The best business gadgets of CES 2018
Samsung is hoping to tap into what the company calls the "Workplace of the Future" by offering a look at smart business tech at this year's CES.
The Samsung Flip is a smart flipboard for corporate meetings which allows up to four people the chance to annotate and change the board's display through a stylus or their fingers, which may be useful for team meetings and projects. The board also connects to mobile devices.
See also: CES 2018: The Big Trends for Business
Toyota's e-Palette concept vehicle
Toyota's e-Palette concept vehicle made a splash at this year's CES. Fully autonomous, all-electric and flexible with bolt-on driving management systems, the vehicle is a representation of how future businesses, especially if they are mobile, could operate.
The company also unveiled the e-Palette Alliance, a partnership to develop the ecosystem. Launch partners include Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Pizza Hut, and Uber.
Asus Alexa voice assistant support
Upcoming 2018 Asus laptop models, including the ZenBook and VivoBook ranges, will support Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, most commonly associated with the Amazon Echo.
This support is an interesting turn for our future devices, not only as we may also be able to use our laptops in the future to control IoT products by voice, not just apps, but this may also signal a turn away from Microsoft's Cortana.
Segway Looma Go
Segway has cooked up an interesting business-related device this year, the Looma Go.
The delivery robot is designed for use indoors and while moving at human speeds, is intended for corporate deliveries which may include office supplies or documents.
While the consumer version is at the shipping stage, the enterprise variant is still in the works.
HP Envy x2 2-in-1 Intel laptop
Unveiled for consumers which are not fans of ARM architecture, HP has launched the Envy x2 with the Y-Series version of Intel's 7th generation Core i CPUs.
The laptop, suitable for personal and work use, is equipped with a 12.3-inch 1920 x 1280-pixel touch display, up to 256GB SSD storage, up to 8GB of RAM, Windows 10 Home, and a 16.5-hour battery life.
Via: HP | ZDNet
Dell XPS 13 refresh
Available now and unveiled just ahead of CES 2018, Dell's refreshed XPS 13 laptop. The hybrid model is powered by an 8th-generation Intel quad-core i5 or i7 processor, sports a 13.3-inch 3840 x 2160-pixel UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD InfinityEdge touch display, runs on Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04, up to 16GB RAM and 1TB storage.
Via: Dell | ZDNet
Acer Swift 7
A device for users who want light and thin devices to take with them while on the move, Acer's new Swift 7 laptop is 8.98 mm thin. The Swift 7 is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, Windows 10, 256 GB of PCIe SSD storage, 8GB RAM, a 14-inch Full HD display and up to eight hours battery life.
The laptop also highlights the move towards "always on" connectivity, containing XMM 4G LTE capabilities and a NanoSIM slot.
Acer Nitro 5
While designed with gamers in mind, the Acer Nitro 5 laptop could also be a valuable tool for those in creative industries that need high rendering capabilities and need to run power-heavy applications.
The device sports a 15-inch Full HD IPS display, AMD Radeon RX560 graphics, Ryzen processors, up to 32GB RAM and up to 512GB SSD storage.
HTC Vive: Pro
At CES 2018, HTC's Vive virtual reality headset was on show with a slew of upgrades for the high-end VR market.
The Vive Pro headset, marketing towards enterprise users, includes dual-OLED 2880 x 1600-pixel displays, a 78 percent increase in resolution over the current Vive. The headset also features improvements in audio balance and comfort.
Incase IconConnected case
Business users of Macs may find the Incase IconConnected case, debuted at CES 2018, an interesting find.
The $200 case, available for the MacBook Pro 13 and 15, has an integrated 14,000mAh battery to keep charge flowing as users are on the road and need to use their laptops -- an idea which business travelers may find appealing.