Laptops - 04/11/2018
Okay, so you have read the guidelines and still do not know what laptop to get.
No need to fret.
Here’s is a list of ten laptops grouped – two in each category - according to gaming, work, college, chromebook and all-purpose you can get.
And mind you, discounts start from a week to two days before Black Friday.
Here's is the list of the best laptops you can get and keep an eye on during the thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
P.S. Most of the laptops have discounts.
The Acer Predator Helios 300 has always been known as the king of mid-range gaming laptops. And there is a good reason. Nvidia GTX 1060 6 GB, 8th Gen Intel i7-8750H six-cores, 16 GB ram, SSD, high screen refresh rate, lots of ports.
And rest assured, the GTX 1060 will be able to play most of your games on high fps on medium to high settings. Such specs available at such an affordable price for a gaming laptop makes it very popular.
This is a must get laptop if you are looking to for gaming rig but can't afford the higher end one's.
Last year, the Acer Predator Helios 300 had a price drop from $1199 to $900 and it wasn't even Black Friday or Cyber Monday, you can expect lower prices.This Acer Predator also has much better specs than last year's model. A great gaming laptop bargain if you think about. The only port it lacks is the DisplayPort so you can't connect it to external monitors.
Where the Acer Predator Helios 300 truly shines is the ability to overclock its GPU thanks to its predator sense and giving you a 10-15 fps boost in games that you play.
Thermal throttling is somewhat a problem – it is also common in other gaming laptops if heat is not properly managed - in the Acer Predator Helios 300 but Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts can get you a pretty good deal on cooling pads and even without the deals you can get a cheap cooling pad. As like with most gaming laptops the battery life is not great.
All in all the Acer Predator Helios 300 is a good buy and will even be a better buy when it has a discount.
The Asus Strix Scar is almost similar in specs to the Acer Predator Helios 300 except for one thing; the NVIDIA GTX 1070 and its storage.
This is what gives the Asus Strix Scar an edge over the Acer Predator Helios and also one of the best laptop deals you can get.
The GTX 1070 has a 30%-50% greater than the GTX 1060, so if you are looking for a gaming laptop that will still be able to play demanding games on high – ultra settings at high fps then by all means the GTX 1070 will be able to handle the job. The Strix Scar also has a massive amount of storage: a 128GB SSD and a 1 TB hybrid drive. Talk about fast boost up times and a very responsive laptop.
Last year’s model had a price drop of almost $250 from $1599. This year a similar price drop might also happen, so keep your fingers crossed.
A customizable RGB Keyboard
The Asus Strix has a high refresh screen rate 144 Hz for that smooth gameplay and a a really good cooling system so the chances of thermal throttling happening is low.
The configuration of the cooling system can set the speed of the fans to silent, balanced and an overboost. Overboost is reserved for maximum cooling when playing current demanding games on high or ultra-settings
The Asus ROG Strix Scar has a whole array of ports including a mini DisplayPort which you can connect to an external monitor.
The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon is known as the best of business laptops. It might not be aesthetically pleasing but it packs a lot of processing power that gives you the edge in the work environment. 8th Gen i7 processor, a touchscreen 2k display with 100% colour gamut - 100% sRGB and almost 90% AdobeRGB, 16 GB of ram and a 512 SSD.
Those are some high-end specs for a very thin laptop. The Thinkpad X1 Carbon also has a 10 hour battery life and an excellent backlit keyboard that will make your wrists feel really good when you are typing. The laptop also weighs a little over a kilo.
Design-wise, the laptop's lid is reinforced with carbon fiber and the chassis is made of magnesium to help it withstand harsh environments and accidental falls and bumps. It offers all the ports you need including Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, USB 3.0, and a microSD slot.
Last year's model had a price drop of almost 25%. That is a major discount and a good deal on a high end ultraportable laptop for such great specs.
This is an ultraportable laptop you want to keep your eye on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
The Dell XPS 13 is quite the popular ultraportable laptop and for a good reason. A refined version of the previous model. Everything you want in an ultraportable laptop can be found in the Dell XPS 13. Portability, great battery life, a great display, and fast performance.
The display of the Dell XPS 13 is a 4K QHD display that is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The protection from the Gorilla glass makes the display resistant to scratches and wear and in some cases cracks. The laptop weighs roughly about 1.21 kg and has a 9 hour battery life. The keyboard is backlit and has minimum key travel making it great to type on. The last year’s model had a price drop of almost $400. A good deal for such a laptop that comes with an 8th gen i7 processor, 16 GB of ram, and 512 GB SSD.
The Acer Aspire E15 is has the perfect balance between academic work and play. The processing power is good enough to handle task you throw at it thanks to its 8th Gen Intel i5 processor and 8 GB of ram. Talk about a great machine for academic work.
The weight is just right not too heavy not too light. The display is a Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display that has great viewing angles and sunlight legibility. Battery life is decent too at most 8 hours. The storage is a 1 TB Hard Disk Drive which you can easily swap for a Solid State Drive which will be very affordable at the time of purchasing the machine of Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Same goes for the ram too.
The dedicated Nvidia MX150 graphics is great for light to mid-range gaming. Fortnite, PUBG and the Witcher 3 are playable. Current demanding games are playable but not on medium or high settings.
If you are more ambitious and looking for better performance than the MX150 but can’t afford the expensive ones the CUK Ideapad 330 might be the laptop for you. If you haven’t heard of CUK (Computer Upgrade King), they are Computer Company that specializes in customizing laptops and desktops. CUK are reliable and trustworthy and some of their products are recommended by amazon you can read about them here.
The CUK Ideapad has a NVIDIA GTX 1050 which will give you much better performance than the MX150. The processor is also an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8300H. If you look carefully at the specifications of most laptops their processors have U attached their numbers and example is i5-8250U. The i5-8300H is on another level than the i5s attached with U and are even much more powerful than the i7-8550U. So performance wise this laptop will cover you. The weight of the laptop is a little over 2 kg and has a 240 GB Solid State Drive.
The Acer Chromebook convertible is offers a lot despite its cheap price powered by a MTK processor and 4 GB of ram they acer Chromebook might not be powerful in terms of processing but gets the job done especially if you are a light user or just need something cheap to type documents - as long you don’t need a lot of processing power the acer Chromebook is a good choice.
The Chromebook looks a MacBook pro from afar because of its aluminium chassis and has a chrome logo on the lid. The storage is a 32 GB eMMC drive which is expandable via microSD if you think the space is not sufficient. And the display is a touchscreen Full HD (1920 x 1080) display which is surprising because laptops that have similar price tags do not have displays like that. The battery life is also superb almost half a day might be even be more if you keep brightness low.
Also, if you like to type you will resonate with this Chromebook because the keys are evenly spaced resulting in a comfortable typing experience The Acer Chromebook weighs about 1.5 kg though it might not be the lightest it is still light enough to be easily carried around.
The Asus Chromebook is a rugged Chromebook designed to withstand bumps, falls and liquid spills.
The Chromebook is surrounded by a rubberized protective ring which serves to protect the Chromebook against unforeseen accidents making it a great substitute for expensive laptops when travelling since anything might happen when conducting business in a foreign country.
The Chromebook is powered by an Intel Celeron processor and has 4 GB of ram. Just like with all Chromebooks the performance is good enough for typing and light usage and starts to suffer when you opening a lot of google tabs or comes under heavy usage The storage space is a 32 GB eMMC drive which can be expanded via microSD card if it is not enough for you.
The battery life is great but not as impressive as the Acer Chromebook only lasting close to 9 hours. The display is HD (1336 x 768) anti-glare display and has a 180 degree hinge. If you like to stare at the screen a lot an anti-glare display is a feature you should consider. The keyboard is also excellent as the Acer Chromebook and spill-resistant. The keyboard and Chromebook will still function properly even after you spill water or soda onto the keyboard.
The Asus Chromebook can be used for a long time because of its rugged design.
The Asus Vivobook fits all the requirements of the general type laptop except for the gaming aspect though you can still play games albeit only light ones.
It is a laptop which you can easily mistake for an ultra-portable laptop. It weighs a little over of 1.6 kg and it’s very slim. The dimensions makes it a great laptop to be used at home, work or school. Overall, the design is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Powered by an 8th Intel Core i5 processor and 8 GB of ram, the performance of the system is just right – fast enough to handle a lot of task you throw at it. The Vivobook has massive storage space a combination of a 128 GB Solid State Drive and a 1 TB Hard Disk Drive. The 128 GB will most definitely house the operating systems to ensure fast boot up speeds and responsiveness. For the keyboard is not backlit and the best out there but it will get the job done.
For a general purpose laptop the display is on point and has great viewing angles - a 14 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display with narrow bezels. The laptop’s battery life is average at best lasting about 5-6 hours.
Discounts on the Asus Vivobook are mostly 20% - it might be more given that it’s Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Overall, the Asus Vivobook has performance and build quality of a general purpose laptop. A great laptop if you want something light and only play non-demanding games.
The Acer Swift 3 is considered to be a general type laptop and has the dedicated graphics card need for some light to mid-range gaming.
Great battery life, glossy display and solid performance the Acer Swift 3 checks all the boxes. The Acer Swift 3 also looks premium, thin and has an aluminium chassis roughly weighinh about 1.5kg
The Acer Swift 3 is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor and has 8 GB of ram. The storage device is a 256 GB Solid State Drive – as always Solid State Drives are the best because of the fast boot up times and responsiveness a laptop will have if it houses one.
The display is a Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Display which has great viewing angles and sunlight legibly. It also has narrow bezels and a 180 degree hinge which can be pushed far back.
Most games are playable on the Acer Swift 3 because of its dedicated MX150 graphics. Games like Fornite, PUBG and Overwatch will have no problems in running the games.
The Acer Swift 3 has a much better battery life than the Asus Vivobook despite the Swift 3 having a dedicated graphics card. At most battery life with last about 8 hours under normal usage.
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