2013 CES Top Takeaways

Samsung’s UN85S9 Ultra HD TV

Sony's Xperia Z

Vizio S4251W

Braven BRV-1

Panasonic RP-BTGS10 Bone Conduction Headphones

Lego Mindstorms EV3

Seagate Wireless Plus

The most promising products to stock this year

Consumers will also like the ability to watch what they want, when they want. Dish continues the prime-time auto-recording option, so owners can time shift all the major network shows even if they didn’t schedule a recording. iPad owners can also download shows from the DVR to watch later on the tablet when there’s no Internet connection. Of course, the satellite company continues to boast about its auto hop feature, letting customers skip ads completely. Broadcasters hate it; consumers love it.

The Hopper with Sling—free for new sign-ups—is bound to boost Dish subscriptions. Upgrade pricing for existing customers was not confirmed at press time, but the official list price was $449.

Sony Xperia Z
Beauty and durability are usually polar opposites, but Sony’s Xperia Z promises to deliver both in a new Android smartphone. Dust resistant and waterproof (you can drop this in a tank of water to demonstrate, but don’t hold it under for more than 30 minutes), the phone has a large, bright, five-inch high-def screen that Sony has bolstered with an anti-shatter film.

The Z also contains state-of-the-art technology under the glass, including a 1.5-GHz quad core processor to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and a 13-megapixel camera that can record full HD video.

Obviously, there will be many competitors with similar tech specs in this space this year, including HTC’s Droid DNA. But the smartphone market is far from saturated, and the Xperia Z will appeal to anyone who’s ever broken (or drowned) a phone. Pricing and availability are yet to be announced.

Vizio S4251W
If you thought the sound bar market was already overcrowded, 2013 will be even more jammed. One model that promises to stand out in the bar scene is Vizio’s S4251W, mainly because it’s more than just a bar.

The Vizio bar is coupled with two wireless rear speakers and a wireless subwoofer. It means dad can finally set up a surround sound system without having to rip up the carpet or string unsightly wires. Other customers who have shunned the awkward set up of traditional surround systems may also finally be motivated to purchase a better sonic experience.

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