Re­turn of the lap

Computer Shopper - - RETRO -

One of this year’s most no­tice­able trends was the re­turn of an old favourite: the lap­top. De­spite talk in re­cent years of the death of the lap­top, al­most ev­ery ma­jor tech ven­dor that had a pres­ence at the show an­nounced not just one, or two, but a host of dif­fer­ent lap­tops, with pretty much no tablets in sight.

The stand­out de­vice was Asus’s ZenBook Flip S (above), which the firm claims is the world’s thinnest lap­top due to its 10.9mm-thick chas­sis. It tips the scales at just 1.1kg and comes with a 13.3in 4K screen that flips around 360 de­grees.

Asus hasn’t skimped on specs, ei­ther. The Windows 10 S-pow­ered con­vert­ible packs an In­tel Core i7 pro­ces­sor that can achieve up to 3.5GHz boost speeds, a 1TB

SSD and 11.5 hours of bat­tery life. The ZenBook Flip will go on sale this year, with prices start­ing from $1,099 (around £859). MSI’s de­vices in­cluded the huge GT75VR Ti­tan lap­top, a pow­er­ful ma­chine with an over­clock­able CPU and GPU, while Gi­ga­byte’s most in­ter­est­ing new of­fer­ing was the Aorus X9, a be­he­moth dual-GTX 1070 lap­top with a sleek de­sign.

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