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10 Recommended Laptops


So, you're looking to replace your aging computer. Do you go laptop or tablet? Performance or portability? Mac or Windows? High-end or entry level? We put together a short list of a wide variety of laptops and tablets for you to choose from.

Microsoft Surface Book


Having trouble deciding between a tablet or a laptop? Get the best of both worlds with the Microsoft Surface Book, thanks to its detachable keyboard dock with an embedded dedicated graphics card.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4


Just because you want a tablet doesn't mean you should sacrifice performance. The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is thin and lightweight while still delivering 6th-gen Skylake Intel® Core™ performance. It can run a full version of Windows 10 Pro. You can also get the optional Surface Pro 4 Type Cover to enjoy the laptop experience.

Apple MacBook Pro


Power. Performance. Mac OS X. If these three things matter to you, the Apple MacBook Pro is where you should start looking. Powerful without being bulky and heavy, the MacBook Pro is geared toward heavy Mac users who want to take their work with them.

Apple MacBook Air


If portability is your main concern, but you don't want to get an iPad (which would have you part with Mac OS X and the keyboard), the Apple MacBook Air has you covered. Thin and lightweight like its name, the MacBook Air still gives you the full Mac OS X experience.

ASUS ZenBook


So you want a MacBook Air, but with Windows instead of Mac OS X? Say hello to the ASUS ZenBook. While it may not be the speediest laptop on the market, its thin, ultraportable design makes it easier for you to travel with it.

Acer Aspire One Cloudbook


If you're looking for a no-nonsense laptop for everyday tasks, the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook provides enough to keep you productive. It has a comfortable keyboard and long battery life. It also comes with a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 to keep you even more productive.

MSI GE62 Apache


Go all-in on performance with the MSI GE62 Apache. The MSI GE62 Apache is geared toward gamers who want a gaming notebook that provides high-end performance while still being portable enough to take to LAN parties.

Lenovo Flex 3


Use the Lenovo Flex 3 in four different modes, which are Laptop, Stand, Tent, and Tablet, thanks to its 360-degree hinge.

Razer Blade


Designed for gamers, the Razer Blade features a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics card that supports 3200 x 1800 screen resolution for high-res gaming. Its backlit anti-ghosting keyboard also allows you to remap the keys and create macros so you can play while on the go.

Toshiba Chromebook 2


An alternative to Mac and Windows laptops, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is designed for a web-optimized experience. It utilizes Chrome OS, which is for the everyday user who browses the Web, reads emails, checks social media networks, and uses streaming services for video, music, and more.

If there's a laptop you think that should have made the list, let us know in the Comments section, below.

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The new (2015) XPS 13 and XPS 15  models from DELL deserve mention as well. I have the latter and just love the 4K touch screen.

It's great seeing the various laptop choices side by side for comparison. I use Mac, but have recently become interested in less costly alternatives with different features. The reason for this is that sometimes I only need a laptop for use with e-mail, internet and Word. Great article! Thanks.

Dont froget the virrus protection included in Apple products!!