When it comes to talking about the best laptop brands in 2016, there is always a war between the Mac and Windows laptops, which is why I have not numbered or ranked any of this but simply put them according to their alphabetical orders, so if you came looking for a Mac vs PC showdown, you’re not going to get it are you? I also understand that certain laptop brands concentrate on certain fields such as gaming, productivity or just general purpose computing.
I have not categorized these brands as such but will most certainly include a brand from each of these fields. So if a brand you expected to be in here is not there, It is because it possibly isn’t the top dog in its own field but rather 3rd or even 2nd. I will give a quick rundown of each brand and their certain models to give you a quick idea about what each model is capable of.
Apple – Reliable, Beautiful, and Expensive
Typical of Apple isn’t it? They had to be the first in the alphabetical order didn’t they? Sadly an Acer product is not going to make it here. Macs are certainly stylish, simplistic laptops with great aluminium cases (providing sturdy build quality, unless you drop it and get it dented!), amazingly fast flash storage, great software out of the box and a productive OS. What’s more, they’re very inexpensive (I’m kidding). Macs also have very good battery life, relatively good keyboards and outstanding trackpads. The retina displays are very good at reproducing colour although they lack sometimes in the resolution department with the slightly “less expensive” models. For all that price though, they do provide very good customer care and other services.
The MacBook 2015
One of the thinnest laptops you’ll ever see, this tiny little thing is equipped with an Intel Core M dual core CPU and Intel HD5300 graphics. Not the best spec list you’ve read is it? No, but it certainly is ample enough to get everyday tasks done in style. It’s also got the usual Apple’s superfast storage and amazing trackpad along with a 9hr battery life. It also sports a 12 inch 1440p display paired with a really disappointing 480p front facing camera. The biggest problem with the MacBook though, is the one single USB – C port that is used for both charging and data transfer, I mean, who came up with that idea? If your budget allows, this is one the best laptop model and brand you can have for school and college.
The Mac Pro and Air
These are slightly more sensible deals for the more than “checking my email” user. The Air starts at $899 for the 11 inch model and at $999 for the 13 inch model and come with a 1440 by 900 resolution on the highest model and Intel graphics as well as Core i5/i7 processors. The Mac Pro, meanwhile, is for the slightly more focused user. If you are in video editing or graphic designing job, Mac is the perfect brand you can invest in 2016 and these models are suitable for your business purpose. Starting at $1299 for the 13 inch and $1999 for the 15 inch models, the Pro range does not come cheap. They have great displays no matter which one you chose and they come with dual core - i5s or Quad core - i7s and the top end model comes with AMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. Even the base model comes with 8GBs of RAM so you have nothing to worry about in the specs department. A great laptop for on the go video editing without all the bulk of other high spec laptops out there.
Dell – So Much Choice!
Dell make reliable, high quality, and very nicely designed laptop for almost every need and price range. If you are a high end user or school/college student, the Dell brand can be the best to meet the all requirements. They build the best and cheap laptops for home and office use. Dell are known for good tech support, good value for money, as well as great keyboards and displays. The best thing about Dell is the fact that whether you want an inexpensive budget laptop for around $250 or a super powerful gaming PC/laptop for around $2000 or anything in between, they’ve probably got you covered. Let’s take a look at their more significant models.
The Alienware is a gaming focused laptop with a Core i5 clocked at 2.9 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M and 16GBs of RAM. You can even upgrade the graphics with Alienware’s external graphics amplifier. It asks you to game on it. It’s got great gaming performance for a laptop, and an Okay battery life for a gaming focused laptop, but if you’re planning on doing some hard-core gaming, I’d suggest you plug it in. It’s got a large amount of storage for all your games and a very nice 1080p screen to suit your needs. As long as you’re not bothered by having to carry around a big heavy laptop, this is a great laptop for you. Worth the money as well. One of the best laptop brand in 2016 for gaming and video/graphics editing with Windows 10 OS.
Dell XPS 13 Touch (2016)
The Dell XPS 13 touch is a great ultraportable laptop focused mostly on productivity and portability. With its astonishing QHD+ touch display, it provides amazing picture quality to satisfy all of you resolution nerds out there. It sports a USB – C port, Intel Core i5 6th generation processor and Intel graphics. The graphics may not be great, but it gets your everyday tasks done, and the point of the laptop is not gaming anyway. The touchscreen lets you navigate by touching the screen as well (who knew?)
Hewlett Packard – For the Average Person
Sure, HP also make good workstation laptops, but their focus is always the average person. HP are known for their great tech support and nice audio quality as well as the choices they offer – much like Dell. You could opt for a very inexpensive solution like an HP Stream 11 or something more capable and powerful like an HP EliteBook Folio 1020 or something in the middle. Although relatively inexpensive, providing good bang for the buck, HP laptops still tend to have very good build quality with some fully aluminium bodied laptops.
HP Spectre X360
This is a 13 inch aluminium bodied convertible laptop, which naturally means you can use the screen alone as a tablet for your tablet related needs, whatever they may be. It is very nice looking, has a great battery life and a great, bright, full HD display. It sports an Intel Core i5 along with 8 gigs of RAM and Intel HD graphics. It also has 256 GBs of SSD, so you can expect your booting times to be very fast. Its stand mode and tablet mode makes it perfect for many different seating positions and the price range is just under 900 dollars, it is an ideal laptop for an average user.
HP Pavilion x2 10t
Want something far less expensive but still with a detachable touchscreen? This is the laptop/ tablet for you. Starting at under 300 dollars, this is a great budget 2 in 1 laptop. It’s got superb battery life, HP’s renowned build quality as well as great bang for the buck performance. Powering this tiny laptop is the Intel atom processor clocked at 1.44 GHz. With 2 GBs of RAM to and a 1280 by 800 screen resolution, it’s not the best specs you’ll see on a laptop, but for the price range, and provided you’re okay with the slightly smaller keys, it’s just perfect.
MSI – Gaming, Gaming and Gaming.
The beasts from MSI are all bred for one purpose – Gaming. MSI, although new to the laptop field, managed to dominate many other brands with their supreme displays, keyboards and audio. MSI have also managed to earn a very good reputation for their great designs. They even have managed to make a few great performers with very sleek chassis. We’ll take a look at the best MSI laptop there is.
MSI GT80 Titan SLI
Quite a mouthful, I know. The name is not the only large thing about this laptop, it’s far from it. The size, the price, the specs, the keyboard; It’s all just humongous. What struck me as remarkable more than anything else is the mechanical keyboard – Whaaaat? Yeah, this beast comes equipped with Cherry MX brown key switches. Then there are the specs: Intel Core i7 5th gen processor and NVIDIA GTX 980M SLI as well as 16 GBs of RAM gives you stunning performance. It also has a very upgradable setup therefore making it one of the most future proof laptops out there. Couple that with the stunning looks, the super fast dual 128GB SSD, the 1TB HDD and the 18.4 inch 1080p display, and you’ve got yourself one of the greatest gaming laptops out there (a rather expensive one at that!)
Toshiba – I’ve run out of things to say
A brand that has not had many amazing moments in history and has not had the greatest of track records is what I would have said about Toshiba 2 years ago. But the last year for Toshiba is one of the best I’ve seen with amazing reviews and great scores from many critics, which is why I’ve included Toshiba in this listed. Toshiba laptops nowadays have great overall quality and good value for money. Their design choices are not something you want to miss either, they impress with their varying design choices ranging from the simplistic to the flashy.
Toshiba Portege Z20t
With its sleek looking black body to its very good design, the Toshiba Portege Z20t is one of the best Toshiba laptops out there. What amazes most about this laptop is its astounding battery life of over 13hrs. It is also a 2 in 1 with both a laptop mode and a tablet mode. It has a 12.5 inch full HD screen and comes with two styluses. It’s powered by an Intel Core series CPU and has a 256 GB SSD to help you boot faster and to have faster access speeds.
Toshiba Kirabook (2015)
The Kirabook is an ultrathin, lightweight, powerful, aluminium bodied laptop that is slightly on the more expensive side of things. It has a crisp 13.3 inch quad HD display with touch support that gives you a great viewing experience. Although it is powered by a power hungry i7, it still has impressive battery life. It still has Intel HD graphics which is a slight disappointment. But certainly a very nice laptop for your money.
And there you have it: Five really trustable and best laptop brands 2016 that you can go to when you want to quench your different needs, whether it be editing, gaming or just everyday tasks.