Top 10 laptops
The first thing you need to consider is what you need in the laptop. Are you looking for something to compete on the gaming grid? Then a discrete graphics card and big screen are necessary components in the laptop you choose. Are you on a limited budget? Then be on the lookout for a anything under $500 that offers at least a Core i3 CPU and 4GB of memory. If a business system is what you need, then security measures like a fingerprint reader and a TPM module are must-haves. For those who spend a lot of time on the road, then an ultrabook or an ultraportable will keep back and shoulder strain to a minimum. For those who need a system meant for watching movies, a Blu-ray player is a must-need feature.
The editors of PCMag.com test hundreds of systems each year to help you find the best laptop. There are a lot of laptops out there, from the large-screen desktop replacements to the lightweight ultraportables, and even netbooks, but all share common features. In this story, we help you narrow your choices by collecting the top 10 laptops on the market today.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
The newly redesigned MacBook Pro with Retina Display combines an amazing screen with just enough of the MacBook Air design to feel like a new animal, and to take its place as the best of the current MacBook breed.
Price: $2,089.99 - $2,199.00
Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, Summer 2012)
This year's MacBook Air opts for gradual improvements rather than anything revolutionary, but lowered prices continue to make it the go-to mainstream recommendation for any MacBook owner-to-be.
Price: $1,139.00 - $1,199.00
HP Folio 13
The HP Folio 13 is the best of the bunch in terms of performance, price, and ergonomics, provided you can live with a less-than-razor-thin design. This laptop is targeted at small businesses but it's really for anyone who wants a reliable ultrabook that isn't a MacBook Air.
As Reviewed: $899.99
Similar Model Starting at: $699.99
Samsung Series 7 Gamer
Price: $1,808.76 - $1,908.99
Dell Inspiron 14z (June 2012)
Eurocom Leopard 2.0
Fueled by an AMD CrossfireX graphics solution and an Intel Extreme Edition processor, the Eurocom Leopard 2.0 puts up some of the highest laptop performance scores we've seen.
Price: $3,606 direct
Price: $3,606 direct
Toshiba Portege R835-P88
$799.99 at TigerDirect The Toshiba Portege R835-P88 shows that an ultraportable can still kick ultrabook butt.
Price: $4,529 direct
HP Envy 17 (2012)
Price: $1,484.99 direct
HP EliteBook 8560w
processing, ISV-certified graphics, and a laundry list of top-notch features.
Price: $1,579 direct