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1: The Most Interesting Laptops of CES 2016

CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, is one of the biggest technology showcases in the world and is where most major tech companies announce all the gadgets they’re going to put out in the first half of the year. It’s a big deal, goes on for almost a week, and produces an overwhelming number of blog posts and articles detailing who made what thing and why and hopefully how much it costs. I waded into the CES coverage to find out which laptops are worth keeping an eye out for over the next few months.

Duration: 15:48:00

Present: K. Tempest Bradford.


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Lenovo ThinkPad 13

Available starting in April starting at $450 for the Windows 10 version and $400 for the ChromeOS version.

  • Laptop Magazine hands-on by Avram Piltch — “Best of all, this affordable ThinkPad features the same best-in-class keyboard that Lenovo uses on its more expensive ThinkPad T Series models. Normally, to get this kind of typing experience, you have to spend $900 or more.”
  • Android Central Top Pick of CES (ChromeOS version) — “…built well and made to live through a bit of a beating, even if that means it isn’t the sleekest or lightest thing out there.”
  • Liliputing Closer Look — “…both notebooks basically felt like entry-level devices with relatively cheap plastic cases… which isn’t surprising since they have entry-level prices.”

Lenovo Yoga 900S

Available in March, starting at $1100.

Samsung Notebook 9

Comes in two screen sizes: 15.6 inches at 2.84 pounds and 13.3 inches at 1.9 pounds. Available early 2016, no price announced yet

LG Gram 15

Available in February starting at $1100 (Amazon pre-order page is live)

  • Liliputing Hands-on — “the LG Gram 15 is one of the most exciting things I’ve seen so far on the first day of CES week. It’s hard to convey just how light this laptop feels when you hold it in your hands. Sure, there are laptops that weigh even less, but they don’t have screens this big, so it’s not quite as surprising when you pick them up.”
  • Windows Central Hands-on Video
  • Laptop Magazine Hands-on

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