CES 2022: 5 extraordinary laptops for business users


CES is all about showing innovation, and this year has been a success for those waiting for an exciting new laptop.

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As we approach the end of CES 2022 (which ends Friday, January 7 instead of Saturday, in case you didn’t know), it’s time to take a look at some of the many newly announced pieces of hardware that stood out from the crowd.

Five laptops, in this case, stood out from the pack for reasons such as innovative new features, design choices that are good for business users, and new technology that recognizes how much our daily use of technology for. the job has changed since 2020.

If you’ve been waiting to buy a new laptop to see what’s coming out of CES 2022, now is the time to decide if something was exciting enough to be worth the wait. I think you will agree that was the case.

Dell XPS 13 Plus

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The Dell XPS 13 Plus, available in two colors.

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Dell’s XPS line has been at the forefront of consumer hardware for several years, and in 2022 its iconic XPS laptop has been completely redesigned. Sure, it’s a mainstream brand, but the Dell XPS 13 Plus looks crisp and will always be useful, especially with a battery that can charge to 80% in under half an hour.

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The XPS 13 Plus also has a feature that Apple users will recognize: a touch bar at the top that can change the layout. Don’t worry if you’re worried about the poorly designed Touch Bar migrating to PCs – it just switches between function keys and media control keys, and that’s it.

The trackpad is also invisible and responds with haptic feedback, and an HD webcam paired with IR sensors promises to improve the quality of low-light video calls as well. If you’re interested, the XPS 13 Plus will be available worldwide this spring and will ship with Windows 11 or Ubuntu 20.04. No word on pricing yet.

Lenovo ThinkPad Z Series

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The redesigned Lenovo ThinkPad Z series; the Z16, in this case.

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Lenovo made more than one great laptop announcement at CES, with this one being the less exciting of the two (read on for the bigger one). Nevertheless, the new Lenovo Z series of ThinkPad is worth the detour for any professional looking for a new powerful and powerful machine.

The ThinkPad Z comes in two sizes, 13-inch and 16-inch, both described by Lenovo as being designed for business users and their needs. An optional vegan leather cover gives the Z series a polished and professional look, a recycled aluminum body adds to its premium appearance and it also has a glass touchpad.

The biggest business feature that, again, recognizes the new centrality of video conferencing in the modern business world, is the communication bar that sits atop the monitor. The communication bar contains an FHD webcam, two microphones, infrared, facial recognition, a built-in webcam kill switch and more.

Both Z-series ThinkPads will be available in spring 2022, with no word on pricing.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED

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Asus’ latest entry in its Zenbook series is the Zenbook 14 OLED, which is just over half an inch thick, weighs just over three pounds, has (up to) a processor 12th Generation Intel Core, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and OLED touchscreen.

For business users who don’t like the idea of ​​swapping out a laptop for the ever-handy numeric keypad, the Zenbook 14 OLED has a trackpad that doubles as a touchpad, so you won’t have to use a huge bulky machine in order to achieve essential functionality.

No word yet on pricing or availability, so you might be waiting a bit to get your hands on one.

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3

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The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3

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Here’s something you don’t see every day: A 17-inch laptop with an 8-inch secondary display placed to the right of the keyboard. The secondary display, which supports a stylus, can be used to accommodate a variety of productivity applications, as well as for phone syncing and mirroring. It also acts as an extended or duplicated part of the main screen.

It’s the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 in a nutshell. All of these cool display features combine with awesome hardware, like up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, and a 2TB SSD, but let’s face it: you’re not looking at this laptop because it has a powerful processor or Windows 11. You’re looking at it because it’s something totally new that could actually be of great use to professionals working in a variety of fields.

Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

Asus ZenBook 17 fold

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Lenovo’s ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 would be CES’s flagship laptop without the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold, what Asus calls “the world’s first 17-inch foldable OLED laptop.”

Think of the Zenbook 17 Fold as a 17-inch monitor that can double as a tablet, laptop, book, or whatever you can imagine doing with a foldable screen. The Zenbook 17 supports a Bluetooth keyboard called ASUS ErgoSense which fits the bottom half of the screen and converts it into a full-fledged laptop, or you can use an on-screen keyboard if you want.

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Folding devices have come a long way since the first Samsung Fold, and while the ZenBook 17 Fold is as high-end as it looks, we are entering an era where folding devices are more than just a status symbol: they are also practical working devices.

No word on the release of the Zenbook 17 Fold just yet, hopefully we don’t have to wait too long.

Do any of them pique your interest? Let us know in the comments below, or tell us what you saw at CES 2022 that got you excited and why.

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