A cutting-edge detachable, touch-screen design with the internal workings to support the hype around its unveiling, this Windows laptop is built to impress. It is available with 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB of RAM to meet your needs, whether they are business-related or revolve more around intense gaming. A strong and fast dual Intel processor keeps things running at an impeccably responsive pace while the top and side vents allow you to use this as a true LAPtop without the worry of overheating.
Heavier than some of the other slim-design laptops on the market, the SurfaceBook isn’t made for people who travel a lot. It’s top-heavy design make it difficult to hold at an angle without the risk of it falling backwards.
The Bottom Line
If you want the flexibility to design the way you would with a touch-powered Apple computer but don’t want to abandon your love of Windows, the SurfaceBook is a great option. Its interesting design makes it highly versatile so it is truly built for an assortment of computing needs.
This slim-design, easy-to-transport laptop features a fingerprint reader for extra security, incredible sound quality, and runs Windows 10 effortlessly with its 2.5 GHz Intel i5 processor. The sleek, slim design and exceptionally long battery life both make this one of the most portable laptops to date.
A low-end webcam and loud fan are the two biggest downfalls of this laptop. That being said, when those are your biggest complaints at a price point like this one, there really isn’t much to worry about.
The Bottom Line
For anyone who needs to work, complete projects, or just stay up to date with family and friends via a wireless network, this is the top choice. It will keep you connected all day long and never weigh you down.
Available in a 13 or 15 inch option, the Apple MacBook 15 is the only one on our list that runs Mac OS. It is prized for its fast 2.8 GHz processor and 16 GB of RAM which make it great for your everyday use, design needs, and even some home gaming. It features 1-touch button shortcuts, a touch bar strip for easier access to apps and side to side scrolling, a highly responsive touchpad, and a crisp, clear display.
Despite its other highly responsive design elements, it appears that keys on this laptop’s keyboard are prone to sticking which can dampen the enjoyment of some users. Heavier than older versions of the MacBook, this one may be more difficult to carry with you on the run.
The Bottom Line
This is a great option for the Mac-Happy folks who live life on the run. If you are a fan of Mac OS and want to get the best bang for your buck you need not look further.
With four high-speed CPU processors and a large display this laptop is great for serous gamers. It will power your gaming needs without contest – allowing you to enjoy hours of high-speed gameplay without a single hitch in performance. The extra-large 15.6” display is backlit and features extra anti-glare protection to enhance your gaming experience.
A loud fan and heavy overall weight are what make this laptop fall short of our Best Seller position. The plastic hinges used to hold the monitor and keyboard together are also a slight disappointment.
The Bottom Line
If you are serious about gaming but don’t want to spends thousands upon thousands of dollars on a top-of-the-line gaming laptop, the Dell Inspirion 15.6 is the perfect blend of quality and value.
Your 2018 Laptop Guide:
The Top 3 Things to Think About when Choosing a New Laptop
You’ve probably already considered things like brand and budget as you approach your decision to purchase a new laptop. Most people start out with that basic knowledge. They know that some brands are better than others – surely they’ve received input from their friends and family and neighbors and tailors and hairdressers about which brand is best. But, many of them don’t know what they actually NEED when it comes to a new laptop computer.
Let’s look over the five most important (and usually most confusing) things you need to consider when purchasing a new laptop and reading reviews:
- MAC, Windows, or Chrome? Familiarity is key. If there you are most compfortable and familiar with one of these options already, stick with it. There is no sense changing things now and confusing yourself. That being said, if your needs have changed it may be necessary to change the operating system you use. As a basic rule, most developers and designers prefer a MAC, most business people and academic students prefer Windows, and Chrome is best for people who just want to casually browse the internet.
- What the Heck is a CPU Processor? When it comes to buying a new computer (of any type) words like “processor,” “Intel Core,” and conglomerations of letters like GHz can be all it takes to boggle a lot of our minds. To put things as simply as possible, your computer is run by its processor. Like the brain in a human body, the processor is the main certer of control. The stronger the brain, the more powerful the computer. A processor can have 1 core or more. Essentially, having more cores is like having more brains. Two heads are better than one right? Unfortunately, the number of cores in a processor is not directly related to the number in its name (an Intel i5 does not have 5 cores). Still, higher numbers are always better because they indicate newer and more powerful processors.
- How much RAM do you really need? When we talk about RAM we talk in GBs, but we aren’t talking about storage capacity. We are talking about working memory. Storage GB in a computer is like your long-term memory – it holds information you aren’t using but you can access it whenever you need to. RAM (or Random Access Memory) is like your short-term memory – the part of your brain you use to consider things, to think, to accomplish tasks. The higher the GB of RAM, the better the short-term memory. People with great short-term memories are excellent multi-taskers, whereas people with poor short-term memories can only do one thing at a time. The same is true for your computer’s RAM. This means that if you need to do more than one thing at a time, have multiple windows open, or perform compex tasks with your computer you want something with a high level of RAM. Typically, 6 to 8 GB of ram is sufficient for your everyday needs. If you are a gamer, though, you’ll want something with about 16 GB of RAM.
Now that you know what you need all that is left to consider are the extras! You can start thinking about things like touchscreens, detachable screens, backlit keyboards and more.