The International Consumer Electronics Show, better known as CES, has the reputation of being the world’s major technology-related trade show. It features thousands of exhibitors and manufacturers from around the world who come here to show off their latest developments and innovations in devices.
The show, as predicted, show-cased many ultra-books, laptops, desktops and mobile phones, most of them surfacing from market giants such as Samsung, Asus, Acer, Sony, Nokia, HP, Lenovo, HTC and Dell. Here is a list of some of the best Windows Devices at CES.
Best Windows Devices at CES
Acer Aspire S5
Described as one of the world’s thinnest notebooks, Aspire S5 features Acer’s Instant On technology that has the ability to resume Windows in 1.5 seconds (when in sleep mode). The notebook, as you must have guessed is loaded with Windows 7 OS and an updated version with Windows 8 will be released later in the year following the official release from Microsoft.
The S5 machine is powered by an Intel Core processor, possesses SSD storage, uses Dolby Home Theater audio, and has a PowerSmart battery pack. Acer also plans to include a free ‘Cloud’ service for photos, videos, music and documents for all Windows 8 and Android devices. There is no word on the pricing but Acer Aspire S5 is expected to hit the store shelves in Q2, this year.
Second Generation Samsung Series 9
Taking ideas from the original Series, i.e. Series 9, Samsung’s new and second generation Series 9 laptops features Intel’s i5 or i7 Core processors, 128/256GB SSD, one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port and much more. The biggest change in the specifications comes in the form of new HD+ SuperBright Plus screens with native resolution of 1600X900 pixels.
Moreover, this segment gets a matte finish on its aluminum body and weighs only 2.5 pounds. The Series 9 laptops will be available in 2 models (15-inch and 13-inch). Expected to be released in February, the razor-thin Series 9 laptops will cost $1,399 for the 13-inch and $1,499 for the 15-inch model respectively.
ASUS UX Zenbook UX21
The incredible ultra-thin notebook (under 3mm at its slimmest edge) from Asus is equipped with ASUS Super Hybrid Engine II that promises a 2-second resume time and up to 2 weeks standby time.
It also features SonicMaster technology that increases audio performance with lifelike surround impact. Powered by second generation Intel Core i7 processors, Asus UX Zenbook UX21 runs on Windows 7 and starts at price $999.
Sony Z Series
The ultra-portable and top-of-the-line laptop from Sony boasts a light and sturdy design. It is embedded with Intel® Core™ i7 Processor for high performance. The laptop includes ports for three USBs, a VGA, HDMI, and SD card Ethernet.
Besides its lightweight and portability, Sony Z series laptops boast high-resolution full HD display.
HP Envy 14 Spectre
HP Envy 14 Spectre has glass construction that offers it a stylish look. Going by the standards of Ultrabook class, HP spectre, weighing 3.7 pounds end up being a bit heavy but includes all class features that make it worthy to fit in this category.
It includes a keyboard which is similar to the one used in Envy 15 (backlit) and is well-spaced and the keys have a soft coating. The Laptop starts at price $1399.
Lenovo A 720
Advertised as world’s thinnest desktop, Lenovo’s Idea Center A720 packs Intel Core processors, Nvidia graphics, and offers terabytes of storage. It runs on Windows 7 and includes 10 finger-input supports.
Lenovo A 720 measures 27 inches diagonally and has a display with thickness of 24.5mm (0.97 inch). Price starts at $1399.
Dell XPS 13z
Dell XPS 13z has a 13.3-inch screen that delivers a bright high-definition WLED 300-nit display for enhancing the viewing experience. It also delivers second-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors and Intel HD 3000 graphics.
Apart from this, Dell XPS 13Z features a full-size backlit keyboard and large multi-gesture support touchpad. It will be available this February in select retail stores nationwide at a starting price of $999.
HTC TITAN II Windows Phone
A follow-up to the HTC Titan, Titan II boasts a 4.7 inch screen, weighs approximately 190 g and is only 0.4 inch thick. The highlight of the Windows Phone is its 16 megapixel camera that captures awesome photos with accurate colors.
The 1.5 GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor, coupled with LTE network, provides high speed for web surfing, streaming and downloading. There is no word on the pricing but there is a word on the street that the fully-featured Windows Smartphone will be available exclusively from AT&T in the U.S. in the coming months.
Barely had the dust settled on Nokia Lumia 800, AT&T made a major announcement that it is all set to sell a newer model Lumia – Nokia Lumia 900. Similar to HTC TITAN II, Lumia 900 will use AT&T’s ‘LTE’ wireless data network which will enable faster downloads.
There are no price details available however; one can expect to get hands on the device in coming months.
Sharp 80″ AQUOS Board
Imagined as a TV and a computer, the combined Sharp’s 80’’ AQUOS Board aims to replace office whiteboards and boardroom projectors. As mentioned, the device includes a built-in PC running Windows 7 that has the ability to handle PowerPoint presentation, HD video conferencing, etc.
Also, rather than controlling the large screen with a mouse or trackball, the entire surface supports multi-touch input for user’s convenience. AQUOS Board is expected to hit the markets in February with a retail price of $13,795.
For more detailed information on the Windows Devices at CES, visit Microsoft.