Dell XPS 13 (8th Gen, Kaby Lake R CPU

The razer-thin, 2.7-pound XPS 13 has been our favorite consumer laptop for a couple of years now, thanks to its gorgeous carbon fiber / aluminum design, bold InfinityEdge screen, light weight and epic battery life. For $1,299, the latest version of the laptop features Intel’s 8th Generation Core “Kaby Lake Refresh” processor, which doubles the number of CPU cores from two to four to dramatically improve performance and battery life.

With the new processor on board, the XPS 13 lasted over 16 hours on our battery test and was as much as 60 percent faster than the prior model on demanding tasks such as video transcoding. Configurations with the 7th Gen processor start at a more-affordable $799 and offer the same bright, bezel-free display, speedy PCIe SSD and beautiful chassis, along with a still-great 14 hours of endurance.

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Dell Inspiron 15 5000 w/ 8th-Gen Intel

The Inspiron 15 5000 offers an alluring design, 8th gen quad-core Core i5 CPU, and a 256GB SSD for just $599.99. That’s $150 off its normal price.

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Acer Chromebook 14

The Acer Chromebook 14 is a stylish laptop with strong audio and battery life. Despite its low price tag, it gets the job done and lasted for 9 hours and 25 minutes in our battery test.

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Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-575-33BM)

For under $350, this 15-inch laptop comes with a vibrant 1080p display, a solid Core i3 CPU, a 1TB hard drive and strong build quality. The Aspire E 15 (E5-575-33BM) also comes with a DVD writer and a ton of ports, including a USB Type-C connector, three standard USB ports, VGA out, Ethernet and an SD card reader.

Microsoft Surface Pro

If you are looking for the best detachable money can buy, your search ends here. Microsoft’s new Surface Pro offers longer battery life, better performance and more flexibility than any other detachable on the market. Oh, and it’s Type Cover is still hands down our favorite removable keyboard around. While it’s a shame that the Surface Pen no longer comes in the box, its capabilities have been improved with 4 times the pressure sensitivity. And in case you need a little color in your life, both the Surface Pen and Type Cover are now available in four colors: gray, burgundy, cobalt and black.

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Samsung Chromebook 3

Lenovo Yoga 920

With a quad-core, Intel 8th Gen Core i7 CPU and over 12 hours of battery life, the Yoga 920 offers impressive speed and endurance. However, we’re even more enamored with this convertible’s stunning bronze-colored chassis and vibrant 13.9-inch display. The included active stylus makes drawing or taking notes a breeze while a wide selection of ports ensures that you can connect to both Thunderbolt 3 and standard USB devices.

Alienware 17 R4 (2017)

An absolute gaming beast, the Alienware 17 R4 shreds both standard 2D games and VR titles, thanks to its optional Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics chip and overclockable Intel 7th Generation Core i7 CPU. With an intergalatic design, comfy keyboard and available G-Sync screen, this is the mobile gaming rig to beat. Just make sure you configure the Alienware 17 with a 2K or 4K display option and a PCIe SSD.

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Dell XPS 15

 

MacBook Pro 13-inch (Without Touch Bar)

The best combination of performance, price and portability in Apple’s lineup, the MacBook Pro 13-inch weighs just 3 pounds, is thinner than the Air and lasts over 12 hours on a charge. Though it doesn’t have the innovative Touch Bar you get with its more expensive siblings, this $1,499 laptop has solid 6th-gen Core i5 performance, a speedy PCIe SSD and a vibrant Retina display.

Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch)

As powerful as a MacBook Pro (15-inch) and with even longer battery life, the Surface Book 2 (15-inch) is the first and only detachable 2-in-1 with Nvidia’s speedy GTX 1060 card inside. Creative professionals can edit 4K videos on the Surface Book’s gorgeous PixelSense display and then pop the top off to use the device as a drawing tablet. No other laptop can match this combination of performance and versatility.

 

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