The best new computers from CES 2017
With a new Consumer Electronics Show comes a new set of computer rigs to make the PC gaming crowd salivate. Many major players in the home computing world, such as Lenovo, Dell and Razer, have something new to show. From ultra-powerful beats to economically friendly offerings, these new rigs could forever change the PC landscape.
Lenovo steps into serious gaming
Lenovo is trying to re-establish itself in the gaming PC scene with the unveiling of the Legion Y720 gaming laptop. The device sports a 15.6-inch Ultra HD display, a NVIDIA GTX1060 graphics card for consistent 60 frame-per-second gameplay, and a 1TB hard drive for storing installed games, saving files, and doing everything else a gamer will need.
Best of all, the Legion Y720 supports virtual reality right out of the box. It’s also the first laptop to support Dolby Atmos enhanced audio, so complete immersion into a new world is possible right in the player’s lap. Compared to the previous Lenovo IdeaPad offering, the Legion Y720 is a more robust and capable gaming laptop.
Asus offers systems for casual and serious players
The latest PC reveal from Asus, the VivoPC X, is more than just a powerful VR-ready gaming rig, sporting 8GB RAM and a NVIDIA GTX1060 graphics card. Amazingly, it fits all of this processing power into a machine that’s smaller than Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console, meaning it’s more power for less desktop space. The friendly $799 price at launch will be sure to make PC players happy as well.
If desk space isn’t an issue, the Asus ROG GT51CH gaming desktop is another option revealed at CES. This 50-pound behemoth of PC gaming insanity is tailor-made for higher-end PC players. The tower features the new seventh-generation Intel I7 processor, while the exclusive Aegis III program allows for overclocking the system when a player needs it. Prices have not been set for this giant yet.
Dell brings power without a high price
Dell’s newest gaming laptop may prove to be one of its most popular offerings, as it packs a surprisingly powerful punch at a price that won’t break a player’s bank. The Inspiron 15 7000 series of gaming laptops offer top-of-the-line graphics, processing and memory components.
The 7000 series is a step up from the current 5000 series, adding up to 20 more GB of RAM, a full 1080p display, and the newest in Intel’s quad-core processing technology. They will definitely be a great option for anyone trying to play games on PC while on a budget.
Razer envelops players in games
While companies such as Dell and Lenovo have unveiled powerful but normal-looking PCs and laptops, Razer has seemingly gone off the deep end with Project Valerie. The new laptop’s display houses two more screens within it, becoming a three-screen ready laptop. It’s the perfect solution for someone looking for multiple displays without having to lug around a separate monitor.
If three displays sound like too much, Razer has another solution: the total immersion projector known as Project Ariana. This tiny projector will extend a player’s display to the wall behind his computer, turning the room itself into a part of the game. If Razer keeps on this path, we might soon be talking about the Razer Drop-In Project that just transports a player into the game’s world.
NVIDIA’s successful line of GeForce graphics cards is getting a few upgrades, most notably in the ways players can interact with their games. The GeForce Now cloud gaming initiative can turn any PC or laptop — regardless of age or specs — into a fully capable gaming rig by assigning processing needs to the cloud. The service also connects to online marketplaces such as Steam and Origin, so any games a player owns can be played on the cloud as well.
For players who prefer to keep everything on the ground, GeForce cards will soon be able to stream directly to Facebook Live broadcasts, letting players share their experiences with all of their Facebook friends. After adding YouTube live-streaming in 2016 and bringing Facebook Live into the mix, GeForce cards will be able to stream to any service that allows it.
Samsung has finally joined the ranks of the gaming laptop manufacturers, introducing its Notebook Odyssey at this year’s CES. The Odyssey will come in 17.3-inch and 15.6-inch models, and contain up-to-date components perfect for PC gaming on the go, such as the newest Intel quad-core processor and a new cooling and ventilation system called the Hexaflow Vent.
After a disastrous 2016, Samsung needs to get back into the good graces of the tech world. By jumping into the gaming sector now, the company might start to win back that approval by adding fans in a place they’ve never had them before.