Best CES 2018 Laptops
Every year we are treated to a spectacular show of pomp, color and technology at the CES show and this year was not any different. Every tech company from Silicon Valley made it to the party with their best and most intelligent product to show case and oh yes, all the big boys in tech made an appearance. There was some real competition in every category but for this article, we focused on the laptops that featured most at the CES show.
We had been waiting with baited breathe all year for this show. Our expectations were high and I’m glad to say, we were pleased with the laptop category. This year’s show did not disappoint with blazing-fast CPUs, laptops and to crown it all, the all-time new Kaby Lake-G (Is a high wattage mobile processor which we’ll cover later on. It sports an AMD Radeon Vega GPU inside). Most CES 2018 gaming laptops work with this new Kaby Lake-G processor.
Further still, some great news did come from Intel through the introduction of 8th Gen Core processors. Meanwhile, Intel also got some real competition on their plate as AMD announced their new Ryzen Pro Mobile chip for commercial laptops scheduled for release later on in the year.
At this year’s show, vendors focused on more than performance; they focused on beauty, power and speed. A few companies made impressive changes and add-ons to their products which we loved. For instance, Dell re-visited the Dell XPS laptops and introduced a high resolution display to the monitor among others. All in all, there were some really remarkable tech and we can’t wait to break them down and review them. For now check out the most striking features we noticed on CES 2018 laptops.
1. Dell XPS 13 9370
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If beauty and performance is what you’re eyeing for, then the Dell XPS 13 9370 simply takes the money. Dell certainly made the 2018 Dell XPS 13 appealing in a slimmer, light weight and improved white color schemed clamshell. (Also available in eye-popping Rose gold). The inside is drool worthy too featuring the 8th Generation Core powered processor, dual fan cooling for better performance and cooling. It shows a lot of promise and makes a good statement of what the rest of the year might look like for Dell.
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2. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1
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We’ve seen an insane number of laptops at the Consumer Electronics Show this year and the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 laptop is one of the two laptops that really stand out. (The second being HP Spectre x360 15). This Dell laptop is interesting as it serves as the pioneer laptop to introduce Intel’s new AMD-powered chips which combine a fair blend of Intel’s new core processors with Radeon RX Vega M graphics from AMD. On the other hand, it is a sleek convertible laptop that’s great for work and gaming. The display dazzles with 4K (optional) and it comes with a Maglev keyboard which provides ample key travel for long periods of typing. With all that it definitely falls as a laptop to look out for this year.
3. HP Envy X2
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Taunting the newly released Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, the HP Envy X2 makes a bold statement in the laptop scene. It goes head to head with Microsofts’ Surface Pro but fortunately sticks out for a promising 20+ hour battery life. Additionally, this Surface clone offers a free keyboard and pen (unlike Microsoft who charged for these accessories). The Envy X2 boasts of a 12.3 inch Full HD screen, impressive keyboard, pen and connectivity (optional LTE and Modern Standby mode for Windows 10). Based on our time with the x2, it’s the kind of notebook we’ve always dreamed of; remarkable battery life and a great connection to PCs; a really intriguing combination.
4. Lenovo Miix 630
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The Snapdragon invasion of Windows 10 is sure catching on and the next to drag in to the race is Lenovo with its Lenovo Miix 630 tablet. This 12.3 tablet has a beautiful look and feel, comes with high end accessories and has an intensely massive battery life potential. Customers will enjoy lots of LTE options including eSIM and Nano SIM. There is a metal keyboard provided with this Windows tablet too.
5. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
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The new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is Lenovo’s first attempt at a lightweight design. While its carbon-fiber reinforced chassis remained the same, it’s new look piqued our interest at first sight. Its incredible Dolby Vision HDR display option sold a hard bargain and the light footprint made it even more irresistible. The X1 Carbon packs a windows Operating system, 8th generation Intel Core processor and a side dock solution for additional port options.
6. Acer Nitro 5
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With an attractive design, gamer centric appeal and a sub $1,000 price tag, the Acer Nitro 5 hits the sweet spot of budget gaming laptops. Priced at $799 the Nitro 5 enters the race on a pocket friendly note. It also offers a super competitive mid-range Nvidia 10 series graphics chip, as well as an Intel Core i5 processor, full HD display and a stylish faux carbon fiber glass chassis with red accents. Additionally, you get 32GB memory, 2TB HDD and 521GB SS storage.
7. MSI GE63 Raider RGB Edition: Best CES 2018 Gaming Laptop
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MSI unveiled their new gaming laptop and it was unique, beautiful and super slick. Starting from the 15.6 inch vibrant 4K display, totally customizable RG lighting (24 million colors) and optional GTX 1070 or 1060 GPU, this is one tricked out gaming rig for esports players. Besides that, it works with an 8th Generation Core i7 processor H-series CPU that’s clearly new and improved for a gripping gaming experience. In addition, users will enjoy up to 32 GB of RAM on this baby. However, storage capacity isn’t confirmed or final just yet but we hope it to be of a reasonable amount.
P/s On a lighter note, the lighting system is powered by SteelSeries’ Game software which controls RGB lighting profiles and creates color effects on your laptop for an enrapturing gaming experience.
8. Razer Project Linda
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Taking the prize for the best concept is Razor’s prototype Project Linda. It practically become a tradition for Razor to storm the CES with some sort of cool prototype piece of hardware like last year’s Project Valerie prototype. So when we saw this at this year’s CES 2018, we were shocked and impressed. Razer’s Project Linda is a companion piece of hardware for the recently released Razer Phone.
This new concept seeks to extend the Razer Smartphone into a full laptop. This is no new idea considering similar projects as the Motorola Atrix and its marriage partner Lapdock or the more recent Samsung’s DeX dock. For this project, the Razer phone acts as the trackpad for Project Linda laptop. The phone connects to the laptop through a USB Type-C port and can be used as the trackpad and speakers. It’s all a neat and impressive concept which we hope will make it to the market in the time and with a better polished up incarnation.