CES 2022 has not been like any previous CES. While last year’s event was entirely virtual due to the pandemic, this year’s show went ahead as planned in Las Vegas, but many large companies and tech publications (including Nerdshala) did not participate in person.
However, that hasn’t stopped some of technology’s biggest names from announcing new products virtually and in person, and CES 2022 was particularly exciting in the case of laptops.
Not only did Intel, AMD and Nvidia show off the all-new mobile components that will power future laptops, but laptop makers including Dell, Asus and Lenovo revealed some of their upcoming devices.
So 2022 looks like it’s going to be an exciting year for laptops, and below we’ve rounded up the best laptops of CES 2022 that caught our eye, including some innovative devices that indicate that What the future holds for the form factor.
Due to the COVID restrictions we haven’t got a chance to shake hands with many laptops here (unlike in previous years), so we are basing our initial impressions on their specifications and design.
The best laptops of CES 2022
1. Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3
We love that companies push the envelope when it comes to laptop design. It’s not always a success, but we think the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 could be a hit, especially for creatives.
For starters, this laptop comes with a unique 21:10 ultrawide aspect ratio screen. it makes a Tall laptop, but it also gives you extra space to work. We prefer ultrawide monitors over desktop PCs, especially when you need to have multiple apps open at once, so it’s good to see an ultrawide laptop.
In addition to that wide screen, there’s also a secondary 8-inch screen on the side of the keyboard, which can be used to open apps or as a drawing tablet with a stylus.
It’s definitely a laptop aimed at digital creatives, and it’s packed with some great hardware. While it won’t be for everyone – and its starting price of $1,399 (about £1,080 / AU$1,960) will exceed many – it shows that innovation is alive and well in the laptop space.
2. Alienware X14
Many years ago buying a gaming laptop meant buying a big, bulky and – let’s face it – ugly laptops, but these days we are seeing more stylish and widespread devices, and the Alienware X14 is the latest example.
Alienware is a brand known for making luxury gaming devices, and the Alienware X14 continues that tradition, adding Alienware’s iconic design language to thin and light laptops now.
With an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU, it’s not the most powerful gaming laptop out there, but it’ll still be able to handle modern games on a 14-inch 144Hz Full HD screen.
If you want a stylish gaming laptop for playing the latest games on the go, the Alienware X14 might be just what you want.
3. Asus ROG Flow Z13
As always, Asus had some of the most interesting laptops at CES 2022, including the Asus ROG Flow Z13, which comes with a fully detachable keyboard.
Removing the keyboard turns the laptop into a powerful gaming tablet—much like a souped-up Surface Pro device. The tablet is incredibly thin at just 12mm, but it has some impressive specs, including an Intel Core i9-12900H processor and an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti graphics card.
This means that not only is it easily portable, but it will also handle modern games with little tweaks. The screen comes with 1080p resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, and there’s also an option for a 4K screen with a 60Hz refresh rate.
You can plug in an external GPU if you want more power (Asus launched a few new ones at CES). If it lives up to our expectations, the Asus ROG Flow Z13 could be one of the most exciting gaming devices to arrive in 2022.
4. Asus ZenBook 17 Fold OLED
Asus caught our eye at CES with another innovative laptop, the Asus ZenBook 17 Fold OLED.
As the name suggests, it is a laptop with a foldable screen. Opened up, it’s essentially a massive 17.3-inch tablet, and you can fold it into an L shape and use it in ‘laptop mode’ with a 12.5-inch main screen, with the lower half on-screen Works as a keyboard.
We’re still not convinced with foldable screen laptops, but the Asus ZenBook 17 Fold OLED comes with some impressive-sounding specs, including 12th-generation Intel chips and Thunderbolt 4 connectivity.
However, it’s the screen technology that’s really impressive, with the OLED panel being Pantone-validated as well as supporting Dolby Vision and 100% DCIP3 color gamut.
We’ll see some companies launch foldable screen laptops in 2022 (according to Intel, at least), but the Asus ZenBook 17 Fold OLED already looks like it could have the best chance of succeeding.
5. XMG Neo 15 with XMG Oasis
Keeping powerful gaming components cool has always been a struggle for the makers of gaming laptops. Unlike desktop PCs, laptops have limited space in the body for airflow and cooling options, and this means that many gaming laptops either run too hot, and end up throttling performance, or become incredibly noisy. Because the load of the fans kicks into gear.
The XMG Neo 15 Gaming Laptop offers a new solution to this problem in the form of the XMG Oasis External Liquid Cooler. It plugs into the laptop’s existing cooling solution to help keep the temperature under control, and according to XMG, using the Oasis brings down the temperature of the XMG Neo 15’s processor and GPU to an impressive 68F/20C.
The XMG Oasis will be sold separately for €200 (about $225 / £165 / AU$310), but will be paired with the XMG Neo 15, which sports the RTX 3080 Ti, 12th-gen Intel Core i7 and up to 64GB of DDR5 RAM . , it offers a unique way of extracting maximum possible power from gaming laptops.
6. Razer Blade 14 (222)
you know what? We think 14-inch laptops will be the size we get in 2022. While 13-inch and 15-inch laptops may be more popular, we’ve seen some of the best 14-inch laptops at CES 2022 represent a happy medium. Being more portable than a 15-inch device while offering more screen space than the smaller 13-inch model.
The Razer Blade 14 (2022) is a perfect example of this, with the 14-inch model coming with AMD’s new Ryzen 6000 series processors (the Blade 15 and Blade 17, which were also shown, are Intel-only), and can be fitted with a new Ryzen 6000 series processor. Could be an Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti laptop with GPU. So, not only is it small and portable, but it will also be a gaming beast.
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