The best 10 laptops in comparison

Which are the best laptops of 2019?

Best laptops of 2019 (1 - 5)
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Lenovo ThinkPad P53 15.6" UHD Intel Core i9-9880H 2.3GHz / 32GB RAM / 1TB SSD
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Lenovo ThinkPad P53 15.6" UHD Intel Core i7-9850H 2.6GHz / 32GB RAM / 512GB SSD
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Asus ROG Mothership GZ700 UHD 17" Intel Core i9-9980HK 2.4GHz / 64GB RAM / 1.5TB SSD
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Lenovo ThinkPad P53 15.6" UHD Intel Core i7-9750H 2.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD
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Lenovo ThinkPad P1 15.6" UHD Intel Xeon E-2176M 2.7GHz / 32GB RAM / 1TB SSD
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Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD
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Lenovo ThinkPad P52 15.6" Intel Xeon E-2176M 2.7GHz / 16GB RAM / 1TB SSD
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Lenovo ThinkPad P53 15.6" FHD Intel Xeon E-2276M 2.8GHz / 32GB RAM / 1TB SSD
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Lenovo ThinkPad P1 15.6" UHD Intel Core i7-8850H 2.6GHz / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD
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Apple MacBook Pro 16" Intel Core i9 2.3GHz / 16GB RAM / 1TB SSD
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Pros
Pros
  • Longer battery life
  • Faster CPU speed
  • Longer battery life
  • Touch screen
  • Faster CPU speed
  • More RAM memory
  • More USB 3.0 ports
  • Bigger screen size
  • More USB ports
  • Detachable keyboard
  • Longer battery life
  • Touch screen
  • Touch screen
  • Faster CPU speed
  • More internal storage
  • More microphone(s)
  • Touch screen
  • Longer battery life
  • Touch screen
  • Faster CPU speed
  • Bigger screen size
  • More microphone(s)
Cons
Cons
  • Internal storage
  • CPU speed
  • Internal storage
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Number of microphones
  • Pixel density
  • Anti-reflection coating
  • CPU speed
  • Internal storage
  • RAM
  • CPU speed
  • Sleep-and-charge USB ports
  • Number of microphones
  • USB 3.0 ports
  • USB ports
  • Internal storage
  • RAM speed
  • USB 3.0 ports
  • Battery life
  • Pixel density
  • Resolution
  • Screen size
  • RAM speed
  • CPU speed
  • Battery life
  • Internal storage
  • RAM
  • Anti-reflection coating
  • Internal storage
  • Pixel density
  • Resolution
  • CPU speed
  • Number of microphones
  • USB 3.0 ports
  • USB ports
  • RAM
  • Internal storage
  • Sleep-and-charge USB ports
  • Battery life
  • USB ports
  • HDMI output
  • Internal storage
  • RAM
Design
Detachable keyboardYou can detach the keyboard of your device and use the screen as a tablet. Detaching the keyboard makes the device lighter and gives you the possibility to switch easily between laptop-mode and tablet-mode. The keyboard is included when buying the device.
Detachable keyboardYou can detach the keyboard of your device and use the screen as a tablet. Detaching the keyboard makes the device lighter and gives you the possibility to switch easily between laptop-mode and tablet-mode. The keyboard is included when buying the device.
Backlit keyboardThe keyboard is backlit, making it easier to type in the dark or dim lighting.
Backlit keyboardThe keyboard is backlit, making it easier to type in the dark or dim lighting.
Flip-and-fold designA flip and fold design allows you to fold the screen over the keyboard and transform the device into a tablet, without splitting the device into two pieces.
Flip-and-fold designA flip and fold design allows you to fold the screen over the keyboard and transform the device into a tablet, without splitting the device into two pieces.
Fanless designBy using power-efficient components that don't produce large amounts of heat, it's possible to create a device with no cooling fans. This results in a much quieter (or even silent) operation.
Fanless designBy using power-efficient components that don't produce large amounts of heat, it's possible to create a device with no cooling fans. This results in a much quieter (or even silent) operation.
Weather-sealed (splashproof)The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
Weather-sealed (splashproof)The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
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Total score for "Design"
Display
Screen sizeThe bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
Screen sizeThe bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.15.6"15.6"17.3"15.6"15.6"15.4"15.6"15.6"15.6"16"
ResolutionThe resolution indicates the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen, expressed as the number of pixels on the horizontal axis and the number on the vertical axis.
ResolutionThe resolution indicates the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen, expressed as the number of pixels on the horizontal axis and the number on the vertical axis.3840 x 2160px3840 x 2160px3840 x 2160px3840 x 2160px3840 x 2160px2880 x 1800px3840 x 2160px1920 x 1080px3840 x 2160px3072 x 1920px
Pixel density
Pixel density282ppi282ppi255ppi282ppi282ppi220ppi282ppi141ppi282ppi226ppi
Touch screenYou can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
Touch screenYou can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
Anti-reflection coatingThis helps to reduce the reflection from your device.
Anti-reflection coatingThis helps to reduce the reflection from your device.
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Total score for "Display"
Performance
CPU speed
CPU speed8 x 2.3GHz6 x 2.6GHz8 x 2.4GHz6 x 2.6GHz6 x 2.7GHz6 x 2.9GHz6 x 2.7GHz6 x 2.8GHz6 x 2.6GHz8 x 2.3GHz
RAM
RAM32GB32GB64GB16GB32GB32GB16GB32GB16GB16GB
RAM speedIt can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.
RAM speedIt can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.2666MHz2666MHz2666MHz2666MHz2666MHz2400MHz2400MHz2666MHz2666MHz2666MHz
Internal storage
Internal storage1000GB512GB1500GB512GB1000GB4000GB1000GB1000GB512GB1000GB
Flash storageFlash-based storage devices such as SSDs have no mechanical components. Due to this, they are typically faster, run silently, and are more shock resistant than traditional HDDs.
Flash storageFlash-based storage devices such as SSDs have no mechanical components. Due to this, they are typically faster, run silently, and are more shock resistant than traditional HDDs.
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Total score for "Performance"
Connectivity
HDMI outputDevices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
HDMI outputDevices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
USB 3.0 portsMore USB 3.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is an improved version of USB 2.0 which offers faster transfer rates.
USB 3.0 portsMore USB 3.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is an improved version of USB 2.0 which offers faster transfer rates.556520552N.A.
USB portsWith more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.
USB portsWith more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.55654N.A.5544
USB Type-CThe USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.
USB Type-CThe USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.
Wi-Fi connectivityThe device can connect to Wi-Fi.
Wi-Fi connectivityThe device can connect to Wi-Fi.
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Total score for "Connectivity"
Battery
Battery lifeThe device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.
Battery lifeThe device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.16.5h16.5hN.A.16.5h13h10h10h16.5h13h11h
MagSafe power adapterThe MagSafe power adapter uses a power connector that is attached magnetically. When pulled or tugged, the connector will come out of the socket safely.
MagSafe power adapterThe MagSafe power adapter uses a power connector that is attached magnetically. When pulled or tugged, the connector will come out of the socket safely.
Sleep-and-charge USB portsSleep-and-charge USB ports can charge electronic devices when the laptop is in sleep mode, hibernate mode, or even switched off.
Sleep-and-charge USB portsSleep-and-charge USB ports can charge electronic devices when the laptop is in sleep mode, hibernate mode, or even switched off.
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Total score for "Battery"
Features
Number of microphonesMore microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
Number of microphonesMore microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.2212132213
3.5mm audio jackWith a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
3.5mm audio jackWith a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
Stereo speakersDevices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
Stereo speakersDevices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
Front cameraA front camera, also called secondary camera, can be used for video chats/selfies.
Front cameraA front camera, also called secondary camera, can be used for video chats/selfies.
Fingerprint scannerThe device has a fingerprint scanner which identifies the user.
Fingerprint scannerThe device has a fingerprint scanner which identifies the user.
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Total score for "Features"

How to choose the best laptop

Buying a new laptop is a significant investment, and you want to make sure that you've put in the work to select a product that caters to your needs – and that doesn't necessarily mean getting the latest model from a trendy brand. Your chosen laptop will hopefully be by your side for years to come, and you want it to work in your favor, whether in work or leisure (or both). With so many options in the market and, for most human beings, a budget to keep in mind, we know this isn't an easy purchase, but we hope to lighten your load by sharing tips for things to take into account.

Operating system

This one almost goes without saying, but it's a valid reminder. We won't be getting into the age-old debate about whether Mac, Windows, or other platforms are better. Each has pros and cons, and some Apple fans wouldn't give thought to buying from another brand: if this is the case, you can narrow down your search by looking specifically for Apple products. A sleek design is guaranteed with Apple's MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air, although Apple is not the only brand to invest in top-notch laptop design. If you're open to Windows and other operating systems, you have plenty more options to choose from and may get the same (or more) power for fewer bucks. 

Design

It goes without saying: design matters, and most of us would rather have sleek-looking computers that match our individual design preferences. But functionality is also a crucial part of any design. First of all, it would be beneficial to have a clear understanding of how you're going to use your laptop. Will it stay at home or in the office, or will you carry it with you on your daily commute and when traveling? If you plan to take the laptop to various places, then you already know that a smaller and lighter model is a more suitable option: laptops sized 14 inches or smaller would be your best bet. Two options would be the Dell XPS 13 13.3" Intel Core i7-8550U 1.8GHz / 16GB / 512GB SSD and the Microsoft Surface Book 2 13.5" Intel Core i7-8650U / 16GB / 1TB).

You can check for specific screen sizes, as well as weight and thickness, by using our filter feature. If you don't intend to move your laptop around and you don’t want to depend on an external monitor for tasks such as video and photo editing, as well as gaming, you may want to look into laptop with larger displays (such as the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 15.6" UHD Intel Xeon E-2176M 2.7GHz / 32GB RAM / 1TB SSD, the Asus ROG Strix Scar II 17.3" Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2GHz / 16GB RAM / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD, and Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD).

Now that you have a clearer idea of your ideal laptop size, there are still several design features to evaluate. For instance, would you be interested in a model with a detachable keyboard, which allows you to turn your laptop into a tablet? Or perhaps a flip-and-fold design sounds interesting to you – it's also a way to turn a laptop into a tablet, but in this case, by folding the screen over, without detaching the keyboard. Such models typically include a touch screen (otherwise, you couldn’t use them as tablets).

Other design features range from backlit keyboards, which make it easier to use your computer in dimly lit environments (these days, a common feature), to quieter or even silent models with power-efficient components that make cooling fans unnecessary.

Display

A laptop display means much more than the size of its screen. While the resolution of most current laptops is suitable for everyday tasks (such as web browsing, text editing, e-mailing), it may be a key feature to examine if your laptop is your main screen to watch movies, and especially if you're a gamer or do video and photo editing work. In this sense, pixel density and refresh rates would also be worth assessing when choosing a product. In both cases, a higher value is more desirable. 

Pixel density determines the number of pixels grouped within a space, suggesting that the higher the value, the sharper the images. A specification that gamers might want to pay special attention to, the refresh rate indicates how many times per second a display can show new images. With that in mind, a high refresh rate generally implies smoother images, while low refresh rates can result in unpleasant flickering.

Finally, consider if the already mentioned touch screen feature matters to you and if you would benefit from anti-reflection coating (which is especially helpful for gamers and movies and series fanatics).

Performance

As graphics and general system processing become more demanding, and apps grow larger, performance is not only critical but also an indicator of durability. Laptops are no throwaway items, and you most certainly want yours to be a lasting resource. That being said, you may need to compromise on performance if you, for instance, have decided that a smaller laptop suits you best. Still, it is possible to have an efficient device without the highest specs; as always, it's a matter of evaluating your needs and priorities.

CPU speed, or total clock speed, is one of the essential performance elements to give thought to. Also known as clock rate, total clock speed is measured in gigahertz (GHz), and indicates how many processing cycles can be executed per second – meaning that the higher the value, the faster the laptop can process data and execute tasks.

Next, we highly recommend that you verify a laptop's RAM speed. Once again, in this case: the more, the merrier. As we've explained in our glossary, RAM (an acronym for random-access memory) saves information that is currently in use, so data reading and writing processes can happen quickly, no matter where the data is stored within the system. We can think of RAM as quick-access, temporary virtual storage for faster data access and processing. Unless you're searching for a budget model to help you with basic daily tasks, you might want to consider an option with at least 4GB – although that would still not be sufficient for high-performance tasks. For gaming, video editing, and other demanding tasks, a minimum of 8GB of RAM would be appropriate. 

Storage 

Now, we must also talk about your future laptop's storage. You'll find products with different kinds of storage: those with flash-based storage such as SSDs (solid-state drives) typically offer a smoother, more responsive, and more silent operation, while traditional HDDs (hard disk drives) have lower data transfer rates, higher latency, and are rapidly becoming less popular. It may be, however, that other priorities or your budget tell you to go with an HDD, and that's fine, as long as you adjust your expectations. 

Besides its type, the size of internal storage is a critical spec to examine. Do you make consistent use of cloud storage or other storage and backup services (such as a home backup server and external hard drives), or would you want your laptop to store most of your files? If your case is the latter, you may want at least 500GB of internal storage (a conservative estimate, we would say). Whichever the situation, we would advise you to never rely on just one storage solution for all your files. Backing up is a must!

Some of the models with the largest internal storage available at this time are Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 15" Touch Bar & Touch ID / Intel Core i9 2.9GHz / 32GB RAM / 4TB SSD, the Asus VivoBook Pro 15 (N580) 15.6" Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 Ghz / 16GB / 512GB SSD + 2TB HDD, and the Lenovo IdeaPad 330 15.6” Intel Core i7-8550U 1.8GHz / 8GB RAM / 2TB HDD

Connectivity 

This is a matter that many don't pay attention to when choosing a laptop, but you will be happy to have kept your connectivity needs in mind when finally proceeding with your purchase. 

For starters, do you rely on USB ports to connect other devices? If so, how many USB ports would be ideal for you, and would you require any (or all) ports to be USB Type-C? Besides these questions, it’s also helpful to take into consideration that smaller and slimmer laptops tend to have fewer ports. Furthermore, consider that even some wireless devices, such as a wireless mouse, rely on USB receivers to connect to your computer (which would keep one USB port in use whenever you wanted to use a mouse). Finally, if you're looking for faster USB data transfer, a laptop with USB 3 ports would make you more satisfied.

We hope your USB requirements are now clearer. However, there's more to connectivity than USB ports – for instance, an HDMI output is crucial if you'd like to plug your laptop to an external monitor or TV. Beyond ports, connectivity also includes Bluetooth support and Wi-Fi – features that practically every current laptop is expected to have, but it doesn't hurt to double-check once you choose a model to purchase.

Battery

Battery life is a key feature to evaluate, especially for those who need to take their laptops on the go. You can't expect to always have a power socket close to you, and with an adequate laptop battery life, carrying a power cable won't always be necessary. Lighter models often offer superior battery life in comparison to bulkier, high-performance laptops. Consider the situations in which you may use your laptop and opt for a product that suits your needs.

Another battery-related feature worth paying attention to is "sleep and charge." This technology allows you to charge other electronic devices via your laptop's USB ports even when the laptop is on standby or switched off.

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