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Top 100 Computer Innovations in 2017

From Triptych Laptop Screens to Credit Card-Sized PCs

— January 27, 2018 — Tech
These 2017 computer trends range from credit card-sized PCs to triptych laptop screens. While examples like the Intel Compute Card offer up to 4GB of additional RAM while featuring WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, Razer's 'Project Valerie' is a three-screened laptop which aims to enhance gamers' and designers' digital experience. Making its debut at tech conference CES 2017, the Project Valerie device features two extension screens which expand from its central dashboard to offer a continuous, high-resolution display.

Other computer innovations that gained attention this past year include designer Casmis Valeri's Surface Smartphone concept. Though not yet realized for consumers, the conceptual device condenses the Microsoft Surface tablet's capabilities into a compact and sleek phone. The conceptual device also boasts a modular design, much like its larger sister device with a removable protection screen that can be customized to fit a user's unique needs.

For more information on computer innovations in the year ahead, take a look at Trend Hunter's 2018 trend report.
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Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
100
Automotive Brand Laptops
Automotive Brand Laptops
The Porsche Design 'Book One' Laptop Computer System is Sleek
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99
Ultra-Wide 4K Monitors
Ultra-Wide 4K Monitors
The 40-Inch Philips 4K Monitor Supports Up to Four Inputs at Once
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98
PC-Packed Smartphones
PC-Packed Smartphones
The Conceptual Surface Phone Follows the Footsteps of the Tablet Line
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97
Dual-Purpose Laptop Tablets
Dual-Purpose Laptop Tablets
The NEC LaVie Hybrid Zero Tablet Notebooks Offer a Lightweight Design
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96
Enterprise-Quality PC Drives
Enterprise-Quality PC Drives
The LaCie 2big Dock Thunderbolt Drive Provides Exceptional Usage
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95
Professional-Grade Gaming PCs
Professional-Grade Gaming PCs
The NVADR ORION 4000x Game Computers Boast Impressive Specs
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94
Silent GPU-Cooling Cases
Silent GPU-Cooling Cases
Palit Microsystems' 1050 Ti KalmX Keeps GPUs Cool without Fans or Liquid
<
93
Cubic Silent Operation PCs
Cubic Silent Operation PCs
The Kubb Passive Edition PC Has Energy-Saving Technology and More
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92
VR-Ready Gaming Laptops
VR-Ready Gaming Laptops
The Lenovo Legion Y720 and Y520 were Announced at CES 2017
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91
Wooden PC-Mounted Lamps
Wooden PC-Mounted Lamps
The Massess 'Grph Light' Affixes to Your Computer to Save Desktop Space
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90
Freezer PC Cases
Freezer PC Cases
The Calyos NSG S0 PC Cases Work Like Refrigerators to Keep Components Cool
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89
Laptop-Upgrading Docks
Laptop-Upgrading Docks
The OWC DEC MacBook Pro Laptop Dock Adds Storage and Ports
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88
Immersive Ultra HD Desktops
Immersive Ultra HD Desktops
The HP Envy Curved AIO 34 Desktop Showed Off Style at CES 2017
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87
360-Degree VR Communication
360-Degree VR Communication
The Connections Lab's Creations Bring Distant Loved Ones Closer
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86
Hybrid Tablet Laptops
Hybrid Tablet Laptops
The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Hybrid is Debuting at CES 2017
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85
Nano Computer Refrigerators
Nano Computer Refrigerators
Researchers Found an Affordable Way to Keep Quantum Computers Cool
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84
Powerful PC Gaming Consoles
Powerful PC Gaming Consoles
The MSI Trident 3 Arctic Gaming PC Console is Laptop-Sized
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83
Multi-Configuration PC Systems
Multi-Configuration PC Systems
The 'Upside Down PC' Concept Computer Has a Multitude of Functions
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82
Wireless Charging Laptops
Wireless Charging Laptops
The Dell Latitude 7285 Has a Hybrid Design for Optimal Usage
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81
Multi-Device Technology Stands
Multi-Device Technology Stands
The 'DiiZiGN' Folding Laptop Stand Holds Laptops and Smartphones
<
80
Web Development Platforms
Web Development Platforms
New Venture uiplease Helps You to Learn How to Code UI Animation
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79
Portable Document Scanners
Portable Document Scanners
The IRIScan Book 5 Makes Scanning Simple on the Go
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78
Sustainable Wooden PCs
Sustainable Wooden PCs
The Volta V Wooden Computer is Easily Upgraded and Stylish
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77
Slim Military-Grade Laptops
Slim Military-Grade Laptops
The LG 'Gram' Offers Up to 22.5 Hours of Battery Life
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76
Chromatic PC Gamer Keyboards
Chromatic PC Gamer Keyboards
The Zalman ZM-K900M Mechanical Gaming Keyboards are Customizable
<
75
Adventurous Photography Extensions
Adventurous Photography Extensions
The Mustsee Chrome Extension Gives Users Travel Photographs
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74
Liquid-Cooled Gamer PCs
Liquid-Cooled Gamer PCs
The Alienware Area 51 X299 Can be Fitted with Intel Core i9 Processors
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73
Retro Keyboard Designs
Retro Keyboard Designs
The Azio MK Retro is a Typewriter-Inspired Keyboard
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72
Thin Folding Laptop Stands
Thin Folding Laptop Stands
The Twelve South 'BaseLift' MacBook Computer Stand is Convenient
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71
Portable Desktop Tablet PCs
Portable Desktop Tablet PCs
The Samsung Galaxy View Desktop Tablet is Suitable for Multiple Uses
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70
Ergonomic Laptop Holders
Ergonomic Laptop Holders
The Griffin Technology Elevator Laptop Lift Stand is Stylish
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69
Mini Cost-Effective 3D Printers
Mini Cost-Effective 3D Printers
The Kudo3D 'Bean' 3D Printer is Priced and Sized for the Home
<
68
Multi-Disciplinary STEM Kits
Multi-Disciplinary STEM Kits
SAM Labs' STEM Kit Can Be Used in Biology or Art Classes
<
67
Progressive Female Representation Campaigns
Progressive Female Representation Campaigns
Dove and Mindshare Joined to Redefine Beauty Standards
<
66
Mini Ultrafast External Drives
Mini Ultrafast External Drives
The Transcend 240GB StoreJet 600 External Storage Drive is Slim
<
65
Purpose-Built Autonomous Vehicle Computers
Purpose-Built Autonomous Vehicle Computers
The Nvidia Drive PX Pegasus is for Level 5 Vehicles
<
64
Computer Glitch-Inspired Textiles
Computer Glitch-Inspired Textiles
'Data Weave' Prints Abstract Digital Files onto Textiles
<
63
Sophisticated Marble Pedestals
Sophisticated Marble Pedestals
The BLOCK Laptop Stand from de Dolomieu is Made of Solid Marble
<
62
Mini Basic Use PCs
Mini Basic Use PCs
The Dell Wyse 3040 Thin Client Mini PC is Compact and Robust
<
61
Dry-Erase Laptop Decals
Dry-Erase Laptop Decals
The 'Sketchcase' Whiteboard Sticker Affixes onto a Laptop Lid
<
60
Inexpensive Open-Source Laptops
Inexpensive Open-Source Laptops
The Olimex 'Teres I' Laptop Kit is an Affordable DIY System
<
59
Credit Card-Sized Computers
Credit Card-Sized Computers
The Intel Compute Card Shows Off a Lean Design at CES 2017
<
58
Collaborative Storytelling Platforms
Collaborative Storytelling Platforms
'Storybird' Helps Creative Members Share Ideas with Artists
<
57
Portable USB Monitor Displays
Portable USB Monitor Displays
The ASUS ZenScreen Expands Your PC Capabilities
<
56
VR Horror Games
VR Horror Games
The 'Alien: Isolation' VR Mode is Compatible with Oculus SDK and Rift Headsets
<
55
Camera-Covering Laptop Attachments
Camera-Covering Laptop Attachments
The Intelligent Security Camera Cover Maximizes Privacy
<
54
Elegant Aesthetic PCs
Elegant Aesthetic PCs
The Asus Zenbook Series Highlights a Stylish PC Aesthetic at CES 2017
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53
Search Engine Recruitment Platforms
Search Engine Recruitment Platforms
Google 'Hire' is a New Job Application and Recruitment Tool
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52
Automated Video Editing Software
Automated Video Editing Software
The 'MovieSlice' Automatic Video Editor Creates Quality Content
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51
Battery-Powered Mini PCs
Battery-Powered Mini PCs
The Toshiba dynaEdge Boasts Impressive Specs in a Portable Design
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50
Dual-Power Supply Laptops
Dual-Power Supply Laptops
The Acer Predator 21 X Mobile Gaming Laptop Has a Curved Display
<
49
Thief-Thwarting Laptop Cases
Thief-Thwarting Laptop Cases
The BookBook Vol. 2 MacBook Sleeves Hide Your Laptop in Plain Sight
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48
Router-Sized PCs
Router-Sized PCs
The Compulab IPC3 Fanless Mini PC Handles Intense Power in a Small Frame
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47
Ergonomic Laptop-Affixed Stands
Ergonomic Laptop-Affixed Stands
The 'Veego Stand' Instantly Puts Your Laptop at the Perfect Angle
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46
Triangular Portable Computers
Triangular Portable Computers
The Pega Stick PC Incorporates Everything in One Small Unit
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45
Portable Ergonomic Technology Desks
Portable Ergonomic Technology Desks
The iMoov 'Astuto' Desk Stand Folds Flat for Simple Transport
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44
Multi-Device Laptop Units
Multi-Device Laptop Units
The Google Link Works as a Smart Home Device and Much More
<
43
Specialized PC Hand Heaters
Specialized PC Hand Heaters
The Enavo 'Heatbuff' will Warm Hands of Avid Computer Users
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42
Customizable Consumer Laptops
Customizable Consumer Laptops
The 'Pi-Top' Modular Laptops are Inexpensively Priced
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41
Fire Safety Simulators
Fire Safety Simulators
'Escape My House' Stresses the Importance of Having a Fire Escape Plan
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40
Screen-Expanding Tablet Devices
Screen-Expanding Tablet Devices
The Astro 'Luna Display' Turns the iPad into a Second Display
<
39
Connected Typewriter Keyboards
Connected Typewriter Keyboards
The 'PENNA' Device Keyboard is Inspired by Retro Aesthetics
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38
PC Screen Smartphone Mounts
PC Screen Smartphone Mounts
The Smartphone Tablet Monitor Attachment Mount Increases Efficiency
<
37
Fanless Touchscreen Laptops
Fanless Touchscreen Laptops
The Huawei MateBook X Laptop Boasts a Compact Frame
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36
Portable Liquid-Cooled PC Consoles
Portable Liquid-Cooled PC Consoles
The Corsair One Pro Compact Gaming PC Can Go with You Anywhere
<
35
Stationary Laptop Docks
Stationary Laptop Docks
The Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Laptop Dock Stations Expand Capabilities
<
34
Credit Card-Sized PCs
Credit Card-Sized PCs
The Intel Compute Card Plugs Directly into PC Screens
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33
Triptych Laptop Screens
Triptych Laptop Screens
Razer's Three-Screened 'Project Valerie' is Debuting at CES 2017
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32
Organizational Laptop Pockets
Organizational Laptop Pockets
The 'Fillit Pocket' Holds Essentials on the Lid of your Laptop
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31
Ergonomic Technology Stands
Ergonomic Technology Stands
The 'Arch' Aluminum Laptop Computer Stand Keeps Desk Areas Neat
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30
Smartphone-Powered Laptops
Smartphone-Powered Laptops
The 'Openbook' Laptop Uses the Processing Power of Your Smartphone
<
29
Razor-Thin Computer Screens
Razor-Thin Computer Screens
The Dell 27 Ultra-Thin PC Monitor is Ideal for Gaming or Spreadsheets
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28
Port-Enhanced Laptop Cases
Port-Enhanced Laptop Cases
The 'BOOST' MacBook Case Protects and Enhances the Laptop
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27
Ergonomic PC Wrist Supports
Ergonomic PC Wrist Supports
This Ergonomic Mouse Pad Conforms to the Natural Contours of the Wrist
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26
Trackpad Number Keyboard Attachments
Trackpad Number Keyboard Attachments
The 'Nums' Extends Laptop Trackpad Functionality
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25
Arcade-Themed Computer Mods
Arcade-Themed Computer Mods
The Nuka Cola Computer Mod Resembles a Retro Video Game System
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24
Expanding Monitor Peripherals
Expanding Monitor Peripherals
The Slidenjoy Dual Monitor Extender Works with a Mac or a PC
<
23
Pocket-Sized Laptops
Pocket-Sized Laptops
The GPD Pocket Laptop Boasts a Full Keyboard and Display
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22
Elegant Leather Laptop Sleeves
Elegant Leather Laptop Sleeves
The Sleek Carriers from Mujjo's are Made with Leather and Felt
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21
Elevated Storage Computer Stands
Elevated Storage Computer Stands
The Twelve South HiRise Pro Keeps Desks Organized and Neat
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20
Metal Manufacturing 3D Printers
Metal Manufacturing 3D Printers
The 'Desktop Metal' 3D Printer Creates Prototypes Inexpensively
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19
Flatpack Laptop Stands
Flatpack Laptop Stands
The 'OviStand' Foldable Laptop Stand Keeps Devices Propped Up and Cool
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18
Conveniently Illuminated Keyboards
Conveniently Illuminated Keyboards
The Curve Keyboard Illuminates Keys Based Different Programs
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17
Recyclable Laptop Stands
Recyclable Laptop Stands
The Lapaloft Cardboard Portable Laptop Stand Works with the MacBook
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16
Precision Protection Laptop Cases
Precision Protection Laptop Cases
The Cartella Slim MacBook Pro 13 Case Protects without Thickness
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15
Untethered Wireless Laptop Chargers
Untethered Wireless Laptop Chargers
The MagC Wireless MacBook Charging Case Eliminates Wires
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14
Stylish Portable Keyboards
Stylish Portable Keyboards
Jinwon Yook's Keyboard Design Offers Circular and Tactile Keys
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13
LTE-Enabled Mini Laptops
LTE-Enabled Mini Laptops
The 'KS-PRO' Ultra Mobile Snapdragon 8-Inch PC Runs Windows 10
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12
PC Gamer Lap Desks
PC Gamer Lap Desks
The 'Hover X' Ultimate Gamer's Lap Desk is Extremely Functional
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11
Unisex Laptop Handbags
Unisex Laptop Handbags
This Laptop Bag Carries a MacBook Pro in a Fashionable Manner
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10
Magnetic High-Power Chargers
Magnetic High-Power Chargers
The 'MagC' USB-C Thunderbolt 3 Converter Brings Back MagSafe
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9
Lightweight Mobile Office Stands
Lightweight Mobile Office Stands
The Hiraliy CH019 Aluminum Portable Laptop Stands are Ergonomic
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8
3-in-1 Portable Workstations
3-in-1 Portable Workstations
The 'SatchelBord' Quickly Transforms from a Bag Into a Chair or Desk
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7
Smartphone-Incorporating Laptops
Smartphone-Incorporating Laptops
The Samsung Dex Book Concept Lets You Nest Your Device
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6
Stylish Desktop PC Systems
Stylish Desktop PC Systems
The Endless Linux Desktop Mini PCs are Competitively Priced
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5
Designer Secondary Screen Displays
Designer Secondary Screen Displays
The 'L-Rod' is a Beautiful Peripheral to Extend Desktops
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4
Retro Classic Keyboards
Retro Classic Keyboards
The Azio Vintage Luxury Keyboard Adds Personality to a Desktop
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3
Conceptual Touchscreen Keyboard Laptops
Conceptual Touchscreen Keyboard Laptops
This MacBook Pro 2018 Concept Features a Touchpad Keyboard
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2
Professional PC Gaming Desks
Professional PC Gaming Desks
The BenQ ZONE eSports Game Desk is for Hardcore Gamers
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1
Privacy Laptop Cases
Privacy Laptop Cases
Alcove’s Laptop Case Unfolds into a Private Workstation
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