Split into two sections, the Lenovo booth displayed products for work and play. We were immediately drawn toward the subtle glow and stylish designs of the company’s gaming systems. The Ideacentre Y900 was running a first-person shooter game hooked up to Lenovo’s Y27g monitor. Equipped with G-Sync technology, the Y27g also has a curved, Full HD display that supports up to a 144 Hz refresh rate. After spending a few minutes with it, we greatly enjoyed the immenseness the curved design provided and the smoothness delivered by the graphics card, in conjunction with NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology. Sitting next to this setup was an Ideapad 900 Gaming Notebook, with its backlit keyboard cycling through different colors. Similarly, this notebook packs the hardware for gamers, yet remains portable enough for on-the-go use. On the flip side were plenty of 2-in-1 notebooks and ThinkPads, such as the ThinkPad 13.
Kensington USB Type-C docking stations, laptop riser, and Surface Pro 4 rugged case
The Kensington booth consisted of multiple USB Type-C docking stations, a laptop riser, and a rugged case for the Surface Pro 4. To keep your setup organized and tidy, one of the docking stations is monitor-mountable, and features power pass-through. Its more portable variant may not support power pass-through, but is small enough to tuck away in your pocket. What really stood out though, was the laptop riser. Unlike standard models, this one features wireless Qi charging on the base, so you can conveniently charge your mobile device while using your laptop. Even though not a lot of devices are equipped with wireless charging, it was still cool to see this technology applied to a common product. Lastly, the company showed a BlackBelt 2nd Degree Rugged Case for the Surface Pro 4. The Kensington rep walked us through its features while holding it with just one hand via its hand strap. This worry-free way to hold the device allowed her to wave it around—carefully of course—without the stylus falling out.
Targus bags and cases
At the Targus booth was the new line of Mobile ViP premium laptop bags and cases. The Mobile ViP collection consists of a wheeled roller, a briefcase, a backpack, and a carrying case. All of these items are designed for 15.6" notebooks and have multiple pockets and compartments for organization. Some of them feature sling drop protection, which is a slot specifically for your notebook that leaves it suspended so minor drops and bumps won’t damage it. Additionally, their patented checkpoint-friendly design lets you unzip the bag into two compartments for quick and easy TSA checkpoint screenings. Furthermore, these bags and cases are lightweight, weather resistant, and comfortable with carefully tailored padding.