LAS VEGAS ( TheStreet) -- Things have wrapped at the Consumer Electronics Show, the 43 year-old trade event that serves as a high-profile launching pad for technology's biggest -- and smallest -- brand names.

Despite the recession hangover that sees much of this sector battered, more than 2,500 vendors gathered last week in Las Vegas to announce a battery of products and partnership agreements.

While we didn't see any blockbuster tech categories emerge at this year's event, we did get to test the barrage of new smartphones, tablet devices, cordless power chargers, and many other niche technologies that have become smarter, sleeker, eco-friendly, and much more web-savvy.

Looking back, here are some final, noteworthy picks.

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Asus' Bamboo Laptops

Unveiled early at CES, these bamboo-constructed laptops highlight Asus' latest endeavor to be a little more earth-friendly. We don't like these as much as the firm's NX90 Bang & Olufsen ICEpower Notebooks, but given the attention to green at CES, eco-friendlier materials are certainly hot. These latest additions, going for about $2,000, feature Intel's newest core i5 processors.

Broadcom/Ford's Sync Partnership

Broadcom ( BRCM), which makes components for mobile, networking, and telecom devices, was everywhere at CES, touting its system-on-a-chip solution that enables folks at home to access multiple types of digital media content including HDTV programs and DVR. The company also announced its partnership with Ford ( F), in which Broadcom's Wi-Fi technology will enable folks to wirelessly connect their smartphones, laptops, and other devices to their cars. While the venture is certainly a win for both firms, Ford still must overcome a few speed bumps in 2010.

Skiff's eReader Design

The eReader market is officially packed. A handful of tablet concepts and electronic media readers have already been announced this week, joining market heavies Nook and Amazon's ( AMZN) Kindle, but Skiff's still getting a lot of attention for its large, thin form and rumors of a flexible screen. Skiff, a subsidiary of print media giant Hearst, unveiled prototypes with two partners: Marvell ( MRVL), which will power the developer's kits, and Sprint, ( S) which will run Skiff's "newsstand."

Lenovo's Skylight

We spent quite a bit of time with Lenovo's tablet PC , but we also got a glimpse of the firm's new Skylight smartbook. Like all smartbooks, it's hard to know exactly how this device will sell -- who wants to buy a separate wireless plan for a computer? -- but it's hard to knock this lightweight's inner power. Primarily to be used as a web surfing device, the Qualcomm ( QCOM) Snapdragon-powered Skylight gives users direct links to things like Google's ( GOOG) Gmail, Facebook, and YouTube.

Taser's Protector Software

In an interesting twist of niche-hopping, stun-gun maker Taser ( TASR), which recently said that fourth-quarter revenue will hit higher than Wall Street's consensus, arrived at CES touting its new consumer software, Protector, due out in June. Fit with GPS tracking technology, the software will allow parents to monitor their kids' mobile phone calls, texts, and e-mail.
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