Originally planned as a face-to-face event, CES 2022 had to shift gears at the last moment to accommodate Omicron’s rapidly changing situation. With the retirement of many big names like Meta, Google, and Amazon, the majority of this year’s reveals were digital and based on described specs. Taking this into account, Intel and AMD announced their latest processors, bringing more raw power and flexibility to the latest laptop makers. Here are the most exciting.
ASUS Rog SE Duo 16
the WNW Two 16 opens up a new space for multitasking with its secondary touchscreen that sits above the keyboard. This is great for streamers, where they can play the game on the main screen while having OBS and chat open just below. Thanks to the separate touchscreen function, one would also not have to worry about accidentally clicking off of its screen.
This time around, the company introduced a four-way hinge that rises and slides back to provide a nearly bezel-less experience between the two displays. Under the hood, the laptop has a Ryzen 9 6980HX processor, RTX 3080Ti, and improved liquid metal cooling, reducing temperatures by 15 degrees compared to standard thermal pastes.
Razer Blade Series
By now everyone knows what to expect from Razer – an ultra-thin, metallic look that emulates a David Fincher movie and features high-end hardware. The Razer Blade 14 is powered by the next-gen AMD Ryzen 6000 chip, which can handle most resource-intensive programs and AAA games while being incredibly battery efficient.
The Blade 15 and 17 add a few extra inches of screen space and come equipped with a 12th generation Intel Core processor, offering up to 14 cores. All three models are equipped with NVIDIA’s RTX 30 series graphics cards and 16 GB of DDR5 RAM. The memory is overclocked to 4800Mhz, which makes it almost 50% faster than previous models. A 1080p camera is also included, with the screens of the latest models featuring a refresh rate of 144Hz.
Dell XPS 13 Plus
the XPS 13 Plus is a premium variant that falls in the minimalist and elegant look. You get a similar edge-to-edge display and a sleek keyboard, though the physical function keys are now replaced with a touch-controlled strip. There’s also no trackpad and sits on a transparent glass touchpad strip that provides haptic feedback to the touch.
Sporting a 13.4-inch display, it follows the same Infinity Edge design as before, with the most premium variant being an OLED display with 4K UHD resolution. Processor options range from 12th generation Intel Core i5 to i7 processors, and the company also claims that the laptop is made from renewable hydroelectric power sources, making it 100% recyclable.
Sporting a 17-inch screen and AMD to AMD coupling, Alienware’s m17 is intended for those who appreciate extreme gaming performance. The new AMD Ryzen 9 chipset is able to take advantage of its new battery-saving architecture, allowing more play time even at increased loads.
FreeSync technology improves monitor performance over the Radeon RX 6850XT graphics card, resulting in fast response times. Much like its other laptops, you can expect Alienware’s Cryo-Tech cooling with its iconic honeycomb exhaust that sits a bit outward, away from the screen. One can also opt for a CheryMX mechanical keyboard option for these tactile click sounds.
Lenovo ThinkPad Z Series
The new Z-Series ThinkPads are light, thin, and environmentally friendly – offering a gray or black chassis, made from recycled aluminum and another with black “vegan leather” on the cover. The Z13 and Z16 feature larger 16:10 OLED displays and are powered by the latest Ryzen Pro processors.
Lenovo also ditched ThinkPad’s discrete trackpad selectors and flipped the control and function keys to appeal to new users. It also introduced a new double tap function on the red Trackpoint which launches a menu for quick access to the main 1080p webcam and microphone settings.
ASUS Rog Flow Z13
Serving as a sibling to last year’s Flow X13, this detachable is more of a tablet than a computer, but still packs some high-end hardware. Under its ultra-thin chassis, you get an Intel Core i9-12900H and RTX 3050Ti laptop graphics processor, delivering plenty of gaming power.
Overheating isn’t much of a problem here, as all of the components are packed inside the display. So when you attach a keyboard and use it as a laptop, it is able to suck in cold air from the back. The Flow Z13 can be used with touch, a mouse, or a controller while gaming. It’s also available in two 16:10 display options – a 4K 60Hz and a Full HD 120Hz, both featuring AdaptiveSync for fast response.
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