Laptops have become indispensable devices for most active people, and the market is full of models for all pockets and performance requirements. Some models made it to our top-rated list due to their long lasting battery and performance, others for design and functionalities, and a few just because they’re an all-around good deal.
If what interests you is a laptop with good autonomy, which you can use at work, you will definitely want to consider a MacBook. The Apple MacBook Pro stands out for its 12-hour battery autonomy and uses the Intel® Core i9 processor, so it runs well when using editing programs that typically require a lot of resources.
If you prefer a laptop other than Apple, we recommend models from HP, ASUS, Dell or Toshiba with equally attractive performance, but somewhat more affordable.
Here is our list of the best laptops currently available.
- The Best Laptops of 2020
- How to choose the best laptop
The Best Laptops of 2020
1. Apple Macbook Pro
The main feature of this model is the Retina screen, an Apple technology for high-quality images. It offers a reduction of reflection, a viewing angle of up to 178 degrees, and a resolution of 2880 x 1800 which provides awe-inspiring details.
Beyond the attractive display, you’ll also see excellent computing performance: 2.8 GHz Intel i7 quad-core processor and 6 MB of cache, 16 GB of RAM at 1600 Mhz, and an SSD that can store 256 GB of files. The video card is integrated and has a memory of 2 GB RAM, which makes video editing very fast and easy to perform.
As for features, it comes with a haptic interface (keyboard vibrations convey sensations during movies), battery life of 9 hours, and a total weight of 2.04 kilograms. The screen can be detached from the keyboard, and the housing is made of aluminum, durable, and durable. It is difficult to find a disadvantage of this product, but we could mention in this regard the lack of an optical interface (DVD player).
- Crazy performance
- Immersive 16-inch display
- Improved keyboard
- No optical drive
2. ASUS ZenBook 14 Ultra Slim
If you want a laptop that handles everything you want to do or you are simply passionate about movies and want a high-performance laptop, we propose the ZenBook 14 Ultra Slim from ASUS. It was designed especially for realistic experiences, featuring an FHD 4-Way NanoEdge display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and an innovative screen pad 2.0.
As technical characteristics, we mention the 10th generation Intel i7 processor, quad-core, with a max turbo frequency of 4.90Ghz, 16GB RAM, and 512 PCIe SSD, allowing you to take full advantage of the 14 hours battery life and get tasks done. The video card is a dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX2500, with 2000MB GDDR5 memory.
Connectivity-wise, it features 1 x HDMI port, VGA, 2 x USB 3.1 and 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x Audio Jack, Micro SD card reader and WiFi 6 (802.11ax) + BT 5.0. The SuperBatt battery gives you extended battery life, allowing up to 700 recharging cycles and three times greater battery life than a standard battery, as stated by the manufacturer (up to 14 hours).
3. HP Pavillion
Here is a model of laptop appreciated by users for its autonomy, performance, but also its durability. First of all, the battery lasts longer than 10 hours (even over 13 hours, according to the manufacturer), so you can take it with you and work from anywhere, whether or not you have access to an outlet.
It uses Intel® Core ™ i7-8550U processor, with 4 cores and 1800 MHz rated frequency (up to 4000 MHz, thanks to turbo boost), and 32GB RAM. So, all these features show that the laptop will work smoothly, whether you play a game, watch a 4K movie, or do multitasking. Also, it has a dedicated video card.
It has SSD storage, with a capacity of 2TB plus a 1TB Hardrive, so that not only will you have enough space to save personal files, but the data transfer will be made faster. Remember that the model has an optical drive, HD camera, stereo speakers and microphone, is compatible with Bluetooth and you can connect it to the internet via wireless, and on its interface, you can find all the connectors you could need.
4. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen
Like all its competitors, Lenovo is a brand that tries to go beyond its limits with every product it launches – which can be noticed by taking a brief look at the ThinkPad range. Its design is meant to solve problems in terms of transportation, and it seems the Chinese company engineers have done a pretty good job.
It possesses an attractive, slim design, which makes it easy to fit in any bag or backpack without bothering you. It weighs only 1.13kg, and it has a thickness that fails to cross the 16mm threshold, which means you can take it with you everywhere.
What is truly spectacular, however, is the fingerprint identification, which will keep unauthorized users away from your documents. As for the hardware, things are as bright as we are dealing with a reasonably powerful Intel Core i7 processor, which is accompanied by 16GB of RAM. To these are added, of course, a Solid State drive with a rather large storage capacity of 512GB, which will manage, together with the other components mentioned in this paragraph, to turn this simple device into a “racing car”.
5. Dell Inspiron 5578
Dell Inspiron 5578 is one of the best 2-in-1 laptops on the market, being suitable for those who need a powerful and portable device. Despite having a 15.6-inch touch screen, which allows you to watch movies and videos without problems, this model enjoys a lightweight (2.3kg) and a slim design (20mm thickness), which will enable you to take it with you wherever you go. It also has a rather long autonomy, of almost 8 hours, in normal working conditions, so it is suitable even for long trips.
It incorporates, of course, a state-of-the-art Intel Core i7 processor, with two cores, which can reach 3.5GHz frequency. You will, therefore, be able to run demanding software products, without encountering interlocks or interruptions.
It even benefits from 16GB of DDR4 RAM, which means that the laptop can easily support the activity of several programs running simultaneously. This will allow you to give high efficiency, to complete all tasks in a short time. You should not worry about storage capacity either, because you have a 512GB SSD, meant to provide the system with extra speed and generous storage space, allowing you to download all the files and programs you need.
6. ASUS TUF FX504
This is a laptop that will please gamers because, in addition to great audio-video experience, it has features that make it very durable and durable, as well as some improvements that make the use very enjoyable. It has a 15.6-inch diagonal and a Full HD screen (anti-glare), a storage capacity of 1 TB, and high portability for a model in its range (2.5cm thickness and 2.4kg weight).
Considering the performance of the processor – Intel® Core ™ i7-8750H up to 4.10 GHz, we can conclude that all the functions will run very fast, you will be able to play games with high capacity settings, and the 4k formats will run without delay. Nor should we mention that it obviously has a dedicated video card. Also, the headphones or speakers you connect will be able to provide 7.1-channel surround sound, which makes the action seem more realistic.
It has an anti-dust cooling system, which only gives it longevity and support performance at any time. Microphones process ambient noise and make your voice heard much brighter, precisely what you want when you network with friends when you play LoL.
7. Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4
If you want to invest in a powerful laptop to use in the long term, both for browsing the Internet, and gaming, we recommend considering the Acer Aspire E5-575G-7826. As for dimensions, it is in the category of the medium, standard displays, with a 15.6-inch diagonal and Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080), which gives you the ideal combination of mobility and image quality.
It has integrated video card with Nvidia chipset and Intel Core i7 processor, the 7th generation (Kaby Lake) with 3.7GHz processing speed, which will seamlessly support 3D rendering and other types of complex editing. Unfortunately, RAM only includes 8GB (allows for simple, basic processes), but the good news is that it can be expanded up to 32GB depending on your operating needs.
You will benefit from a 256GB SSD hard drive and 2800mAh Li-ion battery with four cells for long-lasting autonomy that gives you freedom of movement and the ability to work from anywhere. As for connectivity options, you have HDMI port for visual presentations, RJ-45 for the network, USB ports (2 types 3.0, 1 type 2.0, and one type 3.1 Type C) and SD card reader.
8. Toshiba Tecra A50-E
The Toshiba Tecra A50-E is a powerful business laptop, equipped with a Quad-Core i7-8550U processor, running very fast and meeting all the commands you initiate.
It features 32 GB RAM, making this laptop suitable for multitasking. In terms of storage capacity, it comes with a generous SSD capacity of 1TB. It is suitable for video conferencing, watching movies or gaming, as it incorporates a camera, stereo speakers and microphone.
It is Bluetooth compatible and can be connected to a router via Wi-Fi network. The battery life is good, up to 8 hours, and the screen diagonal is suitable for presentation and editing (15.6 ″). It also comes with Windows 10 Pro preinstalled, which is a nice addition.
9. Dell Inspiron 15 3567
Dell Inspiron 3567 is a laptop that we recommend for daily use. This model does not offer the same performance as a gaming model, but with which you will do your job, if you write a lot on it, browse online, watch movies, more chosen in online streaming services, and listen to music.
To give you an idea of the technical performance, we tell you that it incorporates Intel® Core ™ i3-7020U processor, 2.30 GHz, plus 4 GB RAM (supports up to 16GB) and the video card is integrated. This allows you to navigate smoothly, even if you cannot install a high-performance game.
It has a 15 inch diagonal, you can connect it to the internet by wire or wireless, it is also compatible with Bluetooth, and on its interface, you will find an RJ-45 port, an HDMI, a USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, as well as or Audio Out. It has a 2W webcam and speakers (you probably want to connect some speakers or headphones), and it comes with an adapter and a power cord. Last but not least, it is very affordable.
10. Apple MacBook Air 13
If you want to buy a Mac, which you can use, especially at work, whether it means office activities or the use of editing programs, this laptop may be to your liking. It’s high-performance and fast, thanks to the Intel® Dual Core 5 i5 processor, with two cores and 8 GB of memory.
What stands out about this laptop is its autonomy. The battery lasts up to 12 hours (even longer, according to some users). So, it will last at least a day of work, and you can work wherever you want, especially if we take into account the portability of the model. As for storage capacity, it must be said that it integrates a 128 GB SSD.
It has a diagonal of 13.3 inches, is very thin (1.7 cm), and light (1.35 kg), connects quickly to the wireless network, has three USB 3.0 ports, and is Bluetooth compatible. The keyboard is light, so you can use it when it’s dark in the room, without turning on another light source, it has a FaceTime HD 720p video camera and dual microphones that reduce background noise during an online conference.