Best Laptop Brands in 2020 for Gaming, College & Productivity

When it comes to talking about the best laptop brands in 2020, 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. These brands selected based on the number of successful models, variety and suitability for any budget for anyone. Of course, the Apple brand is listed here as one of the best laptop brand, though their laptop is not suitable for everyone, but they build really solid laptops and great OS in it.

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.

Apple MacBook Pro Latest Model

Apple MacBook Pro

One of the powerful and stylish laptops you’ll ever see, this powerhouse laptop is equipped with an 6-core 8th Gen Intel i7 processor CPU and Radeon Pro 555X with dedicated 4GB video memory. It certainly got ample of power and hardware configuration to get everyday tasks to maximum multi tasking done in style. It’s also got the usual Apple’s superfast storage and amazing track pad along with a 10hr battery life. It also sports a 15.4 inch 2880 by 1800 resolution. 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 excellent laptop model and brand you can have for school and college. The latest model is with higher speed 2.6 GHz (Turbo boost up to 4.3GHz), 16GB RAM which is quite enough to work on macOS. Great display quality and the disk performance is excellent with its builtin ultra fast 265GB flash storage.

The Mac Book and Air

These are slightly more sensible deals for the more than “checking my email” user. The Air starts at around $1000 for the 13.3 inch model and come with a 2560 by 1600 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 year 2020 and these models are suitable for your business purpose. Starting price of Mac Air is cheaper than Pro, 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 555X with 4GB 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.

Alienware M15 (Latest Gaming Laptop)

Alienware M15

The Alienware is a gaming focused laptop with a 8th Gen Core i7 clocked at 4.1 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max and 16GBs of DDR4 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 leading brand for gaming and video/graphics editing with Windows 10 OS.

Premium Dell XPS

Dell XPS 2019

The Dell XPS 13 touch is a great ultra portable 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 8th 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 Spectre or something more capable and powerful like an HP EliteBook 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.

Premium HP Spectre X360

Premium 2019 HP Spectre

This is a 13.3 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 Quad-Core Intel Core i7 along with 8 gigs of RAM and Intel UHD 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 around 1000 dollars in 2020, it is an ideal laptop for an average user. It has Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 ports for faster data access over the cable.

HP Envy 13-inch Laptop

HP Envy 13 Inch

Here is another famous model from HP suitable for the people love stylish and powerful laptop for reasonable price.  Starting at under 900 dollars, this is a great 8th Gen i7 Processor laptop you can get in the market. 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 i7 processor clocked at 1.8 -4.0 GHz. With 8 GBs of RAM to and a full HD touch screen and 256GB SSD, 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 GV62 8RD-200

MSI GV62 8RD 200

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. Though you can find much better MSI laptops online than this particular model, but we decided to mention here because of the price and great configuration. This beast comes equipped 16GB Optane Memory+1TB HDD and a nice steelseries Red backlit keys you are going to love them. Then there are the specs: Intel Core i5 8th gen processor and NVIDIA GTX 1050Yi with 4GB GDDR5 display RAM 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 Optane memory, the 1TB HDD and the 15.6 inch 1080p display, and you’ve got yourself one of the greatest gaming laptops out there.

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

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 that you can go to when you want to quench your different needs, whether it be editing, gaming or just everyday tasks.

Other Laptop Brands to Consider in 2020


If you are missing IBM laptops, then this is for you. Lenovo make solid and long lasting laptops. Their models are famous for business and rough use. You will not get much fancy add-on with their laptops, but worth for normal usage at home and office. Their few series/models target gaming and graphics hungry applications. ThinkPad is one of the famous model for Lenovo.


These guys are better than MSI to make dedicated gaming laptops. MSI has several models and ranges to satisfy all computer users, but Razer targets only PC gaming users with their stunning hardware configuration, build quality and add-ons for gamers. Super smooth laptops to use Windows OS and graphics, animation programs.


Another brand has various models for every user on the planet. With the high durability and affordability, you have the option to select the correct model from ASUS. Gaming, light usage and heavy usage - everything can be met by ASUS.


If you are looking for a high end laptop with the better price than any other laptop brands, you will get it in Acer. They are famous in putting maximum hardware configuration inside the laptop for the money you pay. You may not expect fancy stuff and high build quality to add weight on the price from Acer since they give real value for your money.


They are smart. They know how Windows OS works, hence they build their own laptop to boost the Windows performance. The Surface Pro series is a great success as 2-in-1 laptop and major competitor for Mac books and iPad Pro.  One of the powerful and stylish 2-in-1 Windows OS laptop you can get in the market. You must consider Microsoft as a leading competitor in the laptop market.

With that, you would be knowing the famous and best laptop brands in the market. When you do the research, it is highly recommended to check and compare the laptops in every brand that match  your requirement, budget and provide warranty at your location.

Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

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