This year's CES was full of laptops that looked like they were last year's but there were some interesting exceptions. There's been everything from GeForce RTX-equipped slim gaming laptops to AMD-powered Chromebooks and 17-inch desktop replacements with swappable CPUs. To cut through the deluge of announcements, we've rounded up what we think are the best laptops of CES 2019 so you can see what technology is coming in the next year.
The Alienware Area-51m is unlike any other desktop replacement notebook computer . It can swap the desktop GPU and CPU, which is a virtually unheard of practice when it comes to notebooks. The Area-51m also represents a newer, cleaner design language for Alienware that is expected to affect its competitors. Starting price for the Area-51m is set at $ 2,549, with sales beginning this month.
Alienware resized his m15 Max Q laptop to the m17 a 17-inch desktop replacement complete with Nvidia's new RTX mobile GPUs. The new m17 is the company's thinnest and lightest 17-inch notebook. It supports up to a Core i9 processor, measures 23 mm thick and weighs 5.79 pounds. However, Alienware's display refresh rates are locked to 60Hz for both 1080p and 4K display variants, so keep that in mind if you're interested in Alienware power.
The Alienware m17 starts at $ 1,649.99, while the upgraded m15 with Intel Core i9 processors and RTX graphics will set you back $ 1,579.99.
RAZER BLADE 15 ADVANCED WITH RTX 2080
Razer also upgraded one of its laptops to take advantage of Nvidia's new RTX mobile GPUs. . The Razer Blade 15 Advanced edition will offer the RTX 2060, 2070 and 2080 graphics chip models. Along with the new ray-tracing capable GPUs, Razer once again included the Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM (expandable to 64GB), and finally, added Windows Hello facial recognition to the webcam.
The new Razer Blade 15 with RTX graphics is priced at $ 2,299 and will be available starting January 29.
ASUS ROG MOTHERSHIP
What if the Surface Pro was a 17.3-inch, 10-pound gaming tablet? That's what the Asus ROG Mothership is, in essence. The all-in-one unit, equipped with a kickstand, is detachable from the magnetic backlit keyboard and touchpad, making it one of the most unique, though not effective, gaming PC designs in recent memory.
Like a host of gaming PCs announced at CES 2019, ROG Mothership will support Nvidia's RTX 2080 GPU, up to a Core i9 processor, 64GB of RAM, and a 144Hz display at 1080p. The Mothership will go on sale in Q1 2019. Pricing is currently TBA.
LENOVO YOGA S940
Lenovo dropped USB-A support on the upcoming Yoga S940, embracing the future of USB-C ports that we're inevitably heading towards. Beyond that, the S940 is a compelling update to Lenovo's Yoga lineup, thanks to a new contoured glass display with minimal bezels and a reverse notch. Some of the Yoga S940's other specs include 8th Gen Core i7 processors, up to 16GB of RAM, and a maximum SSD capacity of 1TB.
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That's actually a protrusion at the top of the screen made for the Windows Hello facial recognition camera. Lenovo will begin shipping the Yoga S940 in May, starting at $ 1,499.
Good, the Asus StudioBook is really interesting . For one thing, it squeezes a 17-inch screen into a 15-inch laptop body. Plus, Asus didn't just put some screen on this machine. Studio Book features a 16:10 aspect ratio, color-calibrated, Pantone-validated, 97 percent DCI-P3 color gamut, and 180-degree flat screen. This is a laptop that looks and sounds like it was specifically created to take on the MacBook Pro and to address user complaints about Apple's most recent "pro-level" laptops in recent years.
StudioBook supports up to 64 GB of RAM, 4 TB of storage, an Intel Xeon E-2176M hexacore processor and Nvidia Quadro P3200 graphics. Asus will begin shipping the StudioBook in Q1 2019, though pricing is not yet known.
LG GRAM 17
Continuing the resurgence of 17-inch notebook computers, LG announced the Gram 17, the lightest 17-inch laptop on the market. . While LG isn't the first brand that comes to mind when you think of laptops, the Gram 17 is a well-equipped paper machine. It features Windows Hello fingerprint enrollment, a 2560 x 1600 display resolution, an 8th generation Core i7 processor (the 8565U), 512 GB of storage, and 16 GB of RAM. That's all in a package that weighs little less than three pounds.
The LG Gram 17 will cost $ 1,699.99 when it launches later this year.
DELL XPS 13
After four years of placing the webcam on the bottom bezel of the screen, which is the wrong place, thank you very much, Dell finally put the webcam on the top of the XPS 13's screen . Now that you can breathe a sigh of relief (and avoid looking at your nose hairs), you'll be happy to know that the XPS 13 also supports 8th Gen Core i3, i5 and i7 processors.
The new Dell XPS 13 is now available at from $ 899 .
ACER SWIFT 7
The Acer Swift 7 is a slim and slender ultrabook which measures only 9.95 mm thick (0.39 inches) and weighs 1.96 pounds. It has extremely thin bezels flanking its 14-inch, 1920 x 1080p display. It gets two USB-C Thunderbolt ports, an audio jack, an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8500Y Amber Lake i7 processor, with 256GB or 512GB of PCIe SSD storage, and 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM. To top it off, Acer claims the Swift 7 should make it on 10 hours of battery life.
The Swift 7 will be available in North America in May, starting at $ 1,699, with earlier April launches in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and China.
HP SPECTRE X360 (OLED)
Laptops with OLED displays are still rare, but that is slowly starting to change. At this year's CES, HP introduced a new Specter x360 to the world. the first 15-inch laptop with OLED display. This variant of HP's high-end convertible laptop will include an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of PCIe SSD storage.
While HP has not confirmed battery life or pricing details, the Spectre x360 is confirmed to begin shipping in March. As pointed out by Business Insider HP was not the only company to announce a portable OLED display this week, as well as Dell and Lenovo, so adoption could be increasing.
ASUS ZENBOOK S13
Are you ready for the protruding notch trend? Ready or not, Asus will launch the ZenBook S13, a laptop with a notch designed to accommodate the webcam and keep the bezels as narrow as possible up to 2.5 mm on each side of the display. Speaking of the display, the ZenBook S13 will have a 13.9-inch, 1080p screen, powered by a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics chip. The specs of the upcoming laptop have also been finalized: an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage.
Asus will launch the ZenBook S13 in the first quarter of 2019, although pricing is currently unknown.
ASUS CHROMEBOOK FLIP
Asus has a new Chrome OS convertible laptop called the Chromebook Flip C434 which will go on sale "in the coming months". It has a standard 14-inch touchscreen display, the latest Intel Y-series processors (Core i7-8500Y, i5- 8200Y, or M3-8100Y), up to 8GB of RAM, up to 128GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot for expandable storage.
It's not Asus' intention for the Flip to be a laptop that will wow you, but with its solid spec sheet and size, it may just become one of the best Chromebooks to come out this year. (Its predecessor is the best Chromebook you can buy right now ).
The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 will be launched later this year, starting at $ 569.