CES 2014 has ended, but not without giving us a glimpse of what to expect from hardware manufacturers. Though laptops are showing a declining usage when compared to mobile phones and tablets, companies are now innovating on different form factors and new functionalities. Read on to find out top laptops showcased at the event.
The Chromebook army is getting strong each passing day. After Acer, Samsung, Dell, LG and HP, Toshiba has announced its first ever Chromebook which features a 13.3-inch display (that’s the first time any Chromebook offers the device with this display). It has the Intel Celeron processor based on Haswell architecture, 2GB RAM and 16GB solid-state disk. Toshiba claims that the device will offer battery life of up to 9 hours.
Toshiba Tecra W50 and Satellite P50t
Toshiba has become the first manufacturer to showcase laptops offering ultra high resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. The Tecra W50 is intended for professionals, and Satellite P50 is targeted towards consumers with a touch screen. Both of them come with a 15.6-inch display, Intel’s 4th generation Haswell processor, and 2GB dedicated graphics card.
Asus Transformer Book Duet TD-300
Transformer as the name indicates, stems from the fact that the device can transform from one form to another. The Transformer Book Duet offers not one or two, but four different modes- tablet running Android or Windows 8.1 and laptop running Android or Windows OS. It has a 13.3-inch display with Full HD resolution. The laptop gets powerful configuration thanks to quad-core i7 processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB internal storage and can also be connected to external dock giving it storage of up to 1TB, USB and HDMI ports.
Lenovo Y50 and Y40
These machines from Lenovo are targeted towards gamers who want to get lag-free enjoyment while playing games. The Y50 comes with a 15.6-inch touch screen (1080p resolution, optional 4k resolution upgrade), whereas the Y40 has a 14-inch display. In terms of hardware, one can get a processor all the way up to Core i7, up to 1TB HDD/ 512GB SSD and a backlit keyboard. While Y50 offers optical drive, it’s missing from the Y40, but all in all they are truly a gamer’s machine.
Lenovo Yoga 2
Lenovo’s Yoga series have essentially defined the meaning of hybrid laptops and the latest devices from Lenovo carry on the same tradition. The Yoga 2 comes in two screen sizes- 11” and 13”. They offer full HD resolution, Intel’s quad-core Core i5 processor, up to 500GB HDD, and optional SSD.
For those who couldn’t afford the expensive Yoga laptops, company also showcased its Flex series of laptops which come in 14 and 15-inch options, but aren’t completely bendable like Yoga devices.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Lenovo’s ThinkPad line of laptops have always been professional user’s first choice and company’s innovative implementation of features in its laptops tell us why. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is very robust thanks to the use of Carbon fiber body, yet it’s the lightest 14-inch laptop. Specifications wise, it offers processor up to Intel Core i7, up to 512GB SSD storage, display resolution of 1,600 x 900 pixels or 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. It also gets adaptive keyboard which replaces the function keys and shows keys depending upon the application running.
Samsung Ativ Book 9
When it comes to large screen ultrabooks, sadly there aren’t many options. That is why, Samsung’s latest laptop Ativ Book 9 offering 15.6-inch full HD display looks so tempting. The device is powered by either Core i5 or Core i7 processor, integrated Intel 4400 graphics, and up to 1TB of combined HDD and SSD storage. Samsung is also introducing lossless audio decoding hardware with this ultrabook.