With all of the advancements in technology over the years, purchasing a new laptop isn’t an easy decision anymore – particularly when it comes to considering exactly what you need the device for.
Do you need a ‘basic’ laptop for work and internet surfing? Are you a designer or creative who needs the best graphics? Or are you a gamer who needs a large amount of memory? Are you going to be the only person using the laptop, or will it be a machine that your entire family will utilize?
Many users gravitate toward sleek, streamlined laptops that are more compact, weigh less, are easily portable and have an operating system that allows them to do several things at once. The problem is that anymore, most computer companies are in a race to prove that their model is the one that everyone needs, and they focus on the outside design more than they focus on the inside components.
BestReviews, a site which publishes independent reviews on more than 200 categories of consumer products, takes the guesswork out of your purchase by reviewing five models. They researched for 42 hours, considered 103 models, interviewed 2 experts, and consulted with 184 consumers to reach their recommendations.
It probably won’t surprise anyone that Apple’s 15” Macbook Pro was named the “Best of the Best.” Apple has had a dominant hold on the market for a number of years now, particularly for those who require and/or use a laptop for work and professional purposes. Apple’s products are known for their longevity, and users feel better that they can take the device to an Apple Store to get fixed if something goes wrong. This particular laptop isn’t going to save you any money, but with your purchase you’ll get a computer known for its slim build, excellent graphic performance and video quality, sharp display, and quick responsiveness.
If you’re not an Apple devotee – and there are those of us out there – then you may like what the Acer Chromebook 11.6” has to offer. Named “Best Bang for the Buck,” is known for being lightweight and portable but offers all the tools one would need for work responsibilities and for internet access. Because it’s a Chrome product, however, the offerings and features are limited to the scope of what Google has decided the product needs.
Other products that made the cut: The 2018 Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Flagship, the ASUS 11.6” Chromebook, and the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. The Surface Pro is the only of the five reviewed products that blends the features of a tablet and laptop in one package.
No matter which laptop you decide is right for you, Best Reviews lays out the pros and cons of each product so that you can make a smart purchasing decision. A laptop is something you want to last, and is something you’re going to use frequently. In this case, it may make the most sense for you to purchase something that you know you’re going to be happy with in the long-term, even if it costs a bit more money.