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Top Gadgets: A roundup of what the web liked best

Ian Paul | Jan. 15, 2013
This year's Consumer Electronics Show is drawing to a close and most tech sites are handing out opinions and awards about which gadgets were the best in show for 2013.

Tablet-top computing: Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon

You've seen computers that can sit on a tablet and even computers that are tables, but only Lenovo's IdeaCentre Horizon can do both.

This 27-inch all-in-one Windows 8 PC can be laid flat on a table or can be inserted into several of Lenovo's tabletop accessories to become its own table. The Horizon's most interesting feature is its multiuser gaming functions for entertainment such as one-on-one air hockey and Monopoly. Lenovo has even added four controllers for air hockey and other games as well as an e-die for board games such as Monopoly.

The Horizon features 1920-by-1080 resolution, Core i7 processor, Nvidia GeForce GT 620M GPU, up to 8GB RAM, up to 1TB HDD and an optional 64GB SSD. You also get a webcam, USB 3.0, HDMI, and a six-in-one card reader. The Horizon is slated for an early summer introduction staring around $1700.

HDTV on steroids: 4K sets

Opinions were split on which manufacturer offered the best high-definition television at CES, but everyone was impressed with the promise of 4K or Ultra HD resolution televisions.

4K sets offer 3840-by-2160 resolution and 8 million pixels to delight your eyeballs with vivid colors and sharper images. Manufacturers including LG, Sony, Samsung, Sharp, Westinghouse, and Vizio are lining up 4K offerings. Panasonic and Sony are even showing off 4K OLED sets merging the hottest display resolution and the hottest display technology at CES into what can only be called TV set porn.

But while 4K sets may be dazzling, they face major economic and technological hurdles before seeing mass adoption including a lack of content and infrastructure issues. Check out Jason Snell's take on 4K's road to the mainstream for more information.

So that was what the Web thought of CES. For more highs and lows from this year's tradeshow check out PCWorld's best and worst of CES 2013.


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