Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Dell, and more showed off a lot of fantastic new and upgraded laptops at IFA 2019. From ultra-affordable Chromebooks to the high-end gaming laptops, here are the best new laptops we could find at IFA.
Best laptops at IFA 2019:
- Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701
- Asus ProArt StudioBook series
- Acer ConceptD 9 Pro
- Lenovo Yoga C940
- Razer Blade Stealth 13
- Dell XPS 13
- Acer Chromebook Spin 315
1. Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701
Asus already offers gaming laptops with high display refresh rates, but the upgraded Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 takes things to a whole other level. The company announced its fastest laptop display yet, sporting a staggering 300Hz refresh rate. According to Asus, this represents “a 25% increase over the current standard for high-level esports tournaments.”
High refresh rate aside, it wouldn’t be a gaming laptop without a top-of-the-line GPU, and the Zephyrus S GX701 comes with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080. Other specifications and features weren’t announced but will obviously be high-end. There’s no info on the pricing either, but the Zephyrus S GX701 will likely be available in October.
2. Asus ProArt StudioBook series
Asus took the wraps off of a lot of interesting devices at IFA. Vying for the attention of the creatively inclined and primed to rival the Macbook Pro is the Asus ProArt StudioBook series.
Headlining the new series is the StudioBook One, the first laptop to come with the Quadro RTX 6000 GPU made by Nvidia. Rounding out the top-end specs is the Intel Core i9 processor, 1TB of SSD storage, and a huge 32GB of RAM. You also get a 15.6-inch 4K UHD display with refresh rates up to 120Hz.
Next up is the StudioBook Pro X. It’s slightly lower on the specs ladder than the One, with the top-end model coming with an Intel Xeon E-2276M processor and an Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 GPU. However, if you want all the RAM and storage in the world, you can pack this device with a massive 6TB of storage and 128GB of RAM.
It also has other features to offer that you won’t get the with the One. The Pro X comes with Asus’ Screenpad 2.0 tech which replaces the usual trackpad with a handy touchpad display for app shortcuts. It also comes with a 17-inch high-res display and 92% screen-to-body ratio.
While no pricing or availability information has been announced, expect your bank account to take a massive hit. Fortunately, Asus announced relatively more affordable additions to the series as well — the StudioBook Pro 17/15 and the StudioBook 17/15.
3. Acer ConceptD 9 Pro
Continuing with the focus on content creators, next up is the Acer ConceptD 9 Pro. Acer revamped its entire ConceptD lineup and added an entry-level model to the mix as well. But at the top of the proverbial mountain is the ConceptD 9 Pro.
The Pro version of the ConceptD 9 comes with the Intel Core i9 processor and boosts overall performance significantly with the inclusion of the Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 GPU. It’s not all about high-end specs and features either. The ConceptD 9 Pro borrows the look and form factor of Acer’s Predator Triton 900 — a 2-in-1 style laptop with the display swiveling around a unique hinge.
With specs like that, it’s no surprise that the ConceptD 9 Pro is at the upper end of the price spectrum. The device is expected to go on sale in November priced at 5499 euros.
4. Lenovo Yoga C940
Lenovo introduced a slew of Windows 10 laptops and Chromebooks at IFA. Headlining the release is the Yoga C940. It’s a 2-in-1 that offers everything you’d expect from a high-end 2019 laptop — Intel’s 10th Gen Ice Lake processors, up to 16GB of RAM, up to an Ultra HD display, and beautiful design and build quality.
Lenovo has added a special Intelligent Cooling Mode to automatically enhance performance, especially with regards to battery life, based on the workload. Available in 14-inch and 15.6-inch variants, you can also get the latter with an optional 4K VESA400 HDR display. The Lenovo Yoga C940 starts at $1249.99 and will be available in October.
5. Razer Blade Stealth 13
Razer unveiled an impressive update for the Blade Stealth 13 at IFA. There are now three new models, including a Mercury White option that looks really sleek. Not all variants are created equal though.
All three have received a processor upgrade to Intel’s 10th Gen Ice Lake, specifically the Core i7-1065G7. They also come with 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of SSD storage. The display size remains at 13.3-inch with varying resolutions, and the sleek, ultra-portable design stays.
There are few key differences between the variants though. What I think is the best looking of the lot — the Mercury White — is also the base model with Intel integrated graphics. For a performance boost, you’ll have to jump to the mid-tier and high-end versions that come with the Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU.
The two higher-end options also come with 512GB of onboard storage, while the base model sticks with 256GB. There isn’t that much difference between the two top-end models, but the one at the top of the pack features a 4K display.
The upgraded Razer Blade Stealth 13 will be available at some point in September and is priced starting at $1499.99.
6. Dell XPS 13
One of the best laptops you can buy is getting even better. Dell showcased an upgraded XPS 13 that keeps the same look as the previous 2019 release but now packs more of a punch. The refreshed XPS 13 come with the 10th Gen Comet Lake U-series processors.
Another key upgrade comes in the form of the new Killer AX1650 (2×2) based on Intel WiFi 6 Chipset, allowing for wireless connectivity that’s three times faster than the previous generation.
Other specifications and features, along with the gorgeous design that makes the XPS 13 so popular, remain the same. A Full HD (non-touch) or 4K (touch) display is surrounded by ultra-thin bezels. These sleek and ultra-portable laptops come with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 256GB of built-in SSD storage.
Available now are the quad-core Core i3-10110U and Core i5-10210U variants, starting at $999. The top-end model, sporting the hexa-core Core-i7-10710U processor, is set to be available in October.
The 10th Gen Ice Lake-toting XPS 13 2-in-1, that was first announced back at Computex 2019 is also now on sale, starting at $999.99 and going all the way up to $2099.99 for the version with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage.
7. Acer Chromebook Spin 315
Acer introduced four new entry-level Chromebooks at IFA this year. The most advanced of the lot, and also the largest, is the Chromebook 315. Aside from the large Full HD display (both touch and non-touch options available), what sets the Spin 315 apart from its siblings is the inclusion of a numeric keypad.
Multiple processor configurations are available, including both Pentium and Celeron CPU. Acer claims that the Spin 315 will provide an impressive battery life of 12.5 hours. The 315 can be configured with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage with the Pentium Silver N5000, the quad-core Celeron N4100, or the dual-core Celeron N4000.
If you’re hoping for a more portable option but with all the specs and features of the Spin 315, that’s exactly what you get with the Acer Chromebook Spin 314. Acer’s new Chromebooks will be available in October in other markets and launch in the U.S. in December, starting at $279.
That’s it for this roundup of some of the best new laptops launched at IFA 2019.
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