The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas officially begins tomorrow, January 8, and runs through Friday, January 11, but with the blitz of product announcements and keynotes, you would think it actually began today. There's a lot to cover, and throughout the week, we'll be posting roundups of some of the highlights covered by our sister site, TechRadar, which focuses more on the consumer electronics side of the equation (think tablets and TVs rather than graphics cards and liquid cooling). The folks at TechRadar are every bit as passionate about electronics and technology as we are, so show them some love, and tell 'em Maximum PC sent you.
We're dubbing today "Day 0," and it was filled with everything from the expected crop of Windows 8 devices to bendable displaes and even a 110-inch UHD TV from Samsung. Hit the jump for more.
It's only 8 days until Christmas! What do you mean you've not started your Christmas shopping yet?
OK so it's a little more than 8 days until Christmas. But let this serve as a kick up the behind to get your creative juices flowing - it's been a great year for tech, and there are lots of cool gadgets out there for you to either give... or ask for!
Here's the best of all the new gear we've looked at this week, starting with the new GoPro!
While Apple has dominated the techlines for much of 2012, the time has come for Microsoft to shine.
As Christmas approaches, good old MS has kicked off its seasonal campaign with a huge onslaught of new gear. There's Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Office 2013 and of course, a multitude of brand new laptops, ultrabooks, tablets and handsets to run it all.
So make yourself a cuppa and allow us to walk you through the week's best gear.
This week we've got the definitive verdict on Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD 7-inch, while we've also updated our Hands on review of the hottest Windows 8 tablet around - the Microsoft Surface which goes on sale next week for £399.
We've also checked out one of hottest bridge cameras around - the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200.
This week it's all about TV - we've got a tremendous new plasma from Panasonic and a stunning new 46-inch from Toshiba.
Then there's a full assessment of Samsung's new Series 7 Gamer - a powerful new gaming laptop from the Korean manufacturer.
And we're also hands on with Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite; a stunning new model in the Kindle ereader range that has a higher definition screen. Plus there's plenty more besides: read on for a full rundown of the entire week's reviews on TechRadar.
We've been working hard on our ultra in-depth iPhone 5 review and will have you something to read on that very very soon. But in the meantime, check out all the other awesome gear we've been playing with in the last seven days!
Three million page views on TechRadar in a single day show just how the iPhone 5 has attracted mainstream attention. It's all anyone's been talking about this week and we got our first look at it at the launch on Wednesday.
We've written a first-look review so you can digest our initial thoughts before the in-depth verdict is in. Short version: it's great! But is it great enough?
Check it out, along with all of the other gear we've tested this week!