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Updated: Apr 17, 2014 02:22
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#1
alaScore 100

Apple MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) ME864 / ME865 / ME866

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

24 expert reviews | 878 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Lenovo Ideapad YOGA 2 PRO

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#3
alaScore 99

Asus Transformer Book T100

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

43 expert reviews | 712 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

HP Spectre 13

The market for Windows based convertibles/detachables is growing and anybody could find a...

15 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

Lenovo Thinkpad X240

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

21 expert reviews

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#6
alaScore 98

Lenovo Thinkpad YOGA

Businesses need to achieve business resilience in order to adapt and respond rapidly to threats...

19 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 97

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2013) MD760 / MD761

The competition required so much time to create laptops which could compete with the MacBook Air...

43 expert reviews | 591 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

Alienware 17

MSI has the GT70, Asus the G750JH. Compared to those models, the Alienware 17 just seems to be a...

21 expert reviews | 34 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

Dell XPS 12

Microsoft Surface.

90 expert reviews | 337 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

Dell Precision M3800

The Dell Precision M3800 laptop is an exercise in elegant productivity. The company has created...

13 expert reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

Acer Aspire S7-392

Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch Late 2013, Asus Zenbook UX301LA, Sony Vaio Pro 13 SVP-1321C5ER...

21 expert reviews | 186 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Lenovo Thinkpad T440S

Lenovo has been making business laptops for several years, but in the world of PC manufacturers...

12 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 96

Lenovo Thinkpad E540

If you don't mind lugging this 2.44kg brute around with you, the E540 delivers a powerful package...

14 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (Mid 2013) MD711 / MD712

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

21 expert reviews | 515 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Samsung NP940X3G ATIV Book 9 Plus

A further thank you goes to Micron for providing the 480 GB Crucial M500, on which Windows 7...

20 expert reviews | 112 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p

15-inch gaming machines like the Gigabyte P25W, the One K56-3N2, the MSI GE60H, the Schenker XMG...

19 expert reviews | 376 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

ASUS Trio TX201

Though it flawlessly manages to pair Android with Windows, the Asus Transformer Book Trio...

14 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Dell Latitude E6400

The very solid and well-made case can be had (in less well-equipped versions) for under 500 Euros...

105 expert reviews | 352 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 12942NG

A matte touchscreen should also go into production among the contender devices.

154 expert reviews | 41 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 96

Samsung NP900X3F ATIV Book 9

Samsung Reviews.

20 expert reviews | 25 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 96

Sony VAIO Tap 11

Sony's super-svelte VAIO Tap 11 comes with sharp looks, impressive specs—and a host of design and...

25 expert reviews | 53 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 95

Apple MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013) ME293 / ME294

What you sacrifice in battery life compared to the Air, you make up for in raw processing grunt...

8 expert reviews | 501 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 95

HP EliteBook 820 G1

There are some very nice touches on the HP EliteBook 820 G1, especially the way it fits an...

6 expert reviews

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#24
alaScore 95

Acer Aspire S3-392G

The Acer Aspire S3 is a huge improvement on its predecessor. It’s expensive, but it’s easily one...

4 expert reviews

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#25
alaScore 95

Dell Latitude E7440

Traditionally, the main rivals for Dell are HP and Lenovo. They offer some interesting...

11 expert reviews | 2 user 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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