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Choosing a… Laptop

A basic laptop costing around £300 will run everyday office, multimedia and education software, but it won’t be suitable for 3D gaming or processor-intensive tasks such as video editing. Many laptops at this price have a 15.4in screen and weigh around 2.4kg, so they’re best used around the house and for occasional journeys.

If you want to play modern games, you’ll need a laptop with a dedicated graphics chip such as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060M. Good gaming laptops tend to have large 17in screens and weigh around 3 kg, so they’re best suited to use at home.

If you want a laptop that you can take everywhere, look for a model that weighs less than 2kg. For the best portability, buy one that has an 11in or 13in screen. In general, the smaller and lighter the laptop, the more expensive it is, especially if it has plenty of processing power.

Battery life is extremely important for a laptop, particularly if you’ll be carrying it around. We’d expect all but the biggest and heaviest to last for at least five hours on a single charge, but for an ultra-portable that you carry everywhere, eight hours and above is more desirable.

Laptops use mobile versions of processors to conserve power, and these lag behind desktop chips when it comes to performance. For a budget Windows laptop, an Intel Core i3 processor will do the job, but if you want better performance, you should look for an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 model instead. We recommend a minimum of 4GB of RAM, although 8GB is better for multitasking.

Most budget and mid-range laptops use a mechanical hard disk for storage. You’ll want at least 500GB, but 1TB or more is better. Solid-state drives (SSDs) have faster performance, making your computer quicker to boot and more responsive. They have lower capacities, though. You’ll need at least 128GB.

Convertibles and 2-in-1 laptops can change from laptop mode to tablet mode. We’ve listed our favourite models later on in this guide in the Tablets section.

HP Spectre x360 Review

5/5

Editor choice HP Spectre x360 15 Review

HP Spectre x360 15 Review

The best 15in convertible you can buy, with plenty of power, stylish design and a great screen and keyboard The HP ...

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Following in the footsteps of the Spectre 13, HP’s Spectre x360 is a convertible hybrid laptop with premium ultrabook sensibilities. That means high performance from its Core i7 processor, a lush 4K display and even discrete Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics.

PROCESSOR Dual-core 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U • RAM 8GB • DIMENSIONS 356x251x17.9mm • WEIGHT 2kg • SCREEN SIZE 15.6in • SCREEN RESOLUTION 3,840×2,160 • GRAPHICS ADAPTOR

Nvidia GeForce GTX 940MX • TOTAL STORAGE 512GB SSD • OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 10 Home • WARRANTY One year RTB

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ASUS ZenBook UX310UA Review

5/5

Sadly we can no longer find the UX310UA for the same bargain price at which we reviewed it, but this is still a lovely ultraportable that can last a full working day away from the mains. Best of all, this price gets you a more powerful Intel Kaby Lake processor and a larger SSD.

PROCESSOR Dual-core 2.4GHz Intel Core i3-7100U • RAM 4GB • DIMENSIONS 323x223x18.4mm • WEIGHT 1.4kg • SCREEN SIZE 13.3in • SCREEN RESOLUTION 1,920×1,080 • TOTAL STORAGE 256GB SSD • OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 10 Home • PARTS AND LABOUR WARRANTY One year RTB

Editor choice Asus ZenBook UX310UA Review: Lean, mean and devilishly good looking

Asus ZenBook UX310UA Review: Lean, mean and devilishly good looking

Asus ZenBook UX310UA Review - THE SLIM, TASTEFUL design of Asus’s ZenBook range calls to mind Apple’s now-defunct ...

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GIGABYTE Aero 15 Review

5/5

The Aero 15 is another slimline gaming laptop, this time with the heft of a GeForce GTX 1060 inside. The result is excellent frame rates even in highly demanding games, with unusually long battery life to sweeten the deal.

PROCESSOR Quad-core 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ • RAM 16GB • DIMENSIONS 356x250x19.9mm • WEIGHT 2.1kg • SCREEN SIZE 15.6in • SCREEN RESOLUTION 1,980×1,080 • GRAPHICS ADAPTOR

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 • TOTAL STORAGE 512GB SSD • OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 10 Home • WARRANTY Two years RTB • DETAILS www.gigabyte.com • PART CODE Aero 15W-CF2

Editor choice GIGABYTE Aero 15 Review

GIGABYTE Aero 15 Review

THANKS TO MORE power-efficient CPUs, gaming laptops are finally getting thinner. The latest example is Gigabyte’s Aero ...

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DELL XPS 13 (2017) Review

5/5

Powered by an updated Intel Core i7-7500U, the refreshed Dell XPS 13 goes from a tantalising purchase to an essential one.

The 3,200×1,800 display still looks excellent, too, both in itself and surrounded by the razor-thin InfinityEdge bezels.

PROCESSOR Quad-core 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U • RAM 8GB • DIMENSIONS 304x200x15mm • WEIGHT 1.29kg • SCREEN SIZE 13.3in • SCREEN RESOLUTION 3,200×1,800 •

GRAPHICS ADAPTOR Intel HD Graphics 620 • TOTAL STORAGE 256GB SSD •

OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 10 Home • WARRANTY Three years RTB

Dell XPS 13 9360 Developer Edition

Dell’s updated Linux laptop—we wish we were richer DELL’S XPS 13 LINEAGE, now in its sixth generation, has long been ...

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Best laptops under 3000

MSI Raider GE63 8RF Review - MSI makes a bewildering array of gaming laptops. They come in all shapes and sizes from big, noisy and fast, to thin, light and ...

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Does the concept of a ‘Thin and light’ 17-inch gaming laptop actually have legs?Razer Blade Pro (2017) Review - RAZER IS BASICALLY attempting the ...

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Dell XPS 13 9370 Linux - Dell sticks with the ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ formula for another generation of XPS At first glance you could be forgiven ...

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Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13-inch) - It's singing from the same songbook, but that doesn't make microsoft's revised 2-in-1 sound any less sweet. The book 2's ...

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Lenovo Yoga 920 Review - 2017 was the year the ‘two-in-one’ PC - a laptop that folds into a tablet - began to look less like an unwanted novelty and more like ...

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LENOVO IS AN old hand at business notebooks, and the fifth-generation ThinkPad X1 is its thinnest, most powerful laptop to date, which retains the unmistakable ...

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A thin gaming laptop that gives us our first look at Nvidia's Max-Q tech. Thanks in a large part to the GTX 10-series GPUs — Nvidia's Pascal architecture — ...

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HP OMEN 15 GAMING LAPTOP - AN OMEN OF THINGS TO COME FOR HP’S GAMING DIVISION? Republic of Gamers, Aorus, Alienware, and now we have another major ...

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The first Windows 10 S laptop Now, pay attention, class. The Surface Pro is Microsoft’s tablet. There’s the Surface Bookthat’s half tablet, half laptop. And ...

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Dell’s XPS 13 blew us away when it first arrived at the PCTA labs, being one of the thinnest and lightest ultraportable laptops around. Yet it didn’t scrimp on ...

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Asus makes a bewildering variety of neat aluminium laptops under complicated model numbers, so calling this just ‘3’ means it’s meant to be something special. ...

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Acer Aspire S13 review - The secret of the thinnest, lightest laptops is aluminium. All right, it’s not really' a secret. Manufacturers are quite keen to draw ...

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Just like its 13-inch sibling, the 15.6-inch Lenovo Yoga 720 is a solid contribution to the 2-in-1 laptop space. It feels every bit as comfortable as a tablet ...

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The next-gen Chromebook is here (if you buy it) Part Chromebook and part Android tablet, the 12.3-inch Samsung combines a 360-degree convertible laptop design ...

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Asus ZenBook UX310UA Review - THE SLIM, TASTEFUL design of Asus’s ZenBook range calls to mind Apple’s now-defunct MacBook Air, but with a wider range of ...

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Asus ZenBook Flip UX560UQ review - PC model-naming is an occult art. All those letters and numbers stand for something, but what? With Asus’ Flip UX360CA, at ...

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Aorus X7 DT v7 Review - A gaming laptop with everything you could want on paper, but does that add up in the flesh?While the X7's subtly accented heat ...

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Top laptops

Best price Razer Blade Pro (2017) Review

Razer Blade Pro (2017) Review

Does the concept of a ‘Thin and light’ 17-inch gaming laptop actually have legs?Razer Blade Pro (2017) Review - RAZER IS BASICALLY attempting the impossible with its latest revamp of the Blade Pro, matching a 17.3-inch screen with a thin (well, ...

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Editor choice 2 HP Pavilion x360 14-ba016na Review: Look at it both ways

HP Pavilion x360 14-ba016na Review: Look at it both ways

HP Pavilion x360 14-ba016na Review - This laptop-tablet comes in a choice of gold or silver finishes, but either way it’s made of plastic. That’s a reasonable compromise in this price bracket, and HP’s build quality is still more than acceptable. It ...

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Editor choice 3 Dell XPS 13 (2018) Review: Making the best laptop in the world even better

Dell XPS 13 (2018) Review: Making the best laptop in the world even better

XPS 13 2018 Review - The archetypal windows ultrabook gets its first major refinement in 4 years - But it's not without cost Had late Apple CEO Steve Jobs been in charge of designing a Windows PC it probably would have ended up looking a lot like ...

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Editor choice 4 Lenovo IdeaPad 320s Review: Cheap as chips

Lenovo IdeaPad 320s Review: Cheap as chips

Lenovo IdeaPad 320s review - We’ve seen all sorts of amazing laptop- tablet hybrids from Lenovo, with touchscreens, pens, virtual keyboards and built-in projectors. This is not one of those. The Ideapad 320S is an unashamedly basic laptop at a ...

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Editor choice 5 ASUS ZenBook UX430UQ Review: Powerful and portable ultrabook cleverly trades off a little battery life

ASUS ZenBook UX430UQ Review: Powerful and portable ultrabook cleverly trades off a little battery life

ASUS ZenBook UX430UQ Review - It may seem like the runt of the ZenBook 3 litter, but a laptop this special doesn’t come around too often. If you were to judge it based on its price, you’d probably guess that ASUS’s UX430UQ is just a ...

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