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CES 2010 Day One

- Friday, January 8, 2010

   I’ve been seeing reviews and previews for a lot of great pieces of tech at CES so far today; one of which I may even purchase later this year. So far, CES seems to be more oriented toward innovations and improvements to existing concepts this year. Considering the state of the economy, that’s not a bad idea at all. So, without further ramble, my thoughts on a couple of things I’ve seen this year.

   PopBox is an internet video receiver for your television/home entertainment system. Jim Louderback went over it well for Tekzilla today, explaining its features and demonstrating its interface. Its backside appears to have standard A/V jacks, an HDMI port, an ethernet port, an optical port, a USB port and an SD card slot. The front has an additional USB port. It will reportedly retail for a sweet $129 this March. Pending the early and mid adopters don’t scream for vengeance over flaws that are at this point hidden, I intend to grab this beauty up for the next holiday season.

Lenovo IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook/tablet
   This innovation begins as a tablet running a customized Skylight Linux distribution on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon CPU with a 16GB SSD. As a tablet, it appears to be a friendly, smooth device, but somewhat standard fare. However, this tablet comes with a notebook shell to dock into. When you dock the tablet, it pops over to Windows 7 Home Premium on a CULV Intel Core 2 Duo CPU in seconds. While this idea seems good, I have one main concern about the implementation: reboot. Every time you dock and undock, you are booting a new OS. I will avoid adoption of this concept until one can smoothly dock and undock their hybrid device without any form of reboot, maintaining open work in a seamless transition. Despite my concern, however, the IdeaPad U1 is a step in the right direction.

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