Frankly speaking, with the advent of iPad just quite a few years ago, market analyst were expecting laptops to be a thing of the past. Thanks to all the innovation and the perseverance to survive in the world market, we receive a new product almost every week. In fact, with Windows 10 updates rolling on the laptops, we have seen an improvement in the laptop market.
There are quite a few options ranging from sleek, light and stylish budget notebooks like the HP Chromebook to thick, robust powerful machines like the MSI Dominator Pro. Apple is also seeing persistent success even though the MacOS has undergone such revolutionary changes since 1984.
Finding a laptop that suits your needs doesn’t come easy considering there are so many options to choose from.
Buying a laptop is a big investment and I understand it, that’s why to help you find your perfect laptop, I’ve assembled a list of the best laptop keeping in mind all the preferences and budgets. The list contains high-end powerhouses with stunning displays, gorgeous machines and some inexpensive options that give you the basics without digging a hole in your pocket.
- Dell XPS 13
Dell’s Ultrabook is a mean machine.
Configuration: CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 – Intel Iris Graphics 540 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FH (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 128GB – 256GB SSD
Price: starts at $799
It comes with a stunning bezel-less display. Less in weight and offers compact frame Off-center webcam Small frame limits battery life.
The Dell XPS 13 is, bar none, the best laptop you can buy today. It features a revolutionary design that’s astonishingly thin and light.
If you’re looking for a really portable high-end, super-thin laptop that isn’t a MacBook Air, the updated Dell XPS 13 is one of your best bets. It has a sleek design, a high-resolution display that almost seems to float over the keyboard, and great performance. Higher-end models even have a touchscreen.
Fitting a 13.3-inch screen into an 11-inch frame is no small feat; however, Dell has pulled off a miracle creating a nearly borderless Infinity display. It’s a powerful and long lasting machine even by today’s Ultrabook standards. The XPS 13 comes outfitted with Intel’s latest Skylake processors plus lighting, quick storage and memory, all while coming in at a very affordable starting price. For these reasons, it easily takes the top slot as the best Ultrabook, the best Windows laptop and the best overall laptop.
- Asus ZenBook UX305
Can give Macbook a tough blow.
Configuration: CPU: Intel Core Intel Core M3-6Y30 – M7-6Y75 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD+ (3200 x 1800) IPS display | Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD
Price: Starts at $599
Very thin and light. It comes with a glare-free screenFrom its purple-tinged aluminium design to its sharp display and a hearty helping of built-in storage space, the UX305 puts Windows back in style, fanless design, long battery life and all. It has three USB ports, making it a great in-betweener choice for those who don’t use their laptops for anything too intensive but also want something a little bit above the budget models.
- Samsung Notebook 9
A steal for what you pay.
Configuration: CPU: 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED anti-reflective display | Storage: 256GB
Competitively priced, nearly perfect display micro sized video ports, the Samsung Notebook 9 may not be the shiniest one one this list, but for $949 it does more than what it promises. It comes with core i5 Skylake processor. That alone makes it effectively more powerful than a MacBook with a better screen resolution than a MacBook Air while still retaining a lower price point. On the downside, the battery life is less which can get in your way sometimes.
- Razer Blade QHD+
Game of Games!
Configuration: CPU: 2.6 GHz Intel core i& 4720HQ processor, typically found in larger notebooks | Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTX 970M | RAM: up to 16 GB | Screen: 14 inch, QHD+ display }Razer Blade QHD+ (3200 x 1800 px) | Storage: 256GB SSD
Razer Blade QHD+ looks familiar, that’s because it’s basically all good stuff packed inside the shell of a MacBook Pro. But for fans of Apple’s design that still would prefer a PC for gaming, this is a perfect compromise — and the laptop packs a punch, too.
This laptop will allow you to play most recent games at a high graphics setting. The only downside is that, like Apple, that flashy design comes with a premium price. But if you are a gamer this is the one you need.
- 13-inch MacBook Air
Light and faster than ever
Configuration: CPU: Intel Core i5 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6000 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, LED-backlit glossy display (1,440 x 900) | Storage: 128GB – 256GB SSD
Excellent battery life, When you’re looking for something with rock solid reliability, there’s always the MacBook Air. Thanks to a capable CPU, this thin and light machine can handle everything from simple web browsing to serious number crunching and even some light gaming. Sure the New MacBook is lighter and thinner, but it does not come with the Air’s spread of full-sized ports nor a 13-hour battery life to last you through an entire day.
- Microsoft Surface Book
The best windows 10 hybrid you can expect.
Configuration: CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD graphics 520 – Nvidia GeForce graphics | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.5-inch, 3,000 x 2,000 PixelSense Display | Storage: 128GB – 256GB PCIe3.0 SSD
Microsoft caught a lot of eyeballs last year with the announcement of the Microsoft Surface Book, its first ever laptop.
If you’re looking for a more traditional notebook, Microsoft knocked it out of the park with its first ever laptop, the Surface Book. Though it has a peculiar 3:2 aspect ratio and a 13.5-inch screen that’s outside of the norm for most Ultrabooks, it’s one of the best designed convertible laptops ever created.
However, if you are in it to expecting a big battery juice, let me tell you it underperforms. The battery life falls well below than what it promises.
- HP Spectre:
World’s slimmest laptop.
Configuration: CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 8GB LPDDR3 SDRAM | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS UWVA WLED | Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD
Price: starts at $1169.99
When I tell people they should buy a 2-in-1, systems like the HP Spectre x360 are the reason why. It’s got all of the utility of a standard laptop, with the flexibility and intimate usability of a tablet. You also get rakish good looks, up to an Intel Core i7 CPU, and even a 4K display with stylus support if you want it. And with a starting price of just $1,050 ($1,300 as reviewed), the Spectre offers an exceedingly premium and adaptable system for a surprisingly agreeable price.
From top to bottom, the new Spectre x360 is the most striking 2-in-1 HP has ever made. And by shaving excess metal off from almost every side of the machine, HP also made the x360 one of the most portable 2-in-1s available.
If there were ever such thing as a MacBook killer, it would be called the HP Spectre.
- Lenovo Yoga 900
Configuration: CPU: 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-6560U | Graphics: Intel Iris Graphics 540 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch QHD+ 3,200 x 1,800 IPS display | Storage: 512GB – 1TB SSD
Price: starts at $938
The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is the newest entry in a series of reliable laptops that actually fold back over on themselves to become perfectly functional tablets.
Last year’s Yoga 2 Pro was held back by the Windows 8 operating system. Core i-series processors and a larger battery, Lenovo’s latest flagship convertible can stand toe-to-toe with most Ultrabooks and even Microsoft’s latest Surface Book. All this extra power has only made the Yoga 900 slightly thicker and heavier, however, it still largely retains a very thin and flexible frame for folding back into tablet mode.The new Windows 10 is much better-suited to both laptops and tablets, owing to a streamlined look and a better touch interface.
- Toshiba Chromebook 2
One of the most powerful and handsome Chromebooks.
Configuration: CPU: Intel Celeron – Core i3-5015U | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics – HD Graphics 5500 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, 1,920 x 1,090 | Storage: 16GB eMMC
Brilliant, vibrant display; Epic battery life; Excellent keyboard; Affordable price. Sound-quality in mids and lows is lacking
The Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35 puts a bright, highly accurate display and stellar battery life in a sharp, silver form that makes it the Chromebook to beat.
- Alienware 17 R4
If you are love games, you’ll love this too.
Configuration: CPU: 2.9-GHz Intel Core i7-7820HK CPU |
OS: Windows 10 Home | RAM: 16GB | RAM: Upgradable to 32GB
Storage: 1 TB
Price: starts at $1299
Alienware’s 2017 offerings keep their classic, angular spaceship cases from last year, but much has changed on the inside. The Alienware 17 R4 (starting at $1,299; tested at $1,949 and $2,599) now packs a 7th-generation “Kaby Lake” Intel CPU and Nvidia GTX 1070 or 1080 GPUs that are perfect for virtual reality. The laptop also has Tobii eye tracking to play games with your peepers. If you can spend the money on one of its more expensive configurations, the Alienware 17 is the 17-inch mobile gaming rig to beat.