A good laptop is a tool most of us need, or at least want. Be it for business or personal fun, it can save the day and make computing that much easier to do everywhere.
But which one to buy? Size, weight, and brand- everyone has their reasons for choosing what works for them.
If you are someone who simply likes to go for the best, check out this list of 10 best laptops of 2016, as rated by sources such as Consumer Reports, CNET, and Laptopmag.com.
Here it is:
1) Vaio Flip Z / Vaio Z
The Vaio Flip Z and the Vaio Z top the list of most recommended laptops at Consumers Reports.com.
These two come in at the upper end of laptops, running over $2000 CAN each. Is it worth it? Depends.
These are thin, lightweight laptops known for providing exceptional performance, a crisp high resolution screen, and a stylish look.
The major drawback seems to be a not-as-impressive battery life, and occasional loud whirring of the cooling fan, within.
Vaio Flip Z: 320GB hard drive, 8GB RAM
Vaio Z: 256GB hard drive, 8GB RAM
2) Dell XPS 13
This one is also pricey. Dell’s highly rated laptop comes with an Intel Core i7, and 8GB of RAM as well as 256GB of storage space, so you could say it’s worth it.
It has an extremely high resolution touchscreen (3,200x1,800-pixel), a Windows 10 operating system and an aluminum, gold-colored outer shell.
3) Apple MacBook 12-inch
And, back to Apple. MacBook no longer tops the charts as the go-to best laptop around, but it’s still holding ground. These machines get a higher rating than both Dell and Vaio on CNET (but lower on Consumer Reports), and are priced just a notch lower.
A major drawback to these laptops is the limited single USB-C port they have, and no separate power, video, and data ports. Also, a shallow keyboard is said to be tricky for extended typing.
The base model comes with a Core m3 and 256GB of storage, and the step-up version, an Intel Core m5 processor and 512GB of storage.
It’s available in silver, gold and rose gold.
4) Lenovo ThinkPad X260
Laptopmag.com gives this trusty computer 4 out of 5 stars. Why? It comes with an ‘epic battery life’, it’s lightweight and reliable.
Con: the fact that the display isn’t so bright. But does it matter when the price is low(ish), it has multiple ports, 8 GB of RAM which is upgradable to 16GB, and a 256 GB hard drive?
It comes in black-not so stylish, but gets the job done for less.
5) Microsoft Surface Book
Microsoft’s Surface Book is a thin laptop/tablet hybrid that comes with new Intel processors, optional Nvidia graphics, a stylus pen, and an attractive high resolution screen.
The device has a detachable 13.5“ display that can be used as a tablet, on its own. Powered by Windows 10 Pro, this laptop comes with a 6th Gen Intel Core i5, 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. You can upgrade to 512 GB, but it’ll cost you more than $1000 more.
Survey says? A superior product with powerful performance.
6) The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga
This device tops CNET’s list of best overall laptops of 2016. With an exceptional OLED display, a fantastic keyboard and a stylus, it’ll run you upwards of $3000 in Canada.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga comes with a 14-inch, 2560 x 1440 OLED touch display, a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6600U, 256 GB of storage, 16GB RAM, wireless and Bluetooth networking and runs on Microsoft Windows 10 Pro.
7) Asus ZenBook Flip
This device, like the Surface Book, is also a two-in-one. The Asus ZenBook Flip is a laptop/tablet with a longer battery life-10hrs- than many hybrids.
It hosts no fan, and so remains quiet, a plus for those who dislike the white noise of laptops.
It has a 13-inch 1080p touch screen display and comes in aluminum with multiple ports, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
If you prefer something with less storage there’s the same computer for a cheaper price with 256GB SSD.
8) MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display
The MacBook Pro 13 inch laptop gets an 8.5 out of 10 from CNET. With its Force Touch technology, faster memory and extended battery life, it's a good one.
The cons touch on the fact that the updates made to this laptop, building on the older version, make only a small difference and other laptops of comparison are lighter and thinner, with more ease of use.
It comes with USB 3.0 ports, VGA and HDMI output, a pressure-sensing Force Touch trackpad, 10 hours of battery life, 128GB of storage and 8GB RAM, running on the OS X Yosemite operating system.
9) HP Spectre
This extra thin laptop gets top marks in reviews as one of the best small laptops around.
The cons include a weaker battery life, an iffy touchpad, no touch screen and the fact that it heats up too much, too often.
On the plus side, it’s the slimmest laptop around, it’s stylish, has a good keyboard and performs very well, while sporting a colorful display. You get 256 GB storage, and 8 GB RAM and it runs on Windows 10 Home.
10) Asus VivoBook E403SA
The Asus VivoBook E403SA is rated as a top laptop under $500 by laptopmag.com. With 4 GB of memory and 128 GB SSD storage, it’s smaller than other laptops but does the job.
A great battery life, a sharp 1080p display and a light design mean that you could possibly get all that you’re looking for, for a lot less.
It has HDMI, USB 3.0 and USB Type-C ports, a headphone jack, security lock slot, a USB 2.0 port and an SD memory reader. Good to go.
Good luck with your choice and happy computing.