The Most Exciting Laptop Trends of CES 2022

At CES 2022, manufacturers released dozens of new laptop models, updates, and more.

In an analysis of the top new laptops from Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Asus, we observed some important trends that will influence laptops for years to come.

The haptic trackpad is here to stay

Turn off keyboard and trackpad on Dell XPS 13 Plus.

It wasn’t long ago that Apple was the only company with haptic feedback trackpads. Trackpads use motorized heptics instead of physical buttons to simulate the sensation of a click without incorporating a physical button. Technology like the Surface Laptop Studio, which was previously only available on MacBooks, has finally made its way onto high-end Windows laptops in 2021.

But it seems to be a huge trend at CES 2022. We saw for the first time in the Dell XPS 13 Plus laptop the use of a single glass panel in the palm to create a trackpad with haptic feedback. Lastly, it appeared in a new laptop at CES we really liked, the ThinkPad Z13.

HP’s Elite Dragonfly Chromebook, however, has the most amazing heptic trackpad we’ve seen yet. There aren’t many Chromebooks that look this good – this may be the most luxurious Chromebook ever. Though haptic trackpads aren’t the most common technology, they have spread like wildfire in recent years.

720p webcam is no longer acceptable

Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 with video conferencing app open.

It was impossible not to see webcams this year at CES. Laptop manufacturers finally turned to the supply chain about two years after remote work became increasingly popular. After all, almost every new laptop unveiled at CES this year had at least 1080p webcams. HP has also made it a point to include a 5-megapixel camera in every commercial PC.

The monitors introduced at CES typically also had webcams built-in. A high-end laptop like the Dell UltraSharp U3223QZ or HP Z34c also has a 4K camera for crystal-clear video calls.

You are likely to get a better webcam if you purchase a new tech product in 2021 than you did five years ago.

Everywhere you look today, the tide of protectionist sentiment is flowing

Alienware 34 QD-OLED with its new display technology.

The only option for laptop displays for so long has been traditional LEDs. A large number of laptops were finally adopting new display technologies at CES 2022. On display at CES, you could find OLEDs and mini-LEDs everywhere, including large monitors, gaming laptops, and regular Ultrabooks as well.

During the first wave of the Samsung televisions, a brand new QD-OLED panel makes its debut on the Alienware 34 QD-OLED gaming monitor. Display technologies are finally being taken seriously by manufacturers thanks to these impressive displays.

New graphics options

Intel announces Intel Arc dGPU for Alienware x17 laptops.

When it comes to laptop graphics, Nvidia is the leader. Intel and AMD announced CES 2022 would offer a legal alternative to CES 2020. In response to Nvidia’s Max-Q technology, AMD has added eight new mobile GPUs to its Radeon 6000 series for gaming laptops. Ryzen 6000 chips also feature AMD’s integrated APU graphics, which have been demonstrated to have impressive capabilities.

As part of its arc graphics launch, Intel released its first preview. Specifically designed for gaming and creative applications, these are Intel’s first dedicated GPUs. In spite of many questions about Intel Arc, more than 50 PC models, including desktops and laptops, will launch with the new graphics. A new player in a different GPU space is off to a good start with this announcement.

No matter which laptop you choose, you’ll have more graphics options than ever before, whether you go with one of the underdogs or one of Nvidia’s new RTX 3080 Ti or 3070 Ti.