The 10 best laptops from CES 2017 will have you itching to upgrade

CES 2017 may leave you wanting to upgrade your laptop, even if you don't need to

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This year we’ve seen all kind of amazing new products shown off at CES, including a room-scale gaming experience without a VR headset, razor-thin HDTVs with unbelievably lifelike picture quality, and of course, drones and autonomous vehicles galore. But perhaps the most exciting things shown off at CES 2017 are new iterations of a device we all know and love: the good old fashioned laptop. Here’s the best.

Samsung Chromebook Plus

Let’s start with the laptop that earned our Best in Show award for CES 2017. When you first lay eyes on the Samsung Chromebook Plus, it looks like any other laptop. But once you get your hands on it, it becomes something else entirely. This is a Chromebook that might replace your Windows laptop – and your Android tablet.

What sets the Samsung Chromebook Plus apart is its support for the Google Play store, and in fact, all Android apps. That’s right — this is the first laptop built with Android in mind from the very beginning. The versatile 2-in-1 features a built-in stylus with digitizer, full accelerometer support, and new context menus to bridge the gap between apps designed for mobile, and apps designed for laptops.

Add to that an immersive 2,400 x 1,600 display, a weight of less than 2.5 pounds, a keyboard that’s a joy to use, and it exceeds expectations set by its incredibly low price point of $449.

Under the hood, the Samsung Chromebook Plus features 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage space, a 360-degree hinge, and a custom-built ARM hexa-core chip called the OP1. The Chromebook Pro features an Intel Core M3-6Y30 with a base clock of 900Mhz, though its pricing is announced.

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Dell XPS 2-in-1

The Dell XPS 13 was easily our favorite laptop of 2016, with its premium build, impressive performance, and modest price point. After spending some time with its latest sibling, the Dell XPS 2-in-1, we think it’s poised to become our favorite of 2017. Already, it’s earned our coveted Best in Computing award for CES 2017, and it’s easy to see why.

It’s tough to discern the XPS 2-in-1 from the XPS 13, aside from a slightly different hinge. But once you get a look at the internals and the impressive touch screen, it’s clear that this isn’t just another iteration. This is a vast improvement over an already impressive computer. Featuring a familiar aluminum-and-carbon-fiber chassis, the XPS 2-in-1 integrates a 360-degree hinge, and offers support for a stylus.

Inside, the XPS 2-in-1 boasts 7th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, depending on specs, with integrated Intel HD 615 graphics, up to 1TB of storage space, up to 16GB of RAM, and a 13.3-inch Full HD, or QHD+ InfinityEdge touch display.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

The Lenovo ThinkPad is one of those product lines that has a reputation for reliability, but doesn’t often turn heads. This year, Lenovo managed to change that without sacrificing the ThinkPad’s characteristic reliability, and understated style.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon features an ultra-light, super-thin chassis, weighing just 2.5 pounds and coming in at just over half an inch thick. In addition, Lenovo manages to pare down the bezels around the ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s display, cramming a 14-inch screen into a system that is smaller than most other systems featuring a 13-inch display.

This isn’t a complete re-design, it’s a subtle refresh, and a welcome improvement to an already impressive product. ThinkPad adherents will be pleased to learn that the X1 Carbon lives up to the ThinkPad legacy, providing a workhorse with powerful hardware, but now in a surprisingly svelte and stylish package. Add to that a base price of $1,349, and it should give competitors a run for their money.

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Samsung Notebook 9

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Samsung introduced a handful of new notebooks at CES. One of the most interesting, aside from our Best in Show pick, the Chromebook Plus, was the Notebook 9. It’s a relatively straightforward update to the existing Samsung Notebook line, a 15-inch general use laptop with a light, portable design, and surprisingly powerful internals.

The Samsung Note 9 features a 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor, along with 16GB of onboard memory, and a discrete Nvidia 940MX graphics card. Somehow, Samsung has managed to cram all that power into a 15-inch system that weighs an astonishing 2.73 pounds.

It’s big, light, and features enough horsepower for modest gaming performance. You don’t often see such features in one system, but the Notebook 9 manages to pull it off in style.

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HP EliteBook x360

If you’re familiar with the 13-inch Spectre x360, you might expect the similarly-branded EliteBook x360 to share much of the same DNA. But the EliteBook x360 doesn’t strike us as a carbon-copy or sibling – it’s an upgrade.

The EliteBook x360 features an elegant, silver unibody chassis like the Spectre, but manages to keep it a little classier by maintaining a uniform finish across the board. This whole thing is silvery-white, aside from the display and matte-black keyboard.

HP is stepping up security with a set of biometric sensors, including a camera compatible with Windows Hello, a fingerprint reader, and a unique display technology which emulates a privacy screen — making it difficult for anyone at your local coffee shop to do some shoulder surfing and snatch a peek at sensitive information on your screen.

With a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM to start, and a 1080p display, the EliteBook will retail for $1,250 once it hits the market later this year.

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