"So, what were the coolest things you saw?" I'm always asked after I return from an electronics show. In addition to yesterday's breakthroughs, here are a dozen weird and wonderful mostly iPhone/iPad gadgets (and a couple of truly widescreen HDTVs) from last week's IFA in Berlin.
Is this the thinnest and lightest laptop PC? This pretty new brushed magnesium alloy 13.3-inch Toshiba Protégé Z830 Ultrabook weighs a feather-like 1.12kg. By how much is it the lightest? MacBook Air tips the laptop scales at a zaftig 1.35kg – an 8.1 ounce difference. But claiming thinnest laptop honors is tricky. Ultrabooks are usually wedged-shaped, which means they have two measurements – front and rear. At the hinge, the Protégé Z830 is just 15.7mm; the Air is a thicker 17mm. But at the front, the Z830 is 8.3mm, the Air a knife-edged 3mm, a .2-inch difference. But who's counting? Maybe it's not the thinnest, but the Z830 can be opened with one finger. The Z830 is due to go on sale in the fall, at least in Europe. No word on when in the U.S.