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The best laptops of CES 2019

We walked the floors and raided behind-the-scenes sessions to see the best of what CES had to offer for 2019. Here are our picks for the best laptops at CES 2019.

Published onJanuary 11, 2019

We’re back from the floors of CES 2019 in Las Vegas for another laptop roundup. Here we have a huge list of Windows 10 solutions divided into mainstream and gaming categories. The list is long, so buckle up, grab some popcorn, and take a look at a great view of the best laptops of CES 2019 arriving throughout the next six months. Let’s go!


Dell XPS 13 (2019)

Dell XPS 13 (2019) - Best laptops of CES 2019

Dell kicks off our list with a refreshed XPS 13 for 2019. Gone is the nose cam seen on the previous model. After loads of criticism, Dell redesigned the camera and returned it to the InfinityEdge display’s top bezel.

Outside the new camera, the refreshed XPS includes the latest eighth-generation Intel “Whiskey Lake-U” processors, new “frost” and “rose gold” exteriors, and a battery promising up to 21 hours. The 13.3-inch display packs a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution with touch, or a 1,920 x 1,080 display with or without touch.

The updated Dell XPS 13 is available now for $899. You can buy it at the link below.

HP Spectre x360 15

HP Spectre x360 15 - best laptops of CES 2019

HP boasts that its new Spectre x360 15 is the world’s first laptop with an AMOLED display packing HDR support. That’s on top of the Spectre x360’s redesign launched back in October. The move to an OLED is a big deal, as it provides an incredibly high contrast ratio and support for a huge color gamut, generating a vivid, beautiful screen.

From what we can tell, the internals mostly haven’t changed since the October refresh, packing eighth-generation Intel Core processors, discrete GeForce or Radeon discrete graphics, and a 360-degree hinge enabling Laptop, Tent, Tablet, and Stand modes. Still, we will have to see if this AMOLED-based model retains the same 17-hour battery life experienced with the previous units shipped in October

The HP Spectre x360 15 arrives in March for a yet-to-be revealed price.

HUAWEI MateBook 13

HUAWEI MateBook 13 - best laptops of CES 2019

The MateBook 13 is a mid-range laptop with a premium design for the mainstream market. It’s based on two eighth-generation Intel Core “Whiskey Lake-U” processors and a discrete GeForce MX 150 on the Core i7 version. It’s a gorgeous device, packing a 13-inch screen into a 12-inch frame, a native 1440p resolution, and plenty of memory and storage.

Other goodies crammed into the MateBook 13 include Wireless AC and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, a 1MP camera, Dolby Atmos sound, and a 41.7WHr battery promising up to 10 hours of local Full HD playback on the Core i7 model.

The MateBook 13 ships in North America on January 29 through Amazon and Newegg for a starting price of $999.


Acer Predator Triton 900

Acer Predator Triton 900 - best laptops of CES 2019

After teasing gamers late last year, the convertible Predator Triton 900 finally arrives with a 2-in-1 style form factor. Thanks to a unique hinges on each side, you can pull the display forward over the keyboard for a better up-close-and-personal experience. You can flip the display for a stand experience as well or flatten it onto the keyboard to make a super hefty tablet.

The specifications list a 17.3-inch IPS screen with a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution backed by NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology. You’ll also see up to an eight-generation six-core Intel processor, NVIDIA’s new GeForce RTX 2080, up to 32GB of system memory, NVMe PCIe SSDs, and a built-in Xbox Wireless receiver.

The Acer Predator Triton 900 ships in March for an insane starting price of $4,000.

Alienware Area-51m

Alienware Area-51m - best laptops of CES 2019

Alienware enters a legendary new stage with the launch of the Area-51m. The winner of our Best Laptop of the Show award, the new gaming invader sports a major design overhaul since its last major revision in 2014. That includes a reimagined shape and new color options: Lunar Light and Dark Side of the Moon. The underlying sci-fi theme fans love still remains highly relevant.

As always, Alienware packs the latest high-end hardware to push out massive frame rates. The list includes three ninth-generation Core 7 and i9 processors, RTX 20 Series graphics, up to 64GB of system memory, up to three storage devices, optional Tobii eye-tracking, and more. It even ships with two power bricks: One for home and one for the road.

The Alienware Area-51m arrives to take over mankind on January 29 for a starting price of $2,549 Earth dollars.

MSI GS75 Stealth

MSI GS75 Stealth - best laptops at CES 2019

MSI dubs the GS75 Stealth as the world’s first thin and lightweight 17.3-inch laptop with RTX 20 graphics. Models will consist of RTX 2080 and 2070 Max-Q variants along with the normal RTX 2060 for laptops. The “IPS-level” screen has a native 1080p resolution at 144Hz.

Inside you’ll find an eighth-generation six-core Intel processor, three SSDs, and an access panel on the bottom to easily swap out storage. On the outside, MSI provides a smartphone-sized glass trackpad sporting an extremely smooth and sensitive surface.

The MSI GS75 Stealth goes on sale later this month for an unknown price.

Samsung Notebook Odyssey

Samsung Notebook Odyssey - best laptops of CES 2019

If you want something a little different, Samsung’s redesigned Notebook Odyssey is the laptop for you. This model sports a raised display so you’re not looking down at the screen during long gaming sessions. The screen itself measures 15.6 inches sporting a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, a 144Hz refresh rate, and NVIDIA G-Sync.

Under the hood, you’ll find an eighth-generation six-core Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA’s new RTX 2080 graphics built for laptops, 16GB of system memory (two slots), and two storage devices. Chilling both chips are two redesigned Jet Blade fans, each built with 83 blades for optimized cooling.

The Samsung Notebook Odyssey arrives in early 2019 for a currently unknown price.

ASUS ROG Mothership

ASUS ROG Mothership - best laptops of CES 2019

Finally, we have one honorable mention: The ASUS ROG Mothership. It’s a somewhat similar in design to Microsoft’s Surface family, providing a super-sized meaty gaming tablet with a kickstand mounted on the back, and a detachable mechanical keyboard below the screen.

Don’t let the “tablet” description fool you: The ROG Mothership is a full-blown gaming machine with a 17.3-inch Full HD G-Sync screen, an Intel Core i9 HK-class processor, and a full-blown RTX 2080 graphics chip. You can easily swap out the storage too, unlike a tablet.

The ROG Mothership from ASUS will invade Earth this quarter for a currently unknown starting price.

And that’s it for our roundup of best new laptops of CES 2019. What’s your pick?

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