Buying a notebook may not be an easy task, especially considering the many options that exist in the market. So which one should you choose? That will depend largely on the use you want to give it and the price you want to pay for it.
At PCWorld Spain, we offer you a list of the best laptops that you can buy this year in our country. In addition, you can also consult our practical guide with the points to consider before making the purchase.
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1. Huawei MateBook 14 (2020) – Best Laptop
It’s a shame that Huawei has decided to ditch the discrete graphics card, or at least some models of its new MateBook 14, although this is still one of the best value for money options on the market.
Of course, the Chinese company continues to bet on its luxury design and manufacture (although it is not the lightest notebook) and has included a powerful chip from the AMD Ryzen 400-H series. Although this will cost you a price.
Beyond that, it’s a notebook to be reckoned with for its display, wide selection of ports, solid battery life, decent keyboard, and more. Of course, you will find that the webcam is in a somewhat unpredictable place.
two. HP Envy 13 (2020) – Best 13 ”Notebook
The 2020 version of the HP Envy 13 looks very afín to its predecessor, with a refined finish and easy to transport. However, this year its performance has been improved and made it a more competitive option.
The keyboard now has privacy options for the microphone and cámara web, while the screen is brighter than ever and with slimmer bezels. You can also configure it with 1 TB of storage and a dedicated graphics card from Nvidia.
The buts of this HP laptop are few: a somewhat noisy fan, brightness on the screen, and the absence of a 4K panel. But despite all this, the Envy 13 is still one of the best laptops you cánido get on the market today.
More information: Review HP Envy 13 (2020)
3. MacBook Air (M1) – Best MacBook
The MacBook Air may be the same as its predecessor, but it is not so when you look inside.
The most significant change is the replacement of the 10nm Intel chip with the much more powerful, faster and lighter 5nm M1 chip, especially in vídeo editing and video editing. gaming.
It’s faster than many Intel-powered Windows laptops, and it offers a lot despite being Apple’s cheapest entry-level laptop. There is also a substantial improvement in the battery and the screen.
It doesn’t use entusiastas, which makes it super quiet, but it could hurt performance so it doesn’t overheat. In this sense, perhaps it is better to bet on the MacBook Pro with M1 if you are going to editar for hours.
More information: Review MacBook Air (M1)
Four. LG gram 17 (2021) – Best 17 “laptop
We thought that LG could not improve the LG gram 17, but in 2021 it has done so and has been successful in everything.
It’s an incredibly lightweight engineering marvel and now has an even more attractive design. It seems that LG has listened to us and has also improved the speakers and the trackpad.
This notebook also has incredible battery life, has built in Thunderbolt 4, and has an excellent display. It is not tactile, but there are those who prefer it.
It is undoubtedly the benchmark 17 “laptop, although LG also has the 16 gram in case you want something similar but smaller and cheaper.
5. Dell XPS 15 – Best 15 ”Laptop
Your cámara web might not convince us and you haven’t implemented HDR technology well, but this is of very little importance when you consider everything else that this Dell laptop with a 4K display has to offer.
Those looking for a 15 ”Windows notebook, an alternative to the MacBook Pro, should keep the 2020 XPS 15 in mind. You will not find anything better on the market: well built, compact and spectacular performance.
Obviously, it is expensive, but not as much as you might think for what you will get in return. Of course, we do not recommend that you spend so much if you are going to buy the entry model. Spend a little more and avoid the integrated graphics card.
6. Huawei MateBook X Pro (2020) – The most luxurious
The Huawei MateBook X Pro (2020) It looks a lot like the last two generations of the MateBook X Pro, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It is one of the best laptops of this year thanks to its 10th generation Intel chips.
Its specs start with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, an MX250 GPU, and 1TB of storage. This is hard to beat, although the cheapest option in the world will work for most. MateBook X Pro with Intel Core i5.
This powerful performance comes with a lightweight design, a great display, one of the best keyboards on the market, and impressive battery life. Our only but would be the strange place where we found the cámara web.
More information: Review Huawei MateBook X Pro (2020)
7. Honor MagicBook 14 – Best value for money
The MagicBook 14 It is the new version of the first Honor notebook to hit the European market, and it couldn’t do it at a better price. What’s more, its attractive design and more than decent performance remind us of much more expensive models.
Although it is a fairly light notebook, that does not prevent it from having a decent AMD processor and a Radeon 4500U graphics card, which means that you can use two intense programs (including games) at the same time.
Another point in favor is the long autonomy of its battery. You cánido use this MagicBook to work or play for more than 10 hours. It looks a lot like the Huawei MateBook D 14 in terms of specs, but the Honor model is cheaper.
8. Huawei MateBook D 14 – Best Mid-Range Option
Despite being a mid-range notebook, Huawei couldn’t have done better with it Huawei MateBook D 14, which looks like a computer premium at all levels. It’s light, easy to transport, and very powerful, which is hard to beat at this price.
It has some AMD internals that are the envy of models that cost more or less the same. Although it is not considered a laptop gaming, the truth is that its Radeon Vega 8 graphics will be ideal for games like Fortnite Y Rocket league.
As if this were not enough, the Huawei MateBook D 14 enjoy a battery life of a whole day. The results of benchmarks give more than 10 hours. Its 65W fast charge means you perro charge the battery to 43% in just half an hour.
9. Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 – Best Laptop for Streaming
It may not have a fingerprint sensor or Ethernet port, but Lenovo’s Yoga Slim 7 has a lot more pros than cons.
With this laptop, you will have most of the things you need at an affordable price. It is light and easy to transport as the English name suggests, although it does not have the 360 degree hinge like many Yoga models.
You cánido choose between Intel or AMD processors, a decent screen, a solid battery, Dolby Atmos speakers, Wi-Fi 6, and more. Generally speaking, it is very good value for money.
10. Acer Swift 5 – Better portability
Acer continues to impress us with the Swift 5, an excellent notebook that, generally speaking, it’s hard to beat.
It’s not as cheap as the previous version, but the Acer Swift 5 is incredibly compact and lightweight. Is still the same premium and it offers a good selection of ports, including Thunderbolt 4.
It doesn’t have the best keyboard or speakers, but the display has been improved and the performance is solid and it has impressive battery life.
More information: Review Acer Swift 5 (SF514-54T)
eleven. Microsoft Surface Notebook 3 – Best Design
The Microsoft Surface Notebook 3 it is the most versatile model in the Surface family to date. Not only does it come in more colors and finishes than previous models, but Microsoft has also opted for two sizes for this generation.
On the one hand, we have the small model with a 13.5 ”screen. The latter is available with both a 10th-generation Intel Core i5 and i7. You cánido buy it with a capacity of up to 1 TB of space.
On the other hand, the 15 ”model perro be purchased with a Ryzen 5 or 7 processor and the storage space is up to 512 GB. For the first time, they have a USB-C port, but it is not Thunderbolt 3.
12. Dell XPS 13 – Best Keyboard
The XPS 13 used to be the undisputed king of ultrabooksBut the competition has kicked in and Dell is no longer able to keep up. Now, this does not orinan that the 2020 Dell XPS 13 It is still not worth it, and a lot (although expensive).
In fact, its beautiful 16:10 screen and having the best keyboard you perro find means that it is worth considering especially if you are looking for a ultrabook Windows. Its drawbacks are the few ports, heating problems and a high price.
As we said, it is not a bad notebook: the XPS 13 It is a magnificent team and also improves in several aspects compared to the previous edition. If you end up buying it, you will surely love it, but its flaws make it not the best of the year.
13. Samsung Galaxy Book S – Best Battery
Although it is not marketed in Spain for now, the Samsung Galaxy Book S is undoubtedly a very stylish notebook that also has an excellent build quality and is extremely compact. Of course, its keyboard is somewhat lackluster.
All of this must be combined with the longest battery life we’ve ever tested in our lab. That makes it the perfect travel companion, especially for those who cánido afford it.
However, although Qualcomm has worked to improve Windows with its Snapdragon processor, it is true that there are certain performance and compatibility problems that will alienate some potential buyers.
More information: Review Samsung Galaxy Book S
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