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Updated: Dec 11, 2018 23:14
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alaScore 100

Huawei MateBook X Pro

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

66 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 99

Razer Blade 15 (2018)

Bottom Line: The Blade 15 Base Model trims a few frills from Razer's flagship Blade, but it keeps...

48 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme

Bottom Line: Torn between the Dell XPS 15 and Apple MacBook Pro? Your decision gets more...

30 expert reviews

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alaScore 98

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch, 2018 (MR932, MR942, MR962, MR972)

Bottom Line: With the addition of an Intel Core i9 processor, the sleek 15-inch MacBook Pro is...

25 expert reviews | 24 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Acer Predator Helios 500

The Acer Helios 500 is a big-screen 17-inch laptop that has some excellent components and doesn't...

29 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Asus ZenBook S (UX391U)

How much performance does a mobile device need? Slim devices often have issues to utilize the...

10 expert reviews

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alaScore 98

Lenovo Yoga C930 13.9-inch (2018)

Bottom Line: With a revamped hinge, an integrated stylus, and a sleek design, Lenovo's Yoga C930...

15 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, 2018 (MR9R2, MR9Q2, MR9U2, MR9V2)

While this latest generation of the MacBook Pro might seem understated, it's a more significant...

21 expert reviews | 27 user reviews

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alaScore 97

HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3

Bottom Line: Business convertibles don't come any better than the HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3, an...

12 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Dell XPS 13 (9370, 2018)

And it's officially hosted in Las Vegas.

42 expert reviews | 60 user reviews

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alaScore 97

HP ZBook Studio G5-4QH10EA

The HP ZBook Studio G5 managed a good showing in our review – that is why it scored 87% and the...

9 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

HP Envy 13-ah0003ng

HP has combined a quad-core processor with a mid-range GeForce graphics solution and has wrapped...

9 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Alienware 17 R5

The new Alienware 17 R5 delivers excellent gaming power in a sleeker, hinge-forward design with...

11 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Lenovo 59-015270

Lenovo steps up the build quality and game-oriented features for the Legion Y730 while keeping...

17 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo Yoga 920

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

42 expert reviews | 27 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Asus ZenBook Pro 15 Series

CPU and GRAPHICS

22 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 96

HP EliteBook 840 G5

Bottom Line: The midrange EliteBook 840 G5 is a first-class 14-inch business laptop that...

20 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Asus Strix GL504GM

Strap in and enjoy the ride. Asus' $1,915 (starting at $1,699) ROG Strix Hero II is a gaming...

9 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2018)

The new Air is precisely the upgrade many users have been holding out for, with a slimmed-down...

24 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Dell Precision 5530

Bottom Line: Dell splices its XPS 15 DNA with its Precision mobile workstation line to create the...

9 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkPad P52

An Nvidia Quadro P3200 GPU and 4K, 100 percent Adobe RGB-gamut display is ready for your VR...

13 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Acer Nitro 5 AN515

Budget gaming laptops don't get as much of a break as their mainstream cousins. They still face...

28 expert reviews | 37 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 96

Lenovo IdeaPad Y720-15IKB

Even after a few weeks in the company of the Lenovo Ideapad 720S-15IKB, we still find its...

16 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000

HP has carved itself a comfortable niche with the Spectre Folio. When compared to the Surface Go...

7 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

HP EliteBook 735 G5

The EliteBook 735 G5 from HP particularly impresses with its attractive design, which is suitable...

8 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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