Laptops were big business at CES 2019, not a surprise to anyone who has followed the show over the past several years. It's usually a very popular category with dozens of new products, but I've rarely seen a year so packed with new ideas and new designs as this one. Desktops, tablets and other types of computers showed up as well, but in much smaller numbers.
Gaming gets bigger
Thanks tofor gaming laptops (and a new mid-priced RTX 2060 for desktops), gaming PCs stepped up in a major way, with bold new shapes from the , , and , among others. What was so surprising was that many of these flagships felt free to play with the traditional clamshell design, and it will be interesting to see which new ideas take off and which don't.
Everything else gets smaller
But as gaming laptops were getting bigger, mainstream laptops were shrinking. Thetakes the prize for most-improved sequel. Last year's super-thin original was one of my 2018 favorites, but the even smaller 2019 version is even more amazingly light and compact.
Meanwhile Dell found a way to squeeze a 2.3mm webcam in the slim top bezel of the -- so no more nose cam. Lenovo's new takes away the traditional 360-degree hinge, but adds glass that gently curves around the side edges, much like some Samsung phones do.
Less is more
Budget laptops also made an appearance, but didn't dominate. New Chromebooks with AMD processors could bring prices down further, while Samsung experimented with the , a new, low-power Windows laptop with a unique textured design that at least stands out from other budget machines.
OLED or No-LED?
Laptops with OLED screens have been few and far between. The displays are expensive, hard to source, and often only available in a few sizes and resolutions. This year, we saw hints of growth, but also some warning signs. Lenovo introduced an OLED-screen Yoga, but announced it wasn't coming to the US market. Razer teased us with a with a 15-inch 4K OLED display (as well as a second model with a 240Hz display), but no firm commitment to bring either to market. OLED has been steadily taking over a big chunk of the TV market. For laptops, it's still at the starting gate.(basically the same thing) to a version of the popular Spectre x360. And
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