[Article first published as CES 2012! Toys for the Living Room and Your Mobile Life on Day 1 on Blogcritics.]
Next came the strike on our mobile world. While tablets are flying off the shelves, from king iPad to Amazon's Kindle, consumers are more and more beginning to adopt mobile solutions for videos and music. But for me I'd rather have a mobile unit that can do more. something with a keyboard and hot specs that can do everything i need to do. something... ultra, perhaps? More than the much anticipated Nokia Lumia 900 and Verizon’s 4G LTE hotspots, “ultrabook” seemed to be the phrase of the day when it came to mobile. Dell, Lenovo, HP and Vizio all introduced light, powerful and super thin mean machines, entering the fray against the Macbook Air. Adopting the philosophy of "thinner, lighter, faster" and ditching plastic for aluminum and carbon fiber, these machines don’t sacrifice weight for performance. Packing solid-state drives, gorilla glass for strength and processors up to Intel i5’s and i7’s each of the devices provide almost instant-on. Still, with how cool the Dell XPS 13, HP Envy Spectre and Vizio’s offerings are, Lenovo’s IdeaPad YOGA caught my eye with its design. With a 2-hinge edge, it can be flipped to function as a 13” tablet, and has been confirmed to come metro style with Microsoft Windows 8 – not to mention a 10 point capacitive touch screen.
While those ultrabooks were coveted by CES gamers, it wasn't the only thing by a longshot. Possibly the coolest device at CES today was Razer’s Project Fiona – which turned out to be a tablet with some weird flightstick style functionality. Razer really set us up for this one, dropping teasers that Project Fiona was going to be gaming in an all new form factor. Well, here it is. Funky, isn't it? Project Fiona is a 10.1” tablet with what looks like 2 PlayStation Move-style controllers on the side. It’s not lacking in specs either – it will have Intel’s Ivy Bridge Core i7 and have the ability to play full PC games. Razer plans to release Fiona toward the end of 2012 with Windows 8 for the touchscreen interface. That wasn’t the only toy that brought with them though. The PlayStation Vita also made a splash for gamers, with Sony announcing AT&T data plans for next month’s release. But there were no hardware changes from the version foreign to our shores.
So that's what I thought were the highlights of day 1. I'll be back tomorrow to see what day 2 has in store for us in the deserts of Nevada.