Laptops 2021, We have chosen the latest of the best laptops to help you find the perfect model for your needs
This ranking of the best laptops has been compiled to help you choose the model that's right for you from the myriad of those on the market.
We looked at models of all kinds, choosing the best in their respective categories - from gaming laptops capable of playing all the latest AAA titles to the best Chromebooks, not forgetting some cheaper models.
We have reviewed some of the best laptops on the market, such as the fantastic Huawei MateBook X, HP Elite Dragonfly, and MacBook Pro M1. We've also just included the latest releases of the best laptops in vogue last years, such as the Macbook Air M1 and Dell XPS 13, and the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14.
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What do you need to know when buying a new laptop?
To ensure that you make a purchase that meets your expectations and needs, there are a few things you need to know when buying a new laptop.
First of all, you need to look at the specifications sheet: it is a good way to quickly know how powerful it is and if it is suitable for the use you have designed for it, as long as you know what you are looking for. A key thing to know is which processor (CPU) it mounts.
The processor is essentially the brain of the laptop, every desktop or mobile computer has one installed by Intel or AMD. Although there are processors from other brands, these two are the main suppliers of all the CPUs that you will find on notebooks on the market, with rare exceptions among which we have the Apple M1 ARM, released in the second half of 2020.
Intel is currently the most popular CPU manufacturer among the best laptops, although lately, we are seeing a return to the market of models based on next-generation AMD ZEN 3 technology.
To make CPU identification easier, both Intel and AMD use numeric codes, which provide a rough idea of what kind of business a laptop with that processor can do. If you're looking for a budget laptop for simple tasks like surfing the web or watching Netflix, a laptop with an Intel Pentium, Intel Core i3, or AMD Ryzen 3 will be fine and won't make your chosen model too expensive.
If, on the other hand, you are looking for something with a little more oomph, for example, to carry out more complex tasks like editing home videos or playing games, then it would be better to choose at least a laptop with an Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor.
Laptops for creating multimedia content and for more complex tasks are often equipped with an Intel Core i7 or Core i9 processor or alternatively AMD Ryzen 7.
The models with these processors belong to the high end of the market and offer exceptional performance for all the activities in which they are used, however they are often more expensive. For example, Intel's Core i9 CPUs, in the face of very high processing power, also bring with them a large amount of heat.
It is good to check if the laptop model you are interested in has an adequate ventilation system to dispose of it, otherwise, it will be better to focus on cheaper CPUs, they are not so greedy for current and that heat little.
Overheating in modern CPUs is kept in check by a feature called throttling which automatically limits their power, however, when the heat is really excessive (in summer or during heavy and long processing), you risk losing a good part of the performance. as throttling may run all the time, a cooling base may be useful in that case.
The best laptops at a glance:
- Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
- Microsoft Surface Laptop 4
- Dell XPS 15 (2020)
- HP Specter x360 (2021)
- Dell XPS 13 (late 2020)
- LG Gram 16 (2021)
- MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)
- ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2
- Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
- Asus TUF F15
- HP Elite Dragonfly
- Apple MacBook Air (2020)
- Dell G5 15 5590
- Google Pixelbook Go
- Asus VivoBook S15
- Microsoft Surface Laptop 3