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Microsoft's push for gaming computers at CES 2020

Like it or not, Microsoft is present in much of our lives. With the popular Windows, productivity applications or their network systems, it is practically omnipresent. And although in recent years his focus has been products for large companies, he does not want to neglect the segment of personal consumption, especially the one oriented to videogame fans, probably thinking about the future launch of his XCloud project. And this was demonstrated at the CES 2020 fair in Las Vegas, where he presented his own computers and actively encouraged the development of several of his allies, such as Asus, Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo.

Below we review all products with the Microsoft seal that arrived at the Las Vegas event. Although they are not devices manufactured by the company, they have their support through the operating system, security mechanisms or certifications in the use of certain applications.

Asus Strix

Asus Strix GA35 Computers

One of those who fulfilled the expectations was ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG), which presented powerful gaming computers at CES 2020, oriented to the different levels of budgets that handle videogame fans.

On the one hand, it introduced Strix GA35 and GT35 desktop computers, aimed at those interested in participating in competitive tournaments. They feature a ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card, which ensures performance in multiplayer tasks or for realistic visual effects in AAA titles. For demanding loads, such as creating content or simultaneous tasks, the GA35 has an AMD Ryzen 9 3950X CPU of up to 16 cores, while the GT35 includes tenth-generation Intel Core processors.

They are designed to maintain a smooth gaming experience under high performance pressure, according to the manufacturer. For this reason, they also offer a powerful graphics card and CPU cooling system, with a triple fan and a 240mm radiator with liquid cooling

He also announced the Strix GA15 and GT15 computers, aimed at fantastic competitive sports with limited budget. Thin, light (up to 10 kilos) and with a handle for easy transport, they use AMD Ryzen third generation and Intel Core tenth generation processors, respectively.

During the event, the company also presented the updates of the VivoBook and VivoBook S series laptops, the 14-inch ZenBook Duo and advanced details of the ExpertBook B9 laptop for business professionals, with a 14-inch screen and only 865 grams .

Acer TravelMate

Acer TravelMate

Meanwhile, Acer presented the TravelMate P6 and TravelMate P2 laptops, aimed at professionals who work on the move and need to be a device that keeps them as short as possible connected to an outlet.

According to Acer, the TravelMate P6 is able to replenish its battery by up to 50 percent in less than 45 minutes. In addition, it has a hinge in 180 degrees, which allows you to easily share the screen. It has security features, such as Windows Hello, to start session with fingerprints or facial recognition and is certified for Microsoft Teams.

Dell Latitude 9510

Dell Latitude 9510

For its part, Dell Technologies introduced the Latitude 9510, the smallest and lightest 15-inch commercial computer in the world and available from March 26, 2020. With only 3.2 pounds of weight, you can move it quietly, without needing to carry battery chargers, since it includes artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to optimize the use of energy. In addition, you can log in quickly and safely with Windows Hello.

HP Elite Dragonfly

HP Elite Dragonfly

HP announced the portable Elite Dragonfly, the first with built-in Tile technology, that will allow you to easily find it in case it is lost or stolen. With Windows 10 Pro, the HP Elite Dragonfly is made of plastic collected from the ocean and more than 82 percent of mechanical parts of recycled material. It is expected to be available from February 2020.

Lenovo ThinkPad and ThinkBook

Lenovo ThinkPad

Meanwhile, Lenovo announced the ThinkPad X1 Fold and the ThinkBook Plus, designed to improve productivity while traveling.

The ThinkPad X1 Fold offers a new form factor for professionals who frequently switch between the phone, tablet and laptop, without compromising screen performance or size. With a combination of light alloys and carbon fiber and a leather cover, it can easily slide into smaller covers.

Meanwhile, the ThinkBook Plus presents an innovative electronic ink display, so that users can take notes or create illustrations with the digital pen and synchronize them with Microsoft OneNote. In addition, you can receive essential notifications when the lid is closed. ThinkBook Plus harnesses the power of Windows 10 to launch applications quickly and Smart Power On simplifies the authentication of Windows Hello with the fingerprint built into the power button.

IBuyPower housings

IBuyPower housings

The iBuyPower company announced at CES 2020 the expansion of its different lines of housings for gaming computers, providing them with more attractive designs and better cooling technologies and thermal support, allowing to keep your equipment safe.

The firm, based in Los Angeles, expanded its line of Element boxes with the Dual and CL models. With a binary camera design, with a steel frame and glass front and side panels, the first version offers a clear and transparent view of the system components. Users will not have a shortage of connectivity, with three USB ports (one of type C) and an audio connector.

Element CL, meanwhile, provides the efficiency of liquid cooling. The systems are equipped with custom water blocks for the CPU and GPU, as well as custom accessories. Available in black and white finish, add a transparent panel of 1,280 x 1,024 19-inch pixels.

Updated by Mara Teresa Lopes on January 9, 2020.

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