CES 2015: Death of Laptop, Desktop PCs Isn't About to Happen

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2015-01-08 Print this article Print

New PCs at CES

Here is an overview by respected IT analyst Charles King on new PCs from three major PC vendors -- HP, Dell, and Lenovo -- being shown at CES 2015:

--HP is a longstanding CES attendee, and the company arrived this year with a host of new products and some excess baggage -- the fact that this will be the last CES HP attends as a unified company. On the PC side, HP's new Pavillion Mini Desktop and Stream Mini Desktop squeeze the performance of a conventional PC into a package that's approximately 6-inch x 6-inch x 2-inch in size, and weighs less than 1.5 pounds. What makes the Mini products run are fanless Intel CPUs that don't require mechanical cooling. Despite their diminutive size, HP's Minis can be upgraded/expanded and have numerous ports for attaching external devices.

The company calls its new HP ZBook 14 and 15u the industry's thinnest, lightest workstations, and is positioning them for mobile-minded engineers and designers. HP is pitching its new ultra HD monitors as "interactive virtual reality displays" that enable a variety of immersive experiences. The new Officejet 8040 AIO printer includes Neat software that allows the device to seamlessly integrate with mobile devices and also supports HP's Instant Ink discount ink replacement service.

--Dell hasn't had a high profile at recent CESs, but the company hit the show this year with an expanded portfolio of laptops and tablets that earned it seven CES Innovation awards -- the most in the company's history.

Leading Dell's pack is the new Venue 8 7000 that at 6mm qualifies as the world's thinnest tablet (it also captured a coveted CES Best of Innovation award). Other award-winning Dell products include the redesigned XPS13 laptop, which packs a 13-inch display into an 11-inch laptop frame; the XPS15, which is now available with a 4k ultra HD display; the Alienware Area 51 gaming desktop; the Latitude Education 13-inch laptop and Mobile Cart; the Inspiron 15 7000 Series laptop; and two new monitors -- the curved Dell UltraSharp 34 and the Dell UltraSharp 27, a 5K ultra HD display. The company also introduced new Alienware 15 and 17 laptops and said it is adding Intel RealSense 3D Camera Front F200 to Inspiron 15 5000 Series laptops and Inspiron 23 all-in-one (AIO) desktops.

--Lenovo arrived at CES shortly after manufacturing its 100 millionth Thinkpad laptop and introduced a host of new products to that line. The pick of the litter is the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which the company calls the world's lightest 14-inch performance ultrabook. The ThinkVision 24 is an attractive new borderless display, and the company's new Thinkpad Stack offers an innovative approach to taking accessories like back-up batteries, storage and Bluetooth speakers on the road.

Lenovo also highlighted new additions to its respected Yoga line, including the YOGA Tablet 2 featuring the compa-ny's AnyPen technology which allows owners to use a common pencil or pen for handwriting and navigation instead of a special stylus. There were also two new YOGA 3 models (11-inch and 14-inch) and three new YOGA Thinkpads (12-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch) that are designed to blend the best aspects and features of the company's signature laptop lines.

Chris Preimesberger

Chris Preimesberger is Editor of Features & Analysis at eWEEK. Twitter: @editingwhiz
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