CES, the consumer electronic industry’s preeminent trade show, sets the tone for the year in tech. In 2017, for the first time in a while, laptops truly stood out against a crowded showcase of TVs, smart home devices, robots and other gadgets. The standout laptops from the show weren’t necessarily thinner than prior models, but instead offered more functionality, fresh aesthetics, or eye-popping gaming or overall performance.
“2016 set the groundworks for a real change in the business … with a growing focus on revenue over sales volume, premium prices over entry-level, and different form factors (and use cases) over standard, everyday plain boxes,” NPD vice president Stephen Baker said. “It is clear, as we head into 2017, that these factors have whetted the consumer’s appetite for better, more interesting, more innovative products.”
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