CES 2019 - MSI took some time at the Consumer Electronics Show this year to unveil a beast of a new laptop: the new GS75 Stealth, a new 17-inch gaming laptop that rocks NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q.
The new MSI GS75 Stealth features a large 17-inch screen with native 1920 x 1080 and 144Hz refresh rate, but lacks G-Sync for some strange reason. Inside, we have new 6C/12T processors thanks to Intel's 8th-gen Core i7 processors, with a Core i9 model planned for the near future. MSI has used an improved 7 heat pipe cooling system across both the CPU and GPU, so we should expect foot-to-the-floor performance from the GS75 Stealth gaming laptop. The GPU can be configured through to NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q, ensuring you'll hit 144FPS at 1080p in all games.
MSI is being much more open about accessing the GS75 Stealth as well, letting users gain access to all three M.2 slots if they want to manually upgrade their storage. Another nice feature is that MSI was able to reduce the physical size of the power brick, so instead of a large power brick attached to the GS75 Stealth there is a more petite charger that it'll ship with.
CES 2019 - Dell has unveiled an updated version of its popular XPS 13 laptop fixing one of the most-complained about design choices of the laptop: the webcam and its placement under the display.
The new Dell XPS 13 laptop fixes this moving the webcam to above the display on all three models that sport Intel 8th-Gen 'Whiskey Lake' CPUs with Core i3, i5, and i7 models on offer. The webcam being placed at the top forced Dell to drop Windows Hello support, while the new XPS 13 has an optional fingerprint sensor for fast-unlocking your new laptop.
Dell will have its new XPS 13 available starting January 8 for $899.
Update: No it's not, that award goes to Alienware. Devindra Hardawar, the Senior Editor of Engadget tweeted me with a simple 'Nah' and pointed to the fact it was Alienware with its new gaming laptops rolling out with 240Hz displays.
CES 2019 - HP has really stepped it up with its Omen gaming division, with a huge new 65-inch 4K 120/144Hz HDR G-Sync TV that joins NVIDIA's growing Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD) family. But there were some new Omen 15 gaming laptops unveiled too, with the world's first 240Hz gaming laptop unveiled.
The new Omen 15 laptop comes with a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080p display with a TN panel, with a huge 240Hz refresh rate. This is the world's first 240Hz gaming laptop and HP should be proud of that, but it's definitely something I expected from a company like Razer, and not with the Omen 15 - but bragging rights rightfully so, HP. There is a normal 60Hz IPS-based display option, with this lower-end Omen 15 shipping in February, while the 240Hz version ships in July.
You'll need some CPU and GPU grunt to hit 240FPS even at just 1080p so HP has included NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q GPU that features 8GB of GDDR6, while it rocks an Intel Core i7-8750H processor. There's also 16GB of DDR4-2667 RAM, 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD, as well as Wi-Fi 6 technology.
CES 2019 - Alienware today announced the world's most powerful laptop, the Alienware 51m, which blurs the line between laptop and desktop gaming.
The Alienware 51m sports some serious horsepower with configurations up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 alongside a desktop-grade overclockable 9th gen Intel i9 processor, and is the first in brand history to feature 8-core 16 thread Intel CPUs leveraging the Z390 chipset. Despite the raw brunt and power, the most interesting thing about the 51m is it lets users swap out GPU and CPU components as if it were a desktop.
There's one catch: GPU swaps have to comply with Dell's Graphics Form Factor (DGFF) standard, so most gamers will rely on the Alienware Graphics Amplifier external GPU box for upgrades until AMD or NVIDIA release new cards in the format. "CPU upgrades can be done using standard desktop-class processors, while GPU upgrades can be done via onboard graphics module replacement," Alienware said.
CES 2019 - Samsung's latest Odyssey Notebook gaming laptop gets upgraded with powerhouse specs including a GeForce RTX graphics alongside an Intel 8th Gen CPU.
The Samsung Odyssey Notebook is a sleek redesign that's lighter and thinner but packs serious a serious power upgrade under the hood. The gaming laptop sports the potent combo of NVIDIA's latest Turing-based GeForce RTX 2080 GPU for real-time raytracing alongside Intel's 8th Gen i7 hexacore CPU, and a 15.6-inch 144Hz G-Sync display will ensure smooth gaming. Sadly the LCD panel display is locked at 1080p right now. The Odyssey Notebook also sports 16GB of RAM (likely DDR4, but exact frequency was unspecified) with a slightly beefier battery and has two SSD slots, a USB-C port, three USB 3.0 ports, and HDMI out.
What's interesting about the Odyssey Notebook is its gaming profiles. Samsung has added in specific presets that adjust visual and perf settings on-the-fly: "Beast Mode lets users modulate the Samsung Notebook Odyssey's performance depending on the software it is running, and the Black Equalizer helps users get a leg up on the competition by improving in-game lighting," the company wrote in a press release.
CES 2019 - Lenovo has really ramped up all aspects of its Legion gaming brand with what feels like a super-powered new launch of gaming products that look more like Razer gaming laptops than they would when you consider Lenovo isn't known as a gaming brand. Introducing the new Lenovo Legion gaming laptops:
Lenovo is splitting its Legion gaming laptops into a higher-end Y740 model that arrives with both 17-inch and 15-inch display options, while the Y540 will be a lower-end Legion gaming laptop. The higher-end Legion Y740 is a little more special as it rolls out with a Corsair iCUE RGB keyboard and system lighting that can be configured with software, so not only does the new Lenovo Legion Y740 look great, it includes what should be a great gaming keyboard.
The new Lenovo Legion Y740 can be optioned in both a 15-inch 1080p 144Hz display or 17-inch 4K HDR panels both with NVIDIA G-Sync support, an Intel Core i5-8300H or Core i7-8750H processor, and the latest GeForce RTX graphics from NVIDIA. They can be configured with 8/16/32GB of DDR4, up to 512GB of PCIe-based SSD, 512GB SATA SSD, and a 2TB HDD while the higher-end 17-inch model will support Intel Optane storage.
CES 2019 - Razer has just unleashed a bunch of new gaming products with a refresh to its Blade gaming laptops as well as the surprise unveiling of Razer Raptor, a new gaming monitor that has one of the most unique designs yet.
The new Razer Blade laptops have been upgraded with the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics with RTX 2080 Max-Q, RTX 2070 Max-Q and RTX 2060 Max-Q on offer. As for displays we're looking at Blade 15 gaming notebooks split into two families with the Advanced Model and Mercury Edition, with the Mercury Edition being the lighter of the two and doesn't ship in Razer's traditional black design but more light gray.
Inside, Razer is powering the new Blade 15 laptops with an Intel Core i7-8750H processor and 16GB of RAM with either 256GB or 512GB of SSD storage. The 16GB of RAM arrives as DDR4-2677, while the storage arrives as the super-thin but super-fast M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 standard.
But it's the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics that will have people upgrading, with options for the new Blade 15 to be configured with GeForce RTX 2060 with 6GB GDDR6, RTX 2070 Max-Q with 8GB GDDR6, and the flagship GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q and 8GB of GDDR6.
CES 2019 - NVIDIA has just made its new GeForce RTX gaming laptops official, with a record 40 new laptops with a mix of GeForce RTX 2080, RTX 2070, and the newly-announced RTX 2060 inside.
One of the new GeForce RTX 2080 powered gaming laptops will be the MSI GS65 Stealth, which is faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 desktop graphics card, and NVIDIA compared it to having 2x the perofrmance of Sony's best PlayStation 4 Pro console. The new RTX 2080-powered MSI GS65 Stealth is capable of running Battlefield V at 60FPS+ with RTX on, and it can also handle some serious on-the-go video editing power with 6K RED video editing support.
The GeForce RTX 2060 powered Acer Predator Triton 500 is 1.6x the speed of a PS4 Pro, with faster-than GeForce GTX 1070 desktop graphics, and can also run Battlefield V with RTX on at over 60FPS. The GeForce RTX 2060 powered laptops are fine for 4K RED video editing, another big bonus.
LG has just announced its new 14-inch and 17-inch laptops, expanding its Gram family of products. The new 17-inch LG Gram laptop is quite the beast, marking a return to the world of 17-inch laptops that has been pretty empty for the last few years.
The new 17-inch laptop weighs less than 3 pounds which is impressive considering its large 17-inch screen which has a native resolution of 2560x1600 on its, surprise surprise, 16:10 aspect ratio panel. Inside, there's an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8565U processor, up to 512GB of SSD and up to 16GB of RAM. There's also a fingerprint sensor which makes logging into the 17-inch LG Gram easier than most laptops.
LG's big selling point here other than the what should hopefully be very spacious 17-inch 2560x1600 16:10 panel is the fact that the company is touting a huge 19.5-hour battery life on a single charge. The only laptops that come close to this are from Qualcomm in the form of Snapdragon-based Always On, Always Connected PCs.
Apple has finally released its beefed-up 15-inch MacBook Pro laptop, which rocks a power hungry and hot Intel Core i9 processor and AMD Radeon Pro Vega graphics in the form of Vega 16 and Vega 20.
The new MBP can be optioned with GPUs that will be joined by the Intel UHD Graphics 630 on the CPU, with AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16 and Vega 20 graphics options both packing 4GB of HBM2. AMD explains the Vega 16 and Vega 20 options for the new MacBook Pro as "Vega next-generation compute units" with 16 or 20 compute units respectively.
AMD is touting a rather large 60% increase in performance over the current-gen Radeon Pro 560X in the current MacBook Pro, so we can expect a truly huge leap in graphics performance - but only 60% over the Radeon Pro 560X with a new HBM2-powered Radeon Pro Vega offering? Hmm. Anyway, the upgrade from the Radeon Pro 560X to the Radeon Pro Vega 16 is $250, while the Radeon Pro Vega 20 adds another $350 onto the MBP, which is already ridiculously expensive.