Best laptops at CES 2024
CES is definitely a laptop show. In previous years, we had the entire swath Gaming laptops Or laptop manufacturers took risks with designs. It contains CES 2024Many of our favorite laptops have been redesigned, changing the formula slightly or taking a radical new direction.
So, ignore all the buzz about AI and check out these beautiful and innovative new laptops, the best that CES 2024 has to offer.
HP Specter x360 14
The Specter x360 has been one of our favorite laptops for quite some time now. It's a premium 2-in-1 convertible offering, and the refinements 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 awesome. Nothing revolutionary here, just minor tweaks to the design to modernize it, with smoother edges, slightly larger keys and a haptic feedback trackpad.
Other than that, the 120Hz OLED display is better, the speakers are much improved, and the battery life is solid. Unfortunately, there's no discrete GPU option like other 14-inch laptops like the Dell XPS 14. Still, it's a very impressive introduction to a laptop design that's still going strong.
It wouldn't be CES without a little more experimentation in the mix. The ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 takes the hybrid 2-in-1 concept to the next level by offering two separate computers in a single device: one running Android and one running Windows. Sure, on the surface it looks like any other 14-inch Windows laptop, but rip off the screen and you've got an Android tablet complete with its own memory, storage, battery and camera. Despite being 14 inches, the tablet felt light enough to hold and use comfortably with one hand.
You can use Hybrid Drive to access photos you've taken on the tablet, switch to Android while in laptop mode, run the entire Android system in a single window, or connect the laptop portion to an external monitor while using the tablet alone. The reason there is such a thing is that Windows 11 still doesn't take tablets seriously and using them only with touch is a pain. The ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid is a fascinating solution to this.
This isn't a list of gaming laptops, but I can't help but mention The ROG Zephyrus G14 has been redesigned. The silver color is subtle enough to make it an awesome crossover device, unlike the Razer Blade 14. The improvements this year are undeniable, making one of our favorite laptops even better. The chassis has been slimmed down and modernized, the display has become an OLED panel, and the touchpad has been expanded to fit the entire height of the palm.
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 like we've never seen before.
Dell XPS 14
Many people are unhappy with the updated Dell XPS laptops. Controversial changes from the previous XPS 13 Plus have been implemented across the line, including a seamless haptic touchpad and touch buttons on the lid that replace the row of function keys. People weren't happy with the removal of the full-sized SD card slot.
On the XPS 16, I think all those complaints are a little more understandable, especially the port issue. But on the smaller model, the XPS 14, I don't think those design choices are abrasive. I love the looks of this laptop, and the ability to configure it with discrete RTX graphics would make this a pretty powerful laptop, and possibly a decent contender. 14-inch MacBook Pro.
Asus Zenbook Duo
He ZenBook Duo It's not the first dual-screen laptop, but the Lenovo Yoga Book 9i is. However, the Zenbook Duo has two advantages over that device. Instead of using a separate “origami” stand, a built-in kickstand can do the job of stacking two displays on top of one another. The kickstand supports two screens 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 a little more usable as a laptop, allowing you to hide the bottom screen entirely in clamshell mode or to use the keyboard and trackpad separately from the device wirelessly. It's cool, yes, but even if it still feels like a forward-thinking experiment, it's a practical evolution of these types of devices.