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The best laptops at CES 2024

The best laptops at CES 2024

CES is definitely a laptop showcase. In previous years, we had entire areas of Gaming laptops Or laptop manufacturers that took design risks. in it Consumer Electronics Show 2024many of our favorite laptops have been redesigned, either tweaking the formula slightly or opting for a radical new direction.

So, ignore all the hype around AI and take a look at these beautiful and innovative new laptops, which are the best that CES 2024 has to offer.

HP Specter x360 14

Mark Coppock/DT

The Specter x360 has been one of our favorite laptops for a while. It's the premium 2-in-1 convertible on offer, and the improvements made this year go a long way. There are new 14- and 16-inch models this year, but we got our first look at the Specter x360 14, and it's great. There's nothing revolutionary here, just small tweaks to the design to modernize it and make it stand out, like soft edges, slightly larger keys, and a trackpad with haptic feedback.

What's more, the 120Hz OLED display is excellent, the speakers are much improved, and battery life is solid. Unfortunately, there's no discrete GPU option, as there is in other 14-inch laptops like the Dell XPS 14. Still, this is a very impressive launch for a still-powerful laptop design.

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus 5th Generation Hybrid

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It wouldn't be CES without something a little more experimental in the mix. The ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid takes the 2-in-1 concept and takes it to the next level by offering two separate PCs in one: one running Android and one running Windows. Of course, on the surface it looks like any other 14-inch Windows laptop, but if you remove the screen, you have a full Android tablet, with its own memory, storage, battery and camera. Despite being 14 inches, the tablet was light enough to hold and use comfortably with one hand.

You can also use the hybrid drive to access photos you took on the tablet, switch to Android while in laptop mode, run the entire Android system in a single window, or even connect the laptop part to an external display while using the tablet separately. The reason there's such a thing, of course, is because Windows 11 still doesn't take tablets seriously, and using it with touch alone is a pain. The ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid is a great solution for this.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

Jacob Roach/DT

This isn't a list of gaming laptops, but I couldn't help but mention it The ROG Zephyrus G14 has been redesigned. The silver color is subtle enough to make this a great machine, not unlike the Razer Blade 14. It's impossible to deny the improvements made this year, making one of our favorite laptops even better. The body has been slimmed down and updated, the screen is now an OLED panel, and the touchpad has been expanded to fit the full height of the palm rests.

In a year where the Razer Blade 14 hasn't received many updates, the Zephyrus G14 looks more and more like a real contender, balancing performance and portability in a way we've never seen before.

Dell XPS 14

Luke Larsen/DT

Many people are not satisfied with the renewed Dell XPS laptops. Controversial changes have been implemented from the previous XPS 13 Plus model across the line, including a tactile trackpad and touch buttons on the lid that replace the row of function keys. People are also unhappy with the removal of the full-size SD card slot.

On the XPS 16, I think all of these complaints are more understandable, especially the port issue. But on the smaller model, the XPS 14, I don't think these design choices are so difficult. I love the look of this laptop, and being able to configure it with discrete RTX graphics could make this a very powerful laptop, and even a decent competitor to it. MacBook Pro 14 inch.

Asus ZenBook Duo

Jacob Roach/DT

he Zenbook duo It's not the first dual-screen laptop, but the Lenovo Yoga Book 9i. However, the Zenbook Duo has some advantages over this device. Instead of using a separate origami stand, a built-in stand can do the job of placing both displays on top of each other. The kickstand can also support two displays side by side.

The other major change is that the Zenbook Duo has a physical touchpad in addition to the keyboard. This makes the Zenbook Duo more usable as a laptop, allowing you to cover the entire bottom screen in clamshell mode, or even use the keyboard and trackpad wirelessly, separate from the device. It's cool, yes, but it's also a more practical evolution for these types of devices, even if it still feels like a progressive experience.

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