5 Best Laptops You Need to Know About

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In this article, we will discuss the best laptops you can buy.

This list includes a variety of different models and prices so there is something for everyone.

We’ve done our best to include a mix of Windows and macOS computers as well as those from HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, and others. Ultimately though it comes down to what your needs are – do you want a laptop that’s lightweight? Does that have a backlit keyboard? A gaming-centric machine or one with better battery life? Read on below for the best options out there today!

1. Apple MacBook Pro

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Apple’s latest laptops are built on the company’s “Thin-and-Light” design language, which includes the new MacBook Air models that were announced at WWDC in June 2017. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has a slimmer body than its predecessor, although it still weighs 4 lbs., making it heavier than most other laptops on this list. Laptop Mag gave the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar an Editors’ Choice award for its excellent construction quality and keyboard. The 13-inch version starts at $1,799 and has no Touch Bar or Touch ID support — but it does have a very slim body, great build quality, and a new “Force Touch” trackpad.

2. Dell XPS 13

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Not to be outdone by Apple, Dell also makes some of the thinnest laptops on this list thanks to its innovative design with an almost bezel-less display. The 1080p model has an optional backlit keyboard, a USB-C port that doubles as a charging port, and a decent selection of ports for a laptop this thin. The 2-in-1 model is equipped with Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors, which offer better performance than last year’s Skylake chips. If you don’t mind the lack of battery life in such a small package, you can’t go wrong with Dell’s latest XPS 13.

3. Asus ZenBook 3

If you thought Dell made slim laptops check out the 12.5-inch Asus ZenBook 3. This aluminum laptop is just 0.46 inches thick and weighs 2 lbs., making it one of the slimmest machines on this list. It comes preloaded with Windows 10 and 256 GB of speedy PCIe storage. Asus also added two USB-C ports, which are reversible, so you never have to worry about fumbling around trying to plug in the connector. The keyboard is comfortable to type on and it has a 1,920 x 1,080 touch screen.

4. HP Spectre x360

The HP Spectre x360 is a good middle ground between a traditional laptop and a 2-in-1. This stylish convertible features a Kaby Lake Core i5 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, an SD card reader, and USB 3.0 ports. It also has a beautiful edge-to-edge IPS display with 1920 x 1080 resolution. Laptop Mag gave the Spectre x360 a 4-star rating, noting that it’s a “solid choice for a business or consumer that wants style and performance without breaking the bank.”

5. Microsoft Surface Book

If you’re looking for an excellent Windows laptop with long battery life, 2-in-1 functionality, and plenty of performance, the Surface Book is an excellent option. Microsoft took its Surface Pro 4 tablet and put it into a keyboard dock, creating one of the most powerful 2-in-1 laptops on the market today. The Surface Book has a 13.5-inch display with 6 million pixels, making it perfect for watching movies or editing photos.

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