The Best Laptops of CES 2020

CES has come to an end and it’s time for me to head home so let’s wrap up by going through the best laptops I saw at the show and discuss. what I was most interested in the big news this CES was of course about AMD’s new Verizon 4000 series and two CPUs which go up to 8 cores and 16 threads and promises of defeating the i7 9750H from Intel in gaming. While I remain skeptical until I have one for testing it definitely sounds like a nice improvement and I can’t wait to test it out based purely on the number of requests I’ve had from you guys to do a review. 

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401

Already the Asus Zephyrus G14 seems like it’s favorite and I can see why it’s the first 14-inch gaming laptop that uses Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics granted. It’s the 65-watt max-q variant this is still the best we’ve currently got in this form factor alongside that it’s got AMD’s Ryzen-7 4800 HS CPU which has eight cores and 16 threads of processing power. Something that was previously only really obtainable with an Intel i9 or something like a Helios 500 with Ryzen 2700. 

The G14 is far smaller and thinner though we won’t know for sure just how well it performs but based on the specs and all the work as Asus says they’ve done for thermals. I’m expecting good things from this laptop and look forward to getting it into review the Asus also had the G15 with the same Ryzen processor which seems to be the updated version of the GA 502 which is great to have. But I’m more interested in seeing what the new G14 can do as it’s a completely new design.

MSI Alpha 15

MSI also had a new AMD based laptop although if I hadn’t noticed it on the table at the back I might have never known about it as they didn’t mention it during their hour-long presentation the Bravo 15 and 17 appear to be lower-end gaming laptops similar to the Alpha 15 and while that’s cool in all personally I was way more interested in the new GE 66 and GS 66 gaming laptops. 

The successors to the popular GE 65 and GS 65 respectively these two laptops will have Intel 10th gen CPU’s and I suspect next-gen Nvidia graphics which is why there was basically no information available. In terms of processor and graphics so I’m not sure when to expect them as nothing’s been announced yet. The GS 66 is a nice clean looking all blacked-out gaming laptop. While the GE 66 looks kind of like a mini GT 76 Titan with a similar LED design. 

And the addition of RGB light bar along the front just in case you need that bling Lenovo had their Y740s gaming laptop. If you could call it that given it doesn’t have discrete graphics from AMD or Nvidia inside. Only the Intel graphics from the Intel CPU. The idea with this one is that no graphics mean less cooling is required so you get a thinner and lighter laptop. Which speaking from experience is preferable for travel. 

Lenovo will start offering an eGPU solution allowing you to hook up an external desktop graphics card over the thunderbolt when at home to play games. So I guess not technically a gaming laptop in the traditional sense but that’s all they had in terms of gaming at CES. No new AMD laptops here. 

ASUS TUF Gaming A15

The Asus’s TUF 15” and a 17” gaming laptops look like decent incremental improvements over the older TUF machines with big new Dell batteries. And the addition of AMD’s Ryzen 4000 series CPU’s and RTX 2060 or GTX 1660TI graphics. Respectively, we’re expecting them to be fairly capable gaming laptops. Hopefully without being all too expensive as has been the case with previous TUF models. It’s meant to be their more entry-level more budget-friendly brand. 

Dell G5 15

Dell had their new G5 15” special edition think g5 that looks more like the new G3. But with AMD Ryzen 4000 series CPUs and up to Radeon RX 5600M graphics I’m interested in this one. I believe it was the only machine I saw that uses a full AMD processor plus AMD graphics solution. 

All of the other new Ryzen based machines I checked out were paired with Nvidia graphics it’s also interesting because I don’t think Dell has previously offered AMD Hardware as part of their G Series line up. They’ve been all-in on Intel and NVIDIA. I’m keen to see how this new configuration compares. And if they expand it into other models like the g3 or g7 in future.

XMG Clevo 15”

I think what I was most interested in was the Clever Laptop with 12 core 24 thread Ryzen-9  3900 CPU. I always expected to see a.m. for desktop socket laptops become available for the 3000 series. we had some philosopher a few laptops supporting Intel’s desktop socket but those are still currently limited to 8 cores 16 threads with the ninth gen so this is a nice change for those that need serious portable multi-core power.

Asus StudioBook One

While we’re talking about raw power the Asus Studio book 1 is pretty crazy. I have briefly seen it before. But didn’t film it for a video and didn’t realize just how much power it was packing. Given the 2.4 centimeter thickness along with the 8 core intel i9 CPU, it’s basically got the equivalent of mobile titan RTX graphics inside as the Quadro 6000. 

Its users have the same core count and 24 gigs of GDDR6 memory with a 250-watt TDP. Crazy stuff and I really want to see how it actually performs the cooling design, It was also interesting the principle is the same as the Asus mothership. I have previously reviewed where the heat-generating components are placed behind the screen. When you open the lid a flap behind the screen opens up to allow airflow which both allows the components to breathe easily compared to having fans pressed against a desk.

 And also keeps the bottom surface cool on your lap with the cool keyboard are a despite. Having crazy specs based on the size I know there are going to be some limits so I hope I can get one when it’s available and push it and find out just what those are.

Eluktronics MAG-15

I was also interested to see the improvements that Tom Fang was making to their laptops the new 17” and chassis being sold as the Eluktronics Mag 17 looks like it’ll be a nice option for those who were interested in the Mag 15 but wanted a 17-inch laptop as it has a lot of very similar features but with more powerful RTX 2070 max P graphics. Rather than the max Q that was present in the Mag 15, they’re also working on many other changes and improvements to performance that I can’t talk about yet. 

They weren’t really that many new laptops here at CES 2020 at least not compared to last year when Nvidia launched RTX. Four laptops that seemed like a bigger deal at least in terms of new products to cover many companies including Razer, Gigabyte ASA and Lenovo had no AMD Verizon 4000 series gaming laptops to show. At this point, I’m not sure if they’re waiting to see what happens or possibly still testing them out but to me, this seems telling Asus has quite a few high-end laptops. 

Yet we didn’t see them refresh anything with an RTX 2070 or higher graphics with an AMD CPU. I don’t know it just seems like most of these companies are waiting for Intel and NVIDIA to launch their next-gen before refreshing. I saw multiple laptops here at CES that was listed as Intel 10th gen CPUs with no further information it could be that they want to use the new Ryzen CPUs but new Nvidia graphics aren’t too far off so they could just be holding off. It’s hard to say we’ll have to wait and find out either way from what I’ve heard it sounds like we should have many more interesting laptops on display at Computex in June.

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