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Consumer Reports' Five Must-Sees at CES 2011

posted 5 Jan 2011, 10:51 by Mpelembe   [ updated 5 Jan 2011, 10:52 ]

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show officially starts on Thursday and the electronics editors at Consumer Reports have identified five product categories they're eager to see at this year's show. The full story, accompanying video, and all of Consumer Reports' CES coverage is available at

"CES 2011 is less about revolution than evolution," said Paul Reynolds, Electronics Editor at Consumer Reports. "We likely won't see any groundbreaking new product categories, but we'll see some significant leaps in some key technologies such as computers, smartphones, and 3D TV."

Consumer Reports has identified the following five product areas that will have an impact this year on consumers.

1. TABLET COMPUTERS - Though other tablets started to appear in the

marketplace toward the end of 2010, most were disappointing compared with

the Apple iPad. Consumer Reports expects that the iPad will get some real

competition from tablets introduced this year at the show. For example,

the Toshiba Tablet will offer many features that the current iPad

doesn't, including a camera, a memory-card slot, and support for Flash


2. PASSIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR 3D TV - Another one of Consumer Reports'

anticipated product categories is 3D TVs made for viewing with light,

inexpensive passive glasses, as opposed to the bulky and costly

active-shutter glasses they've needed until now. Vizio, LG, and other

manufacturers will be showing these TVs.

3. NEW COLOR TECHNOLOGY FOR E-BOOK READERS - Though e-readers--which played

a large role at last year's CES--probably won't be as thick on the ground

this year, we're interested to see the latest versions of e-book readers

that use technologies, such as Mirasol, that will eat up less battery

power than existing color LCD e-book readers.

4. 4G PHONES - Consumer Reports expects that Verizon, along with other

carriers and manufacturers, will announce many new 4G phones, using

faster networks than most current cell phones use. Sprint and HTC

announced the EVO Shift 4G and Samsung is expected to announce a 4G


5. CAR CONNECTIVITY - Consumer Reports will also be looking at innovative

car connectivity solutions, including ones that implement 4G, from

manufacturers such as Ford and Audi.

Consumer Reports team of editors and testing experts will be reporting all week from the show floor and posting reports at

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