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The Best Thin and Light Gaming Laptops 2021

Most gaming laptops are large, ostentatiously styled with massive vents and a fighter jet-like aesthetic, and they’re heavy. They’re not meant to be carried around everywhere like regular laptops, but rather from place to place for gaming sessions. Not everyone wants a massive laptop for their gaming needs, though, and that’s where a new breed of thin and light gaming laptops comes into play.

The Razer Blade 14 tops this list. It’s not only a great gaming laptop, but it’s one of the best laptops, period. It’s not the only excellent thin and light laptop worth considering, though. These are our favorites.

The best thin and light gaming laptops at a glance:

Razer Blade 14

Why you should buy this: It’s the best thin and light gaming laptop you can buy.

Who’s it for: Anyone who wants a thin and light laptop but doesn’t want to give up any gaming prowess.

Why we chose the Razer Blade 14:

The Razer Blade 14 epitomizes the thin and light laptops on this list. It’s thin and light, of course, at 0.66 inches and 3.9 pounds. It’s also elegantly designed with its all-black aluminum chassis and just a single green Razer logo on the lid. You get per-key RGB backlighting, which gamers want, and that’s the most apparent visible nod to this being a gaming laptop.

Inside, you’ll find a blazing-fast 8-core, 16-thread AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU that makes it a powerhouse for CPU-intensive games, and you can configure up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. Even the base RTX 3060 will let you play most games at 1440p and high settings. Razer designed the thermals to handle long-term gaming sessions while maintaining performance.

The Razer Blade 14 utilizes a 14-inch, 16:9, 1440p IPS display with a 165Hz refresh rate, providing both high resolution and a high refresh rate. There’s simply not a better thin and light gaming machine available today.

Read our in-depth Razer Blade 14 review

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 top view showing dots and vents.

Why you should buy this: It’s a solid alternative to the best thin and light gaming laptop.

Who’s it for: Anyone who wants a thin and light gaming laptop with a bit more gaming aesthetic.

Why we chose the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14:

The Razer Blade 14 is the best 14-inch thin and light gaming laptop, but the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 deserves an honorable mention. It’s 0.70 inches thick, which is a hair more than the Razer, but it’s also lighter at 3.5 pounds. The ROG Zephyrus G14 also has a more gamer-inspired aesthetic for those who want their laptop to stand out. The laptop sports an optional AniMe Matrix Display design on the lid that uses LEDs to create patterns and designs. The Asus also has a more aggressive style, with large vents along the sides and back that scream “gaming.”

The ROG Zephyrus G14 is also a powerful gaming machine with up to an AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS (albeit a specialized 35-watt version compared to the usual 45 watts). The “S” stands for slim, allowing it to fit into a thinner chassis and remain cool. GPU options include the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 and 1660 Ti at the low end and the RTX 2060 at the high end. Those are not as powerful as the Razer Blade 14, but it’s enough for maxed-out 1080p gaming.

Display options include a 16:9 QHD (2,560 x 1,440) IPS panel at 60Hz or a Full HD IPS screen at 120Hz. That’s a good match for the ROG Zephyrus G14‘s performance. If you want a thin and light gaming laptop that looks like a gaming laptop, then this is the one for you.

Read our in-depth Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review

Razer Blade 15

Fortnite running a Razer Blade 15.

Why you should buy this: It’s the best thin and light 15-inch gaming laptop.

Who’s it for: Anyone who wants a 15-inch gaming laptop but doesn’t want the typical 15-inch size and weight.

Why we chose the Razer Blade 15:

For quite some time, the Razer Blade 15 topped our list of the best gaming laptops. It’s gorgeous, with the iconic Razer all-black chassis and green logo on the lid, and an elegant design that’s simple yet lovely. In those respects, it’s much like the Razer Blade 14 that replaced it at the top. Like its smaller sibling, the Razer Blade 15’s one nod to gamers is the per-key RGB keyboard backlighting. You can get the laptop as thin as 0.62 inches depending on the model, with a weight of 4.6 pounds.

If you’re looking for a 15-inch gaming laptop that’s thin and light, then the Razer Blade 15 is the best around. It offers a plethora of configurations utilizing Intel 10th- and 11th-gen Core i7 and i9 H-series CPUs and GPUs ranging from the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 to the RTX 3080. It’s fast enough for playing modern titles at 4K with graphics turned up.

You also have a choice of displays, including Full HD IPS at 144Hz, QHD IPS at 240Hz, and UHD (3,840 x 2,160) OLED at 60Hz. The Razer Blade 15 is a powerful machine that only narrowly loses out to the Razer Blade 14 on this list.

Read our in-depth Razer Blade 15 review

Alienware x15

Alienware X15 front view showing display and keyboard deck profile.

Why you should buy this: It’s the second-best thin and light 15-inch gaming laptop.

Who’s it for: Anyone who wants a 15-inch gaming laptop that’s not just thin but packed with technology.

Why we chose the Alienware x15:

The Razer Blade 15 is the tiniest bit thinner than the Alienware X15 at 0.62 inches compared with 0.64 inches and it’s lighter at 4.6 pounds compared to 5.2 pounds, but the Alienware is packed full of technology. It all starts with Alienware’s Cryo-Tech thermal design, which uses quad fans and exotic materials like encapsulated gallium-silicone to ensure adequate cooling for the high-end components packed away inside. It also looks more like a gaming laptop, with a space-age design that includes RGB lighting along the rear edge, stylized venting, and per-key RGB keyboard backlighting.

Even though it’s very thin and light for a more traditionally styled gaming laptop, it maintains power-packed components inside. You can choose between 11th-gen Intel Core i7-11800H and Core i9-11900H CPUs, and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 or RTX 3070 GPUs. RAM runs up to 32GB and 1TB of SSD storage is available. The Alienware X15 is powerful enough for running modern titles at the highest graphics settings.

Display options include a 15.6-inch FHD IPS display at 165Hz and an FHD IPS display at 360Hz with G-Sync. The Alienware X15 is the modernistic thin and light laptop on this list.

Acer Predator Triton 500 SE

Acer Predator Triton 500 SE front view showing display and keyboard deck.

Why you should buy this: It’s the best 16-inch gaming laptop.

Who’s it for: Anyone who wants a slightly larger gaming laptop without breaking their back.

Why we chose the Acer Predator Triton 500 SE:

The Acer Predator Triton 500 SE isn’t the thinnest or lightest laptop on this list, coming in at 0.78 inches thick and weighing 5.4 pounds. But it’s a 16-inch laptop, offering a little bit more size than either of the 15-inch laptops on our list, but not quite matching the girth of the MSI GS76 Stealth that sports a 17-inch display. Its design is mostly conservative, with only some aggressive venting and per-key RGB keyboard backlighting giving it away as a gaming machine.

Like most of the gaming laptops here, Intel’s 11th-gen Core i7-11800H and Core i9-11900H and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 GPU power the gaming experience. Even the base configuration of a Core i7 and RTX 3070 will run today’s games at 1440p and maximum graphics, aided by up to 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD.

There’s only one display option, an IPS display in the 16:10 aspect ratio with a WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) resolution and 165Hz refresh rate. The Acer Predator Triton 500 SE balances screen size with powerful components, earning a spot on this list.

MSI GS76 Stealth

MSI GS76 Stealth front view showing display and keyboard deck.

Why you should buy this: It’s the best 17-inch thin and light gaming laptop.

Who’s it for: Anyone who wants an truly massive display in a thin and light gaming laptop.

Why we chose the MSI GS76 Stealth:

If you want a massive display but still don’t want to lug around a massive gaming laptop, the MSI GS76 Stealth is for you. It packs a 17.3-inch display into a chassis that’s just 0.80 inches thick and weighs 5.4 pounds. That’s not a lot for a powerful laptop in this class. Like the Razer laptops, the GS76 Stealth has an all-black chassis with minimal venting, and its keyboard is its standout gaming design feature.

You’re not limited in performance, though. You can choose either an 11th-gen Core i7-11800H or a Core i9-11900H CPU, and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, 3070, and 3080 are the GPU options. That’s good enough for gaming at 4K with graphical details turned all the way up in almost any game.

You can choose between three display options. The UHD IPS panel runs at 60Hz, the QHD screen at 240Hz, and the Full HD display at a whopping 360Hz. The MSI GS76 Stealth will meet your large-screen gaming needs, and then some.

Asus ROG Flow X13

Playing Fortnite on the ROG Flow X13.

Why you should buy this: It’s the best 13-inch thin and light gaming laptop.

Who’s it for: Anyone who wants the most portable gaming laptop but doesn’t want to give up the power.

Why we chose the Asus ROG Flow X13:

There aren’t many 13-inch gaming laptops — and for good reason. It’s hard to pack gaming-level performance into such a tiny package. Razer did it with its Stealth 13, but that’s been superseded by the Asus ROG Flow X13. Not only is the ROG Flow X13 thin at 0.62 inches and light at 2.87 pounds, it’s also a 360-degree convertible with active pen support. It’s useful for more than just playing games.

It’s also surprisingly powerful, with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS or 5980HS CPU and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU. That’s if you buy the configuration that’s not bundled with the XG Mobile expansion dock. If you buy a bundle, you’ll get an RTX 3050 inside the chassis and up to an RTX 3080 in the dock. That makes the ROG Flow X13 not just fast enough for modern titles at 1080p and medium graphics, but upgradable to handle 4K gaming at higher graphical settings.

We also love that the display is in the taller 16:10 aspect ratio, which is unusual for gaming laptops. The ROG Flow X13 can be purchased with either a 13.4-inch IPS Full HD+ (1,920 x 1,200) panel at 120Hz or a UHD+ (3,840 x 2,400) screen at 60Hz. And all of that can fit most comfortably in your backpack.

Read our in-depth Asus ROG Flow X13 review

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LG Gram 17 (2021) Review: Large and Light On Its Feet

“The LG Gram 17 is one of the best 17-inch laptops you can buy.”

  • Exceptionally light
  • Fast when set to performance mode
  • Excellent display
  • Very good keyboard and touchpad
  • Outstanding battery life
  • Feels a little flimsy
  • Too expensive

Sometimes you want a larger display than you’ll find on the typical 15.6-inch (or 16-inch) laptop. Maybe you’re a heavy multitasker and want to position more windows on your display without feeling cramped. That’s where 17-inch laptops come in, and while there aren’t that many to choose from outside of gaming laptops, there are a few good options to consider.

One such option has been LG’s Gram 17, which like all Gram laptops aims to pack as much machine into as light a chassis as possible. The 2021 version ups the display ante with a 16:10 aspect ratio that adds even more vertical space for getting your work done.

I looked at the LG Gram 17 configured with a Core i71165G7, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD), and a 17-inch 16:10 display with a WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) resolution. This configuration retails for $1,800, meaning it’s solidly in premium territory and takes on a potent rival, the excellent Dell XPS 17. Does the LG Gram 17 have what it takes to compete?

Design

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The LG Gram 17 lives up to its promise of packing a large display into a light chassis. It weighs just 2.98 pounds, which is remarkably light for such a large laptop. By comparison, the Dell XPS 17 weighs 5.53 pounds with touch and its 97 watt-hour battery option (the Gram 17 has an 80 watt-hour battery). Even the non-touch XPS 17 with the 56 watt-hour battery weighs 4.65 pounds.

In overall dimensions, the Gram 17 is 14.97 inches wide by 10.24 inches deep by 0.70 inches thick, compared to the XPS 17 at 14.74 inches by 9.76 inches by 0.77 inches. As another comparison, the HP Envy 17 is 15.71 inches by 10.2 inches by 0.76 inches and weighs 6.02 pounds (note that the Envy 17 has a 17.3-inch display). Clearly, LG accomplished something special here.

The LG Gram 17 doesn’t have the same sense of solidity that other laptops enjoy.

How did it manage to make the LG Gram 17 so light? The key is the magnesium alloy used in the laptop’s chassis. That’s a light metal to begin with and LG doesn’t use a lot of it. This affects the perceived build quality, with an extremely bendable lid and a keyboard deck and chassis bottom that give off quite a bit of flexing. Magnesium is a strong metal, and so it’s not that the LG Gram 17 isn’t robust, but it doesn’t have the same sense of solidity you’ll get from the XPS 17 or even the midrange priced Envy 17.

The aluminum used in the other laptops weighs more and feels more robust. LG did run the Gram 17 through MIL-STD-810G military testing, so there’s some objective data that it can take a beating. I’ll also note that even though the base is exceptionally light, the lid opens with one hand and is only the tiniest bit wobbly in use.

LG Gram 17 2021 closed, sitting on a brick walkway.
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Aesthetically, the Gram 17 is about as conservatively designed as you can get. It’s all black with just a simple “gram” logo in chrome on the lid. Otherwise, there are no embellishments and the laptop’s lines are simple. It’s not a bad-looking laptop by any means, but it also lacks character. The Dell XPS 17 and the HP Envy 17 are more noticeable and, I daresay, quite a bit more attractive. The Gram 17 does enjoy small bezels, so it looks modern in that respect — and of course, those small bezels help keep the chassis size manageable.

Despite its thin frame, the Gram 17 enjoys a nice mix of connections. On the left-hand side are a full-size HDMI port and two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 support (one of which is needed to power the laptop), to go with a 3.5mm audio jack. On the right-hand side is a Kensington lock connection, two USB-A 3.1 Gen 2 ports, and a microSD card reader. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 provide wireless connectivity.

Performance

A close-up view of the LG Gram 17's keyboard and logo centered under the display.
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My review unit was equipped with an 11th-gen Intel Core i7-1165G7, which is common on premium laptops and tends to provide solid productivity performance. I’ve noticed that performance can vary across laptops with this same chip, and so I was curious to see how the LG Gram 17 would perform given a larger chassis that should provide plenty of room for cooling. LG provides a utility to adjust performance versus heat and fan noise, and it has a noticeable effect. Most manufacturers provide such a utility today, and not all of them have a significant impact on performance — I’ll only mention them if they impact our benchmark results. HP is another vendor whose “performance” mode makes a meaningful difference in some (but not all) of its Envy and Spectre laptops.

In its “optimal” mode, the Gram 17 is in line with much of its Tiger Lake competition. In Geekbench 5, it did well on the single-core test and fell behind some of the competition — such as the Samsung Galaxy Pro 360 — in the multi-core test. Switch to performance mode, though, and the Gram 17’s score jumped to 1563 and 5,473. In our Handbrake test that encodes a 420MB video as H.265, it was behind the pack but again did slightly better in performance mode at 197 seconds. Switching to Cinebench R23, the Gram 17 was again at the low end in optimal mode but was the fastest Tiger Lake laptop in our comparison group in performance mode (,375 in single-core and 4604 in multi-core).

The LG Gram 17 was a competent performer.

Finally, in PCMark 10, it wasn’t a leader in optimal mode and its performance mode made no difference in the score — something I’ve seen with other vendors’ performance tuning utilities. An example is the HP Spectre x360 14 that also showed no improvement in PCMark 10 in its performance mode, although it was significantly faster in that mode in all the other benchmarks. The Gram 17 did well in the Essentials portion (web browsing, videoconferencing, etc.) but fell behind in the Productivity and Content Creation portions.

Overall, the Gram 17 was a competent performer that will handle all your productivity tasks with ease. Switch to performance mode and you’ll hear the fans spin up more often (they’re not terribly loud), but you’ll get a meaningful boost in performance. I’ll note, though, that you’ll get much better performance out of the Dell XPS 17, which matches its larger display with a much more powerful CPU and GPU combination. The Gram 17 is best for productivity users who want a larger display, as opposed to the XPS 17 which is intended to provide a larger canvas to creative professionals.

Geekbench (single/multi) Handbrake (seconds) Cinbench R23 (single/multi) PCMark 10 3DMark Time Spy
LG Gram 17 2021
(Core i7-1165G7)
1503/4606 222 1323/3912 4880 1480
Dell XPS 17 (Core i7-10875H) 1315/7959 109 N/A N/A 5801
LG Gram 16 (Core i7-1165G7) 1394/4137 213 1394/4137 4827 1390
Samsung Galaxy Pro 360 
(Core i7-1165G7)
1554/5603 N/A 1308/4062 5159 1800
HP Envy x360 15
(Ryzen 7 5700U)
1198/6790 116 1258/8131 5419 1471
HP Envy 15 (Core i7-10750H) 1274/5542 139 N/A N/A 5123

The Gram 17 isn’t a gaming laptop, given its Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics. It achieved an average score in the 3DMark Time Spy test in optimal mode and a much stronger 1802 score in performance mode. In Fortnite, the utility’s impact was even more pronounced. It managed a paltry 12 frames per second (fps) in 1080p and high graphics, and 13 fps in epic graphics in optimal mode. That’s way behind the rest of the Tiger Lake competition.

Switch to performance mode, though, and it jumped to 29 fps and 19 fps, which is much more competitive. Of course, those aren’t impressive scores either, and so you’ll be limited to older titles or running newer titles at low resolutions and graphical detail.

Display and audio

A close up shot of LG Gram 17 2021 laptop open, placed on a brick walkway.
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A large, expansive display doesn’t do much good if it suffers from poor quality. Fortunately, LG chose a quality panel for the Gram 17, starting with its 16:10 aspect ratio that, in a 17-inch display, offers a great deal of real estate.

According to my colorimeter, the display exceeds our 300-nit threshold at 343 nits, making it bright enough for most inside lighting conditions. The contrast was close to our preferred 1000:1 ratio at 930:1. The Dell XPS 17’s 4K display is superior at 491 nits and 1,530:1, while the Gram 17’s smaller sibling, the Gram 16, was close at 313 nits and 830:1. The Gram 17’s results are well in line with what’s expected from a premium laptop today.

In terms of colors, the Gram 17’s display hit 88% of AdobeRGB and 100% of sRGB, which is better than the 75% and 95% premium laptop average and close to what creative types desire for photo and video editing. The XPS 17 was once again much better at 98% and 100%, respectively, while the Gram 16 was the same as the 17-inch model. The Gram 17’s color accuracy was good at a Delta E of 1.3 (less than 1.0 is considered excellent), while the XPS 17 came in at 0.37 and the Gram 16 an inferior 2.67.

Overall, this was a delightful display to use for everything most users will throw at it. Productivity was enhanced by the aspect ratio, good contrast, and above-average brightness while viewing photos and video was an enjoyable experience thanks to the wide and accurate colors. Anyone who wants to do occasional photo and video editing — keeping in mind the performance deficit compared to a laptop like the XPS 17 — will find this display to do well in a pinch.

The audio is nice and clear, with pleasant highs and mids and just a touch of bass. At the same time, the two downward-firing speakers don’t get very loud, and there’s just a touch of distortion at maximum volume. You’ll be happy with the occasional YouTube video, but for Netflix binging and music, you’ll probably want a pair of headphones or Bluetooth speakers handy.

Keyboard and touchpad

An LG Gram 17 2021 keyboard.
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The keyboard has comfortable spacing with large keycaps and includes a numeric keypad, with a light touch and sufficient travel. The typing feel is marred only by a slightly abrupt bottoming action — I usually appreciate some bounce at the end of a keystroke, but here there’s just a little too much. I could type at full speed on the keyboard but got the impression I might get fatigued after long typing sessions. The Dell XPS 17’s keyboard has a more comfortable action as does HP’s keyboard on its Spectre and more recent Envy laptops.

The touchpad is large but could be larger given the copious amount of palm rest available. It’s a Microsoft Precision model, which is universal at this point, making Windows 10’s multitouch gestures accurate and precise. The keyboard layout, specifically the inclusion of a numeric keypad, pushes the touchpad off-center, which takes some getting used to. If you use the touchpad as a guide for finding the home row on the keyboard, you’ll need to adjust your practice or find yourself typing the wrong letters. The display does not support touch, which I always miss on a laptop.

Windows 10 Hello support is provided by a fingerprint reader built into the power button, which is the best place. You can power on the Gram 17 and log in with one touch, and that’s so much more convenient than hunting for a fingerprint reader sitting somewhere on the keyboard deck or — worse yet — embedded in the touchpad. The reader was fast and accurate throughout my testing.

Battery life

An LG Gram 17 2021 open, placed on a brick walkway.
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Somehow, LG managed to pack in 80 watt-hours of battery capacity and still maintain the Gram 17’s light weight. That’s a fair amount of energy, and so I was hopeful that LG’s usual excellent battery life would apply.

And that’s exactly what I found. Starting with our web browsing test that loops through a series of popular websites, the Gram 17 lasted for 13.25 hours, which is a very strong result. The Dell XPS 17 managed less than half as long at just under 6.5 hours, while the Gram 16 was a bit stronger at 13.8 hours. In our video test that plays a Full HD Avengers trailer until the battery runs out, the Gram 17 went for a spectacular 21 hours, compared to the XPS 17 at just 9.3 hours and the Gram 16 at an even better 24.4 hours.

On a single charge, the LG Gram 17 will get you through a full workday and well into the evening.

I also ran the PCMark 10 Gaming test that stresses the CPU and GPU, and the Gram 17 almost made it to five hours. That’s one of the longest results in our database and is just seven seconds less than another leader, the Gram 16. We didn’t test the XPS 17 in PCMark 10. The result was likely a combination of the large battery capacity and the optimal setting that didn’t run either the CPU or GPU at full speed.

Finally, in the PCMark 10 Applications test that’s the best indication of productivity battery life, the Gram 17 achieved just under 14 hours. That’s a strong score that’s in the top tier of laptops we’ve tested, but not as strong as I expected. The Gram 16 hit 17.8 hours, for example.

Overall, the Gram 17 is a long-lasting laptop despite its large, high-resolution display. It will get you through a full workday and well into the evening, and you’ll probably have a few hours left over the next morning.

Our take

LG accomplished its objective of creating a large-screen laptop with good performance and outstanding battery life that doesn’t weigh a ton. You’ll want to switch to performance mode for the most speed and you’ll endure a bit of fan noise, but it’s worth it. For the most part, this is a laptop that lives up to its promise and then some.

Whether it’s for you, though, comes down to whether you’re okay with a metal chassis that demonstrate a fair amount of flexibility. LG passed the Gram 17 through military-level testing for durability and it survived, so that means the laptop is likely plenty robust. Still, you won’t get that warm and fuzzy feeling of durability as you handle the Gram 17.

Are there any alternatives?

The Dell XPS 17 offers the same 16:10 aspect ratio display that’s also higher quality, and you’ll get a faster laptop with a more potent GPU. It’s also much heavier and doesn’t even approach the Gram 17’s battery life. To fully leverage the XPS 17’s power, you’ll also spend hundreds more.

Next, you could consider the slightly smaller LG Gram 16 if you don’t need quite so much screen real estate. It also offers great battery life and suffers from the same flimsy feel, but it’s another lightweight offering that offers a lot of power and longevity without the weight.

The XPS 15 and the MacBook Pro 16 are also speedier laptops with smaller displays and might be good options. Again, if you don’t need the largest display, then these two machines should be on your list.

How long will it last?

The Gram 17 doesn’t feel like it’s as robust as the premium laptops it competes against, but if you trust the MIL-STD-810G rating, then you might be comfortable with the laptop’s longevity. It’s certainly equipped with up-to-date components. You won’t like the one-year warranty, though.

Should you buy it?

Yes. The LG Gram 17 puts a large and lovely display into your hands without weighing you down, and you’ll love the spectacular battery life.

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Lenovo 5i 14 Has Stylish Dual-Tone Chassis and LED Light Bar

Both the Lenovo 5i-14 Chromebook, as well as the Lenovo Flex 5i-13 Chromebook, are going the way of the original Samsung Galaxy Book Chromebook with a bold, unique look and design.

Coming in July and June, and priced at $439 each, these new Chromebooks look quite different from many others from the outside. The Lenovo 5i-14 Chromebook has a dual-tone look and a narrow bezel display coming in either sand or storm gray.

It sports a 14-inch full HD display with 300 nits of brightness, as well as a user-facing stereo speaker system with a built-in amplifier. Configurations include up to the 11th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, with up to 512 GB of solid-state drive storage. There’s even a front LED light bar that changes color based on battery capacity.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Lenovo Flex 5i-13 Chromebook comes in abyss blue and iron gray. This is a convertible so battery life averages about 12 hours, and it can be configured with up to 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB solid-state drive.

Both these Chromebook models support Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, and they have a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port and two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C ports. You’ll also find Lenovo’s signature privacy shutter so you can disable the webcam manually when it is not in use. Note that only the Lenovo 5i-14 Chromebook has the LED bar, however.

A Lenovo Yoga Chromebook sitting on t he desk in front of a shelf.

Alongside these Chromebooks, Lenovo is launching some new monitors and accessories. The 15.5-inch full HD resolution Lenovo L15 USB-C Mobile Monitor lets you double the space of any device by plugging the monitor in alongside it. It has a carrying sleeve so you can make anyplace your mobile office.

The Lenovo LC50 Modular 1080p webcam is a new product that can magnetically fasten securely atop a monitor’s slim head. Both the Lenovo L32p-30 monitor and the Lenovo L27m-30 monitor round out the list. The first is a 4K display with HDR 10 technology, and the second is more budget-friendly, with a 75-hertz refresh rate. There’s even a stand to let you tilt and swivel it to fit your own setup.

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Watch DIYer play original DOOM on a dissected Ikea light bulb

Getting the original DOOM game to run on lightweight hardware has morphed over the years as DIYers embrace increasingly bizarre and amusing devices. We’ve seen the game on old iPods, digital cameras, the Apple Watch, graphing calculators, printers, and more. The latest item added to the list is a dissected light bulb from Ikea.

The new project comes from the YouTube channel Next-Hack, which explains the process that went into this build. The DIYers took apart an Ikea TRÅDFRI RGB GU10 LED light bulb and harvested its various bits and pieces. The light bulb offers only 108kB of RAM and 1MB of internal flash storage.

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That’s not enough for a fully functional game, of course, which is where an inexpensive 160 x 160 resolution 1.8-inch TFT display came in. As well, the team used an external SPI flash for storing the DOOM WAD file. The full project details, including part numbers and software, can be found on Next-Hack’s website.

The team notes that the DOOM port can be used as the base for other DIY projects that involve very limited RAM. As well, Next-Hack says there is some room for improvement on the project, though it was ultimately an overwhelming success. Someone who wanted to make their own portable DOOM gaming device could follow the instructions and end up with a functional product.

For those who want to experience the nostalgia of playing the classic DOOM game but aren’t interested in taking apart a light bulb, there are other options. Bethesda brought updated versions of DOOM and DOOM II to Android and iOS stores not too long ago, meaning you can play them on your smartphone or tablet. The games are priced at $4.99/each.

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Dying Light 2: Stay Human Launches This December

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Dying Light 2 now has a new release date of December 7, 2021, developer Techland revealed during a stream today. It will launch for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Preorders for Dying Light 2 are available now across various retailers.

A new trailer revealed the game’s final title: Dying Light 2: Stay Human. Developer Techland showed off more of the game during its Dying 2 Know stream, which featured Dying Light 2’s release date, a look at the various editions available for preorder, as well as more gameplay footage.

The Standard Edition of Dying Light 2 will come with a copy of the game, as well as preorder bonuses. The Deluxe Edition includes the base game, the first story DLC, which will launch after Dying Light 2’s release, a digital soundtrack and artbook, and more digital extras. A Collector’s Edition includes all the contents of the Deluxe Edition, along with the following:

  • 2-hour night XP boost
  • Story DLC 2
  • Crafting items
  • Steelbook,
  • Artbook
  • “Defender of The City” statuette with stylized UV lamp
  • UV flashlight
  • Map of The City
  • 3 postcards
  • “Voice of The City” stickers pack
  • Exclusive weapon trinket
  • Thank-you letter from our Creative Director

In addition, those who preorder any version of Dying Light 2 will gain access to the Reload Pack, which comes with an in-game outfit, weapon, and paraglider skin.

Dying Light 2 aims to continue what the original game started while expanding upon the beloved parkour movement, and thrilling first-person action. The sequel will be more focused on player-choice, where the player will have multiple branching paths throughout the story.

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Can we travel faster than the speed of light? New mathematical models say… ‘maybe’

The closest star to Earth is Proxima Centauri. It is about 4.25 light-years away, or about 25 trillion miles (40 trillion km). The fastest ever spacecraft, the now- in-space Parker Solar Probe will reach a top speed of 450,000 mph. It would take just 20 seconds to go from Los Angeles to New York City at that speed, but it would take the solar probe about 6,633 years to reach Earth’s nearest neighboring solar system.

If humanity ever wants to travel easily between stars, people will need to go faster than light. But so far, faster-than-light travel is possible only in science fiction.

In Issac Asimov’s Foundation series, humanity can travel from planet to planet, star to star or across the universe using jump drives. As a kid, I read as many of those stories as I could get my hands on. I am now a theoretical physicist and study nanotechnology, but I am still fascinated by the ways humanity could one day travel in space.

Some characters – like the astronauts in the movies “Interstellar” and “Thor” – use wormholes to travel between solar systems in seconds. Another approach – familiar to “Star Trek” fans – is warp drive technology. Warp drives are theoretically possible if still far-fetched technology. Two recent papers made headlines in March when researchers claimed to have overcome one of the many challenges that stand between the theory of warp drives and reality.

But how do these theoretical warp drives really work? And will humans be making the jump to warp speed anytime soon?