Although it’s fairly common to spend a lot of time on smartphones these days, laptops are still in demand. The are needed for die hard gamers, simple everyday browsing and work. As with any gadget there is a wide range of price points you can choose from. It doesn’t matter is you choose a heavyweight for the graphics card it holds for professional video editing or a combo of a tablet and laptop for the best of both worlds.
It doesn’t matter where you fit yourself…as a die hard gamer or a thrifty shopper, we’ve scoured the web to find you a laptop to suit your budget and expectations. Check out the five laptops we consider to be top.
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The Laptop for the Gamer: MSI GS65 Stealth
The MSI GS65 Stealth will impress any die hard gamer. From its speedy processing (Intel Core i7-8750) to its Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. The quality of video gaming is incredible. It stands at just over ½” thick with Intel’s Coffee Lake processor inside. The display is worth every inch of its 15.6 high definition. It sports a 144Hz panel with anti glare technology.
It loads games, programs and software at super speed with a 256gig solid-state hard drive. Even though it’s standard memory is 16GB, it is easy to upgrade to 32GB.
The MSI GS65 starts at $1849.99.
Pro: Powerful, Thin and Sleek.
Con: It can get quite hot when gaming.
The College Laptop: Lenovo Yoga 920
As yet name suggests, the Lenovo Yoga 920 is a flexible laptop that you can fold in different positions. It also boasts a touchscreen on its 13.9” IPS display with an LED backlight.
It features 8GB of memory with an Intel Core i7-8550U processor. The solid-state drive (256GB) is able to load software quickly.
For the student on the move, it only weighs 3 pounds and measures just around ½” thick. It also has around 10hours of battery life and USB 3.0 ports which are always powered on. You can charge devices anytime and anywhere.
It also utilises Windows Ink technology with Lenovo’s Active Pen 2.
The Lenovo Yoga 920 starts at $1,134.
Pro: Easy to carry, thin, fast, lightweight.
Con: No DVD drive.
The Business Laptop: Apple MacBook Pro
This laptop ( 2018 MacBook Pro) features two sizes 13” and 15”. The bigger size is more suited to those who require more space for example when working on spreadsheets or documents and other business tasks. Cool features include the new Touch Bar, the infamous Retina display with True Tone and four Thunderbolt 3.0 ports for easy connectivity. It also comes with a 2.2GHz Intel i7 processor and a Radeon Pro 555X graphics card with 4GB of GDDR5 memory.
The solid state hard drive is quick with 256GB. The starting price of the MacBook Pro is $2,399.
Pro: Cool Touch Bar, speedy processor and Retina Display.
Con: Quality doesn’t come cheap.
The Home Laptop : Dell XPS 13
We chose the Dell XPS 13 13 for the top pick home computer because of what it offers all round. It could have easily fitted into a few categories before, but may have fallen short in other ones. It is however, pocket friendly with enough specs to still be worth it.
It’s almost bezel-free display with 4K resolution is hands down one of the best designs on the market. The UHD Graphics 620 card isn’t for the die-hard gamer, but for at home activities such as amateur video edits and basic gaming requiring low-medium quality, this is just right.
It features Intel’s i5 and i7 processors depending on which option you choose with either 8 or 16GB of memory. The expandable 256GB solid-state hard drive can go up to 1TB if you need it to. This laptop has two USB ports, a centred camera and a MiniDisplay port for external connections such as a monitor. The Dell XPS 13 starts at $799.
Pro: A great quality display, lightweight..
Con: It is costly for an at home laptop.
The Laptop on a Budget: Acer Aspire E 15
The Acer Aspire E 15. is a powerful, quick, budget friendly option with more than adequate storage. It has a wide display of 15.6” with HD Resolution and features the Intel Core i5-8250U and a graphics card (the Nvidia GeForce MX150) which is dependable for light gaming.
The 8GB, 256GB solid state drive option with a discrete graphics card would set you back around $600, but you can hold onto your cash by opting for the 4GB, no graphics card and 1TB hard drive. This model costs just $350.
Pro: Easy on your pocket.
Con: It’s heavier than most models and a bit chunky.