CES Kickoff: 10 Enterprise, Consumer Crossover Products We Want to See

NEWS ANALYSIS: CES has convened in Las Vegas, which means it's time to look for the innovative products that will appeal to enterprise buyers as well as consumers.

The Consumer Electronics Show is on, and the world's largest technology event has once again become a place where manufacturers and software developers big and small can show off the products they hope will allow them to have a successful 2013.

As in previous years, televisions, audio equipment and car gear will take up ample floor space. But the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show will also be home to several seemingly consumer-focused products that can cross over to the enterprise.

Perhaps that's a testament to how far the enterprise has come. Gone are the days when IT decision makers are ignoring consumer products and focusing only on technology from IBM, Cisco and Sun. CES is a place where both consumers and enterprise buyers can scout out new products, and more often than ever they are looking at the same models. As a result, many companies went to Las Vegas this year to show off products that appeal to both huge markets.

Read on to find out about the many things we'd like to see at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2013 that are attractive to consumers and enterprise users.

1. Better Tablets

Tablets are all the rage in the technology world, but many of them just don't cut it. Save for the iPad, Google's Nexus 10 and Samsung's Galaxy Note line, it's hard to find tablets that can actually demonstrate broad market appeal. At CES, it would be nice to see new and improved tablets that come with features such as 4G LTE and big, beautiful displays that can appeal to the greatest number of customers.

2. Improved mobile processors

CES is likely to be home to several announcements of new and improved mobile processors. In fact, the Nvidia Tegra 4 system-on-a-chip will likely find its way into several mobile products that will be on display at the event. Tablets and smartphones are so powerful today primarily because of their fantastic processors. Expect to see some new version with the latest technology at CES.

3. True Windows 8 PCs

When Windows 8 launched last year, PCs running the software weren't quite optimized for it. Let's hope that at CES, PC vendors show off new computers that have the horsepower to handle Microsoft's latest PC operating system.

4. A desktop revival for the enterprise

Although many analysts will say that desktops are on the decline, in the enterprise, they're still alive and selling surprisingly well. With that in mind, it would be nice to see some desktop PCs that can actually appeal to the broader enterprise market. Granted, they won't get top billing, but if they're at CES, it would be nice to see them.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...