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#1
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Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch, Late 2016 (MLH12, MLVP2, MNQF2, MNQG2...

The two models of the new Apple MacBook Pro 13 are – as expected – similar in many respects. This...

49 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA Series

The ZenBook 3 UX390UA-GS041T can easily secure a spot among the top subnotebooks – but at the...

32 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch, Late 2016 (MLH32, MLH42, MLH52, MLW72...

The new Apple MacBook Pro 15 builds on the advantages of the predecessor and is one of the best...

13 expert reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

HP OMEN 17-w000 Series

Many people think about business or office notebooks when they hear HP, but the Omen name...

22 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

Acer Switch Alpha 12 (SA5-271 / SA5-271P)

A silent story that leaves a loud echo: Acer's Switch Alpha 12 not only presents a challenge with...

48 expert reviews | 41 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Apple MacBook Retina 12-inch, Early 2016 (MLHA2, MLHC2, MMGM2, MMGL2, MLHE2...

The 12-inch MacBook is and remains an impressive device. Low weight, an excellent display, and...

50 expert reviews | 102 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 98

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (20FQ / 20FR)

The X1 Yoga is a convincing overall package. It is the combination of Lenovo’s main innovation...

45 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 97

MSI GT73VR 7RF Titan Pro

The verdict is pretty sobering if you expected big improvements from Kaby Lake. Intel's new CPU...

6 expert reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

Acer Aspire S13 (S5-371)

Our first impression of the Acer Aspire S 13 was very positive and this was primarily confirmed...

31 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

Alienware 13 R3 (2016)

The Alienware 13 R3 OLED offers VR-ready power in a leaner, redesigned chassis with a...

14 expert reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

Acer Swift 3 (SF314-51)

Acer's Swift 3 is a successful entry in the subnotebook segment. It is covered in a sophisticated...

11 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Acer Swift 7 (SF713-51)

At 9.98 mm thick (~0.4 in), the Acer Swift 7 is the slimmest model of the world. The black-gold...

21 expert reviews

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#13
alaScore 97

Acer Spin 7 (SP714-51)

It is an ambitious concept, but the devil is in the details. Acer's Spin 7 (without "Aspire") is...

17 expert reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkPad X260 (20F5 / 20F6)

The Core i7 is a little faster than the Core i5 CPU the previously-tested version was equipped...

22 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 96

Acer Predator 15 G9-593

Acer's new Predator 15 G9-593 is a decent evolution of the two previous models – at least in...

7 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

Asus ZenBook UX360CA Series

Are you looking for a light convertible that copes with multiple, productive Windows tasks and...

24 expert reviews | 25 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

HP ProBook 430 G4

The fourth generation of the ProBook 430 is a solid, but also rather conservative update of HP's...

6 expert reviews

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#18
alaScore 96

Acer Swift 5 (SF514-51)

The Acer Swift 5 is the second-tier model in Acer's new laptop lineup, sitting below the ultra...

8 expert reviews

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#19
alaScore 96

Razer Blade Stealth (RZ09-0168, Early 2016)

The Blade Stealth injects a big dose of Razer's signature style into the ultrathin subnotebook...

44 expert reviews

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#20
alaScore 96

HP EliteBook Folio G1

We started this review with the question whether you can use the HP EliteBook Folio G1...

25 expert reviews

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#21
alaScore 96

Microsoft Surface Book (2015)

It tries really hard and can score one point more than its Core i5 sibling from our first review...

91 expert reviews | 872 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 96

Lenovo Yoga 710-14 (80TY / 80V4)

Lenovo's Yoga 710-14ISK 14-inch convertible offers plenty of endurance. As equipped, the review...

21 expert reviews | 56 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 96

Dell XPS 13 (9350, Late 2015 - Early 2016)

Eight months later, Dell’s XPS 13 remains a top-tier contender for the ultraportable crown...

63 expert reviews | 1575 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 96

Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13 (80SW)

The compact featherweight Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK left a great impression during our review and...

24 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 96

Razer Blade 2016 (RZ09-0165)

How does Razer do it? Year after year, the company manages to feng shui ridiculously powerful...

18 expert reviews | 3 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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    Laptops on alaTest

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