From genuine 3D technology to slick new e-readers, these products are the best of the crop from this year's International Consumer Electronics show. Get all CES news here.

The International Consumer Electronics Show took place in Las Vegas last week.

We braved bedbugs, bad PR people, long taxi lines and greasy convention-centre food, all to find the 26 hottest new gadgets and gizmos.

The 3D revolution is here

I don't think it's a false start this time: the 3D-product plans for the coming year represent the initial salvos of the coming 3D revolution.

Panasonic's 3D demos were among the most convincing. But the best implementation I saw, unfortunately, is one that won't be coming to market anytime soon.

Sony showed its 24.5in 3D OLED HDTV as a technology demo only.
Melissa J Perenson

The best Windows Mobile phone yet

The blogosphere has been buzzing about the HTC HD2.

What's so hot about this smartphone? It has a superslim design, a 4.3in display, and a powerful 1GHz Snapdragon processor.

It is by far the best Windows Mobile phone we've ever seen, and one of the best of the show.
Ginny Mies

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  1. The gadgets and gizmos that caught our eye
  2. Full-featured pocket megazooms
  3. E-reader done right
  4. An avalanche of e-books
  5. Boxee gets boxed
  6. A media streamer in zen clothing
  7. Internet radio revived
  8. Double displays
  9. Stalking the wild gadget
  10. Behind the tablet craze
  11. A pocket-sized printer
  12. Sony (finally!) Says hello to SD cards
  13. The need for speed

From genuine 3D technology to slick new e-readers, these products are the best of the crop from this year's International Consumer Electronics show. Get all CES news here.

Full-featured pocket megazooms

Sony's 10x-optical-zoom Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V shoots 1080i video and offers GPS capabilities, a digital compass, a revamped Sweep Panorama mode, and wireless file sharing via TransferJet.

Casio's 10x-optical-zoom EX-FH100 has a rapid-fire mode that snaps 40 shots per second and shoots RAW-format images.

And Samsung's 7x-optical-zoom CL80 has an AMOLED touchscreen, Wi-Fi connectivity, and an innovative design.
Tim Moynihan

A mighty mini

The business-oriented HP Mini 5102 builds on the company's netbook line-up by adding a capacitive-multitouch display that makes flipping though documents or managing images more intuitive on such a small PC.

It comes in AMD and Intel versions and offers options for 3G and WiMax connectivity as well.
Robert Strohmeyer

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  1. The gadgets and gizmos that caught our eye
  2. Full-featured pocket megazooms
  3. E-reader done right
  4. An avalanche of e-books
  5. Boxee gets boxed
  6. A media streamer in zen clothing
  7. Internet radio revived
  8. Double displays
  9. Stalking the wild gadget
  10. Behind the tablet craze
  11. A pocket-sized printer
  12. Sony (finally!) Says hello to SD cards
  13. The need for speed

From genuine 3D technology to slick new e-readers, these products are the best of the crop from this year's International Consumer Electronics show. Get all CES news here.

E-reader done right

I've seen a lot of e-readers lately, and in spending some quality time with Spring Designs' Alex Reader, I came to appreciate much about the company's approach to e-readers.

It doesn't have the biggest display, nor the most colourful one.

But this Android-based device does have a highly usable and well-integrated LCD, and its ability to flow content browsed anywhere on the web to the e-reader gives this model a unique edge over the competition.
Melissa J. Perenson

Another excellent e-reader

E-readers were one of the hottest categories of the show this year, and the most compelling new model we've seen is the Plastic Logic Que.

This 10.7in reader sports a capacitive-touch display that lets you gesture through page turns.

It will be available in the US April in a 4GB Wi-Fi version for $649 (£398), and an 8GB version with Wi-Fi and 3G for $799 (£491).
Robert Strohmeyer

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  1. The gadgets and gizmos that caught our eye
  2. Full-featured pocket megazooms
  3. E-reader done right
  4. An avalanche of e-books
  5. Boxee gets boxed
  6. A media streamer in zen clothing
  7. Internet radio revived
  8. Double displays
  9. Stalking the wild gadget
  10. Behind the tablet craze
  11. A pocket-sized printer
  12. Sony (finally!) Says hello to SD cards
  13. The need for speed

From genuine 3D technology to slick new e-readers, these products are the best of the crop from this year's International Consumer Electronics show. Get all CES news here.

An avalanche of e-books

A slew of new e-book readers (including the much anticipated Plastic Logic Que and iRiver Story), plus Amazon's announcement of a global Kindle DX and the unveiling of Microsoft-centric Blio software for graphics-heavy content, were the major symptoms of e-book fever at CES.

If the makers can get the prices down, e-books could really go mass market.
Yardena Arar

Revolutionary car tech

Ford's upcoming MyFord Touch dashboard has proven one thing. The auto giant has realised that cars needn't lag woefully behind the rest of the technology world.

MyFord, which will appear in the 2011 Ford Edge, can connect to the internet with a USB modem, play gobs of media, and, in the future, let you operate mobile apps from the dashboard or by voice.

It could be the greatest in-car innovation since the auxiliary port.
Jared Newman

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  1. The gadgets and gizmos that caught our eye
  2. Full-featured pocket megazooms
  3. E-reader done right
  4. An avalanche of e-books
  5. Boxee gets boxed
  6. A media streamer in zen clothing
  7. Internet radio revived
  8. Double displays
  9. Stalking the wild gadget
  10. Behind the tablet craze
  11. A pocket-sized printer
  12. Sony (finally!) Says hello to SD cards
  13. The need for speed

From genuine 3D technology to slick new e-readers, these products are the best of the crop from this year's International Consumer Electronics show. Get all CES news here.

Boxee gets boxed

D-Link is the first vendor to come out with a dedicated piece of hardware for the lauded Boxee home media management software.

The box is oddly shaped, but it won't take up much space when it sits next to a TV. It streams internet video and connects wirelessly to your computer, so it can play back media files, such as music, photos, and video, on your TV.

You get Boxee's cool user interface, as well as a long list of supported file formats; you can play virtually any kind of video on it.
Mark Sullivan

A Boxee box alternative

Imation's yet-unnamed Wireless USB shark fin plugs into your LCD television via HDMI, grabbing audio and video from your computer at 15MB per second.

Just plug in the included USB dongle, and you'll be flying with 720p video from up to 30 feet away.

I like it, but I'd like it a lot more if TV makers would bundle or integrate
Jared Newman

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  2. Full-featured pocket megazooms
  3. E-reader done right
  4. An avalanche of e-books
  5. Boxee gets boxed
  6. A media streamer in zen clothing
  7. Internet radio revived
  8. Double displays
  9. Stalking the wild gadget
  10. Behind the tablet craze
  11. A pocket-sized printer
  12. Sony (finally!) Says hello to SD cards
  13. The need for speed

From genuine 3D technology to slick new e-readers, these products are the best of the crop from this year's International Consumer Electronics show. Get all CES news here.

A media streamer in zen clothing

It's called the Pebble and it looks like a polished rock, but its heritage is pure geek.

D-Link's newest media streamer lets you play video, still photos, and music from your home network or connected devices - and it can even show feeds from a networked security camera.

It's due out by midyear.
Yardena Arar

A Set-top box that pops

Syabas, makers of the Popcorn Hour network video player, recently unveiled the Popbox.

This new home media player features 20 media partners, including Blip.TV (for video content), Twitter (for social viewing), and Clicker (for locating premium video from all over the internet).

Lots of these network video players are showing up now, but Popbox seems to have perfected the interface: It's nice to look at, intuitive, and easily searchable, which is more than I can say for some other entrants in this market.
Mark Sullivan

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  2. Full-featured pocket megazooms
  3. E-reader done right
  4. An avalanche of e-books
  5. Boxee gets boxed
  6. A media streamer in zen clothing
  7. Internet radio revived
  8. Double displays
  9. Stalking the wild gadget
  10. Behind the tablet craze
  11. A pocket-sized printer
  12. Sony (finally!) Says hello to SD cards
  13. The need for speed

From genuine 3D technology to slick new e-readers, these products are the best of the crop from this year's International Consumer Electronics show. Get all CES news here.

Internet radio revived

Internet radio has been around for a few years now, but Pure has put an innovative twist on it with the Sensia.

With a colourful touch interface, a stylish design, and an endless library of stations from all over the world, the Sensia is one of the most entertaining gadgets I saw at the show.
Ginny Mies

Skylight Smartbook

The Lenovo Skylight is the company's first entry into the emerging smartbook category, and the device looks promising.
It weighs less than 1kg, offers 10 hours of battery life, and has Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.

The 10in screen sports an HD-friendly 1280x720 resolution, and the keyboard is pure Lenovo: comfortable, responsive, full-size excellence.
Nate Ralph

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  2. Full-featured pocket megazooms
  3. E-reader done right
  4. An avalanche of e-books
  5. Boxee gets boxed
  6. A media streamer in zen clothing
  7. Internet radio revived
  8. Double displays
  9. Stalking the wild gadget
  10. Behind the tablet craze
  11. A pocket-sized printer
  12. Sony (finally!) Says hello to SD cards
  13. The need for speed

From genuine 3D technology to slick new e-readers, these products are the best of the crop from this year's International Consumer Electronics show. Get all CES news here.

Double displays

Multitouch displays emerged on all sorts of devices at CES this year, but MSI raised the bar by putting multiple multitouch screens on one netbook.

MSI's dual-display Windows 7-based netbook prototype isn't yet in production, and no possible release dates or prices have been announced.

But with 7 and 10in versions letting you drag, swipe, and tap across two screens at once, these keyboardless folding tablets are a killer combination of compact portability and large-screen usability.
Robert Strohmeyer

Old-school gaming, anywhere

Here's my nerdy secret: On long flights, I've been known to bust out a wired Xbox 360 controller and play classic video games on my laptop.

Ion's GoPad makes more sense; this NES-like controller folds into a palm-size cube and has a retractable USB cable.
Jared Newman

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  2. Full-featured pocket megazooms
  3. E-reader done right
  4. An avalanche of e-books
  5. Boxee gets boxed
  6. A media streamer in zen clothing
  7. Internet radio revived
  8. Double displays
  9. Stalking the wild gadget
  10. Behind the tablet craze
  11. A pocket-sized printer
  12. Sony (finally!) Says hello to SD cards
  13. The need for speed

From genuine 3D technology to slick new e-readers, these products are the best of the crop from this year's International Consumer Electronics show. Get all CES news here.

Stalking the wild gadget

One of the big press events (Digital Experience) went all out with a safari theme, including women in skimpy giraffe costumes and outrageous face and body makeup. Think Cats with spots and platform footwear.
Yardena Arar

Putting the lap back in laptops

Logitech's Speaker Lapdesk N700 solves two common notebook problems - overheating and crappy audio.

Just set a notebook on this heat-dissipating pad and connect the two via USB to power a fan that blows cool air through the pad's ventilated surface; the same cable also channels audio output to the N700's built-in speakers.
Yardena Arar

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  2. Full-featured pocket megazooms
  3. E-reader done right
  4. An avalanche of e-books
  5. Boxee gets boxed
  6. A media streamer in zen clothing
  7. Internet radio revived
  8. Double displays
  9. Stalking the wild gadget
  10. Behind the tablet craze
  11. A pocket-sized printer
  12. Sony (finally!) Says hello to SD cards
  13. The need for speed

From genuine 3D technology to slick new e-readers, these products are the best of the crop from this year's International Consumer Electronics show. Get all CES news here.

Behind the tablet craze

If you're already sick of hearing about tablets, you can blame nVidia's revamp of the Tegra Mobile processor technology.

Tegra allows devices to be smaller and more power efficient by bundling multiple processor cores onto a single chip, and scaling their power consumption to fit the task at hand.

There's a lot of promise here: 1080p content on a 1kg device with all-day battery life will be sure to please any gadget-junkie.

We'll just have to wait and see if the performance lives up to the hype.
Nate Ralph

A really hot hotspot

Sprint's Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless is the first dual-mode mobile hotspot.

This elegant little device connects to either Sprint's 3G network or Clearwire's 4G WiMAX network (now in 27 cities; 80 by 2011), and then connects up to five other devices via Wi-Fi.

These devices can include an iPod Touch running Skype for voice, or a laptop streaming video wirelessly from sites like Hulu.

The Overdrive isn't the first mobile hotspot on the market but it is the first one to connect to major 3G and 4G networks.
Mark Sullivan

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  1. The gadgets and gizmos that caught our eye
  2. Full-featured pocket megazooms
  3. E-reader done right
  4. An avalanche of e-books
  5. Boxee gets boxed
  6. A media streamer in zen clothing
  7. Internet radio revived
  8. Double displays
  9. Stalking the wild gadget
  10. Behind the tablet craze
  11. A pocket-sized printer
  12. Sony (finally!) Says hello to SD cards
  13. The need for speed

From genuine 3D technology to slick new e-readers, these products are the best of the crop from this year's International Consumer Electronics show. Get all CES news here.

A pocket-sized printer

Slim and unobtrusive, Pandigital's Portable Printer is the first to use the Zink zero-ink technology to print images on 4x6in paper.

I liked its size; but more important, the image quality appears to be a vast improvement over that of the early Zink printers that produced wallet-size photos.

My test prints looked surprisingly good.
Melissa J Perenson

Big-screen skype

LG and Panasonic both announced Skype support for their connected HDTVs (equipped with webcam accessories).

We can look forward to video chat with our loved ones in big-screen 1080p, which could mean the end of calling in underwear and PJs.
Yardena Arar

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  1. The gadgets and gizmos that caught our eye
  2. Full-featured pocket megazooms
  3. E-reader done right
  4. An avalanche of e-books
  5. Boxee gets boxed
  6. A media streamer in zen clothing
  7. Internet radio revived
  8. Double displays
  9. Stalking the wild gadget
  10. Behind the tablet craze
  11. A pocket-sized printer
  12. Sony (finally!) Says hello to SD cards
  13. The need for speed

From genuine 3D technology to slick new e-readers, these products are the best of the crop from this year's International Consumer Electronics show. Get all CES news here.

Sony (finally!) says hello to SD cards

Do you believe in miracles? Proprietary-format-happy Sony finally adopted SD/SDHC cards as the storage in its point-and-shoot cameras.

To be fair, Sony's Memory Stick format does predate the SD Card format, but SD/SDHC cards are practically an industry standard.

And if you still have a bunch of Memory Stick cards lying around, don't worry: The new Cyber-shot cameras have a card slot that supports both SD/SDHC and Memory Stick.
Tim Moynihan

Budget-busting camcorder

Panasonic's twin-lens Full HD 3D camcorder is a professional-level 3D camcorder that records video from each of its lenses to SDHC cards.

If you have $21,000 (£12,000) handy, you should definitely pick one up in the autumn; for the price, Panasonic will custom-build the camcorder to your liking.
Tim Moynihan

NEXT PAGE: The need for speed

  1. The gadgets and gizmos that caught our eye
  2. Full-featured pocket megazooms
  3. E-reader done right
  4. An avalanche of e-books
  5. Boxee gets boxed
  6. A media streamer in zen clothing
  7. Internet radio revived
  8. Double displays
  9. Stalking the wild gadget
  10. Behind the tablet craze
  11. A pocket-sized printer
  12. Sony (finally!) Says hello to SD cards
  13. The need for speed

From genuine 3D technology to slick new e-readers, these products are the best of the crop from this year's International Consumer Electronics show. Get all CES news here.

The need for speed

For data speed demons, USB 3.0 - announced by a slew of vendors - is shaping up as a promising connection interface.

Our early tests of Western Digital's new My Book 3.0 revealed a desktop hard drive with plenty of performance mojo.

While WD's first USB 3.0 product is a desktop 3.5in drive, I'm personally looking forward to Seagate's Black Armor PS110, a portable 2.5in drive; over an actual USB 3.0 port, such as that announced on some HP models, this drive can run, unpowered, at faster speeds than its USB 2.0 cousins.
Melissa J Perenson

Intel cuts the cord

Intel's Wireless Display is exactly what it sounds like - a laptop equipped with the technology to connect to your TV at the push of a button.

But there's no magic here, since the laptop is actually streaming to an adapter connected to your TV.

One caveat: Streaming is unprotected, so it doesn't yet support protected content such as Blu-rays and DVDs. Dell, Sony and Toshiba will be releasing laptops featuring the technology on January 17.
Nate Ralph

See also: The 10 most talked-about tablet PCs at CES 2010

  1. The gadgets and gizmos that caught our eye
  2. Full-featured pocket megazooms
  3. E-reader done right
  4. An avalanche of e-books
  5. Boxee gets boxed
  6. A media streamer in zen clothing
  7. Internet radio revived
  8. Double displays
  9. Stalking the wild gadget
  10. Behind the tablet craze
  11. A pocket-sized printer
  12. Sony (finally!) Says hello to SD cards
  13. The need for speed