microphones give the TV line serious appeal.
Lenovo Group Ltd. S2
Computer maker Lenovo's first consumer cellphone, the dual-core Android handset with 3.8-inch display, scores points for its slick look, tight security features and compatibility with the company's new streaming multimedia service (similar to Apple's iCloud).
Priced at a shocking $6,000, the pro-grade DSLR digital camera offers superior lowlight performance, killer video recording capability and rapid-fire continuous shooting performance that's been compared to "holding a fully automatic machine gun."
Parrot AR Drone 2.0
Everyone’s favorite flying, iPhone-controlled helicopter gets enhanced controls, a pressure sensor and a 3D compass, plus support 720p HD video recording. Its aerial reconnaissance is viewable in real-time, shareable online or usable alongside augmented reality apps.
Nokia Lumia 900
Microsoft bid CES adieu by promoting this stylishly designed Windows Phone with 4.3-inch AMOLED display and high-speed 4G LTE connectivity, clearly among the more promising flagship offerings from its much-discussed partnership with Nokia.
Sony PlayStation Vita
The PlayStation Portable (PSP) gaming handheld's successor amplifies hardware performance, delivering PS3-grade visuals (and music and movie playback) on an ultra-crisp 5-inch OLED display, plus front/rear touch controls, high-speed wireless connectivity and dual joysticks.
HP Envy Spectre 14
High price ($1,399) aside, this eye-catching, glass-encased ultrabook wins points for style and its built-in Beats Audio technology, making it as much of a geeked-out conversation piece as actual airport-friendly workhorse.
D-Link Cloud Router
Despite costing just $40, this breezy wireless router adds cloud computing options and allows for remote network monitoring via mobile app, so you can prevent security breaches and spy on kids’ questionable browsing habits from afar.