In the modern day and age, people are shifting their focuses more towards the laptops than the full sized PCs, yes, you still don’t get the same amount of power but considering how most of the modern laptops these days are actually equipped with desktop standard hardware, it’s an easy observation as to why people are shifting their focuses.
When it comes to laptops, the choice is either getting a Windows powered laptop from famous manufacturers such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, and even Samsung or you can always opt for a more expensive solution such as the MacBook by Apple. There can be a lot of reasons why one would go for MacBook; it’s an absolute breeze for editors and designers and the build quality is top notch.
However, for the same price, you can get a Windows based laptops that twice as powerful as a MacBook. Before we dive into the actual comparison, let’s clear some of the major misconception about MacBook. People believe that MacBooks aren’t prone to viruses that plague the Windows-based computers, and that’s why they go for the more expensive option.
While that’s true, but only to some extent; MacBooks are prone to getting viruses as well, but considering how there are more active Windows based computers than MacBooks, viruses aren’t created for them that often. With that out of the way, if you are in the market for a good quality laptop, then we have prepared a list that contains a total of 7 laptops that are actually way better than your usual MacBook.
So without wasting any more time, let’s take a look.
The fact that Dell has come a long way with their top of the line XPS series is an achievement in itself. In the modern day and age, the XPS series has evolved into something groundbreaking. For those who don’t know, the XPS 13 2015 happens to be one of the most stylish, and most powerful laptops we have had the chance to use. So let’s take a look at it.
Straight out of the box, the Dell XPS 13 2015 happens to be a gorgeous device. You’d be surprised how Dell managed to squeeze in a 13 inch screen in a body of just 12 inch. The laptop is slim, the overall build quality is impressive as hell. The entire casing is made out of top notch aluminum, but despite that, the laptop manages to keep an overall lightweight.
What you would get in this machine is a 6th Gen Intel Core processor i5-6200 clocked at 2.3GHz, 128GB SSD and 8GB DDR3 RAM. Not to forget about its Back-lit keyboard and Bluetooth 4.1 and mammoth battery life of 11 hours.
To be honest, at the price you are paying for this amazing laptop, there isn’t a lot to write bad about, the only issue we noticed is the webcam placement; instead of being on top, the webcam now sits on the bottom – this is mainly because of how the top and size bezels are way too thin to accommodate a webcam.
The next up, we have something from Asus, a lot of consumers know Asus for their top of the line gaming hardware as well as peripherals, however, the company is also known for providing some of the finest laptops the industry has seen, and today, we are bringing you the Asus ZenBook Pro; as compared to the other laptops in our list, this happens to be the one with 15.6 inch screen; but is it any good? Let’s find out.
The build quality is another great thing as the entire laptop is made out of aluminum, giving it the premium feel you’d expect at such a high price point. You should keep in mind that even at $1,500 it’s still cheaper than the equally performing Dell XPS or a MacBook, and not to mention, the UHD touch screen is just an added bonus. But even among all these, I think its USP is 16GB DDR4 RAM and 512 NVMe SSD, which means your OS would literally run on this machine.
The only issue with this laptop happens to be a subjective one, the screen happens to be glossy, which automatically means that it is prone to fingerprints, but other than that, it’s a perfect machine. Trusted Reviews summed it up as:
Asus strikes again with a sensible yet powerful top-end laptop: you won’t get much more bang for your buck.
When it comes to providing gaming laptops, Alienware has established itself as one of the leading names, there used to be a time when the only available gaming laptop in the market would be from Alienware, and even though times have changed with more and more manufacturer’s bringing in their own products, Alienware is still holding a candle. Today, we’re looking at the Alienware 17 R3 (2016) a fully loaded gaming laptop that takes no prisoners.
The R3 boosts the latest 6th Core i7 processor along with the Nvidia GTX 980M dedicated gaming card, the laptop comes with 16 gigs of RAM, 16 gigs of SSD, 1 TB of primary hard drive and has a full sized, 17.3 inch screen with UHD resolution, the video memory here is 8 gigs that should be ample for gaming at higher resolution, and if you want some desktop level performance, you can always invest in a graphic amp by Alienware and squeeze in a 980Ti in there.
The laptop has all the necessary bells and whistles you’d expect from an Alienware laptop, and to be fairly honest, this happens to be one of the best gaming laptop we have tested; both in terms of performance and the value for money. The only issue with the R3 is that it can get pretty hot when you’re gaming, and that can cause thermal throttling, but hopefully, using an aftermarket laptop cooler can help you with that.
We are back with another Asus product and this time, it’s the ZenBook UX303UA, for those who are willing to know, this can be considered a downgraded version of Asus ZenBook Pro. However, the downgrade should be bothering the people who are looking for a pretty capable laptop. So, without wasting any more time, let’s take a look at the laptop itself.
The good thing about the ZenBook is that the Asus didn’t sacrifice the build quality, although the specs are a little lower now and there’s no dedicated GPU involved, the Intel Core i5, 8 gigs of RAM, and 256 gigs of SSD are welcome inclusions. The screen is a 13.3 inch touch panel that has a resolution of FHD.
The ZenBook UX303UA carries the same design most ZenBook machines are known for, however, this time around, the bezels happen to be slightly thicker. Luckily, the performance remains to be top notch and the battery delivers as you would expect it to.
To be fairly honest, there isn’t a lot about the ZenBook that we didn’t like, it’s surely a downgrade from the bigger brother, but manages to perform pretty solid on all the tasks it is supposed to perform.
Lenovo’s ThinkPad series has always been more inclined towards the business users, with that said, the latest ThinkPad X260 leaves no stones unturned when it comes to delivering amazing performance and top class battery duration. However, the laptop isn’t as stylish or thin as one would want. Why is it so? Let’s find out.
From the get go, it’s obvious that the ThinkPad X260 is made for business users who have to travel a lot, and keeping that in mind, Lenovo has put in a massive battery that is capable of giving out 17 hours of battery life. Obviously, the actual life would differ depending on how you use the laptop. Even though the laptop has a bulky looking construction, we were surprised how the laptop managed to be so lightweight. Another great thing about the laptop was the comfortable and responsive keyboard.
The laptop comes with different configurations, but you should know that it comes with an SSD as well as the 6th generation Core i5 or i7 processor coupled with ample amount of RAMs, this ensures that the laptop performs without any hiccups or slowdowns.
At such an amazing price, the only downside to this amazing machine is that the screen wasn’t as vibrant as compared to the other laptops in the market that usually fall under the same price. Other than that, the ThinkPad X260 is an amazing, and highly capable laptop.
A great choice for business travelers, the ThinkPad X260 pairs a fantastic keyboard and lightweight body with over 17 hours of battery life. -- Avram Piltch (Laptop Mag)
We have another tablet/laptop hybrid by Microsoft here; the Surface Pro 4 happens to be one of the high end devices from Microsoft and how good is it? Well, it’s actually really good, and it’s almost as good as the Surface Book, although a bit smaller in size. Let’s find out how the Surface Pro 4 fairs against when used as a fully featured laptop.
Right out of the box, the Surface Pro 4 looks like a tablet, but thanks to the ability of connecting a wireless keyboard, you can actually use it as a full sized laptop that comes with a 12.3 inch display.
For those who don’t know, it’s cheaper than the Surface Book and we had our reservations about the performance, but we were surprised how robust and stable the Surface Pro 4 actually is.
The inclusion of Windows 10 happens to be an absolute breeze as it feels right at home. The screen happens to be one of the best ones we have seen, and the battery life is another great plus for this tablet/laptop.
At such an amazing price and performance, it’s hard to find out anything that is wrong with the Surface Pro 4, it’s really capable device that only lacks a bundled keyboard, other than that; everything hits home with this.
Has Microsoft at last crafted a tablet that can reasonably, without considerable compromise, replace your laptop? Short of going back to the drawing board on the battery, this looks as close as it's going to get. - Joe Osborne (Tech Radar)
Microsoft surprised everyone when they brought in the super expensive, yet highly premium Surface Book. A lot of questions and fingers were raised questioning Microsoft for the bold move they made. With that said, the Surface Book actually faced some issues in the beginning but ever since the release date. So how does the Surface Book fair, and is it actually better than MacBook? Let’s find out.
The Surface Book comes with a couple of different configurations; you can get i5 or an i7, 8 gigs or 16 gigs of RAM, and you can choose between integrated GPU or a Nvidia GPU. The screen size is 13.3 inch, and happens to be really vibrant. For those who don’t know, the Surface Book is actually a tablet, and on the rear, it has an 8 megapixel camera, and on the front, you get a 5 megapixel camera.
Overall, the Surface Book is actually a really robust tablet, and an even better laptop; the specs are powerful thanks to the powerful processor, the solid quality is an added bonus, and not to mention how good Windows 10 performs on the Surface Book. The only downside to be fairly honest is the fact that the keys on the bundled keyboard don’t feel as tactile and responsive as they should.
It's expensive but the Surface Book is an amazing piece of technology combining excellent (and unique) design, top-notch build quality and high-end specifications. Battery life is amazing and there's a lot you can do with the Surface Book model with the Nvidia GPU. -- PC Advisor
Muhammad Asfand Yar, or Asfand as his friends call, is Author cum Owner of List Enthusiast. Blogging is his old new-found love. He writes to boost his Knowledge - and yours too. He usually remains in front of computer screen - even when he isn't writing any Blog post - doing computer programming. C++ is his passion. Catch him on twitter @asfandyar12.