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Gear Up

Here are CNET’s winners from the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show

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Best of Computers and Hardware

LENOVO IDEAPAD AND
IDEACENTRE

The “frameless” screen on the new Lenovo IdeaPad might make you to think outside the box. But if it’s someone else’s box, the face recognition software in the laptop might notice. Every Ideapad has a Web cam, quick system recovery, Dolby Home Theatre sound and media browsing software. That’s entertainment.

Best of Gaming

NYKO WIRELESS NUNCHUK

It’s not easy to rescue Hyrule with your hands tied. That’s why Nyko has developed a wireless nunchuk for the Wii. The new nunchuk cuts the cord that attaches the Wiimote to the Wii Nunchuk, freeing the hero of games like “Zelda” from cord waggle.

Best of Car Tech

AZENTEK ATLAS CPC-1200 AND CALYPSO CPC-1100

Online is hitting the road with Azentek’s two new in-dash computers. Forget about juggling GPS, CDs and cell phones in a car when they’re rolled together in the dash and powered by an Intel Core Duo with a 120GB hard drive.

Best of Home Audio

LOGITECH SQUEEZEBOX DUET 

When music migrated to the PC, it also moved from living room stereo systems to tinny computer speakers. The Squeezebox Duet is bringing it back. The base station pulls audio from a PC or from the Internet via an Ethernet or Wi-Fi home network while you browse the files on the 2.4-inch color LCD screen of the MP3 player-like remote control.

– Genevieve Knapp

Best in Show

PHILIPS ECO TV

At the end of the battle between Blu-ray and HD-DVD, the green war has begun and Philips’ Eco TV is at the front lines of the fossil-fuel-saving army. The TV saves power (and money) by dimming the backlight and capping the peak light output.

Best of MP3 and Portable Audio

IRIVER W7

Get lost in your music with the iriver W7, a MP3 player with GPS capabilities. The compact player mounts in a car cradle to get you going with music and maps, and it has a 3-inch touch screen to feel your way there.

Best of Emerging Tech

BUG LABS PLATFORM

Give the gift of infinite possibilities with the Bug Labs Platform, a build-your-own gadget workshop. Snap digital cameras or other electronics onto the minicomputer to program your own software and run your custom gadget, or download software from the Bug Labs site.

Best of Home Video

ECHOSTAR TR-50

If you get TV over the air but don’t want it to stay there, the Echostar TR-50 is DVR solution of your dreams. It can view and record over-the-air HD and standard digital channels and has most of the features found on Dish Network’s satellite DVRs.

Best of Gaming

NYKO WIRELESS NUNCHUK

It’s not easy to rescue Hyrule with your hands tied. That’s why Nyko has developed a wireless nunchuk for the Wii. The new nunchuk cuts the cord that attaches the Wiimote to the Wii Nunchuk, freeing the hero of games like “Zelda” from cord waggle.

Best of Car Tech

AZENTEK ATLAS CPC-1200 AND CALYPSO CPC-1100

Online is hitting the road with Azentek’s two new in-dash computers. Forget about juggling GPS, CDs and cell phones in a car when they’re rolled together in the dash and powered by an Intel Core Duo with a 120GB hard drive.

Best of Home Audio

LOGITECH SQUEEZEBOX DUET 

When music migrated to the PC, it also moved from living room stereo systems to tinny computer speakers. The Squeezebox Duet is bringing it back. The base station pulls audio from a PC or from the Internet via an Ethernet or Wi-Fi home network while you browse the files on the 2.4-inch color LCD screen of the MP3 player-like remote control.

– Genevieve Knapp

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