With thousands of products launched by hundreds of companies, though, it’s undeniably overwhelming. That’s why we’ve scoured the best new kit from the show to find out what’s worth your time – and what’s going to be worth a closer look when it’s all launched later this year.
The big component companies were all in attendance at CES – and they all launched enticing new kit that could prove perfect for your next upgrade.
Here are our picks of the top tech on show at CES 2019:
Nvidia’s big news from the show was the debut of its GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. It’s the first relatively affordable card to use the new Turing architecture – it’ll cost around $349 in the US and £329 in the UK, depending on board partner tweaks.
The RTX 2060 replaces the GTX 1060 in number, but is really designed to replace the GTX 1070 Ti. That means the RTX 2060 will easily handle 1080p and 1440p gaming. It’ll also run VR headsets and some games at 4K.
Excitingly, this is the most affordable GPU to support the full might of Nvidia’s new Ray-Tracing technology. It’s also got 6GB of GDDR6 memory, 1,920 stream processors and a 1,680MHz boost clock.
It’s the most intriguing new Turing card right now. We’ll have a review on our Hardware Heaven website very soon.
It’s the first time that any company has used a future-proofed 7nm architecture for a graphics card, and it uses the Vega 20 GPU and the Graphics Core Next 5 architecture.
The move to 7nm will improve performance and efficiency, and the rest of the specification is fearsome. There’s a whopping 16GB of memory, 3,480 stream processors, and a 1,750MHz boost clock. Conversely, though, the huge specification means the new card has a 300W peak power requirement, which is far higher than anything Nvidia offers. That could mean huge power consumption – and potentially a lot of noise and heat.
Still, though, it should scythe its way through 4K gaming. AMD also claims that it’ll handle higher resolutions, too, including 6K and 8K screens – when they begin to appear. The Radeon VII will cost around $700 in the US and £700 in the UK when it launches at the start of February.
Intel made waves with the announcement that its first 10nm processors would arrive in laptops by the end of 2019. The new parts will deliver the improved performance and better power consumption that a smaller manufacturing process usually brings to the table.
The new architecture is called Sunny Cove, and the first wave of processors will be called Ice Lake. Intel isn’t taking its time here, either – at CES the firm demonstrated working hardware and showed off its silicon to eager crowds.
The new architecture will have Thunderbolt 3, beefed-up wireless internet and integrated graphics capable of handling 4K content.
Elsewhere, Intel detailed Project Athena – an initiative for developing thinner, lighter laptops. Intel has already pledged to work with Huawei, Dell, HP, Asus and Lenovo to bring products to market.
Corsair unveiled new memory sticks at CES 2019. That wouldn’t usually be notable, but the firm’s new Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4 makes huge improvements to how RGB LEDs function.
The firm has introduced new LED technology called Capellix. These new LEDs are 0.2mm3 in size – tiny in comparison to older LEDs, which tend to be 2.8mm3. That huge size reduction means that the LEDs are 60% more efficient and require 40% less power than older designs. And they’re 60% brighter, too.
That means that they’ll look better, and it means they’ll be incorporated into far more intricate designs – and across all sorts of components and peripherals, rather than just on sticks of memory.
One of the biggest laptop-related announcements at CES actually came from Nvidia. The green team has announced that its RTX graphics cores will soon be available inside notebooks – which means that mobile gaming is about to get a big boost.
Asus was one of the first companies to make an RTX-related statement of intent at CES. Its Mothership G2700 reinvents what everyone expects from gaming notebooks. For starters, the components are installed behind the screen, rather than beneath the keyboard.
The Mothership’s keyboard can be detached, and the machine includes Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics and a high-end Intel CPU with overclocking.
It’s bound to be expensive when it emerges to retail, but it looks stunning.
It’s an unusual amount of future-proofing for a portable, and it has loads of ports, good physical design and a decent keyboard.
Acer, too, has decided to go a bit crazy with its portables: enter the Predator Triton 900. This monster machine will arrive in March, and it’ll cost at least $3,999 in the US.
The huge 17in screen has a 4K resolution and Nvidia G-Sync. The screen can move forwards and backwards, which gives gamers far more versatility when it comes to panel position – something that no other notebooks offer right now.
Elsewhere, the Triton has a built-in trackpad, an RTX 2080 graphics core and an 8th-Gen Intel CPU. You’re even going to get an Acer mobile app that will be able to control overclocking, lighting, audio and fans.
HP’s updated Omen 15 emerged at CES with a stupendous 1080p display that runs Nvidia G-Sync at 240Hz. That’s the highest figure we’ve ever seen on a laptop, and it’s going to bring the smoothest gaming ever to notebooks – and it’s arriving with a reasonable launch price of $1,369.
That’s a huge refresh rate for G-Sync, but we’re waiting to see if the Omen’s RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics card can handle its requirements.
MSI, meanwhile, brought its new GS75 Stealth to CES. This machine has RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics and all of the top-tier components that we’d expect elsewhere, but that’s not why we’re excited. Instead, this machine has a 17in screen and a weight of just 2.2kg – which will make it possibly the lightest 17in gaming laptop on the market.
The new Lenovo Yoga S940 is tempting if you’re searching for something slim and light rather than a gaming system – as it has the latest Intel hardware and it’s only 12.2mm thick. This new notebook has a 4K display made from Contour Glass, and it’s made from good-looking aluminium
It’s going on sale in May, and will start at $1,499 in the US and around £1,200 in the UK.
It’s been a while since Samsung has been serious about laptops, but its new Samsung Notebook Flash debuted at CES and looks intriguing. It’s only going to cost $349 in the US and £270 in the UK, but it packs in a current-generation Intel Celeron CPU, 4GB of memory and a 64GB Flash drive. Unless something goes wrong, it’s going to be one of the market’s best budget laptops.
One of the most outlandish systems from CES 2019 came from iBuyPower. The US-based builder debuted its Snowblind X4. It’s a tall, narrow machine with four doors that have RGB LED lighting. The whole PC rotates on its base, and its cables all pass through the bottom, which means this PC looks like a stylish monolith – with no wires in the way.
Sadly, there’s no word yet on pricing or availability.
CyberPower’s own-brand Syber division also arrived with eye-catching hardware. Its new Cube series of desktops stands on one corner using a metal pedestal, and it’s built using fashionable tempered glass.
It’s packed with RGB LEDs and fans, and it can be configured with dual graphics cards and high-end processors – although prices do start at $1,400 for a machine with an RTX 2080.
HP announced upgraded machines from its Omen Obelisk range at CES 2019. They’re now going to be deployed with Nvidia Turing graphics cards and Intel Coffee Lake Refresh processors. That means they’ll have a hefty dose of extra power when compared to older machines.
MSI also brought its new Infinite S to Vegas. It’s a tiny gaming tower – just 348mm tall and 128mm wide – but it includes Intel Coffee Lake Refresh processors and the new RTX 2060 graphics card. The Infinite S is going on sale in the first half of the year, and prices will range between $700 and $800. Impressively, it won two innovation awards before CES had ended.
The most eye-catching gaming monitor at CES 2019 was the monstrous HP Omen X Emperium. It’s the first screen we’ve seen to adhere to Nvidia’s Big Format Gaming Display protocol.
It’s a 65in 4K HDR display with a 1000cd/m2 peak brightness and 144Hz Nvidia G-Sync. It has got a built-in Nvidia Shield console that uses Android, and at the screen’s base is a 120-Watt soundbar.
It’s huge, imposing and absurd. We definitely want one, because there won’t be anything else on the market that’ll make games look as good. It’s going to launch in February, and it’s not going to be cheap – in the US it’ll set you back $5,000, and expect the same sort of price in the UK.
The other big screen to make waves at CES was the Alienware 55. This is the only large format gaming screen around right now to use OLED technology. That means you get incredible colours and black levels that’ll beat almost everything else on the market.
It’s a 4K panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, but we don’t yet know if it’s going to support HDR. We’ll eagerly await more news as 2019 rumbles on – as no prices have been disclosed as of yet.
At CES 2019 Razer launched its Raptor, which is a 27in-display with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution and support for AMD FreeSync at a peak refresh rate of 144Hz. And, as usual, you get the stonking Razer design and plenty of lighting – so it’ll look better than most of its rivals too.
No release date has been officially announced yet, though. You’ll have to pay a lot for this high-end screen too – it’ll cost $699 in the US.
Razer didn’t just turn up with monitors, either. The Razer HyperSense system debuted at CES. It’s a selection of PC peripherals that all have haptic feedback, and they can all be used in tandem to create a huge range of feedback across your entire body when you’re gaming.
The existing Nari Ultimate headset is just part of this system. Razer introduced a chair, keyboard and mouse that also have feedback inside. It’s a plug-and-play system that emulates the noises emanating from your games, so you should be able to get going straight away.
HyperSense is a proof of concept right now, but we hope it comes to market. It’s time for a bit more innovation when it comes to keyboards, mice and headsets.