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Are you thinking of buying a new laptop but not really what to choose? We go through the best models for 2018 with a focus on work and performance.
Most people prefer a laptop that is easy to carry and does not weigh too much, which is also called Ultrabooks. We have therefore chosen to look at lightweight laptops that are suitable for work, school, film watching and of course ordinary surfing.
If you are interested in primarily playing computer games on your laptop, it is better to check out tested gaming laptops that are better suited to it. But often this means compromise on weight, battery life and higher price.
If you are tired of a bulky and slow laptop then you will find the best and fastest laptops for the 2018-2019 which are also easy to take with you. We have selected the best options with Mac OS and for Windows 10 but you get the most performance for the money with the models that come with Windows.
ASUS ZENBOOK PRO
Asus’ most powerful laptop in one thin and smooth format is the ZenBook Pro, which was updated in 2018 with the new 8 generation Intel processors. The chassis is turned out of a block of aluminum and it is a computer that brings in very premium feeling.
This laptop comes with the Intel Core i7 8750H which is a six-core Hexa core and can execute 12 threads simultaneously with Hyper-Threading. The computer is also equipped with 16 GB of DDR4 memory, which together makes this computer very fast.
The screen is 15.6 ″ with the resolution 1920 x 1080 which means that this is a medium-sized computer that also makes it easier to work at. The resolution is good enough for the format and a way to keep costs down. However, the ZenBook Pro is available in a more expensive variant with a better processor (Intel Core i9 8950HK) and 4K screen.
In the storage path you will find an SSD connected over M.2 for lightning fast transmissions and writing. It has a space of 512 GB which should suffice for most things. There is no other hard drive in the computer but it is to be expected of laptops of this size and weight.
The Asus ZenBook Pro also comes equipped with a Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q which gives a lot of graphics performance in such a compact computer. For anyone who wants to work with video editing, heavy applications and having the opportunity to play computer games, this combines the best in a good way.
Asus Zenbook Pro ScreenPad
ScreenPad gives access to apps that can make you more efficient.
An interesting feature of the Asus ZenBook series is ScreenPad, which allows you to use the touchpad as much as just as a pointing device that replaces the mouse. It gives you the opportunity to quickly and easily access functions and supplement applications in a smooth way. The functionality is most easily demonstrated in the video below, although we think it takes a while to get used to the functions.
In conclusion, we can conclude with the Asus ZenBook being a lavish series of laptops and those who tested and known on the product are impressive. The ZenBook Pro is the models that are most powerful, have larger storage, equipped with ScreenPad and have a graphics card that actually can handle computer gaming as well.
PC for All tested laptops in 2018 and best in test was just Asus ZenBook (not Pro) who took home the victory. ZenBook Pro has received very good grades in previous years, but in 2018, it has taken a bigger step in its product range, which makes it the best laptop.
Battery: 9.5 h – Weight: 1.88 kg
APPLE MACBOOK AIR
Apple has long been the market leader in making both stylish, practical and good laptops. Even though the PC competitors like Dell and Asus have caught up and even passed by on many points, Apple’s MacBooks are still very good.
Apple’s MacBook Air is an affordable entry-level model and also the cheapest MacBook sold. Although it has less hard hardware than Asus and Dell in the same price range, it’s still an affordable computer and an obvious choice in the price range if you want a Mac.
This is a very small laptop that is easy to bring to and from work, but also in school or on the go. It has a screen of 13 ″ and a resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels which is more than enough for work, surf, social media and movie viewing.
Apple MacBook Air comes equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor (5350U) with two cores and can execute 4 threads simultaneously with Hyper Threading. The RAM memory consists of 8 GB which is sufficient for normal work and ordinary tasks on a computer. The disk space of 128 GB is not well established, but it is enough and you can use an external hard drive for extra storage (for example)
This is a good entry-level model, but if you look at a MacBook, you’re probably already set to play no direct games, and this model is not hardware-compatible at all with only Intel’s internal graphics circuit. It is also not a computer intended for heavier tasks and video editing and similar tasks will not feel fast. Are you looking for a more powerful model then the MacBook Pro is what you should look at.
In PC for Alla’s test in 2018, this model only got 4 out of 10 in grades. The positive was highlighted as being the only Mac OS in the price range while having a fast SSD and good ergonomics. The negative is that it starts with old hardware with low performance, dull display with outdated ports. This is certainly true, but it works well as a working computer, regular home computer and for school work. The price tag has also dropped and a re-launch of the MacBook Air would cause the price to rise again.
If you want a cheap laptop with Mac OS then this is by far the cheapest model. If you think of a laptop with Windows 10, this is not a good buy.
Battery: 12 h – Weight: 1.35 kg
DELL XPS 13
Dell has a great variety of laptops but their XPS series is their most lavish series that is not completely gaming-oriented. Their XPS 13 is a model that holds very compact format, offers smart features and really nice performance.
PC for All has tested the latest model in 2018 with model designation XPS 13 9370 and can state that this is one of the best laptops in its format right now. It received the award “Good Choice” where the great positive aspects of the Dell XPS 13 are the design and how slim it is, the high performance, long battery life and that it has a really good sound in the speakers. The worse parts are the risk of reflections in the screen and that there is a little bloatware that many people will want to uninstall after purchase.
The high performance of the Dell XPS 13 is found if we look closely at the processor that is an Intel Core i5 8250U from the last (8th) generation. This is combined with 8 GB of DDR4 memory. As a storage device, we find an SSD of 256 GB of space and the graphics card is an integrated part of the processor and thus it is Intel’s UHD Graphics 620. Hardly any graphics card designed for gaming, but good enough for ordinary tasks.
One of the Dell XPS 13 major triumphs is the battery life that is up to 19 hours in low load. In practice, one can usually count off some time because it is difficult to replenish the scenarios that they tested in. But after all, this is really good for a computer in this class.
The design of the Dell XPS 13 is really stylish and looks like a professional computer. On the inside you have woven carbon fiber and on the outside it is pure silver. The compact format also makes the computer very easy to carry and the thickness is set to 199 mm.
Battery: 19 h – Weight: 1.21 kg