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To survive in today’s world, a laptop is almost a necessity. Whether you’re a contractor using a 2-in-1 (a PC that has the features of both a laptop and a tablet) to show off floor plans or a student who needs a Chromebook for class, they make life that much easier.
But with all the name brands offering every laptop you could possibly imagine, how can you tell which ones are best?
At first glance, that’s not an easy question to answer since there are laptops that can do everything you could possibly want or need. It can be even harder when trying to separate them by brand and trying to find out what advantages some companies offer over others.
Luckily, we’re here to help make that search a little easier. From reviews, body design, brand alternatives, and more, we’ve figured out the best laptop brands to shop for in 2019.
Excellent reviews across the board • Wide selection of laptops
Poor customer support
With a huge selection of laptops, Lenovo is the brand to lean on for consistently positive reviews
While you might not think it, Lenovo is the brand to check out if you’re looking for some of the best reviewed laptops out there.
- Popular line:ThinkPad
At first glance, you may find it surprising that Lenovo is the best-reviewed laptop brand, especially when put up against other names like Apple or HP. While these aren’t poorly reviewed, it’s simply the fact that, laptop to laptop, Lenovo keeps a level of consistency across its products that contributes to those positive reviews.
The ThinkPad line is Lenovo’s go-to line of laptops for anyone looking for an excellent, well-rounded laptop like the T470. The biggest reasons for this are a sturdy design and build quality, fast performance under the hood, and an excellent battery life. The X1 Carbon reviewed extremely well across the board, too, from the likes of PCMag and LaptopMag. Common praises went to the Carbon’s thin design and battery life, among other features.
Those are just two examples of the positive reviews Lenovo laptops have received in 2018. On the whole, if reviews matter to you when finding your perfect laptop in 2019, Lenovo is a go-to choice.
BEST CUSTOMER SUPPORT
Excellent customer service • macOS offers smooth performance
No major changes to hardware • Limited choice
Customer support can make or break someone’s experience, and no one does it better with laptops than Apple
Apple doesn’t just offer premium laptops, but premium customer service as well to ensure those MacBooks keep going.
- Popular line:MacBook
In a way, it’s almost a necessity for Apple to invest in its customer support given the quality of their products. That doesn’t mean the 2018 MacBook is low quality, it’s the opposite. Because Apple products are of a certain quality, it only makes sense customers would expect the same of its customer support.
Thankfully, Apple consistently lives up to its users’ expectations. Agents respond quickly to questions about functions or possible difficulties, whether it be on the Apple website or social media. If you need to get your MacBook serviced, you can take it to the closest Apple store to get it checked out. That kind of boots on the ground support is practically unrivalled in this space.
And if you have AppleCare+, accidental damage is covered for those drops and cracks. There will be repair fees, but it’s still better than dropping another £2300 on a new MacBook Pro.
Customer support can make or break most people’s experiences with a company, though it’s true you tend to hear more about negative experiences than positive ones. Thankfully, Apple has been able to stay on the opposite side of that, so if you need your MacBook checked out, you’ll be in good hands.
BEST FOR GAMERS
High-end gaming on the go • Surprisingly thin design
Limited choice of models
Razer offers desktop power in a thin, laptop body for any gamers on the go
When it comes to PC gaming, Razer is a premiere name offering premium laptops.
- Popular line:Blade
- 2-in-1s available:No
Started in 2005, Razer broke into PC gaming with the Boomslang mouse and it was off to the races. Today, Razer peripherals are among the best products you can get to fill out a gaming setup. Whether it’s a mouse with high DPI for movement, a mechanical keyboard with mechanical switches for faster input, or a THX-infused surround sound headset, you can find some of the best accessories on the market from this company.
In the last few years, Razer also expanded into gaming laptops with the Razer Blade line. As opposed to other gaming laptops that lean on the bulkier side, Razer has been able to pack plenty of power into extremely slim bodies.
The model that captures this best is the 4K version of Razer Blade Pro 17. Packing a GeForce GTX 1080 and Intel Core i7 processor, it isn’t lacking for power in any way. And since it’s VR ready, you’ll finally be able to get yourself an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. There’s also the Razer Blade Stealth for anyone who doesn’t have the dime to drop on the Blade Pro 17. Just keep in mind, affordable pricing for Razer is still around £1500.
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