Digital Workstations that Make Work Better (Cooler, Even)

January’s CES tech convention in Las Vegas had us all researching new gadget upgrades. No one is immune to the latest tech promising to make us better informed, with clearer sound, better pictures, faster AI—and more AI. This month, we thought we’d get back to our basic workstation—with 4 AI-enabled laptops to make work a little faster—and one AI assistant designed to put poor Alexa to shame.

ASUS: Zenbook Duo

Two screens are better than one. This dual-screen laptop gives creatives the luxury of screen real estate that can be easily transported from home to the office with a work-stop at the coffee shop.
Two 14-inch touchscreens expand work stations up to 19.8 inches. The full-size Bluetooth® magnetic, detachable keyboard is ready to work anywhere, any time. The AI-powered Intel® Core™ Ultra 9 processor, up to 32 GB LPDDR5x memory1 TB PCle® 4.0 SSD, smart software, gesture control, and a 75 Wh battery makes sure this laptop can keep up with your work and passion projects.

DELL: PRECISION 5680

This 16-inch premium workstation is light, sturdy, and ready for work. Powered by an Intel Core i7-13700H processor, a 6GB Nvidia RTX A1000 GPU, 32GB of memory, and 512GB SSD, the 5680 features a 1,920 x 1,200 pixel display framed by a durable, recycled aluminum casing and polycarbonate glass fiber palm rest. We love the 1080p webcam with IR face recognition. It
automatically locks the PC if you step away and wakes it when you return. A fingerprint reader is built into the power button for added security.

MSI: Prestige
16 AI EVO Laptop

Tap into the power of Intel’s Core Ultra 7 processor with this
digital workstation. Not only is this laptop stylish, it’s also fast.
With 32GB of 6400 MHz LPDDRE Ram, we love the render speed (and general multitasking speed) of this unit. It’s a great option for hybrid work. Its 16-inch OLED display features 3840 x 2400 resolution for vivid picture and precise coloration. It’s got a fingerprint reader and privacy shutter to keep work secure—and since we love long battery life, we give this laptop props for its long-performance, 4-cell, 99Wh Li-Polymer battery.

DELL: XPS 16

An upgraded version of Dell’s popular XPS 13, this notebook is a smart choice for those looking for an ultra-sleek, minimalist design with a roomy keyboard. It features an Intel Core Ultra CPU with a very cool Neural Processing Unit that accelerates AI-driven tasks. Creatives will appreciate the 16.3-inch Infinity Edge display that can be configured with up to an RTX 4070 graphics card. Plus, it’s got the ports we’ve come to expect—but don’t always get—including 3x Thunderbolt 4/USB-C and microSD. Look for a release sometime during the first quarter of 2024.

RABBIT: R1

This digital assistant caught our attention because, unlike a smartphone, this unit provides app-less AI assistance based on human intentions. The Large Action Model (LAM), unlike the Large Language Model, not only understands what users say, but can complete actions.

With a touchscreen, talk button, analog scroll wheel, microphone, speakers, and 360-degree camera, the Rabbit can find and book a flight, play music, order rideshare, choose the most frequently-ordered menu item from a favorite restaurant, and more. We thought it was especially cool that it could photograph the contents of a refrigerator and offer recipes based on inventory—all in an approximately 3 x 3-inch unit.

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