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The 2021 Tech Innovator Awards

Kyle Alspach

From among 373 applicants, CRN staff selected products spanning the IT industry—including in cloud, infrastructure, security, software and devices—that offer both strong differentiation and major partner opportunities.



HP Elite Dragonfly Max

New this year, HP’s Elite Dragonfly Max stands out with enhanced collaboration features, a portable design and strong performance via 11th-gen Intel processors. In terms of collaboration, the convertible notebook includes a 5-megapixel camera, four wide-range mics optimized for conferencing and a quad speaker system driven by four amplifiers. On portability, the notebook is lightweight at 2.49 pounds, and also thin, measuring 0.63 of an inch—while still allowing for work-friendly ports including USB-A, HDMI and USB-C. Other key features include optional 5G connectivity; up to 16.5 hours of battery life; and a 13.3-inch touch display offering high brightness (up to 1,000 nits), reduced blue light technology and an optional integrated privacy screen.


Acer TravelMate Spin B3

A convertible Windows notebook targeted for education, Acer’s TravelMate Spin B3 comes with a 5-megapixel webcam, optional LTE connectivity and up to 12 hours of battery life. The 11.6-inch notebook also offers strong durability with a spill-resistant keyboard and an Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass display, as well as additional antimicrobial solutions on the keyboard, palm rest and touchpad.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Nano is the lightest ThinkPad to date, with a starting weight of just 2 pounds, while measuring just over a half-inch thick. The 13-inch display features a 16:10 aspect ratio that makes the display taller—providing a greater amount of usable workspace—while also offering sharp resolution (2,160 x 1,350) and high brightness (450 nits). Other features include up to 17 hours of battery life, four speakers and four mics, enhanced security (including a match-on-sensor fingerprint reader) and optional 5G.

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro

Samsung’s Galaxy Book Pro offers a choice between a 13.3-inch or 15.6-inch displays featuring vibrant Super AMOLED technology—making them among Samsung’s first Windows PCs to offer AMOLED displays. On portability, the notebook has a starting weight of just 1.9 pounds and measures 0.44 of an inch thick (for the 13.3-inch model). For collaboration, Samsung has upgraded the multi-mic array to filter out background noise while also including AKG speakers with Dolby Atmos tuning.

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