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Best Laptops 2018


If you’re in the market for a laptop right now, you’re in luck because there are a ton of great ones to pick from. There are some with brilliant displays so you can stream Netflix in the best possible quality, there are some that switch from a laptop into a tablet with the press of a button, and there are even some will allow you to use your fingerprint to make purchases. Many people get overwhelmed by the numerous bells and whistles that come along with new notebooks, and so our foremost advice is the same as always. Make sure you know what you need. Once you have that down, it makes narrowing your choices a lot easier.

What kind of processor do you need? Do you need a 16GB RAM or will 8GB suffice? What will you use this laptop most for? What kind of devices will you need to use along with this computer? All these questions need answering before you make your decision. To help you along your journey, we’ve listed what we think are the best laptops in the market right now. Use it as a guide to decide which laptop will best suit your need. Happy hunting.

Dell XPS 13

Best All-rounder

CPU: 8th generation Intel Core i5 – i7

RAM: 8 – 16GB

Display: FHD  (1920 x 1080) – QHD (3200 x 1800)

The Dell XPS 13 laptop has been arguably the best laptop in recent times, and it keeps getting better with each iteration. The 2018 version is more powerful, slimmer, and comes in a beautiful Rose Gold option. With the Infinity Edge display, Dell has managed to fit a 13″ display into an 11″ frame, and the entire laptop only weighs 1.22kg. Storage comes in the form of a Solid State Drive (SSD) so you can expect lightning-quick write speeds, and the XPS 13 comes fitted with USB 3.0 ports and an SD card reader.

ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490

Best Luxurious Option

CPU: 7th generation Intel Core i5 – i7

RAM: 8 – 16GB

Display: FHD  (1920 x 1080)

If you’re in the market for something that looks as good as it performs, the ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe is the one for you. It’s made with an aerospace-grade aluminium alloy that’s thrice as strong as normal, and it feels fantastic. With a thickness of 12.9 mm and a weight of 1.1kg, the ZenBook 3 Deluxe is super sleek, and great for taking with you to your meetings. You’ll find the hardware sufficient for business purposes, but the real selling point here is just how gorgeous the chassis is. We especially love the gold trimmings on the keyboard and trackpad for the added luxuriousness.

Apple Macbook Pro

Best Macbook

CPU: Dual-core Intel Core i5 – i7

RAM: 8 – 16GB

Display: 13.3-inch, (2,560 x 1,600) IPS

For those who prefer the Mac experience, Apple has brought forth one of its best Macbooks yet. Like it’s predecessors, it’s sleek and beautiful, measuring in at 14.9mm and 1.37kg, which is incredible, considering its processing power. The new touch bar gives the Macbook an added versatility, allowing you to perform all sorts of functions from adjusting the volume to performing fast and secure transactions via Apple Pay. There is however, the drawback of only having Thunderbolt ports, which forces you to have compatible cables or adaptors for your devices that are not USB-C.

Microsoft Surface Book 2

Best 2-in-1 Laptop

CPU: 7th generation Intel  i5 – 8th gen Intel Core i7
RAM: 8 – 16GB
Display: 13.5” PixelSense Display (3,000 x 2,000)
The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is a gorgeous machine, and a great tool for creatives. If you’re always on the move, and conducting presentations, the Surface Book 2 may just be the perfect laptop for you. With a great battery life, and the ability to seamlessly switch from a laptop to a tablet, it’s going to be a trusty companion for your dreaded client pitches. If you’re looking to do a little bit of gaming or video editing, this laptop supports up to 1060 NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics. The only downside we can see so far, is the price, which starts $2,188.

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