MSI, Acer, ASUS, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft and other companies announced many PCs and laptops at CES 2021. Whether you are interested in a 2-in-1 with touch, the best game Ultrabook around, or something a little more conservative on price, we’ve rounded up all the coolest laptops right here.
Acer Predator Triton 300 SE
CES 2021 hosted Acer announcing the new Predator Triton 300 SE with Intel’s latest 11th generation processors and NVIDIA RTX GPUs. If you’re looking for an elegant, subtle game notebook that does not have disgusting RGB lighting or heavy design accents, this is about a sleeper that you can get.
Inside you will find up to an 11th generation Intel Core i7 H35 processor. This capable processor is capable of increasing up to 5 GHz, so that one can enjoy high performance levels, especially when considering the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU. Acer’s two-fan cooling solution will help keep everything cool, thanks to the company’s 5th generation AeroBlade metal fan. All the goodness packed inside the laptop will easily add content to the Predator Triton 300 SE’s 14-inch screen, which can hit up to 144Hz.
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Even with all this power, your laptop should watch up to 10 hours before it needs to be charged, unless of course you intend to play. Acer is expected to release the new Predator Triton 300 SE in the US and beyond in March, from $ 1400.
ASUS ROG Flow X13 (ROG XG Mobile)
It was only a matter of time before one of Razer’s competitors came up with an Ultrabook game to compete with the Blade, and ASUS announced just that at CES 2021. The ROG Flow X13 is impressive because of how compact the laptop is and what ASUS managed to cram in.
You can equip this thing with up to one AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS CPU, up to 32GB LPDDR4x-4266MHz RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU and up to 1TB PCIe 3.0 SSD storage. Things get very interesting is with the optional 4K screen, which can be operated by ROG XG Mobile.
This device is an external GPU case with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 inside. Also, ASUS does not trust Thunderbolt for this external GPU, but instead created its own solution with a custom PCIe 3.0 x8 interface that connects it directly to the CPU. It is also capable of keeping the laptop powered. This thing will go fast.
HP Elite Folio
At CES 2021, HP announced a brand new enterprise-class Elite Folio 2-in-1. The HP Elite Folio is designed to be a mobile powerhouse with the latest Snapdragon 8cx Gen2 ARM processor with built-in LTE for an always-on, always-connected experience.
Not only that, but it can also be configured with up to 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB of M.2 PCIe SSD, and tilts a 13.5-inch 1920×1280 monitor with a 3: 2 resolution. Elite Folio is expected to be sold in February, with prices not yet announced.
Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i
Lenovo brought the ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 to CES 2021, and we haven’t quite seen anything like it yet this year. The laptop has an e-Ink screen on the back in addition to the traditional screen. Compared to the first generation laptop, this ink display is far larger and more responsive, and matches the main screen’s 2560 x 1600 resolution.
Not only is the ink display better, but Lenovo also worked in a higher 16:10 main screen, Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos support on select models. You can configure them for an 11th generation Intel Core i7 processor, and it comes with a separate pen that you can use on your laptop.
Oh, and did we mention that you can charge ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 in wireless? Well, you can with the optional charging mat from Lenovo. The ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i will be available in Q1 2021 with a starting price of $ 1,549.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga
Lenovo came out with a brand new model for the CES 2021 in the form of the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga 5G. Thin as a tablet, packed with an 11. Intel Core i7 processor, optional 5G connectivity and a remarkable 3: 2 aspect ratio, this 2-in-1 laptop (with a included pen) is the ultimate mobile productivity machine.
As the name suggests, Lenovo uses real titanium in this laptop – especially the lid. It’s cool to touch, very light, but also incredibly resistant. Lenovo also uses its other famous materials as a magnesium chassis with carbon in the lower half. It’s lightweight for a convertible and can do pretty much what other Windows laptops can.
You can set up your laptop with an optional Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem (which drops back to 4G LTE if there is no 5G). The 13.5-inch screen is also attractive, as it has a 3: 2 aspect, which is what Microsoft uses in the Surface line. The 2256 x 1504 screen supports Dolby Vision with a decent 450 nit brightness.
Touch and ink are supported, and you even get a Lenovo pen in the box. The keyboard may be a little shallow for those who are used to the ThinkPad series, but it is as good as you expect from the company. It’s a solid portable workhorse, and editor-in-chief Daniel Rubino has been looking forward to the past week.
The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga will be available for order from January 2021, priced from $ 1,899.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7+
So this is not the coolest product around since it’s actually a Surface Pro 7, but Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 7+ is a pretty significant device for 2021. We’re all changed how we work and learn thanks to the pandemic, and Microsoft’s wants to help make it possible with the new tablet designed for the business and education sectors.
The most exciting changes for the Surface Pro 7+ start with the SSD, which you can easily remove with a screw. Next up are the processors, which now come from the 11th generation Intel family, giving a 30 percent increase in processor performance and almost 80 percent in GPUs thanks to the new Iris Xe graphics.
In addition, you can now order a Surface Pro with 32 GB of RAM. This version will not be cheap, as it is only available with a Core i7 and 1 TB internal storage, which gives the price $ 2800. Finally, it is 4G LTE. This is not the Surface Pro 8, but just a version of the Surface Pro 7 designed for business and schools.
MSI Creator 15
MSI announced Creator 15 at CES 2021, and we’re always excited to see some dedicated workstations for those who need extra design and video performance. Because it’s focused on creators, you can unpack this laptop with up to an Intel Core i7-10870H processor and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q GPU.
It has a 15.6-inch 4K True Pixel Panel verified by Calman and covers 100 percent AdobeRGB. It runs on the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series graphics. It also has a 99.9Whr battery, which is just below the 100Whr maximum allowed by the TSA for checked baggage. While we do not know when Creator 15 will launch, MSI stated that it will launch at $ 1,899.
MSI Summit E13 Flip
To go with the new Creator 15, MSI also announced its first 2-in-1 laptop in many years without a discrete GPU. Focused on business and professionals, the Summit E13 Flip includes a fancy ink pen and a CNC-milled chassis in white or black (with a pink gold pattern). It’s slick, but not flashy either.
The 13.4-inch full HD display is not the best, but with a 16:10 display format with 100 percent sRGB color accuracy with touch, it should be more than enough for those who focus on writing and business. Inside, MSI went up to an Intel Core i7-1185G7, which can boost up to 4.8 GHz and run at 28 watts.
Interestingly, in addition to up to 1 TB of storage, MSI also offers models with 32 GB of LPDDR4 RAM. While some laptops like the XPS 13 have this option, most 13-inch Ultrabooks do not have it, instead of putting aside 16 GB. This enables the Summit E13 Flip to run heavy software without any problems.
Summit starts at $ 1,599 for Core i7, Intel Xe graphics, with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. But it’s around $ 115 cheaper than a similarly configured Dell XPS 13, so those are the usual savings in going with MSI. The next model jumps to 1 TB of storage and 32 GB of RAM for $ 1899. Look for MSI in the coming weeks in different markets.