The most exciting laptops at CES 2023

It’s going to be an interesting year for laptops. We’re off CES 2023, the annual trade show where the tech industry showcases the products we’ll see on shelves over the next year. The big players, from Dell and HP to Razer and MSI, have just unveiled their strangest and most outlandish new products. There’s a lot to look forward to this year when it comes to display technology, chip capacity, AI features, builds, and more. But some products really stand out from the rest.

In no particular order, here are the laptops I’m most excited to test in 2023.

The pen on the back of the Lenovo Yoga Book 9i kickstand.

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Many companies have been trying to make foldable dual screen laptops for years. Asus has all kinds of Duo models, and Lenovo ThinkPads have experimented with foldables a few times. But the Yoga Book 9i, a 13-inch OLED laptop with a screen on top and a screen on the bottom, bridges the gap between those two form factors—and I’m convinced it might be the best possible version of both.

While this foldable form factor isn’t new, what’s really impressive is the strict gesture control system Lenovo installed to make this thing usable. With a variety of combinations of clicks and swipes, you can display windows on one screen or the other, expand them to fill them both, invoke a touch keyboard and touchpad, snap to different layouts, and much more. It’s a lot of fun to use and was easy enough to get the hang of in my short demo period. But we’ve only had time to scratch the surface of the various tricks this device has—and I’m very much looking forward to seeing how it performs as a daily driver.

Razer Blade 16 seen from behind on a dark table.

I’ve been using Razer Blades for years, and they all offer a similar package. While sizes vary, the Blades have a distinct look and feel — they’re slim, sleek, professional, and polished, with vibrant green logos and sleek RGB keyboards.

But the upcoming Blade 16 will take the screen to the next level. This device will have a small LED display (it uses several combinations of local dimming zones that can lighten or darken independently – unlike a standard LCD, which displays its image with a single set of lights). I’m excited to see how this affects the visual experience and how the games are like Microsoft flight simulator Look at all those little diodes behind them.

I’m also interested in trying out the dual-monitor feature, which can automatically switch the display between 1920 x 1200/240Hz and 4K/120Hz profiles. I’m curious if this is a feature that I will eventually use in my daily life once I get a feel for it.

The LG Gram Style keyboard is seen from above with the touchpad LEDs backlit.

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LG Grams of the past were exceptionally lightweight PCs with exceptional battery life — but they also tended to look kind of dull. The upcoming LG Gram Style aims to break that mold.

This might be one of the most beautiful laptops released this year. It is covered with an iridescent finish that changes color under different lighting. (I’d describe it as a silvery gray if pressed, but it appeared blue and orange at various times during the demo.) The trackpad is hidden but illuminated by some neat-looking LEDs when pressed. The screen is a 2880 x 1800 OLED panel, and it looks amazing. And of course, the chassis is surprisingly thin and light.

Gram Style is a bold new laptop design. I’m excited to see what it looks like in the real world outside of LG’s super-lit booth at CES.

User writes on Asus ProArt Studiobook.

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It seems like it’s 2011 again, and companies are once again trying to make glasses-free 3D a thing. One such company is Asus, which unveiled its ProArt Studiobook 16 3D this month. This is a powerful, powerful workstation aimed at content creators, and its screen is capable, using eye tracking and a lenticular lens, to produce a 3D image without the need for glasses.

In the limited demo we got, the 3D technology worked. There were definitely a few glitches here and there, especially when I had to bob my head, but it was functional and a pleasure to use.

I’m definitely excited to try this out of the limited demo we got. But I’m more interested to see if people are actually buying this. The most obvious use case is professionals working with 3D — but as designers have shown me before, hard work of this sort is often done on a desktop. I’m curious as to how Asus plans to market this, who it will market to, and if it will be successful at all.

Lenovo ThinkBook Twist

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This is another machine that isn’t quite my cup of tea, but I’m curious to see if it will find its footing. It’s a ThinkBook with a screen that can rotate around 360 degrees. The front is a regular 13.3-inch 60Hz OLED display and the back is a 12-inch E Ink 12Hz touchscreen. To be clear, this is a very slow Monitor. But the idea is that you can use it to read and write and save a lot of battery life while using the OLED side for the rest of your work day.

We have some E Ink fans out there edge Staff, I know it’s a technology that has a dedicated user base. The success of this device may give us clues about Just How excited is this audience and whether there is a future for E Ink on laptops at all.

Alienware M18 gaming laptop with screen displaying the Alienware logo.

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Just look at this thing. it’s huge. It’s a brutal 18-inch for a gaming laptop. It’s literally an inch thick, and I don’t even want to know how much the power brick weighs.

Inside, it will house the massive 13th Gen Intel HX processors, with 250W of total system power. There’s an RGB Cherry MX mechanical keyboard, if you’re interested in that, but the rest of the design is an understatement.

But basically, y’all, this thing is gigantic. I can’t wait to play a game on it and have the game be, like, everywhere. And in an age when so many people demand that laptops sacrifice everything in the name of thinness and lightness, I’m glad to see that at least some models aren’t afraid to remain bulky.

Black Dragonfly Pro Chromebook keyboard.

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It’s an RGB Chromebook! And it’s not a gaming Chromebook!

I won’t even pretend there is another reason. It’s a Chromebook with colorful little lights. This thing hasn’t been published yet, and I already know several people who swear by buying it as soon as it arrives. Go ahead, people. Good luck.

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