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Laptop Magazines Top Notebooks of CES 2010

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Laptop magazine has published their top 10 notebooks of CES list which includes a tablet and netbooks and should give you a good look at the cool new technology coming out in 2010. Here are a few of their pics that are also on my personal CES top notebook list.

  • HP TouchSmart tm2: This slimmer, cooler update to HP’s tx2z tablet shines both aesthetically and performance-wise. Not only does it boast HP’s latest TouchSmart software (complete with Twitter, Hulu, and Netflix apps) but also the BumpTop 3D touch-enabled desktop and Corel Paint It Touch for the fingerpaint demon inside you.
  • Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid: The idea of a tablet with a keyboard dock isn’t new, but Lenovo makes it feel fresh with its IdeaPad U1. Not only does the hardware do double duty as a notebook and a slate, it has both an Intel and ARM processor. Looking to get the best of both worlds? The U1 might be it.
  • MSI X350: The newest 13-inch model in MSI’s svelte X-Slim line impressed us with more robust specs (finally a dual-core ULV processor) and better design. We’re particularly glad to see the improved chiclet keyboard and the rubberized look of the textured deck.
  • Samsung NB30: You take your netbook everywhere, so why not get one that can stand up to some abuse? Samsung’s new NB30 offers plenty of protection along with Intel’s N450 Atom CPU. It’s built to withstand drops from 30 inches and has a spill-resistant keyboard. Definitely check out the video.
  • Toshiba Blue LabelToshiba Satellite E205: Even though this sleek, electric blue Best Buy exclusive has a lot going for it both inside (Core i5 CPU) and out (a futuristic design), it stands out for one reason. Thanks to Intel’s new Wireless Display technology, users can beam whatever they’re watching to their big screen with the push of a button.
  • Viliv S10 Blade: This thin convertible netbook is the natural evolution of Viliv’s smaller mobile internet devices. It offers a 10-inch multitouch display with a touch-friendly UI and a good size keyboard. Plus, it promises up to 10 hours of battery life. We can’t wait to review it.
  • There are 4 more notebooks that make their list, but these 6 devices represent to me the really cool ones I saw on the showfloor. Granted if you’re a gamer the 11″ Alienware notebook will be on your list as well but I keep my games on the Xbox so I’m more concerned with other devices; like slates that undock, notebooks that convert to tablets, netbooks that can withstand spills and of course the Wifi HD video streaming Toshiba E205 that even has — wait for it — backlit keys!

    Josh Smith is a longtime mobile tech user, currently using a Droid as his primary smartphone. Josh is also an editor at Notebooks.com where he reviews notebooks and other mobile tech. Follow Josh on Twitter @Josh_Smith or email him Josh@Notebooks.com.

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