Did you catch the news that Lenovo unveiled a new line of ThinkPads at CES 2022? It’s called the Z-series, and Lenovo announced it with two laptops: the ThinkPad Z13 and Z16.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 is the more eye-catching of the two, as Lenovo has thinned the bezels around the display compared to past ThinkPads, expanded the touchpad beneath the keyboard, and added some new functionality to the trademark red TrackPoint nub. Lenovo also added a (vegan) leather trim option to the Z13 and embedded a striking new Communications Bar atop the display of both models that houses an improved webcam, two design changes that will likely inspire some strong reactions among laptop fans.
Personally, I’m an unabashed fan of leather-trimmed laptops and can’t wait to check out the Z13. But the Z16 is also pretty exciting; it may not be available with leather trim, but it can be configured with a discrete AMD GPU. Both laptops ship with the latest AMD Ryzen 7 Pro CPUs, up to 32GB of RAM and up to 1TB (2TB on the Z16) of SSD storage.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 ships with Windows 11 in May 2022 for a starting price of $1,549, while the Z16 while start at $2,099.
The Dell XPS 13 has long held a spot on our list of the best laptops you can buy, which is why it’s so exciting that Dell has unveiled a new spin on the tried-and-true design this week at CES 2022: the Dell XPS 13 Plus.
Like the vanilla XPS 13, the XPS 13 Plus is a thin-and-light ultraportable with remarkably thin bezels surrounding its 13.4-inch display, which can be configured as a FHD+ (1,920 x 1,200 pixels) touchscreen, a 4K touchscreen, or a 3.5K OLED touchscreen. Inside it packs the latest 12th Gen Intel CPUs with Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics (no discrete GPU options here), up to 32GB of RAM and up to 2TB of SSD storage.
All in all it looks to be a modest but meaningful revamp of the XPS 13, and very little looks different about the XPS 13 Plus except on the keyboard deck, where you’ll see the keyboard now stretches from edge to edge. Above the keyboard is a set of capacitive function keys, which means there’s no physical key to press down — you just tap them to activate a key.
The touchpad beneath the keyboard is a bit more subtle now too, as it’s capacitive and seamless with the rest of the keyboard deck. You should be able to get used to finding it pretty quickly, even though it blends right in with the rest of the deck, but what you might not get used to is the dearth of ports on the XPS 13 Plus. You get just a pair of USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports, one on either side, and nothing else — not even a headphone jack. If you want to do some private listening on the XPS 13 Plus, it’s Bluetooth headphones or the dongle life for you, friend.
Dell will start shipping the XPS 13 Plus later this year for a starting price of $1,199.
Let’s face it — CES is usually a big venue for TV unveilings. And it makes sense, since peak TV buying happens right before the Super Bowl in February, as TV makers look to clear the decks for their latest products. And based on what we’ve seen at CES 2022, there’s some exciting products coming down the pike.
How exciting? Rather than make you pick through each and every announcement, we’ve rounded up the best TVs of CES 2022, so you can learn all about the new OLEDs, Micro LEDs, and QLEDs coming your way. And of course, the parade of announcements is led by LG’s G2 with OLED evo G — you know, the 97-inch set? — which captured one of our Best of CES 2022 honors.
Bird watching seems to be having a moment, as just a glance at your social media timeline will reveal a few friends who’ve gotten really into identifying birds during the coronavirus pandemic. Bird Buddy could scratch that itch, helping you spot birds without even having to leave your home.
Bird Buddy is a camera-enabled bird feeder that you connect to your home Wi-Fi network after you setup the feeder in the backyard. When a bird swoops in for a bite to eat, you’ll get a notification on your phone — the camera will capture still shots and videos, too. But best of all, artificial intelligence will try to identify the birds, and you can keep a collection of the different types of birds you’ve spotted in the companion app.
Bird Buddy won an innovation award at CES, and it’s now available for pre-orders. The bird feeder costs $199 and it ships in June.
The pandemic has really reminded me how much I need a barber for my hair to look at all decent, and I’m not even looking to get into the mistake-prone world of dying my hair at home. This is why I’m ending my time on this live blog talking about L’Oreal’s new Colorsonic appliance, which looks to completely — and seamlessly — upgrade the at-home hair-dye experience.
The era of the box-dye kit is over with the Colorsonic, as you just pick one of 40 shades, load a cartridge into the Colorsonic and just move it through your hair from the roots on out. It won Tom’s Guide’s CES 2022 award for best personal care product, and we can already see how it could revolutionize at-home hair care.
One more than welcome trend of CES 2022 has been environmentally conscious products made of recycled materials. And while Lenovo’s got a whole laptop box that’s made of recycled materials (even the handles), Acer’s one-upped the field with a laptop built around, and branded with, a mission to waste less.
The Aspire Vero National Geographic Edition has a chassis made of 30% post-consumer recycled materials, and even its keycaps are 50% PCR. It features standardized screws for easier access for upgrades and repairs and a paint-free chassis. Its packaging is even designed to be reused, as a stand.
But you care about specs, and it doesn’t disappoint either, packing 11th-gen Intel processors with Iris Xe graphics, and up to 16GB DDR4 memory and up to 1TB of storage. It’s got 15.6-inch 1080p HD display, too.
The only catch? This is a laptop we only hope will make it to America, as Acer only released details for China (Jan. 2022 at ¥5,499) and France (March 2022 for €899).
Hello friendos, this is Henry T. Casey, senior editor at Tom’s Guide and I’m your live blogger for the next hour. I’m reporting live from virtual CES 2022, which means I’m not in Las Vegas, but in New York City. Let’s go over some of the biggest and coolest announcements from CES 2022.
If you’re in the market for a new monitor, and you’ve been saving your pennies, you might be ready to hit pre-order for the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8. This gorgeous-looking 34-inch 1000R curved white monitor is the first 4K 240Hz monitor ever, and bears a resemblance to both something out of Wall•E and last year’s Samsung Odyssey Neo G9. It rocks a Quantum Mini LED display for great brightness, deep black tones and rich contrast levels. The only problem, though, is that Samsung pulled a classic CES move and didn’t announce pricing. So you can’t actually pre-order. Bummer, right?
The other monitor I’m eyeing (and I do need a new monitor) is the Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED. Just like the Neo G8, it’s a 34-inch monitor, but unlike that Samsung display, this is a Quantum-Dot OLED panel, which will possibly deliver better picture quality.
It’s got a 0.1ms response time (faster than the Neo G8’s 1ms time), refresh rates of 175Hz (DisplayPort), 100Hz (HDMI) and a slightly lower maximum resolution of 3440×1400.
Again, pricing was not provided.
One interesting announcement from CES 2022 was the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV, an electric pickup truck from Chevrolet. The vehicle starts around $40,000, and can travel for up to 400 miles on a charge. If you want to get one of the first models released, however, you’ll have to pony up more than $100,000 — which seems pretty steep for a Chevy truck.
It’s not yet clear how the Silverado will stack up to competing EV trucks, such as the comparable Ford F-150 Lightning and the hideous Tesla Cybertruck. We’ll be able to test the device for ourselves when it debuts in Spring 2023. That’s a long way off, but if you’ve waited your whole life for an electric Chevrolet truck, what’s one more year?
CES Day 4 is winding down, so it’s a good time to revisit a few cool announcements from earlier in the show. One interesting contender is the Razer Enki Pro HyperSense: a gaming chair with built-in haptic feedback.
The Enki Pro HyperSense is the latest in a long line of Razer “concepts,” which may or may never see the light of day. Each year at CES, Razer reveals one or two bizarre products that tend to push the envelope in terms of what we can reasonably accomplish with gaming tech at the moment. Last year, Project Brooklyn also presented a bold vision for gaming chairs, although that one featured a rollable OLED screen, so affordability would probably kill the project early on.
The Enki Pro HyperSense, on the other hand, is interesting in that nothing in it seems that outlandish. The haptic motor is a bit expensive, but it doesn’t throw off the whole design of the chair. Furthermore, Razer has collaborated with haptic company D-Box to add support to a bunch of high-profile games already.
Will the Enki Pro HyperSense ever come out? Maybe — but “maybe” is better than “no.”
This isn’t something you can buy as a consumer, but you may be able to buy something using it. Robot maker Ottonomy unveiled its Ottobot delivery robots at CES 2022, and we have to admit the little gizmos, which look like self-propelled shopping carts, are pretty cute.
The operation is pretty simple — you order something from a retailer or restaurant, the vendor sends the goods via Ottobot, and you scan an QR code with your smartphone to take delivery. Ottonomy says the Ottobots are already being used inside the Cincinnati airport, and that food-delivery service Crave and restaurant-technology provider Presto plan to deploy them soon.
Asus has taken the wraps off the ROG Flow Z13, the successor to last year’s Asus ROG Flow X13 2-in-1 gaming laptop. Like the earlier model, the Z13 comes with a good GPU, which is in this case can be up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti.
But if you want serious graphics power, you can spring for the external GPU enclosure, which can take up to an RTX 3080. You can also choose between a 120-Hz FHD touchscreen or a 60-Hz 4K touchscreen to fill the 13.4-inch display space. In all cases, you’ll get a 12th-gen Intel Core CPU, up to an i9-12900H, beating the X13’s AMD Ryzen 9 5000-series chips. RAM is fixed at 16GB, but you can get storage of up to 1TB.
The Asus ROG Flow Z13 will arrive sometime in the first half of 2022; pricing has yet to be determined, but will likely fall somewhere near the Z13’s base price of $1,499 without the outboard GPU, which could double the system’s total price.
This one’s too good to forget about: Sony’s new Bravia Cam clips to the top of the company’s Bravia smart TVs and detects where people are in the room, then tells the TV to adjust its sound and picture quality to fit. It also can tell when people aren’t in the room and will shut the TV off to save power.
Most fun of all, the Bravia Cam will notice when someone (say a little kid) is way too close to the TV — and tell them to back off. There will be a small warning on the bottom of the screen, but if the person doesn’t move, then the warning takes over the entire screen and an alarm sounds goes off. This could make for some good fun at house parties.
The Bravia Cam comes in the box with Sony’s Z9K and A95K sets, and will offered as an add-on for several other models. No pricing and availability info yet.
Alienware debuted a lot of gear at CES 2022, but its best new product may have been the Alienware x14 gaming laptop, which packs top-end specs into a compact frame for a reasonable price of $1,799.
For that price, you’ll get an Intel Core i7 12700H CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Spend a bit more, and you can trade up to a Core i7 12900H, an RTX 3060, 32GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD.
The only downside is the screen, which stays at Full HD resolution, although that’s offset by the 144-Hz refresh rate. The Alienware x14 is fully loaded port-wise, so no dongles will be necessary, and its weight of less than 4 pounds means you can take it anywhere after it becomes available in the next three months.
If you’re worried about robots taking over human jobs, the robotic barista, Ella, won’t do much to set you at ease.
Japanese commuters can now grab their morning coffee from this fully-automated barista. This IOT device from Singaporean startup Crown Digital, has been installed in Tokyo and Yokohama train stations and will be there until February 2022 in collaboration with the East Japan Railway. The robot has a five-square-meter footprint and can produce 200 cups of coffee per hour. Each cup costs $3, which is certainly cheaper than Starbucks.
Ella is one of the craziest things announced during CES, but isn’t crazy and wacky things part of the fun of the show?
Sticking to strange but awesome CES 2022 announcements, our favorite laptop in our Tom’s Guide CES 2022 Awards is the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3.
What’s great about this laptop is that a single image (like the one above) speaks volumes. This is a device that’s tailor-made for creatives who need more screenspace — something they’ll definitely get with the 8-inch screen sitting beside the keyboard. This screen also acts as a canvas to draw and write on. It is for these reasons and more that we placed it in our best laptops of CES 2022 list.
We were impressed by the Lenovo ThinkBook Gen 3 during our hands-on demonstration and can’t wait to put it through its paces when it officially releases.
The Asus Zenbook 17 is one of the strangest laptops we’ve seen from CES 2022. This is due to the fact that foldable laptops are extremely rare. However, given the growing popularity of foldable devices (mostly in smartphones at the moment), it’s easy to see more laptops adopt this feature.
However you feel about foldable laptops or foldable devices in general, you have to admit that they are intriguing. And isn’t CES supposed to be about strange gadgets? The Asus Zenbook 17 is unique that we just had to place it in our best laptops of CES 2022 list.
Without a good router, you won’t have a good tech setup at home, period. We’ve catalogued the best home Wi-Fi routers of CES 2022, including innovative fare such as the TP-Link Archer AXE200 Omni and the Netgear Nighthawk RAXE300. CES is usually a good event for revealing new router technology, and this year is no exception.
This year’s routers seem to be faster and more reliable, with occasionally striking (if outlandish) designs. The big advancement this year seems to be the inclusion of the 6 GHz band, which could mean more efficient, less cluttered wireless signals.
CES 2022 isn’t all about the products we saw. In some cases, it’s about the products that we didn’t see. Take, for example, Project Spartacus: Sony’s long-rumored rival to Xbox Game Pass.
At Sony’s CES 2022 press conference on January 4, the company announced specs for the PSVR2, as well as an ambitious EV concept. However, the company didn’t breathe a word about a game subscription service. In a CES that’s been pretty quiet otherwise, such an announcement could have stolen the show.
Tom’s Guide discussed why Sony missed a golden opportunity to reveal Project Spartacus, and why we’ll just have to sit tight for another few months in the meantime.
My wife might be keen for me to try out the Motion Pillow 3, which promises to stop people from snoring. This smart pillow has a little sensor and an AI that listens for your snoring patterns, and then inflates four separate airbags inside the pillow to adjust your head, opening up your airway to promote better breathing while you sleep. It also has a sleep tracking system that monitors your sleeping patterns and trends, and analyzes the data in a smartphone app.
The Motion Pillow 3 is the company’s third iteration; pricing has not been announced, but the previous model cost around $400.
Feeling a bit punchy from being cooped up inside? Then you may want to check out Liteboxer VR, a new virtual-reality boxing app coming to the Oculus Quest 2 in March. We had a chance to go hands-on with Liteboxer VR, and found it was a pretty fun workout. It gamifies boxing, letting you rack up points the more often you hit the correct targets. And, when the app is officially released, you’ll be able to spar virtually against others in the metaverse. Ugh, I want to punch myself for saying that.
Want to know what are our favorite gadgets of the show? Wonder no longer, as the Tom’s Guide CES 2022 Awards are now live. We’ve picked out top tech in a variety of categories, from EVs to smart home to TVs to laptops. Congratulations to all the winners!
Gaming laptops never take a back seat at CES. Acer has brought some major heat with its new Acer Predator Triton 500 SE. It’s an updated version of the Acer Predator Triton 500 from last year, this time featuring a 12th gen Intel Core i9 CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti laptop graphics and 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM. It’ll ship with Windows 11 too.
The Triton 500 SE will hit store shelves in March with a starting price of $2,299.
Israel-based company Noveto has unveiled a new smart speaker titled the N1. It has built-in Alexa support and its built-in Smart Beaning tech, which, according to a press release, provides “personal and immersive 3D binaural sound without headphones.”
This smart speaker will use a camera to track a listener’s head and “transmit ultrasound silently through the air, converging in small audible pockets outside the listener’s ears.”
The company claims that a listener can listen to their music, without headphones, while others around them can barely hear a thing.
CES 2022 is bringing its fair share of futuristic tech, and Portl has something straight out of sci-fi. Portl is a company that creates giant cubes for people to virtually beam into. The company calls these 4K holographic displays, and as you can see in the clip above, the news reporter can have a presence at CES in Las Vegas without ever leaving a studio in Los Angeles.
If you’re in need of the ultimate productivity companion for the MacBook Pro 2021, then you should check out the Plugable UD-6950PDZ. This is a docking station that lets you connect to three other displays with ease, either with HDMI or DisplayPort connections, making the most of the power of the M1 Pro or M1 Max chips inside the MacBook.
Aside from triple display support, you also get six USB 3 ports for all your accessories, a gigabit ethernet connection for speedy wired internet and 60W USB-C power output to keep your laptop juiced up. Oh, and an audio in/out jack too.
Of course, while this dock seems designed to get the most out of the new MacBook Pros, there’s nothing stopping you from using this with other high-powered laptops capable of outputting to multiple displays. You may even think it’s worth it just for all those USB ports.
Still want more color-changing tech? The BMW iX Flow can do this too. The triangular wrap covering its body panels uses the same e-ink technology that powers e-readers to swap the color of the car between black and white.
While you can make the car switch colors at the touch of a button, this isn’t just a feature for if you’re indecisive about your paintjob. BMW’s pitch says the colors could change to help you find the car in a parking lot, or to communicate diagnostic information about the battery.
Smartphones aren’t really the focus of CES, but the Vivo V23 is catching a lot of attention for its unique color-changing ability.
The Sunshine Gold version of the phone, when exposed to sunlight, will shift from its basic blue/green to gold. That’s thanks to ultraviolet-sensitive crystal structure within the phone’s body.
Beyond this, there are a few other noteworthy parts of this phone. It has two front-facing cameras in a notch above the screen, something most Android phones have long abandoned, and a huge 108MP main rear camera on the V23 Pro model. It’s just a shame that at the time of writing, there’s no sign they’ll go on sale in the U.K. or the U.S.
Hi there, it’s Richard Priday, staff writer, here again to highlight some of the most interesting things on show at CES.
You probably don’t associate Sony with electric vehicles, but that’s something it wants to change. After showing off the first Vision-S in 2020, it’s returned this year with the Vision-S SUV, a new larger-bodied version of the concept.
Not only does it look suitably futuristic, but the touted safety sensors and in-cabin entertainment system also offer a big leap forward in tech too. Now all Sony has to do is make it…
Whether you have an EV or still burn gas to get around, it’s always a good idea to invest in a dash cam. Because the roads are a dangerous place, and it’s wise to make sure you have evidence of what happens.
Nextbase, which makes several of the best dash cams, is taking that concept a step further with the AI-powered Nextbase iQ. Not only can it record what’s happening in and around your car, the built-in AI is able to keep tabs on what’s going on around your car and make sure you’re aware of potential dangers. Be they from pedestrians or other vehicles.
On top of that the iQ has built-in cloud connectivity to upload and access footage in real time, lets you track your car’s position with GPS, and includes a ‘Valet Mode’ that notifies you if something’s going wrong when someone else has your car.
Pricing is still to be announced, but the Nextbase iQ is currently scheduled to arrive this fall.
If you’ve got a car with Android Auto but not one that lets you connect your phone wirelessly, a new car adapter is here to make connecting an easier proposition. The $90 Motorola MA1 wireless car adapter for Android Auto plugs into your car infotainment system, letting you access your favorite maps, music and messaging apps on the car’s display.
Not as many cars offer wireless Android Auto support as you might think, so the the Motorola MA1 provides an easy workaround for just getting into your car and connecting automatically. (The adapter doesn’t actually come from Motorola, but from SGW Global, which is licensing the Motorola name in this case.)
The Motorola MA1 adapter goes on sale January 28 at the Motorola Sound website; you should be able to find it at other retailers, too.
The car industry loves CES because it’s the perfect place for them to show off the weird and wonderful stuff they’ve been developing behind closed doors. While those concept cars aren’t likely to hit the round, we might still seem some of their best features make it to a future EV.
Take the Mercedes Vision EQXX, for example. This beast offers 620 miles of range, thanks to a lightweight aerodynamic design, and a brand new compact battery design. That battery has the same power as the Mercedes EQS, but is half the size and 30% lighter. It’s also got a 47.5-inch 8K mini-LED display that stretches the entire length of the dashboard.
Whether we’ll see a Mercedes with quite so much range is a question we can’t answer right now. But the automaker has confirmed some of these advancements are already being added to future cars — and hopefully the battery is one. We can always benefit from extra range, even if it’s not quite so mind-blowing as the EQXX.
We’ve also seen some new mobiles from TCL — yes, the company more commonly known for its TVs — in the form of the budget TCL 30 XE and TCL 30 V.
They’re both 5G-capable and with a low price tag, giving them a chance to rank among the best 5G phones. We’re looking forward to getting hands-on with the new models try try them out.
Pricing info isn’t available yet, though we expect the TCL 30 XE will cost less than $300. The TCL 30 V might cost a bit more since it has support for Verizon’s mmWave 5G network.
Let’s talk about phones for a minute. We’ve seen some big announcements at CES 2022, including the full reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE and the partial reveal of the OnePlus 10 Pro, but you might have missed some new Nokia handsets.
Truthfully, these won’t give the best phones any cause for concern, but they could appeal to budget shoppers. Of particular interest is the Nokia G400, which gives you a 5G capable phone for $239. You also get three rear cameras — a macro lens joins the main and ultrawide cameras — and a 6.6-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate. That latter feature is normally reserved for much more expensive phones.
The rest of the Nokia models shown off by HMD Gobal — which runs the Nokia brand these days — includes four other new U.S.-exclusive models which it plans to release during the first half of 2022. Options range from the compact $99 Nokia C100, which features a 5.45-inch screen, to the $149 G100, which will feature a larger 6.5-inch panel and 5,000 mAh battery.
The cheapest Nokia device coming out in the first half of this year is the Nokia 2760 Flip, a feature phone that revives a model from 2007.
Yes, you could painstakingly go through each and every laptop announcement coming out of CES to find out which ones are bangers and which ones are clangers. But why do that when we’ve done all the work for you?
Our round-up of the best laptops of CES 2022 highlights the most interesting machines we’ve spotted this year, whether it’s from in-person briefings or information we’ve gleaned from afar. We may not be at CES in person this year, but plenty of interesting laptops from Lenovo, Acer, HP, Alienware and others are on display, and this guide can bring you all the important details about each model.
Meanwhile, Neato claims its new D9 and D10 have substantially better dust pick-up than previous models. And the iconic D-shape of the body is ideal for reaching into corners and along edges. Though they don’t have self-emptying bases, they are also more affordable. The D9 is $449 on Amazon and the D10 is $599.
I’ve long wanted a robot vacuum, because I have a dog and he has fur and it gets everywhere. Unfortunately I also have several flights of stairs in my house, so it’s not really that practical. If I was getting one, though, I’d be looking at this list of our favorite robot vacuums at CES 2022.
The big trend this year is improving hybrid vacuum-mop designs. Some new robot vacuums can now rinse and clean the mop head between runs, as well as self-emptying the dust bin — saving you the hassle of doing it yourself.
The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra is one of these models. An intelligent docking system and an improved obstacle avoidance system really takes it to the next level. This robot vac does come with a hefty price tag, though — $1,399.99.
Sleeping is great — although CES does kind of get in the way of it. Damn time difference between Vegas and London. Anyway, CES 2022 saw some neat upgrades to smart mattress manufacturer Sleep Number’s award-winning 360 Smart Bed range.
The new Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed monitors your general wellness and sleep health, and generates real-time suggestions to help you sleep better (presumably such as “Put down your Nintendo Switch right now, it’s 1 a.m.!”)
It’ll even learn your snoozing habits so that it can detect and alert you to “abnormal events,” and the company is also seeking FDA clearance for the ability to warn you about insomnia, sleep apnea, and other health conditions.
Let’s start today off by rounding up some of yesterday’s highlights — including an extremely odd PC case that breathes. Don’t believe me — check out the GIF above.
The case in question is the Kinetic gaming-PC case from Cyberpower, which has 18 triangular mechanical vents that automatically open and close according to cooling demand. I’m honestly not sure whether to find it creepy, cool or both.
Cyberpower calls this process “intelligent airflow,” and you can watch it in action on YouTube. Unfortunately, there’s no pricing or availability information yet, although Cyberpower says the Kinetic case is “coming soon.”
Good morning, and welcome to Tom’s Guide’s CES 2022 live blog Day 4.
Though many of the big events have already taken place, the CES schedule is still packed with events and conferences. Of the 60 in today’s running order, there are sessions on everything from health to crypto to AI to eSports and space travel. Plus food — quite a bit of it, actually, with ‘The Future of Meat’ standing out as today’s best-named conference.
Anyway, we’ll keep our eyes out for the interesting stuff, and also fill you in on any product announcements you might have missed.