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Updated: Oct 1, 2014 21:22
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#1
alaScore 100

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display, Late 2013 (13-inch ME864 ME865 ME866...

Obviously the MacBook Air 13". Amongst Windows devices high-resolution ultrabooks like the Asus...

41 expert reviews | 2346 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Apple MacBook Air, Early 2014 (11-inch MD711LL/B MD712LL/B, 13-inch...

This is a niche device, suitable for Apple users that need both portability and power. While it’s...

17 expert reviews | 619 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

Lenovo Ideapad YOGA 2

Lenovo's Yoga 2 11 combines the popular Yoga hybrid design with an affordable 11-inch...

35 expert reviews | 300 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Lenovo Ideapad YOGA 2 PRO

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#5
alaScore 98

Asus Transformer Book T100

Good IPS panels are becoming more frequently used in budget devices.

58 expert reviews | 2255 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 97

Apple MacBook Air, Mid 2013 (11-inch MD711LL/A MD712LL/A, 13-inch MD760LL/A...

The eternal temptation with Apple to spend more money than we planned despite the small benefits

69 expert reviews | 1434 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 97

Toshiba Tecra Z50-A

The Toshiba Tecra Z50-A1503 ($1,599, as tested) is a 15.6-inch business laptop that successfully...

8 expert reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

Alienware 17

Technically, there's no real definition for a “gaming laptop.” While it's generally considered a...

31 expert reviews | 37 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

Dell Precision M2800

Granting you employees mobile access can have major business benefits. But realizing those...

11 expert reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

Toshiba Kirabook 13

While much of the PC industry is hustling to bring lower-cost Ultrabooks to market, Toshiba is...

47 expert reviews | 43 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

Dell Precision M3800

The Dell Precision M3800 ($2,873, as tested) is a high-end mobile workstation that brings forward...

24 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 96

Samsung NP940X5J ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition

A big-screen ultrabook with a long, long battery life, the Samsung Ativ Book 9 2014 Edition...

8 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 96

Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3

The Acer Aspire E5-471-59RT is a basic desktop-replacement laptop with an eye-catching chassis...

15 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

Samsung NP940X3G ATIV Book 9 Plus

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39 expert reviews | 199 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 96

Asus G750JZ

The Asus ROG G750JZ-XS72 ($2,999.99 as tested) is a gaming laptop that earns every penny of its...

13 expert reviews | 36 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 3K

Just a couple of years ago, thin and light laptops with real gaming chops were just a pipe dream...

19 expert reviews | 60 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

Asus ZENBOOK UX301

October 2013 update. Here you'll find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top...

46 expert reviews | 103 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 96

Lenovo Ideapad Flex 2 14 / Flex 2 15

The Lenovo Flex 2's perks include a roomy touchscreen on a 300-degree hinge, plus a DVD burner...

17 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo Thinkpad X240

That Intel's Haswell CPUs have such an impact on power consumption, making it possible to...

24 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 96

Lenovo Thinkpad T440S

Lenovo ThinkPad S440, Dell Latitude E7440 and various models of previous years.

24 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 95

Asus G750JM

Picked out by a teenager who wanted it primarily for games but has many other uses.This product...

5 expert reviews | 81 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 95

MSI GT70 2PC

The MSI GT70 Dominator delivers on almost every single front and manages to do so with a...

15 expert reviews | 27 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 95

Lenovo Thinkpad YOGA

Melding features from the consumer Yoga line and the business ThinkPad line affords the Yoga S1 a...

22 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 95

Alienware 18

Dual GPU notebooks like the One K73-3S or the Schenker XMG P723. Single GPU notebooks like the...

23 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 95

HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1

HP's EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (G4U67UT) ultrabook is the follow-up to the similarly named...

19 expert reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Laptops

    In the past year, laptops have finally overtaken desktop PCs in sales. There are many reasons for this momentous change in consumer preference:

    1. Prices for laptops have continued to fall steadily, and value is now extremely competitive with desktops.
    2. Laptops now offer outstanding performance combined with portability – there is no longer a real difference between the performance of most laptops and most desktops.
    3. People are increasingly doing their computing on the go, and need a machine that can keep up with them.
    4. The increasing availability of wireless networks ensures that laptop users will never be far from a connection point.


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      • What to Look for in a Laptop

        PC vs. Mac – PCs have been the dominant operating system for over two decades, but Macs are quietly making inroads and attracting new users. PCs offer a robust platform with abundant software and hardware resources, but require a more powerful computer to run the bulky operating system smoothly. Macs are known for their easy-going performance, but it may be more difficult to find a wide range of compatible hardware and software. Each platform has its adherents, and increasingly the difference is not based on performance, but personal preference.

        CPU/Processor – This is where the raw computing activity of a computer takes place, measured in GHz. A speedier CPU means faster-running programs, but usually it also means lower battery life and a more expensive laptop. All-purpose and desktop-replacement laptops offer both dual-core and quad-core CPUs in a range of speeds, such as Intel's Core i3. Low-cost Netbooks, however, use single-core CPUs, such as Intel's Atom. Usually, more cache and higher clock speeds are better, but any CPU over 2.0GHz is fast enough to handle all the basic stuff, like playing music, surfing the Web and playing Web games, displaying online video, and managing e-mail.

        RAM – 2GB is standard, and enough to deliver acceptable speed. 4GB of RAM offers a big leap forward in performance, particularly for multi-media and Internet-centric uses – luckily for consumers, prices continue to drop and better-performing laptops are very affordable.

        Hard Drive – This is the primary storage device of a laptop. Entry level models will generally feature a 250GB hard drive, 320GB is a standard size, and larger hard drives provide 500GB of storage and more. If you anticipate storing numerous pictures, movies, MP3 files, or others memory-intensive items, you will want a larger hard drive. But you should beware of that capacity alone does not make a good hard drive. The hard drive's rotational speed is a good measure of the drive's performance. A 7,200rpm laptop disk delivers significantly faster performance than a 5,400rpm model, but unfortunately a faster drive may also shorten your laptop's battery life a little bit.

        Battery Life – This is an important consideration for many users, since the main attraction of laptops is the ability to take and use them anywhere. In general, less advanced models are more energy efficient and allow for longer battery life, while more powerful models gobble power will require more frequent charging. If you're wary of the extra bulk that a larger battery is needed, try to get a backup battery. They are well worth the money if you plan to regularly spend more than two to three hours away from a wall outlet.

        Screen Size – Buying a laptop used to mean putting up with a tiny screen with a dim, washed out display, but that is no longer the case. Most laptops feature screens in the 11”-15” range, and today's LCD displays are bright and vibrant. Large screen (15”+) laptops are now available, but do come with diminished portability and battery life.

        Mobile Broadband – If your travels a lot which takes you beyond the reach of Wi-Fi hot spots, you may want to setup a built-in mobile broadband antenna for your laptop (the terms WWAN or 3G are also often used for this type of connection). Business and recreational users are able to use the internet through a mobile broadband laptop wherever they can get a mobile phone signal. These antennas let you tap in to a cellular provider's data network. What was once slow, limited quality internet accessed through mobile phones or PDA’s is now high-speed broadband access using a mobile broadband laptop. Meanwhile the technology has its downsides: data plans still tend to be pricey; although the speed is improving, they are still slower than most high-speed Internet connections; and your built-in cellular card can typically work with only one cellular provider.

        Popular Laptop Brands

        Dell is popular for taking an á la carte approach to laptop sales, and have established themselves as a sales leader – you can select any number of options for each component and literally 'build' your own computer. Lenovo is a popular brand for no-frills models that combine low cost with outstanding durability, as well as more advanced models that are loaded with all the bells and whistles. Sony Vaio is a popular brand for advanced users looking for a more upscale computing experience. HP laptops are considered highly customizable, upgradeable, and elegant design features make most buyers enticed to purchase these laptops. Acer has established itself as the place to to go for bargain models, as they offer several laptops that give you the most computing bang for your buck.

        If you want an Apple, there are a number of different MacBook models that offer varying levels of sophistication and performance.

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