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Products Of The Year 2023: The Finalists

Rick Whiting

CRN staff compiled the top partner-friendly products that launched or were significantly updated over the last year. Now it’s up to solution providers to choose the winners.


Laptop computers are another channel technology staple.

Demand for laptop computers soared during the COVID-19 pandemic as many people began working from home. But the PC market, including laptops, has been in a serious slump since early 2022 due to macroeconomic headwinds, weak demand from both businesses and consumers, and shifts in IT budgets away from device purchases, according to market researcher IDC.

But IDC recently said there are early signs of growth in the PC market and is forecasting that PC shipments will grow 3.7 percent in 2024 to 261.4 million units.

Acer Swift Go 16/Edge 16

Dell Precision 7780/7680

HP Dragonfly G4

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11

MacBook Pro M2 Max (16-inch)

Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra



Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at

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