the best and coolest laptops in the living room

CES is the biggest laptop show of the year. Dozens of new laptops are released and upgraded, and all major (and small) laptop manufacturers are participating in the event.

This year, the show was full of interesting concepts, some of which went beyond the very definition of a laptop. Here are the best laptops at CES 2023 outside of gaming.

Lenovo Yoga Book 9i

Remember laptops with foldable screens? Yes, that was in 2022. The Yoga Book 9i represents another take on the same concept, replacing the single foldable display with two 13.3-inch 2.8K OLED displays joined by a hinge. And while you won’t get the seamless, seamless experience of a screen, the Yoga Book 9i certainly has a few tricks up its sleeve.

First, these two screens can be stacked vertically, held together by an origami stand. The two screens can also be placed side by side, and finally, they can be used in classic laptop mode. You can use the detachable keyboard and virtual touchpad in this mode, but, surprisingly, the haptic-feedback tactile keyboard that Lenovo designed specifically for this laptop is surprisingly good.

It’s certainly a niche product, but it’s undoubtedly a very interesting laptop.

HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook

HP’s Dragonfly Pro Chromebook is the most premium Chromebook ever. Last year’s Elite Dragonfly did a similar thing, but the Dragonfly Pro goes even further. First of all, it has an 8 megapixel webcam, making it the smartest webcam ever built into a Chromebook of its kind. But this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Beyond the webcam, it has a high-resolution 2,560 x 1,600-pixel display, a haptic-feedback trackpad, an RGB-backlit keyboard, quad speakers, and four Thunderbolt 4 ports.

Performance also seems good, thanks to a base offering of 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and a 12th-gen Core i5 processor. Again, for a Chromebook, it doesn’t get much better than this. You might expect to pay a lot for a Chromebook like this, but there’s no doubt that this is one of the standout laptops around.

ASUS ProArt Studiobook with 3D OLED display

With the ProArt Studiobook, ASUS has integrated a 3D screen into a laptop! The effect of stereoscopic 3D without glasses is more than interesting, it is convincing. The 3.2K resolution, 120Hz refresh rate and colorful OLED panel really make those images pop on the screen. ASUS even put together a demo that used a stylus followed by a separate camera in 3D space, allowing interaction with on-screen objects.

Beyond the 3D display, these ProArt StudioBooks are packed with high-end specs and advanced features, including a haptic-feedback trackpad, ASUS Dial rotary control, up to 64GB of expandable RAM, and the latest maps . RTX 40-series graphics. Whether you opt for the 3D display or not, you’re getting one of the most impressive and powerful pieces of kit unveiled at this year’s CES.

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Twist

Lenovo has been experimenting with E-ink displays on ThinkBook Plus laptops for the past few years, but the new ThinkBook Plus Twist is perhaps the most impressive yet. The The cover features a 12-inch e-ink display on the back and a 13-inch standard OLED display on the front.. We’ve seen this before, most notably with the ThinkBook Plus Gen 2.

But this time, Lenovo has redesigned the hinge so that it can be “rotated” 360 degrees. This is something we have never seen before. The idea is that with the ThinkBook Plus Twist, you can more easily switch from an e-ink display to an OLED display, all without losing access to the keyboard and trackpad.

The design of the hinge may be more interesting than the product itself, but there is no doubt that this is a truly innovative idea that took a lot of clever engineering to achieve.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16

I had to put a gaming laptop on this list. And the reason for this is to highlight the incredible work ASUS is doing to bring proper HDR panels to laptops in 2023. Through its Nebula HDR program, ASUS is installing more mini LED screens in laptops, which turned out to be one of the most interesting trends on the show. However, the ROG Zephyrus M16 might be the best of the bunch. It has 1,024 local dimming zones, which means brighter, higher contrast screens. It’s not quite the 2,500 zones of the MacBook Pro’s Liquid Retina XDR display, but it should still have good HDR performance.

Obviously, on a laptop like the Zephyrus M16, HDR performance is mostly about gaming. But this also applies to watching movies and videos, as well as creating content. All of this can make the Zephyrus M16 a fantastic all-around laptop, as well as a great gaming device.

And above all, the Zephyrus M16 is a very good sign for the Windows ecosystem as a whole. If it hopes to keep up with what Apple does with its Macs (or even what TVs offer console gamers), competitive HDR performance is essential.

Lenovo ThinkBook 16p Gen 4

The new Lenovo ThinkBook 16p Gen 4 has a unique feature unlike anything we’ve seen before. It’s called Lenovo The Magic Bayand it’s basically a magnetic POGO pin connector at the top of the screen. The Magic Bay you allows you to swap in different modules or accessories that can enhance certain aspects of your laptop’s capabilities. Examples include Magic Bay 4K webcam, Magic Bay Light, and Magic Bay LTE.

Each of these accessories attaches to the top of the laptop, much like a keyboard attaches to the bottom of a 2-in-1 tablet. It’s a fantastic idea, especially since there’s no effective way to fit a 4K webcam or circular lamp into the top frame of your laptop. These three Magic Bay accessories seem like the tip of the iceberg in terms of what could be offered if a laptop like this became popular, and I’d love to see Lenovo add modularity to a laptop design which is not possible otherwise.

Apart from this feature Magic Bay, the ThinkBook 16p Gen 4 appears to be a pretty well-designed laptop. It features a 3.2K IPS display and a 120Hz refresh rate. And the ThinkBook 16p Gen 4 switches from AMD to Intel, using 13th Gen H-series processors and incorporating the latest NVIDIA 40-series RTX graphics card.

LG Gram-Style

LG arrived at this year’s show with two new Gram laptops – but they were no ordinary Grams. The Gram Ultra Slim manages to be thinner than the MacBook Air M2, which is impressive. But, it’s the Gram Style that features the most eye-catching design. Take inspiration from the Dell XPS 13 Plus, the LG Gram Style uses a clear glass panel on the palm rests and haptic feedback touchpad. It’s very elegant. It even has a beautiful iridescent sheen that reflects light in different colors.

Additionally, the LG Gram Style features a stunning 16:10 display with a resolution of 3200 x 2000 pixels making it one of the sharpest laptop screens. It’s all a surprising turn for a company that has lagged in laptop design in recent years. The LG Gram Style finally gives the impression that the company is taking flagship laptops seriously, and the results are really impressive so far.

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