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  • The Best of CES 2020
    Time: Jan. 13, 2020



                   A new decade is here, and the future looks bright…at least when it comes to technology.


                  The 53rd annual CES in Las Vegas has raised the stakes for what to expect in the coming

                  months and beyond. 


                  Of course, some new products and ideas shine more brightly than others, so our editors

                  and writers got together to determine exactly which ones we’re most looking forward to

                  in 2020.





                  This year's show brought lots of exciting new desktops, laptops, and components, which

                  make up the bulk of our winners. There were also more smart home devices on display than

                  ever, not to mention some very cool cars, robots, and prototypes.


                  And with the rise of 5G, many of these devices feature unprecedented levels of connectivity.




                                                 Dell XPS 13 (2020)

                                                 Best Mainstream Laptop





                  Dell's venerable XPS 13 ultraportable laptop enters the new year with a slightly larger

                  display in a redesigned chassis that's minutely more compact but boasts a significantly

                  more futuristic design.


                  The new 9300-series XPS 13, which retails for $1,000 and up, now looks nearly identical

                  to its 2-in-1 convertible cousin. One of the main improvements is a display that's about 7 percent

                  larger because of a switch to the 16:10 aspect ratio, versus the previous (and more common)



                  Even more impressive: A screen-to-body ratio above 90 percentmeans pixels practically drip off the

                  edges of the screen. Under the hood, the XPS 13 9300 will use Intel's 10th Generation "Ice Lake"

                  processors instead of the 10th Generation "Comet Lake"chips of the previous model.




                                                 Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
                                                 Best Gaming Laptop





                  The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is one of the first laptops we've seen that will utilize AMD's

                  new Ryzen 4000 processors, bringing its Zen 2 desktop architecture to mobile. That alone is

                  appealing, as these chips will hopefully offer the same balance of performance and value as

                  their desktop counterparts. But there's still a lot to like about the laptop itself. The compact

                  14-inch size makes for a great do-it-all travel companion, and it can use up to an Nvidia

                  GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. 


                  That, combined with a high-refresh screen option, should make for a strong portable 1080p 

                  gaming machine. There's also a new hinge and body design, plus a very fun optional lid feature:

                  a customizable LED matrix, which definitely helps this laptop stand out from the crowd.



                                                  Lenovo ThinkBook Plus
                                                  Best Business Laptop





                  Lenovo's new ThinkBook Plus business laptop sports an innovative 11-inch E Ink screen

                  mounted on its top cover. It can display useful information when the laptop is closed, including

                  the time, date, weather, and even your upcoming appointments from your Outlook calendar.


                  Think of it more as a distraction-free notification area that can tell you which conference room

                  you're supposed to be in as you're walking down an office hallway with the laptop tucked under

                  your arm. The E Ink display can also be used as a rough sketch tool. After a few brief doodles,

                  we found it to be quite responsive to pen input.


                  Look for the ThinkBook Plus to start at $1,200 when it goes on sale in March, and at approximately

                  3 pounds, it's just as thin and light as you'd expect.



                                                   Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
                                                   Best Chromebook





                   A sleek Chromebook with an AMOLED display and a flashy Fiesta Red color scheme is

                   joining the Samsung Galaxy lineup. Unveiled at CES, the new Galaxy Chromebook marks

                  the first time Google's desktop operating system has appeared in a Galaxy device.


                   At $1,000, the new Galaxy Chromebook is also available in a more subdued silver aluminum

                  finish. It's aimed at those who might also be eyeing Google's own premium Pixelbook laptops.

                  It has excellent build quality and innovative features that rarely grace the legions of sub-$300

                  Chromebooks. The Galaxy Chromebook's most unique feature is its 13.3-inch AMOLED display,

                  with a 4K 3,840-by-2,160-pixel resolution. Colors pop off the screen and text is razor-sharp.