Standout Tech of 2012

January 3rd, 2013

It's the end of the year, and there are dozens of TVs, smartphones, tablets and gadgets that made our hearts skip a couple beats over the past 12 months. Below are some of the items we loved or that made a big splash in 2012. We can't wait to see what 2013 brings (and we might even have a launch or two of our own!)

Apple iPhone 5, iPad and iPad mini

It wasn't just one Apple product, but three that caught our attention this year. The iPhone 5 was hotly anticipated, the updated iPad dominated this year's tablet market and the iPad mini surprised us and some analysts by rocketing to the top of the category since its November launch.

Tablets are big business. Forrester forecasts that 112.5 million U.S. consumers will own a tablet by 2016.

Source: Apple

Windows 8 and the Surface

While talking tablets, Microsoft Surface, combined with the new Windows 8 operating system made an impact on the industry this year just for thinking differently. As CNET said: "Love it or hate it, Windows 8 picked up the previously predictable world of desktop operating systems and shook it -- hard." The Surface and Apple tablets leads us to our third topic, charging devices.

GearPower Ultra Capacity Mobile Power Station

We can't help but call out one of our own products that launched just last month in time for the tablet explosion. GearPower Ultra Capacity Mobile Power Station for Tablets and Smartphones answers consumers' need for higher volume mobile battery charging at the lowest pricing in the industry. With 11,000 mAh (milliampere-hours) of power, the Ultra Capacity Mobile Power Stations is capable of re-energizing power-hungry tablets, smartphones, cameras and other portable devices while on the go.

Samsung Galaxy S3

Apple wasn't the only one making impressive phones this year. CNET named the Samsung Galaxy S3 the best phone with its HD display, camera and price, while others liked the user-configurable options.

Vizio CinemaWide TV

We love movies at IOGEAR, so couldn't help but drool over the new Vizio 58-inch CinemaWide HD 3-D TV with an extra-wide screen that is just perfect for creating the home theater experience.

Vizio cinemawide

We couldn't help but notice the LA Times review called out this TV cannot convert 2-D content into 3-D, which is a perfect use for IOGEAR's 3D Complete+ that transforms any digital content into a personalized 3D experience. Also this year, Sony, LG and Samsung 4k TVs entered the market boasting picture depth and richness, but for now, $30,000 is a little out of our price range.

Wii U

Another use we can think of for a huge TV – video games. The Wii U was hotly anticipated this year and quickly sold out during the November release. Demand is expected to remain strong in the start of next year. The system comes with a GamePad that reimagines how players interact with the game across two screens. Check out some of the best games.

3D Printers

Stepping away from TVs, phones and tablets, our final choice for 2012 was the exciting availability of 3D printers at consumer-friendly prices. The Cubify Cube 3D Printer can print plastic objects in just a few hours. The Makerbot Replicator is intuitive to use and can print one or many copies of your object. With this invention, we just might be making our holiday gifts this year.

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