Laptops are as plentiful as automobiles. And like cars, you’ll choose a “lemon” when you don’t know what to look for. There’s much to choose from; so knowing what you need is as important as knowing what to avoid. Listing the top 5 laptops of 2014 will simplify your PC shopping experience.
Best Gaming Laptop
Origin EON17-SLX (2014) $3676.34
- Powerful Intel Extreme Core i7-4930MX processor
- Dual NVidia GeForce GTX 780M graphics
- Spacious, speedy storage
- Powerful gaming laptop
Short battery life and an odd touch pad design and two weaknesses of The Origin EON17-SLX.
Best Business Laptop
Dell Latitude E7440 Touch $1949
This ultrabook comes highly recommended; there’s no negative to this piece of technology, except it’s a bit pricey. But you get your money’s worth:
- Ruggedized MIL-SPEC construction
- Bright, crisp 1080p screen
- Good SSD capacity
- Dual pointing devices
- Removable battery
- Three USB 3.0 ports (HDMI, Ethernet and mini-Display port)
- Compatible with wired and WiGig wireless docks
- 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0
The Latitude E7440 business ultrabook offers a nice mix of premium features, good performance, excellent battery life, and compatibility with other E-series Latitude laptops from Dell.
Best general purpose Laptop
Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch $789
- Excellent battery life
- Backlit keyboard
- Ethernet port
- HDMI port
- 1,600 x 900 resolution screen
Consumers should note that the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch comes with third party software pre-loaded, and it has low maximum speaker volume.
Best Budge-friendly Laptop(s)
Asus Transformer Book T100TA (64 GB) $399
- Under $400
- Windows 8.1 hybrid tablet
- Runs all Windows programs
- 11 hours battery life
- Micro-USB recharging
- 1TB of cloud storage (for a year)
- 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi
- Full Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013
- Keyboard with trackpad and USB port is included.
Consumer Note: It has only 2GB of system memory; sensitive trackpad; only 31GB of free space on SSD; smaller than standard keyboard; and slow recharge.
HP Chromebook 11 (Verizon LTE) $299
- 4G LTE capability
- Sleek design
- Solid construction
- Bright in-plane switching (IPS)
- Mobile Internet connection that frees the Chromebook from the limitations of Wi-Fi
Keeping in mind “you get what you pay for”, the HP Chromebook has no extras, limited port selection, and LTE performance widely varies. On the other hand, it’s the best laptop in this budget range.
When choosing a laptop, it’s important to note what you need in a PC, what you can afford from your budget, and you should know what features should automatically come with a good, basic laptop. Higher retailed laptops are the ones loaded with premium features and user flexibility.