Laptops are still going strong in spite of tablets and large phones vying to replace them. In fact with new 3D cameras offering gesture controls and real-world object scanning they're more impressive than ever.

We've rounded up the best new laptops that the almighty CES 2015 trade show has been revealing in Las Vegas.

Using the Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro users will be able to use hand gestures for controls, yes, much like the film Minority Report. From playing Fruit Ninja with your finger in the air to dragging and dropping images about the screen it's all potentially possible. This is thanks to the Intel RealSense 3D cameras that come built into Acer laptops like the Aspire V 17 Nitro.

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The future potential for this technology is huge. Not only can everything be gesture controlled but the cameras are sensitive enough to turn real world objects into 3D files, like a scanner. This could mean copying an object is as easy as holding it in front of your laptop and then watching it 3D print out, presuming you own a 3D printer.

The Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro comes with a 17.3-inch 1080p IPS display, 4th Gen Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, 4GB of DDR5 Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M VRAM, up to 256GB solid state storage with 1TB of hard disk space, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and even a Blu-ray drive. It will be available later this month when pricing is announced.

Lenovo has sold 100 million ThinkPads, according to its claims. To commemorate this it is pushing its ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the latest generation of its range which it claims is the lightest 14-inch performance ultrabook.

Described as a 14-inch performance ultrabook with a super bright FHD display, PCIe solid state drive, fifth-generation Intel Core processors, and a carbon-forged chassis, Lenovo said this third-generation X1 Carbon weighs under 1.3kg and will cost $1,249, or £822, for the base model when it launches sometime this month. 

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Asus unveiled three Windows 8.1 powered detachable keyboard toting tablets at CES 2015: The Transformer Book Chi T100, T300 and T90.

The T300 is at the top of the line, followed by the T100 and T90 models. The T300 has Core M, where as the other two have Bay Trail Intel CPU. All three are supposed to deliver 8 hours of battery life, which is impressive considering they sport stunning Full HD displays. That said, you can also upgrade to WQHD and get 128GB SSD inside.

You can expect them to be available in February starting at $799 for the T300 with HD display, $399 for the T100, and $299 for the T90. All-in-all...we thought they were high quality Windows devices.

READ: Asus Transformer Book Chi series pictures and hands-on: T300, T100, and T90

Acer has unveiled its latest Chromebook 15 for those that enjoy the Google way of working. This 15.6-inch laptop wants to bring the bigger screen experience to Google's Chrome OS.

Acer has kept the price down by using plastics rather than metal in its build, also helping to keep it lightweight. The resolution isn't as mind-numbing as the Chromebook Pixel from a couple of years ago, but still manages to deliver a crisp 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, which will be more than able for most use cases. Those looking to save a few pennies can opt for a 1366 x 768 screen, although at that size you would start to see blurring on finer details.

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Acer has included a range of processor and spec variations to suit different budgets. It packs the new 5th Generation Intel Core i3 based on the chipmaker's Broadwell architecture, a 16GB or 32GB solid state drive (SSD), 2GB or 4GB of RAM, and the promise of an all-day battery.

Connectivity comes in the guise of MIMO 2x2 Wifi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and HDMI. There is also a SD card reader.

The Acer Chromebook 15 will start at $249.99, UK prices are still to be confirmed.

Samsung is ploughing on with its ATIV range of laptops running Windows 8.1 OS.


The 12.2-inch laptop will likely be US only as Samsung has said the UK will no longer receive the ATIV range. The screen offers an impressive 2560 x 1600 resolution and 700 nits brightness. The laptop is powered by an Intel Core M processor and 4GB of RAM, and has a 128SSD, USB 3.0, 720p webcam.

All that fits into an 11.6mm body that weighs in at 934g. It should be on sale in the next two months from $1199 which is about £782.

On top of showing off its ThinkPad X1 Carbon Lenovo also displays its Yoga 3 and Yoga Tablet 2 devices at CES this year.

The 11-inch Yoga 3 is much like last year's Yoga 3 Pro but more compact. It has a brilliant 1920 x 1080 display, up to 8GB of memory, up to 258GB SSD, and stereo speakers. It's set to go on sale in March and will be priced at $799 or $979 for a 14-inch model.

Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 2 is an 8-inch slate comes with AnyPen tech allowing anything to be used as a stylus, plus its got Gorilla Glass to make sure it doesn't scratch. 

READ: Hands-on: Lenovo Yoga 3 11-inch and Yoga Tablet 2 8-inch (with scratch-resistant AnyPen technology)

First announced back in October MSI is now putting its MSI GT80 Titan on sale. The gaming laptop rather uniquely comes with a fully mechanical keyboard for the best possible feedback and controls while gaming. It features the SteelSeries gaming keyboard with Cherry Brown MX switches.


The laptop is also, according to MSI, the world's thinnest and lightest gaming laptop. It comes with an 18.4-inch 1080p screen, 980M SLI GPU configuration, Intel Core i7-4980HQ processor, 24GB of RAM, and a "super RAID" configuration of two 128GB M2 SATA SSDs plus a 1TB 7200 HDD. That should set you back about $3500 which is around £2300.

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Dell has unveiled its latest XPS 13 and 15 laptops, the 13 of which Dell calls the smallest 13-inch laptop on the planet.

The display has a minimal bezel surrounding an optional UltraSharp Quad+ infinity display - that's 5.7 million pixels and there's an 8 million pixel 4K option for the 15-inch model too.

The Dell XPS 13 has a 15-hour battery life and 5th Gen Intel Core processor and starts at $800 which is about £528. The Dell XPS 15 has the 4K display and stats at $2350 which is about £1553. 

The Dell XPS 13 is available now and the Dell XPS 15 will be available "soon".

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