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Updated: May 20, 2018 23:02
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Dell XPS 13 (2018)

Is the XPS 13 9370 unequivocally better than the XPS 13 9360? It’s a step forward in a number of...

36 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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ASUS ZenBook UX331UN

All things considered, we were quite happy with the ZenBook 13 UX331UN. It features a high...

14 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

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Lenovo Yoga 920

Lenovo’s quad-core, Kaby Lake Refresh-powered Yoga 920 cuts a fine figure as it chews up laptop...

26 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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alaScore 98

HP EliteBook 1040 G4

The HP EliteBook 1040 G4 wraps powerful components in a beautiful chassis. The option for a quad...

13 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 98

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 98

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (20FQ / 20FR)

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

83 expert reviews | 83 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Dell XPS 13 (2017)

We gave the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 our Best of Computing at CES 2017. Handing out such an award is...

54 expert reviews | 221 user reviews

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alaScore 97

ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501

The GX501VS is currently retailing for $500 cheaper than the $2800 GX501VI. Gamers who can cope...

28 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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alaScore 97

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...

62 expert reviews | 249 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Razer Blade 2014 (RZ09-0116)

In our verdict of the FHD model we have already concluded that the Razer Blade is a premium...

108 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Microsoft Surface

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

36 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

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alaScore 97

ASUS VivoBook S15 (S510Ux models)

Sorry Asus, but your stylish VivoBook S15 S510UQ is to some extent a failure. The test unit is...

32 expert reviews | 73 user reviews

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alaScore 97

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

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

The biggest difference between the two available 13-inch MacBook Pro models from Apple is not...

31 expert reviews | 603 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Acer Aspire 7 (A715-71G)

The Acer Aspire 7 A715 is a multimedia laptop with a good system performance to master daily...

8 expert reviews | 154 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Acer Aspire A517-51G

The Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G is a multimedia notebook, which is fit for everyday tasks quite well...

8 expert reviews | 92 user reviews

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alaScore 96

ASUS ZenBook UX530UX

It is rather obvious which audience the Asus ZenBook UX530UX caters to: People who want to be...

6 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Apple MacBook 12-inch, 2017 (MNYF2, MNYG2)

How is the new MacBook 12 from Apple doing about 2 years after its first release? Well, we would...

18 expert reviews | 109 user reviews

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alaScore 96

HP Spectre x360 (13 inch, 2017)

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

31 expert reviews | 336 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...

15 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Acer Extensa 2510

Whether the problems with the warped case only affects our test unit or not, we always have to...

7 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series

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

72 expert reviews | 898 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370

The Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370UA is a smart convertible that can score several points with its...

10 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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alaScore 95

ASUS ZenBook 13 UX331UA

The ASUS ZenBook 13 scores highly by fitting both a powerful CPU and GPU into a compact chassis...

4 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

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ASUS ZenBook 14 (UX430Ux models)

Light in your bag and relatively light on your wallet (for its class), the $1,052 Asus ZenBook...

13 expert reviews | 52 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.


      • Contents 
      • 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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