It’s probably safe to say that PCs, especially laptops, will be practically at the center of our daily lives throughout 2021. With the increasing reliance on computers for productivity (especially when working from home), entertainment, school, and keeping in touch with others, it’s more important than ever to get as much performance as possible from portable thin and light systems. That’s where the Intel® Evo™ platform comes into play. Introduced with the launch of 11th Generation Intel® Core™ processors, Intel® Evo™ is a design standard that enhances the laptop computing experience with optimized processing and graphical performance, long battery life, high-speed Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, Thunderbolt™ 4 technology, and more.
Productivity and Content Creation with Intel® Evo™
All Intel® Evo™ laptops currently feature 11th Generation Intel® Core™ mobile processors, which are designed with integrated Iris™ Xe graphics to deliver accelerated performance for photo and video editing. Specifically, Intel® Iris™ Xe graphics are built to provide rich experiences using Intel® Deep Learning Boost, an integrated artificial intelligence engine that helps boost the performance of supported content creation applications. The graphical capabilities are complemented by razor-thin screen bezels that maximize your viewing space.
A prime example of relatively small laptops that are packed with power is the ASUS 13.3" ZenBook Flip 13 system, which includes a model with a 2.4 GHz Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 quad-core processor and 8GB of LPDDR4X memory and a faster version sporting a 2.8 GHz Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 quad-core processor and 16GB of RAM. Both laptops have 512GB M.2 NVMe solid-state drives that help to quickly load and multitask demanding applications and large projects. These convertible 2-in-1 laptops also have 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution OLED touchscreen displays that provide true blacks and can be put into multiple configurations. They include the traditional laptop mode, a flat tablet mode for consuming content, a tent mode, and a stand mode for efficient touchscreen interaction.
For an even higher level of professional-grade content creation, check out the ASUS 13.3" ZenBook Flip S, which features a PANTONE-Validated 3840 x 2160 resolution UHD 4K touchscreen that covers 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. External monitors can be connected through the micro HDMI port or the Thunderbolt™ 4 connector. Other benefits of Thunderbolt™ 4 technology, which is built into all Intel® Evo™ laptops, include 40 Gb/s speeds with compatible devices over a single 6.5' long cable to help reduce desktop clutter along with support for up to two simultaneously connected 4K displays for enhanced multitasking. With its 2.8 GHz Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 quad-core processor, Intel® Iris™ Xe Graphics, 16GB of memory, and a 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD, the ASUS ZenBook Flip S has the power to reduce rendering times for most photo and video-editing applications.
Best of all, each of the ASUS ZenBook Flip laptops weighs less than 3 lb and measures about half an inch thick, allowing you to quickly slip the laptop into a small messenger bag for easy travel. They also include a stylus for natural note taking and detailed editing work.
If you’re willing to trade in the 2-in-1 design for a larger screen, then check out the ASUS ZenBook S, which has a 13.9" 3300 x 2200 resolution 3.3K touchscreen display. Similar to the ZenBook Flip S, this system is equipped with an Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 processor, 16GB of memory, and a 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD to power your applications along with a Windows Hello-compatible infrared facial recognition webcam that allows you to log in without having to enter a password.
Enhanced Communications with Intel® Evo™
As laptops become the center of our daily lives, it’s no exaggeration to say that we need systems that can pretty much do it all. Whether it’s for productivity, remote learning, watching streaming movies, or Zoom meetings, laptops must have reliable wireless Internet connections in addition to having an extended battery life. With that in mind, all Intel® Evo™ systems are built to wake up in under a second, provide at least 9 hours of real-life battery life you can trust to last, and support high-speed Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) networks for smooth 4K video streaming, video chats, and online games.
Featuring a stylish aluminum body with a leather surface treatment, the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 9 is built to impress with both its looks and performance. Although this laptop has a 14" 3840 x 2160 UHD resolution touchscreen display, powered by an Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 CPU with Intel® Iris™ Xe Graphics alongside 16GB of memory and a 512GB M.2 SSD, its battery is rated to last up to 15 hours on a full charge. A quick 15-minute charge provides about 4 hours of battery life. On top of that, this laptop is practically made for video conferencing with its dual-array far-field microphones and 2W stereo speaker system. The integrated 720p webcam supports Windows Hello facial recognition and has an electronic privacy shutter, which works alongside the fingerprint reader on the power button for added security.
Other 14" laptops include the MSI Prestige 14 EVO, which features a 5° hinge design that tilts the keyboard up for a comfortable typing experience. This system includes 16GB of RAM with a 512GB M.2 SSD, and you can choose between an Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 quad-core processor or a more powerful 1.2 GHz Intel® Core™ i7-1185G7 quad-core CPU to suit your needs. The 14" 1920 x 1080 resolution display supports 100% of the sRGB gamut for lifelike photos and videos, making it ideal for content creation. As with all Intel® Evo™ laptops, the Prestige 14 supports Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) Wi-Fi and has Thunderbolt™ 4 ports.
No matter which Intel® Evo™ laptop you choose, each is designed to help you to power through your day at the speed of life. Which Evo™ system best fits your productivity, entertainment, and communication needs? Let us know in the Comments section, below.