Best laptops and tablets of CES 2016: Lenovo, HP and more –

The Consumer Electronics Show marks the launch, or at least announcement, of thousands of devices and products. These range from activity trackers and smartphones to TVs and laptops, with all sorts in between.

This year’s show has seen several laptops already announced, with no doubt more on their way so we have rounded up the best of the bunch here.

As usual, we will update this feature as more are announced, but for now, here are the best laptops of CES 2016. You’ll find a brief summary of each laptop but keep checking back as we will be adding any links to our first impressions as we get our hands and eyes on them.

LenovoYoga 900S

The Lenovo Yoga 900S spearheads the company’s 2016 line-up with its pencil-thin 12.8mm build that weighs just shy of a kilo. It sports a 12-inch QHD display, 10.5-hour battery life and it features a 360-degree watchband hinge, allowing you to flip the screen over for a Windows 10 tablet.

There’s a full keyboard on board, along with an optional active pen stylus. The Yoga 900S will ship in March 2016, priced from $1099 in the US.

READ MORE Lenovo Yoga 900S is world’s slimmest convertible laptop


HP announced several laptops at CES 2016 including the Spectre x360 family with lots of exciting features for this year including a 4K display, OLED, Bang & Olufsen audio and a larger 15-inch model.

The 13.3-inch model returns with an OLED Quad HD display option, meaning a 50g lighter device and a higher colour gamut. The 15.6-inch model is new for 2016 and comes with a 4K display, 15.9mm slim body and a 9.5-hour battery life. The 15.6-inch Spectre x360 will start at £1000 this month, while the 13.3-inch OLED model will be available in spring but pricing has yet to be announced.

READ MORE HP Spectre x360 refresh brings 4K, OLED and 15-inch options

HPHP Folio

Along with the HP Spectre x360 refresh, HP also announced the EliteBook 1040 and the EliteBook Folio. It is the latter that really caught our eye however, despite being business focused.

The EliteBook Folio is pitched as the world’s thinnest and lightest business class notebook. It is 12.4mm thin, weighs less than a kilo and offers a battery life up to 10 hours. There is also a 4K display on board, all for a starting price of $999 in March.

Pocket-lintAcer Switch 12 S

The Acer Aspire Switch 12 S is a 2-in-1 notebook that features the company’s Snap Hinge Gold that is said to support fast data streaming between the tablet and keyboard for a quick connection, while the Acer ExoAmp antenna is claimed to offer reliable Wi-Fi.

The anodised aluminium body is just 7.85mm thin and the latest 6th Generation Intel Core M processors are under the hood, while USB Type-C supports fast data transfers. Users can choose between a 4K or Full HD display, both protected by Gorilla Glass 4, and prices start at $999.99 in North America and €1199 in Europe from February.

Pocket-lintAcer Chromebook 11

Acer’s latest Chromebook – designation CB3-131 – has an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 display, with the company’s anti-glare technology. It offers up to nine hours of battery life and can be spec’ed with either 2GB or 4GB of memory to add to the Intel Celeron quad-core processor, and either 16GB or 32GB of internal flash storage.

However, it’s biggest draw is the super slim form factor. It measures just 18.6mm so has a small footprint and is 1.1kg, making it light enough to sling in a backpack comfortably. With different specifications being available, the new Acer Chromebook 11 series starts at $179.99 in the US and will be available from February. UK prices are yet to be revealed.


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