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. Or Chromebooks, which require an Internet connection, but often cost less than $300.
At LAPTOP, we review tons of laptops each year, putting each machine through a series of rigorous tests, some synthetic and some real-world. From screen brightness, audio quality 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 notebooks represents the best of the best in every category.
Starting at $1,299, the MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display sports a best-in-class 2560 x 1600 resolution screen, 4th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a blazing fast 128GB solid-state drive. Throw in 9.5 hours of battery life and a gorgeous all-aluminum unibody design and it's easy to see why the Pro 13-inch provides the best combination of power, performance and elegance on the market today.