Ultrabooks, Chromebooks, 2-in-1s, laptops for gaming, laptops for designing—the choice is endless. To save you from decision paralysis, we have reviewed some of the best laptops available right now.
Dell has steadily updated the XPS 13 to offer better and interesting models every year. The featured model finally has a web camera on top, and not at the bottom of the screen, which resulted in weird camera angles. The screen resolution has also been upgraded from 1080p to 4k, although the difference in sharpness is hard to notice on a 13-inch screen. Dell has added a few other interesting features in this model like thermal setting software for full fan control and a side button that shows battery life. The thin ultrabook has a solid keyboard and touchpad, and the outer shell boasts a matt finish. Chargeable with a USB type C charger, this laptop is not for those looking for robust USB ports. The upgrades nevertheless are great and the laptop still remains one of the best buys.
Huawei’s Matebook 13 is the first 13-inch laptop in their Matebook series. The model comes with an impressive 8th generation Intel i5 or i7 processor and an internal graphics card. However, it may not be suited for intensive video editing as an external graphics card cannot be supported without Thunderbolt 3. Matebook X Pro is a better alternative for those who want a graphics-heavy system. This Matebook 13 has two USB Type C ports and a headphone jack. A surprise addition is an adapter with VGA, HDMI, and USB C ports. The Dolby Atmos speakers deliver phenomenal sound quality, especially for a laptop of this size. It also comes with OneHop that lets you transfer files from the phone by just placing the phone on the palm rest.
HP’s Spectre x360 is a 2-in-1 laptop can also be used as a tablet. The model comes with digital pen so that you don’t miss out any tablet-like features. The machine is exquisitely designed, with chiseled edges and is available in two brilliant color options: blue-gold and black-gold. The USB ports on the edges are positioned intelligently so as to prevent any cords from getting tangled. What sets it apart from other laptops is its battery life of up to 12 hours. With the screen drawing as low as 1 watt, the battery can last you an entire day on a single charge. If you don’t mind the 720p webcam and the double speakers under the laptop, Spectre x360 is a great option.
Apple has tweaked its MacBook Pro to develop this model that stands out for its superior CPU performance. Despite, thermal limitations that become more pronounced over time, the CPU with its multicore capabilities delivers unmatched high-speed performance. The revised keyboard is also a plus in this model. Apart from the limited number of ports, which is a widely known problem, the only issue with the Macbook Pro is its price. However many Apple users will agree that the machine more than justifies it.
Microsoft’s Surface Laptops are one of a kind. The Surface Laptop 2 comes with a detachable screen that doubles up as a fully functional tablet. This model features improved versions of both the keyboard and the trackpad. The audio output from the speakers, placed on either side of the screen, is powerful, and this laptop has arguably the best webcam in the market. The battery life of the laptop is up to 10 hours, and on a single charge, the tablet lasts for up to 3 hours on average. Given the price, the only drawbacks with the Surface Laptop 2 are the lack of a digital pen, which can be bought for an additional $100, and a missing Thunderbolt 3 port. While more powerful options are available at the same price, none are as versatile as the Surface Laptop 2.
Asus Chromebook Flip C434 lets you flip the keyboard 360 degrees to convert it the laptop into a tablet with a stand. The featured model promises better performance, design, and features. For starters, it has a 14-inch screen, which is a welcome change from the 12.5 inches on the previous model. Plus, the 1080p screen performs better than average for computers in this range. The Flip C434 comes with a 9-hour battery life, enough to get you through the day. The modest Intel m3 processor can seem slow during heavy load, and the 4GB RAM may be inadequate after a while. But the biggest plus with the Chromebook is that costs less than half of the other laptops on this list.
Easily the best-built Chromebook, Google Pixelbook scores high on looks and design. Modeled on Google’s smartphones, this laptop boasts an ultra-slim design with rounded metal edges. The Pixelbook easily flips into tablet mode and comes with decent port options: two USB Type-C ports and a headphone jack. The trusty Chrome OS powers all your favorite applications and is as stable as iOS or Windows. A single charge gives up to 8 hours of battery life, which is a little less than expected. While it’s priced way above other Chromebooks, its spectacular design can be hard to resist.