The best gaming gear at CES: from powerful laptops to the widest monitors
CES 2023was front and center at CES 2023. Sleek laptops, keyboards, and monitors were on display, ready to enhance the skills of any beginner or professional. Intel’s high-performance processorsand powerful mobile nvidia graphicswere announced by AMD. Soon you’ll be able to upgrade your setup with new Mini-LED and OLED displays along with faster high-tech RGB keyboards.
To give you a shortcut to the best gaming laptops coming out of CES 2023, we’ve rounded them up below. Interested in the other cool gaming gear to be announced at the annual tech conference? You’ll find them right after laptops, so scroll down or check out our full rundown of the best gaming stuff from CES.
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CES 2023 Gaming Laptops
Dell G Series Gaming Laptops
It’s weird writing this, but a couple of the most exciting gaming laptops at CES are budget models. Dell’s new 16-inch G15 and G16 have thick, angular bodies with two-tone designs. The G15 offers a choice of 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate and 250nit brightness, or 165Hz with 100% sRGB color coverage and 300nit brightness. The 16-inch G16 steps up to a 16:10 aspect ratio with a 2560 x 1600 resolution and either a 165Hz display panel (100% sRGB) or an optional 240Hz display (100% DCI-P3). And they’ll be loaded with the latest components from Intel and Nvidia.
In recent years, laptop manufacturers have shrunk the bezels, also known as bezels, around laptop screens. That, along with ever-smaller internal components and ever-better cooling systems, has allowed them to fit bigger screens in smaller bodies. That means you can now get a 16-inch laptop in a body size that once housed a 15-inch screen. And now you’ll be able to get an 18-inch screen in a body that’s about the same size as a previous 17.3-inch laptop. For the ROG Strix Scar 18 (it also comes in a 16-inch size), that extra size gave Asus more room for higher-performance components.
Like the ROG Strix Scar, the Predator Helios gaming laptops come in 16-inch and 18-inch sizes and feature the latest 13th Generation Intel Core ProcessorsNvidia GeForce RTX 40-series graphics, improved cooling, and beautiful large displays, plus plenty of lighting.
Its three panel options include a Mini LED panel with a 250Hz refresh rate, 100% P3 color gamut, and 1000+ nits peak brightness. The new designs also use mini-LED backlit keyboards with deep 1.8-millimeter key travel. Per-key lighting uses less power and gives keys a bright, consistent color. A customizable RGB light bar sits on top of the rear vents as well.
While Alienware will also have an impressive 18-inch laptop, the m18, the highlight of its announcements is the sleek little Alienware x14. The company has again updated its product ID, called Legend, with a flattened back to make it more comfortable to wear, as well as an updated nose to make it easier to open. It has a new foot design to allow for better cooling and greater comfort when used on your lap. The x14 has a taller 16:10 display, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision support, a Full HD webcam, and thermal material on the CPU and GPU to optimize heat dissipation. But overall, it looks amazing, right down to its RGB touchpad.
Asus Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip
Asus was one of the first to release a Chromebook designed for cloud gaming, and now it’s released its second, the CX34 Flip. It’s an all-white 2-in-1 Chromebook with color-locked WASD keys and RGB backlit keyboard. It has a 16:10, 144Hz, 1920 x 1200 pixel display and fast wireless Wi-Fi 6E. Paired with a garaged stylus, this Chromebook should be good for work, school, or play. It will be available with up to a 12th generation Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of memory. It is expected to be available later in the first quarter.
CES 2023 Gaming Team
Gaming laptops aren’t the only PC gaming devices being announced at CES. Here’s a quick rundown of the best peripherals and accessories we’ve seen on the show so far.
Alienware AW2524H 25-inch Gaming Monitor
Alienware’s display isn’t the first to hit a 500Hz refresh rate, the speed at which the screen can completely redraw itself; that honor went to him Asus ROG Swift 500Hz in May 2022. But that model’s display is based on TN, a technology renowned for its speed but not much else. Alienware’s model is based on IPS, which has better color, better viewing angles, and higher brightness, and it’s the first time we’ve seen IPS try so hard. It’s also a rarefied speed that only a professional esports player would appreciate.
Asus ROG Swift PG248QP 24-inch Gaming Monitor
The new ROG Swift PG248QP of 540 Hz, a 24-inch presented in CESuses the E-TN technology (the “E” is for “esports”) that Asus used in its previous 500Hz speed champion. Twisted nematic LCD displays can achieve high refresh rates, but they don’t have the color, brightness, or viewing angles of other display types like OLED and IPS. But if you need smooth, fast, low-latency performance more than other monitor qualities, this ROG Swift might be worth your time.
Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 59-inch Curved Gaming Monitor
CES That’s when gaming monitor companies bring out the big guns, and few are bigger than the new 57-inch Samsung Odyssey Neo G9, a curved DisplayHDR 1000 model. Caused by AMD during its Launch of the RX 7000 series GPU in November as the first monitor announced with DisplayPort 2.1 support, the Neo G9 has a resolution of 7,680×2,160 pixels. High resolution plus HDR and a fast 240Hz refresh rate make high-bandwidth DP 2.1 essential, though it’s not full 8K (it’s a 32:9 aspect ratio).
HP announced a series of 3D printed accessories in CES to personalize and personalize HyperX keyboards, mice and headsets. What makes this line interesting is that the keycaps and headset holders are produced on HP’s industrial color 3D printers. By using powdered nylon, they are more advanced than the basic PLA plastic material used by most home 3D printers, yet remain non-toxic and environmentally friendly.
Along with its new Blade laptops, Razer announced an updated version of its desktop soundbar, the Leviathan V2. The new Pro model adds 30 lighting zones, head tracking (via IR cameras), and beamforming to direct sound toward your ears more precisely. It also updated the drivers for better low-end audio.