5 Laptops You Need to Check Out This Year

Laptops have become a necessary part of both our work and entertainment lives. They offer a lot of freedom to be able to work or browse the web wherever you are and are getting both more functional and more reasonably priced as the years go by.

While many people are deeply loyal to one brand, there’s never been a better time to branch out and start exploring the offerings from other companies. Here are some of the best laptops to check out in 2019.

Huawei MateBook 13

The Huawei MateBook 13 was released in early 2019 and it’s already become one of the most popular laptops of the year. It offers great performance, combined with incredible graphics using an Nvidia MX150 graphics card. It’s light and compact and has only improved on the performance of its predecessor, the MateBook X Pro.

It’s clear that Huawei has been watching its competitors and learning what customers want. This could be why they’ve added a touchscreen, which allows you to use the screen like you would a tablet. The anti-fingerprint coating keeps everything looking crisp and clean.

The MateBook 13 is available for $999 or $1,299 for an upgraded processor.

Pros

  • Designed for both performance and portability, the frame is only 14.9mm.
  • The graphics look amazing
  • The battery won’t give up on you even if you’re watching hours and hours of video.

Cons

  • Doesn’t have a Thunderbolt 3 port so you won’t be able to transfer large amounts of data at once.
  • Only comes with 8GB of RAM.

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

There are lots of people out there who wouldn’t dream of going to another brand other than Apple for their laptops.

Although they’ve been accused of coasting on their previous successes, Apple made meaningful improvements to the MacBook Pro in 2018, which makes it an even more appealing product. They’ve added a Touch Bar, which is a thin OLED display. The MacBook Pro has always performed well, with a powerful Quad-core Intel Core i5/i7, depending on which version you purchase. The graphics are Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 and you can opt for up to 2TB of storage.

At $1,799 for the most basic version, it’s not a cheap product, but it should last for years.

Pros

  • Incredibly powerful CPU.
  • True Tone visual setting shifts the color temperature to minimize strain on your eyes.

Cons

  • The price is definitely steep. If you want more than 256GB of storage, you’ll need to pay upwards of $2,000.
  • The Touch Bar is a useful tool, but cynics will argue it’s not worth the jump in price.

Dell XPS 13

Updated just this year, the Dell XPS 13 has a beautiful display coupled with amazing battery life and a powerful processor. It comes with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, which is incredible.

Although the basic specs are pretty great, Dell offers a wide range of options for customizing your own model. In this newest update, the feature that got the most applause was their choice to move the 720p HD webcam to above the display. This move combined with the 4 individual mics makes video chatting a breeze. Unlike some other companies that are downsizing the ports, the XPS 13 still has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one USB-C 3.1 port, a micro SD card reader, and an audio jack.

The Dell XPS 13 is currently priced at $899 for the basic configuration.

Pros

  • The bezel-less Infinity Edge display offers gorgeous graphics capabilities.
  • Lots of options for customizations.

Cons

  • They haven’t updated much from the previous version.
  • The 720p webcam isn’t the most impressive one on the market.

HP Spectre x360

The HP Spectre line has always looked beautiful, but this x360 upgrade that was made in 2019 makes it one of the best built laptops on the market. The fact that it can bend two completely separate ways into both laptop and tablet formation is amazing. The 1.8GHz Intel Core i7 offers powerful performance and the graphics are pretty respectable. It comes with a variety of jacks, including two Thunderbolt 3 ports and an audio jack.

Considering you get two devices for the price of one, the $1,009.99 price tag is worth it.

Pros

  • You get two beautiful-looking devices in one.
  • The stylus is included in the price.

Cons

  • If you want more than 8GB of RAM, you’ll need to pay more than the base price.
  • It has had a few different performance issues, which could put some potential customers off.

Razer Blade Stealth 13

If gaming is your primary hobby, the Razer Blade Stealth 13 is one of the best gaming-focused laptops on the market today. It’s often referred to as an “ultraportable”, which references its lightness and durability. The powerful configuration of the Nvidia GeForce MX150 4GB graphics chip is why many people are drawn to this model. Plus, the low power technology gives it around seven hours of battery life.

The basic model is selling right now for $1,499.

Pros

  • The all-black design of the laptop is a draw for many people.
  • The display is a major plus. The colors are all vibrant, the pixel response is great, and there’s an anti-glare coating that helps avoid reflectivity.

Cons

  • It’s being pitched as a gaming laptop, which might turn off people who don’t know how to translate gaming-focused specifications to other activities.
  • The gaming features actually don’t keep up with some of the higher-end gaming laptops on the market.

Conclusion

Although the average lifespan of a laptop is only two to three years, most people keep their machines going much longer than that.

If you’re hoping to purchase a laptop that will last you for years, do your research first and figure out your needs. Then, you can buy the model that offers those features at the best value.

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