If you’re a millennial, you probably remember powering up your desktop and boasting about your processor speed to your classmates. Today, most of your digital work and browsing is done on your smartphone. We play games, read, watch, listen to and interact on the rectangular piece of glass that fits into our pockets and bags.
However, despite the ever-improving smartphones, the humble laptop still plays an integral role in our lives, whether it’s for work, school or fun. There’s nothing like a physical keyboard to get those creative juices running, and luckily for us, most of the awesome features of smartphones and tablets, have made their way into today’s hybrid laptops, that are constantly becoming more powerful, affordable and versatile.
Here are six laptops to consider upgrading to this year:
1- Huawei MateBook X Pro
Huawei’s prominence in the smartphone market has been unmatched in the past few years, recording impressive growth in sales as all other manufacturers plateau or see their share of their market take a nosedive. The Huawei MateBook proves that the innovation and trailblazing Chinese manufacturer has shown in the mobile device industry, has been able to translate in the laptop market as well.
The Huawei MateBook X Pro combines form and function with spot-on style, delivering an incredibly capable hardware in a design that’s comparable to Apple’s MacBook range when it comes to look and feel, with all the versatility of Windows 10.
If you want a device that’s as gorgeous as a MacBook, but uses Windows to give you more software options and compatibility, then this laptop is one for your wish list.
2- Apple MacBook Pro
In a simple statement, Apple’s latest MacBook Pro with touch bar is the best laptop Apple has ever made. Despite still excluding touch screens from their offering, Apple’s touch bar has replaced the function keys most other laptops still rely on, and it’s a wonder once you get used to it.
The 13.3" MacBook pro boasts an Intel Core i5 CPU partnered with 8GB of 2,133MHz RAM, an Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 GPU, and a 256GB SSD. All that coupled with the crisp 2,560 x 1,600 resolution Retina LED IPS display will make this the epitome of what Apple has to offer when it comes to laptops, and if you’re an Apple fan, this upgrade is definitely worth it.
3- Asus Rog ZEPHYRUS S GX701
Gamers, this one’s for you. If your machine will be your go-to for gaming, then the Asus Rog ZEPHYRUS S GX701 is the best laptop you can game on in 2019.
This laptop’s specs include a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card, a supercharged Intel Core i7–8750H CPU capable of running up to 4.1GHz and a 24GB stack of DDR4 RAM.
All that beast packed into a gorgeous, thin metal chassis, means that for a portable machine, the ZEPHYRUS S GX701 has a bonafide AAA gaming performance level that has beat all benchmarks in that regard.
4- Dell XPS 13
If you’re machine isn’t just for gaming, but you need more versatile and creative options, then the Dell XPS 13 is just the hybrid laptop you might want to add to your collection.
This affordable, yet premium 2-in-1 appeals to creatives of all sorts that are looking to both work and play hard on a device that can go the extra mile and work under any circumstance, whether the keyboard is attached, or popped off the screen to use as a tablet.
5- Samsung Notebook 9
Samsung’s devices are always a solid option, and this year’s Samsung Notebook 9 packs into the sleek chassis all the premium functionalities Samsung has become known for over the years, and in an affordable price range.
A keyboard, a touchpad, a touchscreen and a stylus come with this powerful laptop, making it the best example of Apple’s design and form factor, combined with the functionality of a Windows 2-in-1 machine.
6- Google Pixelbook
Often overlooked in the laptop game, Google’s Chromebooks running Chrome OS are often an afterthought in the Mac vs Windows ageless rivalry. However, in the past few years, Chromebooks have broken out from the classroom-only stereotype, and showed that even power-users have more to get from Chrome OS-powered machines beyond the astonishingly affordable price and unparalleled speed.
The best-selling point for the Pixelbook is that it can run Android apps natively, apart from Chrome OS apps. This means mobile apps like Instagram and other apps without a full desktop version will run perfectly on your Chromebook. Add to that the huge amount of storage space, impressive stylus and built-in Google Assistant, you arguably get the best Chromebook of 2019, combining the best of Android, and Chrome, in one beautifully built device.
The great thing about technology and laptops in this case is that there’s something for everybody with whatever budget, operating system, performance, and versatility that suits your needs. And these are just some of the best, hyped-up and powerful laptops on the market that you can get your hands on this year.