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Small Wonder EZ209HD

Small Wonder EZ209HD

Considerably sleeker than their current Small Wonders, RCA’s EZ209HD is a mini HD camcorder with HDMI out, a MicroSD slot (up to 16 GB) and a high-speed 60fps sports mode.

Olympus SP-590UZ

Olympus SP-590UZ

The Olympus SP-590UZ is the new close-up king with 26x optical zoom with a 26-676mm focal length; dual image stablization, 10fps shooting and a 12 MP CCD round things out.

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HP Firebird

HP Firebird

HP’s Firebird desktop arrives 1/9 with two Nvidia 9800s cards in SLI, an integrated GPU for Windows, a Core 2 Quad CPU, liquid cooling system and external PSU to keep things quiet.

Vuzix 920AV VR Goggles

Vuzix 920AV VR Goggles

Resembling sunglasses, Vuzix’s 920AV virtual reality goggles feature see-thru lens that let you still see the world around you, while viewing images as if on a 60″ monitor at 9 feet.

Logitech G-Series Gear

Logitech G-Series Gear

Logitech’s G13 keyboard was just the vanguard for their G-series gaming products, which include a 7.1 surround sound headset, keyboard with LCD and 5000 DPI laser mouse.

HP dv2 Notebook

HP dv2 Notebook

Running on Athlon’s new 1.6GHz Neo MV-40 CPU, the HP dv2 is a 12.1″ ultraportable notebook with a 92% keyboard, optional draft-n Wi-Fi and HDMI-out; it’ll weigh about 3.8 lbs.

LaCie Hard Disk MAX

LaCie Hard Disk MAX

Look, it’s a monolith: LaCie’s Hard Disk MAX is an all-black mirror polished enclosure for a pair of 1 TB drives (RAID 0 or 1). The ominous blue LED? It turns Jovian planets into stars.

Motorola SURF A3100

Motorola SURF A3100

With a 2.8″ touchscreen, Wi-Fi, 3G, aGPS, 3MP camera and secondary VGA camera for video calls, Motorola’s SURF A3100 squeezes a lot in; too bad it’s Asia and Latin America only.

Lenovo IdeaCentre A600

Lenovo IdeaCentre A600

Lenovo isn’t known for its desktops, but their all-in-one IdeaCentre A600 makes a splash with a 21.5″ frameless screen a-la iMac, Blu-ray drive and remote that doubles as a VOIP handset.

Apple MacBook Pro 17″

Apple MacBook Pro 17″

Apple’s 17″ MacBook Pro is finally here in unibody form; other specs: non-removable battery good for 8 hours, 9400M/9600M GT video, optional SSD and add-on antiglare screen.

Canon Vixia HF S10

Canon Vixia HF S10

Canon has dropped a slew of camcorders for 2009; at the top: the Vixia HF S10 packs an 8.59 MP CMOS sensor, 10x lens, HDMI out and 1920×1080 full HD recording at 24Mbps.

Psyko 5.1 Headphones

Psyko 5.1 Headphones

Psyko’s 5.1 gaming headphones truly live up to their insane moniker; they produce 3D surround sound by squeezing in five speakers and a subwoofer. Also included: mic and 5.1 amp.

Lenovo Y Series Laptops

Lenovo Y Series Laptops

An update to its entertainment-oriented Y-series, Lenovo’s Y650, Y550 and Y450 are 16″-14″ notebooks with a 16:9 glossy screen, multi-touch trackpad, and tapered design cues.

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In-Car Internet Radio

In-Car Internet Radio

Also debuting at CES: Blaupunkt and miRoamer are teaming up to release the first in-car internet radio receiver; early models will connect via Bluetooth to a 3G/HSDPA/HSPA device.

Kodak Zx1 Camcorder

Kodak Zx1 Camcorder

A more affordable version of Kodak’s Zi6 camcorder, the Zx1 gets a smaller 2″ LCD, but it also includes two hotly requested features: 720p HD at 60fps and an SD/SDHC slot.

DIY iPod Speakers

DIY iPod Speakers

Give your first or second gen iPod a second lease on a musical life by turning it into a 2.25″ speaker; DIYer Jordan Horwich details how to build a pair of your own for under $100.

Kodak Z980 Camera

Kodak Z980 Camera

Debuting at CES this year, Kodak’s Z980 is packed with all sorts of goodies including an incredible 24x image stabilized optical zoom, HD video recording and 12 MP sensor.

iPhone 3rd Party Keyboard

iPhone 3rd Party Keyboard

The lack of a physical keyboard has been a downer for many iPhone fans, but Mat Brady’s proposal for a third party solution might do the trick; it’s sleek and also doubles as a case.

TecnoDec Turntable

TecnoDec Turntable

JA Michell’s TecnoDec is an entry-level turntable with a low-noise DC motor, advanced bearing and a solid plinth, yet is still easy to use; it requires no user setup or maintenance.

Million Dollar PC

Million Dollar PC

With a growing collection of gorgeously photographed case mods and custom desktops, Million Dollar PC will help to satisfy your appetite for sweet, sweet gadget pr0n. Thanks, Jack!

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s-Jays Earphones

s-Jays Earphones

These s-Jays earphones come with a SIREN armature that bumps up output and dynamic range; they also include extra sleeves, a stereo splitter, airline adapter and extension cable.

Lupa Concept Phone

Lupa Concept Phone

Mac Funamizu over at Petitinvention is well known for his ultra-sleek gadget concepts that often favor form over function; his Lupa phone is part Aura, part iPod and all sexy.

baLens White Balance Cap

baLens White Balance Cap

No more ghetto white balancing with a sheet of paper: baLens White Balance Lens Cap not only protects your glass, but features a translucent dome in both warm and neutral colors.

MotoFocus Concept

MotoFocus Concept

With declining marketshare, Motorola might want to consider Brad Mitchell’s MotoFocus concept; two touchscreens allow for dynamic displays that separate work from play.

2009 Times Square Ball

2009 Times Square Ball

A New York City tradition since 1907, yesterday’s Times Square Ball was double-sized with 32,256 LEDs, yet was 20% more efficient than last year’s ball. It’ll also remain up all year.

Oppo Muse G11

Oppo Muse G11

Although details are light, we’re excited by the Oppo Muse G11; it’s a portable game emulator with an SNES-like d-pad, PlayStation buttons and a 3.2″ swiveling touchscreen.

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