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Updated: Mar 27, 2020 19:00
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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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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 14-inch (7th Gen, 2019)

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

30 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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Lenovo Yoga C940 (14-Inch, 2019) Series

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

20 expert reviews

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Google Pixelbook Go (13.3-Inch, 2019) Series

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

24 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019) Series

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

23 expert reviews | 114 user reviews

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (15-Inch, 2019) Series

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

32 expert reviews | 34 user reviews

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Dell XPS 7590 (15.6-Inch, 2019) Series

Bottom Line: The 7590 model doesn't reinvent the XPS 15 design, but the OLED display and top-tier...

22 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Lenovo IdeaPad S540 (15.6-inch, 2019) Series

Lenovo Ideapad S540 (15) is a particularly interesting device. On one side, it has the price of...

13 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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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...

15 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

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Lenovo ThinkPad T490 (14-inch, 2019) Series

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

23 expert reviews

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (13.5-Inch, 2019) Series

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

19 expert reviews | 53 user reviews

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LG Gram 17 (17-inch, 2020 ) Series

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

24 expert reviews

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Dell Latitude 7400 (14-Inch, 2019) Series

Bottom Line: The Dell Latitude 7400 is a 14-inch business ultraportable with excellent...

16 expert reviews

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

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

25 expert reviews

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

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

15 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Huawei MateBook 13 (13.3-inch, 2019 Series


53 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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HP EliteBook x360 830 G6 (13.3-inch, 2019) Series

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

9 expert reviews

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (13.5-Inch, 2018)

This is one of the most beautiful, enjoyable and expensive laptops around, but it has stiff...

47 expert reviews | 103 user reviews

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (15.6-inch, 2018) Series


48 expert reviews

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Lenovo ThinkPad T495s (14-Inch, 2019) Series

Notebookcheck tests the Lenovo ThinkPad T495s with the Ryzen 7 Pro processor and the LowPower...

8 expert reviews

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Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (2019)

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

9 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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Lenovo Yoga S940 (14-inch, 2019) Series

Our Lenovo IdeaPad S940 review takes a look at a super-thin and light laptop with great...

19 expert reviews

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Acer ConceptD 7

Bottom Line: It's not cheap, but Acer's elegant white ConceptD 7 combines six-core CPU muscle, a...

8 expert reviews

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HP Omen X 2S

HP's Omen X 2S is a noble attempt at shoving a secondary display into a gaming laptop. But...

11 expert reviews

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Dell XPS 9380 (13.3-Inch, 2019) Series

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

36 expert reviews | 7 user reviews



    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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