With PC technology lighter, thinner and more powerful than ever, what were some of the year's coolest devices?
To answer, we've picked a half-dozen of our favorites. In yesterday's blog post, we listed half of our list. Here's the rest:
HP Z2 Mini
What it is: A mini workstation for computer-aided design (CAD).
Announced: Nov. 15, 2016
Tech highlights: Supports up to 6 displays; runs either Windows 10 or Linux; said to be 90 percent smaller than a tower and twice as powerful as other mini-PCs.
Suggested retail: $699 and up
Cool factor: The case is a unique octagon shape, and it measures just 2.3 inches high.
Dell Wyse 5060 Thin Client
What it is: A high-performance thin client for knowledge workers in virtual-desktop environments.
Announced: Nov. 29, 2016
Tech highlights: 4 OS options (Wyse ThinOS, Windows Embedded Standard, Windows 10 IoT, Wyse ThinLinux); embedded security chipset; supports dual 4K monitors; 6 USB ports; up to 64GB of flash SSD; intuitive console for enterprise management.
Suggested retail: $439
Cool factor: Device can be connected with Amazon Web Services, and it can be managed through Wyse Device Manager, Wyse Cloud Client Manager, or Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager.
Acer TravelMate B117
What it is: Windows 10 notebook for the education market.
Announced: Jan. 20, 2016
Tech highlights: 11.6-inch HD display; choice of Intel Pentium or Celeron processor; up to 4GB of DDR3L memory; HD webcam, two mics; a solid hinge said to be able to withstand 25,000 swings and handle up to 130 pounds of pressure. Also includes an integrated cloud solution.
Suggested retail: $230
Cool factor: An LED light embedded on the lid flashes in 4 different colors. Students can select these colors to indicate their status on tests and more to the teacher.