This year, laptops got a lot powerful and weren’t as expensive as they used to be. But the number of laptops launched this year does make it a lot more confusing to choose what’s the best. The laptops this year range from featherweight, business-savvy ultraportables to lap-crushing gaming workstations.
So worry not, here are the best of laptops launched this year.
Dell XPS 13 (Late 2017)
Dell’s XPS 13 doesn’t flip into different positions, doesn’t become a tablet by detaching the keyboard or doesn’t have a fancy touch bar, but it’s still the best laptop in the market right now. Listed last year by us as the Best Macbook Alternative, this year with the newest 8th generation Intel Core CPUs, it is surely the best ultrabook you could find. Not much has changed from the design perspective since its redesign in 2015, Dell’s keeping what’s best in the laptop intact.
You still get the 8GB/16GB DDR4 SDRAM, 256GB PCIe SSD and the option of an UltraSharp Quad HD+ (3200×1800 pixels) touchscreen or the 1920×1080 pixel display with a matte antiglare screen. You also get the Thunderbolt 3 ports, USB 3.0 port, an SD card slot, and a mic/headphone jack. A fingerprint reader with Windows Hello support is also available, but it’s optional and not standard. The main issue is its small keyboard, but nonetheless, it’s a powerhouse in its own right.
Best 2-in-1 Laptop
Lenovo Yoga 920
A true premium 2-in-1 experience with a stunning 13.9-inch display, 12-hour epic battery life, and exceptional performance all packed in a gorgeous bronze-colored chassis. Artists and note-takers will appreciate the bundled Active Stylus 2, which supports up to 4,096 levels of pressure. The Yoga 920 has a solid combination of ports with Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.0 ports, along with a 3.5mm headphone jack. There’s also a single-touch fingerprint reader to use Windows Hello to log in to the OS with just one press.
The powerful performance is obtained with the help of Intel 8th Gen Core i7-8550U CPU, 8GB of RAM and speedy 256GB NVMe-PCIe SSD.
Best Gaming Laptop
Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501
Until the Zephyrus came around, there were two kinds of gaming laptops: big, heavy giants with amazing performance and portable, lightweight backpack -friendly models enough to power a 1080p gaming experience. However, now that with a new generation of Nvidia Max-Q laptops with technology that allows them to be up to three times thinner and faster, things are changing. The Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 offers the power of a high-end desktop in a package that’s almost as thin as an average Ultrabook.
The Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 packs impressive raw gaming performance with the help of 8GB GDDR5X VRAM Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 7th generation Intel Core i7 CPU and 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD. There’s also a solid combination of ports with the Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.0 ports along with HDMI 2.0 and standard headset jack. The only thing that’s not impressive about the Asus ROG Zephyrus is its maximum battery life of 2 hours (yes, it’s too low Asus!).
Best Apple Laptop
MacBook Pro 13
This entry-level MacBook doesn’t feature the controversial Touch Bar everyone is talking about, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a powerful laptop. You get a brighter and more colorful screen than the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro, a bigger touchpad, louder speakers, and speedier performance with Kaby-Lake processors, all wrapped up in a design that’s thinner, lighter and smaller than its predecessor.
The only major upgrade that the higher-end MacBook Pros offer is more USB ports. The MacBook Pro 13 only comes with two USB Type-C ports, which means you need to be prepared to spend money on at least one dongle. The good news is that the Thunderbolt 3 ports, which have a USB-C connector, enable power and data over a single connection, offer blazing fast transfer speeds (up to 40 Gbps) and let you connect two 4K monitors.
Best Mobile Workstation
Dell Precision 5520
Dell’s Precision notebooks are mobile workstations. The Precision 5520 serves up high-quality components inside a system fashioned with slick metal and carbon fiber, and guess what it’s slim and lightweight!
Packed in with the same chassis, screen, and keyboard as the XPS 15, the Dell Precision 5520 has the power the professional animators or engineers might need. Including a 7th Generation Intel Core Xeon E3-1505M v6 processor and Nvidia Quadro M1200 graphics coupled with an excellent battery life of about 12 hours. It also features up to 32GB RAM and a 512GB PCIe SSD. The Precision 5520 comes with a 1920x1080p or a 4K display. Bottom-line is the Dell Precision 5520 is both a beauty and a beast with a vivid display and super-powerful processor into a slim and sexy chassis.
Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA
One of the best Chromebooks ever made, the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA packs in an Intel Core m3 hardware with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that gives it plenty of horsepower. Sporting a 360-degree hinge and 12.5-inch Full-HD touchscreen, the C302CA is both attractive and sturdy. Like all Chromebooks, the C302CA starts up in seconds and lasts all day long, thanks to a real-world battery life of around 10 hours with average use.
Paired with Chrome OS, its relatively low-end CPU provides stellar performance for most activities and with support for Android apps natively, Chromebooks are getting a real boost in value.