When choosing a laptop it is difficult to find the balance between its benefits and the price. There are many options, but we have selected some of the best laptops at the most affordable prices you could buy. Here is our list of the 11 best laptop in 2018.
The Dell XPS 13 is considered the lead challenger to the MacBook Pro. The XPS 13 features a virtually borderless 13.3 inch Infinity Edge display, which is available with touch.
Dell also claims the laptop offers up to 22 hours of battery life, although in practice this is more like 12 to 13 hours when streaming video. It also is one of the first laptops to feature 8th generation Intel processors for an even more power.
This version comes with eighth generation Intel i7 processors and a 256GB SSD. It doesn’t have a touchscreen, but that saves you around $200 and this model comes in at just $1000. The main drawback is an awkwardly placed webcam, sitting to the bottom left of the screen.
Coming four years after Apple’s last high-end laptop, the latest MacBook Pro is thinner, more powerful and features innovations not seen on other laptops, such as its Touch Bar and a Touch ID fingerprint scanner.
And the new edition has done away with some staple features, dropping support for standard USB sticks and SD cards, meaning you may have to buy new dongles or wires for its USB-C ports. Following a 2017 refresh to its range, models with the Touch Bar and fingerprint scanner will set you back $2,161, while the price of the standard 13-inch model has dropped to $1,481.
The new MacBook Pro remains the top performing device for Apple lovers, with a beautiful screen, exquisite butterflykeyboard and easy-to-use trackpad.
3. Microsoft Surface Laptop
Microsoft Surface laptop
Features: Screen: 13.5 inch,Weight: 1.25 kg,Battery life: up to 14.5 hours
Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop is an attempt to “reset the category”. There’s no doubt it is an excellent device, with long battery life, a slim build and a unique Alcantara fabric keyboard, that feels almost warm to touch. It’s also without doubt the most beautiful Windows device this year.
Drawbacks include the fact this laptop is built to run on Windows 10 S, Microsoft’s new operating system that limits access to some apps. It should mean the laptop runs better in the long run, but this has yet to be tested. The entry level model also comes with just 4GB of RAM, quite low for this price point. It is not cheap at more than $1,069, but you can get an extra discount as a student buying through Microsoft.
Despite this the Microsoft Surface Laptop was one of the best models we tested in 2017.
The new Microsoft Surface Book 2 is the most powerful laptop Microsoft has ever made. This model comes with a 256GB SSD, eighth generation Kaby Lake processors and a discrete Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics processor. It has a two-in-one design, with a screen that clips on and off, plus a luxurious trackpad and keyboard.
It also has a mammoth battery life of close to 17 hours, not to mention a 3000 x 2000 pixel screen for eye-popping clarity. For us it is very powerful, versatile, it feels nice and its appearance is luxurious. It does, however also come with a massive price tag, and this version will set you back $2,470, far more even than a MacBook Pro.
The smallest current MacBook, the wafer thing MacBook 2017 is one of the most portable and lightweight laptops around. It weighs less than a kilogram at just 920g, while still packing 256GB of storage, more than the entry level MacBook Pro.
Of course this is traded off by the complete lack of connections bar a single USB-C port. According to some reviews if you frequently use your computer, the MacBook is the ideal laptop. it’s ridiculously thin and light. The keyboard and power boosts also mean it’s more capable of becoming your full-time computer.”
Google has launched its new Pixelbook laptop for the most advanced Chromebook ever. This laptop comes with a dedicated Google Assistant key, which allows you to access Google’s voice activated virtual aide. It is also hugely powerful for a laptop running on Chrome OS, with seventh generation Intel i5 and i7 processors inside.
It’s one of the first laptops to work with both Android and Chrome apps, meaning you can use apps like Snapchat and Instagram on your laptop. You can also buy the Pixelbook Pen, a stylus which works with the laptop’s touchscreen. We also enjoyed features like its brilliant keyboard and trackpad and found the device portable and light, although the screen size may put off some people.
It’s also been cut to $1,110 for the start of the year, making this a more attractive price offering.
7. Lenovo IdeaPad 720s
Features: Screen: 14 inch, Weight: 1.6 kg,Battery life: up to 14 hours
A rival to the MacBook Air, the Lenovo IdeaPad 720s has been noted for its similarity in design to Apple’s cheapest model, matching its aluminium bodywork . But it comes as a cheaper alternative, for $1,049 from most retailers and includes extra functions such as a fingerprint sensor.
It’s packed with 8GB of RAM and a USB-C and two USB 3.0 ports, with an HD screen and 7th generation Intel i5 processors. Storage includes a 256GB SSD. With a display that can rotate to 180 degrees it is also flexible, plus it has a battery life that lasts up to 14 hours.
For a simple Windows-running performer, the new Lenovo 320s will meet your needs with an Intel Pentium processor and 4GB of RAM, plus a 128GB SSD for storage. Power-wise it should be enough for most basic tasks, and it has a reasonable 7 hour battery life. At this price, it is a great laptop for students on a budget.
The Lenovo 320s is fairly connection-friendly too, with two USB ports, USB-C and an SD card slot. It’s now a true bargain at under $370, making this the perfect time to pick up this excellent mid-range laptop for cheap.
At the budget end of the market, the Acer ChromeBook R11 comes in at under $370 and looks good with a crisp white finish and aluminium top panel. It has an 11-inch touchscreen that can be quickly flipped for use in tablet mode and comes with the Chrome OS operating system.
The R11’s resolution is a little low at 1366 x 768 pixels, but it will look fine on the smaller screen. A solid battery life of around 9 hours with its slimmer size and portability make this ideal for use on-the-go.
A stunning laptop/tablet hybrid launched last year, the Lenovo Yoga Book features an innovative keyboard and touchpad that stand out from the latest generation of devices. The Yoga Book features no physical keyboard, instead presenting a virtual one which only switches on when you start using it. As well as a touchscreen, the Yoga Book pushes itself as a device you can really write on, clipping a notepad over the virtual keyboard sees notes and drawings transmitted onto the main screen.
While it’s an exciting offering the keyboard is considered tricky to get used to, but the overall product is light, portable, and certainly something different. It has now come down below $617 with Windows 10 from Amazon.
11. Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming
(The best laptop for gaming under $1,235)
Dell Inspiron 7000 Gaming
Features: Screen: 15.6 inches,Weight: 2.65kg,Battery life: up to 10 hours
Dell has freshly updated its 7000 Gaming series of laptops, adding new functions and a heavyweight design. The entry level model comes in at under $1,235, featuring an Nvidia GTX 1050 series graphics card, enough for most modern games, and it comes with 8GB of RAM and 1TB of RAM.
The cheapest model comes in at under $1,235, which is a steal for a gaming ready device. The design includes Ethernet, SD, HDMI, three regular USB ports and a USB-C port.