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Top 100 Computer Trends in 2018

From Stutter-Proof Gaming Monitors to Ruggedly Miniature Laptops

— February 3, 2019 — Tech
As smartphones become more powerful and better equipped with technologies for everyday life and specialized tasks, the top 2018 computer trends express that consumers are seeking out devices that offer the compactness and high-performance features for working—or gaming—on the go.

The designs of many new computers introduced over the past year take direct inspiration from mobile devices by including everything from full QWERTY keyboards to touchscreens and ultra-portable, pocket-friendly forms. More of these crossovers can also be seen in laptops that rely on the processing power of a smartphone, which adds value to devices that consumers already own and are familiar with, and ultimately simplifies the decision-making process when it comes to investing in a product like a brand-new computer.

For more computer trends in the year ahead, check out our 2019 Trend Report.
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Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
100
Dynamic Budget-Friendly Laptops
Dynamic Budget-Friendly Laptops
The Acer Aspire 5 Boasts Amazon Alexa Compatibility
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99
Keystroke-Crunching Gaming Keyboards
Keystroke-Crunching Gaming Keyboards
The 'Sharkoon' Keyboard Can Register Simultaneous Commands
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98
Solar-Powered Websites
Solar-Powered Websites
Low-Tech Magazine's Energy-Reducing Site Goes Offline When It's Cloudy
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97
Shock-Absorbing Hard Drive Cases
Shock-Absorbing Hard Drive Cases
The 'Linked Case' Protects Against Data Loss and Corruption
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96
Cost-Effective Cloud PCs
Cost-Effective Cloud PCs
The 'Blade Shadow' Cloud-Powered PC is Small yet Powerful
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95
SSD-Sized Thumb Drives
SSD-Sized Thumb Drives
The SanDisk 1TB USB-C Stick was Introduced by Western Digital at CES 2018
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94
Playfully Colorful Tech Hardware
Playfully Colorful Tech Hardware
Pentagram and Map Give Graphcore a Whimsical and Fun Identity
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93
Parental Internet Controllers
Parental Internet Controllers
'Vimana' Lets Parents Monitor and Restrict Internet Access
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92
Battery-Extending Laptop Devices
Battery-Extending Laptop Devices
Linedock is a Multipurpose Laptop Charger and Drive
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91
Designer Data Storage Hubs
Designer Data Storage Hubs
The 'Y' External SSD Hard Drive Offers Access to Data from Any Device
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90
Digital Marketing PCs
Digital Marketing PCs
The IBASE SI-614 Digital Signage PC Meets Specific Business Requirements
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89
Mini TV-Ready PCs
Mini TV-Ready PCs
The Azulle 'Access3' PC Stick Turns Any Display into a Computer
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88
Magnetic Convertible Laptops
Magnetic Convertible Laptops
The Dell XPS 15's Keyboard Has Magnetically Levitating Keys
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87
Low-Cost Gaming Laptops
Low-Cost Gaming Laptops
The MSI GV62 8RD-200 is Packed with Advanced Specs and More
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86
Virtual Subscription PCs
Virtual Subscription PCs
Blade 'Shadow Technology' Offers Access to Powerful Equipment
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85
Powerful Retro Aesthetic Laptops
Powerful Retro Aesthetic Laptops
The Panasonic Let’s Note CF-SV7 Laptop will Launch in Japan
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84
Affordable Surround Sound Headphones
Affordable Surround Sound Headphones
The Cave GH51 Pro Offers Users an Immersive Audio Experience
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83
Portable Secure VPN Routers
Portable Secure VPN Routers
Butterfly is an Ideal Virtual Private Network for Businessmen
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82
Immersive Mixed Reality Tools
Immersive Mixed Reality Tools
Microsoft's 'Maquette' Software is Geared to Optimize VR Prototyping
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81
All-in-One Voice Assistant PCs
All-in-One Voice Assistant PCs
The HP Envy Curved 34 Desktop PC Works with Alexa or Cortana
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80
Elegant Convertible Tablet Laptops
Elegant Convertible Tablet Laptops
The Microsoft Surface Go is Compact and Priced at $399
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79
Hidden Keyboard Webcams
Hidden Keyboard Webcams
This Huawei Laptop Hides the Webcam to Maintain Privacy
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78
Laser-Activated Gaming Keyboards
Laser-Activated Gaming Keyboards
The Razer Huntsman Elite Uses Opto-Mechanical Keys
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77
Intense Digital Workload Laptops
Intense Digital Workload Laptops
The MSI PS42 Laptop Handles Gaming, Video Remastering and More
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76
Dual Screen Laptops
Dual Screen Laptops
The ASUS Project Precog Concept Uses Two Touchscreens and Predictive AI
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75
Speedy Desk-Friendly Mini PCs
Speedy Desk-Friendly Mini PCs
The Asus ProArt PA90 PC is Quiet and Reliable in Operation
<
74
Ultra-Performance Gaming PCs
Ultra-Performance Gaming PCs
The Acer Predator Orion 9000 Gaming Computer Retails for Over $7,000
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73
Timeless Digital Eyewear
Timeless Digital Eyewear
Felix Gray's 'Nash' Protects Against Strain, Headaches and Fatigue
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72
Ultra-Fast Gamer Laptops
Ultra-Fast Gamer Laptops
The ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 Laptop is Prepared for Intensive Use
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71
Creative Modular Trackpads
Creative Modular Trackpads
The Sensel Morph is a Versatile Tool for Creative Polymaths
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70
Large-Scale Ultra Monitors
Large-Scale Ultra Monitors
The Nvidia BFGD is a High-End Monitor Tailored for Gaming
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69
Transforming Workflow-Improving Laptops
Transforming Workflow-Improving Laptops
The HP ZBook x2 Converts for Optimal Versatility
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68
Commuter-Friendly Gaming Laptops
Commuter-Friendly Gaming Laptops
The New Razer Blade Laptop is Just 0.66 Inches Thick
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67
Computer-Hiding Mounts
Computer-Hiding Mounts
The HumanCentric Mac mini Mount Fits onto the Back of Your Monitor
<
66
Secure Laptop Standing Stations
Secure Laptop Standing Stations
The KRADL Vertical MacBook Stand Keeps Your Workstation Tidy
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65
Ultra-Powerful Compact Laptops
Ultra-Powerful Compact Laptops
The New Dell XPS 13 Laptop Has Arrived Just in Time for CES 2018
<
64
Ergonomic Wireless Peripherals
Ergonomic Wireless Peripherals
This Vertical Wireless Mouse Relieves Pressure on Your Wrist
<
63
Minimalist Gamer Laptops
Minimalist Gamer Laptops
The Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop Packs 16GB of RAM and Much More
<
62
DIY Computer Kits
DIY Computer Kits
Kano Presented Its Easy to Use Kid-Friendly Coding Kits at CES
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61
Affordable Performance PCs
Affordable Performance PCs
The HP Omen Obelisk Provides Impressive Internals in a Stylish Case
<
60
Stutter-Proof Gaming Monitors
Stutter-Proof Gaming Monitors
The 'LG Ultragear' Monitors Guarantee Smooth On-Screen Gaming Action
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59
Shapeshifting Multi-Day Laptops
Shapeshifting Multi-Day Laptops
The Samsung Galaxy Book2 will Work for Two Full Working Days
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58
Computer-Constructing Games
Computer-Constructing Games
PC Building Simulator Lets Players Build Custom PCs in a Virtual Space
<
57
Internet Provider Lamps
Internet Provider Lamps
The MyLiFi is the First Smart Lamp to Deliver Internet to Your Computer
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56
Adjustable Computer-Optimizing Stands
Adjustable Computer-Optimizing Stands
The Lavolta Portable Folding Laptop Table is Functional
<
55
Speedy Pocket-Sized Laptops
Speedy Pocket-Sized Laptops
The GPD Pocket 2 Packs Impressive Specs in a Compact Device
<
54
Refined Gaming Laptops
Refined Gaming Laptops
Gamers with Sophistication Should Take Notice of the GS65 Stealth
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53
Streamlined Cryptocurrency Mining Servers
Streamlined Cryptocurrency Mining Servers
The Manda Miner Lets Users Mine Ethereum and ZCash Coins
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52
Hybrid Convertible Tablet PCs
Hybrid Convertible Tablet PCs
The Modbook Pro X Offers Access to a Powerful yet Portable Machine
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51
Tablet-Upgrading Laptop Cases
Tablet-Upgrading Laptop Cases
The ZAGG Slimbook iPad Pro Case Turns the Device into a Laptop
<
50
Board Game Branded Keyboards
Board Game Branded Keyboards
The Scrabble Mechanical Keyboard is a Must Have For Scrabble Fans
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49
HD Multitasking Monitors
HD Multitasking Monitors
The LG UltraWide Thunderbolt 5K Monitor is a Precision Peripheral
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48
Multifunctional Hybrid Laptop Tablets
Multifunctional Hybrid Laptop Tablets
The 'O-Pen' Concept Has an All-in-One Design
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47
Mobile Developer Workstations
Mobile Developer Workstations
The Dell Precision 3530 is Based on Linux
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46
Silent High-Performance PCs
Silent High-Performance PCs
The 'SacPro' Fanless PC Offers Impressive Specs with No Noise
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45
Stylish Tech-Focused Briefcases
Stylish Tech-Focused Briefcases
The ullu Briefcase is Crafted from Premium Italian Leather
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44
Wireless Charging Desktops
Wireless Charging Desktops
This New iMac Keeps Other Tech Device Powered Up as You Work
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43
Video Game-Themed Computer Cases
Video Game-Themed Computer Cases
The Fallout Computer Case Takes Inspiration From the Wasteland
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42
Biometric Research Platforms
Biometric Research Platforms
iMotions Makes Studying Biometrics Simple with an Easy-to-Use System
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41
Wireless Charging Mousepads
Wireless Charging Mousepads
Razer Created a Charging Mousepad for Gamers
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40
Modular Hard Drive Towers
Modular Hard Drive Towers
The UP Memory Tower Neatly Organizes a Hard Drive System
<
39
Screen-Merging Display Kits
Screen-Merging Display Kits
The Asus ROG Bezel-Free Kit is Being Showcased at CES 2018
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38
Efficiency-Focused Keyboard Designs
Efficiency-Focused Keyboard Designs
The TYPI Keyboard Was Made with Digital Professionals in Mind
<
37
Portable Gaming GPUs
Portable Gaming GPUs
The exklim eX Core Packs Pure Performance in a Compact Package
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36
Fan-Integrated PC Mounts
Fan-Integrated PC Mounts
The Kensington CoolView Wellness Monitor Stand Increases Airflow
<
35
Personalized Mega-Store Websites
Personalized Mega-Store Websites
The Revamped Walmart Website Focuses on Individual Experiences
<
34
Designer-Focused Computer Monitors
Designer-Focused Computer Monitors
The Acer ProDesigner Offers HDR and 4K in an Impressive Package
<
33
Adjustable Padded Computer Bags
Adjustable Padded Computer Bags
Filson's New Rugged Twill Computer Bag is Stylish and Durable
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32
Protective Laptop-Charging Cases
Protective Laptop-Charging Cases
The Incase IconConnected Power Sleeve Keeps Your Laptop Charged
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31
Digital Creative Desktop Displays
Digital Creative Desktop Displays
The 2018 Dell UltraSharp Displays Offer Precision Graphics
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30
Conceptual Upgrade-Friendly PCs
Conceptual Upgrade-Friendly PCs
The 'Whale' PC Enables Users to Change Out Components Themselves
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29
Ruggedly Miniature Laptops
Ruggedly Miniature Laptops
The Topjoy Falcon Sports a Touchscreen Display and Full QWERTY Keyboard
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28
Smartphone-Replacing Tablet Concepts
Smartphone-Replacing Tablet Concepts
The 'Vision X' Has a Detachable Smartphone for Seamless Use
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27
Wireless Charger Lap Desks
Wireless Charger Lap Desks
The LapStnd 'FIFTEEN' Charges All Your Devices at Once
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26
Food-Friendly Technology Workstations
Food-Friendly Technology Workstations
The 'Monitray' Lets You Eat as You Get Work Done
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25
Customizable Desktop Computer Solutions
Customizable Desktop Computer Solutions
The 'Cube' Modular Desktop PC Comes in Two Models
<
24
Ultra-Minimalist Wireless Keyboards
Ultra-Minimalist Wireless Keyboards
Vinpok Taptek is a Slim and Sleek Wireless Keyboard for Mac
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23
Creativity-Enhancing Collaboration Devices
Creativity-Enhancing Collaboration Devices
The HELLO Creator Edition is Built for Web Developers
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22
Curvaceous Computer Stands
Curvaceous Computer Stands
Twelve South's BookArc Mod Stand Can Hold the MacBook Pro Thunderbolt 3
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21
Sleek Leather Computer Covers
Sleek Leather Computer Covers
The Silm Leather Sleeve by Harber London is Wool-Lined and Slim
<
20
Portable Pico Projector PCs
Portable Pico Projector PCs
The Masterkey 4.0 Pocket PC Boasts a Laser Keyboard and More
<
19
Award-Winning AI Portraits
Award-Winning AI Portraits
Mario Klingemann Makes Artworks Through Intricate Computer Algorithms
<
18
Premium Wooden Webcam Covers
Premium Wooden Webcam Covers
The Nope Wood Slider Webcam Covers are Made in the USA
<
17
Hacker-Proof Microphone Blockers
Hacker-Proof Microphone Blockers
The Bungajungle 'Nope' Prevents Anyone from Accessing Your Device
<
16
Personal Cloud Connectivity Devices
Personal Cloud Connectivity Devices
The Latticework 'Amber' Offers Total Control Over Your Data
<
15
Portable Dual-Screen Laptop Accessories
Portable Dual-Screen Laptop Accessories
DUO Aims to Boost Efficiency and Productivity
<
14
Keyless Touchscreen Laptops
Keyless Touchscreen Laptops
The Conceptual MacBook Pro Touch by Furkan Kasap is Productive
<
13
Specialized PC Gamer Packs
Specialized PC Gamer Packs
The Razer Rogue Backpack withstands the Elements for Optimal Durability
<
12
Slim Mechanical Keyboards
Slim Mechanical Keyboards
The Hexgears X-1 Combines Compact Size with Tactile Keyboard Feel
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11
Convient Computer Accessory Hubs
Convient Computer Accessory Hubs
The iMac Clamp Hub by Satechi Puts All Accessories in One Place
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10
Upgradeable Gaming PC Towers
Upgradeable Gaming PC Towers
The Alienware Aurora PC is Ready for VR Gaming and More
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9
Folding Productivity Tablet Smartphones
Folding Productivity Tablet Smartphones
The Microsoft Project Andromeda Device is Futuristic
<
8
Numeric Keyboard Attachments
Numeric Keyboard Attachments
The NUMS Numpad Offers Greater Versatility to Modern Laptops
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7
Unorthodox Compartmentalized PC Cases
Unorthodox Compartmentalized PC Cases
The DeepCool 'Quadstellar' was Shown Off at CES 2018
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6
Smartphone-Inspired Laptops
Smartphone-Inspired Laptops
This Conceptual MacBook X is Inspired by the iPhone X
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5
Mobile Workstation Laptop Cases
Mobile Workstation Laptop Cases
This MacBook Pro Case Optimizes Typing and More
<
4
Footrest Laptop Workstations
Footrest Laptop Workstations
The 'RoomyRoc' Mobile Laptop Desk Lets You Work in Multiple Positions
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3
Speedy Pocket-Sized PCs
Speedy Pocket-Sized PCs
The 'Mi Mini PC' Has a Low Price Point and Ultra-Portable Design
<
2
Retro Futuristic Devices
Retro Futuristic Devices
Love Hultén Designs Bizarre Devices with Vintage and Futuristic Values
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1
Tiny Portable Universal Chargers
Tiny Portable Universal Chargers
Lightr's Strengths Lie in Its Charging Capacity & Tiny Silhouette
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