CES is always flooded with new gaming laptops, but this year felt a bit different. Like the best laptops of CES as a whole, the updates to gaming laptops this year focused more on improved displays and new designs than just updated internals.
Here are the four
The Zephyrus G14 has always been one of our favorite
As you may notice, a lot of those features aren’t gaming-focused. And that’s because this redesign of the ROG Zephyrus G14 seems to be targeting more of a crossover demographic. It’s a spot the Razer Blade 14 has owned over the years, but increasingly, the G14 seems like a serious contender. Throw in a killer-looking OLED display and the latest Ryzen processors, and this one looks like it’ll be tough to beat.
HP’s Omen has been rather quiet over the past few years, especially on the gaming laptop front. The new Omen 14 Transcend feels like a pretty compelling fresh start for the brand — combined with its new QD-OLED monitor. When announced, it’s calling card was its claim as the “lightest 14-inch gaming laptop” with a weight of just 3.6 pounds. The aforementioned ROG Zephyrus G14 has since stolen that title at 3.4 pounds — but the Omen 14 Transcend is nevertheless quite a thin and light
The Omen 14 Transcend comes in a new white color, which is all the rage these days. It also comes with ports placed in the rear and an all-around clean look.
Beyond that, the MSI Titan HX also comes with a light-up, seamless haptic touchpad — another feature we haven’t seen on
The Alienware m17 R2 represents a pretty drastic redesign of the line, as it has ditched the thermal shelf on the back that has defined the look of every other Alienware laptop. That reduces the footprint on the table quite a bit, and required the company to completely redesign the internals of the laptop as well. We’ll have to wait to review the laptop ourselves, but Dell is claiming that airflow is significantly better this time around, despite the new design.
Overall, Alienware wants this to be the company’s more subtle choice in the lineup. To that end, it scaled back some of the exaggerated vents and angular lines. There’s even a dedicated “stealth mode” key to quickly turn off the lights and fans. It’s no ROG G14 or Razer Blade in terms of a more minimalist gaming laptop — but for Alienware, this is certainly a more toned-down look.
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