The Future of Computing—A Preview

Held annually in Taipei, Taiwan, COMPUTEX is considered to be the biggest computing event of the year. This year, AMD and Intel stole the show with their latest processors, which will offer laptops and computers even more power. But the expo also provided a look at the future of laptops. After years of similar designs and slight tweaks, companies are finally starting to take bigger leaps as they incorporate new styles and imagine new possibilities for laptops.

MSI: The Ultimate Gaming Laptop

MSI is giving gamers the power of a desktop within a laptop with its new GT76 Titan ($3,600 and up). The laptop pairs an Intel Core i9-9900K desktop processor—overclocked to 5.0GHz across all eight cores—with top-of-the-line RTX 2080 graphics that can be viewed on a 17.3-inch 4K IPS-level thin bezel display. And while most gaming laptops only apply RGB lighting to keyboards, the GT76 Titan’s Mystic Glow will also have an underglow from the laptop’s base to provide an enhanced user experience.

HP: A Nice Wood Finish

Previously, HP gave laptops a new feel with the use of leather in the HP Spectre Folio, but it is at it again. Now the company is offering the world’s first convertible PCs with authentic wood as part of its HP ENVY Wood Series. The HP ENVY 13, HP ENVY x360 13, HP ENVY x360 15, and HP ENVY 17 will all be available with an accented wood inlay that comes in three different combination options: Nightfall Black with Natural Walnut, Ceramic White with White Birch, or Natural Silver with Pale Birch.

Dell: The Best Gets Better

The Dell XPS line is considered one of the top ultraportable options on the market, and the newest XPS 13 2-in-1 ($999.99 and up) continues with that tradition. This iteration refines the InfinityEdge display in a 16:10 format to offer an edge-to-edge screen with a 7% larger viewing experience. And the addition of Eyesafe reduces potentially harmful blue light emissions while maintaining color gamut performance. This is also Dell’s first laptop with Intel’s 10th Gen Intel Core processors, which help to increase its performance 2.5 times compared to the previous model.

ASUS: A Screen Extension for More Productivity

ASUS has incorporated an interactive second touchscreen in its laptops before, but it is taking things up notch with the ZenBook Pro Duo. Featuring the new ASUS ScreenPad Plus, a 14-inch width secondary touchscreen that is located directly above the keyboard. The ScreenPad Plus works seamlessly with the laptop’s main 15.6-inch 4K UHD OLED touchscreen and gives you more ways to customize and optimize your workflow. Features include Quick Key, which allows one-tap automation of complex keyboard sequences, while Handwriting lets you input text intuitively, and Task Group lets you open multiple apps with one touch.

Intel: Two Screens Are Better Than One

Intel made several announcements about its plan to improve laptops. That includes an update on its Project Athena program in which the company is partnering with the likes of Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo on new laptops for the holiday season. The goal is to offer improvements that will better serve people’s needs such as longer battery life and the ability to wake from sleep in less than one second. Intel also showed off several prototypes such as “Twin River,” a 2-in-1 laptop with two 12.3-inch touchscreen displays. While Intel isn’t planning to produce this for market, the technology could soon be incorporated in other companies’ laptop designs.

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