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Updated: Jul 22, 2017 22:10
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#1
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Microsoft Surface

Microsoft advertises the Surface Laptop as "more than a traditional laptop", but our experience...

27 expert reviews

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alaScore 99

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...

57 expert reviews | 157 user reviews

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alaScore 99

Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-793G

All things considered the Nitro - when viewed from a gaming perspective - performed very well...

21 expert reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Lenovo Yoga 910-13 (80VF)

The new Lenovo Yoga 910-13IKB leaves us with a favorable impression overall. The annoying...

36 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2

The HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2 is more than a classic business notebook. Due to the 360-degree...

11 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Razer Blade 2014 (RZ09-0116)

It certainly appears to us that Razer has continued to improve the Blade since our first review...

75 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

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alaScore 98

HP OMEN 17-w000 Series

The Omen 17-w206ng left us slightly flabbergasted and disappointed. Our gut feeling tells us that...

39 expert reviews | 33 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J

Acer’s 4k gaming notebook is capable of running all current games smoothly. However, the full 4k...

6 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

HP Spectre x360 13

HP has made its Spectre x360 13 even better by incorporating 4K UHD and active pen support for a...

125 expert reviews | 2479 user reviews

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alaScore 97

ASUS Zenbook 3 UX390UA Series

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

50 expert reviews | 29 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Alienware 13 R3 (2016)

Although the test model of the larger Alienware 15 R3 had problems with the cooling performance...

27 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Lenovo Yoga Book (Windows / Android, YB1-X91F, YB1-X90F, ZA15, ZA16, ZA0V, ZA0W)

The Yoga Book occupies a special place in our hearts and runs well even with Android. In fact, in...

72 expert reviews | 78 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 97

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (20FQ / 20FR)

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 is a powerful high-end convertible which not only stands out...

57 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkPad T470p

Lenovo updates their models and provides the ThinkPad T470p with a very powerful Kaby Lake CPU...

6 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Dell XPS 13 (9360, Late 2016)

To the majority users, the most important part of the Kaby Lake XPS 13 9360 update is the fact...

26 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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alaScore 96

ASUS ZenBook UX3430UQ

Why oh why did Asus opt for the almost ancient and most certainly outdated GeForce 940MX? And why...

5 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Toshiba Portege X30-D (PT274U-01N001)

Toshiba has created quite the contender. The Portégé X30 is an impressive feat of engineering...

5 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

ASUS ZenBook UX3410UQ

Asus has equipped the ZenBook with a Core-i7 processor of the Kaby-Lake generation. In...

6 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

HP EliteBook 840 G4

One thing is certain after we tested three different panels: You should definitely select an IPS...

10 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Asus ZenBook UX3410UA Series

The new Asus ZenBook UC3410UA follows the trend to use a larger display. The 14-inch panel works...

15 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkPad T470s

Lenovo still equips expensive business laptops like the ThinkPad T470s with mediocre Full HD...

12 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkPad T570

This year's update of the Lenovo ThinkPad T570 is a very good business notebook in many areas...

9 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Asus ROG Strix GL502

Similar to our conclusions between the Skylake XPS 13 9350 and Kaby Lake XPS 13 9360, the Skylake...

38 expert reviews | 27 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 96

ASUS ROG GL753VE

After all this, what is there to say about the GL753VE? Asus has created a very well balanced...

9 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Alienware 15 R3 (2016)

The visuals of the third revision of the Alienware 15 R3 are beyond any doubt (except for the...

13 expert reviews | 1 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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