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Updated: Aug 29, 2016 00:10
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#1
alaScore 100

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

Yeah.. only Apple fanboys will get this. There’s way better alternatives, the Surface Pro...

32 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

HP EliteBook Folio G1

HP's take on the 12-inch Core M laptop could use a few design tweaks, but it evokes the best...

21 expert reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

HP Spectre 13 (2016)

If you're looking for a premium, ultraportable laptop, there aren't many options to be found in...

16 expert reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (20FB / 20FC, 4th Gen, 2016)

Durable and long-lasting, but slick and thin, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the business...

16 expert reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Lenovo Yoga 900-13 (80MK / 80SD / 80UE)

With the Lenovo Yoga 900, Lenovo proves that it can react relatively quickly to user demand...

58 expert reviews | 384 user reviews

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alaScore 98

HP Elite x2 1012

Conclusion Finding the sweet spot between price and features is one of the biggest challenges of...

16 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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alaScore 98

HP Spectre x2 12

With its very stable stand and the sleeve keyboard that is "attached" to the tablet, the Spectre...

38 expert reviews | 44 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

Lenovo ThinkPad X260 (20F5 / 20F6)

"Optimized for Business". Lenovo uses these words to describe the new Lenovo ThinkPad X260. We...

15 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

Lenovo ThinkPad T460s (20F9 / 20FA)

After around one week of comprehensive testing, we can say that the ThinkPad T460s is more than a...

15 expert reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

Acer Aspire S13 (S5-371)

Packing plenty of Utrabook power for cheap

13 expert reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

Razer Blade Stealth

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

31 expert reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Asus ZenBook UX305CA Series

Asus' Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T is a lightweight and very slim 13.3-inch subnotebook. The installed...

34 expert reviews | 178 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 97

Dell XPS 15 9550 (2015)

Though it launched with some headache-inducing issues, the XPS 15 2016 refresh is an improvement...

35 expert reviews | 59 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 97

Microsoft Surface Book (2015)

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

80 expert reviews | 810 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 96

Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch, Early 2015 (MF839, MF840, MF841, Z0QM, Z0QN...

Obviously the MacBook Air 13". Amongst Windows devices high-resolution ultrabooks like the Asus...

124 expert reviews | 11790 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

HP Spectre x360 13

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

69 expert reviews | 2147 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkPad T460p (20FW / 20FX)

The new Lenovo ThinkPad T460p with its fast components is supposed to attract power users in...

13 expert reviews

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#18
alaScore 96

Asus ZenBook UX360CA Series

A svelte hybrid laptop with a high price to match.

10 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 96

Acer Predator 15 (G9-591)

Acer makes a relatively successful high-end debut in the gaming-laptop sector. When disregarding...

18 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 96

Dell Latitude 13 7370

Conclusion Blending the performance you need with the profile you want is a challenge for all PC...

11 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 (20FD / 20FE / 20GS)

The smallest version of the Yoga 260 already costs 1131 Euros (~$1234) in Lenovo's shop. It comes...

21 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 96

Dell XPS 13 9350 (9000 Series)

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

39 expert reviews | 274 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (20FQ / 20FR)

Conclusion By combining the best features of Lenovo's other business lines, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga...

13 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 95

Dell Latitude 14 E7470

A business laptop with attitude

8 expert reviews

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#25
alaScore 95

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

We could start to criticize the poor port variety, the lack of expandability or the low 3D...

39 expert reviews | 1407 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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