Many of the best laptops make their debut at CES each year. Every manufacturer shows up to CES 2022 with what will be the biggest releases of 2022, many of which are flagship models that set the trends for laptops for 2022 and beyond.
But which have impressed us most at the show so far? These devices push the boundaries of laptop design in some fundamental way, and they provide a preview of laptop releases in 2022.
Top Tech of CES 2022 Editor’s Choice
Products featured in this post were handpicked by our editors as their favorites at CES 2022. Make sure to check out all of our CES coverage for the best tech from this year’s show! Featured companies should visit our partner PARS International for licensing opportunities.
- Dell XPS 13 Plus
- Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 / Z16
- HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook
Dell XPS 13 Plus
Here’s one that came out of left field. The XPS 13 Plus is a brand new laptop from Dell that is both more powerful than the standard XPS 13 and decidedly more experimental in its design. Aside from the screen, every other element of the device has been revamped from the standard XPS 13. Notably, the traditional touchpad has been replaced by a borderless haptic feedback trackpad. And the function row of the keyboard? Gone, swapped in with capacitive touch buttons.
If those weren’t controversial enough, the XPS 13 Plus also does away with the headphone jack, leaving you with only two USB-C ports and wireless connectivity. To say this laptop is taking a lot of risks is to put it lightly.
Still, I have to admit I admire the brashness of the design. It feels like the future of laptops, even if all the kinks haven’t been worked out just yet.
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 / Z16
Just when you think the ThinkPad brand couldn’t expand any further, Lenovo has announced yet another, the Z-series. If the X1 Carbon ThinkPads represented a modernization of the ThinkPad ethos, the ThinkPad Z13 and Z16 take it even a step further. While the TrackPoint nub remains, the left- and right-click buttons have been replaced by haptic feedback “ForcePad.”
But this is, of course, a business laptop first and foremost. That’s where the “Communications Bar” comes into play, which hosts a 1080p camera with a larger sensor, an electronic e-Shutter for privacy and dual-array microphones. Laptops of the past hid these features as much as possible — but the ThinkPad Z13/16 emphasizes it. And for good reason.
HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook
Yup, that’s right. A Chromebook. But the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook is no ordinary Chromebook. From what I’ve seen, it’s the most premium Chromebook ever made. The standard version of the Elite Dragonfly, recently announced to be in its third generation, is already one of the best business laptops you can buy, and bringing that amount of premium goodness to a Chromebook is a first.
The devil’s in the details, though. It’s the 5-megapixel webcam, the quad speakers, and even a Gorilla Glass haptic trackpad. But more than that, it offers an incredibly sharp 2256 x 1504 resolution, up to 32GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Most of these specs are unheard of in a Chromebook.
The HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook has the kind of polish we’ve simply never seen in a Chromebook, which makes it an obvious standout from CES so far.
This post is in progress. We will continue to update it as more laptops get announced.