The best desktops, laptops and mini PCs from CES 2018

by Dean Evans
Technology Writer

Every year at the Consumer Electronics Show, the big computing manufacturers roll out all-new PCs featuring the newest technology. After the dust settled at CES 2018, these desktops, laptops, tablets and mini PCs were the best of the bunch.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1
This third-generation detachable 2 in 1 features an all-new design and rocks a 13-inch 3K HDR edge-to-edge display with a resolution of 3,000 x 2,000 pixels. The new ThinkPad can be powered by an 8th Gen Intel® Core™/vPro™ processor, incorporate up to 16GB RAM, up to 1TB of SSD storage and boast 9.5 hours of battery life.

Dell XPS 13
Another new year, another new version of the thin and versatile Dell XPS 13. The 2018 model offers a new colour option (Rose Gold and Alpine White), features new 8th generation Intel Core processors, plus a trio of USB-C ports and a microSD slot.

This refreshed 13 incher was joined at CES 2018 by a new thin and light XPS 15 2 in 1, which boasts a 15-inch 4K Ultra HD InfinityEdge display. It’s also one of the first portables to come packing a new 8th Gen Intel Core processor with Radeon™ RX Vega M graphics.

HP Spectre x360 15
Speaking of Intel’s newest quad core processor, it also makes an appearance in the latest HP Spectre x360 15. It’s the highlight of a powerful 2 in 1 specification that includes a 4K 15.6-inch display, a new fingerprint reader, twin USB-C connections and an eye-catching 13 hours of battery life.

Intel NUC8i7HVK / NUC8i7HNK
There’s an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with Radeon RX Vega M graphics inside the newest Intel NUC too. Announced at CES 2018, this compact computer is the ‘smallest VR-capable system ever’ and the NUC8i7HVK model is ripe for overclocking. Aimed at DIY enthusiasts who want a small but powerful mini PC, it’s capable of driving up to six monitors simultaneously.

Intel NUC 8th Generation
This Intel NUC with 8th gen Intel Core is the ‘smallest VR-capable system ever’.

Need something bigger? CES 2018 saw ASUS unveil the ROG Strix GL12, a beefy gaming PC that can be loaded up with an 8th generation Core i5-8400 processor or Core i7 8700/8700K CPU. It’s part of a spec that also includes a GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, 8GB of RAM and storage options that let you match a 512GB SSD with a 2TB hard disk.

Samsung Notebook 7 Spin
As its name suggests, the Notebook 7 Spin has a 360-degree rotating touchscreen, designed to work with Samsung’s Active Pen stylus. What you don’t get from the name is that this 2 in 1 features a 13.3-inch screen, fingerprint reader, 8th gen Intel Core i5 processor and a zippy 256GB SSD drive.

Samsung Notebook 7 Spin
The Samsung Notebook 7 Spin now comes with an 8th gen Intel Core i5 processor.

Acer Predator Orion 9000
Acer bagged four ‘CES 2018 Innovation Honoree’ nods for its products at this year’s show, including the Switch 7 Black Edition (‘the world’s first fanless 2-in-1 notebook equipped with discrete graphics’) and the spacecraft-like, RGB-lit Predator Orion 9000 desktop.

The Orion 9000 is an 8K UHD-capable beast, powered by an Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor with 18 cores and 36 threads, Radeon RX Vega graphics or a pair of GeForce GTX 1080Ti graphics cards in an SLI configuration.

LG Gram
Last, but by no means least, LG showcased its new Gram laptops (pictured top), equipped with the latest 8th generation Intel Core i7 and i5 processors to improve efficiency and performance. Slim and lightweight, the new Gram models are built from a Nano Carbon Magnesium full metal alloy and incorporate a touchscreen display, SSD, fingerprint Reader and Thunderbolt 3.

Find out more about the newest 8th Generation Intel Core processors here.

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