CES 2022 is coming soon. The main content of the first technology exhibition this year is that gaming laptops in 2022 look very beautiful. We have an exciting batch of new processors from Intel and AMD, and we also have three graphics chips vying for a place in our gaming laptops. At the same time of all this, screen technology continues to improve, and heat dissipation is becoming more and more popular among people.
Earlier this year, Intel announced that its Alder Lake CPU will be used in notebook computers, which can only be a good thing given the performance of desktop computers. In fact, combining performance cores and high efficiency cores to achieve the best of both worlds makes more sense when connected to batteries, and I can’t wait to see what kind of performance/battery life manufacturers can squeeze out of these machines.
There is a trend to use all abilities to get a desktop-like gaming experience, and recent laptops are absolutely impressive in this regard. Nvidia’s release of mobile RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti will ensure that the difference between desktops and laptops is as small as ever. AMD is not fighting back, and you can expect to see laptops equipped with AMD Radeon GPUs. Intel’s Arc will also enter notebook computers this year. Well, this will be a busy year.
Those new AMD Ryzen 6000 mobile chips equipped with RDNA 2 GPUs should not be discounted either, because this means you also have a powerful CPU and good graphics capabilities. Of course, you won’t worry about the dedicated GPU crowd, but this is actually better than the chip you find in the Valve Steam Deck, so it definitely has its uses. Over the years, an ultra-thin laptop can also play weird games, but we may soon see its realization.
This is the core technology covered, but there are also some trendy designs on display-from foldable screens and multi-screen machines to some delicious material choices and interesting appearance changes. The shortage of silicon may frustrate desktop manufacturers for a while, but at least there are some great laptops to look forward to.
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The top product of Acer’s new product line is the Predator Triton 500 SE. As SE suggests, it is a special edition of its top machine designed to subvert the usual gaming aesthetics to support what you can dive into your work. It looks pretty good, when equipped with Intel’s 12th generation CPU and GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, it should be a beast in terms of gaming.
Helios 300 has also been updated, equipped with a 165Hz QHD display and the highest RTX 3080, although the 3070 Ti may be more worthwhile. Speaking of value for money, the latest update of the Acer Nitro 5 should consolidate the laptop’s position as the first choice for value-for-money gaming laptops, with options for Intel’s 12th generation and AMD Ryzen 6000 series processors and the highest RTX 3070 Ti.
Asus’s blockbuster product released this year is ROG Flow Z13, this gaming tablet can also double as a good gaming laptop. The 13.4-inch design might make you think it’s a bit underpowered, but Asus has already squeezed the 45W Core i9 12900H and Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti (40W) into an amazing machine. Just like the previous Flow X13, it can also be connected to XG Mobile, which means that this compact tablet can take advantage of the powerful functions of the RTX 3080, provided that you have the money to make this dream a reality.
A more affordable option is the updated version of Asus Zephyrus G14. The original G14 was amazing when it was released, thanks to its excellent CPU processing power. History seems to repeat itself again, Zephyrus G14 (2022) supports up to Ryzen 9 6900HS, Radeon RX 6800S handles graphics issues.
This all-AMD pairing means that the machine can use AMD SmartShift and SmartAcess memory to improve in-game performance and focus on the components that need it most. The aspect ratio of the screen is increased to 16:10, and it can be equipped with a 400-nit 144Hz 1080p screen or a 500-nit 120Hz QHD. You can also equip up to 16GB DDR5 4800 and PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD.
Dell has updated its always pleasant XPS 13, and its minimalist design seems to outperform Apple. The new XPS 13 Plus has a top button bar that takes some time to get used to, as does the invisible touchpad, although larger keys than normal keys may be a welcome move. This is a clean design and interesting design, but I think this is a design you want to try yourself before handing over the ready.
At the same time, Alienware has updated its laptops to support Intel’s 12th generation CPUs and added support for DDR5 and the latest Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs. But the machine that caught my attention was the Alienware x14, which as the name suggests is a 14-inch machine. This is a form factor that Alienware hasn’t touched for a long time, but as we saw on the Razer Blade 14, its size is very suitable for playing games on the go. In terms of specifications, you are looking at Intel’s 12th generation CPU and RTX 3060 or Intel Arc mobile graphics. Starting at $1,799, it will not be the cheapest machine, but the part of my brain that wants it seems to have nothing to do with the part that cares about money.
Gigabyte has updated its Aorus 15 and Aorus 17 laptops with Intel’s new Alder Lake chip, and now offers up to RTX 3080 Ti in terms of GPU. You are looking for DDR5 support up to 4800MT/s, support for next-generation M.2 storage, and Thunderbolt 4 as a standard. Gigabyte is using its Windforce Infinity cooling system to help keep everything cool. Although these are not the thinnest cases, the extra space may affect the serious performance numbers in use.
In addition to these basic updates under the hood, Gigabyte has also put a lot of effort into the displays of the two machines. Aorus 17 uses a 360Hz 1080p panel, while Aorus 15 is upgraded to a QHD 165Hz screen.
Like many other notebook manufacturers, MSI has announced updates to its extensive notebook product line to take advantage of the new Intel CPUs and Nvidia GPUs. Intel’s 12th generation CPUs and GPUs up to the RTX 3080 Ti are moving into Stealth GS77/66, Raider GE76/66, Vector GP76/66 and Pulse GL76/66 products. As for which of them is the most interesting, it will depend on the individual configuration, but many of these machines manage to balance the ultra-thin chassis and incredible power-although the Stealth GS77 is likely to be worthy of attention.
One notebook that will definitely catch your eye at CES 2022 is the MSI Crosshair 15 Rainbow Six Extraction Special Edition. What you see here is the pairing of RTX 3070 with Core i9 12900H, which is a solid foundation for game consoles. It is rare to see so much yellow splashing on the chassis, and despite its name, it makes me want to play Cyberpunk 2077 again.
Although its Razer Blade 14, 15 and 17 machines all benefit from the latest CPUs from AMD and Intel, there is nothing too weird about the snake fan costume on the front of the laptop. You can also choose to equip them with equipment up to RTX 3080 Ti, which is incredible in such a thin machine. We will have to wait to see if this makes sense, otherwise they will be hindered by the airflow provided, although I suspect that the RTX 3070 Ti may be the way to here-it should be powerful enough to meet the needs of most ordinary games .
Over the past 12 months, gaming laptops have been one of the better ways to get the latest hardware, and this seems to continue as we enter 2022. As the war between AMD and Intel heats up in the CPU field and the potential for a three-way battle between mobile GPUs and desktops, 2022 looks like a crucial year for gaming laptops. Continue fighting.