Science Channel takes inside a factory that cranks out laptop computers like the one you might be looking at this very minute. The assembly starts out using high speed robots to pick and place parts on its circuit boards, but the rest is a labor-intensive, manual process.
Lenovo’s Legion Y540 is a gaming laptop with an elegant design. It has white backlighting on its keyboard, up to an 8th gen Core i7 CPU, NVIDIA RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU, and a 15.6″ 1080p display with an optional 144Hz refresh rate. Drops Spring 2019 starting at $930.
Clocking in at 5.79 lb, Alienware’s 2019 m17 is the world’s thinnest and lightest 17″ gaming laptop, thanks to its copper and magnesium alloy case. It can be maxed out with Intel’s 8th gen Core i9 CPU and NVIDIA’s RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU. It drops 1/29/19 starting at $1649.
Alienware’s new desktop replacement gaming laptop. The beastly Area-51m can be maxed out with desktop-class Core i9 CPU and NVIDIA RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU… for now. That’s because you can swap out its CPU and GPU, as well as its RAM and battery. Drops 1/29/19 for $2549+.
This compact computer has an 8″ 1920×1200 touchscreen. It’s powered by a 1.1Ghz Intel Silver CPU and has 8GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB of SSD storage. It has USB type-A, USB-C, HDMI and 3.5mm ports, and runs on Windows 10 or Ubuntu. An optional stylus is available.
The latest version of Samsung’s Galaxy Book now has Gigabit LTE for always-on connectivity. It also has a built-in kickstand, a 12″ AMOLED display, two USB-C ports, a microSD port, a 3.5mm jack and still comes with a keyboard and the S Pen stylus. Drops 11/2/18 for $1000.
Goodbye chunky Alienware laptops. The upcoming m15 has a 15.6″ screen yet looks more like a 13″ laptop thanks to its thin side bezels. It comes in 1080p or 4K variants, has 8th Gen Intel CPUs and maxes out with a GTX 1070 GPU. Drops 10/25/18 starting at $1299.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is an enticing variant of the thin-and-light business notebook. You get the thin and light form, trademark keyboard and no nonsense looks, a 1080p screen or 4K touchscreen, and most notably, a GTX 1050 Ti GPU for gaming or video editing.
Acer’s upcoming Triton 900 is a gaming laptop with its 4K display mounted on an easel-like hinge, allowing you to set the display closer and at an angle, or flip it to the reverse side to share what’s onscreen. It also has upgraded cooling and a low-profile mechanical keyboard.
Lenovo’s new P1 laptop is for those with demanding needs for performance on the go. The 15.6″ laptop weighs under 4 lb thanks to its carbon fiber and magnesium alloy case, yet packs a Core i7/Xeon CPU, up to 64GB RAM, up to 4TB SSD and an NVIDIA Quadro P2000 GPU.
The latest update to Origin’s light and slim gaming laptop sees thin bezels on its 1080p display, Intel 8th Gen CPUs, and a GeForce GTX 1050Ti or 1060 GPU. The 2018 EON15-S also has a USB-C port, two display ports, an HDMI port and individual RGB keyboard lighting.
Mobile Pixels’ Duo is a 12.5″ 1080p USB-C monitor that clips on the back of laptops via magnetic adhesives for use as a secondary screen. The USB-C cable handles both data and power. You can adjust the Duo’s hinge as well as fold it behind your laptop’s screen.
Apple finally got with the times and updated its MacBook Pro Touch Bar laptops with faster new 8th gen Intel processors. The 13″ has quad-core CPUs while the 15″ has six-core CPUs. They also have an improved keyboard and a True Tone display that adjusts to ambient lighting.
Microsoft is out to make tablets look like a bad deal with the new Surface Go. It’s a Windows-based 2-in-1 that has a 10″ 1800×1200 screen, 9h battery life, a USB-C port, and a microSD slot. It will be available starting 7/10/18 for $399. An LTE model will arrive late 2018.
Digital Storm’s mid-tier gaming laptop may not look flashy or modern, but it’s what’s inside that counts, and what the company is asking for it is very reasonable. The Equinox 15 has a 1080p 144Hz screen, a 6-core Core i7 CPU, GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU, and upgradable RAM and storage.
ASUS’ Project Precog is a laptop with two symmetrical touchscreens as its main output and input interfaces – no keyboards, no touchpads, no palm rests. It’s like the peak of a 2-in-1 laptop-tablet hybrid, though it remains to be seen how practical such a device can be.
The ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE has a 5.5″ touchpad that’s actually a second display. It has native apps like providing touch controls for Microsoft Office, a calculator, and a media player, and you can actually extend your display to it as well. Drops 7/2018 for $2299.