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Best of CES 2021: The Top 20 PCs, Mobile Devices And Wearables

Kyle Alspach

Our Best of CES roundup includes our picks for the top 20 laptops, desktop PCs, smartphones, 2-in-1 tablets and wearable devices that were unveiled at CES 2021.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 9)

For the ninth-generation edition of the popular ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Lenovo has rolled out a number of updates including a new 16:10 aspect ratio and reduced blue light on the 14-inch display—which will offer a choice between UHD or FHD resolution (up to 500 nits of brightness). Other new features and capabilities with the ninth-generation X1 Carbon include an integrated fingerprint reader on the power button; optional 5G or LTE connectivity; a wider touchpad; and support for Dolby Voice, which optimizes the performance of the notebook’s microphones and speakers. Dolby Voice features include dynamic leveling, which automatically adapts to voices that are quieter or far away and provides noise suppression to limit background noises and echo.

The new X1 Carbon will also include a larger battery than the previous model, at 57 Whr, to enable battery life of up to 16 hours. On performance, the notebook will be powered by 11th-generation Intel Core processors (up to Core i7 vPro) and be configurable with up to 32 GB of RAM. One thing that hasn’t changed is the X1 Carbon’s ultraportable form factor, which remains at just 2.49 pounds. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Gen 9, will be available in February.

 
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 kalspach@thechannelcompany.com.

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