For better or much worse, Best of CES award winners this century

For better or much worse, Best of CES award winners this century

Summary: From 2000-2012 the winners of the Best of Show award have had very spotty track records and many were destined for failure.


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  • 2004

    2004 winner: The 45-inch LCD screen on the Sharp Aquos LC45GD1U was the largest LCD flat panel on the planet at the time. The 1,920x1,080 pixels allowed HDTV content to be played in its native resolution, unlike comparable-sized plasma TVs.

  • 2003...

    2003 winner: Hitachi G1000 Multimedia Communicator Pocket PC. Here's another bomb. The Pocket PC was "the first Windows-powered PDA/phone hybrid with a built-in keyboard, a digital camera, and an Intel 400MHz XScale processor," according to CNET.

    The G1000 wasn't released until summer 2003 which gave competitors an opportunity to introduce their smaller devices and make this look like an outdated monster from the 1980s.

  • 2002...

    2002 award: The theme of this show was high-end audio systems. Designed to drive any speaker available at the time, Halcro's DM68 Super Fidelity Monobloc amplfiers were rated at 225 watts per channel and designed to drive any speaker available at the time.

Topic: CES

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  • the descriptions dont match the pictures

    And the pictures don't match the years, please fix
    • I know. I was amazed that in 2001 a 500MB storage device

      was the size of a large TV.
      William Farrel
    • Yep

      You're right.

      And Andrea's story wasn't astonishing at all.
  • Embarrassing!

    Does anyone review these before "publishing"? Based on the number of times errors exist, I'd say not!
    • Obviously not

      Yesterday it was a mess.
      Today it is still a mess.
      Andy Smith ... not good
  • Is that list for the best VAPORWARE at CES??

    Except for the XBox, all other devices were either no-shows (ie: never produced) or epic failures.