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LAS VEGAS – Computer and related hardware is rarely the top category at the annual CES, with last year being a possible exception, thanks to the hype ultrabook. In 2013, we found laptops, desktops, and tablets in short supply than usual, with the main culprit is the October 2012 release of Microsoft Windows 8 operating system, and the flood of new systems that went with it.
The following are some of the big-picture trends and ideas that took away from the show, while the detail of our Best of CES nominees in this category is here.
Ultrabook DNA is everywhere
Even after criticism from some corners on a limited success in making the Intel Ultrabook (a registered trademark of Intel marketing term) a household name, the fingerprints of the program are pretty much everywhere. Thinner, lighter laptops almost all prices were the norm at CES, though not named official Ultrabook and a sticker (we’re looking at you, HP Sleekbook).
Touch is basically a requirement
Woe be the handset that is introduced at CES 2013, without a touch screen. One of the only notable examples of this faux pas feature was otherwise excellent Dell XPS 13, which added a higher resolution display, but no touch screen. We tried navigating Windows 8 laptops small with only a touch pad or mouse – it is not a picnic. Other PC makers, including Samsung and Toshiba, have been elegantly revamping existing product lines with touch screen, keeping prices constant.
Intel wants to drive the development of portable
A fourth generation of Intel Core i-series CPU, codenamed Haswell, is part of Intel’s road map for computers in 2014. In addition to large claims about better battery life, there are considerable requirements of new systems of Haswell will have for future laptops (like this strong-looking design concept) who want to use the name Ultrabook – these include touch screen display and wireless a useful tool for remote screen Intel would be happy to see get wider adoption.
Tablets are everywhere-as-PC
Between the edge and the Razer Pro surface of the connecting rod and dimensions of all-in-one desktop / tablet devices at the end of large dimensions, the PC with the flexibility of tablets are on the rise. Although it may seem like a gimmick at first, it turns out that many of these devices have a myriad of use cases and could lead to PC becoming extremely modular soon enough. It could also lead to a real breaking down boundaries through desktops, laptops and tablets.
Android tablets wait for Mobile World Congress
To say that the traditional Android tablets had a disappointing showing at CES 2013 would be an understatement. While there have been a lot of tablets of great value, there was nothing worth getting excited about. Fortunately, the Shield Nvidia was there to get at least some very interesting conversations started. About Mobile World Congress.