This year's show, however, delivered many products that are bound to make a difference for years to come.
Microsoft provided a sneak peek at a radical new version of Windows, Verizon showed the first consumer gadgets for a wireless network that's faster in many cases than wired broadband, and many manufacturers showed tablet computers with the potential to give Apple's iPad a run for its money.
The show itself, the largest trade show in the Americas, was back in high form, after two lean years.
A pre-show estimate put attendance at more than 126,000 people, and the crowds pointed to attendance well above that, but perhaps not as many as the 141,150 people that showed up in 2008.
Here are the can't miss developments from the show, which ended Sunday:
Text: Peter Svensson, Rachel Metz, AP
Image Courtesy: Las Vegas CES