|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)|
|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|
|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 PCMag.com 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.
$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.