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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HP Spectre x360 15-inch

Moving on to another new entry in the HP lineup, the HP Spectre x360 15-inch builds on the previous 13-inch model by offering up a larger display, more powerful internals and of course, the signature Spectre x360 build quality.

The key to the 15-inch model is the diplay. Not only is it spacious, but it only comes in one resolution: 4K. That dazzling screen comes at a cost though, as the HP Spectre x360 is notably heavier than its predecessor, weighing in at 4.4 pounds to the 13-inch model’s 3.26lb.

It’s hefty, but you do get some extra battery power from those extra ounces. Even with the 4K display, HP claims the x360 will still get about 12 hours of battery life. On top of that, the x360 sports a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and don’t forget — it’s a 2-in-1. So you’re getting a 15-inch 4K tablet in addition to a sleek, if hefty, laptop.

Asus GL502

Speaking of hefty laptops, gaming laptops have a reputation for size and weight. Those discrete graphics cards and extra cooling hardware must go somewhere, right? Asus aims to buck that trend with the latest refresh of its popular Republic of Gamers lineup.

The GL502 can be kitted out with a 7th-generation Intel Core processor, an Nvidia GTX 1060 or 1070 GPU, and features a nearly peerless display. The monitor on the GL502 features a 120Hz refresh rate, with support for Nvidia’s G-Sync, meaning your games are going to be buttery smooth, no matter how fast your hardware is pumping out those frames.

It’s also worth mentioning that the GL502 is one of the smallest VR-ready laptops, weighing in at 4.85 pounds, and just under an inch thick. It also features signature Asus ROG styling, a black chassis with RGB lighting to bring some flare.

Dell Inspiron Gaming 15 7000

The Dell Inspiron 7000 Gaming was a pleasant surprise in 2016, an affordable gaming laptop with a relatively solid chassis capable of solid — if moderate — gaming performance. The 2017 model takes those successes and builds on them by improving overall performance, and adding some much-needed customization options.

The 2017 model can be configured up or down to fit your needs and your wallet. You can choose from a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti, and you even have three different display options to choose from — 1080p, 1080p with touchscreen, or a big, bad 4K display.

All the way down the line, you can custom-tailor your Dell Inspiron 15 7000, with several options for storage space, RAM, even your choice of operating system. Well, as long as you want Ubuntu or Windows 10. Best of all? It starts at just $800.

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Lenovo Legion Y720

Unlike it’s small, svelte cousin, the ThinkPad, the Lenovo Legion Y720 eschews any attempt at subtlety. This is a monstrous laptop, and it’s built like one.

This 17-inch laptop sports a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, 16GB of RAM, and a built-in Xbox One receiver. But this isn’t just a gaming laptop. This is a VR gaming laptop. Despite featuring a 1080p or 4K display, and Dolby Atmos speakers, the Lenovo Legion is designed to be a mobile VR station. In addition to being VR ready out of the box, the Lenovo Legion has another interesting feature, it does something called “VR upscaling.”

That means the laptop can take a non-VR game, and fit it to your VR headset automatically, giving you an immersive, 360-degree experience even when you’re playing a standard video game — like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. To accomplish this, the Legion outputs the game to a lower resolution, but fits it to your entire field of view when using a VR headset.

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Acer Predator 21 X

The incredibly large, unbelievably priced Acer Predator 21 X takes the “gaming laptop” concept to a luxuriant and truly massive conclusion. Let’s get to the elephant in the room first: the Acer Predator 21X costs $9,000. It is not a product that Acer likely expects to fly off store shelves. The Predator 21X is the definition of a halo product.

It features every possible luxury you could want on a gaming laptop. A full-on mechanical keyboard, a curved 21:9 display with 120Hz refresh rate, a 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7820HK, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 with 16GB of RAM, and 64GB of system memory. It’s like Acer went to a computer hardware store, grabbed the highest-end components it could find, and crammed them all into a laptop roughly the size of a small elephant.

One small catch? It does weigh 20 pounds. This is not a portable laptop, this is something that will sit on a desk for much of its life, and given the immense price tag, it’s doubtful anyone would be willing to risk putting this in a backpack. Even if you could find one to fit it.

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