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Best Traditional Laptops

Choosing which laptop to buy has gotten a lot harder these days. However, this list will hopefully make the process easier for you. Here are our top picks for the best laptops of the year.

Dell XPS 13

Pros

  • The unit is equipped with a wonderfully compact, bezel-free 13-inch screen.
  • It is portable and considerably light, at only 2.6 lbs.
  • It has a USB-C port, a USB 3.0 port andan SD card slot
  • It is fitted with the powerful Intel Kaby Lakeprocessors ranging from i3 to i7.
  • It has an excellent battery life.

Cons

  • The laptop is very prone to smudges.
  • The touchpad can be more firm and tactile.
  • The slim bezel means that the front facing camera could not be fitted on top of the display and therefore had to be placed under the display.

Verdict

Despite it’s (minor) flaws, the Dell XPS 13 is still a very sleek and beautiful machine. On top of that, it also feels great to use and carry around.

Asus Zenbook UX310UA 

Pros

  • The UX301UA’s all-aluminium coating looks as premium as it feels
  • Its starting price is significantly lower compared to other models
  • Performance is good for both the lower end and the higher end variety
  • It comes equipped with a SSD/HD combination

Cons

  • Its battery life is not as good as the other similar models with similar features
  • It is not equipped with the Intel Iris Graphics
  • Compared to its rivals, this laptop is heavier and less attractive

Verdict

The ZenBook UX310UA is a great-value choice for those looking for a portable and stylish laptop. The additional little touches offer a more refined and premium experience.

Apple Macbook Pro with Touch Bar 

Pros

  • This new model is lighter and thinner compared to its predecessors
  • It comes equipped with a brighter and more colorful retina screen.
  • Performance, especially the disk speeds, is excellent.
  • It now has a more spacious trackpad and an added Touch ID.

Cons

  • It only has USB-C ports.
  • The addition of the Touch Bar has made it significantly more expensive.
  • MagSafe has been removed.
  • The laptop does not have memory card slot.

Verdict

The addition of the Touch Bar means that the traditional Function buttons are no longer in use. This could be annoying to certain users as certain settings cannot be changed with just a single press. Nonetheless, it still has all the other great features that MacBook users have come to know and love.

Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 

Pros

  • The design of the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 is something that many users have considered stunning.
  • The device stays quiet under heavy load.
  • It is now equipped with the Nvidia Max-Q GTX 1080 GPU

Cons

  • The device is very expensive.
  • The battery life in this laptop is very poor.
  • Display is dull and dark.

Verdict

The Zephyrus is definitely beautiful to look at and extremely powerful for such a thin and lightweight laptop. However, it is far from perfect, given its dull display,short battery life, and limited performance on-battery, and these detract from the initial thrill.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming  

Pros

  • The laptop is priced fairly and is comparatively cheaper than its competitors.
  • Lasts long because of its excellent thermals and battery life.
  • For this price, this device has outstanding build quality.

Cons

  • Its display is considerably poor in all aspects.
  • It has a sub-par performance compared to its competitors.

Verdict

If you’re in the market for a gaming laptop and but have less than $1,000 in your budget, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is a worthy contender.