CES 2022: 5 Standout Laptops for Business Users

CES is all in the spirit of innovation. This year, CES was a big success for those who have been waiting for a new laptop.

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As we approach the close of CES 2022 (which will end on Friday, Jan. 7, instead of Saturday), it’s time for us to look at some of our favorite pieces of hardware that stood out above the rest. 

In this case, five laptops stood out among the rest for innovative features, design choices that are great for business users, and new technology that recognizes how much tech has changed in our daily work lives since 2020. 

You’ve been patiently waiting to get a new laptop from CES 2022. Now is the time to find out if it was worth the wait. It was, I’m sure.

Dell XPS 13 PLUS

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Available in two colors: The Dell XPS 13 Plus.

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Since its inception, Dell’s XPS product line has been a leader in consumer-facing hardware. The iconic XPS laptop received a complete redesign in 2022. It’s a consumer brand but it has a lot to offer. Dell XPS 13 PLUSLooks sharp and will still work, especially with a battery which can charge to 80 percent in under 30 minutes.

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Apple users will be familiar with the touch-sensitive bar on the top of the XPS 13 Plus that allows you to change the layout. If you are concerned that the Touch Bar, which was poorly designed, is moving to PCs, don’t be. It only switches between media control keys and function keys. 

The trackpad can also be invisible and responds to haptic feedback. A HD webcam paired together with IR sensors will improve video calls quality in low lighting. The XPS 13 Plus will go on sale worldwide in spring with either Windows 11 (or Ubuntu 20.04). There is no word yet on the pricing.

Lenovo ThinkPad Z series

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Redesigned Lenovo ThinkPad Z series, the Z16 in this instance.

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Lenovo announced more than one laptop at CES. This one is the smaller of the two. (Read on to see the larger one). The new refreshed Lenovo laptops are still great. Lenovo Z series ThinkPadsIt is well worth looking at if you are looking for a new machine that can do the job. 

Lenovo says the ThinkPad Z is available in two sizes, 13″ and 16″, and was designed specifically for business users. The Z series can be covered with a vegan leather cover. A recycled aluminum body gives it a professional appearance. It also has a glass touchpad. 

The Communications Bar, which sits above the monitor, is the most important business feature. It acknowledges again the importance of video conferencing in modern business. The Communication Bar features an FHD webcam with dual microphones, infrared, facial detection, and a built-in kill switch.

The Z series ThinkPads are expected to be available in spring 2022. Pricing information is not yet known. 

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED

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Asus’s latest entry in its Zenbook series is The Zenbook 14 OLEDThe OLED touchscreen is barely more than half an in thickness and weighs just over three pounds. It has a 12th Gen Intel Core CPU, 16GB RAM, a 1TB SATA SSD, and an OLED touchscreen.

If you don’t feel like trading your laptop for a more portable one, the Zenbook 14OLED has a trackpad which doubles as a touch sensitive one. This means that you don’t have to buy a heavy machine to access an essential feature.

Pricing and availability are still unknown, so it is possible that you will have to wait until then before purchasing one. 

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3

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The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3

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This is something you won’t see every day: A 17 inch laptop with an 8 inch secondary display located to the right side of the keyboard. This secondary screen supports a stylus and can be used for a variety productivity apps as well as phone mirroring and syncing. The secondary screen can also be extended or duplicated from the main screen.

The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 is this. in a nutshell. It has all the coolest display features, along with an impressive hardware, such as a 12th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB RAM and a two-terabyte SSD. However, let’s be real: This laptop is not because it runs Windows 11 or has a powerful processor. You are looking at it because it is something new that could be quite useful for professionals who work in many different fields. 

Pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed.

Asus ZenBook17 Fold

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Lenovo’s ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 laptop would be the CES standout if it weren’t for the Asus Zenbook 17 FoldAsus’s “world’s largest foldable OLED laptop (17-inch)”

You can use the Zenbook 17 fold as a 17 inch monitor that doubles as a tablet or laptop. It can also be used to carry a book. The Zenbook 17 supports an ASUS ErgoSense Bluetooth keyboard. It fits on the lower half the screen and turns it into a laptop. Or, you can use an off-screen keyboard. 

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Since the original Samsung Fold, folding devices have advanced a lot. The ZenBook 17 Fold may be as luxurious as it seems, but they’re becoming more than a status symbol. They’re practical, useful work tools. 

No word on release for the Zenbook 17 Fold yet—hopefully we won’t have to wait too long.

These might be the ones that pique your curiosity. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments, or share with us what you saw at CES 2022 and why.

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