Every year, PC makers flock to CES to show off their latest hardware. Well, except the last couple of years, where the pandemic has made the event a more subdued, semi-virtual affair (the idea of attending a traditional, stuffed-like-sardines CES show floor is basically nightmare material in the age of coronavirus).
Still, PC makers announced some cool stuff, and our list below showcases some of our favorite PC hardware from the event.
Dell XPS 13 Plus
The Dell XPS 13 Plus was definitely one of the biggest laptop highlights of CES, albeit in part because of its controversial design. Dell decided it would take the popular XPS 13 and dramatically change the design, most notably with a touch-sensitive strip at the top of the keyboard (reminiscent of Apple’s old Touch Bar, but a lot less customizable), and a new hidden haptic trackpad.
These design elements, as well as a new keyboard with larger keys and smaller gaps, lead to a super clean design, but it’s certainly a big departure for a nearly perfect laptop. Still, these design changes helped Dell improve the thermal headroom of the laptop, allowing for a more powerful 28W processor that brings it a bit closer to 15-inch laptop performance.
Lenovo ThinkBook Plus (Gen 3)
As you can tell from the image, the laptop’s key feature is a big-ol’ 8-inch display embedded to the right of the keyboard. This 800 x 1,280 screen supports a proper stylus, allowing it to serve as a kind of integrated tablet. The main display is a 17.3-inch panel with a 21:10 aspect ratio, allowing you to fit 3 windows comfortably side-by-side.
Other than being a terrible design for lefties, I actually really like this design. One of the most common pet peeves for 2-in-1 PCs with stylus support is that it’s difficult, if not impossible, to comfortably use the keyboard and stylus at the same time, and the ThinkBook Plus addresses just that. It could come in handy for digital artists and people who like to take handwritten notes too.
Asus Zenbook 17 Fold
Phones with foldable displays are slowly but surely becoming commonplace, and now the technology is making its way toward laptops too. The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold has roughly the footprint of an extra-thick 13-inch laptop when closed, but once unfolded display, a massive 17-inch panel is revealed. That’s even larger than usual for a 17-inch display, given its 4:3 aspect ratio.
There are two ways of using the computer. One is essentially like a giant tablet, using a virtual keyboard in the bottom fold of the display. The other, more practical setup is with an optional Bluetooth keyboard and trackpad panel that can sit above the lower half of the display for portability, or which can be removed to let you access the full panel. That giant display has a built-in kickstand, so you can essentially have a desktop-sized monitor you can bring anywhere.
Mind you, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a design of this sort — the ThinkPad X1 Fold operated under much the same concept in 2020, but Asus’ take definitely seems more polished so far.
CyberPowerPC Kinetic PC
If our phones and laptops are becoming more flexible, why not our desktops too? CyberPowerPC’s new Kinetic PC breathes some life into desktop PCs with a new case with airflow ports that can open and close depending on your thermal needs.
You know what they say, a video is worth a million words:
I’m not gonna lie, this PC is only on this list because it looks cool, but hey, why else do people buy fancy desktop cases anyway? There are surely cheaper ways of increasing airflow — like, just having fixed vents that are open all the time — although I suppose the modularity could help keep things from getting too dusty. And if you’re the type that prefers designing your own rig over buying a prebuilt PC, CyberPowerPC is considering selling the case separately from somewhere around $250, should there be enough demand.
ASUS ROG Flow Z13
ASUS’ ROG Flow X13 previously made waves for offering a powerful dedicated GPU and optional external GPU in a 2-in-1 form factor. Now Asus is combining portability and gaming in another 2-in-1 form factor with the Flow Z13. It’s essentially the gaming version of a Microsoft Surface Pro.
The beefy tablet sports up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 with an Nvidia 3050 Ti GPU. This can be expanded all the way to an Nvidia 3080 or AMD RX 6850M XT. Despite all this, the tablet weight in at just 1.1kg (2.4 lbs).
While this probably isn’t an ideal form-factor for most gamers, I can definitely seeing useful for a subset of gamers who are also creative professionals — or perhaps just students who’d like to do some note-taking alongside their games.
Razer Project Sophia
Razer likes to show off at CES — remember when it made a giant mechanical keyboard? This time around the company unveiled a modular gaming desk, packing oodles of performance into the desk itself with swappable component modules, including programmable hotkeys, a system monitoring module, an eGPU, a wireless charger, and more. It also has an integrated display that comes in 65- or 77-inch sizes.
While it’s anyone’s guess whether it ever comes to fruition, it’s nice to see PC makers exploring new form factors. Besides, Razer’s Zephyr mask was once a concept too, and now that’s a real product.
HP Z2 Mini G9
I’m a sucker for powerful, tiny PCs and HP’s Z2 Mini G9 stuffs a ton of power into a miniscule frame. Measuring just 21.1 x 21.8 x 6.9 cm (8.3 x 8.6 x 2.7 in), the PC uses the latest Intel vPro K-Series chips, up to 64GB of RAM, and an Nvidia RTX A2000 (which appears to be close to an RTX 3060, albeit focused on professional applications).
HP also promises the thermals are good enough to prevent throttling, and both the graphics and RAM are removable for potential upgrades.
Honorable Mention: Whatever PC is using Samsung’s Odyssey Ark Monitor
I’ve long held that more PC gamers with the space should use TVs as monitors, and now Samsung has basically made the most glorious giant monitor I’ve ever seen (in photos, anyway). The Samsung Odyssey Ark is a massive, 55-inch monitor with a highly curved display to prevent the weird perspective distortion you get from being such a large monitor from up closer.
Using a large, quality screen from so close makes for highly immersive gaming — it’s like gaming in an Imax theater, from my experience. I also appreciate that the Odyssey Ark doesn’t have a super gamer-y look. Unfortunately, Samsung hasn’t provided specifics on the refresh rate or latency, but I do know I want to game on this screen.
Guilty Gear Strive’s Baiken Render Potentially Leaked by Californian Bakery – GamingBolt
Over a month ago, Arc System Works revealed one of the upcoming characters for their fighting game Guilty Gear Strive with Baiken. Revealed in December, Baiken was announced to be joining the roster this month. Apart from the original character trailer, not much has yet been revealed. Well, it seems that is changing, courtesy of a leak by a bakery shop’s online website, of all places.
Pointed out by the Guilty Gear subreddit, it seems Californian bakery Honey & Butter will be doing a collaboration with Guilty Gear Strive soon, and apparently, they have leaked the render for the upcoming one-handed female samurai the game is getting this month. The render shows Baiken all glammed up in the new render engine of Guilty Gear Strive, getting subtle yet very welcome changes to her character design. Check it out below.
The character render has since been taken down by Honey & Butter, so maybe the leak does seem to be accurate. For now, all we can do is wait for the official trailer from Arc System Works to drop.
Global Redmi Note 11 will have a 90 Hz AMOLED screen and dual speakers – GSMArena.com news – GSMArena.com
Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi is launching its latest mid-range family in Europe on January 26, as already officially revealed, but it looks like some members might spread out even further.
Earlier today, Xiaomi’s official account for Nepal tweeted what you can see below.
— Xiaomi Nepal (@XiaomiNepal) January 24, 2022
So now we have official confirmation that the Redmi Note 11 will come with a 90 Hz FHD+ AMOLED screen with a centered hole-punch for the selfie camera, and dual speakers, and it’s launching in Nepal on January 27 – the fact that it’s just one mere day after the European event can’t be a coincidence.
So we’re assuming the European Redmi Note 11 might have the same specs. The Chinese Redmi Note 11 opts for an LCD screen, not AMOLED, and since that difference exists, there may be even more that’s changed in the international model. Of course, there won’t just be one device unveiled this week, but an entire range – with at least a Redmi Note 11 Pro and Redmi Note 11S joining the ‘vanilla’ Note 11.
Thanks for the tip!
A Troll Bot Is Ruining Wordle By Forcing Innocent Players To See The Next Day's Answer – Kotaku
One of the simple joys of Wordle, in which you get six guesses to identify a five-letter word, correctly placed letters and incorrectly guessed letters highlighted Mastermind-style, is you can so simply share your results with friends without spoiling the game for them. Using emojis, it creates a version of the grid with green and yellow rectangles, showing your guesses and how many turns you took to finish. So of course a lot of people have been posting those results to Twitter.
As you can see above, I did this for the very first time today, because I was extra proud of getting a tough word after two big misses. Usually, my friends and I share our results in a little WhatsApp group. Sometimes we’re nerdy enough to try to discern each other’s first guessed words based on the pattern of results. We’re all having fun, and harming no one.
But apparently this shared enthusiasm was more than one dickwad could cope with, explaining his spoilerbot account—The Wordlinator—with, “I was sent from the future to terminate wordle bragging.” Except, because it’s a bot, it looks for no such thing. Looking through the victims, one posts his results saying, “I cheated bc I knew it was something I’d never guess.” To which the bot automatically responds, “God, stop bragging. Here, take tomorrow’s word and get on with your life: XXXXX.” (I have censored the word, having spoilt the game for myself tomorrow to write this article.)
Another person said, “Agree, hardest one yet. I had no idea the word even existed,” posting his full six turns to solve it. And again, “Guess what, tomorrow’s word is XXXXX. Keep bragging, and I’ll be back every day.”
Which is just a crappy thing to do! Sure, it’s not enormously important in the grand scheme of things, but it’s taking away five minutes of pleasure from people’s days at a point when we could do with all the fives minutes we can get.
The bot seems a bit intermittent—there appear to be blasts of replies every few hours. It was temporarily suspended after it launched five days ago, but was quickly back and is still going now, while the account’s creator brags about coverage (sorry). We’ve contacted the figure behind The Wordlinator to find out their motivations, and will let you know if they get back to us.
Obviously the Curse Of Wordle will take care of them eventually. But in the short term, you might want to block the account if you’re in the habit of posting your scores to Twitter.
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