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Five must-crack-open devices from CES 2012

From tablets to TVs, Bill Detwiler counts down the five devices from CES, he most wants to crack open.

There's a lot to see at CES--televisions, laptops, tablets, smartphones, networking equipment, fitness products, games, and even a few cars. After seeing all that cool tech, I can't help but want to grab every prototype and demo unit within arms' reach, rush back to the TechRepublic studio, and crack them open.

Unfortunately, no one would let me leave their booth with a shiny new gadget, and I didn't feel like spending the night in the Las Vegas Detention Center. So while I'll have to wait a few weeks (or months), to crack the following devices open, here's a rundown on five devices I saw at CES 2012 I most want to crack open, in no particular order.

1. Razer Blade

Razer, a company best know for it's gaming mice and custom keyboards, will enter the computer market this month with the Blade--a premium gaming laptop. The Blade has a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 2640M Processor, 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 RAM, 17.3-inch LED backlit display (1,920x1,080 pixels), Nvidia GeForce GT 555M, and 256GB SATA3 SSD. It goes on sale next week and will cost $2,799 (US).

2. 1TB Victorinox SSD "Swiss Army Knife"

Flash drives comes in all shapes, sizes, and capacities. But, Victorinox is taking portable storage to a whole new level. The 1TB Victorinox SSD (64GB, 128GB, and 256GB are also available) crams an insane amount of storage into a pocket knife. Unfortunately, all that space doesn't come cheap. When (or if) it goes on sale, the 1TB Victorinox SSD will cost around $3,000.

3. Nokia Lumia 900

The Nokia Lumia 900 will operate on AT&T's 4G LTE network (where available). It has a 1.4GHz processor, 4.3" AMOLED display (WVGA 800x480), 1,830 mAH battery, 512MB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 8MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss lens, and 1MP front camera.

4. Toshiba Excite X10

The Toshiba Excite X10 has a dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 processor. The X10 has a 1,280X800 pixel 10.1-inch display, Gorilla Glass front panel, 2MP front camera, 5MP rear camera, and supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR.

5. Samsung or LG 55" OLED TV

Samsung 55" Super OLED TV

I know. This one's a long shot. Okay. It's nearly impossible. But, I really want to see what's inside an OLED TV. Both Samsung and LG plan to release 55" OLED TV this year, and pre-production models were on display at CES. Samsung's TV (shown from the side in the photo above) is just 0.3-inch thick, and LG's model is a mere 0.157-inch thick.

About

Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

14 comments
TopTechie
TopTechie

My son bought one of the earliest bundles for the PS Vita and I'm dying to see it cracked open. It has touch screen back and front display and ATT 3G modem and no replaceable battery so we have a bet on how big the battery is and where it is located. Thanks!

dflitton02
dflitton02

Can't wait to see IF you can crack one open, what it all spill out!!

jimmeq
jimmeq

Bill, "Your" right; as you always have been. TechRepublic has never been wrong about anything since I started getting the e-newsletter. (Is that a word?) Surely, I jest, but once in a while TechRepublic should just admit that its staff are not perfect. It's most likely people over 45 that did not grow up with computers that notice and complain about the typos. (I just sigh silently most of the time.) We learned to compose the hard way. Write, read, correct. We were taught that printed material should be error free. We expect this to have carried on, and I personally see many more typos on the Internet than hard copy print. A Journalism major once told me it is the "Copy Editor's" job to fix spelling, grammar, etc. So, you're off the hook on this. Get the Copy Editors to work! LOL

fnewtz
fnewtz

All you spell checkers need to get a life. Don't any of you realize it's the keyboard and not the person that makes the mistakes. I'm constantly yelling at mine! As an owner of the Toshiba Thrive, I'd like to know if a price has been thrown out for the Excite. Thinking of buying my son the Excite and giving my Thrive to my daughter when I purchase the Ipad3 (did I spell it right?) later this year. Personally, I want to know everything about Android and Apple's system which I believe is/will be called ios5(?). I personally like the USB and the SD (I have 16Gb) connections the Thrive provides as well as the docking station I use ($29 on Amazon). Believe the HDMI to be a waste as I'll never use it nor do I understand the sense of it. However, the costs associated with owning a Thrive are not that high as I believe the Apple Ipad3 will be for similar hardware. That being said, I would much rather read articles on the differences between Android & Apples' operating system. Differences between Android 2.3, 3.2 (honeycomb) and 4.0 (ice cream sandwich). Why the hardware only provides for certain levels(?) of upgrade? i.e., will my Thrive be able to have 4.0 installed or am I at the max level today (3.2)? Why and what are the benefits/negatives of 'rooting' my Thrive. For that matter, should I? What are the risks? Until then, please continue to misspell. Makes for interesting comments.

mgasperoni
mgasperoni

have to agree, not much going on when the only feedback has to do with spelling and grammar.

nick
nick

Quote "Unfortunately, no one would let me leave their booth with a shinny new gadget," unquote. Def: Shinny (also shinney) is an informal type of hockey played on ice. Def: Shiny (adjective) reflecting light. Yes it is a very picky comment, but spell checkers have been around for a long time. More prosaically. If that is the best that CES has to offer, or at least the most interesting from your point of view, then I suspect that 2012 may be a bit of boring year from a technology viewpoint.

Stargzer
Stargzer

Hey, even I find it hard to proof-read my own stuff; I know damn well what it was SUPPOSED to say! That's why I'm beginning to think that there are no Copy Editors in these online blogs and journals. One of my daughters does some non-paid articles for examiner.com in Baltimore (restaurant reviews with photos), and I've picked up a couple of hers that she's had to go back and correct, like the time she hit the "m" key instead of the comma; I told her it was her Left-wing tendencies showing through ("m" is to the left of the comma). She can't afford an editor, but she does have a Minor in Creative Writing, hence the four-letter expletives when I find the occasional typo.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

Out of 430+ words, you're complaining about a single typo--an extra "n"? Indeed, it is a very picky comment.

gbrandtech
gbrandtech

I have to agree with your "prosaic" point. I admit I had to look up what that meant. Nothing to do with Prozac as it turns out. CES is not as exciting as it once was - or perhaps not as necessary?

RockerGeek!
RockerGeek!

Shinny is spelled correctly, so a spell checker would miss it. What is needed, however, is a grammar checker. MS Word picks up on some of the more obvious mistakes, but it isn't yet smart enough to tell you "hey, I think you meant 'shiny' not 'shinny'."

Stargzer
Stargzer

Maybe it's not as important in this particular article, which is just a quick survey glossing over some shiny gadgets, but those of us of a certain age (when typewriters were in vogue, a computer terminal was a KSR-33 Teletype (R) to a timesharing system, the main computer languages were COBOL, FORTRAN, BASIC, PL/I, and various flavors of Assembler, and people got much of their information from daily newspapers that didn't have computerized typesetting but still managed to have correct spelling and grammar) pay attention to spelling and grammar. I earned a lot of beer money in college typing papers and book reports for those who didn't know how, including correcting their spelling and grammar as I went along. I never got any complaints, and I was a Chemistry major, not a English major! It all came from a sound high school education, particularly from two years with an especially tough English teacher. Maybe the year as a typist and the year as Monday Editor of our college daily rag helped a good bit, too; we managed to make the afternoon deadline and still have correct spelling and grammar. Deadlines often outweigh Quality these days; there is too much of the attitude that there's not enough time to do it right but always time to do it over. Do it on time and fix the bugs later -- if someone notices them.

Stargzer
Stargzer

That's why God created Human Editors, which seem to have gone the way of the office secretary these days. I just sigh when I "sea" one of these "misteaks" and think of all the memos of my bureaucratic youth, coming back from our Division Director with enough red-pencil corrections looking as if the document had bled to death.

RockerGeek!
RockerGeek!

All I could think when reading that was "mmmmm, steak" ;) But I agree w/your point. I'm not saying I'm perfect... and I remember all that red pen from high school.

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