2017 looks to be a promising year for laptop enthusiasts, as many anticipated models from some of the top brands are set to debut as soon as this spring. While many laptop release dates are hard to pin down, we’ve done some digging to track down many of the hottest new models gearing up to go on the market.
Most of the new laptop trends tend to center around a heightened sense of versatility, improvements to hybrid laptops, and more features from motion sensing gaming laptops. Skylake/Kabylake processing power is more widespread as well.
As always, continued improvements in terms of processing, memory, and drive performance are a continued priority as well. With that said, here are five of the most hyped laptop release for 2017 from some of the biggest brands in computing.
Alienware is one of the most preferred gaming laptop brands by far, and 2017 will see the company (owned by Dell) release their most innovative and powerful laptops yet.
The new Alienware lineup includes anodised aluminum, magnesium alloy, steel, and copper body materials, making them as durable, lightweight, and heat-deflecting as possible. A new bottom door mechanism will allow for easy access for upgrading.
Tobii IR Eye-Tracking technology is one of the more impressive features, as it will allow users to turn the laptop on merely by looking at it. Audio is improved as well, as Alienware will now use internal smart-amps to monitor waveforms and utilize the entire thermal margin of the speakers for a richer sound.
Another exciting inclusion is Intel’s new Kaby Lake processors, which will greatly enhance overall performance, graphic quality, and battery life.
The Alienware 17 R4 is the most advanced of the new models offering a massive 32GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB SSD boot drive, and a 1TB HDD backup drive that operates at 7200RPM. Several of the new models are already available with select retailers, and the 17 R4 is expected to be available everywhere soon, including Amazon.
2017 is a big year for Dell laptop release dates, as their popular Inspiron series gets a massive upgrade across the board.
The Inspiron 14 and 15 7000 series is designed to be a powerful gaming laptop that can also double as your main computer, all without looking too much like a gaming laptop. For some, this is pretty crucial, as lugging a giant Alienware laptop with flashing lights to your meeting may seem a bit juvenile, regardless of how powerful it is.
Anyway, both the 14 and 15 will provide a choice between Intel Core i5 and i7 7th generation processors, and up to 32GB of DDR RAM, and up to 256GB of space on a main SSD, with 500GB available on a HDD. The 15 takes things a step further, offering a 1TB HDD, and a 512GB SSD.
The main difference is the display size. The 14 sports a 14-inch 1920 x 1080 display, while the 15 has a massive 17.3-inch full HD display with 1920 x 1080 as well.
Both models come with a subwoofer, and Waves MaxxAudio Pro audio processing. Users can choose from black or red matte colors, and the 17 even offers a spill resistant keyboard. Both the 14 and 15 are expected to be widely available by the spring of this year.
The Surface Pro 5 made waves at this years CES expo in Las Vegas, and it’s easily one of the most anticipated new laptops yet to debut. The Surface Pro has already been a trendsetter for years, and the new version looks to retain an already successful design, and add more power.
A 4K UHD resolution is expected with the Surface Pro 5, including improved touch and stylus pen support for an even more seamless experience. A Kaby Lake processor has been promised as well, which will boost the computer’s speed to an all-time high. But AMDs new Ryzen CPU line up was mentioned as well.
USB Type-C support is set to be included as well, and Thunderbolt3 compatibility will only push it to new heights in terms of versatility. The new Surface Pro 5 has a release date of summer 2017.
The ThinkPad line is one of Lenovo’s best and most popular, and the 2017 versions are looking very promising.
Out of all the numerous new ThinkPads coming out, the T470p is among the best, and is supposed to cost around $1,000, making it one of the most advanced and affordable high-end laptops in its class.
It will include a 14-inch WQHD display, giving it much better visuals than year’s past. NVIDIA GeForce graphics come via a 940MX card, which is also a big step up from previous versions. The upgrade makes the T470p a great choice for photographers and visual artists who need a detailed screen with accurate color depiction.
Thunderbolt3 support is finally included, and you can get up to 1TB on an SSD drive if you desire. Security is improved as well, as a one-touch fingerprint reader and facial recognition technology can let you log in with the press of your finger, or by simply looking at the screen.
The 2017 ThinkPAd line is set to begin debuting in February, and continue through April of 2017.
HP’s Spectre X360 was already considered one of the best hybrid laptops around, and they released a late 2016 model that boosted its performance a bit. The 2017 version adds even more power, and fixes some of the smaller flaws from before.
The 2017 Spectre X360 is a bit heavier and thicker than previous years, it’s not very noticeable, and the trade-off involves a larger battery, and NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics processing. We’d say that’s pretty fair.
The extra battery size comes in handy, as the newest Spectre X360 has a full UHD 4K display, which is very unique for a 15-inch screen. The trackpad is wider than before, and there are updated ports for all the latest inputs.
As far as hybrids go, this is one of the best, especially for around $1,300. The 2017 HP Spectre X360 is expected to be out at the end of March 2017.
We’re excited as any about the new laptops coming out this year, and looking forward to reviewing some in the near future. Do you have any 2017 laptops you’d like to see us review? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it!