Laptops, tablets and ultrabooks of CES 2013

We’ve flirted with ultrbooks, lounged with laptops and been taciturn with tablets, and here’s a rundown of the highlights from the land of the Hangover and Elvis

11 Jan 2013


Laptops, PCs and tablets are a massive part of the International CES and we've been up close and personal with more than our fair share during our seven days of sin on the Strip.

8) And Here 's The Newly Unveiled Yoga In Tablet Form . Pretty Cool , Huh ...

We've flirted with ultrbooks, lounged with laptops and been taciturn with tablets and PCs, and here's a rundown of the highlights from the land of the Hangover and Elvis.

The Intel stand is the first you encounter as you step on to the disorienting carousel of tech and hype that is the CES, and as it's so easy to wander off-piste we'll start with what we saw there.

Lenovo's latest take on its ThinkPad Yoga was really feeling the love in the room, and we got to grips with the 11-inch ultrabook to see what all the fuss was about.

It only took a few seconds to see why people were getting so excited - the ultrabook converts from a laptop to a tablet and back again using a natty folding hinge.

As well as being as flexible as its name suggests, the 11-inch Yoga boasts 64GB of storage and an Nvidia quad core processor. The first incarnation of the Yoga was revealed at last year's CES.

Designed to work with the touchscreen world of Win8, the Yoga is as portable as it is flexible. Weighing just 2.8 pounds and measuring 0.6 of an inch thick, it's suited to a life on the road. In fact, it'd be perfect for keeping me quiet on the long flight back from Vegas, however I'll have to wait 'til CES 2014 as it's not out 'til December.
But how about something truly exciting that you can get your hands on right away - a laptop with not one but two screens. The trek to the Asus stand saw my blister grow to bigger than my little toe, but I'm tough - and the Taichi was well worth the pain.

A Win8 laptop subject to much hype and gossip in recent months, the Taichi boasted features more novel than Vegas' prestigious hotels.

There are two sides to every story, and there are two screens to every Taichi. One regular display vies for out attention with another on the back of the laptop's lid. It's pretty far-out, with the screen on the lid touch-enabled. They can be used independently and at the same time too. If you want to see what all the fuss is about, you can get one now.
Lenovo also launched its Helix at CES 2013, which features a cool 'rip and flip' method for converting from tablet to laptop. With multi-touch support, a vertical base stand and a HD display, this is perfect if you're looking for a premium ultrabook. We love it, and so do the guys at TechRadar - which named it best laptop of CES 2013. It's due out in February.

Both these devices are defined by tininess, but CES 2013 was the year when tablets said supersize me.

Panasonic rocked up in Vegas with a tablet which measured 20 inches and boasted the technology of CES 2013 - 4K.
4K - or ultra HD - has been grabbing more headlines than Harry Styles thanks to a new breed of TVs harnessing the technology. But on Tuesday Panasonic quietly stole the show by cramming the same technology into a 20 inch tablet - and the tech press lapped it up. Panasonic didn't give any details of a release date.

CES 2013 will also be remembered as the year tablets went gaming. Much of this is to do with the Razer Edge PC tablet, which looks like a tablet but harnesses the power of powerful gaming ultrabook. The Razer Edge was named best of show and people's voice by CNET and it could revolutionise how and where we play games.
The Windows 8 tablet is 10mm thick and powered by an Intel 5 Core i5 processor. Everyone who's seen it seems to love it, Tech Radar named it most unique product of the whole show. 

What about laptops for gaming? Well, you won't go far wrong with Toshiba's Qosmio X875. The 17-inch beast doesn't look that different to last year's model, however Toshiba says it's much nippier.

Boasting a 1TB, 7,200RPM hybrid hard drive, the machine will load programs 30% faster, Toshiba said. Great when you're gagging to get your game on after a hard day at the office, when every second counts and the bus was already late.

We've already bent your ear about the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon this week, a 27-inch touchscreen table PC which has been lauded by tech journos for its sheer awesomeness.  The Lenovo was named top in CNET's PCs and Tablets category and we thought it was pretty great too. It looks like a giant tablet and can be laid flat on the table top, with room for the family to gather round for a touchscreen round of Monopoly or to share some holiday snaps. Then, if you have work to do you can stand it up and use it as a Windows 8 all-in-one PC.

So, there we have it - a few of our favourite laptops, ultrabooks and tablets.

Our time in Vegas is drawing to a close but we'll leave smug in the knowledge we've brought the best of CES - and some Vegas glamour - to your favourite armchair.