2020 is gearing up to be a great year for laptops
CES 2020 has once again gathered some of the biggest names in the tech world in Las Vegas to display their upcoming wares, with leading laptop makers giving us a peek of the sensational new devices arriving in 2020 (and beyond).
This year’s show has proposed a bonanza of innovative and exciting new laptops from the likes of Dell, Lenovo and HP, with numerous brands making new spins on the tried and tested form factor that’s remained mostly unchanged for the past 40 years.
If anything, CES 2020 has proved to us that there’s still plenty of life in the old laptop, and this year could be unbelievably exciting, with lighter, faster and longer-lasting machines that provide some genuinely exciting new features.
We present to you the best laptops we saw at CES 2020…
Dell XPS 13 (2020)
Though we’ve seen a lot of great laptops that are redrafting the rulebook at CES 2020, the best laptop on show, in our eyes, is a laptop that doesn’t do anything too groundbreaking but rather refines the current best laptop in the world to make an almost perfect device.
We’re definitely talking about the Dell XPS 13 (2020). Dell has once more created a strikingly-designed laptop that’s light, thin, solidly-built and brimming with some of the latest mobile technology in the world presently.
Though we spent a short time with the XPS 13, we can tell that this is going to be a spectacular laptop that could once again excel our best laptops list.
Asus Zephyrus G14
Asus was prominent at CES 2020, and amongst a whole load of laptop announcements, one leapt out: the Asus Zephyrus G14, which the company declares is the “world’s fastest 14-inch gaming laptop”.
It features a remarkably thin and light design that we’ve come to expect from Asus’ Zephyrus group of gaming laptops, as well as a distinctive AniMe Matrix display on the laptop lid of specific models. This uses a matrix of 1,215 mini LEDs which can show graphics, for example, animated messages or GIFs.
You can use this display to show visualizations that alter with the audio you play, or it could show notifications and battery levels in the future as well.
Asus is also adding some serious firepower into its slimline chassis, driven by up to a Ryzen 7 4800HS with eight cores and 16-threads. That’s coupled with up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card (boasting 6GB of video RAM).
On the memory sphere, Asus offers up to 16GB of 3200MHz DDR4 RAM, and storage comes in the mode of an M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD of up to 1TB capacity.
We’re certain that when it’s released, the Asus Zephyrus G14 will appear even higher on our best gaming laptops list.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is an electrifying laptop that we checked at CES 2020, as it’s the first-ever foldable laptop, and could potentially guide in a wave of foldable devices that transform the way we communicate with our computers.
Though the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold didn’t debut at CES 2020 – we saw a prior prototype in 2019 – Lenovo gave more details about the device.
The great news is that this could be a genuinely innovative product, with a particular 13.3-inch 4:3 OLED display that can serve as a tablet, then folded in half to be used as a conventional laptop. It should expectantly avoid the glitches that the Samsung Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone met last year, and will release later in 2020.
However, there is some bad news: Lenovo has publicized that the price of the ThinkPad X1 Fold will be a revolting $2,499 (about AU$3,600, £1,900).
This reveals it’ll have its work cut out to persuade potential purchasers that the new form factor is value the extra cost, rather than simply being a ploy.
Even so, on potential alone, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is surely one of the best laptops we saw at CES 2020.
Dell Concept Duet
Dell is in charge for another item in our list of the best laptops of CES 2020, but this time with a gadget that may never become accessible.
The Dell Concept Duet is a foldable laptop that yet again exhibits companies are searching for ways of developing the humble laptop, though unlike the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, the Dell Concept Duet is comprised of two screens connected by a hinge.
Even though this might not make it quite as attention-grabbing as the ThinkPad X1 Fold, which is only a single foldable screen, the dual-screen design of the Dell Concept Duet is a more practical compromise, as it sidesteps the need to fold and possibly crease a fragile touchscreen, something which lead to numerous issues with the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
It’s an exhilarating glimpse of the future of laptops, but the Dell Concept Duet is improbable to ever reach the market. Nonetheless, it’s a proof of concept which Dell can utilize in its future laptops, and it’s a positive sign that companies like Dell are looking at ways to transform laptop design.
MSI GE66 Raider
The MSI GE66 Raider is another fantastic laptop shown off at CES 2020, which constructs on what came before to produce a marvellous machine that wouldn’t have been imaginable a few years ago.
With a brash and bright design (including the MSI GE66 Raider Dragonshield Edition, which sports artwork by Hollywood concept artist Colie Wertz), the MSI GE66 Raider is a striking laptop, but it’s the inside that actually impresses.
First of all, it can be aligned with a 15.6-inch screen that has an unbelievably high 300Hz refresh rate, allowing for amazingly responsive and smooth gameplay.
It also has a 99.9Whr battery, which is the hugest capacity allowed on flights. This should expectantly mean that the MSI GE66 Raider isn’t inundated with disappointingly short battery life, like many other gaming laptops are.