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So, this year’s CES 2021 event is being held in an all-digital fashion. As predicted, with the pandemic still not showing any signs of disappearing the event was flooded with efficient laptops ideal for working from home.

Although there are plenty of other impressive electronics being shown off in all their glory. Commercial laptops for remote work sporting the latest components from AMD, Intel, and Nvidia are drawing a lot of attention. The need for no-nonsense business ready laptops has definitely shaped current trends.

There are plenty to choose from that are causing a stir, we had a look at some of the ones that interested Luke Larsen in his write-up for digitaltrends and here they are in no particular order.

Taller aspect ratios from Lenovo

ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga
ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is the most durable, due to the titanium lid. Image credit: news.lenovo.com

First in our sights is the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga with some great attributes worth a mention. It is not only is it the thinnest ThinkPad ever made at just 0.45 inches thick, but also the most durable, due to the titanium lid. It’s the combination of elements that makes it one of the sleekest laptops ever held.

With an aspect ratio of 3:2, it provides much more vertical space than any laptop to come before. Other 13.5-inch screens seem much smaller comparatively.

The reduced size does mean that you have to forfeit the HDMI and USB-A ports you might idyllically like to have, but, it is a competent compact option nevertheless Its Thunderbolt-only ports compete with the latest Dell XPS 13 or MacBook Pro 13-inch. For a smaller option, it has plenty of merits that outweigh its caveats.

It sports all the iconic ThinkPad trademarks. You have the TrackPoint nub and curved keycaps that feel great under your fingers and the screen is top-notch just in a new taller ratio.

Experimental designs from HP

HP Elite Folio model
Experimental designs from HP. Elite Folio model. Image credit: laptopmag.com

HP has previously spent some time playing around with their physical designs which we saw on the release of its Spectre Folio that fascinated many. The concept has been developed further with their new Elite Folio model. 

The screen locks into position and can be pulled over the keyboard itself bringing comfort and convenience, ideal for an at-home solution. The company highlights its “pull-forward” 2-in-1 capabilities and we commend the innovative design features as well. The leather housing has been changed to a vegan cruelty-free alternative that still looks just as good. It is darker in color and the screen also has a taller aspect ratio of 3:2 like the Lenovo reviewed above. 

It harbors some pretty powerful components such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 ARM processing chip. It also has a 3.5-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1280) IPS LCD panel and comes with up to 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and supports 5G connectivity. This puts it in-line with high-end commercial laptops but still gives you tablet/notebook portability. 

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2. Image credit: androidauthority.com

Last year, the original Samsung Galaxy Chromebook was one of the most exciting Chromebooks announced at CES 2021. Even though it was a gorgeous laptop, it was hardly practical. The expensive $1000 price-tag made it inaccessible for many and the innovative 4K AMOLED screen sucked the life out of its battery pretty quickly. 

Fortunately, the next-gen model has been modified enough to make it far more practical and the cutting-edge tech it has under the hood is now less of an expense. It has a 1080p QLED screen that puts far less strain on your battery life. Processors have been exchanged too, you can get it with an Intel Celeron 5205U or an Intel Core i3-10110U. Again each is less demanding of the battery. So Samsung has really addressed the issue well. It is beautifully streamlined and sound has seen an upgrade, with two 5W components bolstered by a Smart Amp. Now the Chromebook is being sold for $699 which is still quite pricey but far more realistic for a premium Chromebook. The Pixelbook Go has long been the best Chromebook, but the Galaxy Chromebook 2 may have a serious chance to take its spot.

Powerful upgrades from Acer 

Acer The Predator Triton 300 SE
Acer The Predator Triton 300 SE. Image credit: cybercalm.org

The Predator Triton 300 SE also looks to be pretty promising. This 14-inch laptop has been afforded some of the latest tech going.  We are starting to see the hardware get smaller, meaning you can get your hands on a thin-profile gaming rig that is also apt for working at home. Finally, we can mix business with pleasure!

With brand -spanking new 35-watt processors from Intel that function on a lower-power, it works like a dog without needing a bigger housing altogether.  The screen is a 120Hz beauty and it has an RTX 306 graphics card rendering it great for gaming needs. , it’s representative of a new era for thin-and-light gaming laptops.

It was by no means a stand-alone for gaming laptops at CES 2021 either. There are tonnes on show boasting updates such as the new Razer Blade or the new Alienware m15 R4, but, the Acer Predator Triton has completely new tech on offer, so it is well worth a look at.

Innovation from Asus 

Asus ROG Flow X13
Asus ROG Flow X13 2-in-1 gaming laptop. Image credit: theverge.com

Another cool gaming laptop idea is the ROG Flow X13. On the surface, it is somewhat deceptive. Being a 13-inch 2-in-1, it may not instantly spring to mind as a savvy gaming option. However, the innovation with it comes from pairing it to the ROG XG Mobile which is Asus’ ace up the sleeve. It functions as an external GPU, taking the ROG Flow X13’s Nvidia GTX 1650 and boosting it into a jaw-dropping powerhouse.

This effectively lets it compete with a gaming PC. The idea isn’t exactly new, there have been a number of external GPUs on the market for some time but Asus has put their design inside such a tiny package. Utilizing an RTX 3080 from a mobile rather than a desktop making it one of the smallest encountered to date. To connect the graphics card directly to the CPU they also engineered a custom PCIe interface. It boosts the performance and has twice the bandwidth of Thunderbolt. 

Needless to say, CES 2021 does not disappoint in the laptop department.

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