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February 14th, 2012

The news and debuts from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) have had some time to percolate among analysts, bloggers, businesspeople and gadget fans. We gave you some CES 2012 highlights a few weeks ago, but now we’re starting to get a feel for what’s hot, so let’s get to it!

Idea Pad YOGA

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga – The new product category of “ultrabook” could be defined as “a PC version of the Mac Air” – the original thin, lightweight MacBook variant. Now the first ultrabook/tablet hybrid, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, is made possible by a 360-degree hinge and the forthcoming release of finger-friendly Windows 8. Use the 13-inch touchscreen as a normal laptop display while typing on the keyboard, then flip it “around and over” for tablet use. Finally, a computer that really bends over backwards for you!

Blue Spark Digital – Blue manufactures professional audio gear, so calling the Spark Digital an “accessory” for iPad rentals doesn’t quite do it justice. This first studio-grade condenser microphone has two cables, one for the iPad, the other with USB connectors for PCs and Macs. A  condenser capsule enables high-fidelity recording. Along with adjustable desk stand and built-in shockmount, the Spark Digital includes a headphone jack for zero-latency monitoring.

Sony Xperia S – This smartphone with an 8MP camera, 4.3-inch HD screen and dual-core CPU provides a potent foundation. The device, which could debut as either a Sony or Ericsson product, has the latest near-field communications (NFC) technology. Tap the phone on an NFC terminal to pay, on another NFC phone to swap numbers – and stick the included SmartTags in convenient spots so you can customize various settings just by tapping them.

Fujifilm X-Pro 1 – Fujifilm delivers the first compact camera with serious swagger. It is both innovative and powerful, with an aluminum body, unique optical-plus-digital viewfinder and massive 16MP sensor. With three great lenses for this beauty, the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 will get you some beautiful shots, and make you look good doing it.

Blast Chiller – LG has a line of Smart appliances, including refrigerators, and the Blast Chiller is the super cool component to add for cooling cans (of soda, right?) in five minutes flat. The LG Jet Flow system fits inside one of the fridge’s French doors, and can also bring a bottle of wine to 42 degrees in eight minutes.

For media professionals that need render farms, or companies that need to double their online sales force with a room full of iMac rentals, CRE is the place.  Whether you call, e-mail or click over to our convenient, 24/7/365 Quick Rental Quote form, we’re tops in tech, so you get the right tools – and tops in service, so you get them right now.

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