The Best Laptops of CES 2020!

The Best Laptops of CES 2020!


CES 2020 has come to an end and it’s time
for me to head home, so let’s wrap up by going through the best laptops I saw at the
show and discuss what I was most interested in. The big news this CES was of course about
AMD’s new Ryzen 4000 series Zen2 CPUs, which go up to 8 cores 16 threads and promises of
defeating the i7-9750H from Intel in gaming. While I remain skeptical until I have one
for testing, it’s definitely sounds like a nice improvement and I can’t wait to test
it out. Based purely on the amount of requests I’ve
had from you guys to do a review already, the ASUS Zephyrus G14 seems like it’s a
favourite, and I can see why. It’s the first 14 inch gaming laptop that uses Nvidia RTX
2060 graphics, granted it’s the 65 watt Max-Q variant, this is still the best we’ve
currently got in this form factor. Alongside that, it’s got AMD’s Ryzen 7
4800HS CPU, which has 8 cores and 16 threads of processing power, something that was previously
only really obtainable with an Intel i9, or something like a Helios 500 with Ryzen 2700.
The G14 is far smaller and thinner though, we won’t know for sure just how well it
performs, but based on the specs and all the work ASUS say they’ve done for thermals,
I’m expecting good things from this laptop and look forward to getting it in to review. ASUS also had the G15 with same Ryzen processor,
which seems to be the updated version of the GA502, which is great to have, but I’m more
interested in seeing what the new G14 can do as it’s a completely new design. MSI also had a new AMD based laptop, although
if I hadn’t noticed it on the table at the back, I might never have known about it as
they didn’t mention it during their hour long presentation. The Bravo 15 and 17 appear
to be lower end gaming laptops, similar to the Alpha 15, and while that’s cool and
all, personally I was way more interested in the new GE66 and GS66 gaming laptops, the
successors to the popular GE65 and GS65 respectively. These two laptops will have Intel 10th gen
CPUs and I suspect next gen Nvidia graphics, which is why there was basically no information
available in terms of processor and graphics, so I’m not sure when to expect them, as
nothing has been announced yet. The GS66 is a nice clean looking all blacked
out gaming laptop, while the GE66 looks kind of like a mini GT76 Titan, with a similar
lid design and the addition of RGB light bar along the front, just in case you need that
bling. Lenovo had their Y740s gaming laptop, if you
could call it that, given it doesn’t have discrete graphics from AMD or Nvidia inside,
only the Intel graphics from the Intel CPU. The idea with this one is that no graphics
means that less cooling is required, so you get a thinner and lighter laptop, which speaking
from experience is preferable for travel. Lenovo will start offering an eGPU solution,
allowing you to hook up an external desktop graphics card over Thunderbolt when at home
to play games, so I guess not technically a gaming laptop in the traditional sense,
but that’s all they had in terms of gaming at CES, no new AMD laptops there. The ASUS TUF A15 and A17 gaming laptops look
like decent incremental improvements over the older TUF machines, with big 90wh batteries
and the addition of AMD’s Ryzen 4000 series CPUs, and RTX 2060 or GTX 1660 Ti graphics
respectively we’re expecting them to be fairly capable gaming laptops, hopefully without
being all too expensive, as has been the case with previous TUF models, it’s meant to
be their more entry level more budget friendly brand. Dell had their new G5 15 Special Edition,
think G5 that looks more like the new G3, but with AMD Ryzen 4000 series CPUs and up
to Radeon RX 5600M graphics. I’m interested in this one as I believe it was the only machine
I saw that uses a full AMD processor plus AMD graphics solution, all of the other Ryzen
based machines I checked out were paired with Nvidia graphics. It’s also interesting because
I don’t think Dell have previously offered AMD hardware as part of their G series lineup,
they’ve been all in on Intel and Nvidia, I am keen to see how this new configuration
compares and if they expand it into other models like the G3 or G7 in future. I think what I was most interested in was
the Clevo laptop with 12 core 24 thread Ryzen 9 3900 CPU, I always expected to see AM4 desktop
socket laptops become available for the 3000 series. We had some for last gen, plus there
are quite a few laptops supporting Intel’s desktop socket, but those are still currently
limited to 8 cores 16 threads with the 9th gen, so this is a nice change for those that
need serious portable multicore power. While we’re talking about raw power, the
ASUS StudioBook One is pretty crazy. I have briefly seen it before, but didn’t film
it for a video, and didn’t realise just how much power it was packing given the 2.4cm
thickness. Along with the 8 core Intel i9 CPU, it’s basically got the equivalent of
Mobile Titan RTX graphics inside, as the Quadro 6000 it uses has the same CUDA core count
and 24gb of GDDR6 memory with a 250 watt TDP, crazy stuff, and I really want to see how
it actually performs. The cooling design was also interesting, the principle is the same
as the ASUS Mothership I’ve previously reviewed where the heat generating components are placed
behind the screen. When you open the lid, a flap behind the screen opens up to allow
air flow, which both allows the components to breathe more easily compared to having
fans pressed against the desk, but also keeps the bottom surface cool on your lap with a
cool keyboard area. Despite having crazy specs, based on the size I know there are going to
be some limits, so I hope I can get one when it’s available and push it to find out just
what those are. I was also interested to see the improvements
that Tongfang were making with their laptops. The new 17 inch chassis being sold as the
Eluktronics MAX-17 looks like it will be a nice option for those who were interested
in the MAG-15 but wanted a 17 inch laptop, as it has a lot of very similar features,
but with more powerful RTX 2070 Max-P graphics, rather than the Max-Q that were present in
the MAG-15. They’re also working on many other changes and improvements to performance
that I can’t talk about yet, so I guess watch this space, this space being my channel,
in other words I guess make sure you’re subscribed. There weren’t really that many new laptops
here at CES 2020, at least not compared to last year when Nvidia launched RTX for laptops,
that seemed like a bigger deal, at least in terms of new products to cover. Many companies
including Razer, Gigabyte, Acer and Lenovo had no AMD Ryzen 4000 series gaming laptops
to show. At this point I’m not sure if they’re
waiting to see what happens or possibly still testing them out, but to me this seems telling.
ASUS has quite a few high end laptops, yet we didn’t see them refresh anything with
RTX 2070 or higher graphics with an AMD CPU. I don’t know, it just seems like most of
these companies are waiting for Intel and Nvidia to launch their next gen before refreshing.
I saw multiple laptops here at CES that were listed as Intel 10th gen CPU with no further
information. It could be they want to use the new Ryzen CPUs, but new Nvidia graphics
aren’t too far off, so they’re just holding off, it’s hard to say, we’ll have to wait
and find out. EIther way, from what I’ve heard, it sounds
like we should have many more interesting laptops on display at Computex in June, so
I’ll definitely be heading over to Taipei again in 6 months time to bring you all the
latest news, so if you haven’t already make sure you’re subscribed for that future content,
and check out my other CES 2020 coverage, linked in the description if you missed anything
here and want more details. Time for me to spend 24 hours travelling back to Australia
and then it’s back to the normal videos after this one.

100 thoughts to “The Best Laptops of CES 2020!”

  1. i bought a gs65 8re about almost a year ago
    the flex thing doesnt really bother me, but flex improvements in the gs66 sounds good
    more battery life is a yes as this lasts about 6 or a bit more with 50% brightness with youtube or java
    screen is good enough on the gs65 8re
    got it for about 1200usd, back then it was a steal
    the gs65 is a decent machine, and the improvements made on the gs66 sounds real nice

  2. Wooh is anyone else seeing all that wobble in the footage?

    Anyway thanks for all your hard work; Those Clevo laptops have been a lifesaver at my work as stop gaps between fleet replacements. I just wish they did a 14" with 4G here in AUS.

  3. Can you do a review of the Asus g15 I'm pretty interested in it because it has 240hz with fresync this is a first in a laptop.

  4. We managed to BIOS mod the MSI Alpha 15 to allow for 2666 (or faster) RAM working, and also a higher CPU TDP for faster 3750H performance. Could you take a look into it? Here's the short post I made where you can see how to do it: https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/ejlcso/get_2666_mhz_ram_working_on_your_amd_laptop_msi/

  5. Hey jarrod do you have an idea of the release date and pricing of the MSI gs66? Did the reps tell you anything like this?

  6. Jarrod do you plan to review some ultrabooks this year? I mean those without dedicated GPU. I'm in need of a new one to replace my buggy Surface Pro 6. Hope you can cover laptops from this category someday.

  7. lenovo disappoints the most..literally they only slap an egpu to the price tag,honestly for 1100usd they should include all that and atleast 1660super to make it worth the money

  8. Why was the Lenovo Y740s mentioned as a 'gaming' laptop? Why was this laptop mentioned in this video at all? There's nothing special about it when there are probably cheaper, older Thundebolt 3 laptops can do the same.

  9. Any CES laptops for devs like yourself (security engineer) that you were hyped for?

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Li-KPzvocTU also sounds like a great idea for a laptop

  10. Спасибо за подборку, обзоры от тебя как всегда топ ну и msi топ. И понравился концепт от Асус с железом за экраном. Теперь нужно ждать анонсов на крутых чипах 4й серии от АМД. Думаю к концу 20го игровые ноутбуки серьёзно так догонят ПК. Больше всего жду не производительности а меньшего количества выделяемого тепла. И меньше шума.

  11. kind of a like that msi gs66 laptop and want a review from you. im not fan of amd..they are still lacking in terms of overall performance,hardware and software..we want more reviews from you in 2020 !!

  12. Am waiting too to buy a new laptop….Wanted tog o for the Zepheryus 701 but i want to see what 2020 will bring first. I hate being outdated

  13. Was doing research from your videos so that i can get myself a gaming laptop this year.
    Guess Im gonna postpone the plan and wait for all these new laptop available in the market so I didnt regret buying too early.!

  14. It's pretty crazy that even though the ProArt StudioBook One has so much power in it, Asus still managed to pack it in such a small, slim and light chassis, plus you can even open it up with one hand which even my laptop can't (hp ultrabook). Amazing job Asus, hope that this type of design will come to a more consumer friendly laptop

  15. It bad that AMD didnt offer 4 core 8 thread gaming CPU for budget gaming laptops.
    Becuase for rx5500m 6 core CPU will be overkill

  16. the GS66 looks super clean, reminds me of the razer blade. so im a little bit worried about the fingerprints on the mat design

  17. Jarrod as always good video and thanks for your latest answers to my q's. I would like to know if any of this new amd laptops are better than the actual Helios 300, for what you said I'm interested in the new Dell g5 but would like to know your thoughts thanks as always

  18. The GE66 definitely has my attention and I’m eager to see it released. Nice design, large battery, and great port selection. Honestly big design flaws that other laptops seem to have and this machine fixes. So I have high hopes it’s a good laptop.

  19. can you tell me how big the difference is with the mini led msi display? is it worth waiting for? can you get a true side by side video of same footage and also confirm the other displays specs and resolution that we are comparing it too. I can't believe no youtuber done this. thanks in advance

  20. Would it be reasonable to believe Ryzen 7 4800h laptops with either RX or RTX GPU would be priced around $2000 just like i7-9750h with RTX are right now?

  21. If I remember correctly, there was a rumour about Nvidia Super series GPUs coming to laptops. So I get why many companies don't want to refresh yet.

  22. Hi jarrod great review…. But i know this question doesn't matter here but is msi ge75 rtx 2070 model is not good.?… Can u tell me about that just quickly… Bcz im thinking to buy tht this mnth.. Plz reply… Msi GE75 is good and worth in performance, thermals and life span… Plz bro…

  23. I will be a little cheeky.. 2020 best laptops from CES. "65 watt 2060 rtx maxq". it's specs are so low it shouldn't be on the shelves

  24. Is the helios 300 with the rtx 2060 worth it? I live in brazil and I wanted to buy a good but not to expensive notebook for editing cause I'm going to canada to study at the vancouver film school, that one is one of the cheapest here, well, it isn't that cheap considering that it's worth 8 thousand reais which is the coin here but it's what I can afford here in installments, or I could wait until I'm in canada and buy a better one there, what would you say it's the best decision?

  25. Nice roundup.
    That Asus with motherboard design doesn't seem to be back heavy or?

    Im really interested how those new Apus going to perform in laptops ,I have high hopes for them TBH .

    Safe travels ,I've been in Beijing twice (central EU) but that compared to yours it was piece of the cake 😉
    Have a good one.

  26. When do laptops usually come out? I’ve been looking to get a gaming / school laptop but I don’t know if I should wait or what the best is now. Awesome videos !

  27. i am glad to see AMD bringing some heat to Intel, i would like to see processor and video card prices coming down a bit

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