By Dan Ackerman
For all the big-screen TVs and prototype robots, CES has always been a show largely about cool new laptops. Having seen dozens of new models from almost every PC maker, these are the ones that stood out to me.
Some have intriguing new features, some great designs, some just raw power. Almost all take advantage of the latest in AI integrations, which is a theme we'll be talking about a lot more in 2024 and beyond.
Read more: Everything We've Seen at CES 2024
The HP Omen Transcend 14 combines a lot of what I think of as a premium laptop experience in 2024. It's got Intel's new Core Ultra processors, which include an NPU for onboard AI assistance, and it supports Wi-Fi 7. The 3.6-pound system has a sophisticated look that's good for work or school, but the 120Hz OLED screen and up to NVIDIA 4070 GPU mean it's unmistakably a gaming laptop.
Read more: HP's Omen Transcend 14 is the World's Lightest 14-Inch Gaming Laptop
This is a powerhouse big-screen gaming laptop that includes just about every feature you could think of. It has a 4K mini-LED 120Hz display, Intel’s new 14th Gen Core i9 14900HX processor, and up to an RTX 4090 GPU. Just beneath the SteelSeries-made mechanical keyboard is an edge-to-edge backlit haptic touchpad. Sure, it'll be close to $5,000, but it's also the most powerful gaming laptop I've seen at CES this year.
Razer makes great-looking gaming laptops, known for their sleek aluminum unibody chassis. But the big upgrade this year is the world's first 16-inch OLED laptop display with a fast 240Hz refresh rate. That's especially impressive considering it also jumps up to the latest 14th-gen Raptor Lake HX processors and also supports up to an NVIDIA 4090 GPU. And if OLED isn't your thing, there's also a mini-LED display dual-mode option that can shift between 4K 120Hz mode and FHD 240Hz mode on the fly.
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Lenovo has a lot of new Legion gaming laptops this year, across the 9i, 7i and 5i lines, including Pro models with faster screen refresh rates. But I'm going to give a special nod to the middle 7i model for including 14th-gen HX Intel processors and up to an NVIDIA 4070 GPU, but also Lenovo's own AI chips for balancing power between the CPU and GPU. It also has 99.99 WHr battery, which is the biggest battery you can legally put in a laptop and still take it on a plane.
Read more: Lenovo Leads with Legion and LOQ Gaming PCs at CES 2024
Laptops and displays that let you see 3D images without 3D glasses aren't new, but the latest models cleverly use the system's webcam to track your eye movement, making sure the 3D image remains in sync for you. Last year's examples of this technology were pretty expensive, but the 15.6-inch Aspire 15 3D is aimed at designers and content creators, rather than gamers. It starts at just $1,399, which will put this technology within reach for more people.
Read more: Acer Brings Glasses-Free 3D with the Aspire 3D 15 SpatialLabs Edition
The Zenbook Duo isn't the first dual-screen laptop, but it's the most advanced, most practical version I've seen yet. It has twin 14-inch OLED displays, is just 0.78 inches thick and weighs 3.6 pounds, but still supports Intel's new top-end AI-ready Intel Core Ultra 9 CPU. Thanks to the built-in kickstand you can set it up in a variety of ways, putting the screens one on top of the other or side by side. Or, just slap the included slim Bluetooth keyboard over the bottom screen and just treat it like a regular 14-inch laptop.
Read more: The Asus Zenbook Duo: Two OLED Screens, More Possibilities
Micro Center Editor-in-Chief Dan Ackerman is a veteran tech reporter and has served as Editor-in-Chief of Gizmodo and Editorial Director at CNET. He's been testing and reviewing laptops and other consumer tech for almost 20 years and is the author of The Tetris Effect, a Cold War history of the world's most influential video game. Contact Dan at [email protected].
CES 2024 had some awesome stuff, that 14 inch omen is CLEAN
I'm right there with ya! Can't wait to see it in person.
The ZenBook Duo looks intriguing and quite flexible for having 2 screens.
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