Our CES 2013 Survival Kit

CES 2013 is just a few days away. Each year, some of the greatest, and not-so-greatest gadgets of the upcoming year debut at CES in Las Vegas. As usual, we’ll be offering full coverage of the show. And for those of you geeky girls and boys out there, we’re sharing a list of the key survival kit that we’ll be using at CES this year.


Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook convertible inspired by Intel.

We’re especially giddy about this Ultrabook convertible, because the Yoga first debuted back at CES 2012. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is able to transform itself into 4 different modes – a laptop mode, a tablet mode, a stand mode, and a tent mode. So it will be interesting so see how this versatile device fits into the craziness that is CES. We’re going to use it for press conferences, live blogging, meetings, and more.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook inspired by Intel.

The Carbon X1 carries on the ThinkPad legacy with a rugged built-to last carbon fiber construction. Plus, the system weighs just about 3.4lbs, so it won’t weigh us down, making it ideal for surviving the riggers of CES. It’s also the first ThinkPad to sport a touchscreen optimized for Windows 8.

Battery Packs

A battery pack is pretty much a must-have accessory for anyone headed to CES. Your iPhone or smartphone will not last the day at the show. Between the constant influx of emails, and your phone trying to constantly grab on-to a data signal, your battery is going to drain real quick. And on the show floor there is no time to stop and charge, nor is it easy to find an outlet to stop and charge altogether. This year we’ll be using IOGear’s high capacity 11,000mAH charger, Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Duo, and myCharge’s Peek 6000 to get our gadgets through the long days ahead.


It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Sony’s imaging products. To that effect we’ll be carrying around the Sony NEX-7, NEX-5N and RX100 to use for both photography and shooting video.


CES is always infamous for having mobile and internet connectivity issues. The influx of people in the convention area overwhelm the wireless and internet connections, making it difficult to blog  and often even send a text message. Fortunately, last year we had a mostly reliable connection with AT&T’s Elevate Hotspot which runs on AT&T’s LTE network. So we’ll be using it again this year. It’s just a shame Santa hadn’t dropped the newer Liberate mifi hotspot on our door step last week.

Activity Trackers

The Fitbit One wireless activity trackers allows us to track our steps taken in Vegas. Anyone who has been to CES knows that your feet feel like they are going to fall off by the end of the day from all the walking and running around. With each one of us wearing the One tracker during the show, we have a little friendly competition going to see who really walked their a$$ off the most at CES.

Did we mention that we’ll be giving away not one, but THREE Lenovo Ultrabooks during CES? Just follow our coverage starting Sunday to enter to win one. You might even win the Yoga!


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