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
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.
Weighs over six pounds, making it heavy for students who need to haul it around all day
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
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.
3. Apple MacBook Pro 15.4-Inch Laptop With Retina Display
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.
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
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
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.
Comes with free 25GB lifetime cloud storage (plus sync) from Box
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
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).