The Best Laptops

The Best Laptops

The researchMac or Windows (or something else)?For most people: The best ultrabookThe best Mac laptopThe best cheap ultrabookThe best ChromebookThe best budget Windows laptopThe best Windows laptop for photo and video edHarga Laptop Lenovo Medan itingThe best budget gaming laptopThe best business laptopThe best 2-in-1 laptopFootnotesFrequently asked questions

Mac or Windows (or something else)?

Many people already know whether they want a MacBook or a Windows laptop: If you’re already familiar Grosir Laptop Lenovo Medan with macOS or Windows, the easiest choice is to buy a computer that runs that operating system. That said, macOS and Windows have never been more similar, and most popular apps work just as well on either platform (or at least have alternatives that work similarly). If you’re interested in switching, it isn’t as big a deal as it used to be.1

If you’re not tied to a platform, the biggest factor is how easy it is to get support. Do most of your family and friends use Macs? Do you have an Apple Store nearby? Do your most tech-savvy friends use Windows? If you’re a student, does your school have a help desk? Will your company’s IT department provide support for your home computer? If you’re not a self-sufficient techie and want the best service for your computer, buy a Mac, because you can take it to any Apple Store to get it fixed. No other computer maker provides that level of support. (If you are self-sufficient, go with what you like.)

Alternatively, since more tasks can be accomplished in a browser, without your downloading and installing any apps, you might not even need a traditional operating system—a Chromebook may be all you need.

For most people: The best ultrabookOur pick

Dell XPS 13 (9310)The best ultrabookThe Dell XPS 13 is thin and light, and it has long battery life, a great keyboard, a reliable trackpad, and a spacious screen.Buying Options*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,080.

Recommended configurationProcessor:Intel Core i5-1135G7Screen:13.4-inch 1920×1200 non-touchMemory:8 GBWeight:dua.64 poundsStorage:256 GB SSDTested battery life:12.lima hours

Who these are for: Ultrabooks are the best laptops for most people, including college students, writers, office workers, and commuters. They have great keyboards, screens, and battery life, they offer enough power to do everything most people need a computer for, and they’re thin, light, and portable. You should expect to pay between $900 and $1,300 for a great Windows ultrabook that will last you three to four years.

Where they fall short: Great ultrabooks can cost more than many people want to spend on a laptop, even if such models provide a better experience and last longer than cheaper alternatives. Ultrabooks also lack the processing power to play high-end games or do demanding tasks such as professional video editing or 3D modeling. If you need a cheaper laptop or a more powerful one, check out our other picks below.

Why we like this one: The Dell XPS 13 (9310) offers the best balance of what makes an ultrabook great: It’s exceptionally light and compact, its battery will last through a Jual Laptop Lenovo full day of work or classes, and it has a good keyboard and trackpad. It also offers fast performance and a spacious screen with a Distributor Laptop Lenovo Medan taller aspect ratio that’s ideal for web browsing and document work. It has only two Thunderbolt 4/USB-C ports that you can use to transfer data, connect an external display, or charge the laptop. We wish the XPS 13 had a USB-A port, as well, but it does comes with a USB-C–to–A adapter, and if you need more ports you can get a USB-C hub or dock.

You can read more about the Dell XPS 13 and our other picks in our guide to Windows ultrabooks.Our pick

Recommended configurationProcessor:Eight-core Apple M1 CPUScreen:13.3-inch 2560×1600 IPSMemory:8 GBWeight:dua.8 poundsStorage:256 GB SSDTested battery life:14.5 hours

Who these are for: If you prefer macOS or need great tech support, a MacBook is a safe bet; the 13-inch models usually offer the best combination of size, weight, and speed. They’re great for writers, office workers, commuters, and college students. Apple’s newest MacBooks also include new Apple-designed processors, which helps them run cooler and quieter than most laptops and gives them exceptionally good battery life. Expect to pay at least $1,000 for one with good enough specs and storage to last you three to four years.

Where they fall short: MacBooks are even more expensive than Windows ultrabooks, especially if you want to upgrade the memory or storage; Apple’s SSD upgrade prices are so high that we usually recommend looking into cloud storage or an external SSD instead. And as with Windows ultrabooks, our recommended MacBook configuration for most people lacks the processing power to play demanding games.

Why we like this one: The 2020 MacBook Air uses an Apple M1 chip that delivers good performance and fantastic battery life at a reasonable price. And the new Air’s keyboard is actually good, since Apple traded out the shallow and failure-prone butterfly switches under the keys of 2018 and 2019-era MacBook Airs for Toko Laptop Lenovo Medan springier and more satisfying scissor switches. Like Apple’s other laptops, the Air has only a small number of homogenous ports (in this case, two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports that may require the use of hubs or new cables). But the Air’s light weight, solid construction, and industry-leading support make it a great laptop, especially if you also own an iPhone or other Apple devices.Budget pick

Lenovo Yoga 7i (14″)An excellent laptop for the priceThe Yoga 7i is the best laptop you can get for the price. It offers performance similar to that of our top pick, but it’s larger and heavier, and it has shorter battery life.Buying Options*At the time of publishing, the price was $0.

Recommended configurationProcessor:Intel Core i5-1135G7Screen:14-inch 1920×1080 touchMemory:8 GBWeight:3.1 poundsStorage:256 GB SSDTested battery life:13 hours

Who these are for: Most Windows computers around $500 or less are large and heavy and saddled with poor battery life—among other flaws—but a bit more money can get you an ultrabook that’s almost as good as much more expensive options. Budget ultrabooks are ideal for students as well as for anyone who can spend around $800 on a laptop.

Where they fall short: Budget ultrabooks tend to have bigger, creakier bodies and worse build quality than our top picks, and they can also have less responsive keyboards and trackpads, dimmer and less accurate screens, or fewer ports. But if you can find one that makes as few of these compromises as possible, you may be able to save a few hundred dollars.

Why we like this one: The Lenovo Yoga 7i (14″) is a fantastic value. It costs a few hundred dollars less than our top ultrabook pick and has nearly identical specs. Compared with the XPS 13, the Yoga 7i is larger and heavier, it has shorter battery life, and its keyboard isn’t quite as enjoyable to type on. But it’s powerful and portable enough to use for a full day of work or classes. And unlike most cheap ultrabooks, the Yoga 7i is sturdy, has a fingerprint reader, and comes with a convenient and easily replaceable USB-C charger.

You can read more about the Yoga 7i and how well it compares to our other picks in our full guide.Our pick

Lenovo Chromebook Flex lima (13″)The best ChromebookWith excellent performance for its low price, a great keyboard and trackpad, and a compact, light body, the Lenovo Flex 5 is the Chromebook to buy.Buying Options*At the time of publishing, the price was $410.

Recommended configurationProcessor:Intel Core i3-10110U or i3-1115G4Screen:13.3-inch 1920×1080 touchMemory:4 GBWeight:2.97 poundsStorage:64 GB SSDTested battery life:10 hours

Who these are for: Chromebooks are ideal for students and kids, but you should also consider one if you spend most of your computer time in a web browser, if you’re on a tight budget, or if you already have a decent desktop PC. A good Chromebook can do almost anything a regular laptop can do, including document work, video calls, and streaming video—as long as it’s possible in a web browser or in Android apps. And Chromebooks are cheap: A $400 Chromebook is faster, lighter, and sleeker than a $500 Windows laptop and blessed with better battery life. Plus, Chromebooks are secure and easy to maintain.

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