Here is a collection of the the best of CES: The products, the themes, and some quirky meditations.
We didn't let massive monorail lines, overly slick PR pitches, gigantic crowds, and lack of sleep prevent us from pinpointing some the worst of CES 2012. In fact, it was pretty easy. Here's what we hated about this year's tech Lollapalooza.
Sony's 55-Inch Crystal LED HDTV has a picture that amazed us. Unlike standard LCD televisions that use LEDs as backlighting, the Crystal LED display uses tiny LED lights and was one of our favorite TVs at CES 2012. Unfortunately, it currently is a prototype.
With a 10-finger capacitive touchscreen, built-in Blu-ray player, and innovative flexible base, Lenovo's IdeaCentre A720 was the best all-in-one desktop we saw at CES 2012.
Our favorite laptop at CES 2012: Vizio's 14-Inch Ultralight Prototype. It's not due out till May, so some of the specs are TBD, but its unibody aluminum design, 1600x900 screen and light weight have impressed us.
CES 2012 was full of fantastic hardware, but don't forget about the software; check out our sneak peek at the Xbox 360 version of the post-apocalyptic downloadable game I Am Alive. It's one of the best games we saw at CES 2012.
PCWorld's Tim Moynihan took a look at smart irrigation systems from Toro that can save money and water. Then he checked out Blu Homes, an innovative web-based 3D service that lets you design your home in 3D, see a virtual walkthrough, and then have it delivered and assembled on your plot of land.
Chrysler showed its Linux-based UI for its next-gen line of Cadillacs, while Fisker Automotive's Karma EV sports car features a solar panel on its roof and the ability to drive 250 miles on a single charge. Tim Moynihan takes them for a spin.
Qualcomm's Mirasol e-reader displays are power-efficient color screens that can last days on a single charge and play video in full color. Check out our sneak peek at the latest model on the show floor at CES 2012.
Sensics tries to take gaming to a whole new level with its SmartGoggles, which literally put your head in the game. That is, you have to put your head inside a bulky contraption (the SmartGoggles) before you get to play anything.
The LA Sherrif's Department has begun to transition from an antiquated in-car system to a Toughbook-based setup that's been customized by Raytheon.
Check out the latest gaming peripherals from SteelSeries on display at CES 2012, including an ION Bluetooth controller for mobile gaming and the Siberia v2 headset with dynamically pulsating blue LED accents.