LAS VEGAS—The desert here was crawling with new laptops this week, in what is shaping up to be some of the grandest reimagining of portable computing since the introduction of the 2-in-1 convertible laptop.
PC makers large and small brought their convertible tablets, 2-in-1s, and laptops from all over the globe. Of course stalwarts like Dell and Lenovo were present, but niche players like Avita and Huawei showed off intriguing new designs as well. The restulting smorgasbord of silicon runs the gamut from ostentatious hybrid gaming rigs (the Asus ROG Mothership and Acer Predator Triton 900) to sleek ultraportables with smartphone-inspired notches in their displays (the Asus ZenBook S 13 and Lenovo Yoga S940) to useful, inexpensive workhorses (the HP Chromebook x360 14).
PCMag darted around the city to get our hands on as many of these designs as we could. There are so many clever but minor new features—eye tracking and proximity sensors, to name a few—that we didn’t get to try them all. Still, it’s clear that anyone in the market for a laptop will find something to satisfy their desires from the spoils of CES, even if those desires are just limiting wallet damage. Most of the models below are expected to go on sale in the next few months, and we’re eagerly awaiting all of them.