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Updated: Jun 3, 2020 17:03
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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2020)

As the budget option among Macs, the MacBook Air is important, but recent models were...

33 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 99

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (15-Inch, 2019)

The Surface Laptop 3 is a super-sized version of Microsoft's ultraportable, with a gorgeous 15...

56 expert reviews | 36 user reviews

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alaScore 99

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (14-Inch, 2020) Series

The Zephyrus G14 has everything we'd want in an ultraportable gaming laptop: it's lightweight...

26 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Dell XPS 7390 (13.3-Inch, 2019) Series

The new XPS 13 is as portable as ever, but just got way more powerful

38 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Lenovo Yoga C940 (14-Inch, 2019)

Improved graphics and specs give the Yoga C940 some new-gen options

26 expert reviews | 72 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 14-inch (7th Gen, 2019)

In its 7th generation, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is classier than ever

33 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Dell XPS 9300 (13.4-Inch, 2020) Series

The 2020 version of the Dell XPS 13 is an excellent ultraportable laptop, with head-turning looks...

25 expert reviews | 1396 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Google Pixelbook Go (13.3-Inch, 2019) Series

The original Pixelbook was beautiful, but a bit too expensive. The new Pixelbook Go takes a...

25 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2019)

Notebookcheck reviews the 2019 Apple MacBook Pro 13 with 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports, an updated...

24 expert reviews | 115 user reviews

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alaScore 97

MSI Prestige A10 (14-Inch, 2020)

MSI's vivid pink ultraportable (complete with matching case and mouse) crams a 14-inch screen and...

10 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Lenovo Yoga C740 (14-Inch, 2019) Series

A basic bendable that’s tough to beat for the price

12 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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alaScore 97

HP Elite Dragonfly

The Dragonfly proves that corporate business machines don’t have to be boring and soulless. In...

10 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Lenovo ThinkPad E14 (14-Inch, 2019)

Notebookcheck reviews the Lenovo ThinkPad E14, an affordable ThinkPad laptop. The Lenovo E14 has...

8 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Dell XPS 7590 (15.6-Inch, 2019) Series

And while we’re adding to the wishlist, I’d sure love if Dell replaced the proprietary 130W power...

24 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch (2019)

Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro doesn't reinvent the wheel. There's little in the way of the...

18 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 (15.6-Inch, 2019)

Bottom Line: The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is a thoughtful, albeit pricey, reinvention of the laptop...

26 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (2019)

A new Intel processor can’t save the MacBook Pro 15 from its flaws

10 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkPad T490 (14-inch, 2019) Series

The ThinkPad T490 proves that ThinkPads still dance to their own groove

25 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

HP Spectre x360 (13.3 inch, 2019) Series

The Spectre gives you the smallest footprint of all of them, plus both Thunderbolt 3 (which is...

17 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Huawei MateBook X Pro (13.9-inch, 2020)

While it's far from cheap, the upgrades made to Huawei's MateBook X Pro make it a potent Windows...

8 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Dell XPS 9370 (13.3-Inch, 2018) Series

Dell has managed to refine the XPS 13 into an even better ultraportable, with thinner display...

179 expert reviews | 71 user reviews

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alaScore 96

LG Gram 17 (17-inch, 2020 ) Series

The LG Gram 17 is an impressive display of what laptop makers can achieve if they focused solely...

26 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Asus Chromebook Flip C436

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8 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Samsung Galaxy Book S (13.3-inch, 2019)

I prefer laptop keyboards with fairly substantial travel, something the Galaxy Book S lacks. Each...

12 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Lenovo ThinkBook 13s (13.3-Inch, 2019) Series

Lenovo's ThinkBook 13s is for small businesses but forgets what they really need

16 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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