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Top 5 Best Laptops

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(Dell)

No matter what your budget, there is a great laptop on this list that will suit your needs. Here are our picks for the five best laptops.


1. ASUS X750JA-DB71 17.3-Inch Laptop

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(ASUS)

If you need a big screen, tons of storage, and a laptop with a cool look, this ASUS ticks all the boxes. Running Windows 8 and packing some seriously impressive specs, this is a laptop that feels powerful under your fingertips.

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Pros:

  • 1 TB 5400 RPM hard drive
  • Massive 17.3-inch screen
  • Has a DVD tray
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Sleek, dynamic look

  • Cons:

  • Weighs over six pounds, making it heavy for students who need to haul it around all day
  • No touchscreen
  • Despite impressive specs, you may still need to upgrade the video card if you’re into gaming
  • Design and construction make it hard to upgrade parts
  • Not as zippy as laptops with a solid state drive

  • 2. Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch Laptop

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    (Dell)

    This is a solid, all-around workhorse of a laptop. It may not have a lot of frills or special features, but it still gets the job done. Whether you need a laptop for business or for school, this Dell is an investment that you can feel good about.

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    Pros:

  • 320GB hard drive
  • Gorgeous display with a whopper of a screen
  • HDMI 1.4 port lets you connect to your home theater via an HDTV
  • Waves MaxxAudio┬« 4.0 delivers crisp audio
  • Comes from a solid, reliable brand known for great customer service

  • Cons:

  • Somewhat bulky and heavy
  • Not everyone will enjoy the OS (Windows 8)
  • No touchscreen interface
  • No DVD tray (this is not atypical for newer laptops, however)
  • Built-in web cam prone to issues, according to some user reviews

  • 3. Apple MacBook Pro 15.4-Inch Laptop With Retina Display

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    (Apple)

    If you’re already a Mac user, then you know that the MacBook Pro is drool-worthy. If you’ve always used Windows laptops, you’ll notice a huge uptick in stability and quality when you switch to a MacBook running OSX. This laptop is large, has a brilliant display, and will likely last for years before you need to replace it.

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    Pros:

  • Reliable and likely to last for years
  • 8 hours of battery life
  • 2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM
  • Weighs 4.5 pounds, slightly less than other Windows laptops of its size
  • Includes high-speed Thunderbolt port

  • Cons:

  • No CD/DVD drive
  • No Ethernet port
  • Not all apps in the Mac App Store are Retina-ready
  • Some users have complained that case “creaks”
  • Extremely difficult to mod/upgrade the parts

  • 4. HP Pavilion 10.1-Inch Touchscreen Laptop

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    (HP)

    If you want a touchscreen laptop experience, HP is the brand to have. This 10.1 inch laptop is lightweight, but still packed with cool features. It runs on Windows 8.1, and has a cool sparkling black color. Because it is a smaller laptop, the battery life is only around five hours.

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    Pros:

  • 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 320 GB hard drive
  • Weighs just over three pounds
  • HP Support built right in
  • Supports multi-touch gestures
  • Comes with free 25GB lifetime cloud storage (plus sync) from Box

  • Cons:

  • Only has a one-year limited warranty
  • Lacks dual cameras featured on other HP laptops
  • People with larger hands may find the slightly smaller keyboard limiting
  • May lock up when you have too many tabs open in the same browser
  • Some users have complained HP tech support is bad

  • 5. ASUS Transformer Book 10.1-Inch Detachable 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop

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    (ASUS)

    Can’t decide between a tablet and a laptop? With this ASUS Transformer Book, you can have both. This 2-in-1 design is ideal for working on collaborative projects, or for those days when you need to pack light. This laptop works great for students, business, or just personal use around the house. For such a light device, it has surprisingly great battery life (up to 11 hours).

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    Pros:

  • Preinstalled with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013
  • Zippy, 64GB solid state storage
  • Converts quickly from laptop to tablet
  • Weighs under 2.5 pounds
  • “Reading mode” feature automatically adjusts screen settings to reduce eye strain

  • Cons:

  • Some user reviews complain about lack of touchpad sensitivity
  • Construction may feel cheap to some
  • Some users have complained of issues after updating
  • Battery takes a long time to charge
  • Dock with caution: some users have accidentally broken the screen during docking

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