All the most exciting laptops we saw at CES 2022
Originally scheduled as an in-person event, CES 2022 had to change plans at the last minute to accommodate the rapidly changing Omicron scenario. With several large companies pulling out, such as Meta, Google, and Amazon, the majority of the reveals this year were digital and based on defined specs. Taking this into consideration, Intel and AMD introduced their newest CPUs, which provide greater raw power and flexibility to today’s laptop makers. Here are some of the most exciting.
ASUS Rog Zephyrus Duo 16
With its additional touchscreen display above the keyboard, the Zephyrus Duo 16 expands the possibilities for multitasking. This is perfect for streamers since they can play the game on the main screen while keeping OBS and chat open on the secondary screen. One would also not have to worry about accidentally clicking off of their screen thanks to the distinguishing touchscreen capability.
This time, the business has included a four-directional hinge that rises and glides back to provide an almost bezel-free experience between the two screens. The laptop is running on a Ryzen 9 6980HX CPU, an RTX 3080Ti, and enhanced liquid metal cooling; which reduces temperatures by 15 degrees when compared to normal thermal pastes.
Razer Blade series
Everyone knows what to expect from Razer — an ultra-thin, steely aesthetic reminiscent of a David Fincher flick, packed with top-tier hardware. The Razer Blade 14 is powered by the next-generation AMD Ryzen 6000 CPU, which is capable of handling most resource-intensive apps and AAA games while being extremely energy efficient.
The Blade 15 and 17 include a couple more inches of screen real estate and a 12th Gen Intel Core CPU with up to 14 cores. NVIDIA’s RTX 30 series graphics cards and 16GBs of DDR5 RAM are standard across all three variants. The RAM has been upgraded to 4800Mhz, which makes it about 50% quicker than earlier models. With the newer versions’ screens, a 1080p camera is also incorporated, displays featuring a 144Hz refresh rate.
Dell XPS 13 Plus
The XPS 13 Plus is a premium model with a sleek and attractive design. The display is edge-to-edge, and the keyboard is elegant. The traditional function keys have been replaced with a touch-controlled strip. There is also no trackpad, instead of relying on a continuous strip of glass touchpad that offers haptic feedback to touch.
It has the same Infinity Edge design as previously, with a 13.4-inch display and the most expensive edition having an OLED display with 4K UHD resolution. Processor choices vary from 12th Gen Intel Core i5 to i7. According to the company, the laptop is using hydro-power renewable energy sources, making it completely recyclable.
Alienware’s m17, with a 17-inch display and an AMD-to-AMD coupling, targets gamers as its main audience. The new AMD Ryzen 9 chipset may benefit from its enhanced battery-saving architecture; allowing for greater playtime even at higher loads.
The FreeSync technology boosts display performance in comparison to the Radeon RX 6850XT graphics card, resulting in faster reaction times. You can anticipate Alienware’s Cryo-Tech cooling with its famous honeycomb exhaust, oriented slightly outwards, away from the screen. For those tactile clicky sounds, a CheryMX mechanical keyboard is also an alternative.
Lenovo ThinkPad Z series
The new Z series ThinkPads are light, slender, and eco-friendly. They come with a grey or black chassis made of recycled aluminum and a lid covered in black vegan leather. The newest Ryzen Pro CPUs are powering the bigger 16:10 OLED panels on the Z13 and Z16.
To appeal to novice users, Lenovo has also removed the ThinkPad’s distinct trackpad clickers and flipped the Control and Function keys. It has also included a new double-tap feature on the red Trackpoint; which opens a menu with easy access to the conspicuous 1080p webcam and microphone settings.
ASUS Rog Flow Z13
This detachable, which is a brother to last year’s Flow X13, is more of a tablet than a computer. Under its ultra-thin shell, you’ll find an Intel Core i9-12900H processor and an RTX 3050Ti laptop GPU. The compositions provide it with plenty of gaming power.
Overheating isn’t a concern, due to cramming all the components into the screen. As a result, when you connect a keyboard and use it as a laptop, it might draw chilly air from the rear. When gaming, the Flow Z13 is controllable via touch, a mouse, or a controller. It also has two 16:10 display options — a 4K 60Hz and a full-HD 120Hz, both with AdaptiveSync for quick response.