Five best laptops: a quick guide

With a bewildering choice of laptops out there, it’s not easy finding the best one for your needs. If you’re a gamer, you may want to look at something with a better graphics card and if you’re constantly on the move, then a long battery life might be your priority. Here’s a run-down of the top five laptops based on the most common demands made on portable computers today.

Apple MacBook Air 13 inch – Mid 2013

macbook air 13 inch

If you’re looking for a laptop whose battery doesn’t buckle under pressure, then the latest version of the MacBook Air is well above any competition. With over 12 hours of promised battery life, you won’t be reaching for the charger during a long work day.

The fourth generation Intel Core processor and Intel HD graphics card 5000 guarantee that this sleek and portable laptop doesn’t compromise on processing power either.

To compliment the latest Mac Book models, there’s also a brand new software update that fixes minor bugs.

Sony Vaio Duo 11

Sony Vaio Duo 11

The Sony Vaio is a respectable entrant to the convertible market – a place where tablets and laptops try to meet and hopefully create something beautiful and functional.

The hybrid is fuelled by a full Intel Core processor which makes running Windows programs and apps a doddle. With a sliding touch screen that reveals a keyboard, the Sony Vaio is aimed at business professionals and can be handy during presentations as well as for regular office needs.

Acer C7 Chromebook

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If you’re happy to go along with the Chromebook concept – where you use Google’s alternative OS to Windows, Mac, or Linux – the Acer C7 is arguably one of the best value-for-money options on the market. For under £200, you get 2GB RAM, 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor and a larger 6 cell battery compared to its previous version. There’s also plenty of local and cloud storage available.

Dell Inspirion 17 – 3721

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Are you looking to replace a bulky desktop with a sleeker laptop that doesn’t compromise on features or power?

The Dell Inspirion is a 2.6 kg laptop that manages to pack in a decent sized screen of 17.3 inches. There’s also plenty of connectors with four USB ports, HDMI, Ethernet and a DVD burner.

Alienware 18

Alienware-18

Gaming can put some serious pressure on your laptop and the last thing you want when you’re about to take out your online enemy is to have the system crash on you.

If you’ve got deep pockets the Alienware 18 which retails for around £2000, can be your best tool on your next gaming mission. It has the latest Intel i7 processor, two Nvidia GPUs, 32 GB RAM and a huge 18.4 inch screen to get the best of video graphics.

For more laptops to suit every budget and need, take a look here.

What do you guys think? Are there any machines in this list missing? Please feel free to give us your recommendations below.

Five best laptops: a quick guide
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