Consumer Electronics Show: Ultrabooks Excite Attendees

This year’s 2012 Consumer Electronics Shows wrapped things up on Friday. It was a good year and prompted a lot of excitement for new technology introductions. Here’s some end of show highlights.

Largest CES Show To Date

According to the Consumer Electronics Association, approximately 153,000 people attended this year’s show, up from 2011’s 140,000 attendees. This included a strong international attendance from 34,000 attendees.

With these numbers, it represents the largest CES show in its 44-year history. Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA said in a press release, “The 2012 CES was the most phenomenal show in our history, generating more energy and excitement across every major industry touching technology than ever before. CES is the change agent, the catalyst, that brings executives from a wide range of industries together and helps them create better ways of doing business together. The breadth and depth of the 2012 CES, which featured more innovative technology products than anywhere else on Earth, is a testament to the dynamic and innovative global consumer technology industry, which will reach $1 trillion globally this year.”

Adding to the record-breaking numbers was this year’s 3100 exhibitors, an increase from last year’s 2,700. They spanned 1.861 million square feet of floor space and launched more than 20,000 new products, according to PC Magazine.

Best in Show

CNET.com annually awards Best of CES awards and this year, it included a number of interesting products. Spanning 10 different categories, here’s one website’s take on this year’s best.

Hot product: Ultrabooks

One of this year’s takeaways from CES is the popular ultrabooks. Here are some of the top ones receiving some buzz according to Endgadget.

Acer’s S5: This three-pound, 13.3-inch ultra book has a sharp onyx black magnesium-alloy cover, Thunderbolt port and an SSD. It is considered “the world’s thinnest Ultrabook,” as it measures 15mm.Downsides for this? It has a “scratchy, shallow” keyboard that turned off Endgadget.

Dell’s (NASDAQ:DELL) XPS 13: This is Dell’s first foray into the Ultrabook world. It goes from 18 to 6mm and is aluminum and carbon fiber-made. The newbie product comes with a Core i5 CPU, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM and a backlit keyboard. It has been called understated but commands a $1,000 price. Downsides? It doesn’t have an SD card slot.

Samsung’s Series 9: While not officially an Intel-sanctioned (NASDAQ:INTC) Ultrabook, Endgadget gave it a honorary status because it is so thin. Absent in this model is soft touch finishes and launch buttons. It is 15-inches and comes with a large display.

Hewlett Packard’s (NYSE:HPQ) Envy 14 Spectre: The $1,400 “premium Ultrabook,” has been built from glass, weighs 3.79 pounds and measures 20 mm. It’s hefty but razor-sharp thick. The Spectre includes a radiance display, NFC in the palm rest, Intel Wireless Display spanning and Beats Audio.

Lenovo’s (LNVGY) IdeaPad Yoga: Also not branded as an Ultrabook, it is 17mm thick and can be utilized as laptop or tablet which also includes a kickstand to enjoy movies. This has a 1600 x 900 IPS multitouch display and the quality product has a $1,000 price.

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