intro: For those of you looking for something to go toe-to-toe with the iPad in the tablet wars, the wait is over. Microsoft announced the Surface tablet this week and technophiles everywhere started chomping at the bit to get their hands on one.
Not interested in tablets you say, well have no fear, there were a few other nifty releases and announcements this week. Acer announced a new Ultrabook, there's a new gaming laptop on its way, Samsung's Galaxy phones get an upgrade, and we'll highlight Sharp's insanely large TV. Click through for a recap of this week's coolest gadgets.
quicklist: 1 title: Microsoft Surface Tablets text: Microsoft entered the tablet war with a boom. The Surface, as it's being called, packs quite a lot of power and features into its slim body. There will be two versions -- one running Windows 8 RT, which is the version of Windows for ARM processors, and one running Windows 8 for Intel processors. Both versions will have up to 128 GB of storage, high quality HD screens, and USB 3.0. The best features, though, have to be the built-in kickstand and the Touch Cover, which doubles as a full sized keyboard. There is no price point or release date yet, but Microsoft is clearly putting some major weight behind its latest product. (Microsoft)
quicklist: 2 title: Samsung Galaxy III text: With so many Android phones out there, it's hard to think one can really stand out. But Samsung has done a great job at marketing its Galaxy series phones, and has had a loyal following as a result. This latest iteration boasts a 4.8-inch HD super AMOLED display (very pretty to look at), an 8-megapixel camera, and even a Siri-esque system for voice recognition. The new Galaxy runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), has a 1.4 GHz processor, and packs up to 2GB of RAM. The S III is hitting all the major U.S. carriers for $199 in the coming weeks. Check out our full review. (Samsung)
quicklist: 3 title: Origin PC EON11-S Gaming Laptop text: Playing games is fun. Playing games in any room of the house, is even more fun. Origin's newest gaming laptop is a gamer's dream, with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650m card, an Intel Ivy Bridge Processor, and Directx11 support. When you add in THX TruStudio for sound, Playing Diablo III never looked so easy. You can configure your own EON11-S on Orgin's website now; it starts at $999. (Origin)
quicklist: 4 title: Sharp Aquos LC-90LE745U text: Don't you just hate not being able to see your TV from half a mile away? Don't worry. Sharp has your back. The company released what is said to be the world's largest LED flat screen television this week. It is 4 feet tall and 6 feet 8 inches long, with a 90-inch screen, measured diagonally. Called the Sharp Aquos LC-90LE745U, the set has a 3D-capable 1080p LCD, which includes an edge LED backlight, 240Hz anti-blur technology, built-in Wi-Fi, and Sharp's SmartCentral Internet platform with access to apps. Don't worry, it only costs $10,999.99. (Sharp)
quicklist: 5 title: Acer Timeline Ultra M5 Ultrabooks text: There seems to be a war on over who can make their laptops the thinnest. The newest entry into this battle comes from Acer, with its latest M5 ultrabooks. Aviliable with a 14- or 15.6-inch screen, the M5 comes in at just .81 inches and weighs 4.3 pounds. Super thin, but also super fast: it has new Intel processors, fast flash storage, and Nvidia graphics. Even better, it starts at $679.99 and has already started to hit shelves. (AcerT)