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Updated: Jul 28, 2015 10:30
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#1
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Dell XPS 13 2015

The new standard for Ultrabooks

58 expert reviews | 25 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Apple MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015, MF839 / MF840 / MF841)

As far as we can judge at this stage of our tests, we would conclude with "mission accomplished"...

31 expert reviews | 1461 user reviews

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alaScore 99

Apple MacBook Air, Early 2015 (11-inch MJVM2 MJVP2, 13-inch MJVE2 MJVG2)

Once again Apple offers a great and high-end product with the small update. The weaknesses...

24 expert reviews | 1606 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Apple MacBook (Retina 12-inch, Early 2015) MF855 / MF865 / MJY32 / MJY42 /...

After the first few days with the Apple MacBook 12, we can confirm the tendencies of previous...

20 expert reviews | 203 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

HP Spectre x360

The light and flexible HP Spectre 13 x360 not only completely convinces us with its design and...

31 expert reviews | 494 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Lenovo Thinkpad T450S

Most users will easily dispense with the at best 20% higher performance of the expensive Core i7...

16 expert reviews

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#7
alaScore 98

Asus G751JY-T7009H

The "inspection" confirmed the impressions of our first review. Of course, the G751JY has its...

25 expert reviews | 49 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Asus Zenbook UX305

Asus’ Zenbook UX305 reaffirms the brand’s position as the premier building of budget ultrabooks...

21 expert reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

Apple Macbook PRO Retina

This time, we want to start our verdict with the negative aspects, and there are some despite the...

11 expert reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro

When looking at convertible laptops, Lenovo likely has the most prolific number of convertible...

59 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

Acer Aspire S7-393

Slim ultrabook, fat price: Acer's Aspire S7-393 does many things right and reaps in a rating of...

12 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-591G

With the Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-727P, Acer offers a slim 15.6- inch gaming notebook. The...

37 expert reviews | 91 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Alienware 13

Overdue, yet not game-changing: the hardware upgrade for the Alienware 13 is sadly not what we...

32 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

HP EliteBook Folio 1020 G1

HP's EliteBook Folio 1020 certainly asserted itself as an office for on-the-move. We barely found...

11 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Apple MacBook Air, Early 2014 (11-inch MD711LL/B MD712LL/B, 13-inch...

The MacBook Air gives amazing portability and all-day battery without compromising on power.

39 expert reviews | 2707 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

Asus ZENBOOK UX305FA

The Zenbook UX305FA has a number of highlights in terms of workmanship, ergonomics, display, and...

20 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

Alienware 17 R2

Alienware significantly shrunk the new device compared to its predecessors and accepted slightly...

8 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

MSI GT72

With an incredibly powerful GPU, loads of RAM and a lighting fast quad-SSD RAID configuration the...

32 expert reviews | 74 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo Thinkpad T550

In total, the T550 mostly fulfills the high claim of the T lineup and justifies its price. We are...

10 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Alienware 15

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11 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-791G Black Edition

As in our previous test, Acer's Aspire V 17 Nitro is impressive, and proved to be a solid...

23 expert reviews | 108 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 96

Acer Aspire R7-371T

Acer's 13.3-inch Aspire R13 R7-371T-52EL convertible has more than enough computing power for...

19 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 96

Asus Zenbook PRO UX501JW

With the ZenBook series, ASUS has earned its reputation as a top competitor in the Ultrabook...

9 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 96

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon

The Lenovo X1 Carbon 3rd Gen is a beautiful machine. Much like the Dell XPS 13 took the...

133 expert reviews | 35 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 95

Asus Transformer Book T100Chi

It’s certainly not without its compromises, but for $399, there’s a lot to like about the...

12 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.


      • 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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