3D printers have been voted the best gadget launch of 2013 in a survey of 3,900 British gadget fans conducted by Gadget Show Live @ Christmas. The printers, which were invented in the 80s but have only become accessible to the general public this year, took nearly a third (31 per cent) of the votes.

In second place was the iPhone’s biggest competitor – the Samsung Galaxy S4 – with 22 per cent of the vote, followed by two pieces of kit from Sony – the 4K OLED TV (13 per cent) and the Xperia 2 (10 per cent). In terms of sectors, gaming outperformed all others with three gaming gadgets securing top ten spots: the Nvidia Project Shield (five per cent), Razer Blade Pro (three per cent) and Kickstarter console the Ouya (one per cent).

The full top ten looks like this:

1              3D printer     31%

2              Samsung Galaxy S4     22%

3              Sony 4K OLED TV    13%

4              Sony Xperia Z1     10%

5              Pebble     7%

6              Lenova Horizon Tablet     6%

7              Nvidia Project Shield     5%

8              Razer Blade Pro     3%

9              Fitbit Flex     2%

10            Ouya     1%


Gadget Show presenter Jon Bentley commented: “It’s great to see 3D printing on top of the list. We’re yet to see the full impact it will have on our lives. But it looks set to be huge - on the way we make things and the things we make, both at home and in factories. We’re already seeing its potential in the aerospace, car and electronics industries – from making previously unimaginable components possible to keeping old planes flying by making once obsolete spare parts.

“Consumer 3D printers are far from perfect, but it’s one of the most exciting areas of technology in the near future. It’ll be interesting to see what new software is created to help us make things ourselves and how we cope with new problems like the piracy of physical products.”

Gadget Show Live @ Christmas takes place at Earls Court in London on 1-3 November and tickets are on sale now at www.gadgetshowlive.net. Jon Bentley – along with his Gadget Show co-presenters Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward – will present a spectacular hour-long entertainment show in the Super Theatre each day.  

Note to editors

Opening hours: 9:00am to 6:00pm each day.

Press Day: Friday 1 November, to apply for a pass please visit: http://www.gadgetshowlive.net/page.cfm/Action=Form/FormID=2/t=m

Gadget Show Live @ Christmas ticket prices:

Please note a £0.99 booking fee applies per purchase in advance

Event entry only

Adults - £14.00 (+ £0.99 booking fee)

Child (12 and under) £7.00 (+ £0.99 booking fee)

Super Theatre

Standard - £9.00

Premium - £16.00

The Gadget Show presenters will be putting on a spectacular show in the Super Theatre with performances at 1100, 1330 and 1600.

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You can follow Gadget Show Live @ Christmas on Twitter @gadgetshowlive , Facebook at /Gadgetshowlive, Youtube /gadgetshowlivetv and Instagram @gadgetshowlive

For more information, please contact:

Charlotte Le Rougetel or Matt Bowen at Bastion on gadgetshowlive@bastion.co.uk or 020 7269 7900.


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