The Best of CES 2008

rockyCES2.jpgCES is filled with thousands of gadgets and lots of people to talk to. But most of these "new" products are really just moderate updates. So in case you missed the goodies in the wave of CES news, here's just our favourite stuff after the jump. Yes, lazy people—life takes care of you again!

pana150.jpgBiggest TV:
Panasonic's 150-inch TV
We love it because: It makes us feel small.
Trouble is: You have to build your house around this TV.

0000_ces_08_samsung_olediwmark.jpgAlmost Big Enough:
31-inch OLED
We Love it because: OLED is the future, it's thinner, faster, deeper.
Trouble is: These prototypes are years away from being affordable.

iwmarkFirefoxScreenSnapz008.jpgBest Media Player:
iRiver Media Players
We Love it because: We thought they were all concepts, but they're
not. They're just incredible.

iwmarkKuroDeepBlack600iwmark.jpgBest TV Tech:
Tie: 9mm Plasma the Blackest and Mitsubishi's Laser TV because it uses
lasers.
We love it because: Pioneer's plasmas literally eat light. Lasers, cool.
Trouble is: Are we going to have to replace our plasma every year?

iwmarkbgates.jpgCoolest Geek:
Bill Gates Playing With Dolls Like in Spaceballs and on Windows Sucking
We love him because: Without him we wouldn't be here.
Trouble is: He's retiring! And when we asked him to play racquetball, Gates said he'd be washing his hair...for the next 30 years.

iwmarkbdu5500.jpgMaking the Format War Irrelevant:
Samsung BP-U5500
We love it because: It makes the format war go away.
Trouble is: The format war may already be irrelevant. Best for those already entrenched in HD DVD

iwmarkwarner_bros_blu_logo-2.jpgBest Ambush:
Blu-ray Winning the War by getting Warner to announce a change to Blu Jan 4th.
We love it because: Sony plays a good game of chess.
Trouble is: We prefer HD-DVD!

iwmarknonbabes.jpgNameless Women We Love:
Non-Booth Babe Babes
We love them because: Women should not be on display like TVs at this
show.
Trouble is: We can't stare at them without feeling a little guilty.

iwmarkleotaser.jpgMost Deceptively Dangerous Gadget:
Leopard Skin Taser with built in MP3 player
We love it because: It's the Frankenstein of gadgets.
Trouble is: We want to run it out of town with pitchforks and torches.

iwmarkVP60.jpgBest Ghetto Fabulous TV:
Vizio HDTV with Silicon Optix Reon inside
We love it because: A budget company went for some high end video scaling gear.
Trouble is: Can the rest of the set keep up with the Silicon Optix?
Reon chip?

iwmarkhdcsd9.jpgBest Follow Up to Steve Jobs' Favourite Cameras:
Camcorders Panasonic HDC-SD9
We love it because: Tiny, 1080p, under $US1000.
Trouble is: Sony+Canon=competition.

iwmarkmserver.jpgBest Propaganda:
Microsoft-at-Home Server Book
Low blow, Microsoft (which means it was perfect).

Sweetest Laptop
iwmarkeeewimax.jpgAsus Eee PC, 8.9-inch
We love it because: The only thing wrong with our Eee is the screen size.
Trouble is: Like Viagra bottles tell us, erections lasting over 8 hours require doctor consultations.

iwmarkroboclock.jpgBest Insulting Robot
This Guy
War with robots? It's freakin' on! You'd better grow some lasers fast before we kick your...

iwmarkintelaigo.jpgBest UMPC
Aigo Silverthorne-based system
We love it because: Intel Silverthorne chipset makes it tiny.
Trouble is: The early version we saw needs some polish.

iwmarksweetboombox600.jpgHottest Peripheral
Lasonic iPod Boombox
We love it because: Minimalist design is played out.
Trouble is: Boomboxes are too big for today's weak geeks to tote anywhere.

IMG_4937wtmk2.jpgMost Pants-Worthy Phone
Sony Ericsson W350
We love it because: It has a sexy, thin design that takes a chance.
Trouble is: CES was absolute crap for phones.

iwmarkfyretvhandson.jpgBest Couch Masturbation Enabler:
FyreTV
We love it because: "Quick draws" are rewarded with cheap viewing.
Trouble is: It's not disguised as a PS3 or something else that our kids/wives will never touch.

iwmarkIMG_2665WTMK.JPGBiggest Surprise:
Optimus Maximus Keyboard
We loved it because: We considered the hype met. OLED keys make our geek hearts palpitate.
Trouble is: People whining about the price—like a Ferrari, just because we can't afford it doesn't mean we don't want one.

And that's CES my friends!

Writing by Brian Lam and Mark Wilson.

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