Return of the lap
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.