The market today offers a wide range of laptops, notebooks, netbooks and ultrabooks, with Windows operating system and Mac IOS, which have various configurations of features and specifications. The key to a good choice lies in the requirements of the user, and the price he is willing to pay.
Despite their “apparent disadvantage” of greater size and weight, compared to tablets and other mobile devices, traditional laptops have maintained their market leadership as one of the best tools to work and study. Domain that has even been consolidated in recent times, thanks to the rise and consolidation of teleworking.
This allows the various manufacturing companies to offer a wide range of laptops available for both Windows and Mac IOS operating systems. All of them have a wide variety of features and technical specifications, including high-speed processors, large RAM memory capacity, greater numbers of ports and options for graphics cards.
This “generosity” of the market tends to make it difficult for consumers to choose, because there is not always clarity regarding which is the most appropriate model.
However, the most important thing to keep in mind when exercising the purchase option is that the decision depends largely on the use we want to give the equipment, as well as the price that we are willing to pay.
In other words, it is not the same to acquire a laptop just to make video calls, write Word documents and send emails, than choose another capable of editing 4K ultra-high-definition videos, designing mining plans or programming software, for example.
To draw up a guide that helps consumers, specialized media have published various lists with the best equipment available today, which are updated periodically, in accordance with the specifications and performance of the equipment that is coming onto the market.
Some of the leading devices in their respective segments, according to the tech press, are the following:
Huawei MateBook 14s (2021)
It is an improved version of the MateBook 14 model, defined as “one of the most complete laptops on the market”. One of the main differences with its predecessor is that the webcam is again located at the top of the screen and not on the keyboard. And although it is only 720p, it is compatible with Windows Hello.
It has a wide variety of versions, offering up to a Core i7 processor (H series) and 16 GB of RAM. In addition, it has a 2.5K screen with a 90 Hz refresh rate, and a wide range of ports, including Thunderbolt 4, although the latter spec is only for premium models.
MacBook Air (M1)
Its most significant feature is the replacement of the 10nm Intel chip with the 5nm M1, which is more powerful, faster and lighter. Feature that will be especially attractive for those who work specifically in video editing or who are professionally dedicated to gaming.
Although it is one of Apple’s cheapest entry-level laptops, it is faster than many Intel chip-equipped Windows models. In addition, it offers a substantial improvement in screen resolution and battery life.
It does not use coolers fans, which makes it very quiet. However, this quality could affect its performance, if it is used for many hours at a time. Therefore, it may not be the best option for those who spend long periods of the day editing, or other high-performance tasks.
Detail that, in any case, can be solved by using a work table that incorporates external fans.
LG gram 17 (2021)
This model, which leads the segment of large-screen laptops, represents, in the opinion of the specialized press, a whole “marvel of engineering”, thanks to its lightness and attractive design. These features also add to the improvement in the design of the speakers and the trackpad.
Other advantages of the new model are its great battery life, the incorporation of the Thunderbolt 4 port and the use of a high-definition screen.
Dell XPS 15
This laptop stands out for its excellent finishes, compact size, high performance and screen with 4K technology. Although its price is high, in return it offers excellent benefits, including the option of incorporating a graphics card not integrated into the motherboard.
Huawei MateBook D 14
This laptop offers all the features expected from a high-end computer, at a mid-range price. It is light, easy to transport and very powerful. In addition, it uses AMD internals and Radeon Vega 8 graphics that are ideal for video editing, or for analyzing games like Fortnite and Rocket League.
It also has greater autonomy and a high-speed recharging system, which allows 43% of the battery to be charged in just half an hour.
HP Envy 13
It is undoubtedly the best representative of the 13-inch screen segment, thanks to improved performance and new privacy options for microphone and webcam. In addition, its screen is brighter and with thinner bezels. It can also be configured with 1 TB of storage and a dedicated Nvidia graphics card.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7
If we are looking for an option only for streaming jobs, this model is ideal. Although it does not have a fingerprint sensor, a 360-degree hinge and an Ethernet port, like other Yoga laptops, it is lighter and easer to transport.
It offers Intel or AMD processors, solid battery, Dolby ATMOS speakers, Wi-Fi 6, and other features that give us an efficient price-quality ratio.
Acer Swift 5
Although it is more expensive than its predecessor, the Acer Swift 5 is compact and lightweight in design. It maintains its premium rating, and offers a wide selection of ports, including Thunderbolt 4. Speaker fidelity, processor performance, and battery life have also been improved.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360
It is a versatile equipment that supports both simple and powerful tasks. It provides good performance, long battery life and the option of 5G mobile data connectivity. In addition, its design is advanced and reflects in it all the characteristic style of this renowned Korean brand.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4
Although its fans can be a little bit noisy, the overall performance is solid, with both AMD and Intel chips. Highlights in this version are the battery life as well as the quality of the screen and keyboard.
Dell XPS 13 – Best Keyboard
This striking Ultrabook improves several aspects compared to its predecessor, such as higher performance and the attractive 16:10 screen. Added to these features has the best keyboard that we can found in the entire laptop market. Its drawbacks are the small number of ports, some heating problems and the high price.
Huawei MateBook X Pro (2021)
With its elegant appearance and high build quality, this model stands out for the incorporation of new faster Intel chips, 3:2 screen, high-performance keyboard and improved trackpad.
Despite the fact that its battery life is reduced, and it does not have a dedicated graphics card option, it is still an excellent option for most users looking for good general features.
Asus ZenBook Duo
With its innovative design of two screens joined by a hinge, this unique device offers an attractive and interesting configuration for those looking to work with two panels, without having to resort to external connections.
This enables various multitasking without affecting performance capabilities and battery life. In addition, it is very light and portable, although it should be noted that the second screen reduces the size of the keyboard and trackpad.
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