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Windows 10 Laptops, Hybrids Grab The Spotlight At CES 2016

New laptops and hybrid devices from HP, Dell, LG, Acer, and Lenovo were on display at CES 2016. Here's an up-close look at the offerings.
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LAS VEGAS -- At CES 2016, we're getting a good look at the PC trends poised to shape the market in the coming year. Examples include hybrid devices and products built with mobile customers in mind.

Several tech giants took the opportunity to display new Windows 10 PCs at this year's show. HP, Dell, LG, Lenovo, and Acer all showcased devices from feather-light laptops to 360-degree hybrids.

The 2-in-1 model is a trend that doesn't seem to be going away any time soon, a sign that companies are adjusting their product lineups to accommodate consumers on the go. This is also supported by the prevalence of thinner and more lightweight devices like the LG Gram, which weighs a mere 2.16 pounds.

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Perhaps the trend of building lighter hybrid devices can help the PC industry, which has continued to struggle as smartphones dominate consumers' tech preferences.

While CES is a consumer show, several devices on display were geared toward an enterprise audience. Acer launched a new PC for mobile workers, for example, and Lenovo updated two of its products with business-friendly features.

Here, we take a closer look at some of the laptops announced this week at CES. Would you think about buying any of these models in 2016, or wait for more innovation to come?

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Kelly is an associate editor for InformationWeek. She most recently reported on financial tech for Insurance & Technology, before which she was a staff writer for InformationWeek and InformationWeek Education. When she's not catching up on the latest in tech, Kelly enjoys ... View Full Bio

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mak63
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mak63,
User Rank: Ninja
1/9/2016 | 8:10:31 PM
Re: Good for business
@Li Tan Don't forget great battery life. 9 or 10 hrs! I think this is good for everybody. I just wish I could buy one of those hybrids pretty soon.
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tkeller852,
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1/9/2016 | 2:49:15 PM
New class of computers
These illustrate that we need some good information about how to successfully interact with our older periferial devices.  How does the new Thunderbolt and USBC or 3  work into a projector that has only a 9 pin VGA connector or an HDMI connector.  We get one of these bright new sleek devices and find that we cannot communicate anywhere in the environment we have worked in for years.  This includes an audio jack and memory cards of various types. Not everywhere I go do I wish to use open wireless connections even blutooth for audio.

Might also give more than the "starts at" price.  Some of these can come out at somewhere around double the stated figure.
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Li Tan,
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1/9/2016 | 2:54:27 AM
Good for business
I do love those laptops and the trend - thiner, slimmer and lighter. I do hope to reduce at least 2lb weight from my luggage while I am on vacation.
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