When it comes to laptops there’s a lot to choose from, factors such as the price, specifications and even the design can sometimes sway a decision of which to buy, but with so many matching similar spec sheets and price ranges, it can be hard to choose from the ton of options on offer.
To try to help we are going to go through some of the options which we think might be best for you this holiday season, check the out below.
Laptops for a budget.
Asus VivoBook S200
One of the best regarded laptops in the budget range is the Asus VivoBook S200, featuring an 11.6″ 16:9 HD (1366×768) LED Backlight display, it is one of the cheapest laptops on the market that offers a touchscreen, and despite the price tag, a lot of publications have found the laptop to be the best option for anyone looking to spend under £500 on a laptop.
Continuing on the spec list, the VivoBook S200 also includes an Intel® Core™ i3 3217U Processor, 2GB/ 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 1 320GB/ 500GB HDD, HD webcam, 2-in-1 card reader and support for both 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.
The VivoBook also runs on Windows 8.1.
Samsung Series 3 Chromebook
Before talking about the next laptop on our list, we just want to note that a Chromebook might not be for everyone, and you might want to make sure you are okay with an OS that relies on an internet connection before you pick on up.
That said, a Chromebook can be impressively useful for a various number of tasks, running apps from the cloud and mostly designed with the help of Google, tasks can often be completed with ease and swiftness when using a Chromebook, however for some applications these machines will lack features.
If you do however want a Chromebook sitting under the tree, than there’s no better option that the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook, featuring an 11.6 inch display with a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, it includes 2GB of RAM, an Exynos 5250 processor, 16GB SSD hard drive and connectivity for HDMI, Bluetooth and of course, WiFi.
Laptops without a budget.
The Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (15 and 13 inch models)
One of the best high-end laptops currently on the market is the Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display, featuring one of the best screens on the market, it comes in two sizes 15 and 13 inches, both of which have a resolution of 2560 x 1600, and feature IPS technology within the glass displays.
Alongside that the new Retina MacBook Pro can also be kitted out with up to a quad-core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage.
There’s also a battery which can last up to 9 hours with Intel’s Iris graphics card pre-installed, and the option to add a Nvidia GeForce GT 750M discrete GPU on the 15 inch model.
Sony Vaio Duo 13 Touchscreen Convertable Ultrabook
With a design that can rival Apple, Sony’s Vaio Duo 13 Ultrabook is probably one of the best Windows Ultrabook’s on the market today, featuring a 13.3 inch capacitive touchscreen display, the Sony Vaio Duo can be used as both a laptop and a tablet, making it perfect for those that want a little bit of everything.
The Vaio Duo 13 is also pretty decent in terms of performance, featuring an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, rear-facing 8MP webcam, front-facing 2MP webcam and even a digitizer pen that can be used to handwrite notes and create drawing with ease.
Laptops designed for gaming.
The Alienware 18
With a price tag of just under £2,000, the Alienware 18 isn’t the cheapest of the gaming laptops, however it is one of the best. Featuring an Intel Core i7 processor, up to 32GB of RAM, as high as a 1.5TB RAID 0 HDD with 80GB SSD caching, a dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M with 4GB GDDR5 GPU, and of course that HD 18 inch display.
The Alienware 18 will also be fully compatible with Windows 8.1, and is also available with separate configurations if you prefer a smaller screen, with the option to choose either the Alienware 14, Alienware 17 or the Alienware 18, of course the 18 is the top of the line model however.