Best laptops, tablets and convertibles of CES 2014

There was plenty to get us hot under the collar in the world of computing at CES - here are some of the top tablets, laptops and convertibles

14 Jan 2014


Although TVs and wearables hogged headlines at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas there was still plenty to get us hot under the collar in the world of computing.

Best tablet - Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Galaxy Note Pro

If you're the kind of person who takes their work home from time to time you'll love the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. The oversized tablet from Samsung aims to bridge the gap between laptops and tablets and won a clutch of best tablet awards including one from Tech Radar.

But why would you want such a large screen? A main advantage is the new Multi View feature which allows you to view and use four applications at the same time.

There's also an S Pen for scribbling notes directly onto the tablet's screen as well as remote access to log on to your work PC from the tablet when out of the office.  

TechRadar said: "This foot-long display was immediately made useful when we ran Google Docs, a Spreadsheet, a YouTube video and the Chrome browser in four Multi Windows."

Best laptop - Samsung Ativ Book 9 2014 Edition

Samsung Ativ Book 9

Looking for a new laptop that's as good for listening to tunes as it is for typing out college essays and work reports? The Samsung Ativ Book 9 could be the answer.

The Ativ Book 9 is big on sound quality - which was central in Engadget naming it a prestigious Best of CES finalist.

It features support for lossless sound, meaning you'll hear music as it was recorded in the studio and without the compression you sometimes find when listening to digital tunes, according to a Samsung spokesperson at the CES booth.

Engadget said: "The ATIV Book 9 brings richer, more studio-like sound - a meaningful improvement over what you'd get on most other laptops."

Best Chromebook - Toshiba 13.3inch

Toshiba Chromebook

Chromebooks are laptops that run on Google's web-based Chrome operating system rather than Windows or iOS. They're great as a second computer or an alternative to a tablet.

They boot up in seconds, and with them comes 100GB of Google cloud storage as well as apps for Google Docs and Google Music. Although mainly web-based, Gmail and Google docs can also work offline - so you don't have to be always connected to the web.

What makes this Toshiba Chromebook special though is its screen size. The first Chromebook to be available with a 13.3inch display, it's small enough to carry around with you but big enough to be used as a full-size laptop (many previous Chromebooks were either 11or 15inches).

It also has a Haswell processor, which means it'll be nice and zippy and offer plenty of battery life. There's no wonder Cnet named it in its best laptop of CES 2014 round-up.

Best Hybrid - Lenovo Yoga 2

Lenovo Yoga 2

Windows 8 was designed to blend the worlds of laptops and tablets on one device. With its launch in 2012 came a host of convertibles - laptops which switch to tablets and back again. Among the most popular of these was Lenovo's Yoga.

At CES 2014 we met the Lenovo Yoga 2, which Cnet listed among the laptops of the show. It keeps the same cool design, flipping from laptop to tablet at the flick of a hinge.  

But it also boasts a Haswell processor for longer battery life, better graphics and speedy operations. The battery runs to eight hours and there's also a backlit keyboard, both great features if you end up working late.

Dan Ackerman at Cnet said the "lower price" Yoga 2 "cuts some of the higher-end features you may not need, but keeps the excellent fold-back hybrid hinge". 

Most interesting concept - Asus Transformer Book Duet

Convertibles switch between laptop and tablet at the flick of a hinge or push of a button and now Asus is taking the concept further by applying the same principle to the operating system.

On the Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 you can switch from the Windows 8.1 operating system to Android in seconds with the simple push of a button.

As well as switching between laptop and tablet and Windows and Android, the Duet also has a zippy quad core Haswell i7 processor and is stuffed with memory.