This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Seven Top Gadgets/Tech at CES

Stocks in this article: MSFT INTC MMI RIMM

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The first half of January, which includes the week of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is consistently the most exciting time of the year.

At the end of every CES, everyone asks, "What were the most interesting things you saw?"

So here's my list of the top items making it into the market in 2012:

1. From Samsung: the second-generation Chromebook. Samsung's first Chromebook, a laptop based on Google's Chrome operating system, hit the market on June 15. It was a terrific product, but it fell short on general CPU/GPU power, running only a dual-core Atom Intel (INTC) processor.

The new Samsung Chromebook version introduced at CES solves this issue. It has a new Celeron CPU that promises to be at least 300% faster than its predecessor.

It also sheds the plastic feel of the original for a more metallic feel, along with approximately 10% of its weight and some thickness. Availability should -- we hope -- be closer to March than July.

> > Bull or Bear? Vote in Our Poll

The price should remain where it is today: $450 including two years worth of Verizon (VZ) 100 meg/month data service, with the option to add more data on an a la carte basis, as needed, no contract required.

Samsung also showed its desktop version of the Chromebook, now called the Chromebox. This box looks just like Apple's (AAPL) Mac Mini and can feed at least three large monitors, making it suitable for a Wall Street trading desk or a similar work environment. The price is unknown, but is likely to be favorable, especially considering the lack of need for a warranty or tech support for this nothing-can-go-wrong operating system.

2. From Motorola Mobility (MMI): the Droid Razr Maxx. Almost every smartphone has a battery life that ranges from terrible to catastrophic. Nine out of 10 people I ask would happily accept a thicker and heavier smartphone if it meant better battery life. Yet we have seen only after-market batteries solving this problem, always without the kind of engineering excellence that an original design affords in terms of packaging efficiency.

Until now.

The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx has a battery capacity of 3,300 mAh, vs. 1,780 for the "regular" Razr. That's pretty much all you need to know. I've found that in regular use, a device of this class will yield on three to four hours of use, so this version of the Razr should last at least six hours. Motorola claims 21 hours worth of talk time, but that's presumably with nothing else going on, so it's not realistic.

1 of 3

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 17,778.15 +421.28 2.43%
S&P 500 2,061.23 +48.34 2.40%
NASDAQ 4,748.3960 +104.0840 2.24%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs