Feb/Mar 2021. Best Laptops For 2021. What is the best Laptop/Chromebook? On this site we review good, affordable Intel i3, Intel i5, Apple, Windows, family, college, gaming and work/business laptops and Chromebooks. Good laptops today have some serious processing power. The best brands like Apple, Asus, Acer, HP, Dell and Samsung have a sleek design and are lightweight. Who needs a desktop any more?
When buying a new laptop or chromebook there are several factors to take into account. You want to look at the best price (under 400, under 500, under 1000), processor, Chromebook/ iMac or Windows and design. Which laptop is best for you depends on your wishes and what you are going to use your new laptop for (family, student, business).
Factors that determine the performance of a laptop computer
Speed of a laptop is mainly dependent on the quality of the CPU. The number of cores the CPU has (single core, dual core, quad core) and the available RAM (more internal memory is better, today laptops should have at least 4 GB) makes a big difference. And also the type of harddisk (SSD is much faster than regular HDD) is important for speed. When running programs or games that use a lot of graphic processing the quality of the video-card is the main factor for speed. Ultrabooks usually have more RAM and a better cpu and video card than regular laptops.
What Speed Do You Need?
– I3 Intel series and its equivalent AMD processors are used in low end laptops for usual computer tasks like surfing the web, email and administrative tasks. These are the cheapest Intel processors with the lowest processing power.
– The Intel i5 series and equivalent AMD processors have better performance and can be used for light/medium gaming and medium video editing/ graphical programs.
– Intel i7 Intel processors and equivalent AMD processors are the most expensive but get you the most processing power, the best gaming experience and the best basis for heavy graphical programs and video editing.
The gain in performance with a more expensive processor/graphics card can be noticed in high speed gaming frame rate but is hardly noticeable when using the laptop for normal use.
Therefore I present and review on this page the most popular laptops, after that a section with Ultrabooks and after that the best laptops from the top laptop brands.
(Disclaimer: prices mentioned are correct at the time of writing, but may have changed)
Newest Laptops 2021
#1 Best Laptop 2021: Acer Aspire 5, 15.6″ Full HD IPS Display, 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G1, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD
This Premium ASUS Top Performance Laptop is packed with good specs: Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor with 8GB DDR4 RAM, a 15.6 inch Full HD 1920×1080 Display and a 256GB SSD. This laptop is good.
#2 The latest Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Air
The latest Apple MacBook Pro and MacBoook Air are the most popular Apple laptops. Both are excellent laptops with the best specs you can get on the market, but they are also the most expensive mainstream laptops around. The MacBook Pro shown below has a 10th gen Intel i5 processor, a 2560 x 1600 IPS screen, up to 1TB (very energy efficient) flash drive, 16 GB RAM and 4 thunderbolt 3 ports. Those specs make this laptop extremely fast. If you are an Apple user, nothing can compare to the quality of a MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air. When you are not an Apple user the price and the problematic data transfers with windows computers could be an obstacle.
Specs for the New 13.3 inch MacBook Pro laptop:
Tenth-generation quad-core Intel Core i5 processor
Brilliant Retina display with True Tone technology
Backlit Magic Keyboard
Touch Bar and Touch ID
Intel Iris Plus Graphics
Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
Up to 10 hours of battery life
Force Touch trackpad
Ultrabook vs Laptop
An Ultrabook is a fast, ultra thin, ultra lightweight laptop that can only be called “Ultrabook” when it meets specific requirements set by Intel. It has a low energy use so the battery will last a long time, it boots up extremely quickly and is automatically updated. These features are reflected in the price. Ultrabooks are usually more expensive than a regular laptop.
Ultrabooks For 2020
Here you find the best Ultrabooks available today.
Intel vs AMD
When choosing a laptop the CPU is an important factor to consider. The CPU is the heart of the laptop. Intel and AMD are the two main processor manufacturers. The Intel processors tend to perform better per core but are about twice as expensive as the AMD processors. For example, for the price of a 2 core Intel processor you can get a 4 core AMD processor.
It is difficult to say that the Intel CPU`s are better than the AMD ones because for the same price as one Intel core you can sometimes get more AMD cores which eliminates the performance gain that single Intel processors show in benchmark tests.
AMD processors have less processing power then Intel processors but they are about half the price. For example: for the same price as an Intel i3 processor which is a duo core processor you have a quad core AMD A10 processor. The AMD A10 and i3 processors are similar in performance but AMD processors run better with a good amount of fast RAM memory. Therefore you will normally see more GB RAM installed in the laptop. You will find better/ separate graphic-cards in AMD laptops then in Intel laptops for the same price because the processor is cheaper. This is useful for better graphics in games and video editing.
Best Gaming Laptops for 2021
#3 Best Laptop: Newest HP 15.6 inch Premium HD Laptop Intel Core i5-7200U, 12GB DDR4 RAM
With this HP 15.6 inch Premium HD Laptop, you will get the latest Intel Core i5-7200U Processor. Included is also an enormous amount of 12GB very fast DDR4L SDRAM, a 15.6 inch HD SVA BrightView WLED-backlit (1366×768) with Intel HD Graphics 620 with up to 6230 MB total graphics memory.
#4 Best Laptop: HP Pavilion 15.6-Inch Laptop
HP has been a quality laptop producer for many years. The Pavilion series are laptops with good specs for a decent price. The specs for this HP Pavilion 15.6-Inch Laptop are: latest 6th Gen Skylake, Intel Core i5-6200U Processor 3M Cache, up to 2.80 GHz 6GB DDR3, 1TB HDD. It has Windows 10, a 15.6-inch Full HD WLED-backlit IPS Display (1920×1080), HDMI, B&O PLAY with 2 speakers. For a price around $535 a 15.6 inch 6th gen Intel i5 laptop with these specs (especially FULL HD) is a very very good deal!
#5: Asus 15.6-Inch Laptop (2.1 GHz Core i3-5010U,4 GB RAM,500 GB)
This Asus 15.6 inch laptop is one of the most popular laptop today. This is very logical because the specs are very good when looking at the price: around $350 at the time of writing. For that price you get: the Intel i3-5010U 2.1 GHz processor, 4 Gb RAM and a 15.6 inch FULL HD screen. A very good laptop for everyday use at home, for a student or as a laptop for your work. It does not have the extreme quality of the Apple MacBooks but has a lot to offer for about 1/5 the of the price :) that is why I put this laptop on the #5 place in the ranking.
#6 The New Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch Laptop
Dell is a well known laptop brand for many years. The Inspiron series are good laptops for a good price. The specs for this Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch HD 1366 x 768 LED Backlit Touchscreen Display High Performance Laptop are: Intel Core i5-5200U processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD+/-RW Drive, HDMI, Bluetooth, Win 10, Intel HD Graphics 5500 with shared graphics memory. For about the same price as my #1 pick you get a 5th gen i5 processor, not the newest 6th gen. but with 8GB RAM in stead of 6GB and a HD touch screen in stead of a full HD non touch screen. The choice is up to you :)
#7 Laptop 2021: Samsung Chromebook 3 11.6-Inch
This Samsung Chromebook 3 has the following specs: Celeron N3050 2.6 GHz processor, 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 screen, 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM, 16 Gb SSD. It is the successor of the long time very popular first Samsung two Chromebooks. Pros: very, very fast because of the 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM and 16 Gb Solid State Drive, lightweight, slim design and fully integrated with all Google services. Biggest problem for people who don`t like Google: fully integrated with Google services.
#8 Lenovo Flex 3 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook
This is an ultrabook, that means that it has more features, like a touch screen and better specs but is also a bit more expensive that a regular laptop. Although it is more expensive it has an excellent price/quality. That is why it is # 8 of the best laptops 2018.
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