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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  • 2013...

    The Best of CES 2013 award winner was just announced, so it's a good time to look back at the winners from 2000-2103 and see where they ended up. We'll be looking at some products that took off, while others at least introduced ground-breaking technology. And don't forget the complete failures. As Matt Baxter-Reynolds wrote, "most of the solutions at CES are looking for a solution." Companies that were good at this were successful while those that weren't lost a lot of money.

    2013 winner: The winner of this year's Best of Show award is the Razor Edge, a 10-inch, Windows 8 gaming tablet. The Edge adds gaming console-like buttons and sticks and makes the Edge a large gaming handheld. To develop Edge, Razor used a crowd-sourcing experiment to find out what potential users want in a mobile gaming sytem. CNET says the Edge "looks like a tablet but has the guts of a high-powered ultrabook."

  • 2012 winner...

    The Best of CES 2012 award went to LG for its 55EM9800 OLED TV. The highlights were the absolute black level performance, an ultrafast panel, and excellent viewing angles in  this 4mm thick frame. Plus, there's no need for backlighting.

    One of the reasons the TV won the award was for its promise to ship in Q3 of 2012. Well, we're still waiting.

  • 2011 winner...

    2011 winner: Motorola Xoom. In a show that featured tablets, this one came out on top of the pack. The Xoom was powered by Android Honeycomb on hardware that included a dual-core processor, 4G-compatibility, HDMI out, and front- and back-facing cameras.

    But things didn't pan out for Motorola and the Xoom. First year sales were very disappointing as this tablet couldn't crack the dominance of Apple's iPad and the quick technological advances going on. You could tell it was going downhill by its sales price. Originally sold for around $800 when it was released in Feb. 2011, it could be bought for $200 just a year later.

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  • the descriptions dont match the pictures

    And the pictures don't match the years, please fix
    the_tyrant
    • 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.
      DannyO_0x98
  • Embarrassing!

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

      Yesterday it was a mess.
      Today it is still a mess.
      Andy Smith ... not good
      paul2011
  • 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.
    wackoae