It’s the dawn of the smartphones, tablets, minis, and phablets. Everybody everywhere has his head down, multitasking, tapping away on their mobiles like there’s no tomorrow. Still, if the era of Candy Crush and the insufferable Flappy Bird has taught us anything, it’s that mobile devices can only do so much. When you need a heavy duty gadget, it’s time to bring out the big-or not so big-guns. Laptops are still in and will never go out of style, and in our opinion, these are the best laptops that dominate 2014.
Acer Aspire s7-392-6411
Thin and light yet built to last, the Acer Aspire s7-392-6411 boasts of its eight and a half hours of battery life. Easy to carry when on the daily commute, its half an inch thickness packs quite a punch with its 4th generation Intel Core processor and 1080p HD display. It is one of the 2014 new laptops that’s actually worth every penny, despite the approximately $1,500.00 you need to shell out for this baby. It might be on the expensive side, but it’s a sweet deal that you can be proud of and still do the heavy lifting with Windows 8. This touch ultrabook utilizes Gorilla Glass on its touch screen, and has two 3.0 USB ports, which is such a shame because you might want to use one for an external drive, leaving you with only one left for other USB devices. It also has 8GB of memory coupled with two 64GB adding up to 128GB-a tad less space compared to its other competitors in the market. Still, with all its pros outweighing its cons, the Acer Aspire s7-392-6411 is PCMag.com’s Editor’s Choice.
Lenovo Ideapad u430 Touch
If you want a top Lenovo laptop for 2014 but need to cut back on the spending, the Lenovo Ideapad u430 Touch comes to the rescue. Elegantly designed in all aluminum, it’s easy on the eyes and light on the wallet. The 14-inch display has 1600 x 900 pixels and a 10-point touch screen for your viewing pleasure, but the angles are a bit narrow-you might have to adjust your screen a little to make the most out of what you’re watching. As for the sounds, its Dolby Home Theater v4 enhances the stereo speakers. It also takes pride in its intuitive voice control, 4GB DDR3 RAM, and 500GB solid-state hybrid drive. It is rated as the Best Mainstream Laptop. The only drawback is the mediocre webcam, which, despite its 720p feature, still takes pixelated pictures. But for $700, it’s definitely a steal.
Dell XPS 12
Of Dell’s best laptops for the year, the XPS 12 is a unique hybrid that can go for a whopping 9 hours on the road for $1,199.00. The strong performance is matched only by its classy flip design that enables users to switch from laptop mode to tablet mode in a jiffy. But because it’s a hybrid, it’s significantly heavier than an actual tablet, and lacks some of the staples of its competitor laptops in the market. For instance, it lacks an SD Card slot and only has about 128GB of hard drive storage. Its selling point though is really its long battery life, as well as its 12.5-inch capacitive touch screen enforced with Gorilla Glass and its 1920 x 1080 display. Dell’s onboard touchpad management software also allows the user to use four-finger gestures built for Windows 8. For a hybrid model, it certainly has a lot to offer for its tech-savvy users who want both a tablet and a laptop in one sexy gadget. Find out more about the Dell XPS 12.
Experiencing the magic of the Asus N550JV means owning the best multimedia laptop of 2014. The quad speaker system, full 1920 x 1080 HD, and Nvidia GeForce GT 750M processors make it essential for all your multimedia needs without going over your budget. Sadly, its battery life of only about 5 hours pales in comparison to the other laptops out there. But if you’re hardly ever going to take it out and just need to use it for your multimedia, the battery life is more than enough. It also has an arsenal of connectivity ports for HDMI, three USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, and a DVD Multi recorder drive. Overall, it’s very impressive for just a thousand bucks. Here are the specs of the Asus N550JV.
Sleek, unique, and definitely out of this world, the Alienware 17 is all about the swag. The aesthetics of the new powerhouse comes with its trademark alien insignia and a sexy black design with running lights. As the best gaming laptop today, it has the epic performance of Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M and 4GB video memory for all those high-end and fast-paced games for the hardcore. The dazzling display of the 17.3-inch anti-glare screen brings vivid images that are as real as they can get. It also has a programmable touchpad with multi-touch gestures, perfect for the variety of controls you’re going to need. Of course, all these top-shelf features don’t come cheap-the Alienware 17 comes at a hefty $1,499.00 up to $2,799.00 price when configured. It also weighs in at 9.2 lbs., so you won’t be carrying it around too much. It’s a good thing that you won’t have to unplug it for too long because it only lasts about 4 hours on battery. But when you’re blasting your way through hordes of demons or fighting off explosions in an all-out zombie war, you’re going to want to stay put. The Alienware 17 takes laptop gaming to a whole new level.