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The 2020 Tech Innovator Awards

Kyle Alspach

The delivery of truly differentiated offerings that create opportunities for partners during this unprecedented period is the crowning achievement of our 2020 Tech Innovators.


Winner: Dell Latitude 9510

Along with being a highly portable workhorse laptop, Dell’s Latitude 9510 stands out with a number of built-in AI capabilities. The notebook’s Intelligent Audio feature lets users configure their mic and speakers for the type of room they are in, while ExpressCharge learns how users use their PC and then adjusts policies to improve the battery life. Express Sign-In locks the notebook when users walk away and senses their proximity when they return—then automatically logs them in with Windows Hello facial recognition. On portability, the Latitude 9510 weighs just 3.3 pounds and sports a minimal-bezel design that makes it very compact for a 15-inch laptop.


Acer Chromebook C871

Acer’s Chromebook C871 includes a 12-inch display—with both touch screen and non-touch options available—and has a 3:2 aspect ratio for the display to give students more room for vertical viewing. The Chromebook C871 also meets MIL-STD-810G durability standards with features such as drop protection.

Dynabook Portégé X30L

Dynabook’s Portégé X30L stands out with a weight of just 1.92 pounds—which makes it the world’s lightest 13.3-inch notebook with 10th-generation Intel Core processors. The laptop supports up to an Intel Core i7-10710U processor and offers up to 14 hours of battery life.

HP Elite Dragonfly

HP’s Elite Dragonfly convertible features a fresh design paired with serious portability (with a starting weight of just 2.2 pounds) and battery life (up to 24.5 hours of battery life per charge). The design of the 13.3-inch notebook features a CNC-machined magnesium body and an iridescent “dragonfly blue” color.

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus

Part of Lenovo’s ThinkBook portfolio, which is aimed at small and midsize businesses, the ThinkBook Plus includes a unique 10.8-inch E Ink display on the top cover. The display can be used for taking notes or sketching with a digital stylus, as well as for getting emails and notifications.

Panasonic Toughbook FZ 55

Panasonic’s rugged Toughbook FZ 55 laptop offers a number of advances, including around battery life—with up to 40 hours available with an optional second battery. Meanwhile, the 14-inch laptop includes modular expansion packs that allow for a greater level of configurability for partners to meet the needs of end customers.


Kyle Alspach

Kyle Alspach is a Senior Editor at CRN focused on cybersecurity. His coverage spans news, analysis and deep dives on the cybersecurity industry, with a focus on fast-growing segments such as cloud security, application security and identity security.  He can be reached at

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