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Best of CES 2013: Cool new gadgets to look forward to

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Best of CES 2013: Cool new gadgets to look forward to

Here at T3 Middle East, we like to think we have our fingers on the pulse when it comes to the essential new kit you should be putting a dent for in your pay packet. Vegas tech show CES is always awash with the cutting edge kit, so to keep you up to date with all the hottest gadget releases, allow us to be your personal shopper with our round-up of the hottest tech we've spotted this month that we'd love right now.

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1. NVIDIA Project Shield

Hot on the heels of OUYA and GameStick, the graphic chip makers foray into portable gaming comes in the shape of a game controller with a 5-inch Retina display that can play Android games and will be capable of streaming PC games to users on the go. Running on the new Tegra 4 micro processor, the Shield can connect to Wi-Fi and access the Google Play Store, has a bass reflex speaker with HDMI and USB ports for added connectivity.

Price: TBA | Out: TBA | NVIDIA

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2. CES 2013: Samsung NX300

The newest member of the NX family is a compact camera compatible with a new 45mm 3D lens that will let you shoot still pictures and full 1080p HD video in the third dimension. The mirrorless digitial camera sports a 20.3 Megapixel APS-CMOS sensor to capture impressive levels of detail, a Hybrid Auto Focus system to help detect contrast and Samsungs DRIMe IV imaging engine to deliver in the speed and image quality department. Photos can be viewed on a 3.31-inch AMOLED screen and with onboard Wi-Fi connectivity you can share content through Samsungs SMART CAMERA Android and iPhone app.

Price: TBA | Out: TBA | Samsung

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3. CES 2013: Griffin PowerDock 5

Ideal for those with a rapidly growing collection of mobile devices, the PowerDock 5 has enough room to hold and re-energize up to 5 iPads at the same time. Made with Apple devices in mind, the docking station can charge iPhones, iPods and iPads with the bulkiest of cases via Lightning and 30-pin ports and keep the cables out of view.

Price: TBA (US Price: $99.99) | Out: Spring 2013 | Griffin

4. CES 2013: ASUS Qube

Helping to fill the Nexus Q void in our lives, the pint-sized Google TV media streamer will get you access to Google Play and more Android based content through your telly at home. As well as being able to access movies, TV shows, games, and apps, youll be able to use the Chrome browser to surf the web, use motion control to play games and use voice search to navigate around the slick ASUS-designed interface. Theres a generous 50GB of ASUS WebStorage to archive content and with the ability to control the Qube from Android tablets and smartphones this could well give Google TV the push it clearly needs.

Price: TBA |Out:TBA |ASUS

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5. CES 2013: Belkin WeMo Light Switch

Adding to Belkins growing list of connected home devices, you can stretching that Wi-Fi connection a little further with the WeMo Light Switch which lets you control your entire lighting setup at home via an Apple smartphone, tablet and now Android 4.0 devices. Once youve downloaded the WeMo app youll be able to turn the big light on or off, control all of them at once and even schedule specific lights to come on at a certain time all of which can be done remotely.

Price: TBA | Out: Summer 2013 | Belkin

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6. CES 2013: LaCie Philippe Starck Blade Runner limited edition hard drive

The limited edition hard drive which doesnt appear to have anything to do with the Ridley Scott flick was dreamt up by designer Philippe Starck who was inspired by ‘the mysterious, incredible power of information technology. Starck adds that ‘the warm interior electronics are encased in a mystifying shell, and the blades are the radiator that cools it down. Aside from that very flowery description, the durable 4TB capacity drive features a USB 3.0 connection, an LED power button shaped in the Starck logo and 10GB of free Wuala Secure Cloud Storage if you are in need of some extra room.

Price: TBA (US Price: $299.99) | Out: TBA | LaCie

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7. CES 2013: Lenovo Eraser X700

Primed to chew up and spit out the most graphically demanding PC games, the aggressive looking desktop features something Lenovo is calling ‘Onekey Overclocking which essentially can prevent the PC from overheating by the press of a single button. Powered by the latest Intel Core processors and with dual graphics under the hood, the X700 also supports the ability to hook up to six monitors at once and add 4TB of storage making it a powerhouse for PC gaming.

Price: $1,499 | Out: June | Lenovo

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8. CES 2013: Fujifilm X100S

Following up from the slick X100 compact camera, Fujifilm claims its new ,equally retro-styled high end snapper has the ‘worlds fastest AF (auto focus) of 0.08 seconds. While that is likely to help you snap your targets a lot quicker other notable upgrades for the X100S include a 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, a new high definition hybrid viewfinder and a Digital Split Image display that enables you to view two images at once to help with manual focusing.

Price: TBA | Out: TBA | Fujifilm

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9. CES 2013: Oculus Rift

We brought you news before about the Kickstarter funded Oculus Rift, a head-mounted, virtual reality display that is a gamers dream coming true. The Oculus Rift totally immerses you into the gaming environment by beaming 640x400 pixels to each eye, combining to form a 7-inch 1280x800 display thats “wrapped” around your head, offering you 3D-vision in a 360-degree field of view. And forget about using your mouse or gamepad to look around, this bad boy features motion-based head tracking so you can look around by simply moving your head. Hook it up to your PC / PS3 using HDMI, DVI or USB and Skyrim will never look the same again.

Price: $250 target | Out: Mid-April 2013 | Oculus Rift

10. CES 2013: ASUS Transformer AiO PC

Not satisfied with using just one OS? This all-in-one PC that comes with a detachable tablet runs on Windows 8 in desktop mode and turns into an Android 4.1 tablet when you pull away the display. Running on a third generation Intel Core processor and boasting NVIDIA GT 730M graphics, the 18.4-inch display device is primed for multitasking, and when in tablet mode is powered by a Tegra 3 quadcore processor and can remotely control Windows 8 that could make it a businessmans best friend.

UK Price: TBA |Out: TBA |ASUS

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11. CES 2013: Withings Smart Activity Tracker

Having already covered baby and weight monitoring, Withings looks set to take on Fitbit with its Smart Activity Tracker that aims to get you fit in 2013. The pocket-friendly device counts steps, calories and sleep quality but can also measure your pulse and differentiate between the intensity of physical activity.

Bluetooth Smart support means real-time data can be viewed on your smartphone plus it will also give you a nudge when you should get up and go for a walk. An OLED display lets you view your progress and also hosts a heart rate sensor activated by pressing your finger on the screen, all which should give you much fuller picture of your unhealthy lifestyle.

Price: TBA | Out: TBA | Withings

12.CES 2013: Philips Fidelio HTL9100 Soundbar

Taking care of your home surround sound setup, the sleek looking speaker can blast virtual surround sound and 5.1 channel surround sound automatically as soon as you detach the additional wireless speakers. With a wireless subwoofer also in tow, you can expect an impressively rich audio performance that we have come to expect from the Fidelio range and an with Intelligent Orientation Sensor will adjust sound performance whether the soundbar is mounted or lying on a shelf. Bluetooth and HDMi support means you can also pump your tunes or hook up your console to benefit from the surround sound experience.

Price: TBA (US Price: $799.99) |Out: May |Philips

13. CES 2013: HP Envy 27-inch IPS Monitor

Bringing serious bass to your PC surroundings, this 27-inch display with from HP is the first to feature built-in speakers powered by Beats Audio. Angled upwards to help deliver a rich bassy performance, your viewing experience is equally taken care of thanks to the IPS display technology to deliver great viewing angles and a super slim design with edge-to-edge glass so none of that screen goes to waste.

Price: 449 Euros |Out: Early February 2013 |HP

TAGS: Need list , Gadgets of the month , Gadgets , CES 2013

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