The 7 Best Laptops of 2018
It’s hard to argue with the assertion that 2017, and early 2018, were very much the era of tablets, as people looked for a machine with the portability of a phone and the powers of a laptop. As we edge towards 2019, though, the prevailing swing is back in the direction of laptops, due in no small part to the extra functionality and versatility which makes them invaluable for users who want a multi-purpose device.
If you’re looking for a new laptop to take you into the new year, let’s look at the machines that you should be considering for 2019.
Best Looking: Sure, there are other priorities when it comes to a new laptop, but it’s nice to have one that doesn’t look like it was imported from bad 80s sci-fi. The good news is that the HP Spectre x360 is beautiful inside and out- a 4k HD display running on a machine that’s sleek and silvery. It’s fast and capable, too, so there’s no need to feel shallow for buying it.
Fastest: The Acer Predator 21X is perhaps the speediest on the market, but a price of $9,000 means you probably won’t be getting it from Santa. The fastest laptop that you can buy without a mortgage is the HP ZBook 15; and it’s excellent value for its $1849 price tag; with a 2.7 GHz processor, the ZBook leaves its competitors in the dust.
Most Versatile: Step forward the ASUS Zenbook Pro. With a speedy i7 processor, a fantastic graphics card, and four powerful speakers, there’s no task too great for this multi-tasking machine.
Best Value: Balancing affordability with usability is always a fraught process- you’ll usually have to sacrifice speed, storage or a semi-decent trackpad to get any kind of bargain. With the Jumper EZBook 3 Pro, you won’t have the fastest start-up, but everything after that is pleasantly surprising, and it will only set you back $250.
Best for Gaming: To merit the cost of a gaming laptop, a certain versatility is always a necessity. The ASUS Rog Strix, one of the cheaper gaming laptops out there, is perfect whether you’re playing casino games or gunning down zombies, and it can handle your everyday usage needs as too.
Most Portable: Have we really got this far in without mentioning Apple? Well, it was inevitable they would make an appearance eventually; their 12-inch MacBook is a dream if portability is a prime focus for you. With a power and battery life that belie the ultra-light 2lb weight of the machine, it’s perfect for taking to lectures or meetings.
Most Powerful: While not cheap at $1299, the Alienware 17 justifies that price by delivering so much power you’d be advised to wear a crash helmet while using it. A 17-inch screen, integrated eye tracking, and a blisteringly crisp quad-HD display all come with the ability to do just about anything you could want a laptop to do, thanks to the Nvidia GPU buried inside.
Seven priorities, seven machines: which do you want to find under the tree this festive season?