5 must-know PC tech trends from CES 2023

Let’s be blunt: CES feels prefer it’s in a foul place after the pandemic. It seems like taking a few years off from the largest electronics commerce present on the planet has taught corporations that, sure, this might have been an e-mail. 

Even so, the PC business didn’t disappoint, with blockbuster keynotes from the foremost gamers delivering a sneak peek at what’s coming down the pipe in 2023. And now that the mud has settled, there are some recognizable PC trends which are price inspecting—most good, some not-so-good. Here they’re, in no explicit order: 

Monitors are getting insane 

Call it fallout from a ton of individuals transitioning to house workplace, however it seems like monitor makers are set to unleash a hoard of recent and attention-grabbing fashions this yr. And not simply in a single section, both. All the gaming show producers are speeding to make premium OLED shows now that the panels are out, however we’re additionally seeing even bigger and extra ridiculous designs with typical screens, like Samsung’s newest 57-inch Odyssey Neo G9. On the smaller aspect of issues, insanely quick shows with 500Hz panels are coming to the forefront.

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At the identical time, skilled and media-focused shows aren’t being neglected. Dell has a 6K (*5*) monitor with LG’s beautiful IPS Black tech, full with a high-end webcam and built-in audio system. It’s the form of {hardware} that may deal with Zoom and Blender with equal aplomb. Whatever your setup seems like, you’ll have a alternative for a show improve this yr — assuming you possibly can afford it. 

Gaming laptops are massive and in cost 

For some time there it appeared like nobody was eager about making a laptop computer greater than 15 inches, even when it included discrete graphics and sufficient thickness to deal with a wind tunnel’s price of cooling followers. Consider these days over: the massive, boisterous gaming laptop computer is again. Alienware, Acer, and Razer have all revealed new 18-inch fashions on the prime of their respective strains, filled with the most recent tech and sufficient improve choices to make a Rockefeller flinch. 

The huge Alienware M18 provides an enormous choice of ports.
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If you need to play Nostradamus, you can level to an ongoing development away from ultraportable designs and the idea that customers will principally be taking part in at house, with an rare jaunt to an area cafe or buddy’s home. But a extra possible offender is newly introduced high-end Intel Thirteenth-gen Core HX, AMD Ryzen/Radeon 7000, and Nvidia RTX 40-series cellular chips that simply work higher in a gaming laptop computer…or maybe extra cynically, simply want that further house for extra beefy cooling. These new chips are immensely extra highly effective than something we’ve ever seen in prior notebooks.

GPUs are in a foul place 

It appeared just like the world was holding its breath as the underside fell out of the graphics card market, simply earlier than Nvidia, AMD, and even newcomer Intel introduced new strains late final yr. Whelp, they’re right here, they usually’re underwhelming. 

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The response to Nvidia’s insanely overpriced RTX 40-series was so dangerous that they straight-up canned a high-end card earlier than launch, and its substitute the RTX 4070 Ti isn’t profitable any followers both. Though AMD is positioning itself as a extra rationally-priced different, its flagship 7900 XTX is dealing with widespread overheating points — not a superb look proper earlier than a giant CES keynote. And one of the best you possibly can say about Intel’s finances playing cards is that, properly, they’re fairly good for a finances. They nonetheless have an extended approach to go to be aggressive on something besides worth. 

In brief, it’s a foul time to purchase a desktop graphics card, whether or not you need energy or worth. Sit it out for one more six months, or in the event you’re determined, hunt for a cut price on a last-gen GPU. 

Where did all these folding screens go? 

Remember a few years in the past when everybody was over the moon for folding screens, maybe in no small half as a result of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold telephones had been beginning to get fairly first rate? Both Lenovo and Asus debuted folding laptop computer designs, to a convincing cry of “yeah, however why?” 


Fast ahead and that small bubble appears to have popped, as a result of producers can’t reply that query any higher than we are able to. While it is smart for a tool that matches in your pocket to unfold into a bigger display screen, in the event you’re going to place one thing in a bag anyway, there doesn’t appear to be any cause to fold it in half. Except for, you already know, a standard clamshell laptop computer design. Lenovo is displaying off a number of designs with two screens, and Asus has one with glasses-free 3D, however this explicit gimmick appears to be behind us. 

For now, anyway. Never underestimate a producer’s yearning for novelty, simply in case it’s sitting on the following Yoga or XPS 13. 

Do we even want large reveals anymore? 

To be sincere, the relevancy of gigantic, come-one-come-all expertise conferences was diminishing even earlier than the pandemic. Big corporations like Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft would moderately host their very own occasions to get out the message than spend tens of millions of {dollars} to compete with everybody else to try to get a journalist’s face time within the busiest week of the yr. Even Dell, a company determined to maneuver models and headquartered a brief flight away, determined to ditch the present this yr — they invited publications to small, guided excursions beforehand as an alternative. 


The much less consumer-facing elements of the Consumer Electronics Show may stay. Wheeling and dealing of B2B suppliers, smaller distributors displaying off their wares at night press shindigs, amongst a bunch of reporters who’re checking the bowl sport scores in between cubicles. But for the massive names of the electronics business, a commerce present is making much less and fewer sense as a spot to try to get the eye of the rank and file buyer. 

The CEA isn’t going to let its flagship occasion die subsequent yr, or possibly even this decade. But the times of CES because the tech business’s year-starting smorgasbord could be over. And that could be a superb factor. Look for corporations bailing on the bigger, headline-grabbing occasions like Mobile World Congress, E3, and IFA, in favor of smaller showcases and calculated, YouTube-style shows.


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