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Updated: May 27, 2024 16:58
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Apple MacBook Air M3 (15.3-Inch, 2024)

“The M3 makes the MacBook Air even better than before.”

20 expert reviews

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alaScore 99

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (14-Inch, 2024)

The Asus Zephyrus G14 (2024) is an excellent choice if you’re looking to play games on a gorgeous...

20 expert reviews

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alaScore 99

Asus Zenbook Duo UX8406 (14-Inch, 2024)

The Asus Zenbook Duo (2024) excels with its phenomenal dual-screen configuration and excellent...

22 expert reviews

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alaScore 98

Apple MacBook Pro M3 (14.2-Inch, 2023)

The MacBook Pro 14 has only gotten better with the addition of Apple’s new M3 chip, which...

44 expert reviews

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alaScore 98

Apple MacBook Air M3 (13.6-Inch, 2024)

Correction April 3, 2024, 11:45am ET: The benchmark chart for this article has been updated to...

17 expert reviews

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alaScore 98

Lenovo Yoga 7 Pro (14-Inch, 2023)

The iGPU model of the new

34 expert reviews

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alaScore 98

Dell Alienware m18 R2 (18-inch, 2024)

The Alienware m18 R2 is a gamer’s dream with top-of-the-line specs and a huge 18-inch display...

16 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

HP Spectre x360 (16-inch, 2024)

“The HP Spectre x360 16 is beautiful, but not fast enough for its intended use.”

8 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Asus ROG Zephyrus G16 (16-Inch, 2024)

This is my review of the top-specced configuration of the 2024 Asus ROG Zephyrus G16, the GU605MY...

12 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Samsung Galaxy Book 4 Pro 360 (16-Inch, 2024)

This Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 is powered by Intel's latest Meteor Lake platform, and features...

11 expert reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Samsung Galaxy Book 4 Pro (16-Inch, 2024)

Don't be fooled by the name, because the new Galaxy Book4 Pro 16 is by no means a pro device but...

10 expert reviews

#12
alaScore 97

HP EliteBook 865 G10 (16-Inch, 2023)

The HP EliteBook 865 G10 has a few good things going for it, especially with regard to its build...

11 expert reviews

#13
alaScore 97

MSI Titan 18 (18-Inch, 2024)

The MSI Titan 18 HX (2024) is a powerhouse, an A-lister, the machine with a mean look in its eye...

12 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

HP Omen Transcend 14

“HP's Omen Transcend 14 is an impressive first step into premium gaming laptops.”

15 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Apple MacBook Pro M3 (16.2-Inch, 2023)

“The MacBook Pro's upgrade to the M3 Max ensures that it remains the best in class.”

30 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Samsung Galaxy Book 4 Ultra (16-Inch, 2024)

“The Samsung Galaxy Book4 Ultra is ambitious, but ultimately falls short of the competition.”

9 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo Legion Slim 5 (14.5-Inch, 2023)

So, what did we think about Lenovo’s Legion Slim 5? It’s pretty good, and that’s why it’s a Top...

15 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4 (14-Inch, 2023)

Having reviewed the two ThinkPad T14s models, we can say right off the bat that the configuration...

21 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Razer Blade 16 (16-inch, 2024)

With stronger performance and a better screen than last year’s model, the Razer Blade 16 (2024)...

6 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

HP Spectre x360 (14-inch, 2024)

HP's latest 2-in-1 Windows laptop is one of the best I've ever tested.

8 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo LOQ (15.6-Inch, 2023)

Lenovo's budget-minded LOQ 15 is easy to type on and competent for 1080p play, but this gaming...

27 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G12 (14-inch, 2024)

“The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 12 won't win new fans, but will satisfy its current audience.”

10 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Huawei MateBook D16 (16-Inch, 2024)

The Huawei MateBook D16 2024 is a slimline, big-screen laptop with a powerhouse productivity...

14 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Asus ZenBook UX3405 (14-inch, 2024)

“When it comes to value, the Asus Zenbook 14 OLED remains undefeated.”

14 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Apple MacBook Air M2 (15.3-Inch, 2023)

I’m not someone who demands the need for multiple, large monitors to get my work done. I’m...

32 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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