QUITE possibly the world’s largest
technology trade show took place in Las Vegas last week, with tech industry
members, enthusiasts and journalists from across the world
There was a truly mind-boggling amount of
stuff on display – CES occupies at least three full-size convention centres in
different parts of central Las Vegas – and a lot of fascinating stuff was on
display, covering pretty much the whole gamut of technological fields.
Gamers were well looked after at the event
too, with major manufacturers unveiling new gaming hardware to attendees – and here
are some of the gaming laptop highlights:
G5 15 SE LAPTOP
The latest offering in the G5 Special
Edition series will be running AMD hardware under its bonnet, with a
third-generation AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series CPU (with up to eight cores) and an AMD Radeon RX 5600M
GPU, outputting to a 15.6” FHD display panel available with an optional 144Hz
The laptop will also, the Alienware Command
Centre and storage options – both single and multi drive – including an up to 1TB
PCIe M2 SSD and a 2TB 5400 RPM HDD, along with an optional 68Whr battery and an
optional four-zone RGB keyboard too.
The G5 15E is expected to be available in
mid-April with an RRP starting from USD$799 (AUD$1150), with local pricing to
REPUBLIC OF GAMERS ZEPHYRUS G14
The Asus Republic of Gamers Zephyrus G14 is
being billed as “The world’s most powerful 14-inch gaming notebook”, sporting an
AMD Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors, an Nvidia RTX2060 with AMD FreeSync,
and the choice of either a FHD display with 120Hz refresh or WQHD resolution
display without the higher refresh rate.
RAM is up to 32GB of DDR4-3200, and there’s
also an NVMe SSD with up to 1TB of storage in the unit too; Asus claim the battery will run for about 10 hours
Aesthetically, the unit also features “AniMe
Matrix LED personalisation”, which is described as an optional, precision-cut
LED on the lid, “enabling users to show custom graphics, animations, and other
effects across over a thousand mini LEDs embedded in the lid.”
Asus have confirmed the unit will launch in
Australia in April, with local pricing to be confirmed at launch.
SPECTRE X360 15
HP are calling the Spectre x360 15 the most powerful unit in the line yet, with a 10th gen Intel i7 processor, Nvidia RTX graphics card, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to a 2TB SSD under the bonnet, with a claimed 17 hours of battery life.
The unit is a two-in-one laptop with a 15.6”4K OLED display screen, featuring a 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio and a generally attractive aesthetic too.
Wi-Fi connectivity is via Wi-Fi 6, and HP
have made security a focus in the laptop too, with a webcam kill switch,
dedicated mic mute button and fingerprint reader on the keyboard deck.
The unit is expected to launch in March,
with Australian pricing and availability to be confirmed.
Lenovo are hoping to bridge the gap between work
and gaming with its Legion Y740S, which the company is calling its thinnest and
lightest Windows 10 gaming laptop yet.
Internally, the unit is expected to have 10th gen Intel i9 processors, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB SSD, and feature a 15.6”4K screen with 60Hz refresh, incorporating a 600 nits brightness and 100 per cent sRGB colour gamut.
Weighing 1.9 kg, the unit is designed to pair with the Lenovo Legion BoostStation eGPU – an external GPU and SSD storage unit – via Thunderbolt, letting gamers use their laptop for work during the day and for gaming at night (when most people game anyway).
Lenovo have said both the Y740S and
BoosStation are expected to be available in May, with the 15-inch Lenovo Legion
Y740S starting at USD$1099.99 (AUD$1592) as a configure-to-order offering with
the BoostStation eGPU starting from USD$249.99 (AUD$362) on its own (without
the graphics card), with the option to bundle it with either a Nvidia GeForce
RTX2060 or AMD Radeon RX 7500.
Australian availability and pricing is yet
to be confirmed.