From Asus ZenBook Pro Duo To In Win 309: Laptops That Will Revolutionise Personal Computing
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Best Laptop - Asus ZenBook Pro Duo
The company has plastered every available square inch of the inside of the ZenBook Pro Duo with a touch screen. There’s a 14-inch 4K OLED touch display where laptop screens typically go, and then there’s another 14-inch-wide display above the keyboard. And with up to an Intel Core i9 and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 inside, this laptop is equal parts raw power and futuristic design.
Best Desktop- MSI Prestige P100
Unlike the recent desktop models that mostly follow the Mac Pro’s compact, cylindrical mould, the Prestige P100 is refreshingly original. It’s thin and white, with a unique triangle geometry on the sides that is intended to evoke ‘galactic nebula’, according to MSI. Inside the top-end configuration, there’s an Intel Core i9-9900K processor, 64GB of DDR4 memory, and a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPU.
Best Graphics Card - Zotac GeForce GTX 1650 Low Profile
We haven’t seen much action in the space for low-profile video cards in recent years, but the GeForce GTX 1650 Low Profile offers a new option. Zotac checks the right boxes — no power connector needed, both short and regular I/O brackets included — with this low-profile offering. It will never be a mainstream buy, but for those who need it, it is the new ‘best there is’.
Best High-End PC Case - In Win 309
Last year, In Win rolled out the In Win 307, a quirky PC chassis with a frostedplastic front panel and 144 individually addressable LEDs behind it. The In Win 309 mixes things up a bit, with a black front panel and more-defined LEDs making up the front animations. The software allows for more complex effects to animate the face too.
Best Storage - Synology DVA3219 NAS
What if you need to count the number of people entering and leaving a room or building, but want to avoid installing a turnstile gate or asking someone to stand and tally them? The Synology DVA3219 network-attached storage (NAS) device, which comes with its own imageprocessing software and a graphics chip, can help. Just connect some cameras — up to 32 of them. With four drive bays, you’ll likely never run out of storage.
Best PC Peripheral - Elgato Stream Deck XL
Video editors, YouTube influencers, and broadcast engineers know about the Stream Deck line of shortcut panels. The new Stream Deck XL is bigger than its predecessor. It delivers 32 shortcut buttons that you can map to key shortcuts, macros, or action sequences. The shortcuts can cut the time of repeated actions in other fields like medical, sales, etc.
Best 2-in-1 Laptop - Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
Dell improved the XPS 13 2-in-1 by returning the webcam to its natural place above the screen, which itself is a 16:10 display available in either 1080p or 4K versions. Inside, it will sport 10th Generation ‘Ice Lake’ Intel Core processors. That makes it one of the first laptops to offer the Ice Lake chips that offer improved graphics processing.