Quite a few new laptops have appeared on the scene. How do you choose? Well, we have some suggestions based on size, performance, and additional features. One of these might be just the right one for you.
Dell has redesigned their XPS 13 laptop for 2015. The screen design is brilliant, with almost no edge, allowing for a 13.3 inch display in an 11 inch laptop. Total weight is 2.6 pounds, only 0.22 pounds heavier than the new MacBook Air of the same size. Fast speeds with an optional touchscreen upgrade (a pricey $500 if you want it) ranks this one high in the Ultrabook category.
The Acer Aspire S7-393 is an awesome Ultrabook. It has a new Broadwell processor that improves on last year’s S7, which we thought was impossible. It is very slim and quiet. At $1300, it’s expensive, but it’s worth it.
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is the latest in Lenovo’s Yoga Ultrabooks. The Yoga line features a hinge that folds all the way back so that the laptop can be used as a touchscreen tablet. The keyboard is pretty flat so that it isn’t clumsy when folded back, but the thin profile leads to a smaller battery and less battery life. If you are concerned about your keyboard getting dirty or scratched, this may not be the one for you.
Apple’s new MacBook Air features a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with 3MB shared L3 cache. It’s still the lightest around, with the 11” weighing in at 2.38 pounds and the 13” at 2.96 pounds. The Yosemite OS is the latest and includes tons of standard features and apps. These machines are made for graphics, so anyone in a design field will be thrilled with the Air. Again, it’s a pretty penny, but worth every one.
Samsung’s ATIV Book 9 Plus, an even more option-filled machine than its redesigned predecessor, has a sleek body, great screen resolution, long battery life, and finally an option for the Intel fifth generation processor.
MSI GT72 Dominator is a 17” gaming laptop that comes with NVIDIA’s newest GPU. Great graphics, impressive audio, easy keyboard design, and battery life are all a gamer’s dream… if they have at least $1700 to spare.
The Razer Blade laptop is thin and light, but offers all of the options of the best gaming laptops. It features a Core i7 processor with great screen resolution, but the battery takes a beating. Stay close to a power source after you drop $2200+ on this one.
HP Stream 11 is the supposed “Chromebook Killer” with its Windows OS. The main drawback of Chromebooks is having to learn to maneuver the Chromebook space. This small laptop is small, but the keyboard is still comfortable. It includes 1TB of cloud storage and beats the price of most Chromebooks at a mere $200. One thing you give up? Speed.
Depending on how you use your laptop, these are some of the best ones around. Consider what features are absolutely necessary and then make your choice and enjoy.