CES 2022: 5 standout laptops for business users

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CES is each astir showing disconnected innovation, and this twelvemonth was a deed for those who've been holding retired for a new, breathtaking laptop.


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As we circular the country toward the extremity of CES 2022 (which is ending connected Friday, Jan. 7 alternatively of Saturday, successful lawsuit you didn't know) it's clip to instrumentality a look astatine immoderate of the galore pieces of recently announced hardware that stood retired from the crowd. 

Five laptops, successful this instance, stood retired from the battalion for reasons similar innovative caller features, plan choices that are bully for concern users and caller exertion that acknowledges however overmuch our day-to-day usage of tech for enactment has changed since 2020. 

If you've been waiting to bargain a caller laptop to spot what was going to travel retired of CES 2022, the clip has travel to determine if thing was breathtaking capable to merit the wait. I deliberation you'll hold that it was.

Dell XPS 13 Plus


The Dell XPS 13 Plus, disposable successful 2 colors.

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Dell's XPS enactment has been the starring borderline of its consumer-facing hardware for respective years, and successful 2022 its iconic XPS laptop got a full redesign. Sure, it's a user brand, but the Dell XPS 13 Plus looks crisp and volition inactive help, particularly with a artillery that tin complaint to 80% successful little than fractional an hour.

SEE: Keyboard troubleshooting usher (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

The XPS 13 Plus besides has a diagnostic that Apple users volition recognize: A touch-sensitive barroom astatine the apical that tin alteration layout. Don't interest if you're acrophobic the ill-conceived Touch Bar is migrating to PCs: This lone switches betwixt relation keys and media power keys, and that's it. 

The trackpad is besides invisible and responds with haptic feedback, and an HD webcam paired with IR sensors promises to amended video telephone prime successful debased light, too. If you're interested, the XPS 13 Plus volition beryllium disposable worldwide this Spring, and volition vessel with either Windows 11 oregon Ubuntu 20.04. No connection connected pricing yet.

Lenovo ThinkPad Z series


The re-designed Lenovo ThinkPad Z series; the Z16, successful this case.

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Lenovo made much than 1 large laptop announcement astatine CES, this 1 being the little breathtaking of the 2 (read connected for the bigger one). Still, the recently refreshed Lenovo Z bid of ThinkPads is worthy a look for immoderate nonrecreational looking for a crisp caller business-capable machine. 

The ThinkPad Z comes successful 2 sizes, 13 inches and 16 inches, some of which are described by Lenovo arsenic being built for concern users and their needs. An optional vegan leather lid screen gives the Z bid for a polished, nonrecreational look, a recycled aluminum assemblage adds to its quality of quality, and it has a solid touchpad, too. 

The biggest concern diagnostic that, again, acknowledges the caller centrality of video conferencing successful the modern concern world, is the Communications Bar that sits atop the monitor. The Communication Bar contains an FHD webcam, dual microphones, infrared, facial recognition, a built-in webcam termination power and more.

Both Z bid ThinkPads volition beryllium disposable successful Spring 2022, with nary connection connected pricing. 

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED


The Asus Zenbook 14 OLED

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Asus' latest introduction into its Zenbook bid is the Zenbook 14 OLED, which is lone a small much than fractional an inch thick, weighs hardly implicit 3 pounds, has (up to) a 12th Gen Intel Core processor, 16GB RAM, a 1TB SSD and an OLED touchscreen.

For concern users who don't similar the thought of trading a portable laptop for the ever-convenient fig pad, The Zenbook 14 OLED has a trackpad that doubles arsenic a touch-sensitive one, truthful you won't person to spell with a immense bulky instrumentality successful bid to get an indispensable feature.

No connection yet connected pricing oregon availability, truthful you mightiness beryllium waiting a spot to get your hands connected 1 of these. 

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3


The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3

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Here's thing you don't spot each day: A 17-inch laptop with an 8-inch secondary show placed to the close of the keyboard. The secondary screen, which supports a stylus, tin beryllium utilized to acceptable a assortment of productivity apps, arsenic good arsenic telephone syncing and mirroring. It besides acts arsenic an extended oregon duplicated information of the main screen, too.

That's the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 in a nutshell. All those chill show features harvester with awesome hardware, similar up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM and a 2TB SSD, but let's beryllium realistic: You're not looking astatine this laptop due to the fact that it has a beefy processor oregon Windows 11. You're looking astatine it due to the fact that it's thing wholly caller that could really beryllium beauteous utile for professionals moving successful a assortment of fields. 

Pricing and availability are yet to beryllium announced.

Asus ZenBook 17 Fold


The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold

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Lenovo's ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 would beryllium the CES showstopper laptop if not for the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold, which is what Asus calls the "world's archetypal 17-inch foldable OLED laptop."

Think of the Zenbook 17 Fold arsenic a 17-inch show that tin treble arsenic a tablet, a laptop, a publication oregon thing other you tin ideate doing with a folding screen. The Zenbook 17 supports a Bluetooth keyboard called the ASUS ErgoSense that fits onto the little fractional of the surface and converts it to a full-fledged laptop, oregon you tin usage an on-screen keyboard if desired. 

SEE: Power checklist: Troubleshooting hard thrust failures (TechRepublic Premium)

Folding devices person travel a agelong mode since the archetypal Samsung Fold, and if the ZenBook 17 Fold is arsenic premium arsenic it appears to be, we're entering an property wherever folding devices are much than conscionable a presumption symbol: They're besides applicable enactment devices. 

No connection connected merchandise for the Zenbook 17 Fold yet—hopefully we won't person to hold excessively long.

Do immoderate of these pique your interest? Let america cognize successful the comments below, oregon fto america cognize what you saw astatine CES 2022 that got you excited, and why.

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