What’s the difference between a good notebook and the best ones money can buy? They deliver a great combination of design, comfort and performance for your money, but also satisfy your specific needs. For example, the best Ultrabooks should boost fast and be easy to carry, while a superior business laptop offers extra durability and security. Then there are budget notebooks, which should deliver snappy performance for everyday tasks while costing less than $500.
At LAPTOP, we review dozens and dozens of laptops each year, putting each and every model through a series of rigorous tests. From screen brightness and heat to speed and battery life, our writers and editors evaluate every aspect of a given system to arrive at a rating. This list of 4-star notebooks represents the best of the best in every category.
Apple makes the quintessential ultraportable notebook even better by giving the MacBook Air faster performance and longer battery life. The 4th Generation Intel Core i5-powered notebook now lasts for over 9 hours on a charge.
Basic Configuration: $1,199