Laptops aren’t going anywhere soon, and despite the more affordable and compact appeal of tablets, the idea of throwing away a strong physical keyboard, waving goodbye to a reliable clamshell design and compromising on a nice big display just isn’t in the interests of mainstream users.
Instead, we’ve seen tablets decline in sales of late and evolve with designs resembling traditional laptop machines in order to survive. Just look at any high-end tablet on the market these days: fold-up physical keyboards are plenty to come by these days
So, if you’re in desperate need to know which laptop is the best for you, here’s our list of the best devices out there, in no particular order. Instead, we’ve listed them by the type of user you are. Go forth and inform yourself.
With an Intel Kaby Lake Core i7 processor, the latest Blade Stealth is by far powerful and power-efficient enough to not only run all the Word documents you’ve ever opened in your entire life simultaneously, but it’ll also handle some pretty graphically intense games, too. All on a stunning 4K 12.5in IGZO LED-backlit multi-touch display.
On the inside there’s an Intel Core i7 processor with HD Graphics 620, up to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. So much power for such a slim machine.
And if you’re REALLY in the mood, the Blade Stealth lets you change the lighting of each key on its keyboard, with more than 16.8 million colours to choose from. Just think of how many hours of your life you could waste doing that. You’d definitely be getting your money’s worth, that’s for sure.
It’s not strictly a “laptop” per se, but the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is still a decent laptop replacement in our eyes. It no spring chicken, though, and in fact, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of an updated device in the line for a while now, but that doesn’t go to say it’s not still a worthy contender.
For most tasks, including basic design work, the Surface Pro 4 will do the job well while providing a level of security, connectivity and visual fidelity that most convertibles, including those made for the enterprise, just can’t match.
With a starting price of £749 for the basic model, it’s about the same price as your above-average laptop, and with the added convenience of a fold-up keyboard, that makes it a much better travel companion. By far still one of the best 2-in-1 laptop/tablets you can get.
There’s a market full of funky laptops right now. From your 360-degree hinged ones, to your foldable keyboard ones, and even “I turn into a tablet” ones, too. But if it’s a no-fuss, good old clamshell laptop design you’re after, then the Dell XPS 13 is the machine for you.
It’s not only one of the most solidly built laptops we’ve ever tried, but it”s got a beautifully tiny bezel that makes you want to just hug it. That’s right, Dell managed to squeeze a 13.3in screen into the XPS 13’s 11in frame.
And it’s by no means all about the looks. On the inside there’s an Intel Core processor up to i7 alongside HD Graphics 620 and a 512GB SSD.
The Aspire S 13 is powered by an Intel Core CPU up to i7, Intel HD Graphics 620 and a maximum of 8GB of RAM. The 13.3in Full HD screen with anti-glare touchscreen IPS technology is also a delight. And despite the efficacy of the CPU, Acer’s MacBook Air imitation even manages a battery life of just under 8 hours.
This machine touts an Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia GeForce graphics, 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB PCIe3.0 SSD hard drive.
It’s 13.5in, 3,000 x 2,000 PixelSense Display might not appeal to all users – especially considering its somewhat peculiar 3:2 aspect, which is a little outside of the norm for most Ultrabooks. Nevertheless, you can’t argue with specs, and if its power you’re after, look no further.
The device sports a compact 10in display which is not only big enough for work on the go, but small enough to fit in a chassis that can be taken anywhere with you. Yep, the whole thing is super slim and super light, measuring 9.6mm thick and weighing just 690g, perfect for throwing in a small rucksack for those short business trips.
But what makes the Yoga Book unique is its zero-travel backlit touch Halo keyboard, which doubles up as a digitizer so you can draw or write using a stylus. There’s also a Real Pen feature, allowing you to switch from a digital to an ink tip to record a digital copy of whatever you draw or write on real paper. Is there anything this laptop cannot do?! Apparently not, as it packs a powerful punch, too. On the inside there’s an Intel Atom quad-core processor and 4GB of RAM.
Its 15in LED-backlit Retina display with verging-on-ridiculous 2,880 x 1,800 resolution is by far one of the best we’ve seen in a laptop. And thanks to its Intel Core i7 CPU and AMD Radeon Pro 460 graphics, it’s powerful enough to edit photos and videos with ease, and there’s even the innovative Touch Bar, which makes completing simple tasks blazingly fast.
This system comes with a vivid 14in Full HD display, and impressive keyboard and track pad, the HP Chromebook 14 is definitely one of our favourites. For just £200, the Chrome OS-powered machine strikes a decent balance between portability and screen size.
On the inside, there’s a 1.83GHz Intel Celeron N2940 processor joined by Intel HD Graphics and 4GB of RAM, by far enough for you to complete those daily tasks, such as browsing the web, tapping away on word documents and streaming an array of delightful content on Xtube.