The Best of CES 2021


The Best of CES 2021

After sitting through hours of live demos, virtual booth tours, and livestreamed press conferences at this first-ever virtual CES, we’re ready to declare these 12 products to be the best things we saw at this most odd and unique version of the yearly consumer tech showcase. Even though we could only view these things on our laptop screens and not up close inside a brightly lit Las Vegas expo hall, it was still clear to us that each entry on this list pointed to the ways in which its product category will evolve in the near future. So as CES 2021 windows down, here’s our list of the products, components, prototypes, and ideas that will shape the next few generations of consumer tech.

Acer Chromebook Spin 514. The Spin 514 is Acer’s first Chromebook using AMD’s Ryzen 3000-C series mobile processors. The computer has a solid aluminum chassis and high-end specs, but it’s those AMD chips we’re looking forward to testing. AMD announced the Ryzen 3000-C series last year, but this is among the first machines containing the chip to arrive on the market. Designed in conjunction with Google, the 3000-series chips are optimized specifically for Chromebooks and are part of a larger trend that sees Chromebooks moving from cheap, low-end laptops to more powerful machines capable of handling bigger workloads. It remains to be seen if ChromeOS can deliver the software users need for such workloads, but the hardware at least won’t be holding Chromebooks back. —Scott Gilbertson





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