The Creative Bloq Awards 2023 is recognising the best in creative tech in more than 40 categories, from game design to digital making and design software. We're announcing the winners throughout the week, two categories each day (see the full schedule below) and the week kicks off with today's announcement of the winners in the computing and laptops categories.
This section of the awards saw fierce competition among laptops, desktop computers, workstations, monitors, GPUs, headphones, tablets and mobile phones. After public nominations, our expert panel of judges handed awards to a range of brands. Apple and Asus won big with several awards each, while Nvidia, Dell, Acer, Framework, Panasonic and Nothing also clinched awards.
The Creative Bloq Awards 2023: computing and laptops winners
Desktop computer of the year: Apple Mac Studio M2 Ultra
Apple did it again this year. After winning the same category in 2022 for the M1 Ultra model, it's retained the desktop computer of year award with the M2 Ultra-sporting update. The judges appreciated Apple's clear, sustained focus on creative professionals and the amount of power on offer in a very compact form.
Best workstation: Apple Mac Studio M2 Ultra
There's perhaps little surprise that the Mac Studio also retained the title of Best Workstation in this year's awards. The M2 Ultra-chipped version of the Mac Studio won over our judges with its combination of sleek, compact aesthetics, superb performance and the vast range of configurations on offer.
Read our Apple Mac Studio M2 Ultra review.
Best GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080
Best 4K monitor: ASUS ProArt Display PA32DC
Best monitor: ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG27AQN
Best monitor innovation: Acer SpatialLabs View Display
Our judges were impressed by Acer's slim and sleek glasses-free portable stereo 3D displays and the possibilities they offer for developers, marketers and educators looking for immersive ways to engage audiences. The screens are great for transforming Unreal Engine projects directly into stereo 3D and integrating hand gesture interactions with Ultraleap support.
Read our article on 3D laptops
Best headphones: Technics EAH-AZ80
Best tablet: iPad Pro M2
Best mobile phone design: Nothing Phone (2)
Laptop of the year: MacBook Pro 16 M2
Best laptop for gaming: Alienware M17 R5
Best lightweight laptop: ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED
Best Chromebook: Acer Chromebook Vero 514
Best laptop innovation: Framework laptop
Speaking of eco-credentials, we're very much in favour of more repairable and upgradable future-proofed tech, and Framework really won us over with its modular laptop, which allows users to easily change and upgrade everything from the screen bezel to the motherboard and ports.
Read our Framework laptop review
Best 2-in-1 laptop: Dell XPS 13 9315 2-in-1
Best powerful laptop: ASUS ProArt Studiobook OLED (H7604)
We'll be announcing the rest of the Creative Bloq Awards 2023 winners this week as follows:
MONDAY: Computing and laptops
TUESDAY: Software and drawing tablets
WEDNESDAY: Crafting and cameras