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#1
alaScore 100

Asus Transformer Book T100

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

52 expert reviews | 2203 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

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...

29 expert reviews | 1484 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

Alienware 17

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

30 expert reviews | 37 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

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...

10 expert reviews | 477 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

Samsung NP940X3G ATIV Book 9 Plus

Samsung Reviews.

37 expert reviews | 198 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 98

Lenovo Ideapad YOGA 2 PRO

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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...

40 expert reviews | 638 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

Dell XPS 12

Microsoft Surface.

93 expert reviews | 413 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

Lenovo Thinkpad YOGA

Citrix NetScaler, the best application delivery controller (ADC) for building enterprise cloud...

19 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

Asus ZENBOOK UX301

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

39 expert reviews | 96 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

Lenovo Thinkpad X240

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

20 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Dell Precision M3800

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

18 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 96

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (Mid 2013) MD711LL/A / MD712LL/A

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

22 expert reviews | 646 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

MSI GS60 - 2PEWi716SR21

A slim and powerful gaming laptop? Tell us more.

7 expert reviews | 25 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 96

HP Spectre 13

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

16 expert reviews | 203 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1

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

11 expert reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

Dell Chromebook 11

The Dell Chromebook 11 is a good, if a bit mixed, device. In some areas it excels with its...

7 expert reviews

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#18
alaScore 96

Acer Aspire S7-392

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

22 expert reviews | 192 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 96

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 12942NG

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

159 expert reviews | 68 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 96

Dell Latitude E7240

just began to update their product range. Lenovo's ThinkPad X240 with IPS display could become a...

21 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Alienware 18

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

16 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Gigabyte P34Gv2 gaming laptop

Gigabyte has managed to craft an impressive gaming laptop, cramming top specs into a slim chassis...

2 expert reviews

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#23
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...

5 expert reviews

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#24
alaScore 95

Fujitsu Lifebook S904

It's not what we'd call pretty, but this business ultraportable gets it right with a 2,560x1,440...

8 expert reviews

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#25
alaScore 95

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 | 7 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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