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Sony tablets, HP Ultrabooks and More: the Judges Pick the Best of CES 2012

The Consumer Electronics Show closed its doors for 2012 on Friday, after attempting to wow both the media and the public with the latest and greatest technology.

From TVs to Ultrabooks to Tablets to Cameras, every category of gadget and gizmo is showcased at CES.

So who were the big winners? Well, here’s a pick of the best of the Best Of Innovations awards handed out at CES 2012 and some of the other top technology marked out by experts from all sides of the industry.

Padfone by Asus

This dual device was recognised in the Wireless Handsets category and won over the judges by being a smartphone and tablet all-in-one, which allows owners to choose what screen size suits them at any particular time.

Razer Blade

A gaming laptop with a full aluminum chassis, this promises an all-new “revolutionary user interface” and has been dubbed “the world’s first true gaming laptop” by judges in the Gaming Hardware and Accessories category.

Sony Tablet S1

In the new Tablets, E-Readers & Netbooks category, this tablet did well to achieve a Best Of Innovations award. Being the first to be PlayStation certified was obviously a real bonus.

Libratone Live

An AirPlay speaker system, this is said to play stereo sound in 360 degrees like “an acoustic instrument”. It reflects sound off the walls and eliminates the sweet spot in a room. That way you can move around and with wireless technology and a great design, they can be placed anywhere. It came out ahead in Personal Electronics.

Panasonic DMP-BDT320

The slimmest Blu-ray player in the industry, this has Wi-Fi on board, 3D pictures and 2D to 3D conversion. But even more exciting for the Video Components judges is the fact it has Skype built-in turning your TV smart and ready for web chatting.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga

This was a winner of a Hot Stuff 2012 award, as voted by the folks from the gadget magazine. It’s a hybrid Ultrabook and tablet and can be swiveled 360 degrees running Windows 8 and boasting a 13 inch touchscreen.

Samsung 55in Super OLED Smart TV?

Another Hot Stuff recipient, this edged it over the 55 inch LG OLED thanks to its facial recognition, and upgradeable insides according to Stuff’s judges.

HP Envy 14 Spectre

This Ultrabook was hotly-tipped by many not least winning the CNET Best of CES 2012 award for Best Laptop. Although a bit bulky for an Ultrabook, the judges loved the stylish black glass on its lid, which created a “stunning appearance”.


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