When it comes to deciding on what laptop to buy you need to balance specification with price, reliability with design. Every manufacturer needs to get positive reviews from authoritative bodies as well as having an effective marketing strategy to promote its products in the competitive market place.
Here is one view on the market and the best alternatives within a number of categories; your priorities are then for you to decide:
- The Dell XPS 13 gets great overall marks for shape, screen size with quick performance and Intel processor. A further advantage is its endurance under charge. Lightweight it has few equals in today’s market place.
- If price is the determining factor in your purchase then look closely at the Ideapad 100S with its 11.6 inch screen, bright display, good battery life and Windows 10, That is all for under $200.
- The 14-inch Asus VivoBook E403SA is a little more expensive but still under $500. It has a Pentium processor, 4GB and good battery life. It is light and well designed.
- If you are starting a business yet do not want to spend too much money on a computer then the ThinkPad 13 may be the laptop for you. It has a great keyboard, good battery life and is likely to be available for around $600.
- For some battery life is the first consideration. ThinkPad X260 offers 17 hours on charge so you can take fairly long flights and have no problems whatever. The screen is 12.5 inches yet the laptop will fit on most airline tray tables.
- The best slim-line laptop is probably the HP Spectre, just 0.41 inch and weighing less than 2.5 pounds? It still has a 13 inch display incidentally.
- Apple has a loyal fan base and its top model currently is the MacBook Air 13-inch. 14 hours of battery, excellent keyboard and at a price below $1,000 are compelling reasons to choose it.
- The 14-inch ThinkPad T460 is an excellent choice for the businessman; durable, reliable and a good battery life are reasons enough.
- The Lenovo Yoga 900 is laptop and tablet in one. It is fairly compact as an added advantage.
- The Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW beats the MacBook Pro on price by some margin. It matches it for sharpness and is surely a good choice for those using a laptop for video and phot editing?
- The MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro is looking to attract the increasing number of people who want gaming functionality from their laptop.
- The best chromebook is probably the Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35. It is lightweight with a good battery life, 13.3 inch display and at a figure in the $300s it is an attractive alternative.
- The 11.6-inch Asus Chromebook C202 is an excellent choice for kids. It is only around $200 and is durable enough to survive its being dropped on occasions. It has an Intel Celeron processor and 4GB of Ram.
There is enough here to get you thinking next time you want to change your laptop computer.