CES 2021 saw the unveiling of a broad range of notebooks for business, consumers, and gamers – here is our wrap-up of a few of the highlights.
Acer showed off updates to its Predator Triton and Helios series gaming laptops, which will now include the option for Intel’s newest 11th-generation Core processors; also on the virtual exhibit was a new line of notebooks powered by AMD Ryzen 5000 Series mobile processors, including the Aspire 5 and 7 laptops and the Nitro 5 gaming machine. Its gaming range has also been updated to NVIDIA’s new 30-series mobile graphics cards.
An innovative spin on the still-new concept of the dual-screen notebook came from Asus with its ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED. The latest iteration on the Duo range allows its secondary ScreenPad Plus display, which is mounted above the keyboard, to tilt up 9.5 degrees for easier viewing and access, and better ergonomics. The lower-end ZenBook Duo 14 also has a secondary screen, which only tilts up seven degrees.
Lenovo had new notebooks on offer for both gamers and business professionals. Remote workers were the target audience for the new ThinkBook series, including the ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i, which features a secondary e-ink display on the lid; also on display was the ultra-thin ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga. Gamers, meanwhile, were treated to the new Legion notebooks including the lightweight Legion Slim 7.
MSI headlined its showcase with the GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat, a high-powered gaming laptop featuring NVIDIA’s new RTX 3080 laptop GPU and a limited-edition design themed after the Mesopotamian dragon-goddess Tiamat. For a more portable option, the Stealth 15M was touted as the world’s thinnest 15-inch gaming laptop, while the GF75 & 65 Thin series were aimed more towards the mainstream market.
These new notebooks – as well as others from manufacturers like Samsung, LG, HP, and Microsoft – are expected to be released this year; keep an eye on SmartHouse for when they’ll hit Australian shores.