The best laptops, Premium laptops, cheap laptops, 2-in-1s, and more

The best laptops, Premium laptops, cheap laptops, 2-in-1s, and more

The laptop world has changed. New CPUs and GPUs—Yes, mobile discrete GPUs—bring laptops that are thinner, lighter and faster than ever before, even gaming laptops. And the progress: We saw the first Intel ‘ s 10th-generation, 10nm laptop CPU in Taipei at Computex, and we have our first 10-gene  benchmarks, such as it from official. It is used along with the 9. generation Core mobile processors and mobile-GeForce GTX 1650 and 1660 Ti graphics. Stay tuned for new models we bring in for review. 

11/07/2019:&nbsp Updated;Some of the latest laptops that we have tested are some of the best we have seen. Dell’s new XPS 13 7390, with its 6-core-Intel Core i7-10710U CPU, actually has models obsolete larger workhorse-and it is our new top pick for the best thin-and-light. Google pixel book to Go (via is probably the company’s best Chromebook yet, by the provision of a high quality laptop for a quite reasonable price. Read our report. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (available from is strong for the best convertible. It would be interesting if only for its spanking-new ice lake-CPU, but it is also amazingly small, and very fast. Read our report. Acer Swift 3 (2019) (available on Amazon) combines to break an 8-gen Whiskey lake chip and a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU for light gaming without breaking the bank. Read our report. 

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Here, the surface is too news, Microsoft on 2. October event in New York: 


  • The surface Pro X is a completely new 2-in-1 running the custom-built-SQ1-chip, a cooperation between Microsoft and Qualcomm. It has a large screen for its size, a new Slim pen that fits into a keyboard dock, and the promise of long battery life. Read Mark Hachman’s hands-on with the Surface Pro X for its first take. 
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  • The surface Laptop 3 branches from which a new 15-inch version along with the 13-inch. The larger model also AMD offers Ryzen processors in the consumer model (if it sticks with Intel for the corporate version). What they all appreciate is the new design, with a slim, aluminum, and impressive low weight. For more details, read Mark Hachman’s hands-on with the Surface Laptop 3. Also Gordon Mah Ung digs a bit deeper in the custom Ryzen Surface Edition-chip in the Laptop surface 3.
    Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 Mark Hachman / IDG

    Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 debuts with a stunning aluminum chassis (the previous Alcantara fabric, which are also still available). 

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  • The Surface Pro 7, which is essentially an incremental update of a well-established and successful product, but the changes are important: for the latest Intel-ice-lake-10-gen CPUs and USB-C. Mark Hachman went hands-on with the Surface Pro 7 at the New York event, and this is his story. 

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learn about the latest models that we have tested here, including: 



    • Dell XPS 13 7390 (about, with its 6-core-Intel Core i7-10710U CPU, is the first thin-and-light machine, left behind larger workhorse—models-with older 7th gen “H”-class CPUs, to be exact, but this is still unprecedented for something this tiny. Read our full review. 
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    • Google’s pixel book to Go (via is a very good, cheap Chromebook and our new top pick for the category. If you agree to the Chromebook universe, this laptop is well worth the purchase. Read our full review.
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    • Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (available from an almost-convertible actually capable of some gaming, with all the versatility of a convertible design. This is a formula that is a almost perfect laptop. Read our full review.
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    • Acer Swift 3 (2019) (available on Amazon) should win the kind of savvy notebook-PC buyers looking for a little more graphics oomph than the standard built-in GPU. read our full review.

Best thin-and-light laptop

It’s official: you can of power and light weight in the same laptop, and Dell’s new XPS 13 7390 is here to prove it. With its 6-core-Intel Core i7-10710U CPU, this thin, lightweight machine (available from -) actually has

And, no, before we worked it: The XPS 13 7390 and his comets-See-U CPU will not be faster than the current workstation, let’s say, a Smoking-fast, state-of-the-art Core i7-9750H. But it is the first ultraportable laptop to actually get to the older 7th gen “H overtaking”-class CPUs in heavier laptops, including those in its XPS 15 cousins.

The amount of power in this level of portability was just unheard of, just, well, the beginning of this year. read our full review. 

[$1,620, as tested; available on]

Best laptop under $500

If you are looking for a price for quad-core laptop, the less than three-quarters of an inch thick, the Acer Aspire 5 A515-54-51DJ could fit the bill values. This slim laptop packs in more than enough power for everyday computing tasks, and its quad-core performance is respectable, if from fear of reverence. A fingerprint reader, and almost the whole day battery life appeal to productivity-minded road warriors, although you’ll have to sign up for a display on the dim side. Read our full review.

[$529.99 MRSP as reviewed]

Best 14-inch /15-inch workhorse

“working animal” in need of laptops, in order to have enough CPU power and screen real estate, in order to work more productively, plus a good battery life, and portability for long days on the road. Dell XPS 15 9570 (available on Amazon) sets the standard: It is thin, but Packed full of features, fairly easily, and his 6-core Core i7 will keep you throughout the day. The 97 WH battery life, which lasted a whopping 14 hours in our video rundown test.

The much-vaunted XPS design is actually not changed much from previous generations—why mess with near-perfection?—but a highlight is an honest-to-goodness fingerprint reader. Read our full review.

[$1,666.69 in the review Amazon. You, of course, also available on “do not Remove” product-link]


The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (available from Lenovo) come in a close second for the XPS 15 9570. It packs a six-core core i7-8850H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q GPU and a 15.6-inch 4K screen in a package nearly four kilograms—a full half-pound lighter than a similarly configured XPS 15 9570. This is pretty awesome. Unfortunately, because it is a little slower than the Dell XPS 9570, and more expensive than comparable laptops, it misses the top Position. Corporate-types can actually prefer because of its vPro-absorbing Core i7-8850H CPU and other IT-minded perks and a fat budget, the premium. Read our full review.

the$1,395 to $3,727 ($3,149 tested.)

Best convertible laptop

Call the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1-the triple threat. It offers great performance in a surprisingly small package (and it’s convertible is also). It is also one of the first laptops to sport Intel’s new 10-gene-ice-lake-Core-i7-1065G7, based on a new 10nm-process-technology. 

The XPS 13 2-in-1 a couple of features that are likely to steam up some fans. The potential drama of this laptop is aside, just too perfect. Read our full review.

[$1,650 as reviewed]

Best budget convertible laptop

for years, Asus has offered great value in its notebooks and the ZenBook Flip (at Amazon) is a strong example for its affordable, powerful, offers. For $700, you get a fully-convertible notebook, the daily tasks with ease.

In fact, its prices, and specifications are practically identical with our favorite budget-ultrabook, the Asus UX305 (now discontinued). Inside you will receive a Core-m3-6Y30, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD, and outside there is a 1920 x 1080 IPS Display with anti-glare finish.

But despite the modest CPU, the Asus ZenBook Flip is pretty snappy. In our benchmarks, it’s actually better than the faster (and newer) Core m5 and m7 processors rival machines during the short CPU-intensive tasks. His storage drive is not a sissy, either.

This laptop is slim and lightweight, too. It measures 0.54 inch thick and 2.8 pounds, which keeps it in line with the expensive ultra-portables. You’re not saddled with coarser, dimensions or extra weight in exchange for a lower price.

A few compromises, there are: There is no backlight for the keyboard and the trackpad elastic is a bit. Still, it is a good thing in a price range usually nets you fat, ugly and made of plastic.

[$699 MSRP (256 GB model), $749 MSRP (512 GB model) were reviewed]

Best 2-in-1 / tablet / hybrid-laptop

This category originally started out as the best “interface” category, because, well, for a time, there was nothing, such as Microsoft’s 2-in-1 / tablet / hybrid.

The best surface-like device is not from Microsoft, though. Instead, our choice for our top 2-in-1 / tablet / hybrid Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 520 (currently about $876 on Amazon.) Apart from the fact that almost affordable, is delighted the Miix 520 us because of its 8. generation Core i5 CPU. Yup: This is a real quad-core CPU in a Surface-like device. Take that the iPad Pro.

If you turn your nose up to the Miix 520, because it is “only” a Core i5, just know that in multi-threaded CPU-bound tests, the you are looking at a 36-percent increase in performance over a high-end Core i7 Surface Pro.

So Yes, if you thought there was no way you could do CPU-Intensive tasks on a surface clone, you can. There is a price to be paid for, but you need to read our review for the details.

[$999 SRP were reviewed, including those for the keyboard cover and pen]


Samsung’s follow-up to their first 2-in-1 (available from Amazon) takes no extreme switches off the established path. It’s still incredibly thin and light, and offers even more stunning AMOLED screen, supports HDR.

But it is still not quite at our favorite convertible, and this is partly due to Samsung’s decision to sell both a small and a large version of the Galaxy book. The more affordable, lower-power Core-m3 model has a smaller 10.6-inch screen. If you want a 12-inch screen, you will have to jump to a starting price of $1,130.

Despite this two of the tougher decisions to the galaxy book is still compelling. It offers solid performance (10 hours of video playback on the 12-inch Core i5 model), and addresses some of our complaints with the Galaxy TabPro S. you now get two USB-C ports and the keyboard to secure tightly to the tablet. And of course, it has a beautiful display.

So, while it may not a great advantage in price, Samsung still manages to hold its own with some compelling features. Especially the contained pen—Microsoft’s equivalent of accessories, a $100 available as an option.

[$630 and $1,130 MSRP base price; $1,300 MSRP as reviewed]

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Released on Thu, 07 Nov 2019 22:28:00 +0000

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