The number one question I get from family and friends is, “Which computer should I buy?” Second to that is, “Which are the best laptops?” Many people still buy desktops, but I tell everyone that unless you have some compelling reason to buy a desktop, you should buy a laptop. While it’s mostly true that you can get better capability for the money with a desktop, the gap is closing fast, and probably won’t matter to everyone except power users anyway. With a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, a laptop can be made into a desktop replacement as well.
When I’m asked, “Which are the best laptops?” I usually have to say that it depends. There are many types of laptops that serve different purposes and so it’s important to know what you think you will use it for the most. Some of the different choices include Chromebooks, Windows non-touchscreen, Windows touchscreen, Windows Ultrabook, Windows gaming, and the whole Mac lineup. Let’s look at each type to give you a better idea of how each might fit your requirements.
Best Laptops: Types
It’s hard for me to generally recommend Chromebooks because they don’t run either Windows or MacOS. That means that they won’t run any Windows or Mac programs. The appeal of Chromebooks is their low price. How could a Chromebook be right for you? If you’re on a tight budget, mostly use the internet, and don’t mind using Google Apps for all your documents, then you should consider a Chromebook.
Windows Non-Touchscreen Laptops
This is the traditional laptop we are used to. You use the keyboard and touchpad to enter data and navigate around the screen. You can run all Windows apps and can still use Google Apps if you want to on the internet.
I need to tell you that the traditional laptop is dying a quick death. Why? Competing tablets and smartphones provide much of the functionality of a laptop in a much more portable form. We have arrived as a mobile society and the traditional laptop is just not mobile enough for many users. Prices have come down on traditional laptops, so if you’re looking for better price and don’t mind that you will be missing out on many Windows 8 features, this may be the way to go.
Touchscreen laptops are gaining some in popularity because of their price compared to convertibles and Ultrabooks and because of their compatibility with Windows 8. Many of Windows 8’s features are designed to take advantage of touchscreen input. If you can’t afford a convertible or Ultrabook and tablets don’t quite do what you need them to, then a touchscreen laptop might be a good choice for you.
Ultrabooks are also touchscreen laptops, but I’m separating them because they follow a specification designed by Intel for notebooks that can compete with Macs, tablets, and smartphones. The specification calls for manufacturers to produce high-end, thin, light, and compact notebooks with low-power, high-performance processors, long battery life, and solid-state drives.
They are typically more expensive than regular touchscreen laptops due to their newer technology and no-compromise design.
If you’re looking for a high-performance, highly-portable laptop with a touchscreen, long battery life, and thin good looks, then an Ultrabook notebook could be the right laptop for you.
The lines are blurring among all the mobile devices. Smartphone screens are getting larger, tablets are getting smaller, tablets are getting keyboards, laptops are converting to tablets, and the beat goes on. Nobody knows where it’s all going to end, but in the short term, convertibles are trying to be all things to all people.
Convertibles are laptops that convert into tablets and other form factors to increase their flexibility and functionality. They are growing rapidly in popularity because users don’t have to choose between a tablet and a laptop and don’t have to buy one of each. By providing the functionality of both a tablet and a laptop, convertibles theoretically save you money and are much more useful.
In reality, you will pay more for the convenience of having both a laptop and tablet in one device. If you currently have a tablet and a laptop and yearn for one device that incorporates both, then a convertible may be the perfect device for you. If you’re replacing your laptop and also want a tablet, you should at least consider a convertible.
Gaming laptops are very powerful and very specialized laptops with a lot of memory, fast processors and graphics co-processors, additional cooling, lighted keyboards, and high-resolutions screens. They’re not for everyone, but if you play a lot of games, need the portability, and can stomach the high prices, they’re some of the nicest laptops around.
What can I say? If you’re not a Windows person, you’re probably a Mac person. Macs have a different operating system and both their hardware and software are designed by the same company; Apple Computer. That provides a lot of advantages in the performance of the software and the reliability of operation. I don’t own a Mac, but I have owned them in the past and at the time I owned them, I wondered why all computers weren’t designed like that.
They’re somewhat pricier than their Windows counterparts, they don’t have as many applications to run, you may find it more difficult to share documents, and you’ll be part of a niche; a rebel perhaps. Those who have them and those who want them would have no other computer. If you’re a windows person thinking of switching, there will be a learning curve, but I can highly recommend Apple laptops as some of the best in the industry.
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