The big PC gaming announcements from this year’s CES are all to do with laptops. We’ve had Nvidia’s mobile RTX 30-series announcement, AMD’s Zen 3 transitioning across, and Intel introducing its H35 special edition chips. Given AMD Zen 3 and Nvidia RTX 3080 were the biggest releases on desktops in 2020, it was inevitable that they’d be appearing in laptops in 2021. And this is definitely a good thing.
One thing that is notable about a lot of these gaming laptops is that the chassis haven’t changed at all. Because they don’t really need to. Retooling is not something to be undertaken lightly, and the fact that the new GPUs and CPUs effectively drop into existing designs is reason enough to roll them out one more time.
You shouldn’t have to wait too long to get your hands on these new models either. Laptops using the latest kit are due to start appearing by the end of the month, with plenty due to roll out across February.
But which laptops should you be looking for, and which bits of tech stand out to us the most? Honestly, there are so many models on the way, that it’d be almost impossible to list all the different ones, so instead, we’ve focused on the ones that have stood out for us the most.
The most lust-worthy laptops of CES 2021
1.Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model
Razer hasn’t changed the chassis of the Blade 15 for its latest update, and it seems quite proud of that fact too. Then again, when you’ve got a machine that looks this good, we can understand why. It’s still rocking an eight-core, 16-thread 10th Gen Intel chip at its heart, but you now have the option of pairing it with an RTX 30-series GPU for some serious gaming chops. You can also spec it out with a 240Hz QHD screen for the kind of on-the-go gaming that will challenge plenty of desktop setups.
2.Gigabyte Aorus 17G
Gigabyte has updated pretty much all of its laptops to take onboard the new RTX 30-series GPUs, and even the Aorus 15G can somehow make room for Nvidia’s top of the line RTX 3080, which is kinda incredible. We’ve picked the Aorus 17G as our pick of the lot though simply because you can squeeze a 300Hz 1080p IPS panel into its slender form. Don’t forget the clicky mechanical keyboard for that tasty gaming experience. visit savingbuyers.com
3.Asus ROG Flow X13
Asus actually has a wealth of laptops that we can’t wait to get into our greasy mitts. The Scar 17 can be kitted out with the Ryzen 9 5900HX, RTX 3080, and a 240Hz. The TUF Blah looks like a really good option as well, and then there are the new Duos that are definitely expensive, but look perfect if you’re a streamer, or have a genuine use for the second screen.
The standout laptop from Asus for me though is the Flow X13. I love the idea of a little gaming laptops that doesn’t weigh a tonne and won’t look out of place in a meeting. The GTX 1650 is fine for gaming on the go, but throw in the flexibility of being able to use it as a tablet, and then getting it home and plugging it into your external GPU, and I can’t wait to see how it measures up.
4.Acer Nitro 5
The Acer Nitro 5 may not look that different from last year’s model, but it’s what’s inside that counts, isn’t it? There’s no pretence that this is anything other than a gaming machine here, and that means it’s got plenty of room for its fans to shift air to keep things cool.
It can be specced out impressively, all the way up to using the best from AMD and Nvidia in fact. So if you’re already hankering after an RTX 3080 and a Ryzen 9 5900HX in your dream laptop, then you may well be looking at it. Combined those two with a high refresh screen, and you’re pretty much done. visit shomdom.com.