Shopping for a laptop is a pretty daunting task, more so now given the advent of Windows 8. The sheer number of laptop systems available online or in a store’s electronics section is enough to make your mind spin. Most people have a general idea of what their laptop should look like and what they want in terms of features, but are often intimidated by the choices available. That’s where we come in, with the 10 Best Laptops on the market today.
The first thing you need to consider is what you need in the laptop. Are you looking for something to compete on the gaming grid? Then a discrete graphics card and big screen are necessary components in the laptop you choose. Are you on a limited budget? Then be on the lookout for anything under $500 that offers at least a Core i3 CPU and 4GB of memory. If a business system is what you need, then security measures like a fingerprint reader and a TPM module are must-haves. For those who spend a lot of time on the road, then an ultrabook or an ultraportable will keep back and shoulder strain to a minimum. For those who need a system meant for watching movies, a Blu-ray player is a must-have feature.
The editors of PCMag.com test hundreds of systems each year to help you find the best laptop. There are a lot of laptops out there, from the large-screen desktop replacements to the lightweight ultraportables, and even laptop/tablet convertibles, but all share common features. In this story, we help you narrow your choices by collecting the top 10 laptops (equipped with either Windows 7 or Windows 8) on the market today.
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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2013)
Equipped with a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, the latest MacBook Air 13-inch shows decent performance gains. But it’s the ultraportable’s over 15 hours of battery life that blows away the competition. Read the full review ››
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (Retina Display)
The Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (Retina Display) is the best way to carry the pixels of a large-screen monitor with you on the road. It’s ideal for people who make their living with visuals. Read the full review ››
Acer C7 Chromebook (C710-2055)
The new version of the Acer C7 Chromebook is faster, longer lasting, and better all around. All this and its very low price tag makes it the best inexpensive Chromebook on the market. Read the full review ››
Asus VivoBook S400CA-UH51
The Asus VivoBook S400CA-UH51 is one of the least expensive ways to get a fully functional Windows 8 ultrabook. It’s a touch-screen ultrabook that gets the pricing and feature set right. Read the full review ››
Dell Latitude 6430u
With its slick design, excellent keyboard, and great battery life, the Dell Latitude 6430u is an easy choice for those who want productivity for work without having to settle for a drab, utilitarian business ultrabook. Read the full review ››
Dell Inspiron 17-3721
A large screen, good performance, nice price, and user-friendly features give the Dell Inspiron 17-3721 budget laptop a leg up on the competition. Read the full review ››
With its class-leading performance and admirable feature set, the Lenovo G580 is an excellent value with an affordable price tag that gives users plenty of bang for their buck. Read the full review ››
Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro
The Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro is the Windows 8 slate tablet to beat when you need the performance and convenience of a PC in a compact tablet form factor. Read the full review ››
Razer Blade (2013)
The oh-so-portable 14-inch Razer Blade has got you covered when you want to take your gaming on the road, with an Intel Haswell processor and the latest Nvidia graphics. Read the full review ››
By Laarni Almendrala Ragaza, PCMag