best laptop 2018

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Laptops are still powerful for digital and typing works. Smartphones surprisingly couldn’t replace them with creative apps available on App Stores. I have prepared a table below consisiting best laptops 2019 Top 10 list.

Laptop NameProcessor SpeedRAM Size
Apple MacBook Air
2.9 GHz8 GB
ASUS ZenBook 3
2.5 GHz8 GB
HP ENVY
1.8 GHz8 GB
Acer Chromebook CB3
2.16 GHz4GB
Lenovo IdeaPad 120S
-2 GB
Lenovo Yoga 710
1.5 GHz4 GB
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
3 GHz8 GB
Lenovo IdeaPad 320
3.6GHz8GB
Acer Aspire E 15
3.4GHz8GB
2018 Dell Inspiron 5000
3.4GHz8GB

Introduction

Laptops play an important role in our lives. No matter how powerful are the desktop computers or how portable and light the tablets are, the laptops are still one of the most popular personal computers sold in the market. Due to the many developments in computer hardware, now laptops have become much faster and slimmer, yet their battery life have increased. Because of that even a gaming laptops have become very portable and slick. For a while laptop industry has been stagnant and nothing new has been developed. However, in the last few years many new developments have been created. 2018 was also very active in the laptop industry and largely due to the Ryzen processors created by AMD. Even though, those processors came out at the end of the year, it forced Intel to create first four core and eight threads processors. 2019 is expected to be even more eventful as many Ryzen laptop CPU and APU will be available in many laptops. The important thing about those APU is that they are based on Vega Graphics, which should provide ample performance at a small cost.

Anyway, going back to the laptop topic, why many people still prefer laptops when they are slower and more expensive than the desktop computers? First reason is that laptops are portable. They can be taken anywhere with ease and have a battery that will last good two or three hours on a single charge. Second reason is that they are powerful enough to handle many daily tasks that people need them to do and sometimes powerful enough for work and do some gaming. These two reasons justify why many people still buy laptops.

Best Laptops 2019

This review consist of 10 laptops that we feel like are the best representatives for their category. We only include few per category. We also choose only the ones that are available online through retailers such as Ebay and Amazon. The reason for doing so is because different places have different laptops and it is difficult to check each one of them. Choosing the ones that are available online makes the choosing process easier and buyers will find it easier to buy from them and wait for delivery instead of running between computer stores looking for the model they want to buy. For categories, we have a budget category which is made of cheap but great value laptops. They are cheap, but they are not bad. Acer Chromebook CB3 and Lenovo IdeaPad 120S both feature decent hardware, good battery life and a beautiful design. For transformer laptop, we mean laptops that are two in one or ones that can convert into a tablet. These laptops are light and feature a touchscreen and good battery life. They are more versatile than normal laptops and cost cheaper than ultrabooks. For mid-range laptop we mean laptops that does not cost too much and provide ample performance. They all have great performance with decent battery life and great looking design. Lastly, the ultrabooks are the expensive thin laptops made from metals. They feature good hardware, but because they are very thin, they have to use very expensive hardware and cooling solutions. Despite that they look gorgeous and worth the price difference if the user wants the best looking and thinnest laptop. Let’s look at the laptops that we have chosen for this list:

Best budget

Acer Chromebook CB3

Starting off with the cheapest one from this list. This is a Chromebook, which means it is based on Chrome OS instead of Windows that we are used to. Since the requirements for the Chrome OS are lighter and it is more similar to Android OS, this laptop features weaker hardware. Despite being weak, this laptop is surprisingly snappy and can easily handle any everyday tasks such as checking emails, browsing, social media and some typing.

For the hardware it comes with Intel Celeron N2840 Dual-Core Processor with 2.16GHz speed, 2GB of DDR3L Onboard Memory and 16GB internal storage. For the graphics card it uses Intel HD Graphics. They do not sound very powerful and any people will be concerned with just 16GB storage and only two gigabytes of memory. However, combined with Google Chrome Operating System, this laptops is fast enough for daily usage. RAM and storage are not upgradable as they are soldered into the motherboard. These are the compromises some cheaper laptops have to make to be able to keep their cost down. Despite that, this laptop has an SD card slot and supports up to 256GB of storage.

The screen is 11.6 inch Widescreen IPS Display with 1366 x 768 resolution. This is good enough for daily use and because it is just 12 inches, the image looks sharp and IPS provides good contrast and color quality. For audio it features two built-in stereo speakers with High-Definition audio support. The speakers just ok and we recommend using external speakers or headphones. This laptop also features HD camera on the top for Skype calls. However, it is just ok quality and we only recommend it for Skype, as it is not good for taking pictures or videos.

For connectivity we got 802.11ac WiFi which is dual-band. It also has one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port and one HDMI port with HDCP support. For battery we got 3-cell Li-Ion 3220 mAh Battery which can go up to 9 hours on a single charge.  

This laptop is not a powerhouse, but it is decent enough. This laptop will be great for students who just started learning computers or elderly, who only need to check some emails or do slight typing.

Lenovo IdeaPad 120S

This is a second budget laptop in this list. One of the main strengths of this laptop is its design, which looks like an ultrabook. This laptop does not look cheap. However, after touching it you will easily feel the plastic it is made of. This laptop comes with a Windows 10 operating system, unlike Acer laptop. Because of that this laptop is slightly more expensive.

For the hardware it features Intel Celeron N3350 processor, 2GB Ram and 32GB SSD for storage. Graphics card is also integrated Intel GPU. Just like Acer one, RAM and SSD are not upgradable, but storage can be extended using SD card slot and the laptop supports up to 256GB of storage. This laptop features slightly faster processor. This laptop, just like the other one, is meant for light usage such as typing assignments, checking emails and social media. For those applications this laptop is going to be more than enough.

For the screen we have 14 inch HD screen with 1366×768 resolution. This is an LED screen and not IPS. For normal usage it is more than enough. Screen is good enough, but not the greatest. For its price point it is decent enough. It also features two USB 3.0 ports and one HDMI port for connectivity. However, this can be extended using USB Type C port and the adapter. For connectivity we have 802.11ac WIFI and Bluetooth 4.0.

The battery is stated to last up to 8 hours. This laptop might not be most powerful one, but it has good hardware, budget friendly price tag, good connectivity options and beautiful design.  

Best transformer

Lenovo Yoga 710

This is the first transformer laptop and it features 12 inch touch screen which can be rotated 360 degrees and the laptop will become like a tablet. This laptop is made from aluminum for strength. In terms of design, this laptop is very thin and beautiful looking. It reminds of an ultrabook due to the light weight and thin aluminum body.

Never the less, this laptop features Intel Pentium 4405Y dual-core processor with 1.5 GHz boost speeds, 4GB DDR3 memory, 128GB SSD for storage. The storage can also be extended using SD cards and just like others it supports up to 256GB. Graphics card is Intel HD 515 integrated graphics. This laptop is fast enough for everyday tasks, such as internet browsing, e-mail and social media. This laptop can handle some heavy use and media playback with easy.

The main strengths of this laptop is 11.6 inch IPS display with 1920 x 1080 resolution. The screen supports multitouch with up to 10 points. The screen is convertible 360 degrees with flip-and-fold design. This laptop does not feature any optical drives as it is too small. Laptop also features HD webcam which is just like other cameras is only good for chatting.

For connectivity this laptop features Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac WIFI, 1 USB 3.0, 1 Micro HDMI, and headphone and microphone combo jack. One of the main disadvantages of this laptop that it comes with just one USB connection, which is in most cases will not be sufficient. We do recommend the user to buy a USB dongle, preferable the USB 3.0 one.

This laptop comes with Windows 10 64 bit operating system. The battery for this unit is a 4 cell battery which can power this laptop up to 9 hours of operation. This laptop is very thin and lightweight. Overall, this laptop is beautiful, thin and in fast enough for daily use. The only problem with this model is that the connectivity suffers due to thin design with only one USB connection available.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Microsoft surface is one of the most popular Windows tablets available on the market. It is also one of the most expensive one. It comes in several versions with different processors, memory and storage options. It features full version of Windows 10 Pro operating system, unlike some tablets that use cut down version of the Windows operating system to make their tablets faster. The reason for including this one in this list is that it comes with a detachable keyboard and features a powerful hardware. This version comes with a hefty price tag, but it can be justified with the hardware it brings with itself.

For the hardware it features 3 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD for storage. The storage can be extended using SD card. For graphics card it uses Intel integrated GPU. In terms of the performance, this laptop should be fast enough for anything except gaming and productivity software. This laptop can easily handle any everyday tasks that normal users will throw at it.

The screen is 12.3” PixelSense Touchscreen with 2736 x 1824 resolution. This screen is a good on with good and vivid colors and good viewing angles. The screen supports pen input and can be used for drawing. The screen is really sharp due to the high resolution. This screen is one of the best screens available on a tablet.

For connectivity this laptop comes with 802.11abg WIFI and Bluetooth 4.0. For the USB it comes with one USB 3.0 and one mini DP connector. The main camera is 8MP shooter and front camera is 5MP one. They are good enough for calls and chatting, as well as taking pictures. Not the best cameras out there, but it is miles better than a camera on other laptops. Battery life is 9 hours with screen on, which is incredible given the processing power this laptop has.

Overall, this is a very powerful laptop. It has great screen and good cameras. The design is beautiful and it is lightweight. It is made from aluminum and very sturdy. The battery life is good too. One of the main weaknesses of this laptop is the price tag. If you are willing to spend that money to get one of the most powerful tablets that can easily replace a laptop, yet small and light, then Surface Pro 4 is for you.

Best midranges

Lenovo IdeaPad 320

Coming back to the traditional laptops, this IdeaPad laptop is one of the best value for money products. It features AMD CPU and AMD graphics card that can handle light gaming and all that just little bit more than $500. In terms of design, it looks clean and minimalistic. The laptop is thin as compared to many other laptops. In terms of looks it is above average.

First of all, this laptop comes with AMD Quad-Core A12-9720P processor 2.7 GHz speed and which can go up to 3.6GHz speed in Turbo Mode. Furthermore it features 8GB DDR4 memory and 256GB Solid State Drive for storage. The graphics card here is not an integrated one, but a dedicated AMD Radeon R7 Graphics. It is not one of the most powerful graphic cards, but combined with just HD screen, it is decent enough to handle some online gaming or even older titles from 2010-2012 with decent settings. It is still miles better than Intel integrated GPU. This laptop is powerful enough for almost any tasks and will not slow you down with slow performance.

For screen we have 15.6 inch LED Display with1366 x 768 resolution. It is good enough for browsing and dally use. However, it has a small resolution for its size and it is not a fancy IPS panel. It might not be the best, but it is not the worst. Overall, it gets the job done.

For the connectivity we have two USB 3.0 ports, one USB-C port, one HDMI connector, one LAN connector, a headphone and microphone combo jack and lastly 4 in 1 Card reader. In terms of connectors, this laptop has sufficient amount of connectors. Furthermore in has Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11bgn WIFI. HD quality webcam is just like other laptop camera with bad quality. This laptop also features a slim DVDRW Drive. However, most of the things being available online in a digital format, I doubt anyone still using it. The laptops comes with Windows 10 Home 64-Bit operating system. The battery life is up to 5 hours, which is average for the laptops nowadays.

Overall, this laptop might look and feel average, however it features decent enough hardware for everyday performance and some light gaming. This laptop is one of the best value laptops available out there.

Acer Aspire E 15

This is another great midrange laptops available out there. This laptop cost just little bit more than IdeaPad laptop, but it features better screen, processor and graphics card. In terms of design, it comes in black color. The design is nice looking. However, this laptop is a bit thick, especially compared to other laptops in this list.

For the processor, this laptop features new Intel Core i5-8250U quad core four threads processor with up to 3.4GHz speed. There are also 8GB DDR4 ram which can be upgraded up to 16GB and 256GB SSD for storage. The graphics card is NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2 GB dedicated video memory. Combined together, they can handle any type of workloads. I will not recommend this laptop for video editing or 3D design, but for other productivity software it should be just enough. This laptop also can easily handle some gaming also. The screen resolution is high here, so some game settings will have to remain at low. Despite that, it should handle some older titles with ease.

The screen here is 15.6 inch Full HD LED display. Since it is a large screen, it requires higher resolution to keep details sharp. That is why they went with 1920 x1080 screen instead of usual 1366×768 resolution. This provides plenty of details and the screen is good enough for everyday tasks. It is not very color accurate, since it is cheaper TN panel instead of IPS. This is something to keep in mind when doing photo editing on this laptop.

For connectivity it comes with a bunch of connectivity options. We have dual band 802.11ac WIFI with Bluetooth 4.1. There are many ports around this laptop. We have one USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1 port, two USB 3.0 ports, one which supports power-off charging, one USB 2.0 port and one HDMI Port with HDCP support. There is HD Webcam supporting High Dynamic Range, but just like other laptop cameras, it is just enough for video chatting. There is also DVD RW player which might be useful for someone burning their work to CD or DVD for submission.  

For the battery there is 6-cell Li-Ion battery with 2800mAh capacity. It is stated that it can provide up to 15 hours of battery life. This is just amazing for a laptop in this category. For operating system we have Windows 10 Home.

Overall, this laptop is big and a thick, however it compensates for that with exceptional battery life, great connectivity options and decent performance. This laptop will be great for those who want something with slightly more power and do not mind a thicker laptop.

Dell Inspiron 5000

This is the last laptop in this category and it is 2018 model, which means it is made from latest hardware available in the market. It is priced between Lenovo and Acer laptops. In terms of hardware it is very similar with Acer laptop, except the graphics card being the Intel integrated graphics instead of NVIDIA one. This laptop trades SSD for bigger size HDD and faster graphics card for a touch screen with IPS technology.

As stated before, the processor is the newest Intel 8th generation quad core i5-8250U CPU with boost speed of up to 3.4GHz. RAM is 8GB DDR4 2400 MHz and can be upgraded to 16GB if the user wants to. For storage we have 1TB 5400 RPM HDD instead of SSD. Here you will be sacrificing the speed of SSD for bigger storage. There is a possibility to install SSD if the user wants. For graphic card we got Intel UHD Graphics 620. This laptop is fast enough for daily tasks, but it is not suited for gaming or productivity work.

The screen 15.6 inch Full HD IPS touchscreen panel with 1920×1080 resolution and up to ten fingers multi-touch support. The screen is good with good colors, great visibility, sharp images, vivid colors and being a touch screen it is very easy to navigate and use this laptop. Screen here is much better than Acer’s LED screen and supports touch input unlike Lenovo one.

Despite this laptop being thinner than Acer one, it still features a tons of connectivity options. There is one USB 3.1 Type-C port, two USB 3.1 and one USB 2.0 Type-A ports, one HDMI version 1.4b connector, headphone and microphone combo jack for headphones with Waves MaxxAudio Pro audio engine and a LAN port. For wireless connections there are 802.11ac WIFI and Bluetooth 4.2. There is a DVD RW player and 720p HD webcam with potato quality. There is also a 3-in-1 card reader. Furthermore, this laptop is the only laptop in this category that features a backlit keyboard. Operating system is Windows 10 64-bit.

If you are looking for a thin and powerful system, with good processor, a lot of storage, a touch screen and many upgrade options, then this laptop is for you.

Best ultrabooks

Apple MacBook Air 13.3″

There is no ultrabook list without a MacBook, a father of all ultrabooks. Apple has been famous for making one of the best ultrabooks and thin laptops. This is very thin aluminum laptop made from high quality materials. It feels premium and performs well despite being very thin. It uses Apple’s own Mac OS. It is fast and snappy, however some users might find it difficult to use at first.

The hardware is an Intel Core i5 2.8GHz with two cores and four threads. RAM is 8 GB DDR3 memory and storage 128 GB SSD. Graphics are provided by integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000. In terms of hardware it might not sound so powerful, however we are talking about a laptop that is thin like a tablet. Furthermore, because of Mac OS the hardware is more than enough for any daily tasks. It might not be suited for gaming or productivity work. Despite that it is powerful enough for an average user to do daily tasks.

The screen of this ultrabook is 13.3 inch with 1440 x 900 resolution. It is a good quality one as expected from Apple products. Overall, the screen is great with good details, sharp images and vivid colors.

For connectivity we got two Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 ports. For wireless we have dual-band 802.11ac WIFI and Bluetooth 4.0. This unit has built-in stereo speakers with decent volume and quality. We do recommend dedicated speakers or headphones that can be connected through headphone and microphone combo jack. There is also HD camera present here, but again it is only suitable for video calls. The battery life 12 hours on a single charge which is great.

This unit also comes with a gift bundle, which include fitted carrying case, wireless mouse, eDigitalUSA stylus pen, cleaning kit and microfiber cleaning cloth. Overall this unit is very nice looking one with decent performance, good connectivity and snappy performance due to the Mac OS.

ASUS ZenBook 3 UX390UA

This is one of the latest ZenBook ultrabooks from ASUS. It is crafted from premium aerospace-grade aluminum which makes this laptop very thin and very lightweight. In terms of design this unit is gorgeous and it looks and feels very premium. It is also much cheaper than MacBook Air from Apple.

For processing we have 7th generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor with up to 3.1 GHz turbo speed. This processor is cooled by copper-alloy heat pipe and liquid-crystal-polymer fan. Memory is 8GB RAM and storage is 256GB SSD. Due to the small and thin construction this ultrabook can only come with integrated Intel HD graphics. In terms of performance, this unit is powerful enough to handle and daily tasks and media. This laptop will not be suited for gaming and video editing.

The screen is great too with 12.5 inch IPS Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on top of the screen for protection. This means the screen very well protected from damage. This laptop also features ultra-slim bezel around the screen. The screen is very good one with great clarity, picture quality and color reproduction.

For wireless we have 802.11ac WIFI and Bluetooth 4.0. There is one and only USB 3.1 Type C connector. For those who want to use this laptop we recommend buying an adapter with several USB ports. The camera here is a bit better with 1.2MP, it is good for video calling and still not suitable for taking pictures. There is also no DVD player as it cannot be fitted into such a thin laptop. For audio this unit has 4 separate Harman Kardon speakers and four-channel amplifier for high-quality surround-sound audio.

The battery is Li-Polymer unit that can provide up to 9 hours of battery life. This laptop also features fast charging capable of charging this laptop to 60% in just 49 minutes. The unit comes with Windows 10 Home operating system. There is also built-in fingerprint sensor for security and ASUS 1-year Accidental Damage Protection.

This is one of the cheapest and nice looking thin laptops with only one problem and iot is connectivity. Other than that this is a great laptop with great performance and gorgeous looking design.

HP ENVY 13-inch Laptop

This is our last ultrabook and it is one of the most expensive one. The reason for that is that it features latest Intel hardware inside. In terms of design this unit is also very beautiful. This laptop is also made from aluminum and it look even more beautiful than other two ultrabooks.

For processor we have 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U quad-core processor with turbo speeds up to 4GHz. For memory we have 8GB DDR4 and for storage 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, which is blazing fast and reliable. For graphics card we have Intel integrated GPU. In terms of performance this unit can handle almost anything that user will throw at it, with exception of gaming and productivity software.

Screen here is also one of the best ones. It is 13.3 inch Full HD 1920×1080 resolution IPS display. It is a touch screen unit with multitouch enabled with up to 10 finger support. The bezels of this laptop are very thin and even thinner than ASUS ones. In terms of picture quality and colors this unit is great and same level as ASUS. However, the touch screen that makes it better than the rest of the two models.

In terms of connectivity this model is much better than Apple and ASUS. Wireless connectivity are 802.11ac WIFI and Bluetooth 4.0. For connectors we have two USB Type C 3.1 connectors and two USB 3.1 Type A connectors. This unit also has a card reader and headphone and microphone combo jack connector. In terms of connectivity it does not disappoint. The audio quality is also great and can easily rival ASUS. The battery can go up to 14 hours of mixed use and 12 hours of media use. This unit comes with Windows 10 Home edition operating system.

Overall, this is indeed one of the best ultrabooks available on the market. It might be the most expensive one, however it worth the price. The performance is great, screen is great and design is beautiful.

How to choose a laptop

There are many great laptops out there. Sometimes it is difficult for any reviewer to review all of them or create a list like this that includes all of them. However, when customers know how to choose a laptop, they will be able to choose the laptop that suits their needs the best. When it comes to laptops, there are few elements that we need to keep in mind when choosing the right one for you. Those elements are processor, graphics card, memory and storage, screen, connectors, battery life and design.

When it comes to processor, this is the most important thing to consider when buying a laptop. Buying a processor that is too powerful, while skipping on other elements will make the computer sluggish and stutter over a time. It will also affect the battery life negatively. While buying a processor that is too slow, it will make your life miserable and make you suffer. That is why choosing the right one is very important. For people who us their laptops very rarely and just want some light web browsing and typing, then a Celeron or Pentium CPU will be most suited, or even i3 processor will be needed. For those who use their laptops heavily, something like an i5 or Ryzen 5 will be best suited. For those who use their laptops for editing or gaming i7 and Ryzen 7 is the solution.

Next element is the graphics card. Graphics card is responsible for turning the output from the processor into images and show them on a screen. Most budget laptops are using integrated graphics from Intel, which is ok for casual use but totally suck for heavy use. That is why for heavy use we recommend NVIDIA graphics, like MX150. Hopefully, new AMD APU’s will be able to bring good performance graphics to budget laptops in 2018.

RAM and hard drive storage are also very important. For current laptops we recommend minimum of 4GB of storage. That is even bare minimum for budget laptops as even web browsing and typing nowadays need around 3-4GB of RAM. If you have 4GB it will be more than enough. However, if you are planning to add more RAM to this, we do not recommend because the RAM prices are very high right now that it does not justify some 15-20% increase in performance. If you are looking for high performance laptop, better to choose the one that is coming with minimum of 8GB RAM. As for storage, most of the laptops come with 500GB or 1TB hard drives and even some SSD. This is more than enough for most users.

Another important point is the screen. Good screen makes the user experience more pleasant and causes less damage to the eyes. Most laptops come with average displays and ones with good quality OLED panels are a bit expensive.

Connectors are very important to the users. Some expensive laptops come with one or two USB Type C connectors and the adapter is not available in the box and users have to buy the adapter themselves. It is very important to check the connectors before buying the laptops. The laptop must have at least two USB connectors and maybe another USB Type C connector. Furthermore, HDMI connector is really great. Lastly audio connectors for connecting speakers or headphones. If the laptop only features one USB Type C, then be ready to buy an adapter. However, need to check first if the laptop support charging through the adapter and if not, we recommend you to stay away from it as it will be hassle to unplug everything and the adapter each time you need to charge your laptop.

Lastly battery life and design are both important. Just few years ago laptops barely lasted two hours on a single charge. Now, most of the laptops can go three or four hours, with some even going up to 8 hours of usage time. If laptop can last longer, it means it will be very useful. Most places has limited power sockets and now they are mostly occupied by smartphones. Plus laptops cannot be charged by a power banks. That is why buying the laptop with good battery life is important. When it comes to design though, many laptops now look more than just a plastic boxes. They are thin and has many color choices. Design is something that is different from one person to another and depends on the preferences.

To sum up, the above elements are very imrpotant when choosing a laptop. We recommend that the user combines the elements that they want their laptop to have and compare the choices with their budget. If their budget is not enough then they can make some compromises and if carefully choose the elements the compromises sometimes can affect the performance very little.

Conclusion

Those above laptops are just few of the great laptops available out there. No matter what kind of use or design you are looking for, this list can provide you with the right laptop just for you. Additionally, if you want a laptop  for writing go to this page

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