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Updated: Sep 17, 2019 16:00
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Lenovo ThinkPad T490

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

18 expert reviews

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Huawei MateBook 13

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47 expert reviews | 4 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...

37 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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Lenovo ThinkPad T490s

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

9 expert reviews

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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...

50 expert reviews | 94 user reviews

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alaScore 98

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 | 122 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga 20NN002NUK

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alaScore 97

Huawei MateBook X Pro

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

85 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2019)

The new entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro delivers better value for money than its Touch Bar-less...

6 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme

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

41 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Razer Blade 15 (2018)

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

58 expert reviews | 27 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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Lenovo ThinkPad T590 15

Notebookcheck reviews the new Lenovo ThinkPad T590, a comparably thin and light office laptop for...

6 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 97

VAIO SX14

The Vaio SX14 has an elegant, lightweight design, a bright display and tons of ports, but short...

15 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo Yoga C930 13

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

35 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 96

MSI GE75 Raider

Bottom Line: MSI's GE75 Raider slims down and adds performance oomph in this GeForce RTX-based...

18 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Alienware m15 (2019)

Alienware's m15 R2 delivers immersive gaming performance in a thin, vibrant design that looks...

37 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkPad X390

A ThinkPad that turns into a tablet – what more would one want? That would be a very relevant...

8 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

HP EliteBook 1040 G5

Bottom Line: The HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5's slight stature, excellent build quality, and range...

11 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...

48 expert reviews | 115 user reviews

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alaScore 96

ASUS ZenBook S13 UX392FN Core i7 16GB 512GB SSD 13.9" (UX392FN-AB006T)

"Laptop is great. It arrived quickly and I was very happy with the performance... then I ran a...

12 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Dell XPS 15 (9570, 2018)

The 2018 version of the Dell XPS 15 better than its predecessor in every way. While its look...

27 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model [2019]

The Razer Blade 15-inch gaming laptop keeps up with the Nvidia RTX trend. The base model feels...

13 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Acer Predator Triton 500 Series

High-end GeForce RTX graphics and an advanced feature set in a trim bod make Acer's Predator...

18 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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