Discover the best laptops to buy in 2016, be it for general-purpose or raw performance, and learn how to choose a laptop. It isn’t always easy to find the laptop that’s right for you. You have to work out your budget and, on top of that, there’s a bunch of other things such as battery life, performance and weight to take into consideration. It can be a time-consuming and tricky process, but with our help you can find the best laptop in 2016 that’s perfect for your needs.
6. Asus ZenBook Flip UX360CA
Yet another hybrid laptop on this list (they’re ten a penny these days), Asus’ shiny new ZenBook UX360CA stands out from the crowd with its gorgeous aluminium chassis. It’s a world away from other comparatively priced hybrids and it really looks the part. It’s got excellent battery life so you should last long away from a wall socket, even if its performance isn’t quite on par with other devices.
Processor: Dual-core 0.9GHz Intel Core m3-6Y30, RAM: 8GB, Dimensions:323x220x13.9mm, Weight: 1.3kg, Screen size: 13.3in, Screen resolution: 1,920×1,080, Graphics adaptor: Intel HD Graphics 515, Total storage: 128GB SSD
7. Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Setting the standard for the hybrid ultraportable, Microsoft really knocked it out of the park with their recent iteration in the Surface Pro range. Fourth time is definitely the charm here, with Microsoft perfecting the already impressive formula. All around it’s wonderfully well built and has one of the best keyboards and styluses out there, along with speedy performance found inside.
Processor: Dual-core 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-6300U, RAM: 8GB,Dimensions: 292x201x8mm,Weight: 1.37kg inc keyboard and power brick, Screen size: 12.3in, Screen resolution: 2736×1824, Graphics adaptor: Intel HD graphics 520, Total storage: 256GB SSD
8. Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA
While it’s not the biggest and flashiest device on this list, the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA is dirt cheap and an excellent hybrid for use on the go. It doesn’t weigh much at 1.2kg, and it doesn’t take up too much space either, so you’d be well served using this on your travels.
Processor: Dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3050, RAM: 2GB, Dimensions: 297×201.3×18.4mm, Weight: 1.2kg, Screen size: 11.6in , Screen resolution: 1,366×768, Graphics adaptor: Intel HD Graphics, Total storage: 32GB
9. Asus Vivobook Pro N552VW
A great all-rounder, the Asus Vivobook Pro N552VW is pretty hefty, only because it holds a powerful Core i7 Skylake processor inside, along with a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics chip. It’s great for both media production and gaming thanks to the speedy specs, even if it is a little on the heavy side.
Processor: Quad-core 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ, RAM: 16GB, Dimensions: 383x260x29.9mm, Weight: 2.53kg, Screen size: 15.6in,Screen resolution: 3,840×2,160,Graphics adaptor: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Total storage: 128GB SSD, 1TB hard disk
10. Acer Chromebook R11
The fact that the Acer R11 is the only Chromebook on this list is testament to the surprisingly decent build quality of this budget device. A convertible Chromebook might not be what you’re looking for, but if you’re after something that doesn’t break the bank with relatively impressive specs given the price, you won’t be too disappointed with the Acer Chromebook R11.
Processor: Dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3050, RAM: 2GB,Dimensions: 20x295x203mm,Weight: 1.2kg, Screen size: 11.6in, Screen resolution: 1,366×768, Graphics adaptor: Intel HD Graphics, Total storage: 16GB eMMC