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Updated: Jul 15, 2018 00:40
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Dell XPS 13 (9370, 2018)

And it's officially hosted in Las Vegas.

38 expert reviews | 56 user reviews

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alaScore 99

Huawei MateBook X Pro

Because Huawei has been so reticent to talk about US pricing and availability, it's hard to offer...

29 expert reviews

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Lenovo Yoga 920

The introduction of Intel’s eighth-generation Core processors was an opportune time to refresh...

28 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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alaScore 98

ASUS ZenBook UX331UN

Bottom Line: Thanks to its trifecta of light weight, good graphics performance, and an affordable...

15 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575, 2018)

Dell's XPS 15 2-in-1 looks like its predecessors, but it's all-new under the skin.

14 expert reviews

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alaScore 98

ASUS ZenBook Flip S UX370UA

The Asus ZenBook Flip S is a gorgeous 2-in-1 that packs a punch.

40 expert reviews | 30 user reviews

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alaScore 98

MSI GS65 8RF-040NL

Trade disputes be damned.

10 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 256GB Black, Silver tablet

The Surface Pro is technically an incremental update over its predecessor, the Surface Pro 4...

43 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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alaScore 97

HP EliteBook 1040 G4

Bottom Line: The HP EliteBook 1040 G4 packs a lot of power, but it's costly compared with other...

14 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Razer Blade 2014 (RZ09-0116)

Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan describes the 2014 Razer Blade as a "no-compromise" gaming laptop, and...

118 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Acer Predator Triton 700

But Acer dropped the ball with the Predator Triton 700’s touchpad. It’s .

33 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Dell XPS 13 (9360, Late 2016)

Bottom Line: The XPS 13, Dell's venerable ultraportable with the bezel-free screen, gets Intel's...

50 expert reviews | 64 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 97

Microsoft Surface

Microsoft's Surface Laptop will lure you in with Alcantara fabric, then cage you into Windows 10 S.

37 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Dell Precision 17 (7720, 2017)

The Precision 7720 is a giant, long-lasting workstation.

10 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501

The Asus ROG Zephyrus is an excellent first representation of what's possible with the Max-Q...

28 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, 2017 (MPXQ2, MPQV2, Z0UQ)

Don't get me wrong: There are countless ways to use the Touch Bar (here are 15 to start with)...

31 expert reviews | 751 user reviews

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alaScore 96

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

I'm one of many Mac owners out there who has been waiting for Apple to upgrade the MacBook Pro...

64 expert reviews | 249 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Dell XPS 15 (9560, 2017)

The XPS 15 is a phenomenal laptop. It does have a few flaws, as the speakers aren’t great, and...

36 expert reviews | 51 user reviews

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alaScore 96

HP ProBook 470 G5

The ProBook 470 G5 is the 6th generation of HP’s 17.3-inch business notebook (the patriarch was...

8 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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alaScore 96

HP Elite x2 1012 G2

HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 is an elegant convertible that is primarily situated in the business sector...

16 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

ASUS VivoBook S15 (S510Ux models)

The $799 VivoBook S510 looks enticing, given its 15-inch display, peppy productivity and solid...

32 expert reviews | 79 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Dell Inspiron 15 (7577, 2017)

For gaming purposes, a native 4K UHD panel is not the perfect fit for a system powered by the GTX...

13 expert reviews | 30 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (20FQ / 20FR)

Lenovo's adds a stunning HDR display to its fast, feature-packed X1 Yoga 2-in-1.

85 expert reviews | 83 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G

Acer's 15.6-inch multi-talented multimedia machine smoothly renders current computer games on its...

17 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

HP Spectre x360 15 (2018)

The base HP Spectre x360 15-inch starts at $1,370. Our review unit, with Intel Core i7-8705G...

7 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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