Game Front’s Best of CES 2013
CES 2013 is in the books! Game Front went, saw, and conquered, and now we’re ready to talk about our favorite gaming hardware seen at the show. The “best of” has been whittled down to five gadgets, some of which are true game-changers, while others are simply fresh, interesting takes on existing tech and trends. Let’s find out who made the cut!
5. Roccat Power Grid
Roccat’s forthcoming Power Grid app for iOS and Android is a must-buy for anyone gaming on a PC. Aside from the fact that the base app is completely free, Power Grid transforms your smartphone into a second monitor of sorts. Vital stats like system info can be displayed, along with news feeds, macro settings and actions for your favorite games, and even custom macros for productivity software. While we aren’t fans of the 99 cents per custom grid pay scheme, the software is slick, easy to use, and should make MMO and MOBA gamers everywhere swoon.
4. Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 (2013)
Lenovo’s IdeaPad line of multimedia notebooks have gained some popularity over the last few years, combining the legacy of ThinkPad with a more consumer-friendly styling. The latest Y500 continues that trend, and this unassuming laptop might be the best mobile choice for working gamers on the go. The Y500 is available with Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs, as well as an Nvidia GTS 650M GPU — not the best graphics part available, but it will play a lot of titles at medium settings with over 30fps.
On top of the usual multimedia fare, the Y500 has an open expansion bay, which can be used for typical hardware like an optical drive. Lenovo wants to win over the gaming crowd, however, so a second GTS 650M can be thrown into the expansion bay, transforming the Y500 into an SLI graphics powerhouse. Two GTS 650M GPUs will rival any single Nvidia GTX mobile part, so hardcore PC gamers who need a thinner laptop option for work and school should consider their interest piqued.