CES 2017: Most Anticipated Business Technology

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Super portable business laptops, productivity-focused smartwatches, even virtual reality headsets may change the way you do business in 2017. The CES tech trade show in Vegas was bursting at the seams with those and many other new productivity-boosting gadgets this week. Here are six of our favorite pieces of business tech from the show floor.

Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch with TaskWatch

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Launch date: February 2017

Samsung showed off how its new Gear S3 smartwatch can keep your team focused and productive. The wearable device – which launched in December – can now be paired with an online software platform called TaskWatch, which enables you to quickly designate work tasks to remote employees on the fly. Workers will be alerted right on their Gear smartwatch, and you'll be notified when the task is complete.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

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Launch date: February 2017

I saw a lot of business laptops this week, but none impressed me as much as Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The system is just insanely compact for a full-size 14-inch business laptop, and I'm amazed by how few tradeoffs Lenovo has made in paring down this super-portable system. The new X1 Carbon not only manages to be smaller and lighter than last year's model, but it also includes a speedier processor and a bigger battery. Workers tired of lugging around hefty laptop computers will want to give this one a look.

Read more: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017 is Shockingly Small and Light

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

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Launch date: Available now

Our favorite ultraportable business laptop of 2016 is getting a lot more flexible. Dell is launching a special version of its excellent XPS 13 laptop, this time with a 360-degree rotating hinge so you can fold back the display and use it like a tablet. That's a big perk for workers who want to take notes on the display – which features full pressure sensitivity -- using Dell's Active Pen accessory. And the system is still incredibly compact and portable, making it a great pick for commuters and business travelers.

Read more: Dell XPS 13 2017 2-in-1: Is It Good for Business?

Typlet TS1

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Launch date: Later in 2017

This nifty computer promises to replace your office's old whiteboard. The Typlet TS1 can project a 90-inch display onto any wall, then gives you full control to sketch and navigate with a digital stylus. That could make it a terrific tool for your team's next brainstorming session. It comes with either Android or Windows installed. It will launch later in 2017 for around $700.

Read more: This Computer Could Replace Your Office Whiteboard

Lenovo Glass C200 Smart Glasses

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Launch date: June 2017

Whether you're trying to operate a piece of industrial equipment or just learn a new software workflow, wouldn't it be nice to see step-by-step direction floating right in front of you? What if your glasses could help you visually identify a piece of equipment while you're in the field? Those are a few things that Lenovo's new Glass C200 “smart glasses” can do. The augmented reality headset has a transparent display that sits over one eye and is capable of projecting all kinds of virtual objects and information over top of a real space. It sounds like science fiction, but it just might be the future of real productivity.

Read more: Lenovo Jumps Into the AR Glasses Market

Huawei Honor 6X

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Launch date: Available now

Huawei's $250 Honor 6X smartphone is an absolute steal, with premium hardware you'd never expect to get from such an affordable phone. That includes a roomy 5.5-inch, full-HD display, which makes it better for screen-intensive multitasking than other budget phones. You also get a premium metal design and strong security features. I particularly like the one-touch fingerprint reader on the back, which lets you scroll through documents or photos be swiping left and right, in addition to letting you unlock your phone quickly.

Read more: Huawei Honor 6X Smartphone: Is It Good for Business?