PC Pro announces Greatest Hits of CES 2013

11 Jan 2013

CES 2013 is over for another year, but which were the stand-out products? Our awards pick out the best on show

Over the past six days we’ve been pounding the corridors of CES 2013: trawling the show floors, listening to keynote addresses and attending so many press conferences we’ve lost count. And we’re now delighted to announce the winners in our CES 2013 Greatest Hits Awards.

CES 2013: Best Smartphone

The Sony Xperia Z. Water resistant, dust protected and simply stunning to look at – it’s only 7.9mm thick yet packs in a 5in Full HD screen – this is a deceptively rugged phone and already contender for phone of the year.

CES 2013: Best Laptop

Samsung was another company with a huge presence at the show, with highlights including its EverNote-equipped fridge and TVs so large they wouldn’t fit through a British front door. But it was the Samsung Series 7 Ultra that stole our hearts and won the Best Laptop award, with its slender 13in frame dressed in solid aluminium and packing all the power we could ask for.

CES 2013: Best Tablet

For the second year running, we were mightily impressed with Lenovo’s show of innovation at CES. Whether it was the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga S or the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC (nominated for Best Innovation, below), we couldn’t help but be impressed. But it was the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix that won the Best Tablet award: full Ultrabook power in a detachable tablet. Nice.

CES 2013: Best Innovation

Our final award was for the Best Innovation, and we asked PC Pro readers to vote out of the following seven contenders:

3M 84in multitouch display
Asus Transformer AiO
Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC
Nvidia Project Shield games console
Panasonic 20in tablet with a 4K screen
Pebble smart watch
Plastic Logic PaperTab

The winner, by the narrowest of margins over the PaperTab, was the Pebble smart watch. It’s easy to see why too, with an affordable price of $150 and an e-Paper display to minimise power draw, it’s a great way to ensure your phone never leaves your pocket.

Congratulations to all our winners, and thanks to everyone who voted and suggested products we should consider.

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