Laptops have come a long way from the days when they had very little power and the battery seemed to run out almost immediately. There’s also a larger variety than there used to be. You can now get a laptop specifically for gaming, or for business, and they even come in a range of colors.
If you’re just beginning your search of laptop computers, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer number of brands and models out there. Fortunately, we have the internet to provide us with recommendations for the best Laptop Brands currently for sale, and what will be coming out soon.
Which Is the Best Laptop for Personal Use?
Techradar recently published their list of top 15 laptops for 2018 and who are we to argue? However, 15 is still a high number, particularly for those of us who aren’t great at making decisions when we are given too many options. Whether you’re looking for a Windows laptop or a Mac, whether it’s for gaming or for typing your memoirs, at least one of the following five laptops is going to be perfect for you.
This is the laptop you want if you’re one of those people that’s still up at 3am playing the latest game. It has an 1080p screen, GTX 1080 graphics, and core i7 CPU. It has 16GB DDR4 RAM and full HD (120Hz Nvidia G-Sync) This is a powerful, yet light and easily portable gaming laptop. It’s going to set you back around $35,000 but you’ll consider it money well spent.
If you’re a stalwart apple fan, this is your best choice for 2018. Specs include Core i5-i7 CPU, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640-650, 8-16GB RAM with 256GB storage and a 13.3inch screen. At a cost of $1,440, it’s reasonably priced.
The cheapest option on our list, the Lenovo Yoga Book is a 2-in-1 laptop so can also be used as a tablet. This is your best option if you intend to watch a few videos, and create some digital art. It carries Intel Atom Graphics, Intel Atom x5-Z8550 CPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD storage and up to 128GB microSD. It has a 10.1in full HD IPS touchscreen and costs around $680.
The Asus Zenbook has consistently appeared on top 10 lists for a while now and why not? Even its name sounds relaxing. It’s known for its ease of use, and it’s light, functional design. Specs include:
- CPU: Intel Core i3 – i5
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
- RAM: 8GB
- Screen: 13.3-inch up to QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800)
- Storage: 256GB SSD
The Zenbook really does live up to its reputation and if you’re looking for a good, all-rounder, this is the laptop for you. The cost is around $1091.
1. Dell XPS 13
Good old Dell. TechRadar has deemed it the best laptop for three years in a row now and insists it just keeps getting better. Here are the specs:
- CPU: 8th generation Intel Core i5 – i7
- Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
- RAM: 8GB – 16GB
- Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – 4k (3840 x 2160) UltraSharp InfinityEdge touch display
- Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD
- Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 1 x USB-C 3.1, micro SD card reader, headset jack
- Connectivity: Killer 1435 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
- Camera: Widescreen HD (720p) webcam with 4 array digital microphones
- Weight: 2.67 pounds (1.21kg)
- Size: 11.9 x 7.8 x 0.3-0.46 inches (3.02 x 1.99 x 0.78-1.16cm; W x D x H)
The price starts at $999 and the 2018 version has a new 4K display and is even more powerful. It features 3 USB ports and a microSD card port. You can get this in the new rose gold color if you choose and the keyboard remains in alpine white. The webcam has four microphones which produce a much clearer sound.
Which Laptops Are the Best for Business Use?
We would happily recommend any of the above laptops for use in business, except for perhaps the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501, which is a gaming laptop. As computer technology advances the gap between business and personal use gets narrower.
Most of the laptops in our top 5 list can be enhanced with extra components, memory and accessories. However, due to the high quality of performance these computers offer, you may find you don’t need any extras. Not until next year’s top 5 list comes out at least.