CES® 2019 Highlights – Part 2 Best Laptops

Acer’s Predator Triton gaming laptops
Acer’s Predator Triton 900 2-in-1 gaming laptop heat management by PCMag Matthew Buzzi

Acer showcased its predator gaming laptop at CES 2019, the Triton 900 2-in-1. Triton 900 features a unique swivel hinged display. Its keyboard is placed way to the front edge and the touchpad is located on the right side as shown in the picture below. The big area left blank after sifting the keyboard and touchpad is dedicated to the thermal management purpose with heat transfer pipe and fan being visible beneath the glass window when the laptop is not running and LEDs shining through the window when PC is on. The touchpad on the right side can be converted into a number pad by pressing a button and a LED lit number grid will be well visible on the surface.

Dell XPS 13 9380
Dell XPS 13 9380 ultrathin laptop at CES 2019

Dell’s XPS 13 9380 is the CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree winner in the Computer Hardware and Components category. XPS 13 9380 features a near-bezel-free design. It stands out in the ultraportable laptops. This new XPS 13 edition is offered with three color options, silver/black, rose gold and frost white. The biggest improvement of the XPS 13 is to move the webcam from the bottom bezel of the scree to the top of the screen to avoid showing the closeup of your knuckles and nostrils.

Dell Alienware m17

Dell’s Alienware is a top gaming laptop. Following the success of Alienware m15, Alienware m17 offers more power and higher speed with the latest Intel Core product line, from Core i5-8300H to Core i9-8950HK. Also, m17 features a stunning 4k display for vivid graphic rendering with the powerful Nvidia RTX 2060. The heat management for this powerful gaming gear is critical to its performance. Therefore, Alienware m17 has its Cryo-Tech 2.0 to drive the dual-intake dual-exhaust airflow system with load-balancing heat pipes and high-voltage liquid-crystal polymer fan.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Yoga

At the CES 2019, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 laptops further demonstrated the trend of being thinner and lighter of mainstream laptops with its flagship commercial laptops ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad X1 Yoga. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon features a carbon fiber weave top cover and 14-inch 4K Dolby Vison display or 400nit FHD display. It measures only 14.95mm thick and as low as 2.49 pounds. The battery life of ThinkPad X1 Carbon boasts 15 hours which is excellent. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is equipped with four far-field microphones to make it perfect for conference call. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga has an aluminum chassis and an iron grey color. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga measures 15.2mm thick and 2 pounds. It features narrow bezels and ThinkPad Pen Pro support.

Asus ZenBook S13

The electronics giant Asus announced its ultra-thin Ultrabook ZenBook S13 at CES 2019. The ZenBook S13 boasts it has the slimmest Bezel of all laptops and stands out with 97% screen-to-body ratio. Surprisingly the ZenBook S13 claims it’s the thinnest laptop with a discrete graphics, GeForce MX150 GPU. The laptop has a sleek and stylish body design that features a CNC-milled unibody construction with diamond-cut edges and a unique Utopia Blue finish that offsets the Rose Gold accents. With the thinnest structure, ZenBook S13 offers not only the standard USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port on the side, but also two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports with up to 10 Gbps of peak interface bandwidth. The 50Wh battery is powerful enough to provide up to 50 hours of use.

MSI GS75 Stealth

MSI launched two new gaming laptops at the CES 2019, including the GS75 Stealth with the latest Nvidia graphics. The GS75 Stealth boasts it’s the world’s first thin and light gaming laptop. It has a sleek sandblasted metallic black finish with gold trim. The latest Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 GPU plus an 8th Generation Core i7 CPU can provide the power for excellent gaming experience. MSI GS75 Stealth supports a 17.3-inch HD display with a per-key SteelSeries RGB gaming keyboard. The audio system of GS75 Stealth supports the Dynaudio ESS Sabre HiFi audio DAC technology and includes the Nahimic 3 Audio Enhancer for stunning sound processing.

Asus ROG Mothership

Asus launched its stunning gaming laptop at CES 2019. It’s Asus’s ROG (the Republic Of Gamers) Mothership GZ700. The Asus ROG Mothership GZ700 is unique that all its components are hidden behind the large 17.3-inch FHD IPS Gsync Display in contrast to other laptops that placed everything underneath the keyboard. Placing the components that generate large amount of heat behind the screen can help cool down the machine with better thermal convection. The keyboard is detachable that can work as a wireless portable backlit keyboard when it’s detached. The ROG Mothership GZ700 has a CNC-milled aluminum unibody with stylish finish. The unique gaming laptop also features the latest powerful engines for the best gaming experience, the Nvidia GeForce RTX2080 GPU and Intel 8th Generation Core i9-8950HK with 6 cores 12 threads.

HP Spectre x360 15 (AMOLED)

HP released its Spectre x360 15 convertible laptop with AMOLED display. Currently with all of the few laptops with OLED screens being 13 inches, the 15.6 inches 3840 x 2160-pixel AMOLED display of HP Spectre x360 15 makes it unique and unparalleled. The Spectre x360 15 contains a 6-core Intel Core i7 8750H CPU, Nvidia GeForce MX150 or Nvidia GeForce 1050 Ti with Max-Q design. The laptop has a sleek and stylish CNC-milled aluminum unibody. The 15.6-inch 4k AMOLED display with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU make the Spectre x 360 15 excellent for art design with high coverage of Adobe RGB space and total coverage of the DCI-P3 gamut. It also ensures a very high 100,000:1 contrast ratio, wide horizontal viewing angles, deep black, very fast response time.

Huawei MatBook 13
Huawei MateBook 13 at CES 2019 by AnandTech Ian Cutress

Huawei announced its 13-inch MateBook 13 at CES 2019. The MateBook 13 is a generational upgrade to its product line from the ultrathin MateBook X to its semi-premium MateBook D with the MateBook 13 sitting in the middle range. The new MateBook 13 looks similar to Apple’s MacBook Air measuring only 0.59 inches and weighing 2.86 pounds. The MateBook 13 is offered in two versions, one is the Mystic Silver design with the 8th Generation Core i5 Whiskey Lake-U CPU and the other is a Space Gray design with the 8th Generation Core i7-8565U. The MateBook 13 provides a headphone jack and two USB Type-C ports. The best offer from Huawei is that a dock with USB Type-A, USB Type-C, VGA and HDMI ports is include in the purchase of the MateBook 13. For fast charging your compatible phones, a 65 Watts USB Type-C power adapter is offered. Huawei claims the MateBook 13 can be fast charged in 15 minutes for a 2.5 hours of office work including spreadsheets, emails and web browsing.

Lenovo Yoga S940

Lenovo announced a new group of intelligent devices from across its portfolio including its AI-powered Yoga S940 ultra-slim laptop at the CES 2019. The Yoga S940 is aimed at providing a seamless work-life integration and adaptive capability to video meeting and conference calls at anytime and anywhere with its featured new AI technology, which can automatically filter out most ambient noise and blur out distracting backgrounds during video calls. The AI feature can also lock your screen to protect your data by automatic detection of your absence or alert you when someone is shoulder surfing from your screen. The 13.9-inch Yoga S940 is ultra-slim measuring only 12.2 mm (0.48 inches) and 1.2 kg (2.65 pounds). It’s highly portable while offering outstanding performance with up to 8th Generation Core i7 CPU and AMD Radeon RX560 discrete graphics. Its battery life is up to 15 hours on a charge under typical usage conditions.

Acer Swift 7

Acer announced its latest upgraded Swift 7 laptop at CES 2019 with the latest Intel 8th Generation Core i7 processor and further reduced size and weight. The new Intel Core i7 is the 8500Y variant with dual cores and runs at full speed without fans, which makes the machine quieter and thinner. With many manufacturers claim their laptops are thinnest and lightest, the Acer Swift 7 with a 14-inch touchscreen IPS display measures a thickness of only 9.95 mm and weighs under 2 pounds with the light weight body materials of magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminum alloys. The 14-inch display provides a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and balances up the performance and battery life that is expected up to 10 hours of typical usage. With the new design improvement, the Acer Swift 7 features a very slim bezel and make a surprising 92% screen-to-body ratio. The Acer new Swift 7 uses Corning Gorilla Glass touchpad that is very precise and responsive for scrolling and navigating. Its power button also serves as a fingerprint reader for secure one-step power on via password-free Windows Hello function.

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