The best laptops from CES 2019
This year’s CES was full of laptops that looked like last year’s, but there were more than a few interesting exceptions. There’s been everything from GeForce RTX-equipped thin gaming laptops to AMD-powered Chromebooks to 17-inch desktop replacements with swappable CPUs. To cut through the deluge of announcements, we’ve rounded up what we think are the best laptops from CES 2019 so you can get a look at the tech that’s arriving in the year ahead.
The Alienware Area-51m is unlike any other desktop replacement laptop. You can swap out the GPU and the desktop CPU, which is a practically unheard-of practice when it comes to laptops. The Area-51m also represents a newer, cleaner design language for Alienware that will hopefully rub off on its competitors. The Area-51m’s starting price is set at $2,549, with sales beginning this month
Alienware resized its m15 Max Q laptop into the m17, a 17-inch desktop replacement complete with Nvidia’s new RTX mobile GPUs. The new m17 is the company’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch laptop. It supports up to a Core i9 processor, measures 23mm thick, and weighs 5.79 pounds. However, Alienware’s display refresh rates are locked to 60Hz, for both the 1080p and 4K display variants, so keep that in mind if you’re interested in Alienware’s powerhouse.
The Alienware m17 starts at $1,649.99, while the upgraded m15 with Intel Core i9 processors and RTX graphics will set you back $1,579.99.
RAZER BLADE 15 ADVANCED WITH RTX 2080
Razer also refreshed one of its laptops to take advantage of Nvidia’s new RTX mobile GPUs. The Razer Blade 15 Advanced edition will offer the RTX 2060, 2070, and 2080 graphics chip models. Alongside the new ray-tracing-capable GPUs, Razer once again included the Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM (expandable to 64GB), and finally, it added Windows Hello facial recognition into the webcam.
The new Razer Blade 15 with RTX graphics is priced at $2,299, and it will be available starting on January 29th.
ASUS ROG MOTHERSHIP
What if the Surface Pro was a 17.3-inch, 10-pound gaming tablet? That’s what the Asus ROG Mothership is, in essence: the all-in-one, kickstand-equipped unit is detachable from the magnetic backlit keyboard and touchpad, making it one of the most unique if not effective gaming PC designs in recent memory.
Like a plethora of gaming PCs that were announced at CES 2019, the ROG Mothership will support Nvidia’s RTX 2080 GPU, up to a Core i9 processor, 64GB of RAM, and a 144Hz 1080p screen. The Mothership will go on sale in Q1 of 2019. Pricing is currently TBA.
LENOVO YOGA S940
Lenovo dropped USB-A support in the upcoming Yoga S940, embracing the future of USB-C ports that we’re inevitably headed toward. Besides that, the S940 is a compelling refresh for Lenovo’s Yoga lineup, thanks to a new contoured glass screen with minimal bezels and a reverse notch. Some of the Yoga S940’s other specs include 8th Gen Core i7 processors, up to 16GB RAM, and a 1TB max SSD capacity.
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. That really is a protrusion at the top of the screen made for the Windows Hello facial recognition camera. Lenovo will begin shipping the Yoga S940 in May, starting at $1,499.
Okay, the Asus StudioBook is really interesting. For one, it squeezes a 17-inch display into a 15-inch laptop body. Furthermore, Asus didn’t just slap some off-the-shelf display onto this machine. The Studio Book sports a 16:10 aspect ratio, color-calibrated, Pantone validated, 97-percent DCI-P3 color gamut, and 180-degree layflat screen. This is a laptop that looks and sounds like it was specifically created to take on the MacBook Pro and address complaints users have about Apple’s recent “pro-level” laptops over the past couple of years.
The StudioBook supports up to 64GB RAM, 4TB of storage, a hexacore Intel Xeon E-2176M processor, and Nvidia Quadro P3200 graphics. Asus will start shipping the StudioBook in Q1 of 2019, although pricing is still unknown.