The Best of CES 2020Time: 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
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
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.