The best 4K laptops in 2021

The best 4K laptops with the brightest and most colorful screens

The best 4K laptops are beautiful enough to make your jaw drop. Yes, you can watch movies and TV shows all in 1080p if you want, but with a sharper resolution, at 3840 × 2160, 4K panels are typically brighter and even more colorful than 1080p screens. And since there’s an increasing number of games that support this resolution, the best gaming laptops are stacked to deliver the best experience possible.

There’s a huge selection of the best 4K laptops, and you’ll find these super-sharp displays on the best laptops you can buy, including the best 2-in-1 laptops and workstations. And the best 4K laptops can double as video editing laptops and the best photo editing laptops as well. However, keep in mind that 4K laptops typically don’t have the best battery life around, so there are some compromises you’ll have to make.

We determined which were the best 4K laptops by measuring the nits of brightness and the percentage of sRGB that their panels cover. When (not if) 8K laptops arrive, we’ll be ready for a whole new page for you

 

  1. Dell XPS 15 (2019)

The best overall 4K laptop you can buy

CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7/Core i9 | GPU: Intel UHD 630/Nvidia GTX 1650 | RAM: 8GB/16GB/32GB | Storage: 1TB HDD or 256GB/512GB/1TB SSD | Display: 15.6-inch (1080p/4K/4K OLED) | Size: 14.1 x 9.3 x 0.7~0.5 inches | Weight: 4.5 pounds

Dell to release a new XPS 15 model with a 4K OLED panel in March -  NotebookCheck.net News

The Dell XPS 15 is one of the best 4K laptops around, blasting 239% of the sRGB color gamut and 626 nits of brightness on an OLED panel. Boasting dramatic, lively colors with rich, detailed contrast, the XPS’ 4K panel must be seen to be believed. We were immediately taken with how the amber street lights glowed against actress Jodie Turner-Smith’s warm mocha skin and accentuated each twist in her long box braids as she rode in the car.

 

  1. Alienware m17 R3

The best gaming laptop

Alienware m17 R3 17.3" FHD Gaming Notebook 300Hz Intel Core i7 16GB Memory  NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 1TB SSD Lunar Light AWm17-7616WHT-PUS - Best  Buy

CPU: Intel Core i7/Core i9 | GPU: AMD Radeon RX 5500M/Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super/RTX 2080 Super | RAM: 16GB/32GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB SSD | Display: 15.6-inch (1080p/4K/4K OLED) | Size: 15.7 x 11.8 x 0.7~0.8 inches | Weight: 6.6 pounds

The third iteration of the Alienware m17 is here and it’s even better than the previous models. Sporting Intel’s new 10th Gen H-Series processor and an Nvidia Super GPU, the Alienware m17 R3 is a formidable force in the gaming laptop arena. Not only is the laptop powerful, but it’s got an intergalactic elegance that’s a bonafide headturner. It’s also one of the lightest desktop replacements on the market. The m17 R3’s screen is also seriously bright, averaging 591 nits.

 

 

  1. Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR

The best HDR gaming laptop

Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB review | TechRadar

CPU: Intel Core i9 | GPU: Nvidia RTX 2070 Max-Q | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 512 SSD | Display: 17.3-inch (4K) | Size: 15.6 x 10.6 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 5.8 pounds

 

While the Gigabyte Aero 17 doesn’t have an OLED display, its HDR replacement is kick-ass, nailing 575 nits of brightness and 165% of the sRGB color gamut. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the lush greenery popped in contrast to the red, green and yellow shanty houses that surrounded us. When we dove into a swamp, we could see the details in the rocks around the darkest corners. And the cracks on the wood houses were incredibly sharp, even at several feet away.

Now combine that with a slim aluminum chassis packed with an RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU that can still last a wild 5 hours and 30 minutes on a single charge. The Aero 17 is an excellent choice for video editors and gamers alike.

 

 

  1. Dell XPS 17

The best 17-inch 4K laptop

Amazon.com: New XPS 17 9700 17" Laptop 10th Gen Core i7-10875H up to 5.1  GHz 8 cores RTX 2060 6GB Max-Q 4K UHD Anti-Reflex 500-Nit Touch Display  Plus Best Notebook Stylus Pen

CPU: Intel Core i7-10875H | GPU: Nvidia RTX 2060 | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 1TB SSD | Display: 17.3-inch (4K) | Size: 14.7 x 9.8 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 5.5 pounds

The Dell XPS 17 wields a magnificent 17-inch, 4K panel in a chassis that is smaller than most 15-inch systems. And if that isn’t impressive enough, the performance of its 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU should be. And let’s not forget the speedy SSD, bumping sound, and highly efficient thermal system. However, the N300,000($1,449 starting) price is going to give a lot of consumers pause.

The laptop has a 93.7% screen-to-body ratio with a 16:10 aspect ratio, which means instead of your normal 4K panel (3840 x 2160), the XPS 17’s panel has a resolution of 3820 x 2400. Measuring for color reproduction, the XPS 17 hit 172% of the sRGB color gamut, and the screen is also extremely bright, averaging 505 nits of brightness. And despite that glossy display, the XPS 17 has an anti-reflective coating that allowed us to see clearly from every angle.

 

 

  1. HP Spectre x360 (15 inch, OLED)

The best 2-in-1 laptop

HP Spectre x360 15-inch (OLED) Review: Bright Like a Diamond - Tom's  Hardware | Tom's Hardware

CPU: Intel Core i7 | GPU: Nvidia GTX MX150 | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 256GB/1TB SSD | Display: 15.6-inch (4K) | Size: 14.2 x 9.8 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 4.5 pounds

Need a relatively affordably 2-in-1 laptop with a lovely 4K OLED display? The HP Spectre x360 returns with its gorgeous copper-accented chassis, a comfortable keyboard and powerful Bang & Olufsen speakers. It also ramps up its panel with 483 nits of brightness and 258% of the sRGB color spectrum.

. Now combine that with a Intel Core i7-8565U processor, an Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card and the uber-flexible design for a versatile multimedia experience.

 

 

Best Laptops For Music Production & Recording (& Podcasting)

So you want to get serious about music production or podcasting? You’ll need a good laptop that can handle everything you throw at it.

 

There is a good chance you’ll have lots of programs and tabs open at the same time and you will need the ability to add at least 1 extra screen (many people use 2 or 3). These usage requirements use a lot of RAM and graphic power, respectively. I recommend getting at least 16GB RAM if at all possible.

 

Most important for audio processing is a CPU with fast single-core performance. This will allow you to get your mixes into a single file much quicker and process effects and chains without the CPU needing to wait, among many other benefits. 8th generation Intel i7 processors are the best, followed by Intel i5. 7th generation processors are also excellent.

 

We’re just going to focus on the best laptops for music production and podcasting. There are many more options for desktop and all-in-one computers that work well for audio recording and podcast recording, but the flexibility and portability of a laptop makes it a must-have.

 

The other big thing to consider is Apple vs Windows (Mac vs PC). This choice usually comes down to what recording software (DAW) you are going to use and what you are used to using. Personally, I’m an Apple fan, but I started with Windows – and I use both of them daily. The Mac operating system is usually more stable, which can be critical when recording, although there are tons of big-name producers who swear by both systems.

 

If you want to use Logic Pro, it’s made by Apple and only works their computers. If you want to use GarageBand (a great choice for podcast production), it’s included free with Apple computers. Avid Pro Tools is another very popular industry-leading software that works on both systems.

 

Many of these popular tools have minimum requirements and recommended requirements. Performance will be much better if you get a laptop with at least the recommended requirements so I’m just going to recommend music production laptops that meet or exceed the recommended specs.

 

You usually will have a much longer lifespan if you get a computer toward the higher end of the spec list because it won’t be outdated as quickly, which means over time it will actually cost you less. Just something to consider.

 

Apple MacBook Pro

32GB of RAM

2.6GHz 6-core Intel i7 processor

256GB (or 512GB) solid-state hard drive

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch review | TechCrunch

 

Razer Blade

Intel i7-8750H 6-Core CPU

NVIDIA RTX 2060 (6GB GDDR5 VRAM)

16GB RAM

Razer Blade Pro 17 review: A gaming laptop with photo editing on its mind -  CNET

 

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

7th generation Intel Core i7 Processor,

512 GB of storage

16 GB RAM

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Review: When Slightly Better Is A Sign Of Excellence

 

Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL504GW

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6

Intel Core i7-8750H Hexa-Core processor

144Hz 3ms 15.6” 1920×1080 IPS Type Display

ASUS ROG Strix GL504GW (SCAR II) Price in the Philippines and Specs |  Priceprice.com

Dell XPS 15

8th generation Intel i7-8750H

16GB RAM

512GB SSD

Dell XPS 15 (7590, OLED) - Review 2019 - PCMag Asia

 

Read our article here on four major differences between a core i5 and core i7. Click here

Top 7 laptops with huge battery capacity

Only the laptops with best battery life can crush the most premium machines no matter how stacked their specs are, because laptops are useless if they can’t hold a charge.

We’ve identified the laptops with best battery life on the market.

 

 

  1. Dell Latitude 9510

Dell Latitude 9510 announced: An Intel-powered 5G Windows laptop

Display: 15-inch, 1920 x 1080 | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-10810U vPro CPU | Weight: 3.7 pounds

Willing to sell your soul to the devil for the longest-lasting laptop ever? Forget about it, this product is real and purchasable. The Dell Latitude 9510 comes with battery life that’ll last you two work days, a bright 15-inch screen and solid performance packed in a super slim design.

 

  1. Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1

Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 review | Laptop Mag

It’s not easy to stand out in the crowded business laptop category. Competitors like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and HP’s Elite Dragonfly have raised the bar, making it difficult for others to make their case. But Dell is proving that it’s up to the task with the Latitude 9410 2-in-1, a sleek and sturdy business notebook with unmatched battery life

It might not attract as much attention as those aforementioned models, but the Latitude 9410’s all-aluminum chassis is thin and durable. Housed within are powerful components, including a 10th Gen Intel Core CPU capable of running demanding workloads. And when you’re off the clock, the Latitude 14-inch, 1080p display captures rich colors, although it could get brighter

But what makes the Latitude 9410 2-in-1 a true contender to the one of ther best business laptops is its nearly 17 hours of battery life, which distracts from some minor pitfalls, like a high price and comparatively hefty weight.

 

  1. Asus ExpertBook B9450ASUS 14" ExpertBook B9450FA Laptop B9450FA-XS74 B&H

Display: 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-10510U CPU | Weight: 2.2 pounds

The Asus ExpertBook B9450 wowed us with its battery life score. If you need a laptop with one of the best battery life scores of all time, the ExpertBook will keep you comfortable for an insane 16 hours and 42 minutes. You can literally get through two workdays without having to charge this beast.

 

On top of that, you get an incredibly lightweight yet durable design covered in an attractive midnight-blue shade. You’ll also get some useful security features like an IR camera and fingerprint sensor. Its 14-inch, 1080p display is fairly bright and colorful as well, but its biggest asset is an anti-glare coating. Asus also equipped the ExpertBook B9450 with a speedy SSD – Its 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD duplicated 4.97GB in 6 seconds at a rate of 771.1 megabytes per second.

 

  1. Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020)M1 Apple MacBook Pro 13in (2020) review: This laptop will change the world  | Expert Reviews

Display: 13.3-inch, 1600p | CPU: Apple M1 CPU | Weight: 3 pounds

Stellar overall and gaming performance

Excellent battery life

Lightning-fast SSD

Great webcam

Not enough ports

Call it the emancipation of Apple, the company’s freedom song or just plain liberation. With the advent of the M1 chip, Apple is free –– free to be faster and stronger, free to dominate. And the company’s wasting no time in asserting its dominance. Not only does the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 have better overall and graphics performance, it has some of the longest battery life we’ve ever seen on a laptop.

 

Apple could have stopped there, but instead, you get faster web page loading times, a more powerful camera and seamless integration between Mac, iPad and iPhone thanks to native Universal apps. The 5nm chip even improves the camera and microphones. If you’re looking for the fastest, most powerful premium laptop in the land, say hello to the new king.

 

  1. Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 2-in-1 15.6" QLED Touch-Screen Laptop Intel Core  i7 12GB Memory 512GB SSD Royal Blue NP950QCG-K01US - Best Buy

Display: 15.6inch, 1080p, QLED | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-1065G7 CPU | Weight: 3.5 pounds

Epic battery life

Quiet speakers

The Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15 is a blue-hued, 2-in-1 head-turning laptop that will rock your world with a built-in, show-stealing S Pen that attracts all the attention.

 

Taking notes (pun unintended) from its successful Galaxy Note smartphone series, Samsung packed a pizazz-filled, entertaining layer of stylus fun for artistic creatives, scribble-happy students and note-taking professionals. But the pen is just the “cherry on top” of this spectacular convertible — there’s so much more that this badass ultraportable offers.

 

Put your shades on! The Samsung Galaxy Book 15 (along with the Galaxy Book Ion) is the first laptop in the world to feature a QLED display, an energy-saving technology that helps to output super-high brightness scores without depleting too much battery power. Speaking of its battery, it lasted a whopping 15 hours and 44 minutes on our test.

 

  1. MacBook Air with M1

Display: 13.3-inch, 1660p | CPU: Apple M1 CPU | Weight: 2.8 pounds

It’s amazing what a new heart can do for a laptop. The latest MacBook Air ushers in a new era for Apple with its custom-made M1 chip. Yes, Apple’s long-awaited transition away from Intel and into the ARMs of custom silicon has arrived, and the new chip blows us away.

 

I’ll start by saying the new MacBook Air is an improvement over the previous model in every way, bringing monumental performance and battery life enhancements. Those bold claims Apple made about the M1? They weren’t exaggerations. This MacBook Air out-muscles every laptop in its class while lasting a full day on a charge. And it does so with a fanless design, meaning the Air is pin-drop silent.

 

Along with record-setting performance, Apple Silicon adds iOS and iPadOS apps to the Mac App Store. You also get better webcam quality, and macOS Big Sur is a gorgeous redesign of Apple’s desktop OS. The new MacBook Air may have a few faults, but it’s the closest Apple has ever been to crafting the perfect laptop.

 

  1. LG Gram 14 2-in-1 (2020)LG Gram 14 2-in-1 (2020) review | Laptop Mag

Display: 14-inch, 1080p | CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-10510U CPU | Weight: 2.5 pounds

The Gram 14 2-in-1 we reviewed last year was no fluke. After a shaky entry to the laptop market, LG has proven that it can craft a laptop as good as any. The newest Gram 14 2-in-1 is the company’s best yet, boasting epic battery life and a lightweight design with military-grade durability — a big change from the flimsy paperweights LG sold just a few years back.

LG used to tout ridiculous battery life figures for earlier models. The outdated benchmarks the company used were so misleading that our real-world battery test often showed less than half the advertised endurance. So forgive us for rolling our eyes at the Gram 14 2-in-1’s claimed 20.5 hours of battery life. No, the Gram 14 doesn’t last for 20 hours — but it comes much closer than I expected. On our Laptop Mag battery test, the Gram 14 2-in-1 lasted for 14 hours flat.

 

Read our review on Dell Latitude core i7 here

Top laptops you can use for Google classroom

WHAT IS GOOGLE CLASSROOM

Google Classroom is a free web service developed by Google for schools that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students.

So Google classroom is basically for both students and teachers and some laptops that are tight with accepting developer software’s and basic other software’s. So whether you’re student or teacher you’d consider viewing this list, we’ve listed laptops that are google classroom compatible.

 

1. HP – 2-in-1 14” Touch-Screen Chromebook – Intel Core i3 – 8GB Memory – 64GB eMMC Flash Memory –Model: 14C-CA0053DX

 

Product Description

HP x360 Convertible 2-in-1 Chromebook, speed up work and games with this HP Chromebook x360 laptop computer. An Intel Core i3 processor delivers impressive computing power to take on heavy digital tasks, with a webcam of amazing quality(should you decide to use the videochat feature in the google classroom) while the Chrome OS simplifies operations on basically everything level.

 

 

2. HP – 14” Touch-Screen Chromebook – Intel Celeron – 4GB Memory – 32GB eMMC Flash Memory – Model: 14-CA061DX

 

Product Description

Conduct academic research with this 14-inch HP Chromebook. Its Intel Celeron processor and 4GB of DDR4 RAM let you run multiple browser tabs at once without performance lag, and the 32GB of flash storage provides quick access to files. After several tests and checks this laptop has proven to be one of the very best schools can buy if they are looking to use the google classroom.

 

3. HP – 14” Chromebook – AMD A4-Series – 4GB Memory – AMD Radeon R4 – 32GB eMMC Flash Memory – Model: 14-DB0050NR

Product Description

Stay connected and entertained with this HP Chromebook. An AMD A4 processor and 4GB of RAM smoothly handle everyday tasks, and the 32GB of eMMC memory provides ample storage space. This 14-inch HP Chromebook has a powerful battery and a Full HD. The huge space and processor makes this laptop rank 3rd of one of the best laptops compatible for the Google classroom.

 

4. HP – 2-in-1 14” Touch-Screen Chromebook – Intel Celeron – 4GB Memory – 32GB eMMC Flash Memory – Model: 14B-CA0013DX

Product Description

HP x360 Convertible 2-in-1 Chromebook: Stay productive while on the go with this HP Chromebook laptop. The 14-inch WLED display delivers clear visuals, while multi-touch functionality ensures smooth touch operation. This works seamlessly with the google classroom as teachers and students will have no problem sharing and transferring files via the software.

 

5. Lenovo – Chromebook Flex 3 11” MTK 2-in-1 11.6” Touch Screen Chromebook – MediaTek MT8173C – 4GB Memory – 32GB eMMC Flash Memory – Model: 82HG0000US

Product Description

Accumulating a total of 4.5stars review on all time customer ratings, this laptop is definitely a sure selection if you’re looking to use the google classroom. Engineered for long-lasting performance, the Lenovo™ IdeaPad™ 3 delivers powerful performance in a laptop that’s perfect for your everyday tasks, with features that you can depend on.

 

6. Samsung – 15.6” Chromebook – Intel Celeron – 4GB Memory – 32GB eMMC Flash Memory –Model: XE350XBA-K01US

 

Product Description

Samsung 4+ Chromebook: Browse the web and finish assignments easily and effortlessly on the Google classroom with this 15.6-inch Samsung Chromebook 4+ notebook. An Intel Celeron processor provides the power to tackle everyday computing tasks, and the 4GB of RAM support smooth multitasking.

 

7. Lenovo – Chromebook Duet – 10.1”- Tablet – 128GB – With Keyboard – Model: ZA6F0016US

 

Product Description

Work on pending assignments while on the move with this Lenovo Chromebook Duet. The 10.1-inch touch screen provides an interactive user experience, while the 128GB of internal storage offer ample space for apps and media files.

 

8. Samsung – Galaxy 13.3” 4K Ultra HD Touch-Screen Chromebook – Intel Core i5 – 8GB Memory – 256GB SSD – Model: XE930QCA-K01US

 

Product Description

Samsung Chromebook: Complete tasks on the go with this Mind blowing Samsung Galaxy Chromebook laptop computer. The 13.3-inch UHD AMOLED display provides stunning visuals, while the Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM deliver powerful performance.

 

 

9 of the top rated laptop brands in Nigeria 2021

You’ve seen our recent list on the top laptops for gaming, best laptops for programming, best laptops for students and even our top rated laptops for family.

Now, we’ll bring you the very best laptops by brand recognition.

BEST-REVIEWED

LENOVO

While you wouldn’t think it, Lenovo is the brand to check out if you’re looking for some of the best-reviewed laptops out there

10 Most Beautiful Laptops In The World

BEST FOR GAMING

RAZER

When it comes to PC gaming, Razer is a premiere name, offering premium laptops in a thin body without sacrificing power.

Razer Blade Stealth Review

BEST CUSTOMER SUPPORT

APPLE

Apple doesn’t just offer premium laptops — their premium customer service ensures that those who buy a MacBook will have it for years to come.

Why I'm not buying the most powerful MacBook Pro anymore - Visual Media  Alliance | Visual Media Alliance

BEST FOR 2-IN-1S

HP

It may not be your first choice, but if quality customer service and an excellent 2-in-1 laptop line are important to you, don’t sleep on HP in 2020.

Popular Line: Spectre

Chromebooks available: Yes

2-in-1s available: Yes

The HP Spectre is the World's Most Beautiful Laptop - TechieReader

BEST FOR SLEEKNESS

SAMSUNG

If “looks” is at the top of your list when it comes out to shopping for tech, Samsung will probably have something that’ll mesh with your aesthetic (they’re good laptops, too).

Popular line: Galaxy Book

Chromebooks available: Yes

2-in-1s available: Yes

Samsung Galaxy Book Flex review: A rare and charmingly blue 15-inch 2-in-1  | Windows Central

BEST BODY DESIGN

ASUS

Whether it’s the durability of the affordable Chromebooks, or the extra cooling on the Zephyrus, Asus’ body design is second to none.

Popular line: VivoBook

Chromebooks available: Yes

2-in-1s available: Yes

ASUS 14" ZenBook Duo UX481FA Multi-Touch UX481FA-DB71T

BEST SELECTION

ACER

If variety is the spice of life, then Acer is as spicy as it gets thanks to their selection of laptops.

Popular line: E series

Chromebooks available: Yes

2-in-1s: Yes

The 10 most beautiful laptops: PHOTOS

BEST AT INNOVATING

DELL

Whether it’s space-grade heating materials or unrivaled settings customization, Dell continues to push laptop boundaries.

Popular line: Inspiron

Chromebooks available: Yes

2-in-1s available: Yes

The 10 most beautiful laptops

BEST APPLE ALTERNATIVE

MICROSOFT

Microsoft’s selection of 2-in-1s take a “best of both worlds” approach to laptops, and offers a great alternative to both MacBooks and iPads.

Popular line: Surface

Chromebooks available: No

2-in-1s available: Yes.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (13.5in) review: A superb laptop gets even  better | Expert Reviews

 

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5 of the best laptops for family use

For a family having a laptop, is an essential part of entertainment, media consumption, news and social media presence at home. Here, we’ll look at the best laptop for Family Use. Depending on the use cases, laptops require certain minimum specification in order to be handle everyday tasks thrown at it.

First, lets talk about performance. In a normal family home, a laptop might be used for watching movies, browsing, listening to music, reading and responding to email, some casual gaming, reading, school, in addition to some work. All these activities, require good performance in order for all the tasks thrown at the laptop to be handled smoothly.

An intel Core i5/ Ryzen 5, should be the minimum processor. These, are able to handle, without performance issues all the programs that are commonly used by families at home.

In most cases, you’ll have several programs open at the same time, maybe a browser, pdf file or word document. You don’t want to be in a situation where switching between these, brings about performance issues and slowdowns. This is where the RAM comes in play. For a family laptop, the minimum amount of RAM your laptop should have, is not less than 4GB. With this, you can intuitively switch between several apps and programs without lags.

When watching movies, you need to have a high resolution with details, and high contrast ratio. The screen of the laptop you buy, should at the least, have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Another important consideration you should take into account, is the display size. Anywhere from 14 inches upwards, might suit most families.

All the laptops listed here, are suited for home family use. They meet the minimum requirements listed above and would run smoothly. Here’s our list for the 5 of the best laptops for Family use.

  1. Samsung Notebook 9Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (13-inch, 2019) review: A fine premium 2-in-1 in  need of some personality - CNET

CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U

GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620

Display Size: 15 inches

Display Resolution: 1920×1080 pixels

RAM: 16 GB LPDDR3

Storage Space: 512 GB Flash Memory Solid State

Operating System: Windows 10

Ports: USB, Headphone Jack, HDMI, Mini Display

Dimensions: (L x W x H)                  13.7 x 9.02 x 0.67 inches

Weight:                  7.8 ounces

Pros: Fast charging, Good design, Performance

Cons: None

 

 

  1. Gigabyte AERO 15 SA-7US5130SH Laptop
  2. Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB Review: Intel's 10th Gen H-series processor has  arrived - HardwareZone.com.sg

CPU: Intel Core i7-9750h (2.6Ghz-4.5GHz)

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GDDR6 6GB

Display Size: 15.6 inches

Display Resolution: 3840 x 2160 pixels

RAM: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz

Storage Space: 512GB Intel 760P SSD

Operating System: Windows 10

Ports: Intel Thunderbolt 3 | Killer Ethernet E2600/ Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (powered by Intel)

Dimensions: (L x W x H)                   14 x 9.8 x 0.8 in

Weight: 9 lbs

Pros: Performance

Cons: Heavy

 

  1. HP ENVY 13 LaptopHP Envy 13 review: A slim, light, and inexpensive workhorse with discrete  graphics | PCWorld

CPU: Intel Core i7-8565U

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce MX250 Graphics

Display Size: 13.3 inches

Display Resolution: 4K Display (3840 x 2160)

RAM: 16 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM

Storage Space: 512GB SSD

Operating System: Windows 10

Ports: USBs, HDMI, Audio Jack, Ethernet

Dimensions: (L x W x H)                   13.3 x 8.9 x 0.89 in

Weight:                  4.85 pounds

Pros: Design, Performance, Display quality, Lightweight and Portable

Cons: None

 

  1. Dell XPS 9370 LaptopDell XPS 13 9370, i7-8550U - Notebookcheck.net External Reviews

CPU: Intel Core 8th Generation i7-8550U Processor (Quad Core, up to 4.0 GHz, 8M Cache)

GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620

Display Size: 13.3’’

Display Resolution: 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge Touch display

RAM: 8 GB DDR3

Storage Space: 256GB SSD

Operating System: Windows 10

Ports: 2x ThunderboltTM 3 with PowerShare & DC-In & DisplayPort, 1x USB-C 3.1 with PowerShare, DC-In & DisplayPort, 1x card reader, 1x headset jack, 1x Noble lock slot

Dimensions: (L x W x H)                  Height: 0.3”-0.46” (7.8mm-11.6mm), Width: 11.9” (302mm), Depth: 7.8” (199mm)

Weight: 2.67 lbs 1.21Kg

Pros: Quality display, Good performance

Cons: Storage may be inadequate for some.

 

  1. Microsoft Surface Pro XMicrosoft Surface Pro X - 13" Multi-touch - Sq2 Cpu - 256GB SSD - 16GB RAM  - Win10 | Konga Online Shopping

CPU: Microsoft® SQ1™

GPU: Microsoft® SQ1™ Adreno™ 685 GPU

Display Size: 13 INCHES PixelSense

Display Resolution: 2880×1920 (267 PPI)

RAM: 8GB or 16GB LPDDR4x RAM

Storage Space: 128, 256, or 512GB SSD

Operating System: Windows 10

Ports: 2 x USB-C, Surface Connect Port, Surface Keyboard port, Nano SIM

Dimensions: (L x W x H)                  11.3 in x 8.2 in x 0.28 in (287 mm x 208 mm x 7.3 mm)

Weight 1.7 lbs (774g)

Pros: Lightweight, Portable, Good performance, Long battery life

Cons: NA

 

The best student laptops 2021

The top laptops for college students this year

If choosing the best student laptops has proven a bit challenging for you, you’re not alone. While there are many amazing portables out there, there are a few more things to tick off the list when choosing a laptop for students, which makes the decision-making part a tad harder. After all, students can’t always go for the most kitted out one and call it a day.

Narrowing down the options for the best student laptops can be tough. Not only should they have enough power and features to see through research and school projects, but they must also be affordable or at least make financial sense – which is why laptops under N150,000 are great candidates. On top of that, they must also be light and svelte, with a long battery life to last a whole school day since students shouldn’t have to carry a charger when they’re already lugging heavy textbooks around campus all day.

 

The tricky part is finding such laptops that provide that kind of performance and form factor while keeping things affordable. Is it worth spending a little extra to get certain features or a laptop with a bit more power? Absolutely. A higher-quality machine might be worth spending a little more on considering the better value you’ll get down the road. On the other hand, some students don’t really need that much power, and will be more than satisfied with budget machines.

 

That’s what we’re here for. We found the best student laptops 2021 has to offer, from different price points and performance levels. From the best Chromebooks and student Chromebooks to the more robust Ultrabooks, here are our top picks for The best laptops for students.

 

 

  • MacBook Air (M1, 2020)

Best laptop for students with a flexible budget

CPU: Apple M1 chip with 8‑core CPUGraphics: Integrated 7-core – 8-core GPURAM: 8GB – 16GB unified memoryScreen: 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina displayStorage: 256GB – 2TB SSD

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Apple topped the previous year off with a bang, rolling out their much-talked about M1 silicon chip that’s so far been a real game-changer. And, the first laptop to receive it is the company’s thinnest and lightest, putting it on the list of the most exciting Apple laptops of recent years. With this new chip, the MacBook Air is better than ever, touting excellent performance alongside its brilliant battery life – without raising the price to keep it (fairly) affordable still. It’s not going to be the cheapest option for students, but for those who have a slightly bigger budget, this is the best student laptop to get.

 

  • Google Pixelbook Go

Google’s best Chromebook for budget consumers.

Have you been waiting for the day you can finally afford the premium price of Google Pixelbook? Well, with Google releasing Pixelbook Go, your wait is finally over. Granted, it isn’t quite the actual luxury device you’ve been dreaming of. However, rest assured, you will love this Chromebook, just as we have during our time with it. We love it so much, in fact, that it earned our coveted “Editor’s Choice” award in the Chromebook category. It boasts incredible battery life, an even more impressive keyboard and a 1080p webcam, which you don’t see often in the more budget-friendly laptops even in 2021. And, that’s just to start.

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  • HP Chromebook 14

A well-balanced Chromebook

CPU: AMD A4 – A6, Intel Celeron N3350 – N3450Graphics: AMD Radeon R4 – R5, Intel HD Graphics 500 RAM: 4GB – 8GB Screen: 14-inch diagonal HD (1366×768) SVA anti-glare – FHD (1920×1080) IPS BrightViewStorage: 16GB – 64GB eMMC.

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  • Microsoft Surface Go 2

Premium design, more affordable price.

Microsoft’s devices are known for their higher price tags, which is why the Surface Go line proves popular with the more budget-conscious crowd. It’s Microsoft’s best affordable premium tablet, and the follow up, Surface Go 2, continues that tradition with its reasonable price and premium design. It even runs the full Windows 10 operating system, so it’s even more capable than other tablets out there as far as what applications it can run. Unfortunately, as with the original, it suffers from the same curse of being underpowered, especially at the base configuration. However, it does offer a slight bump in performance over its predecessor. If you’re looking for the best student laptops, this one’s certainly a great contender.

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  • Acer Chromebook Spin 311

Versatile little Chromebook for study and play

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If versatility is a top priority, then look no further than the Acer Chromebook Spin 311. This all-rounder has all the makings of a great student laptop, from its good battery life to its robust build and solid usability. However, the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 takes it further with its impressive levels of versatility, thanks to its abundance of ports considering its size, 2-in-1 design, portable size and excellent touchscreen display. It also boasts a keyboard and a touchpad that are not only reliable, but also satisfying to use. That’s a rare thing in a machine at this price point.

 

  • Acer Spin 5 (2020)

A fantastic 2-in-1 laptop

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CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7Graphics: Intel Iris Plus GraphicsRAM: 8GB – 16GBScreen: 13.5” (2256 x 1504) 3:2 touchscreen displayStorage: 256GB – 512GB SSD

A great feature set definitely adds a lot of value, and if you’re looking for the best laptops for students, that’s one thing to keep an eye out for. It’s that combined with its affordability that makes the Acer Spin 5 (2020) a terrific candidate. This 2-in-1 laptop isn’t just versatile due to its form factors and fantastic battery life. It also comes with a 3:2 display and a feature-rich stylus that together give it that extra advantage for students over its rivals: an easy and seamless note-taking experience. If you’re one of those folks who have a contempt for typing up notes in class, this old-school approach might just seal the deal.

 

  • Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook

A pricey, but nearly perfect Chromebook

CPU: AMD Athlon Gold 3150C – AMD Ryzen 7 3700CGraphics: Integrated AMD RadeonRAM: 4GB – 8GBScreen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS LEDStorage: 32GB eMMC – 256GB SSD

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The Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook lands straight in our best student laptops list due to the fact that it is one of the most powerful Chromebooks money can buy in 2021. While you’re going to pay extra for this kind of horsepower, especially if you want some of the best features that come with the high-end models, it’s well worth it if you’re looking for a future proof Chromebook that’s going to last you for years to come – four years of college at the very least. As a 2-in-1 device, it’s got the flexibility that many other Chromebooks lack, and the screen on this thing is stunning. Best of all, it comes packing the new AMD 3000C-series processors – starting with an Athlon 3150C and scaling up to a Ryzen 7 3700C – and this means you’ll get more processing power out of this Chromebook than many of it’s competitors.

 

 

  • Acer Swift 3 (2020)

Punches above its ultralight-weight

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The most popular Ultrabooks out there can cost a fortune – you have to pay for that thin and light form factor, after all. Not with the Acer Swift 3 (2020). This is the Ultrabook for the masses, thanks to its low asking price for that lightweight design, decent battery life and brand new specs that deliver when it comes to multitasking. It’s definitely got all the makings of the best student laptop – including that smart design one could mistake for a MacBook Pro.

 

 

  • Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1

A step up for Inspiron

CPU: 10th Generation Intel Core i5 – i7Graphics: Intel UHD GraphicsRAM: 8GB – 16GBScreen: 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) – 15.6-inch UHD (3840 x 2160) Truelife Touch Narrow Border WVA Display with Active Pen supportStorage: Intel Optane Memory H10 32 GB with 512 GB Solid-State Storage – 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD

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The Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 is a versatile 2-in-1 with a lot going for it under the hood. This premium laptop is more than just about its premium design; it also has high-end internals to compete with the likes of the more powerful Dell XPS 13. Rounding that out is a 4K display, and a clever stylus slot that makes us wonder whether they actually beat Microsoft to the idea. Granted, the display is a bit of a battery drain, and the speakers impressive, but this is still among the best laptops for students out there.

 

  • MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020)

Apple’s little MacBook Pro gets a big refresh

CPU: Apple M1 chip with 8‑core CPUGraphics: Integrated 8-core GPURAM: 8GB – 16GB unified memoryScreen: 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 LED-backlit Retina displayStorage: 256GB – 2TB SSDDimensions (H x W x D): 30.41 x 21.24 x 1.56 cm

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The MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) may not have gotten a massive design overhaul, but what it lacks in that department, it makes up for big time in performance and battery life. Thanks to Apple’s groundbreaking M1 chip, the new MacBook Pro 13-inch delivers excellent performance and exceptional battery life. Its performance is so impressive, in fact, that it can easily handle 4K – and even 8K – videos, which is great news for film students. If you’re looking for a powerful laptop that keeps things small and lightweight, this is the best student laptop money can buy.

 

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Top 10 brand new low budget laptops for Nigerians

Looking for a laptop but have a low budget. Look no further, we’ve compiled a list of Top 10 low budget laptops with great specs that can do just as much as the expensive ‘big names’.. This price list of cheap laptops in Nigeria has brands such as Lenovo, HP, Acer, Asus and dell. In addition, we have listed the key important specifications/ features. This will help you choose the best laptop that best suits your needs. To add to that, we’ve also included laptops from various price range, mini and normal laptops and various brands. Here’s our list;

 

  1. HP 15 Intel Celeron 1.6GHz (4GB Ram,500GB HDD) 15.6-Inch Screen Windows 10HP Laptop 15.6 Inch ,500 GB,4 GB RAM,Intel Celeron N3060, - HP 15-RA008NIA  | Wavenet Nigeria

Price: ₦ 97,990

CPU: Intel Celeron 1.6Ghz

GPU: Intel HD Graphics

Display Size: 15.6 inches

Display Resolution: 1366 x 768 pixels

RAM: 4GB

Storage Space: 500GB HDD

Operating System: Windows 10

Weight: 2.5Kgs

 

  1. Lenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBR Intel Celeron N3060 1.6Ghz (2GB DDR3L 32GB EMMc) 11.6-Inch HD Windows 10 HomeLenovo Ideapad 110S-11IBR Troubleshooting - iFixit

Price: ₦ 83,300

CPU: Intel® Celerpn ® Dual-Core N3060 1.6Ghz

GPU: Intel® HD Integrated Graphics

Display Size: 11.6 inches

Display Resolution: 1366 x 798 HD

RAM: 2GB DDR3L

Storage Space: 32GB eMMc

Operating System: Windows 10

 

  1. ACER TRAVELMATE TMB117-MP-C5NX-CA Intel Celeron DUAL CORE N3060 1.6GHZ, 2GB RAM, 32GB HDD WIN 10 PROAcer TravelMate TMB117-M-C4WR 11.6-inch Intel Celeron N3160/2GB/500GB/Intel  HD Graphics/Windows 10 | VillMan Computers

Price: ₦ 84,000

CPU: Intel Celeron DUAL CORE N3060 1.6GHZ

GPU: Intel HD Graphics

Display Size: 11.6 inches

Display Resolution: 1366 x 768 HD

RAM: 2GB

Storage Space: 32GB SSD

Operating System: Windows 10

Weight: 1.4KGs

 

  1. HP 255 AMD Quad Core (500GB HDD,4GB+ 32GB Flash) Windows 10HP 255 Series - Notebookcheck.net External Reviews

Price: ₦ 93,900

CPU: AMD Quad Core

GPU: AMD Graphics

Display Size: 15.6 inches

Display Resolution: 1366 x 768 pixels

RAM: 4GB

Storage Space: 500GB

Operating System: Windows 10

Weight: 3 Kgs

 

  1. Acer Aspire ES 11 Intel Celeron Quad Core (2GB,500GB HDD) 11.6-Inch Wins 10 Laptop

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Price: ₦ 92,500

CPU: Intel Celeron Quad Core N3150, 1.6GHz up to 2.08 GHz

GPU: Intel HD Graphics

Display Size: 11.6 inches

Display Resolution: 1366 x 768 HD

RAM: 2GB DDR3

Storage Space: 500GB HDD

Operating System: Windows 10

Weight:                  2.3Kgs

 

 

 

  1. ASUS Vivobook GQ39 Intel® Dual-Core Celeron® N3350 Processor (2M Cache, Up To 2.4 GHz) 500GB HDD 2GB RAM 15 Inch DVD+RW Win 10ASUS Vivobook GQ39 Intel® Dual-Core Celeron® N3350 Processor (2M Cache, Up  To 2.4 GHz) 500GB HDD 2GB RAM 15 Inch DVD+RW Win 10 + Laptop Bag And Mouse  price from jumia in

Price: ₦ 99,000

CPU: Intel® Dual-Core Celeron® N3350

GPU: Intel HD Graphics

Display Size: 15.6 inches

Display Resolution: 1366 x 768 HD

RAM: 2GB

Storage Space: 500GB HDD

Operating System: Windows 10

Weight: 2.1Kgs

 

  1. Lenovo Intel Celeron Quadcore 1.6Ghz (2gb Ram, 500 Hdd + 32gb Flash Drive +led Lamp) Windows 10

 

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Price: ₦ 84,000

CPU: Intel Celeron Quadcore 1.6Ghz

GPU: itel HD Graphics

Display Size: 15.6 inches

Display Resolution: 1366 x 768

RAM: 2GB RAM

Storage Space: 500GB HDD

Operating System: Windows 10

Weight: 2.5Kgs

 

 

 

  1. Dell Inspiron 11 Intel Celeron 1.6GHz 4GB,32GB HDD 11.6-Inch Antiglare Led BCKLIT Windows 10

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Price: ₦ 85,000

CPU: Intel celeron 1.6GHz base frequency,

GPU: Integrated: Intel® HD Graphics

Display Size: 11.6 inches

Display Resolution: 1366 x 768

RAM: 4gb RAM DDR3L-1600 SDRAM

Storage Space: 32GB eMMC

Operating System: Windows 10

Weight: 2Kgs

 

 

  1. ASUS Vivobook X540NA-GQ039 Intel® Dual-Core Celeron® N3350 Processor 1.6GHz (2GB DDR3 500GB HD) 15.6’-Inch Free DOS LaptopASUS Vivobook X540NA-GQ039 Intel Celeron Dual Core Upto 2.4Ghz 500GB HDD  2GB RAM 15 Inch DVD+RW Win 10 +32gb Flash And Mouse price from jumia in  Nigeria - Yaoota!

Price: ₦ 75,100

CPU: Intel® Celeron® N3350 Processor

GPU: Intel HD Graphics

Display Size: 15.6 inches

Display Resolution: 1366 x 768 HD

RAM: 2GB

Storage Space: 500GB 5400RPM SATA HDD

Operating System: Windows 10

Weight: 2KGs

 

  1. HP 250 G5 Notebook 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Windows 10, 15.6 inchesHP 250 G5 Notebook PC Product Specifications | HP® Customer Support

Price: ₦ 109,500

CPU: Intel Celeron Processor

GPU: Intel HD Graphics 400

Display Size: 15.6 inches

Display Resolution: 1366 x 768 pixels

RAM: 4 GB DDR3L-1600 SDRAM

Storage Space: 500 GB 5400 rpm SATA

Operating System: Windows 10

Weight: 1.9 Kgs

 

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Mac OS vs. Windows: Which OS Really Is the Best?

When it comes to performance, usability, security, and specific tasks, which of the two leading desktop operating systems reigns supreme? We break it down feature by feature.

 

Rather than just framing this as an argument for one side or another, We’ll simply work our way through the standard operating system features, comparing Microsoft and Apple’s offerings along the way. Yes, each category will have a winner, and we’ll tally the points up in the end, but your choice of OS involves much more than just features, hardware and software support, and capabilities. It involves what the people around you use, your ecosystem (including your smartphone and tablet), your business needs, and your personality. Here’s our breakdown between MacOS vs Windows.

 

  • Setup Experience

Both OSes offer clear and polished setup processes. You can use both without signing in to an account with Apple or Microsoft, but both offer a richer experience if you do. You’ll miss out on syncing machines, voice assistants, app roaming, messages, and a whole lot of other goodies by not signing in.

 

Microsoft lets you install the OS with your voice using Cortana. Apple installs updates through the System Preferences instead of in the Mac App Store. Both automatically recognize and install drivers for standard hardware peripherals such as mice, keyboards, and storage.

 

Winner: Tie.

 

 

  • Start up page & Logging in

Both systems offer login options that go beyond the traditional act of simply signing in on your desktop. If you have a MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, you can easily sign into your Mac using your finger. Or you can log in with your iPhone or Apple Watch if they are close enough to the computer.

 

But Windows 10 offers Hello with several biometric login options. Face login is probably the coolest, and is available on most higher-end PCs, including all Surface devices. Windows Hello also supports fingerprint readers, available on laptops such as the HP Spectre 13. If you don’t have hardware that’s compatible with either of those features, Windows will also accept a PIN.

 

Once you’ve booted the OS, Windows has the Start button and menu to access your most-used apps, settings, and documents. There’s nothing similar in macOS, but you can pin frequently used apps to your Dock, head to the Applications folder, or set up your desktop with icons for your most-used programs and files. You can also use Launchpad icon to page through and start apps.

 

Winner: Windows 10

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  • Hardware Choices

Apple offers some great computer hardware options, with gorgeous industrial design on Macbooks, optional 5K screens on iMacs, and the new, massively powerful Mac Pro (starting at N2,500,000). The issue is that selection is not only pricey, but it’s also dwarfed by the availability of an enormously diverse array of Windows PCs. To those, you can add nontraditional options like the HoloLens, VR headsets, and the Raspberry Pi, which can all also run Windows 10. There’s also a wider array of Windows-friendly peripherals to choose from.

 

As for internal components—things like the CPU, graphics card, and storage—there’s no contest. Windows gives you a lot more leeway in configuring a system with the components you want, and more flexibility to upgrade later.

 

Winner: Windows 10

 

 

 

  • Inbuilt Apps

Both operating systems offer a wealth of built-in utilities and apps. You get decent mail clients, calendars, calculators, photo and video viewers and editors, screenshot tools, voice recorders, and web browsers, and apps for maps, cameras, news, weather, and contacts.

 

Microsoft throws in nifty Sticky Notes, Skype, Translator, and Xbox gaming apps. But macOS includes a superior video editor, a preview utility, and a streaming music service. It also throws in the awesome GarageBand music composition app and a full productivity suite.

 

Winner: MacOS

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  • Third-Party Software Compatibility (Developer apps/software allowance)

This category is for the app and software developers.. Both platforms have had time to develop rich ecosystems of software and services. Custom business applications are more likely to be supported on Windows, and macOS is prevalent in creative fields. That said, you can find plenty of good general business software for Macs, and Windows actually boasts more options in some creative areas, such as video editing and photo software.

 

Both operating systems offer app stores that manage installation and updating, but sadly the app developers haven’t given the attention to these desktop stores the way they have to their mobile counterparts. On a related note, I still find it odd that some MacOS apps makes you drag a disk image to the Applications folder, and that’s just one of at least three different ways to install apps on a Mac. Windows app installation is more straightforward.

 

Winner: Tie

 

 

 

  • Interface Customization

Both operating systems offer decent leeway for customization, but we are past the days of drastic interface overhauls. That said, both OSes offer choices in desktop backgrounds, screen item sizes, and screen savers. Dark modes are the new rage, and both Mac and Windows offer them. Mac’s version is a bit more system wide, with some older Windows dialogs still not darkened. The Windows 10 May 2019 Update adds a Custom option, which lets you decide whether you want dark or light mode for system elements, apps, or both.

 

Both OSes come with excellent, plug-and-play multiple monitor support, though Windows offers a bit more control. With Windows, you can span program windows across the multiple screens, whereas in MacOS, each program window can only live on a single display. If you’re truly gung-ho on interface customization, I recommend Linux, which offers a selection of completely different user interface shells.

 

Winner: Tie

 

 

  • Search

The search box in Windows 10 displays at all times, and typing in it pops up a panel with file, app, and web results. My Mac-loving colleagues swear by Apple’s Spotlight feature. Both search features will do math; show you the weather, stock prices, and sports results; or find nearby Thai restaurants without breaking a sweat.

 

Both OSes also now let you search with your voice, with Cortana on Windows and Siri on macOS (see the AI Helper section below). With the May 2019 Update, Windows follows Apple’s strategy of separating the voice search from typed searches, separating out the Cortana icon from the search bar.

 

Winner: Tie

 

 

  • Alternate Input: Touch, Pen, and Dictation

Apple finally introduced some touch capability in macOS, but it’s only available on certain Macbook Pros through the Touch Bar. Windows 10 has always had full touch screen support, and it offers a Tablet mode that lets you switch between using the screen and keyboard for inputs (provided, of course, that your laptop is equipped with a touch panel). There’s a good selection of convertible laptop/tablets on the market to take advantage of this. I use my Surface Go exclusively as a tablet.

 

Pen input is another win for Windows. The support for stylish on touch screens is robust, with incredibly good handwriting-to-text conversion. You can use a pen anywhere you enter text.

 

You can use your voice for text input in any app in both OSes. To do this in MacOS, you have to specifically enable it. Once voice dictation is turned on, you can access it by double-tapping the Fn key. In Windows 10, just hit Windows Key-H (for hear) and you’re off and dictating. Both work in any text field.

 

Winner: Windows 10

 

  • Voice AI Helpers: Cortana vs. Siri

Cortana arrived on Windows 10 a good year before Siri made it to the Mac, and is still more capable in a few important ways. Both can open apps and web pages, tell you the weather, change system settings, do math, control smart home devices, set reminders, send emails, and search the web. Both can be invoked by voice. But Siri can’t log out of or shut down the computer, something I find very useful at the end of the day when I’m walking away from my PC. Cortana can now even send requests to Amazon’s Alexa.

 

Winner: Windows 10

 

 

  • Mobile Device Integration (Syncing)

Windows has been making great strides in integrating the OS with mobile devices. Apps for iOS and Android let you pick up on one device where you left off on another, even letting you send a web page from your phone to your PC’s browser. Android devices in particular are well served by Windows with the Launcher and Your Phone apps, which let you share documents and web pages and conduct SMS messaging across devices.

 

Despite these promising initiatives, Apple’s integration between macOS computers and iOS-running mobile devices soundly beats what Windows offers. The macOS Notifications panel lets you send text messages by syncing up to a nearby iPhone, all your photos can be shared across devices in Apple Photos, you can transfer almost anything with AirDrop, and you can even engage in video calling with FaceTime between devices. Apple Watch is yet another piece of the integrated ecosystem that Windows can’t match. For example, you can unlock your Mac when your watch is in proximity, and the same notifications flow to both.

 

Even more unification between macOS and iOS is coming, with universal apps that you’ll be able to buy on either platform and have it work on both, as well as on iPadOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

 

Winner: MacOS

 

 

 

 

  • Taskbar vs. Dock

One of the most frustrating things about macOS occurs when you click on a running app’s Dock icon, and its window doesn’t appear on the screen. That’s because macOS is more document-based, while Windows is program-based. So when you click on an app’s icon in the Dock, you may just see its menu at the top, but no program window. In Windows, tapping a taskbar icon always brings up the associated program.

 

The macOS Dock has made strides over the past few years, with its nifty mouse-over magnification and Mojave’s new feature that displays the icons of recently used apps. But the Windows taskbar is more functional. Hover the mouse over a taskbar button and you’ll see a thumbnail miniature of its program window. Taskbar Jump Lists let you see recent files opened in the app or jump to frequently needed actions in that program.

 

Winner: Windows 10

 

 

  • Desktop and Window Management

Microsoft’s OS makes it easier to arrange windows on the screen. Want an app to take up exactly half the screen? Snap it to the left or right edge. How about have it display on a quarter of the screen? Snap it to any of the screen corners. If you run apps side-by-side, the border between them can be resized. If you want to show or switch to the desktop behind any running apps, click to the very far right of the taskbar. The conveniences go on.

 

Both operating systems let you create multiple virtual desktops. Windows now combines the desktop switcher with the Timeline feature (as shown in the screenshot above). This does clutter the Task View screen, but it can be damned useful if you’re trying to get back to a webpage or document for which you’ve forgotten the location.

 

And finally, our personal favorite Windows window-management trick: Hold and shake the mouse key on a window title bar to minimize everything else.

 

Winner: Windows 10

 

 

 

 

  • File Explorer vs. Finder

In recent Windows updates, the File Explorer has improved, with Quick Access being a favorite new feature. This makes it easy to find the last file you saved, no matter what it was or where you saved it. The Finder’s Recents folder does the same thing. Window’s File Explorer contains standard libraries for common file types such as Documents, Pictures, and Music. These are sort of metafolders to which you can add any other relevant folder. macOS doesn’t offer a similar capability.

 

One MacOS feature that Windows lacks is the ability to have multiple tabs in a Finder window. Finder also lets you quickly preview files in the Preview utility. Both display previews of documents on the right side of the Explorer/Finder windows, let you choose which app to open a file with, and let you easily share files with a right click.

 

Winner: Tie

 

 

 

  • 3D and VR Support

Windows includes at least two apps that let you enter the world of 3D and VR. The 3D Viewer app lets you, well, view 3D models in a pair of goggles or on screen, and Windows’ Mixed Reality Viewer app works with VR headsets exclusively, giving you a virtual portal to VR apps. Two of the most popular VR headsets—HTC Vive and Oculus Rift—only work with Windows. And we can’t forget the device that runs Windows 10 called the HoloLens, which is all about augmented reality.

 

Apple has made some progress toward VR support. You can edit 360-degree video content in Final Cut Pro X with external enclosures for graphics cards that are VR-capable. Apple’s ARKit augmented reality only works in iOS for now.

 

Winner: Windows 10

 

 

 

  • Gaming

Hardcore gamers don’t even need to look at this section. While there are plenty of excellent games available for macOS, and there’s even a version of Steam for the platform, Macs typically don’t allow the level of internal component customization that’s possible with PC Gaming.

 

When it comes to game selection, there are many more top-level titles on Steam that are compatible with Windows than macOS. Even PlayStation games are available on Windows through Sony’s PlayStation Now service, and you can stream games to your PC through the Xbox app. With Play Anywhere, games you buy on the Microsoft Store can be loaded on either your PC or your Xbox console, including exclusives like Cuphead, both Forza series, the Halo series, Gears of War, and Sea of Thieves.

 

The Windows 10 Game Bar, summoned with Windows Key-G, lets you record or stream your gaming activities to Microsoft’s Mixer community. Even Ubuntu is getting stronger support for Steam games than Macs, with Steam Proton offering support for more than 2,600 Windows games.

 

Winner: Windows 10

 

 

  • Security and Stability

This one is another no-brainer. Windows PCs have fallen prey to far more malware than Macs in the recent past, including ransomware, spyware, botnets, and good old-fashioned viruses. But Microsoft is constantly beefing up its security, pushing Windows Defender updates, and even introducing anti-ransomware measures.

 

Macs have a much cleaner record, but they’re by no means immune to vulnerabilities. Just look at the recent Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, which affect both operating systems. Our security guru, Neil Rubenking, strongly recommends using antivirus software on Macs.

 

And then there’s the issue of stability. Macs win on this count, too, mostly because Apple controls the hardware ecosystem (third-party drivers are a major cause of instability on Windows PCs). We’ve even seen blue screens on Microsoft’s own Surface computers. Those looking for the ultimate in stability, though, should check out Linux.

 

Winner: MacOS

 

  • Accessibility

Both operating systems include a good deal of support for users with disabilities, but Microsoft has consistently made more of a priority of this. Both have screen magnification, text narration, Braille support, sticky and slow key entry, and voice input, but with Windows, a blind person can set up the system by voice. Microsoft has even added the ability to control the computer with your eyes, as shown in the photo above.

 

Microsoft has American Sign Language support by videophone and a free BeMyEyes app that “connects blind and low vision people with volunteers for visual assistance through a live video call.” At a Microsoft Build conference, one of the company’s developers, who is blind, demonstrated an AR app running on the HoloLens that described people’s emotions to him in real time based on their expressions, using the company’s Seeing AI technology. The company has even published a Seeing AI app for Apple’s iOS.

 

The May 2019 Update of Windows 10 goes even further, adding accessibility improvements like a new dashboard and more languages for Narrator, and drawing using only the keyboard in Paint.

 

Winner: Windows 10

 

We’ve tried to be fair and objective, and as you can see from the sections above, in many cases the two operating systems are at parity. And you’ll have your own priority weights based on your OS needs. If gaming is everything to you, for example, then Windows is a no-brainer. If you’re a creative type, then you’re likely better off with a Mac.

 

Dell XPS 13 (2020) vs Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020)

How the Dell XPS 13 (2020) and Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020) shape up against each other in all the key areas

 

When it comes to finding the best laptop, there are so many potential contenders that it can be difficult to sift the best from the rest – which is why we’ve put together this guide comparing the latest Dell XPS 13 laptop with the new M1-powered Apple MacBook Air.

 

These laptops were both refreshed in 2020 from earlier models with the same name, which is why we sometimes refer to them as the Dell XPS 13 (2020) and the Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020) – just so it’s absolutely clear which Dell and Apple laptops we’re referring to.

 

 

 

Dell XPS 13 (2020) vs Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020): design and screen

 

While there are plenty of differences when it comes to the 2020 editions of the Dell XPS 13 and the Apple MacBook Air, there are also some similarities: both follow the design principles of previous models in their respective ranges, and both come with a 13.3-inch screen in a 16:10 aspect ratio (which fits more on screen vertically, making them good for browsing the web or reading documents).

 

 

 

Dell gives you the choice of either a 1920 x 1080 pixel or 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution, whereas your only option on the Apple laptop is 2560 x 1600 pixels: that covers pretty much all the bases between them. Both displays are sharp and bright and perfectly good for whatever you need to do with them, and the size means these are two very compact laptops as well – easy to slide into a bag or briefcase.

 

 

 

Specifically, the Dell XPS 13 measures 296 mm x 199 mm x 14.8 mm (11.7 inches x 7.8 inches x 0.6 inches), and comes with a premium-feeling carbon fiber finish. It’s hard to complain about the build quality or the typing and trackpad experience on this laptop, as everything about the design and finish is superb, and you even get a choice of colors for the laptop – either black or white.

 

The Apple MacBook Air, meanwhile, measures 304 mm x 212 mm x 16.1 mm (11.7 inches x 8.3 inches x 0.6 inches), so there’s not much in it at all between the two portable computers. With a starting weight of 1.23 kg (2.7 pounds), the Dell XPS 13 is slightly lighter than the Apple MacBook Air at 1.29 kg (2.8 pounds), but again there’s not a huge amount in it. These are both ultra-compact, ultra-lightweight laptops.

 

Apple barely touched the design of the MacBook Air for the 2020 refresh – all the changes were internal – and to be honest there were no modifications necessary. The Apple laptop design remains iconic, with a typing and trackpad experience that’s among the best there is. The laptop is fantastically finished with aluminum, and you get three different colors to pick from with this laptop: gold, silver, and space grey.

 

You probably want to know about ports too, and the M1-powered Apple MacBook Air for 2020 makes do with a 3.5 mm headphone jack, plus two USB-C ports that also function as Thunderbolt 4 ports and ports for charging your laptop. The Dell XPS 13 2020 features a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a microSD card reader, and two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, so there’s not much to choose between the laptops here either.

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Dell XPS 13 (2020) vs Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020): specs and performance

Moving on to the internal specs and the resulting performance, and it’s worth pointing out right at the top that both these laptops – like most laptops – are available in a choice of configurations, depending on how much power you need and how much you’re prepared to spend. While we can talk about the specs available at the time of writing, it’s always worth checking the latest options on the Dell and Apple websites.

 

When it comes to the Dell XPS 13, your options go all the way up to an 11th-gen Intel i7-1185G7 processor, a generous 32GB of RAM, integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, and a maximum of 2TB in SSD storage – those are excellent specs, especially for a laptop that’s so compact and light. It’s going to be able to breeze through most tasks, unless you’re really testing it with high-end games or heavy-duty video gaming.

 

Over on the Apple side, it’s the internal specs that are the most notable feature of the 2020 MacBook Air: it’s one of the first laptops to feature the new, custom-made Apple M1 chip as its processing unit, a piece of silicon which is attracting rave reviews for its performance and its low power consumption (the MacBook Air is completely fanless, by the way). For just about everything – again, high-end gaming is the exception – the M1 will serve you very well indeed.

Besides the processor, the other specs you can look forward to if you buy the Apple MacBook Air are 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and 256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2GB of internal SSD storage – an ample selection for the majority of users. While the new M1 processor requires some older and traditional desktop programs to be emulated, we didn’t notice any real issues or slowdowns in our testing.

 

Battery life impresses on the MacBook Air as well: we managed to eek out 14-15 hours between charges while using the laptop normally, and even pushing it with some mid-tier games only ; even intensive gaming can only knock the battery level down about 25% per hour. This is a laptop that you can take away from the office or the home and feel confident that you’re not going to be searching for a charger by the evening (the M1 chipset really helps here too).

 

As for the Dell XPS 2020, it’s way behind the Apple laptop in the battery life category – we only got between 5-6 hours of general use during our time reviewing the laptop. That was with the 4K screen though, and with the display at full brightness, so with the lower resolution display and/or some tweaks you can probably stretch the time between charges a bit further. That said, battery life is clearly an area where the Apple MacBook Air 2020 comes out on top.

 

Dell XPS 13 (2020) vs Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020): price and verdict

It should be clear by now that these are two of the very best laptops on the market right now, which means you should be prepared to pay accordingly. The embedded widgets on this page should give you the very latest prices for the Dell XPS 13 (2020) and the Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020), but whichever one you decide to go for, you’re probably going to have to do some saving up.

 

At the time of writing, you can buy the Dell XPS 13 direct from Dell for N400,000-N410,000 and up, and the Apple MacBook Air direct from Apple for N420,000-450,000 and up. Again, it’s worth emphasizing that these prices shift a lot over time – especially in the case of the laptops Dell sells – and as you start to go up through the gears to the more powerful internal specs on these models, the price starts rising quite steeply.

 

It is fair to say that you can get the Dell XPS 13 for a touch less than the Apple MacBook Air if you get the basic editions, but at the higher price points there’s really not much in it. Of course you have to factor in all the other considerations when you’re comparing those prices, and what you get for your money – think about whether you’re going to be able to carry on using your existing peripherals with your new laptop for example (if not, it’ll cost you extra to upgrade them).

 

We haven’t mentioned Windows or macOS yet, and while the two operating systems are both slick, intuitive and powerful, there are plenty of differences between them too. At this stage you probably have your favourite, and if you’re more comfortable with either Windows or macOS then that’s likely to make a significant difference when it comes to deciding whether the Dell XPS 13 or the Apple MacBook Air is the upgrade for you.

 

The M1-powered Apple MacBook Air is undoubtedly one of the laptops of 2020 and one of the best laptops full stop – it’s been wowing reviewers in terms of its performance, and unless you have a particular affection for Windows or want to play some top-tier Windows games, it’s very difficult to argue against it as the best laptop upgrade you can make right now. It even leaves out the Touch Bar, which is an extra gimmick that feels a bit out of place on the MacBook Pros.

 

However, the Dell XPS 13 is also an excellent choice for your next laptop: it’s compact, it’s powerful, and it’s stylish. The XPS 13 is often at the top of the best laptop lists every year, and it’s not difficult to see why. If you much prefer Windows on your laptop, or you prefer the Dell aesthetic, then this is also a great pick that we can wholeheartedly recommend. As always, shop around for the best price before you make a purchase.