PCWorld: The big product news at CES this year? Tablet PCs. Nearly every major manufacturer has shown off a new device that's "thin, touchable, and Twitter-friendly."
Companies are betting that consumers want a new piece of hardware that combines the best characteristics of laptops, smartphones, netbooks, and e-readers. Here's a quick roundup:
HP's tablet is yet unnamed. It will retail for less than $500, and will be released in mid-2010.
Lenovo's Ideapad U1 Hybrid Notebook/Tablet with a unique design that's been getting a lot of attention will be available June 1 and will cost less than $1000.
Sony's Dash Mobile Internet Device offers Internet access only and will be available in April for $200.
Notion's Ink Adam Smartpad is mostly an e-reader and will cost less than $400.
The Archos 9 PCTablet costs $750 for preorders available now.
ICD's Vega and Ultra were displayed at the show, but aren't quite ready for the market.
Freescale Semiconductors will be unveiling a tablet later at CES.
Pegatron (a spin-off of Asustek) will offer a device shown during Steve Ballmer's keynote.
Dell's 'Streak' was displayed as a concept only.
And of course, Apple's much-rumored tablet will be unveiled after CES.