The best laptops for all your needs
Update: Successful Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has ventured into the world of 13-inch laptops for the first time. But does the company have what it takes to challenge the growing demand in Apple’s preference with its craved MacBook? Keep reading until number 13 and discover!
Although the experts were discussing only a few years ago about the output of laptops from the market, along with the rest of the PCs, the permanence of the best of them is undeniable. In fact, with the release and availability in stores of the Asus ZenBook Pro, the powerful yet affordable laptop, it is clear at this time that laptops are gradually approaching their golden age.
Despite the furor caused by the tablets for what seemed a second, there is still a need rampant for the best laptops. After all, nothing shouts comfort like a built-in keyboard and trackpad and portability like a folding screen. And sometimes, as is the case with the upcoming Asus ZenBook Flip S, which bends and comes at a 360-degree angle.
Whether you want the autonomy to play your favorite PC games on the way to work, or you just prefer the efficiency of document writing with a full-sized physical keyboard, the top laptops have it all. A laptop is the only device that meets everyone, both in productivity and leisure. After all, there’s nothing like tucking in bed with a bright and vivid display like the HP Specter x360.
With hybrids, Ultrabooks, traditional clamshells and laptops more portable than ever, these are the best laptops you can buy. To go directly to the reviews and recommendations, see the following links:
1. Dell XPS 13
This compact Ultrabook is the best of its kind
CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4 GB – 16 GB | Display: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD + (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD
The Dell XPS 13 predominates as the best laptop you can buy today. It is a thin and lightweight computer, with a battery life that exceeds 7 hours, Dell’s flagship laptop is the perfect stereotype for what an Ultrabook is supposed to be. Extending a 13.3-inch screen in an 11-inch frame, the Dell XPS 13 is equipped with the latest Kaby Lake processors from Intel and USB-C without sacrificing the remaining ports, such as the traditional SD and USB card slot . It complements with the option of a modern rose gold finish, and so it should come as no surprise that the Dell XPS 13 is number one.
Read the full review: Dell XPS 13
2. Razer Blade Stealth
The Ultrabook for games you’ve been waiting for
CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Display: 12.5 inches, QHD + (2,560 x 1,440) – 4K (3,840 x 2,160) IGZO LED with multi-touch backlighting | Storage: 128 GB – 1 TB SSD
The Razer Blade Stealth is an exceptional Ultrabook, limited only in trying to be a competent gaming laptop. Without a discrete graphics card, the Razer Blade Stealth practically requires that you also disburse the expensive Razer Core GPU attachment. This Ultrabook has an affordable price, it has the advantage against the dominant competitors, but do not be fooled by its low cost. With a Core i7 processor from Intel Kaby Lake, the latest Blade Stealth is more powerful and efficient than ever. Better yet, this laptop can change the lighting of each key on your keyboard and with more than 16.8 million colors to choose from. If you only had faster keyboard and an SD card slot, the Razer Blade Stealth would be much better.
Read the full review: Razer Blade Stealth
3. Asus Chromebook Flip
The winning premium Chromebook formula
CPU: Intel Pentium – Core m3 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4 GB | Display: 12.5 inches, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED backlight anti-glare | Storage: 32GB – 64Mb eMMC
Originally marketed as a “premium” Chromebook to compete with the likes of the Chromebook Pixel, it’s not hard to see why we were skeptical about the first Asus Chromebook Flip we reviewed. The high-end Chromebooks had been made before, but always at an excessively high cost. But as Asus has successfully exhibited with the Chromebook Flip C302, you can cut that price in half and continue to build a laptop with Chrome OS, which feels like it’s on a higher echelon. Organized with a magnificent design, a keyboard that feels comfortable to the touch and even a 2-in-1 form factor, the Asus Chromebook Flip demonstrates that Chromebooks can be high-end without being out of proportion.
Read the full review: Asus Chromebook Flip
4. HP Specter x360
A well-rounded 2-in-1 that exceeds expectations
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Display: 13.3 inches FHD 1,920 x 1,080 – UHD 3,840 x 2,160 IPS multi-touch | Storage: 256 GB – 1 TB SSD
The 13.3-inch version of the HP Specter x360 may not have its sister’s 15.6-inch SD card slot, but it brings the same powerful internal components in a more portable form. You also have the keyboard that, with 1.3 mm of travel, feels like a significant improvement. In addition to having an 8-hour and 45-minute battery life, the HP Specter x360 still weighs no more than 2.85 pounds. Just when we thought there was not a laptop, cutting edge in every category, the HP Specter x360 shows us the opposite.
Read the full review: HP Specter x360
5. Razer Blade
When you were partying, Razer studied the Blade
CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 | RAM: 16GB | Display: 12.5-inch matte, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) IGZO | Storage: 256 GB – 1 TB SSD
The latest iteration of the Razer Blade flagship product may not have many customizable features, but it has improved on almost any other criteria. Its slim form, it joins not only powerful and discrete graphics capable of running the latest games with the most optimal settings, in addition to the Razer Blade also puts most laptops at a disadvantage when it comes to battery life . Even if you do not know a GTX 1060 of a 940MX, at least you can appreciate that the Razer Blade lasts almost 7 hours and 30 minutes in our pilot test. In addition, although you will not be able to take advantage of this feature with great effect in the games, there is a 4K screen, suitable for Sundays of relaxation, to spend watching movies.
Read the full review: Razer Blade
6. Samsung Notebook 7 Spin
Premium, affordable price
CPU: Intel Core 2.5 GHz i7-6500U | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 940MX (2GB DDR3L); Intel HD 520 graphics | RAM: 12GB – 16GB | Display: 15.6 inches Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) LED with touch panel | Storage: 1 TB HDD – 1TB HDD; 128 GB SSD
If you’ve ever wanted a MacBook Pro without the sacrifice of the mortgage, the Samsung Notebook 7 Spin not only offers the style and brilliance of Apple’s professional-level laptops, it even adds a touch screen to the mix at a price. initial affordable. For a heavy 2-in-1 with a Core i7 CPU, 12GB of RAM and even a discreet Nvidia GPU, the Samsung Notebook 7 offers top of the line specs considering its value. But, as Samsung probably wondered while designing this high-quality hybrid notebook, why stop there? The company even went so far as to implement an HDR screen on the Notebook 7 Spin, and although it is a feature that is not widely appreciated, but to say the least, deeper blacks and more vibrant colors are liked.
Read the full review: Samsung Notebook 7 Spin
7. Acer Aspire S 13
Proof that the MacBook Air is getting old
CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 – 620 | RAM: 4 GB – 8 GB | Display: 13.3-inch anti-glare touchscreen, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD
Call it a MacBook Air clone if you want, but do not cite us when you say it’s a bad thing. The Acer Aspire S 13 is an affordable alternative to the Apple-level laptop and even surpasses it in some way. It is not as thin and light as many prominently presented Ultrabooks, nor is it particularly expensive. However, the Acer Aspire S 13 is not a good ally when it comes to performance. USB Type-C and a Full HD screen place it just above and very close to beat the 13-inch MacBook Air, and for a much lower cost. Despite the efficiency of the CPU, the Acer Aspire S 13 even manages a battery life of 7 hours and 49 minutes.
Read the full review: Acer Aspire S 13
8. Samsung Notebook 9
Greatness does not need to break the bank
CPU: 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 8GB | Display: 13.3 inches, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) Anti-reflective LED display | Storage: 256 GB
The Samsung Notebook 9 may not be the most striking product on our list, but for the money, it is one of the best values. It is a thin and light ultrabook with a Core i5 Skylake processor, the Samsung Notebook 9 even has one of the smartest shots that we have seen in an SD card reader. In addition to being more powerful than a MacBook Air at a reasonable price, the Samsung Notebook 9 is lightweight without sacrificing much, it has a full range of ports and even an anti-glare screen. On the downside, the life of the battery is its weakness. It only lasted 4 hours and 20 minutes playing Guardians of the Galaxy in a loop. For a more durable alternative, see the Asus Zenbook UX305.
Read the full review: Samsung Notebook 9
9. Surface Book
The latest hybrid Windows 10 laptop
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD 520 graphics – Nvidia GeForce graphics | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Display: 13.5-inch screen, 3,000 x 2,000 PixelSense | Storage: 128 GB – 256 GB PCIe 3.0 SSD
If the Surface Pro is too small, but the Surface Laptop is too traditional, Microsoft took it out of the stadium with its first convertible laptop, that is, the Surface Book. Although it has a peculiar 3: 2 aspect ratio and a 13.5 inch screen that is out of the norm for most laptops, it is one of the best 2 in 1 laptops ever created. That goes without mentioning its Clipboard mode, which is among the most powerful tablets in the world. Attaching the screen to the surface of the Surface Book keyboard gives you even more performance through a discrete GPU, assuming you opt for the most advanced computer, the Surface Book i7. Except for the articulated hinge, the Surface Book is a glimpse of the future, even if it is a much longer time for the continuation of it.
Read the full review: Surface Book
Elegant, thin and light
CPU: Intel Core m3 – m7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 8GB | Display: 12 inches, 2304 x 1.440 IPS backlit LED display | Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD
Apple’s most attractive laptop, still, is still rocking an Intel Core Skylake Core M processor with 1.1GHz programming to start, aimed at those who do not need as much power as portability and pizazz. The stylish, sleek, aluminum design, uniform design and Retina display are all in the back, and the only connector port left is USB-C – next to a single 3.5mm audio jack. Although the reversible port has gained more traction since launch last year, the 12-inch MacBook still requires practically the willingness to drive with adapters and sacrifice performance in the name of a stellar design. However, if you do not mind the sacrifices (or if you simply do not need to use many accessories), the appetizing pink gold finish of the MacBook may be the right one for you.
Read the full review: MacBook
11. Asus ZenBook Flip UX360
MacBook speed with more ports for a few dollars
CPU: Intel Core m3 – Core m7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4 GB | Display: 13.3 inches, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) Backlit touch screen with LED backlight | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD
When it comes to making an affordable Windows laptop with a premium feel, Asus takes the prize. The Asus ZenBook Flip UX360 in particular combines an average price tag with a convertible form factor, a full-size trackpad, keyboard and a wide range of ports – such as HDMI and USB Type A – that have been virtually eliminated in all other parts. In the era of MacBook before 2015, these features were expected, but today, they are an anomaly given the standards of today’s laptops. However, do not expect the ZenBook Flip UX360 to be outdated, as its name implies, it is a laptop that prides itself on its ability to change shape 360 ??degrees, “flipping” seamlessly between the tablet and the portable at will.
Read the full review: Asus ZenBook Flip UX360
12. Dell XPS 15
A multi-faceted champion of 15-inch laptops
CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD 630 graphics – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Display: 15.6 inches, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD screen (3,840 x 2,160) InfinityEdge | Storage: 500GB HDD; 32 GB SSD – 1 TB PCIe SSD
The Dell XPS 15 is more than a super-sized version of the Dell XPS 13. With the option of a 4K screen and a discreet Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, the Dell XPS 15 tries to do everything and, in some respects, succeeds. For productivity, the XPS 15 is a no-brainer. It has an elegant but subtle design that exhibits an attractive coffee shop,
while the battery gives you enough juice for several hours of work. And, unlike many other current laptops, the Dell XPS 15 does not eject your favorite ports in its adoption of USB-C.
Read the full review: Dell XPS 15
13. Huawei MateBook X
A MacBook-like design with Ultrabook specifications
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4 GB – 8 GB | Display: 13 inches, 2,160 x 1,440 IPS | Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD
When the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world begins to manufacture its own laptop, it is worth paying attention. And that’s why we’re referring to the Huawei MateBook X, a thin and lightweight Ultrabook shamelessly inspired by Apple’s 12-inch MacBook, almost to a T. Although it’s a bit more expensive than Apple’s more affordable laptop, the Huawei MateBook X knocks down in terms of specifications. Instead of using Intel Core M or Y-series processors, the Huawei MateBook X takes advantage of a more competent class-U processor of the 7th generation of the i5 or i7 variety. The crisp display, QHD-esque and the Dolby Atmos speakers are simply a plus to everything else.
Read the full review: Huawei MateBook X
14. MacBook Pro (15 inches, end of 2016)
Bigger is not always better, but for the MacBook Pro, it is
CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 450 – 460 | RAM: 16GB | Display: 15.4-inch (2,880 x 1,800) IPS retina with LED backlight | Storage: 256 GB – 2 TB PCIe SSD
Luminous screenSpeakers loud and clearThe Touch Bar is not completely finishedThe trackpad feels too big
For media production, the 15-inch MacBook Pro has been the favorite for many years. The slight changes of the design have accompanied annually the improvements of the CPU, making each new MacBook that is sent, only a subtle rewriting of its predecessor. The MacBook Pro 2016, however, saw Apple make changes – for better or for worse – that dramatically altered its usefulness. For Apple strangers, the decision to omit all standard USB ports and SD slots in favor of four USB-C connections is disconcerting. For amateurs, however, it is a strategic means of testing the future. Regardless of how you feel about concessions, the most attractive invention of the MacBook Pro is the Touch Bar, which replaces the function keys and, in turn, introduces a layer of functionality only possible with the latest MacBook Pro.
Read the full review: Apple MacBook Pro (15 inches, end of 2016)
15. Acer Swift 7
The anti-MacBook, for better or for worse
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 | RAM: 8GB | Display: 13.3 inches, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS LED | Storage: 256 – 512GB SSD
If you value portability and design over performance, the Acer Swift 7 may be the best Windows alternative to the 12-inch MacBook you can buy. With a 13-inch Full HD screen, what it lacks in pixels, it more than compensates for its mobility. And, speaking of that, the Acer Swift 7 is thinner than the MacBook and the HP Specter, another of its closest rivals, although it is noticeably heavier than both. Even so, the initial setup of Swift 7 is faster and cheaper than Apple’s, plus it has – not one but – two USB Type-C ports on board. Just get ready for the battery life somewhat deficient.
Read the full review: Acer Swift 7