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Updated: Nov 19, 2019 18:00
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 gives up plastic for cold, hard metal

93 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2019)

From Apple's MacBook refresh to a pocket translator and an electric bike, here's the hardware we...

15 expert reviews | 24 user reviews

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Lenovo ThinkPad T490

Notebookcheck reviews the Lenovo ThinkPad T490, the newest 14-inch business laptop from Lenovo...

17 expert reviews

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alaScore 98

Huawei MateBook 13

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46 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (2018)

The Surface Pro 6's significantly longer battery life and fast 8th-gen Intel processor make this...

59 expert reviews | 136 user reviews

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Dell XPS 13 9380 (2019)

It's nearly impossible to find anything to dislike about this 13-inch slim powerhouse, at least...

36 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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Lenovo ThinkPad

Bottom Line: The ThinkPad T490 is a top-shelf business laptop with impressive quality and...

13 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Dell FESVP25BGC

The Dell XPS 13 was already the best laptop. Now it’s nearly perfect

17 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (2nd gen, 2018)

The nicest, and truest, thing I can say about the Surface Laptop 2 is that it's just a joy to use...

46 expert reviews | 101 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2019)

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

21 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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Lenovo ThinkPad P1 15"

Bottom Line: Lenovo blows away its other thin-and-light workstation, the ThinkPad P52s, with the...

19 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (3rd Gen, 2019)

Microsoft's Surface Laptop 3 gives AMD a shot at laptop glory, but it misses

19 expert reviews | 33 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Gigabyte Aero 15 XA

The Gigabyte Aero 15 is a ground-breaking laptop that manages to have it all—great CPU, great GPU...

23 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Huawei MateBook X Pro

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

83 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Alienware m15 (2019)

Alienware's new m15 (2019) is an absolutely stunning laptop that looks unique, yet doesn't look...

39 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Razer Blade 15 (2018)

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

57 expert reviews | 28 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme

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

44 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

HP EliteBook x360 830 G6

Notebookcheck reviews the HP EliteBook x360 830 G6. This HP laptop targets business users & other...

5 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkPad T490s

Bottom Line: Among Lenovo's 14-inch ThinkPads, the slim T490s is a better bet than the bulkier...

12 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkPad X390

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alaScore 96

Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 15

Bottom Line: In the Yoga Chromebook C630, Lenovo adds a plus-size convertible with the unusual...

16 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Dell G5 15 5590

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alaScore 96

LG Gram 17

Bottom Line: LG's Gram 17, astonishingly light for a 17-inch laptop, delivers excellent battery...

9 expert reviews

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Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model [2019]

Bottom Line: Razer's Blade 15 Advanced Model was always envy-inducing, and the OLED-screen...

15 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Lenovo Yoga C930 13

Excellent performance and a stylish and functional design make the Lenovo Yoga C930 simply one of...

34 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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    Laptops on alaTest

    alaTest.com has collected and analyzed millions of reviews from 2772 sources to help you choose the best Laptop from top brands like Lenovo, Dell, Microsoft, Huawei, Apple and more.

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