The Best Laptops of 2017 so far

It was only a few years ago, when we starting to see a decline in desktop sales, this is due to the increase and interest in laptops as well as tablet computers which has been flooding the market since Apple released the iPad in 2010. Despite all the choices out there, here is just ten laptops to watch out for this year:

Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13

Currently as it stands, many users may agree that the Dell XPS 13 Still remains supreme as one of the best laptops to purchase. With a battery life, which could possibly exceed 7hours. Dell’s laptop is also seen to be consider as the star of Ultrabook’s with its thin and light appearance. Dell has also once again achieved to fit into an 11inch frame a 13.3inch screen. Fitted with Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors and lightning-fast storage and memory. As well as all this the Dell XPS 13 is set to be dressed to impress with a welcoming addition of a rose colour choice as well.

HP Spectre x360

HP Spectre x360

Within the HP Spectre X360, there is an assortment of goodies which have been previously absent this is partly thanks to Kaby Lake. Spectre x360’s battery life now exceeds the 8hour mark, as well as this the multi-core processing and mid-level graphics have also seen improvements. Due to improving the battery’ life, HP have also made sure that they have improved the amount of time to which it takes to charge as well. By using the USB-C quick charging users will be able to see the battery go from 0 to 90 in just about 90 minutes. However, there has been some sacrifices to be exchanged for the two USB-C ports the SD card reader and HDMI video-out has been removed.

Surface Book

Surface Book

Microsoft have managed to achieve a more traditional notebook, with its first ever laptop the Surface Book. It is one of the best designed convertible laptop despite having a peculiar 3:2 aspect ratio and 13.5inch screen. Users will be able to use the Surface Book as a standalone tablet, otherwise known as a clipboard. Surface Book is seen to be the most powerful as well as thinnest Windows 10 computer. As a way of a discrete GPU, users are able to dock the screen into a keyboard base. Unlike other convertible devices the Surface Book’s screen and base sections almost share nearly the same thickness as well as in weight.

MacBook

MacBook

Apple’s most attractive laptop has been updated with an Intel Skylake Core M processor. Apples 2016 MacBook is still aimed at those who do not need power as much as they need portability and shine. MacBook’s stylish, aluminium unibody design and the retina display is back too.  Apart from the 3.5mm headphone jack, the only connector port still remains as the USB-C, however the reversible interface has gained traction since its debut last year. Finally, if you are willing to carry around cable adaptors, have a performance hit in the name of a stellar design, then the brand-new Rose Gold finish is just for you.

HP Spectre

HP Spectre

By taking only one look at the HP Spectre, you may think that it belongs in a mansion. You might even be more surprised to know and to discover that not only does it boast a premium appearance, the HP Spectre is also more powerful than the latest MacBook and also for a lower price. From Spectre’s beautifully designed gold hinges to its optional Intel Core i7 configuration to HP Spectre’s trio USB-C ports, not only would you look like own one of the most capable and future proof laptops around, but you actually will. Finally, it only boasts 1080p screen the criticism is trumped by the work of a supreme industrial design.

MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

For those who are in media production the 15inch MacBook Pro has been the laptop to invest in for many years now. The slight design changes have annually accompanied CPU upgrades. Apple has made some changes this year which could be for better or for worse that might dramatically change how the MacBook Pro might be used altogether. The decision to remove all the standard USB ports and SD slots in favour of four USB-C connections will be baffling for non-apple users. Whereas for fans, this decision will be means of future-proofing. On the MacBook Pro is the Touch bar is the most alluring invention, which is replacing the function keys that will introduce a layer of functionality which is only possible with the latest MacBook Pro.

Lenovo Yoga 900

Lenovo Yoga 900

Lenovo’s recent forerunner convertible, is able to stand alongside most Ultrabook’s and also Microsoft latest Surface Book. Compared to the Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 which had a winning design and an underwhelming performance, you will find that the Yoga 900 is the complete package. The Yoga 900 has been integrated a more powerful Intel Cor iSeries process and a uses a larger battery. With all this extra power, the Yoga 900 is slightly thicker and heavier, however it is still retaining a very thin and flexible frame so it can be folded back into a tablet mode.

HP Chromebook 14

HP Chromebook 14

This particular HP Chromebook isn’t the smallest of lightest Chrome OS device out there with its 14inch screen. Chromebook 14 will strike a good balance between an ample screen space and the portability. With a first-rated keyboard and trackpad, coupled with a great screen makes the Chromebook 14 a joy to browse and write on the internet for very little money at all. The HP Chromebook 14 will come with an HDMI-out port, a security lock slot, a USB 3.0 port, a headphone jack, a MicroSD card slot, a power connector and two USB 2.0 ports.

Acer Aspire S 13

Acer Aspire S 13

An affordable alternative to Apples entry-level laptop, the Acer Aspire S 13. Although the Aspire S 13 isn’t quite as light or as thin as many other Ultrabook’s and the appearance doesn’t look very expensive either. Regardless of the Acer Aspire S 13 appearance it does provide a punch when it comes to the performance. With USB Type-C and a full HD Display. Despite the capability of the CPU, the Acer Aspire S 13 can even manage a battery life of 7hours.  As well as all of this the Acer Aspire S 13 keyboard and large touchpad is certainly comfortable to work with despite the size of the laptop.

Asus ZenBook Flip UX360

Asus ZenBook Flip UX360

The Asus ZenBook Flip UX360, combines a cost affective price tag with a convertible form factor, a full-sized keyboard and trackpad as well as an extensive arrangement of ports. The extensive arrangement of ports includes; USB-C, micro HDMI, micro SDXC, standard USB ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack. However, don’t go thinking that the ZenBook Flip UX360 is rather old-fashioned, because as the name suggest, this is a notebook that prides itself on its ability to shapeshift 360 degrees. Although, the UX360 does flex a bit more so around the keyboard area, which could result in a squishy typing experience.

Here are just some of the pros and cons of the top ten laptops for 2017 which as a user you would be best keeping in mind to help with any future decisions you may have to make if you are looking to upgrade your device:

LaptopPROS CONS
Dell XPS 13
Beautiful display
Good long-lasting battery
Unusual webcam position
No Windows Hello
HP Spectre x360Sturdy hinges
Bright display
Lacks SD card reader
Bottom runs warm
Surface BookFuturistic design
Unrivalled display
Sometimes a weak battery life
Major updates are still needed
MacBookTerrific design
Surprisingly good speakers
Processor is still slow
High cost for low performance
HP SpectreBight display
Wonderful keyboard
Below average battery life
Sizzling running temperatures
MacBook ProFour USB-C ports
Loud and clear speakers
Touch Bar not fully-realized
Trackpad feels too big
Lenovo Yoga 900Gorgeous display
Intel Skylake processor
No pen input
Display driver’s issues
HP Chromebook 14Speedy and responsive Chrome OS
Stellar keyboard and trackpad
Not as powerful as some Chromebooks
An average battery life
Acer Aspire S 13Cost effective
Non-reflective touchscreen
Base feels a little cheap
Asus ZenBook Flip UX360Thin and light
Spacious keyboard and touchpad
Not strong enough for multitasking
Convertible design adds a bit of bulk and weight