Best Laptops of 2019 (so far)

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Dell XPS 13 (9380)

$899.99

The Good

  • IR webcam is on the top
  • Improved battery life
  • Optional 4K display is excellent

The Bad

  • If you have a 2018, no need to get the 2019
  • Pricey

In the 2019 iteration of the Dell XPS 13, Dell has finally moved the webcam to where it’s supposed to be, fixing one of the very few negatives of the laptop. The rest of the form-factor continues to be top-notch, from it’s thin bezels to its gorgeous display.

 

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

$962

The Good

  • Refined build
  • Power backed into a svelte body
  • Attractive new black color scheme

The Bad

  • No Thunderbolt 3 option
  • Light on ports overall

The internals on the Surface Laptop 2 have been updated, and include the usual suspects: Intel Core i5 and i7, Intel UHD 620 Graphics, 8GB to 16GB of RAM, and a 13.5 inch PixelSense screen with a 2,256 x 1,504 resolution. The first Surface Laptop had a lot of good things going for it, and this iteration features several small refinements. This is the best pure Windows 10 laptop experience you can get. Also new for Surface Laptop 2 is a sexy black color scheme. This laptop is not perfect though, and the lack of ports, especially the glaring omission of not including a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port is a major concern for future-proofing.

 

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Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 13-inch 2018

$1,698

The Good

  • One of the best MacBooks, ever
  • Blazingly fast performance
  • Retina Display

The Bad

  • Expensive
  • Light on innovations

Some say this is the best MacBook Pro ever made and has a price-tag to match. We still think the Touch Bar is more gimmick than useful, but it does provide some added utility. The 2018 model comes with some beefed up specs, including optional quad-core Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, Intel Irus Plus 655 Graphics, 8GB to 16GB RAM, and a 2,560 x 1,600 IPS Retina Display. If you loved the design of previous MacBook Pros, you will love this iteration as well. If this is your first MacBook upgrade, it may take some time getting used to the divisive butterfly keyboards. But if you can swallow the steep price tag and are an Apple diehard, this MacBook Pro won’t disappoint.

 

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Huawei MateBook X Pro

$1,109

The Good

  • Gorgeous design
  • Top-notch display
  • Excellent battery life

The Bad

  • No SD card slot
  • Webcam is poor

The Huawei Matebook X Pro is looking to take on the Dell XPS 13 as the best ultrabook on the market. It has a gorgeous design and a stunning 13.9” display. The battery life runs circles around many of its competitors, and can be customized with an 8th generation Intel Core i5 or i7, Intel UHD Graphics or an Nvidia GeForce MX150, and 8GB to 16 GB of RAM.

 

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HP Spectre Folio

$1,799

The Good

  • Striking Design
  • High-end build quality
  • HP Pen included in the box

The Bad

  • Expensive
  • Weak speakers

The HP Spectre Folio is on the cutting edge of 2-in-1 laptop design. HP claimed it would reinvent the laptop, and it doesn’t quite live up to the hype. However, the “modern vintage meets technology” tagline does hold some truth, and we love the laptop-wrapped-in-leather design. It’s both premium and understated, and the overall build quality is extremely good. It is a powerful performer and will turn heads whenever you pull it out of, regardless of where you are. But this stunner is not cheap, as the fully loaded models will cost you upwards of $1,700.

 

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Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370

$1,398

The Good

  • Thin and very light
  • Powerful performance
  • Eye-catching royal blue finish

The Bad

  • Expensive for a convertible
  • Chassis is a fingerprint magnet

Although we continue to loathe Asus’s horrible naming system, their laptops remain among some of the best on the market. The ZenBook Flip S UX370 features the new Kaby Lake 8th generation processor with 16 GB of RAM. The royal blue finish is unique and looks stunning on the desk. The “Flip” let’s you know that it can be used as a laptop or a tablet. The hardware is thin and light, with it’s only drawback being the premium pricing.

 

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MSI GS65 Stealth

$1,649

The Good

  • Subtle design (for a gaming laptop)
  • Top-end performance
  • Thin bezels

The Bad

  • Gets very hot
  • FHD Display

The MSI GS65 Stealth is one of the best gaming laptops on the market. It’s loaded with a powerful intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, 16 GB of RAM and a 15.6” FHD display. The design is beautiful and subtle, especially for a gaming laptop. You won’t feel out of place opening this up at a business meeting or a LAN party. Like many of the premium laptops on this list, the one draw back is the price.

 

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Asus Chromebook Flip

$474

The Good

  • Functional tablet mode
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Easy-to-use Chrome OS

The Bad

  • No native Android app support
  • Weak speakers

Chromebooks generally come in two flavors: the premium like the Chromebook Pixel and the budget-friendly, like this Asus Chromebook Flip. The Flip keeps most of the premium features of the Pixel, but provides it at a sub-$500 price point. Most 2-in-1s suffer in tablet mode, but the Asus Chromebook Flip is thin and light enough to be comfortable to use in tablet mode. Moreover, we’re really impressed with the tactile keyboard. Like many Chromebooks, the processor isn’t very impressive (Intel Pentium 4405Y, optional Intel Core m3), but it doesn’t need to be to run Chrome OS. It also comes with more premium features like a backlit keyboard and a USB-C port.

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