From thin, light and stylish budget notebooks to thick, robust powerhouse computers, laptops are on their way up rather than out. However, finding a laptop that suits your needs hasn’t become any easier considering all there is to choose from. So here’s my picks on the best laptops of 2016 categorised for you to narrow down your search.
Best Overall Gaming Laptop
Asus ROG G752VS OC Edition
Asus’ ROG G752VS OC, a sleek gunmetal and copper redesign with a vibrant 17.3-inch display sets a higher standard for high-powered portable gaming rigs. Featuring an overclocked Intel Core i7 6820HK CPU, and Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB GPU, this notebook is more than just a pretty face, delivering incredible overall performance, with enough power to spare for your VR cravings.
Best Workstation Laptop
Dell Precision 15 5510
Dell’s Precision 5510 is a well-crafted mobile workstation, boasting of a powerful Intel Xeon CPU, Nvidia M1000M Quadro graphics and an eye-popping 4K touch display, which is one of the sharpest and most impressive screens on any laptop with almost no bezel at all, which is ideal for CAD work, 3D animation or other graphically intensive business apps. Weighing 4.6-pound, this 15.6-inch workstation packs equal parts performance and portability.
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Best 2 in 1 Laptop
HP Spectre x360
Gorgeous, Slim and Speedy, that may be your first impressions when you see HP’s Spectre x360. Featuring one of Intel’s new 7th-Gen Core i5 or i7 CPUs (Kaby Lake), this 2 in 1 offers top-notch performance and an impressive battery life in a stunningly thin chassis. The 13.3-inch glossy full-HD touch display with super-thin side bezels complement to the Spectre’s gorgeous design. HP’s Spectre x360 is pretty much everything you want in a premium laptop!
Best Budget Windows 10 Laptop
Lenovo Ideapad 100S
The Lenovo Ideapad 100S is a lightweight, affordable and long-lasting Windows 10-powered laptop. Like any other system in this price range, the 11.6-inch 100S with its Intel Atom Z3735F CPU and 2GB RAM (non-expandable) offers a very modest performance that’s good enough for daily tasks such as web surfing, editing documents, viewing movies and multitasking. For a laptop this inexpensive, the Lenovo Ideapad 100S looks pretty decent with a classy matte finish and is available in red, blue, gray or white. This laptop is said to offer amazing typing experience.
Best Apple Laptop
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2016)
This year’s entry-level, 13-inch MacBook Pro doesn’t have the Touch Bar everyone is talking about, but that doesn’t make it a laptop not worth buying. Apple opted for a 6th-generation Core i5 CPU on the 13-inch MacBook Pro running at 2-GHz instead of the new Kaby-Lake CPUs every other manufacturer is going for, this year’s MacBook. You also get 8GB of RAM, 256GB of flash storage and Intel Iris Graphics 540. The result is a faster MacBook than the previous Pro but not as speedy as its competitors.