The Top 10 Best Laptops

Name Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2013) Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (Retina Display) Acer C7 Chromebook (C710-2055) Asus VivoBook S400CA-UH51 Dell Latitude 6430u Dell Inspiron 17-3721 Lenovo G580 Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro Razer Blade (2013)
Editor Rating                    
Lowest Price $1,099.00Apple Store $1,539.99Amazon $279.99Amazon $599.00Microsoft Store $1,316.99Quill $499.90Amazon $479.00Lenovo $669.00Lenovo $799.99Best Buy $1,999.00Amazon
Type Media, Ultraportable, Business, Small Business Ultraportable, Business, Small Business Ultraportable, Netbook General Purpose, Ultraportable, Ultrabook Business, Ultrabook General Purpose, Value, Desktop Replacement Value Desktop Replacement Tablet Gaming, Ultraportable
Processor Name Intel Core i5-4250U   Intel Celeron 847 Intel Core i5-3317U Intel Core i5-3427u   Intel Core i5-3210M Intel Core i5-3230M Intel Core i5-3317U Intel Core i7-4702HQ
Processor Speed 1.3 GHz 2.5 GHz 1.1 GHz 1.7 GHz 1.8 GHz 1.9 GHz 2.5 GHz 2.6 GHz 1.7 GHz 2.2 GHz
Platform Mac OS X Mac OS X Google Chrome OS Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8
RAM 4 GB 8 GB 4 GB 4 GB 8 GB 4 GB 4 GB 6 GB 4 GB 8 GB
Weight 2.96 lb 3.57 lb 3.05 lb 4.4 lb 3.91 lb 5.9 lb 5.09 lb 5.23 lb 2 lb 4.1 lb
Screen Size 13.3 inches 13.3 inches 11.6 inches 14 inches 14 inches 17.3 inches 15.6 inches 14 inches 10.6 inches 14 inches
Touchscreen No     Yes   No No Yes   No
Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics 5000 Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4000 Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M
Storage Capacity (as Tested) 128 GB 256 GB 320 GB 524 GB 128 GB 500 GB 500 GB 1000 GB 128 GB 256 GB
 Shopping for a laptop is a pretty daunting task, more so now given the advent of Windows 8. The sheer number of laptop systems available online or in a store’s electronics section is enough to make your mind spin. Most people have a general idea of what their laptop should look like and what they want in terms of features, but are often intimidated by the choices available. That’s where we come in, with the 10 Best Laptops on the market today.

The first thing you need to consider is what you need in the laptop. Are you looking for something to compete on the gaming grid? Then a discrete graphics card and big screen are necessary components in the laptop you choose. Are you on a limited budget? Then be on the lookout for anything under $500 that offers at least a Core i3 CPU and 4GB of memory. If a business system is what you need, then security measures like a fingerprint reader and a TPM module are must-haves. For those who spend a lot of time on the road, then an ultrabook or an ultraportable will keep back and shoulder strain to a minimum. For those who need a system meant for watching movies, a Blu-ray player is a must-have feature.

The editors of test hundreds of systems each year to help you find the best laptop. There are a lot of laptops out there, from the large-screen desktop replacements to the lightweight ultraportables, and even laptop/tablet convertibles, but all share common features. In this story, we help you narrow your choices by collecting the top 10 laptops (equipped with either Windows 7 or Windows 8) on the market today.

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2013)

$1,099 list
$1,099.00 at Apple StoreEquipped with a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, the latest MacBook Air 13-inch shows decent performance gains. But it’s the ultraportable’s over 15 hours of battery life that blows away the competition.

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (Retina Display)

$1,999 list
$1,539.99 at AmazonThe Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (Retina Display) is the best way to carry the pixels of a large-screen monitor with you on the road. It’s ideal for people who make their living with visuals.

Acer C7 Chromebook (C710-2055)

$279.99 list
$279.99 at AmazonThe new version of the Acer C7 Chromebook is faster, longer lasting, and better all around. All this and its very low price tag makes it the best inexpensive Chromebook on the market. 

Asus VivoBook S400CA-UH51

$699 list
$599.00 at Microsoft StoreThe Asus VivoBook S400CA-UH51 is one of the least expensive ways to get a fully functional Windows 8 ultrabook. It’s a touch-screen ultrabook that gets the pricing and feature set right.

Dell Latitude 6430u

$1,328 list
$1,316.99 at QuillWith its slick design, excellent keyboard, and great battery life, the Dell Latitude 6430u is an easy choice for those who want productivity for work without having to settle for a drab, utilitarian business ultrabook. 

Dell Inspiron 17-3721

$450 list
$499.90 at AmazonA large screen, good performance, nice price, and user-friendly features give the Dell Inspiron 17-3721 budget laptop a leg up on the competition. 

Lenovo G580

$479 list
$479.00 at LenovoWith its class-leading performance and admirable feature set, the Lenovo G580 is an excellent value with an affordable price tag that gives users plenty of bang for their buck. 

Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch

$669.00 at LenovoThe Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch is a desktop replacement laptop with plenty of great features that make it stand out from the crowd: namely performance and features that help ease the replacement of an older laptop. 

Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro

$999 list
$799.99 at Best BuyThe Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro is the Windows 8 slate tablet to beat when you need the performance and convenience of a PC in a compact tablet form factor. 

Razer Blade (2013)

$1,999.99 list
$1,999.00 at AmazonThe oh-so-portable 14-inch Razer Blade has got you covered when you want to take your gaming on the road, with an Intel Haswell processor and the latest Nvidia graphics.


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