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Friday’s top tech news: Let’s give it up for CES laptops

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An artist's rendering of the Razer Blade 16 and 18 gaming laptops is shown from above, revealing their displays, keyboards and trackpads.
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Including huge 18-inch screens, two screens and E Ink displays.

It’s always tempting to focus entirely on the weird and wonderful gadgets coming out of CES, but today I want to take a moment to highlight a few interesting laptops that were announced at the show.

First up are the new Razer Blade 16 and 18, the latter of which has an absolutely massive 18-inch screen. But it’s actually the 16-inch version that I’m more interested in after reading my colleague Monica’s hands-on, thanks to the Mini LED display, which has a thousand local dimming zones for better HDR performance.

And if you’re looking for something a little less sophisticated, Lenovo’s ThinkBook Plus Twist has you covered thanks to its 12-inch E Ink color screen, which comes with in addition to its more standard 13.3-inch OLED touchscreen. Or if you want to go the other way, there’s this Lenovo Yoga Book 9i, which has two screens and not an E Ink in sight.

Finally, it’s nice to see Asus’ collaboration with PC fan specialist Noctua continuing. It just announced a Noctua edition of an RTX 4080 graphics card which, judging by past collaborations, should result in a GPU that can run beautifully quietly even under heavy load. Too bad there is no price or availability yet.

And now, here’s a silly tweet to start your day:

Stay tuned as we continue to update this list with today’s most important news: Friday, January 6, 2023.

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