Everyone’s trying to reinvent the PC. But why?

Call me old-fashioned, but the idea of a foldable laptop still holds little appeal for me. Back at CES, we got to see all sorts of creative ideas from companies trying to package traditional laptops and desktop PCs into newfangled form factors.

This was true for both gaming devices and more staid productivity machines – Dell experimented with both the Concept UFO portable gaming PC and the Duet and Ori laptops, while Lenovo released a retail-ready foldable device with the ThinkPad X1 Fold.

Then there was the Horseshoe Bend prototype from Intel, which was basically a compact, foldable laptop that opens up to become a 17.3-inch display. This isn’t even Intel’s first foray into experimental form factors – back in 2018, it trotted out Tiger Rapids, which had both an LCD display and an E Ink one, and the dual LCD Copper Harbor.

Horseshoe Bend has a built-in kickstand and a wireless keyboard too, not unlike the ThinkPad X1 Fold. It incorporates a bunch of cool design tricks to accommodate the fold more seamlessly as well, such as having two parallel hinges and a sliding leather cover.

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