CES 2016: 5 unmissable computing highlights from CES 2016

Introduction

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Forget fitness trackers, smart fridges and connected cars: the most interesting tech (so far) to emerge from CES 2016 has been found in the computing section.

As every hour passes it seems that Las Vegas is being lit up by a brighter monitor, a lighter laptop or a gaming machine with more grunt than a Marine Corp.

From computing mainstays Dell, HP and Lenovo to gaming greats Corsair, Maingear and Origin, this year’s big names are coming up with the goods. Don’t believe us? Check out these choice cuts from the show floor.

1. Maingear Alpha 34

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Maingear has us seriously excited about all-in-one gaming machines in 2016 if the Alpha 34 is anything to go by. Its massive 34-inch display has a roomy 3K pixel-resolution of 3,440 x 1,440, which places it squarely in wideboy territory. Hollywood blockbusters are filmed in the same “cinematic” 21:9 aspect ratio, so movies should look stunning on it.

Of course, the Alpha 34’s main occupation is gaming, which should prove smooth as butter thanks to a choice of up to Nvidia’s Titan X graphics card (with 12GB vRAM) or AMD’s Radeon R9 390X. Whichever camp you’re in, the Apha 34’s eye-watering price tag means you should probably start saving up now…

2. Lenovo Modular ThinkVision Monitor

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Lenovo has introduced not one, but two modular monitors at CES 2016, making that two more modular monitors than we saw last year. The ThinkVision X24 is a 23.8-inch Full HD IPS monitor that you can tailor to your needs, making it more future-proof than most.

It can be configured with a WiGig Bar for hooking up peripherals wirelessly, a wireless charging stand for your smartphone, and an Intel RealSense camera for logging into Windows 10 with your face. Lenovo also debuted the ThinkCentre TIO II, which also takes the X24’s modular approach while offering a more complete desktop machine.

3. Corsair Carbide Spec-Alpha Mid-Tower ATX

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Here’s a PC case that would look good sat on top of your desk, never mind under it. Corsair’s Carbide Spec-Alpha mid-tower gaming case features 120mm fans for Direct Airflow Path cooling, which is controlled by a three-speed switch on the front of the case.

There’s enough room for up to four SSDs inside, and it also features native support for USB 3.0. Tool-free drive installation and a removable side panel means you should be able to get to components without wrestling it to the ground. We’re particularly attracted to the Star Wars-esque red-and-white version.

4. Acer Aspire Switch 12 S

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Convertible laptops got a whole lot more exciting once 4K became a thing – and the Acer Aspire Switch 12 S is a great example of why that is. Essentially a portable laptop with a detachable 4K tablet, you can prop up the display anywhere after removing it from its snappy hinge.

From watching sports games in the hot tub to Skyping in the privacy of your bedroom, Ultra HD-toting 2-in-1s make your Netflix binges the stuff of dreams. Its specs aren’t too shabby either: Intel’s Skylake Core M processor under the hood should be kind on battery life, while USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 mean it’s well-connected too.

5. Origin Omni

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Could 2016 be the year of the gaming all-in-one? After laying eyes on the Maingear Alpha 34 and now this, the Origin Omni, we’re beginning to think it might be.

Like the Alpha 34, Origin’s all-in-one features a 34-inch QHD display toting a 3,440 x 1,440 pixel resolution, which traditionally provides a stunning field of view for racing games and first-person shooters. This one can be configured with up to an Intel Core i7 5960X processor and Nvidia’s meaty GeForce Titan X graphics card.

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