At this year's 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we saw the future of technology and saw first-hand what's in store for us this year and beyond. Ironically, while CES used to be less about laptops and more about smartphones, the reverse has been true for the last few years. This year there was a near avalanche of new PCs and advances around Windows 10 computing, including some wild new designs.
Here are the six new products announced or launched at CES that wowed us and won the Best of CES award this year.
Best of CES 2020
The nicest laptop for 2020
The XPS 13 has always been the bar for which all other Ultrabook PCs are measured, but Dell has outdone itself for 2020. With micro-bezels now on all four sides, that darling new 16:10 aspect ratio, new keyboard design, and is thinner than ever, the XPS 13 (9300) gets our heart pumping. Heck, Dell even brought back Windows Hello face recognition in a teeny top-bezel web camera to seal the deal. There's no question this is the best Ultrabook around.
Best new form factor
The first PC with a foldable display is here
Lenovo gets props not only for being so bold with the ThinkPad X1 Fold but for working on it for so long. In development for the last four years, the X1 Fold is not a prototype PC but rather a well-thought-out design that solves a lot of problems with a PC that has a folding display. It's built tough, looks elegant, and feels fantastic to use. Sure, there are the usual concerns with such a radical change in form-factor, but the precision Lenovo brings to the device gives us confidence that it will be the most exciting PC this year. It's undoubtedly the wildest PC yet, and it comes out this summer, which is crazy
Best new CPU
Oh sure, the new AMD 3990X costs a staggering $3,990 making it an unlikely choice for consumers, or even high-end gamers (who probably wouldn't see that much benefit anyway). But let's give AMD credit where credit is due for delivering one of the most powerful CPUs on the market, making it perfect for engineers, scientists, and anyone who needs a lot of processing power. While we won't be personally running one of these anytime soon, all tech is trickle-down, meaning this will eventually benefit us all.
Super powerful, built for all
All-in-one PCs tend to look great but end up being underpowered for many desktop users. It's a tradeoff, but one that doesn't have to exist as HP has proven. The new ENVY 32 not only packs a real desktop processor but a real gaming GPU as well with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (MaxQ Design). Toss in 32GB of DDR4 RAM, SSD for storage, and jaw-dropping anti-reflective 32-inch 4K display with the world's loudest PC audio system – and yeah, we're impressed. It's also a better value than Apple's 27‑inch iMac.
Best new gaming PC
A tiny PC that packs a punch
For years, Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) barebones PC systems has intrigued rig builders and those itching for small but powerful PCs. But until now, they always sacrificed on graphics for being compact. Luckily, that all changes with the Razer Tomahawk. The tiny PC lets users upgrade the CPU, RAM, and SSD but also allows users to drop in a real NVIDIA RTX graphics card all into one of the smallest cases around. The Tomahawk could very well open the door to all sorts of new scenarios for those who need powerful computing with a small footprint.
Best gaming monitor
You really can have it all
Gaming displays tend to swap refresh rates and speed for visual quality like lower-resolutions. But LG's latest gaming monitor has it all including a 4K resolution, 1ms response, G-Sync Compatible gaming, a 144Hz refresh rate, and VESA Display HDR600. It's entirely possible the best all-around 27-inch monitor you'll be able to grab, whether it's for high-end gaming, watching a new 4K HDR movie, or editing photos.
We're happy to hand out a Best of CES 2020 award to each of these companies for their innovation with incredible new technology! It takes a massive amount of time, effort, and resources to bring these devices to the world, and they're all deserving of our excitement.
Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.
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