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CRN's 2018 Products Of The Year

CRN editors looked at the best new products and major updates of 2018 and then turned to solution providers to choose the winners based on technology, revenue and profit opportunities, and customer demand.

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LENOVO THINKPAD X1 CARBON, SIXTH GENERATION

WINNER: OVERALL

For the sixth generation of Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the popular business notebook gets an enhanced 14-inch display with brightness of up to 500 nits and optional support for Dolby Vision HDR technology. Other new additions include USB-C mechanical side docking, improved microphones (that reach a farther distance), and eighth-generation Intel Core processors. In addition, the new X1 Carbon offers up to 15 hours of battery life, optional LTE connectivity, and—perhaps best of all—a weight of just 2.49 pounds. The sixth-generation X1 Carbon offers a killer combination of “light, durable and fast,” said Michael Goldstein, president and CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based solution provider LAN Infotech. “It’s amazing how much power they pack into that small unit.”

Subcategory Winner—Customer Demand: Microsoft Surface Book 2 

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 features a high-resolution display that fully detaches from the keyboard for use as a Windows 10 tablet. The Surface Book 2 also features major horsepower with up to an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and optional discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics, along with up to 17 hours of battery life.

Finalist: Apple MacBook Pro 2018

Apple’s 2018 update to its MacBook Pro with Touch Bar improved the performance, keyboard and display of both the 13-inch and 15-inch models. Along with adding eighth-generation Intel Core processors, the MacBook Pro is now configurable with up to 32 GB of RAM—twice the previous maximum amount.

Finalist: Dell Latitude 7390 A

long with being one of the lightest business laptops on the market at 2.59 pounds, Dell’s Latitude 7390 offers strong performance and battery life; a bright 13.3-inch display with optional touch screen; Microsoft’s highly responsive Precision Touchpad; facial recognition sign-in from Windows Hello; and an appealing carbon-fiber design.

Finalist: HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3

For HP Inc.’s latest EliteBook x360 1030 convertible notebook, display options go up to 700 nits of brightness and can include an optional Sure View integrated privacy screen. The notebook features a 10 percent smaller footprint overall, while the weight has been kept to 2.76 pounds. The notebook also offers eighthgeneration Intel Core processors and up to 18 hours of battery life.

 
 
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