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Apple MacBook Air 13.3-inch M1 (Late 2020)

The MacBook Air M1 leverages Apple's own CPU to morph from a small and inexpensive but slow...

39 expert reviews | 1200 user reviews

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Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch M1 (Late 2020)

The new MacBook Pro 13-inch features Apple's new M1 chip, making these laptops more like iPhones...

26 expert reviews | 288 user reviews

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alaScore 99

Dell XPS 9310 (13.4-Inch, Late 2020)

The XPS 13 9310 adds Tiger Lake's extra performance to what was already the best 13-inch laptop...

24 expert reviews

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alaScore 98

HP EliteBook 845 G7 (14-Inch, 2020)

HP’s AMD Ryzen-powered 14-inch EliteBook 845 G7 performs better and costs much less than its...

11 expert reviews

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alaScore 98

Dell Latitude 7410 (14-Inch, 2020)

The Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise is made for large companies that need precise...

21 expert reviews

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alaScore 98

Dell XPS 9300 (13.4-Inch, Early 2020)

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

51 expert reviews | 26 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 (14-inch, 2020)

As impressive as AMD's Ryzen 4000 processors are, it's always needed a proper flagship laptop to...

31 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Early 2020)

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

43 expert reviews | 1115 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Dell XPS 9700 (17.3-Inch, 2020)

Dell's largest XPS laptop in years is appealing to anyone who demands the most performance...

24 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (14-Inch, 2020)

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

50 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Honor MagicBook Pro

Notebookcheck reviews the new MagicBook Pro from Honor. How does the 16.1-inch device with a...

17 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Dell XPS 9500 (15.6-Inch, 2020)

Dell's premium 15-inch notebook finally has a design refresh to match the excellent XPS 13. It's...

33 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Razer Book (13.4-Inch, 2020)

The Razer Book 13 does almost everything right, with a unique aesthetic and well-rounded port...

9 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go (12.45-Inch, 2020)

The Surface Laptop Go is the latest entry to the Surface family, and it has almost everything you...

25 expert reviews | 82 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 96

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (Mid 2020)

The latest 13-inch MacBook Pro features updated processors, a revamped keyboard, and some...

28 expert reviews | 324 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkPad T14s (14-Inch, 2020)

Notebookcheck reviews the new Lenovo ThinkPad T14s with the AMD Ryzen Pro 4000 CPU. Is the new...

12 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkPad T14 (14-Inch, 2020)

Notebookcheck reviews the Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 1. The successor of the ThinkPad T490 is a...

14 expert reviews

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#18
alaScore 96

HP Elite Dragonfly (13.3-inch, 2019)

The new HP Elite Dragonfly, crafted from CNC-machined magnesium and weighing in at just 2.2...

25 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo Legion 5 (15.6-Inch, 2020)

The Lenovo Legion 5i is a smart refinement of last year's Legion gaming laptops, delivering...

17 expert reviews | 155 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo Yoga 9i (14-Inch, 2020)

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 is a well-built convertible 2-in-1 with great performance and battery life...

12 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

HP Spectre Pro x360 G1 (13.3-inch, 2015) Series

The HP Spectre x360 14 makes good use of its 3:2 aspect ratio and OLED display, and it's well...

32 expert reviews | 92 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G1 (13.3-Inch, 2020)

You should shun its base models that lack full HD screen resolution, but Lenovo's Ryzen Pro-based...

11 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...

28 expert reviews | 35 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 96

LG Gram 17 (17-inch, 2020 )

The LG Gram 14 2-in-1 lives up to its name in being an extremely lightweight member of its class.

49 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo (15.6-Inch, 2020)

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is the first laptop to really make good use of a second display...

27 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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