We’re approaching the time of year that’s all about togetherness, but finding ways to connect with family and friends poses an interesting challenge in 2020. The world feels very different than it did last holiday season, so I’m very grateful we have secure, reliable devices that help us stay in touch virtually.
It got me thinking: Giving someone a powerful, modern PC is about more than just the hardware—it’s truly the gift of being connected.
One of the things I love about my job is getting a close look at the amazing new devices our partners release each year. And this year—despite everything—has been no exception. Here are just a few of the Windows 10 PCs that are sure to delight your loved ones and help them connect and share all year long.
Acer Swift 5
For the friend or family member who takes their device everywhere, look for laptops featuring the Intel Evo badge like Acer Swift 5. The ultralight, sleek Acer Swift 5 offers up to 17 hours of battery life and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, making this laptop ultraportable. But don’t let its breezy 2.2 pounds fool you. The 11th Gen Intel Core processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics, Windows 10 capabilities and up to 1TB of high-speed storage make the Swift 5 a productivity workhorse so users can stay connected wherever they go. With easy security features like an embedded fingerprint reader and Wake on Voice, your loved one will never have to worry about keeping their device and data protected, at home or in public.
ASUS ZenBook Duo and ASUS VivoBook S15
The new ASUS ZenBook Duo is perfect for people who want to let their creativity flow. The ASUS ScreenPad Plus is a full-width auxiliary touchscreen that expands and works seamlessly with the main 14-inch touch display. Users will find endless ways to express themselves and a stable, physical platform for taking notes, drawing or sketching out ideas. The 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce graphics chip and Windows 10 combine to give this laptop ultimate power so nothing stands between you and your ideas.
The ASUS VivoBook S15, powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 Mobile Processor, offers the performance to get you through any task at an extremely competitive price point.
Dell New XPS 13 2-in-1
Give a device that gives users balance. This 2-in-1 offers a 13.4-inch InfinityEdge screen that folds all the way back and supports touch and inking with optional Dell Premium Active Pen. The 16:10 display offers edge-to-edge views with brilliant colors made possible by Dolby Vision. Users will enjoy immersive video calls on apps like Teams to drive more collaboration and personal connection. And after work or school is done, the binge watching can begin! Incredibly long battery life enabled by Windows 10 and the latest 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics lets the super-streamer in your life enjoy their favorite shows for up to 14 hours with FHD+.
HP Spectre x360 14
This device is great for the loved one who wants a smooth computing experience. The HP Spectre x360 14 features 11th Gen Intel Core processors and offers a host of intelligent features and software capabilities designed to adapt to the user—like knowing when it’s in your bag to prevent battery drain. Focus Mode eliminates distractions by dimming background apps while keeping the app you’re using bright. The first Spectre all-in-one keyboard puts power, camera-shutter and mute mic buttons within reach for convenient access. Plus, this device is made from natural and ocean-bound plastic materials, making it an effortless step toward a more sustainable lifestyle.
Lenovo Legion 7i
Stylish outside and savage inside, the Legion 7i laptop paired with Xbox Game Pass for PC is a dream for the gamers on your list. See the whole landscape on the 15.6-inch display. The TrueStrike keyboard uses the latest technologies to enhance click-feel and responsiveness to make every touch count. Gaming worlds look crisper and brighter thanks to NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics cards delivering up to 240 frames per second. And since there’s no time for lag when you’re in the fray, a powerful processor combined with Windows 10 lets users stream and play the latest games at their absolute best.
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13
Perfect for meeting up in open spaces, the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13 lets loved ones get outside and stay connected. This 2-in-1’s QLED touchscreen display shines bright even in direct sunlight and allows users to stream and browse in vibrant, near-100% Color Volume. The built-in S Pen can be used for inking or even start slideshows from across the room. And when your phone is low on juice, you can wirelessly recharge using the trackpad—yes, the trackpad. Co-engineered with Intel to deliver advanced performance and responsiveness on the go, Samsung packed this 2-in-1 with innovative features that are sure to delight.
Looking for something specific?
These are just some of the many impressive Windows 10 PCs that were launched this year. I hope this holiday gift guide helps narrow it down. Whichever you choose, all these devices—and every Windows 10 PC—come equipped with industry-leading security that your friends and family can rely on, you really can’t go wrong.
Wishing you and everyone on your list a safe, joyful, and connected holiday season!
This post was written by Nicole Dezen and was first posted to Windows Blog
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