Laptops have become big - and small - CES 2019

Laptops played an important role at CES 2019, which did not surprise anyone who attended the show in recent years. It's usually a very popular category with dozens of new products, but I've rarely seen a year so full of new ideas and new projects like this. Computers, tablets and other types of computers have also appeared, but in much smaller quantities.


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The compus for games becomes great

Thanks to the new Nvidia RTX graphics chips for video game laptops (and a new RTX 2060 for desktop computers), computers for game progressed in an important way, with new and daring shapes like Alienware area 15m, the Samsung Odyssey 2 and the Acer Triton 900, among others. The surprising thing is that many of these flagship brands have taken advantage of playing with traditional projects, and it will be interesting to see what new ideas take off – and which are not.

The Alienware-51m area puts style into typical gaming laptops.

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Everything else has become smaller

But as gaming laptops get bigger, traditional laptops are shrinking. the Acer Swift 7 the award goes to the improved sequel. The original super slim of last year was one of my favorites for 2018, but the smaller version of 2019 is even more surprisingly light and compact.

The Swift 7 is super thin and its bevels are scarce to give you more screen and less volume.

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Meanwhile, Dell has found a way to compress a 2.3mm webcam into the slim upper frame of the new XPS 13, so it no longer has a protruding camera. The new Lenovo S940 Yoga removes the traditional 360-degree zipper, but adds a glass that gently curves around the side edges, like some Samsung phones do.

Less is more

Even the cheap laptops made their appearance, but they did not dominate. The new Chromebooks with AMD processors may have an even lower price, while Samsung has experimented with Flash, a new low-power Windows notebook with a unique structured design that stands out at least from other inexpensive machines.


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OLED or non-LED?

Laptops with OLED screens have been few and far between. Screens are expensive, difficult to obtain and often only available in some sizes and resolutions. We have seen signs of growth this year, but also some warning signs. Lenovo introduced a Yoga with OLED screen, but announced that it would not reach the US market. HP has added an AMOLED screen (basically the same) to a version of the popular Spectre x360. And Razer has aroused our interest with a laptop prototype Blade 15 with a 15-inch 4K OLED screen (as well as with a second model with a 240Hz screen), but without a firm commitment to bring it to the market. OLED has consistently occupied a large part of the television market. For laptops, it is still at the departure gate.


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