Computers have evolved into an important organ of modern society, used in almost every aspect of life. From communication to business, computers and laptops have made our lives both effortless and organized. For that reason, it is only natural to see all the tech giants of the computing world showing off their innovative hardware and software at CES 2023. Let us take a look at what they offered to the audience and how viable they are for the coming year.
Lenovo was quite busy at this year’s CES with a bag full of products. The dual-rotating display on the ThinkBook Plus Twist was the company’s show-stealer. With an OLED display on one side and an e-ink screen on the other, the device comes with a 13th-generation Intel processor. For advanced documents or image editing, the OLED tablet mode can be used, which supports brightness up to 400 nits on a 2.8K display. Lenovo also introduced its dual-screen laptop, the Yoga Book 9i, which supports multi-mode functionality. The device is built on the Intel Evo platform and, for productivity, can be paired with a Bluetooth keyboard and stylus. The laptop has two 13.3-inch 2.8K OLED PureSight displays and supports Dolby Vision HDR. Yoga Book 9i has a 360-degree rotating sound bar, and the speakers are tuned by Bowers & Wilkins. Lenovo has the Yoga AIO 9i for desktop lovers, which boasts a 3-sided borderless screen and is placed on a metallic hinge that can be used to tilt it for viewing from any angle. The desktop also has an in-built smartphone charger and an integrated 5M infrared webcam. The Lenovo Legio Pro Series will get the latest AI chip for more dynamic performance, while the Legio Tower 7i has also been upgraded with a 13th Gen Intel Core processor. Lenovo also announced the launch of the Motorola ThinkPhone at CES 2023.
Asus has been working on gaming and eco-friendly laptops for quite some time now. This year, it launched the ExpertBook B9 OLED, which not only has a lower carbon emission rate but also helps reduce 29% of material waste while recycling. The ROG line of gaming laptops also saw several introductions, like the Zephyrus M16, Zephyrus Duo 16, and Strix SCAR 18. Zephyrus M16 has been totally redesigned with Tri-Fan technology for cooling and also has an AniMe Matrix LED lighting array. The Zephyrus Duo 16 has a dual screen and a 4K touchscreen that automatically slides out when the laptop is opened, whereas the Strix SCAR 18’s chassis has been redesigned for a larger 18-inch display and has Tri-Fan technology to remove excess heat. Asus ProArt StudioBook 16 and VivoBook Pro 16X have been implemented with Spatial Vision, which allows users to view images in 3D without the use of headsets or glasses. The company also brought its second gaming Chromebook, the Vibe CX34 Flip, which not only boasts portability with its slim convertible design but is also packed with serious gaming features like an i7 processor, a 144 Hz refresh rate, and WiFi 6E, among many others. Keeping desktop lovers in mind, they also brought one of the fastest gaming monitors with a 540 Hz refresh rate and an E-Sports TN panel.
Along with its subsidiary brand Alienware, Dell was quite busy at this year’s CES event. Dell introduced the world’s first monitor with a 6K resolution, the UltraSharp 32 6K, which comes with IPS Black technology that has the ability to provide magnificent sharpness, color accuracy, and details. The company also launched the Zoom-certified Premier Collaboration Keyboard and Premier Rechargeable Mouse, both of which support Dell pair-by-click connectivity. Alienware’s M-Series, X-Series, and G-Series saw introductions and also went through serious redesigning.
Acer introduced a completely new line of products while also upgrading its existing ones. The Aspire S series all-in-one PC, Nitro series gaming models, and Aspire 5 series multi-tasking laptop all received the 13th generation Intel Core processor upgrade. Acer added a new member to their product line with the launch of the Halo Swing Smart Speaker, which comes with DTS sound, Google Assistant, and an LED dot display, among many others. Acer’s Predator series saw the launch of two laptops: the Predator Helios 16 and the Predator Helios 18. The Predator Helios 16 will be available in March for $1,600 and will include features such as brightness up to 1000 nits, DCI-P3 color gamut, and a 2560×1600 WQXGA display at 165 Hz, while the Predator Helios 18 will be available in April for $1,700 and will include support for 1000 local dimming zones. Predator also included 240 Hz refresh rate monitors and OLED technology on its list. The Predator X45 is considered to be the curviest monitor available in the market, with an 800R curvature and a viewing angle of 178 degrees, while the Predator X27U has a flat screen and is perfect for daily usage by gamers. Along with the hardware, the company launched the SpatialLabs TrueGame software, which will allow users to view games in 3D mode with enhanced audio without the use of 3D glasses.
Intel has some pretty interesting releases at this year’s CES. Firstly, it launched the Intel Core i9-13980HX, which is a 24-core processor for a laptop and will be able to provide 5.6 GHz turbo frequency to gamers and content creators. The company also introduced two mobile processors, the 13th Gen Intel Core U-series and P-series, which will have 14 cores and can provide magnificent performance. The mobile processors will come with built-in Intel Evo designs, which will help provide key experiences and longer battery life. Some select designs with these mobile processors will be equipped with the Intel Movidius vision processing unit (VPU), which the company has made in collaboration with Microsoft. The presence of this technology will help the CPU and GPU free up while the VPU performs heavy duties like streaming and AI-related tasks. For mainstream PC users, Intel has introduced two new SKUs: 35-watt and 65-watt, for more productivity, gaming, and creation. For entry-level computing, educators, and students, the company also launched its N series (Intel Processor + Intel Core i3), which has 64% better graphics performance and 28% better application performance than the previous generation.
This year, HP concentrated on making products that will elevate the hybrid work experience and also help people connect, contribute, and collaborate effortlessly. The Dragonfly Pro Chromebook comes with an 8-megapixel camera and a 14-inch display and offers seamless internet connectivity, quick pairing with a smartphone, and spectacular performance as it is Intel Evo verified. The Dragonfly Pro, which is made in collaboration with AMD, is the company’s first model to have 24/7 live concierge support through any of the laptop’s hotkeys. The HP EliteBook 1040 G10, Dragonfly G4, and Elite x360 1040 G10 are the best products launched for working professionals in the hybrid culture, with features such as auto camera select, keystone correction, multi-camera option, and be right back option. The HP E-Series G5 monitors are extremely elegant looking and are a perfect fit for both offices and homes. They come with an ultrawide and curved screen, 4K resolution, and are made of recycled materials, while the M-Series monitors can be used as upgrade models that have integrated display software and a comfort setup guide. The HP 14-inch and 15.6-inch laptops, along with the HP 24-inch and 27-inch all-in-one PCs, are made of recycled, sustainable materials. The OMEN 17 laptop, along with the OMEN 25L, 40L, and 45L desktops, all got the 13-generation upgrade to make them more agile and smooth. The company also introduced cloud gaming through the OMEN gaming hub. The company also launched other products like the Poly Voyager Free 60 Series earbuds, the 620/625 FHD Webcam, and the 710 rechargeable silent mouse.
From gaming laptops to graphics cards, all were on the inventory list at MSI. The Stealth 14 Studio and Stealth 16 Studio gaming laptops were introduced, with the former featuring a Vapor Chamber Cooler and the latter featuring a new thermal system (2 fans and 5 heat pipes), keeping the machines cool and stealthy even while heavy gaming. The company also launched the Raider GE-78 HX and Titan GT-77 HX gaming laptops, which have the latest Intel Core i9-13980HX processors. Both laptops have new chassis designs, with the latter including a projective mystic light bar. MSI introduced the GeForce RTX 40 series graphics card with a new circuit board design for high performance, advanced cooling, and brand-new graphics technology, which is powered by NVIDIA’s Ada Lovelace architecture. Along with the MSI Pen 2, which is powered by the Microsoft MPP 2.6 protocol, the company also launched the VIGOR GK 71 SONIC gaming keyboard and CLUTCH GM51 lightweight wireless gaming mouse. The RadiX series routers will be a great boost for gamers, as they have immensely low latency and even provide stable performance with heavy traffic. Three curved gaming monitors, MEG 342C, MEG 491C, and MAG 275 CQRX, saw their introduction, with the first two having a 0.1 ms response time and the latter having a 1 ms response time. MEG Trident X2 gaming desktop (13th Gen), MEG Z790 GODLIKE motherboard, and MEG Ai1300P PCIE5 power supply were also introduced at CES 2023.
NVIDIA showcased some mind-blowing technological innovations at CES 2023. The company introduced the GeForce RTX 40 series, which will run on Windows 11 and provide fast and immersive gaming performance. The DLSS 3 will not only boost performance but also maintain stable frames using AI. Content-creating tools like NVIDIA Broadcast and Canvas got upgrades, where Broadcast added a new feature called “Eye Contact” and Canvas will allow seeing images in a panoramic view. Mercedes-Benz announced that they will use NVIDIA’s new Omniverse to scale up their Next-Gen factories. The Isaac Sim used in robotics also got upgrades, and car makers like Polestar, BYD, and Hyundai will be collaborating with NVIDIA to bring cloud gaming into their vehicles.
The American semiconductor company launched its Ryzen 7000 series for desktops, laptops, and smartphones. The Ryzen 7045HX, with 16 cores and 32 threads, is considered to be the most powerful processor ever launched by the company for desktops and laptops. Based on the same amount of cores and threads and a similar Zen4 architecture, the company also made the Ryzen 7040 series for smartphones. For extreme-performance laptops, AMD launched Ryzen 9 7945HX, Ryzen 9 7845HX, Ryzen 7 7745HX, and Ryzen 5 7645HX. AMD announced desktop CPUs with 3D V-Cache technology, the Ryzen 7000X3D series. Lastly, the company launched new GPUs designed on the RDNA 3 architecture.
All the major players in the computing industry showed their hands, and without a doubt, they brought with them some pretty impressive products. Just like the automobile industry, computer makers are also focusing on eco-friendly and sustainable products, which is not only a welcome change but a necessary one. After getting hammered by COVID-19 for the last two years, the computing industry showed a glimpse of its true potential at CES 2023.
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