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Dell XPS 13 Laptop Review – A Look at Its Specifications and Features

Dell XPS 13
Review Of The Dell XPS 13 Laptop And Its Specifications

From its jaw-droppingly gorgeous 4K display to its powerful hardware and elegant design, the Dell XPS 13 9370 is the belle of the ball when it comes to Dell’s new and improved 2018 laptop lineup. With a robust lineup of internal hardware, featuring a hefty integrated GPU, a powerful new Intel processor, and a crystal-clear nearly bevel-less 4K display (with optional 180p mode), this ultrabook almost passes as a gaming laptop.

Moreover, in 1080 mode, the battery get a better-than-average performance at 12 hours per charge, and the ultra-portable mini giant offers a design that is elegant, slim, trim, and powerful at just 2.65 pounds and 0.46 inches thick. However the 4K model will set you back about $1700 to $1800 from the Amazon, and there are many more powerful laptops at that price range.

Plus, in the 4K mode, the battery drops to 8 hours, and there are no USB type-A ports to support legacy peripherals. It is difficult to imagine many gamers squinting at a 13.3-in screen (no matter how pixel-rich) in the middle of all the online action.

Nevertheless, this is a super sexy offering may be the closest Dell has even been to matching the power and elegance of the mighty Apple fleet of highly used and loved hardware, and it is also certainly a contender for the best ultra-thin laptop of 2019.

Dell XPS 13 Specs and Info Similar to MacBook Pro

Dell XPS 13 9360 Ultrabook Laptop 8th Gen Intel i7-8550U13.3" QHD+...
  • New 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U Processor Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.0 GHz)
  • Display 13.3" QHD+ (3200 x 1800) InfinityEdge touch display
  • Windows 10 Professional 64bit operating system

Specification

Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64bit English
Processor
8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U Processor
Memory
16 GB
Hard Drive
1 TB SSD
Video Card
 Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
Display
 13.3” QHD+ (3200 x 1800) InfinityEdge touch display
Wireless
Wireless Killer 1535 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1
Primary Battery
60WHr Integrated Battery A/C Adapter 45W AC adapter

One look at the Dell XPS 13 9360 and 9370 line will tell you who Dell is taking aim at with their design. The price point, too, indicates the XPS 13 is made in the likeness of Apple’s MacBook Pro, which is a trend that has not been uncommon over the years (more on this below).

Moreover, words to describe the XPS 13 9370 like “refined,” “enlightened,” and “empowering” are usually reserved for machinery that is designed in Cupertino, California. And the Alpine White and gold design option for the XPS does look very Mac-like from a distance. However, Dell’s new offering, with near-bevel-less features, may offer some things that even the mighty MacBook does not.

Dell XPS 13 9360 Ultrabook Laptop 8th Gen Intel i7-8550U13.3' QHD+...

The first difference is that the XPS features a new 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8550U Processor, while the MacBook Pro has opted to stick with the Core i5. The second difference is the display, and while the MacBook features a native 2560-by-1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch, the XPS 9370 offers a 4k resolution.

There are similarities too, such as both laptops supporting USB-C (Thunderbolt) over USB-type A. We did note, however, that the XPS also offers a microSD card slot, which we like a lot. Still, it is a bit like comparing apple and oranges, as the chipsets and OSs are notoriously difficult to match up (though we did trace the XPS to the Intel 620 chipset and the Mac to the 640 and 650 version), and the MacBook Pro can make a perfectly good gaming and video editing unit (more on this below).

However, it is nice to know there is life out there beyond the MacBook line and that displays on the PC side can be just as bright and vibrant as the ones from Apple. Still, unable to escape the comparison, part of the XPS’s appeal comes from its newly available white and gold color scheme, although the tradition grey and black is still available as well. And, from a distance, the clean lines elegant details look very Mac-like, indeed.

Dell XPS 13 Design and Display

Dell XPS 13 XPS9343-8182SLV 13.3-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Core...

The model we are writing about has a lid and bottom made from gold-colored aluminum, while the deck and sides are comprised of woven crystalline silica fibers, which feels and looks as sophisticated as brushed titanium and adds to its lightweight and sleek aesthetic.

But the new XPS is about more than just looks, and, along with a beefy processor and one of the best laptop displays on the market, you will also get a better webcam and a new and improved cooling system that promises longer sustained performance.

However, as a compromise, Dell had to ditch to the better battery in the previous version of the laptop line, and replace it with 60W integrated version. Still, the new XPS sports a battery gauge with lighted diodes that still performs better than some of the other PC’s in its weight, like the HP's Spectre 13 and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Also, in dropping the USB-A slots, the XPS gain two Thunderbolt 3 ports, which can be used to charge the laptop or to connect high-speed peripherals. Although there is now no legacy support, it was a necessary event in order to maintain the slim design. One of the other major benefits of going with new Thunderbolt 3 ports is their included support for four-lane PCI connections, which allow for the use of eGPU's, transforming the XPS into a serious gaming machine.

Moreover, the 13.3-inch, Infinity Edge technology introduces some of the thinnest lines in the ultra-light laptop game, and the 3840 x 2160 (4K, Ultra HD) touchscreen actually feels bigger than it is as a result, boasting an impressive brightness, sharpness, and color-quality that is unmatched in 13-in ultrathin machines. According to techradar, the 4k display hit 130 percent of the sRGB color gamut (a bench test), while the ThinkPad X1 Carbon hit 104 and the Spectre 13 hit 111 percent.

Audio and Keyboard on the New XPS 13

Moving on to audio, the XPS 13 9370 boasts side-mounted speakers that produce loud, clear sound, though it is not sound that is as rich as it could be, and some complain that the percussion sound a little tinny. Although there are a few sound tools that Dell includes to allow you to mess around with the sound a bit, none of them seem to help much. We will note, though, that the sound from the XPS was louder than most laptops twice its size.

Moreover, the keyboard feels solid, though the keys are shallow and don’t feel as they depress completely due to the thinness of the ultrabook, however, typing is a breeze once you get used to the different feel. Also, the trackpad is refined and accurate, responsively allowing for easy navigation of the laptop OS (Windows 10) and its apps.

Dell XPS 13 Graphics and Heat

Dell XPS 13 Silver Edition Full HD InfinityEdge anti-glare Touchscreen...

And, thanks to our friends at TechRadar, we also found that, although the XPS is rated only for light gaming, you can lean pretty heavily on the new Core i7 thanks to dual fans, a proprietary thermal insulation, and dual heat pipes. Moreover, the XPS 9370 blew threw video transcoding tasks, and the 1TB PCIe SSD accepted almost 5GB of media in 13 seconds for the fastest rate in its class.

However, the Dell XPS 13 9370 generates its stunning 4K graphics using only an integrated Intel UHD 620 GPU, which is not recommended for gaming an or heavy graphics or video editing (you’ll need a decent e-GPU for that). Though testers did find that the XPS did ok with light video editing and playing some games at their lowest settings.

Handing most normal everyday tasks like streaming videos, word processing, and surfing the web produced snappy results and the processor stayed pleasantly cool and well in the range of acceptable heat. Also, compared to the HP Spectre 13, the battery last between two to four times longer.

Dell’s Top 5 Hardware Flops, Including the “Nose Cam”

Dell XPS 13 9370 13.3' FHD InfinityEdge - 8th Gen Intel Core i5 - 8GB...

All in all, everything is pretty positive for the new XPS 13; however, in their quest to invent a near bezel-less laptop display, Dell chose to move the webcam from the lower left corner of the bezel (an odd place to begin with) to the center bottom, instead of keeping it on top of the display, as most laptops do.

The result is what many refer to affectionately as the "nose cam" because of the fact that looks up at you no matter how the display is angled. And though the nickname is laughable, it is not the type of polished technology you would expect to find on a $2000 laptop. It seems Dell has had a history of making these kinds of assumptions and then rushing to the finish line of release day without first vetting the concept.

Some reviewers may say that this comes part and parcel with being America's second-largest PC vendor, but, with Dell, it seems like more of a trend than a misstep. And when Dell's tablet-laptop combo premiered in 2010, the public and media were abuzz about its potential duality, varied uses, and functionality.

The trouble was that when it was released, the 10.1-inch tablet was flimsy and came with a laughable battery and a price that punched far above its weight class. Needless to say, the Inspiron Duo had a short run.

Also, remember the DJ Ditty? Neither do most people. But this supposed “iPod Shuffle killer” was built as Dell’s response to the wildly successful Apple media consuming product and featured a 5GB of memory and an FM radio. Unfortunately, with no retail channels or media distribution chains, the Ditty went the way of the Dodo in 2006.

Next up, the Adamo was a hyped-up elegant, attractive, ultra-slim laptop with a giant screen and a portability to rival the MacBook Air. What consumers got was an anemic 1.3-GHz processor, a machine that could not be upgraded. The line was killed in 2011.

Configurations and Bottom Line

Dell is obviously hoping for a better outcome with the XPS 13 line, and, for the most part, the offering seems to have some legs. For one, it is elegant as heck, and, two, it comes in several configurations of with prices ranging from $1000 to over $2,000.

The base model of the 9370 has a 1080p full-HD non-touch screen, a Core i5-8250U CPU, 128 SSD, 4GB RAM, and comes with the option for the new white and gold design for an extra $50. The pimped-out model, reviewed here, costs from $2000 to $2,500 and comes with a 4K touchscreen, 16GB of RAM, and a new i7-8550U CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB PCIe SSD.

The bottom line here is that the Dell XPS 13 is a series of beautiful machines inside and out that has yet to find its identity, which may have been the downfall of the Dell Streak 5 and its smartphone venture in 2012. Of course, ultrabooks are all the rage now, and the XPS 13 9370 is armed to the teeth with great gear and a great looks.

However, the new XPS is in prime gaming laptop range, and you can’t play graphically intense games or perform aggressive graphics edits on it without attaching an addition eGPU via Thunderbolt. It is sort of the Achilles’ heel of this laptop – on the one hand, the stellar 4K graphic would make it an awesome gaming machine, but, on the other, it can’t quite get there on its own.

Moreover, it is far too expensive and pretty to be a family movie-streaming machine and doesn’t quite reach the MacBook Pro’s level of overall versatility (graphics editing, streaming, gaming, etc.). We also still have questions about that new heat system when the machine is put through the ringer. So, where does this elegant beast fit in?

We are not sure what the answer is. Hopefully, Dell has a plan because we’d hate to see this gorgeous design become the computer maker’s next short run.

The Best Asus Laptop Models in 2019: Hand Picked By The Experts

Asus Laptop
The Best Asus Laptop in 2019 Hand Picked By The Experts

Laptops have come a long way since the PC went compact - a very long way.

With the market featuring countless brands and an infinite selection of laptops that are built for everything from productivity to gaming to simply surfing the web, it can be a daunting task picking one that’s right for you.

This is where Taiwanese electronics giant, Asus, comes to your rescue.

Asus may not be the biggest fish in the ocean, but it certainly has been making some waves due to its sleek designs and a line of laptops that cater to your every need and meet you at your specific price point.

It may not be a MacBook, but it definitely is capable of offering you what Apple can, only at more affordable prices.

Are you game for an Asus laptop?

Great! Let’s take a look at 5 great Asus laptops that you should consider in 2018.

These are machines that have been designed to give you the best - performance wise, aesthetically, and of course, a sweet deal that won’t burn a big hole in your pocket.

The Best Asus Laptop for You

As mentioned, laptops come in all configurations, built for all sorts of uses. When looking for a laptop, you need to look for one that is specced to give you the best performance for the dominant type of tasks you will be using it for.

Although many are configured to blur the line between the tasks they are predominantly built for, a number of models have been optimized to excel in certain areas.

Others are even built to cut production costs so as to offer you an affordable laptop that is capable of delivering when it comes to functionality.

And because of that, we will be looking at the best Asus laptop for each category of use. This will help you pick the best Asus laptop for your needs.  

Let’s jump right to it then.

Best Budget Asus Laptop – Asus VivoBook Max


ASUS VivoBook Max X541UA-RH71 15.6-Inch Full HD Notebook (Intel...
  • Immersive multimedia laptop with full HD (1920x1080) Display and powerful Intel Core i7 Processor 2.5 GHz (Turbo to 3.1GHz)
  • Large capacity 1TB HDD with the latest DDR4 RAM (8GB)
  • Full-size one-piece chiclet keyboard with 2.3mm of key travel distance for comfortable typing

Not everyone has the money to splurge on a high-end laptop. But that doesn’t mean you should settle for a laptop mediocre laptop.

You should go for an Asus VivoBook Max.


One reason ASUS is making waves in the consumer laptop market is that makes some pretty affordable but highly functional and reliable machines – such as the subject of our current discussion.


The Asus VivoBook Max is a beautiful laptop, so much so you wouldn’t believe it’s a budget laptop. Although it comes with a plastic chassis, it looks like a metal casing from a distance. This is because the lid and the keyboard surround are made to look like brushed aluminum.


Upon opening the lid, the Asus VivoBook Max greets you with its brilliant 15.6-inch HD LED 1366 x 769 display. The screen is pretty impressive considering the VivoBook Max is a budget laptop.


You’ll also find a full-sized Chiclet keyboard and trackpad, both decent enough to satisfy the casual user, but nothing to write home about either.


For processing power, the Asus VivoBook Max comes with an Intel Pentium N4200 Quad-Core processor at 1.1 GHz with 2M cache (2.5 GHz overclocked) and 4GB DDR3L RAM. For a laptop in its class, these are very good specs that will help you complete most of your basic tasks such as word processing, web surfing, and even HD video streaming.


Overall, this is a great productivity laptop for students and basic office work as it can easily multi-task and has ample storage in the form of a 500GB hard disk drive.


And with a weight of 2.2 pounds, it easily makes for a laptop you can throw in your backpack so that you can do a bit of work on your commute.


One surprise music lovers will find pleasant is that the Asus VivoBook Max, despite its 1.1-inch slim profile, comes with an impressive set of Bang & Olufsen ICE power audio speakers. These are superior quality speakers that will afford you a great listening experience as you work.


If you are looking for a budget laptop, this is definitely the laptop you have to opt for as it gives you more than you pay for.

Best Business Laptop – ASUS Pro P2540UA-AB51


ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 business standard Laptop, 7th Gen Intel...
  • Strong combination of design and business productivity. Incredible battery life with up to 9 hours* to keep you working and productive all day.
  • Affordable price with the right amount of small business security and manageability. TPM security and fingerprint reader for additional security to keep files safe. Designed for the working professional with enterprise performance and superior reliability
  • 7th Gen Intel Core i5 7200U dual core with 8GB of RAM and 1TB 5400RPM HDD. Designed to be powerful, durable, and portable to keep professionals on the go with the security features for peace of mind.

Ready to get your productive juices flowing?


We all know that productivity is directly related to the performance of the equipment you use.


And if most of your work is done on a laptop, then the tool for you is the Asus Pro P25440UA-AB51.


One thing you’ll immediately notice about this Asus laptop is that it looks executive and ready for business with its brushed black body.

Under the hood, you’ll find an excellent 15.6-inch FHD display with anti-glare properties.


As for the engine that will drive your productivity, the Asus Pro P2540UA-AB51 comes with a very fast 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB of 5400RPM HDD. This is the perfect combination for a productivity powerhouse.


The Asus Pro is one laptop that is certainly a strong contender to upset the Lenovo Thinkpad in the best business laptop category. Sporting a lightweight profile, solid connectivity, and a very ergonomic keyboard, this is one laptop you’ll certainly enjoy working from, no matter the duration of your project.


One thing you’ll appreciate about the Asus P-Series is that it takes security seriously. One noteworthy point that proves that is the inclusion of a fingerprint reader on the device.


As for battery life, the Asus Pro comes with an excellent battery that will last 9 hours and 13 minutes, allowing you to polish up your presentation mid-flight.


The Asus P-Series is definitely a good choice if you are looking for a business laptop as it is configured to compete with some of the best in the category, yet at half the price.

If this sounds like the best laptop for you, then you need to be prepared to part with $750 – $800.

 

Now, that’s real value for money.

Best Gaming Laptop – Asus ROG Zephyrus


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ASUS GX501VS-XS71 ROG Zephyrus GX501 15.6” Full-HD 120Hz...
  • Ultra-thin and ultra-light with a thickness of only 0.7" (with the lid closed) and weighing only 4.9 lbs
  • Next-generation performance with GeForce GTX 1070 8GB with Max-Q design and Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz Processor (Turbo up to 3.8GHz). Windows 10 Pro. 120Hz Panel
  • Quiet and cool featuring ROG Active Aerodynamic System which improves airflow by 40% and reduces temperatures by 20% compared to conventional cooling. *Actual cooling performance varies due to system and environmental conditions

If you’re more into the pleasure side of laptops than the business side, you’ll definitely love the Asus ROG Zephyrus. This is not just the best Asus laptop dedicated to gaming, but it certainly ranks among the best gaming laptops on the market.


Before you picture a behemoth of a laptop that you have to lug around if you want to move with it, stop right there. The Asus ROG is a gaming laptop with many differences that set it apart from many other gaming laptops, and one of those differences is its thin profile.


In fact, it is one of the thinnest and lightest gaming laptops on the market.

What makes the ROG Zephyrus unique is the game-changing Nvidia Max-Q technology that helps power this gaming rig.


Max-Q is a powerful technology that helps gaming laptops become more efficient, thereby reducing energy lost in creating heat. This ultimately means the Asus ROG Zephyrus runs cooler than most gaming laptops and thus uses smaller fans, thus the thinner profile.


And because of the Max-Q, the Asus ROG Zephyrus is able to run powerful GPUs like the Nvidia GTX 1080, that would otherwise run the risk of overheating.


The Asus ROG Zephyrus is really a game changer when it comes to the way gaming laptops are designed, and the power they can carry.


From the outside, the Asus ROG Zephyrus may look like a fancy ultrabook, but don’t be fooled by its diminutive size (when placed next to other conventional gaming laptops). This is one case that really proves that dynamite does come in small packages.


Let’s just take a look at what this gaming laptop has to offer.


Although you can get the Asus ROG Zephyrus in different configurations, I would suggest you get a model with a 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 2.8GHz, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. As for the GPU, it’ll definitely come with the top of the range Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 with the innovative Max-Q Design and 8GB of VRAM.


You’ll definitely be hard pressed to find a gaming laptop of this caliber. This is one gaming laptop that was definitely designed to blow you away with its superb performance and graphics.


The only disappointment with the Asus ROG Zephyrus is the battery that will only last you a little over 2-hours. But given that it is the one component that is literally overworked in the system, we can cut it some slack – as we wait for  Asus to come up with a better solution.


For such gaming power, you’d expect Asus to price this rig in the stratosphere as with other powerful gaming laptops, but no.


The Asus ROG Zephyrus retails from $1,950.00 to $2000.


For a gaming laptop of its caliber, that is pretty cheap.

Best Video Editing Laptop – ASUS VivoBook S 510


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ASUS VivoBook S Ultra Thin and Portable Laptop, Intel Core i7-8550U...
  • 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) WideView color-rich display;Webcam : VGA Camera
  • High performance 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD storage combo; 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • Slim 14.2" wide, 0.7" thin; 0.3" ASUS NanoEdge bezel with 80% screen-to-body ratio

If you are looking for a great laptop for your content creation but don’t want to spend on a MacBook Pro, the Asus VivoBook S 510 is exactly the laptop for you.


From the casing to the screen to performance, this is one laptop that was designed to impress. You certainly won’t feel out of place sitting in a room full of Mac users.


When you open the lid, you will immediately be hit by the 0.3-inch NanoEdge bezel that gives it an 80% screen to body ratio. When you put it next to other laptops, it makes them look like dinosaurs. The screen itself is a 15.6-inch full HD display that will easily afford you a 178-degree viewing angle.


And if you are a creative, you know there are many instances where you’ll have to do some work on the fly. This is where you’ll appreciate the slim 0.7 profile and 3.7-pound weight.


For the heavy video editing software that you use on a daily basis, the Asus VivoBook S 510 will easily take them in stride with its Intel Core i7 processor 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and 128GB M.2 SSD + 1TB HDD.


And for those late night projects, the ergonomic keyboard is backlit, making it easy to beat looming deadlines.


With this machine at your fingertips, you definitely won’t envy Mac users – it will give you excellent performance at a fraction of the cost.

Best Overall Asus Laptop – The ASUS F556


ASUS F556UA-AB54-BL 15.6" FHD, Thin and Light Laptop, Intel Core i5,...
  • Powerful 15.6" Full HD laptop with latest 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 2.5 GHz (Turbo up to 3.1GHz)
  • Thin and light design for superior portability weighing only 5.1 lbs. and 1" thin profile
  • Fast memory and storage for superior boot times and multitasking. Equipped with 256GB SSD and 8GB DDR4 RAM

The ASUS F556 takes the cup for overall best Asus laptop for one reason – it has the perfect combination of beauty, power, and price.


The first thing that will strike you is its icicle-gold metallic frame and its impressively portable size – it measures 15 x 10.1 x 1 inches.


You’ll then be impressed by the 15.6-inch full HD display that features a blue light filter, which makes reading easier on your eyes as it diminishes blue light levels by up to 33 percent.


For superior performance, the Asus F556 packs a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, a 256GB solid-state drive, and 8GB of DDR4 RAM. This will allow you fast boot up times and easy multi-tasking without suffering from any lag.


When it comes to connectivity, the Asus F556 has one of the best configurations you can find on a laptop with USB 3.0 Type-C, HDMI, and VGA ports, a 3-in-1 card reader and much more.


The Asus F556 comes with an advanced Li-Polymer battery that is capable of delivering up to 700 charge cycles, more than twice what you get from a Li-ion battery.


For the best overall Asus laptop, you’ll have to budget $650.00 to $700.


Money well spent if I may say so.

Product

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Dimensions

Rating

Price

ASUS VivoBook Max X541UA-RH71 15.6-Inch Full HD Notebook (Intel...

9.9" x 15" x 1.1"

ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 business standard Laptop, 7th Gen Intel...

10.1" x 15" x 0.9"

ASUS GX501VS-XS71  ROG Zephyrus GX501 15.6” Full-HD 120Hz...

15.6" x 10.3" x 0.7"

ASUS VivoBook S Ultra Thin and Portable Laptop, Intel Core i7-8550U...

14.2" x 9.6" x 0.7"

ASUS F556UA-AB54-BL 15.6' FHD, Thin and Light Laptop, Intel Core i5,...

10.1" x 15" x 1"

Ready to Go Shopping for an Asus Laptop?

With this fine list of the best Asus laptops, I’m sure you’ve probably found the best Asus laptop for yourself. These are all brilliant machines that will certainly provide you with great value for money.

And if you are looking for a laptop that is more specifically suited to your needs, Asus probably has what you are looking for. Their product line is so wide it accommodates everyone.

Go ahead, you can never go wrong with an Asus Laptop.

Chromebook vs Tablet – What Are the Pros and Cons of Each?

chromebook vs tablet

You may have seen a Chromebook and not realized that’s what it was. After all, it looks like a traditional laptop in its design, but the key difference is the way they’ve been developed to make connecting online easier to do. Not only that, but they are also highly portable as they are incredibly lightweight, and they’re inexpensive, too.

Instead of a traditional Windows operating system, it also runs the Chrome OS that was designed by Google. There’s a lot to be said about the Chromebook, and as a result of its usability, there is often a debate of Chromebook vs tablet. Which one is better for you?

Weight & Size

tablet and laptop

Chromebooks are designed to look like laptops, so guess what? They’re similar in size to traditional laptops with a weight being at least a few pounds. That may not sound like much up front, but if you’ve ever had to cart your laptop all day long, you know just how tiring it can be. Tablets tend to weigh less and be smaller than Chromebooks, so they are more portable when you compare the two. When it comes to portability, tablets are the clear winner here.

Chromebook

Pros

  • Familiar in size and weight

Cons

  • Heavier than a tablet

Tablet

Pros

  • Lighter and smaller

Cons

  • none

Display Screens

tablet and laptop

When you’re looking at Chromebooks, the screens are considerably larger than tablets. The resolution is usually 1366x768 as that is the standard. The only real exception to this display pixelation is the Chromebook Pixel, but it is pretty pricey comparatively speaking. Tablets have a much better screen, but it is due to the type of technology that is used today. The panels that are used on tablets are better, and a tablet has a 1080p resolution or better in most cases. Depending on your personal preferences, this could go either way. Chromebook vs tablet equals a tie on this one.

Chromebook

Pros

  • Larger screen

Cons

  • Mediocre picture quality

Tablet

Pros

  • High-resolution screens and better panels

Cons

  • Smaller screens

Battery Life

tablet and laptop

Chromebooks have been designed to be incredibly efficient considering the smaller size of battery that it uses compared to traditional laptops. Battery life will typically last approximately 8 hours when running video playback constantly. Even the latest Chromebooks only last up to about 10.5 hours. Tablets have also been designed to run efficiently on small batteries, but the lifespan of a charged battery can be considerably longer. There are tablets that will run for 8 hours, but there are also tablets that will give you video playback for up to 14 hours. Given the superiority of the length of time your battery will keep on going, you’d have to agree that tablets may just win here more often than the Chromebook will depend on the tablet.

Chromebook

Pros

  • Small yet efficient battery, 8 hours of battery life

Cons

  • Consistent battery life among Chromebooks

Tablet

Pros

  • Small yet efficient battery, 8-14 hours battery life

Cons

  • none

Methods for Input

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If you see a Chromebook, you know they look just like traditional laptops. With that in mind, you can probably guess that the typical input method is the classic keyboard along with a trackpad. That doesn’t mean you won’t find a touchscreen in the bunch because some models have that availability. Tablets are markedly different because they were designed to be touch-friendly and intuitive to that end. That makes tablets easy to use if you’re playing a game like Candy Crush or watching a video, but not so much if you need to type. On the other hand, there are options to add things like a Bluetooth keyboard to your device, but then that becomes a hassle. Not only do you need to carry extra items, but it also increases the overall cost for what you need. Since you can have everything you need in one convenient package with a Chromebook, you may well agree that a Chromebook is your best option here if that’s what you need.

Chromebook

Pros

  • Classic keyboard, easy input via typing

Cons

  • Not too many touch-screen options, but more are coming

Tablet

Pros

  • Touchscreen all the way

Cons

  • You need extras to do any lengthy input

Capacity for Storage

tablet and laptop

Have you heard of a solid-state drive? It’s a type of hard drive that will give you fast performance, but it isn’t usually made to hold a lot of data. Chromebooks rely on solid-state drives and are typically found in 16GB and 32GB configurations. This is because Chromebooks are designed for you to take advantage of cloud storage like Google Drive, Dropbox, or One Drive. This is very convenient, so you can access your information anywhere and everywhere so long as you have a wireless data connection. If you need to keep your data with you, all you need to do is connect an external USB hard drive, and you’re good to go. Tablets are also dependent on solid-state drives, but you’ll find plenty of them with storage capacity
upwards of 128GB, giving you tons of data space. You can sometimes access cloud storage, but it depends on your service provider, the model, and your operating system. You also may or may not be able to add extra memory by way of a microSD slot, so there is a possible lack of flexibility there. If storage capacity is important to you, but you need the functionality of a laptop, then the Chromebook is the way to go for sure. If you don’t care as much about the way it works and you just want something you can click on with your finger, then the tablet is the choice for you.

Chromebook

Pros

  • Easy to add extra storage, designed for cloud storage

Cons

  • Bulkier than a tablet, smaller solid-state drive

Tablet

Pros

  • Larger solid-state drive

Cons

  • Limited by ISP, model, OS, and may not be able to add storage space

Accessing the Web

tablet and laptop

You’ll need to think about how important it is for you to access a normal, full-size browser when you’re searching for something. A Chromebook will display a full interface for your web browsing. That means you’ll get the whole picture and full web capability from any site you visit instead of the mobile sites that you often see on tablets. In some cases, this is extremely useful because you won’t be limited in your browsing capacity. Tablets are entirely limited to mobile-optimized websites. You may have some instances where you can choose to view the full site, but in others, you’ll be stuck with the less than stellar mobile interface. If that doesn’t bother you, great. If it does, steer clear of a tablet. Anyone who has been stuck on a mobile-optimized website knows the headache of wishing it would transform into the full site. Because of web functionality alone, the Chromebook is apparently the better choice between the two.

Chromebook

Pros

  • Full web browsing capability

Cons

  • None

Tablet

Pros

  • None

Cons

  • Limitations to mobile-optimized sites

Overall Performance

tablet and laptop

Comparing performance between Chromebooks and tablets is not like comparing apples to apples. There is a vast range of differences between the hardware used in both that make some of them worlds apart from the other. Chromebooks use different processors that vary from laptop to laptop, so truly, you would need to compare the specs to each one. You may find one processor in one and another processor in a different one. As an example, the Chromebook from Acer has an Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-Core Processor inside while a Chromebook from HP has an Intel Core m3 processor. Tablets are similar in their performance assessment because they also come from a wide array of manufacturers and therefore have a range of different specifications, too. As just one example, the some of the Samsung tablets use a QUALCOMM processor, and a tablet from Asus uses a MediaTek hexa-core processor. Because this is tough to compare, you might say that they’ve reached a tie in performance assessment. After all, the only real way to compare then adequately is going to be to compare each one with its competing counterpart. In other words, if you’re undecided between an Acer Chromebook and a Samsung Tablet, look at the specs of each one to decide which one fits you better.

Chromebook

Pros

  • A variety of processing power

Cons

  • You’ll need to compare each one directly to each other or to each tablet

Tablet

Pros

  • A variety of processing power

Cons

  • You’ll need to compare the tablets directly against each other or the Chromebook specs

Available Software

tablet and laptop

The availability of software is growing on the Google platform, but there are still a limited number of apps that function efficiently inside of your Chromebook. The main reason for this is because of the operating system design – it was built around Chrome’s proprietary browser. Tablets, on the other hand, have a variety of apps available to them on the Android platform as well as the iOS platform. If you were to take a look at the app store on your tablet and compare it to the app store on your laptop, you would notice a significant difference in available choices.

Software is a touchy subject for some, especially since in the latest rendition of Chromebook, they’ve added an Android container that is supposed to mimic Android functionality. According to Google, your Chromebook can open almost any app, but you may find that what is friendly on a tablet screen may not work quite as well on a Chromebook. You might say that tablets have the upper hand on this one.

Chromebook

Pros

  • Feels and moves like a traditional laptop

Cons

  • Limited number of apps available on the Chrome OS platform

Tablet

Pros

  • Vast array of apps regardless of which app store you’re looking in

Cons

  • Can be limited by your OS (i.e. iOS compared to Android)

Expected Cost

tablet and laptop

The cost of a Chromebook and a tablet are remarkably similar with differences like technical specs making the price go up or down. Chromebooks can be found for under $200 and over $1200 depending on what you’re interested in. On the lower end, you’ll find Chromebooks with smaller solid-state drives and more inferior displays. On the higher end, you’ll find larger solid-state drives, better processors, and possibly more RAM depending on the model. Tablets cover quite a range, too. You can find inexpensive tablets like the 7” Kindle Fire for less than $ on one end of the spectrum and an Apple iPad Pro with a 12.9” display on the other end starting at $ and going up from there. Budget is always one of the biggest deal makers or breakers when you’re looking at a new electronic gadget or gizmo, and Chromebooks and tablets fall into that category. Before you start searching for your next device, set your budget and compare what lies within that dollar amount to make the best choice.

Chromebook

Pros

  • Generally affordable

Cons

  • Same basic configurations, differences lie in processor power and drive storage

Tablet

Pros

  • Range from affordable to those with larger budgets

Cons

  • You have to compare them individually based on features and tech specs

Overall Usability

tablet and laptop

When you compare Chromebook vs tablet, you’ll see that both of them have a lot of positives and negatives all the way around. They both fill different needs that people have. Some are more versatile than others, too.

As an example, the Chromebooks that are coming out more recently are made to be convertible, meaning they can fold in to become like a tablet as opposed to just having a touch screen. It’s a great innovation, but it still suffers from the same issues as before – larger screens, lower resolution, etc. Tablets, on the other hand, are always undergoing new functionalities that make them even more user- friendly. One look at the latest Apple iPad is just one example of how that’s working out as Apple has incorporated the use of Apple Pencil as an option. The overall usability of each of them is going to feel very different. This is one of those situations where you may be best suited to go into a store and actually hold one before making a choice so you know if you’ll be comfortable with your final decision.

Chromebook

Pros

  • Newer Chromebooks are very versatile

Cons

  • Still have lower resolutions than tablets, limited on apps, larger than tablets

Tablet

Pros

  • Always improving existing designs

Cons

  • Input methods like typing, the expense is suitable for features but not always usability

A Few Last Words

The experience is going to be different on both devices, so when you start to compare the Chromebook vs tablet, you’re going to get a variety of reactions. The Chromebook is superior in some ways, but tablets are at the top of their game in other ways. Really, it’s going to be about how you intend to use either one. Do you want to be able to hold onto the tablet or would you rather have an easy input method? You’ll also need to know how much you have to spend. If you have a larger budget, you may be better off going with a tablet if you intend to use it for viewing movies for extended periods of time. Alternatively, you’ll be better off with a Chromebook if you need to be able to have cloud access at all times. As you decide, remember to compare the individual devices to each other to arrive at an educated choice. If you do your homework, you’ll be happy with your decision.

How Laptop Works: Emphasizing Their Parts and Processes.

how laptop works

Many users become fixated on how their laptop works on a number of levels. On one hand, for a new user, admiring the closed laptop from afar, it might seem impossible that the laptop could engender any kind of visually appealing, informationally stimulating experience. Many beginner users wonder how their laptop works on a basic level, as they are unsure how to start using it out of the box. Some users can become obsessed with how their laptop works on a more abstract level. This includes the functioning of the hardware and software and how these interact with human input.

In this article, we provide a brief overview of the various ways in which a laptop works. First, we discuss how beginner users can get their device up and running, emphasizing users who have never used a laptop before. Then, we discuss how laptops work on a more technical level, emphasizing their parts and processes.

How Laptops Work – Beginner Users

Laptops

When you first purchase a laptop, it can be difficult to know where to even begin. This is especially true if you have never owned a laptop before. When you procure the laptop from the box, the first step will be to charge the battery. Your laptop should come with a laptop charger if you purchased it new. This cord simply needs to be plugged in to your laptop and the wall. Unlike many cameras, the battery does not have to be removed on your laptop in order to charge it. If your laptop did not come with a charger, perhaps because you bought it used, then these can be found cheaply on websites like Amazon.

Once you’ve sufficiently charged your laptop, it will work once it’s been powered on. You achieve this by pressing the power button, which should be a unique button on the keyboard or the side of the body. In order to locate the keyboard, simply lift up the laptop screen. Some screens will connect to a mechanism that prevents their movement unless pressed. After you’ve pressed the power button, a log-in menu will typically appear. If this is your first time using the computer, the log-in will prompt you to create a new user account on the computer for future accessing. The interface for this process will vary depending on the operating system that powers your laptop.

The Parts

laptop parts

After creating a user account, the laptop works by responding to input from the user. This might be anything from the pressing of a keyboard button, to the clicking of the trackpad, to the tapping of the touchscreen. A laptop works very similarly to how the human body works, with the laptop’s central processing unit (CPU) much like the brain of the machine. Like the body, the laptop has a number of sensory instruments that it uses to interact with the outside world. When these instruments receive input, they record this data and then distribute it to other parts
of the laptop.

The laptop’s main processing chips are located within the CPU. These chips interpret incoming data and direct how the laptop will respond. Ultimately, the laptop responds most noticeably on a visual level, as the computer screen displays a different image. Computer screens work very similar to any kind of monitor, displaying so many frames per second that the human eye can be overwhelmed. Essentially, our screens offer us a kind of illusion. The more information they provide, the easier it is to trick our brain into thinking movement occurs. In reality, we are just being shown different images. Modern laptops have to be extremely efficient and fast at performing these commands, as users demand instant responses to their inputs. If you’re using a laptop for research purposes, you might not expect instant results all the time, as some of your experiments will entail setting certain parameters and waiting to observe how the computer responds.

 Still, whenever you are navigating the basic start menu or internet, or more simply just using the trackpad or an external mouse, you expect your commands to result in an instant output.

Wireless Connectivity

laptop on top of table

Most users use a laptop in order to connect to the internet, which is a global network that provides users with endless opportunities for entertainment and growth. Laptops most often connect to the internet through a wireless network, which is popularly created through the use of a router and modem combination. The router connects to your modem and allows you to establish a local network for all of your devices to use. Ultimately, your laptop connects to your router through wireless technology, similar to how radios interpret radio waves. Essentially, your laptop has a receiver and transmitter that respond to a receiver and transmitter in your router. As you increase the distance between your laptop and your router, these parts are less efficient at communicating information, resulting in a compromised signal and computer performance. Ideally, when your wireless network is running smoothly and efficiently, your laptop is able to connect to the internet almost instantly upon being powered on. Using its rechargeable battery, your laptop can be taken anywhere within range of your router.

Some modern laptops are hybrid laptops, which means they can be transformed into tablets. Many tablets offer users a similar experience to smartphones, which has led to manufacturers equipping hybrid laptops with more permanent ways of accessing the internet that bypass routers. These machines use the same technology that phones use to constantly connect users to the internet. However, this service can be quite expensive. Furthermore, portable wifi boxes exist that allow you to connect to the internet even when no local network can be accessed. These are usually similarly priced to a phone and require payments per month.

Modern Iterations 

man using his laptop

Really, what makes a laptop a laptop is its portability. This is due to its rechargeable battery, as well as its small parts and sleek, cutting-edge features. Companies have had the latter half of the 20 th century and the beginning of the 21 st century to maximize their creation of graphics cards, processors, monitors, keyboards, and touchscreen technology. Consequently, customers usually receive the densest product that manufacturers are able to produce. Technically, laptops don’t offer customers anything different from a desktop computer. Most desktop computers are actually faster and more durable, with more expensive keyboards and sharper, larger screens. What’s unique about laptops is their aesthetics and design, which is facilitated by such small parts.

Of course, the manufacturers of these parts often sacrifice certain features in order to keep their sizes down. But these sacrifices are becoming less apparent, as the industry for laptops is changing rapidly. Suddenly, hybrid laptops that weigh a mere 2 pounds and feature stunning 4K displays are the norm. Laptops with these specifications make it difficult to distinguish them from desktop computers when it comes to performance and reliability. At the end of the day, nanotechnology is partially responsible for how laptops work. As we study the areas and surface that are just beyond our vision, we are able to create more efficient, innovative products.

Our Final Thoughts on How Laptops Work

We think laptops are both mysterious and simple devices. On one level, they are relatively recent inventions and their potential has not been fully unlocked. Unlike some tools that we use on a daily basis, laptops have not benefited from years of experimentation and study. Scientists don’t fully understand how the light and particles emitted by these machines interact with our bodies, and most importantly, how they affect our health. On another level, laptops are simple devices that use a combination of software, hardware, and an input. This software is methodically designed ahead of time in order to dovetail with the hardware. The hardware itself is a result of the creative use of materials. We think future laptops will display information in a novel way. We think modern screens are antiquated technologies that hold back the development of the personal computer. We think a personal computer is really nothing more than a couple of chips that exist in your CPU.

Really, the modern way of displaying the information collected by these chips is what needs to be updated. When you think about it, most of your laptop is designed with the keyboard and screen in mind. In the future, we think that computer information will be displayed and accessed through virtual reality headsets. If keyboards still exist, they will be integrated more intimately with our hands, or perhaps another body part that better dovetails with the virtual reality technology. Essentially, we think the devices of the future will be so small that different parts of our body will be utilized for navigation. There’s no need to use your hands to type on a keyboard, for example, when you can perform the same function by blinking, moving your tongue, or by merely thinking of the word that needs to be typed. The future of the computer might entail a direct foray into the human mind.

Best SSD for Laptops: Our Top Picks and Only the Best in the Market

best ssd

A few years ago, SSD laptops and computers could only be found in high-end stores. However, many renowned brands are currently using SSD to make budget and medium-end computers.

With the SSD wave now in full force, SSD laptops are gathering quite a reputation in many learning institutions because of their speed of loading applications and software. But while the emergence of SSD computers has created a lot of options for those looking for economical computing solutions, it has presented a major challenge to buyers.

With so many options available, choosing an SSD laptop that suits your needs can easily prove to be a confusing task. The good news is that you’re in the right place to unravel the mystery that is choosing the best SSD computing solution.

To come up with this list, thorough research on the various SSD computing solutions available in today’s market was conducted and the dirt was sieved off, so as to leave you with the best of the best. Key areas of focus were reliability, computing speed and of course, value for money.

But first, take look at some of the most frequently asked questions about SSD technology.

FAQs About Best SSD

Q: What is SSD?

Q: How is SSD any Different from Conventional HDDs?

Q: Are the Flash Memory Chips Contained in SSDs the Same as USB Thumb Drives?

Q: SSD Vs. HDD – Which is Better?

Q: How Much Does an SSD Laptop Cost?

Q: Where Can I Buy Laptops with SSD Storage?

Top 10 Picks for Best SSD Laptops


HP Pavilion 15-au010wm 15.6 Inch Laptop (Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz,...
  • Intel Core i7-6500U (2.5 GHz, up to 3.1 GHz, 4 MB cache, 2 cores). NVIDIA GeForce 940MX (2 GB DDR3 dedicated)
  • 12 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM (1 x 4 GB, 1 x 8 GB), 1 TB 5400 rpm SATA. 1 multi-format SD media card reader
  • 15.6 diagonal HD SVA BrightView WLED-backlit (1366 x 768)

The HP Pavilion 15 is a 7th-generation PC with an Intel Core i7 processor. It also sports memory of 8GB and an SSD of 512GB. With a display width of 15 inches and intel UHD 620 graphics, this high-end laptop is perfect for both online and offline gaming. It also works perfectly with heavyweight programs such as Adobe Photoshop.


Other features of the HP 15 include a full sized keyboard and a touchpad that is accurate and highly responsive. The full HD display offers bright, high-resolution pictures, while the long life battery allows up to 7 hours of high-performance usage.


Amazon has the HP 15 going for around $. This a good deal considering you are getting a machine with processing speeds of up to 3.5GHz, 4MB cache and a multi-format SD media card reader. For a $ off deal, make the HP 15 your second purchase in 3 months on Amazon. Be sure to use the new Discover it card, because, without it, you won't be eligible for this offer.


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ASUS VivoBook S Thin & Light Laptop, 14" FHD, Intel Core i7-8550U, 8GB...
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U (Turbo up to 4.0GHz) quad-core processor and dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics 2GB
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB SSD
  • 14" Full HD WideView display with up to 178° WideView and ASUS NanoEdge bezel for a stunning 77% screen-to-body ratio

If you are looking for absolute value for money, the ASUS VivoBook S is a great choice, and one of the best SSD laptops in its price range. It comes with a core i7 intel processor, 1TB HDD, 8GB RAM and 128 GB of SSD.


The ASUS VivoBook S is the perfect combination of performance, power and style. It comes in a stylish gold colour that simply outclasses other laptops in its price range.


It is also easy to carry around, courtesy of its slim 14.2” wide, 0.7 inches thin, 0.3-inch nanoEdge bezel with a screen-to-body ratio of 80%. The stylish design of this laptop is perfectly complemented by an ergonomic backlit keyboard with an aluminium cover and a fingerprint sensor.


In terms of performance, the ASUS VivoBook is an absolute gaming beast. The display on this piece is fully HD, allowing you to play games such as Minecraft, the Sims A and World of Warcraft.  It also boasts comprehensive connectivity, which includes USBs 2.0, 3.0, 3.1, HDMI and Dual band 802.11 ac Wifi.


The asking price of this laptop in most stores is about $. But if you want to save a few bucks, you can get it for just $ on Amazon.


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Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB) - 15"
  • Microsoft Surface Book 2 Features a 8th generation Intel Quad Core i7 Processor, 512 GB of storage, 16 GB RAM, and up to 17 hours of video playback
  • Enhanced Graphics performance with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete GPU w/6GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory
  • The fastest Surface Book yet, with 4x more power

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is all about class and style. It is famous among artists who value futuristic laptop designs and on-screen drawing.


In terms of performance, the Microsoft Surface Book 2 slightly lags behind the ASUS VivoBook S and HP 15. While the latter duo sports core i7 processors, the Surface Book 2 only comes with a core i5 Intel processor. However, it edges out the  ASUS VivoBook S in terms of SSD memory, with 156 GB.


For a laptop of its hefty price, the Microsoft Surface Book 2 has average computing power. However, if you prioritize incredible design over performance, this is unquestionably the laptop for you. It has a versatile design that allows it to double up as a laptop and a tablet.


The SurfaceBook 2 is currently priced at $ on Best buy and $ on Amazon. But if you can ignore the five-dollar difference, we would advise that you opt for Best buy especially if you are a student. They have an ongoing Student Deals offer that runs until 7th July this year, which lets you save money on all laptops by either paying with coupons or simply taking advantage of their amazing student discount.


If you are looking for both computing power and style, you can check out the five variants of the Surface Book 2. The Core i7 Surface Book 2 is particularly impressive, with up to 15 inches of display and the outstanding design that is typical of the Surface Book collection. However, it will set you back by about $.


ASUS ZenBook Pro UX550VE-DB71T Premium 15.6 inch FHD Touch Laptop PC...
  • 7th Generation Kaby Lake Intel i7-7700HQ Quad Core 2.8 GHz Processor (Turbo to 3.8 GHz), NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti 4GB Graphics Card
  • 15.6-Inch 178 degree wide angle view Nano Edge Full-HD (1920 x 1080) Touchscreen display
  • 16GB DDR4 SDRAM Memory, 802.11ac; Dual-Band WiFi + Bluetooth 4.2 and SD Card Reader

ASUS ZenBook is one of the best SSD gaming machines of its generation. It features all the ingredients of a great gaming machine, including NVIDIA FTX 1050Ti GPU,  NanoEdge HD display and Thunderbolt ports. It also features an SSD memory of 512GB, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, and a Core i7 Intel processor.


But computing power is not all there is to the ZenBook. It also has a sleek design that is typical of the ZenBook brand. The body is made of aluminium and features a passive cooling mechanism.


The retail price of this piece is $ in most stores. For online shoppers, Amazon has got it going for $.


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Apple 13" MacBook Pro, Retina, Touch Bar, 3.1GHz Intel Core i5 Dual...
  • 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz
  • 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
  • 256GB SSD storage

The Apple brand has been the epitome of futuristic gadgets, and the Apple MacBook Pro 13 is no exception. It sports Intel Iris 650 graphics, intel core i5 processor, 256 GB SSD and 8 GB DDR3 RAM.


Being an Apple product, you would expect the MacBook Pro to come in a sleek, futuristic design. It more than delivers in this regard with a stunning aluminium body and of course, the distinguished Apple logo on the back.


The 13.3inch display of the MacBook features Retina technology, a touch bar and over five million pixels of resolution.


The MacBook Pro is currently going for $$ on Amazon. eBay, however, offers a better deal, with the same laptop priced at $$.


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Acer Aspire E 15, 15.6" Full HD, 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U, GeForce...
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (Up to 3.4GHz)
  • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-lit IPS Display
  • 8GB Dual Channel Memory & 256GB SSD

The Aspire E 15 is more of a budget option, and arguably the best SSD laptop under $. It packs 8th-generation core i5-8250U processor with speeds of up to 3.4GHz and a 15.6” HD display. For optimal resolution, the display of this device is designed using the proprietary Acer Colour Blast technology.


Other specs include; GeForce MX150 2GB Graphics, 256 GB SSD,8 GB RAM and a battery life of up to 15 hours.


To get this laptop you will only have to pay  $ at your local store or on Amazon. So if you are looking for a powerful machine that won’t break the bank, look no further than the Acer Aspire E15. Value for money doesn’t get any better!


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Acer Aspire R 15 Convertible Laptop, 7th Gen Intel Core i5, 15.6" Full...
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U Processor (Up to 3.1GHz)
  • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Multi-touch widescreen LED-backlit IPS display
  • 8GB DDR4 Memory, 1TB HDD

What if we told you that you can get a core i7-7500U, 256 GB SSD convertible laptop with the potential to hit processing speeds of 3.5GHz for less than $? That’s right, the Acer Aspire R 15 sports all the above specs, except that it comes with a processing speed of 2.7 GHz, which you can extend at will to 3.5GHz.


This laptop also comes with 12 GB of RAM, 15.6 inches of full HD Multi-touch LED-backlit IPS display and a battery life of up to 8 hours.


It’s currently priced at $ on Amazon, but if you purchase it on Bestbuy.com, you get $ off.


ASUS P-Series P2440UQ-XS71

ASUS P-Series P2440UQ-XS71 is the third member of the ASUS brand in this list is more of a business laptop than a gaming machine. But that’s not to say that the P-series cannot support lightweight gaming. It has a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 7500U processor, 512 GB SSD, 14-inch Anti-glare Full HD Display, Nvidia GeForce 940MX 2GB Graphics, and a whooping 18 hours of battery life.


With such an outstanding specs combo, you can rest assured that the P-series will get the job done, whether you’re working on a long project or blowing off some steam with lightweight games.


To cap it all off,  it has touchscreen capability, a fingerprint sensor and a price tag of only $ on Amazon.


ASUS F556UA-AB54-BL 15.6" FHD, Thin and Light Laptop, Intel Core i5,...
  • Powerful 15.6" Full HD laptop with latest 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 2.5 GHz (Turbo up to 3.1GHz)
  • Thin and light design for superior portability weighing only 5.1 lbs. and 1" thin profile
  • Fast memory and storage for superior boot times and multitasking. Equipped with 256GB SSD and 8GB DDR4 RAM

The ASUS F556UA-AB54-BL is a pretty simple machine, with a processing speed of 2.5GHz, 5.6 inches of Fully HD display, 8GB RAM and 256 GB SSD. One of the advantages of purchasing this laptop is that it allows you to double up the RAM to 16 GB, a feat that can significantly improve performance.


Although it is a good machine, we think that it is a bit overpriced. Its $$ price tag is unjustified considering that some of its specs lag behind those of cheaper options like the Acer Aspire R 15 and Acer E 15. For instance, while the Aspire R 15sports a RAM of 12 GB, this laptop only has a RAM of 8 GB. Secondly, the 2.5GHz speed of the F556UA is below that of the Acer E 15, a 600 dollar laptop.


But if you are loyal to the ASUS brand and would like a machine that’s durable and reliable, then, by all means, give this laptop a shot.


Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, 15.6" FHD IPS w/ 144Hz Refresh...
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H 6-Core Processor (Up to 4.1GHz) with Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Overclockable Graphics with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-backlit IPS display (144Hz Refresh Rate, 300nit Brightness & 72% NTSC )

Last in on the list of best SSD laptops is a gaming beast – the Acer Predator Helios 300. This gaming powerhouse comes sports the 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, 15.6 Inch Full HD Widescreen IPS Display, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Graphics and a battery life of up to 7 hours.


Amazon has priced it at $$, but it is worth every penny.

Product

Features

Price

HP Pavilion 15
  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • memory of 8GB
  • SSD of 512GB
  • display width of 15 inches
  • intel UHD 620 graphics
ASUS VivoBook S Thin & Light Laptop, 14' FHD, Intel Core i7-8550U, 8GB...
  • core i7 intel processor
  • 1TB HDD
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128 GB of SSD
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB) - 15'
  • core i5 Intel processor
  • 156 GB SSD
ASUS ZenBook Pro UX550VE-DB71T Premium 15.6 inch FHD Touch Laptop PC...
  • NVIDIA FTX 1050Ti GPU
  • SSD memory of 512GB
  • 16 GB DDR4 RAM
  • Core i7 Intel processor
Apple 13' MacBook Pro, Retina, Touch Bar, 3.1GHz Intel Core i5 Dual...
  • Intel Iris 650 graphics
  • intel core i5 processor
  • 256 GB SSD
  • 8 GB DDR3 RAM
Acer Aspire E 15, 15.6' Full HD, 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U, GeForce...
  • 8th-generation core i5-8250U processor
  • 15.6” HD display
  • GeForce MX150 2GB Graphics
  • 256 GB SSD
  • 8 GB RAM
  • battery life of up to 15 hours
Acer Aspire R 15 Convertible Laptop, 7th Gen Intel Core i5, 15.6' Full...
  • core i7-7500U
  • 256 GB SSD
  • 12 GB of RAM
  • 15.6 inches of full HD Multi-touch LED-backlit IPS display
  • battery life of up to 8 hours
ASUS P-Series P2440UQ-XS71
  • 7th-generation Intel Core i7 7500U processor
  • 512 GB SSD
  • 14-inch Anti-glare Full HD Display
  • Nvidia GeForce 940MX 2GB Graphics
  • 18 hours of battery life
ASUS F556UA-AB54-BL
  • processing speed of 2.5GHz
  • 5.6 inches of Fully HD display
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256 GB SSD
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, 15.6' FHD IPS w/ 144Hz Refresh...
  • 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • 16 GB of RAM
  • 15.6 Inch Full HD Widescreen IPS Display
  • 256GB SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Graphics
  • battery life of up to 7 hours

The Final Verdict

Having looked at the 10 best SSD laptops in 2018, it’s time to find out the best of the best in various aspects.

The Acer Aspire E 15 particularly stands out as a powerful, yet pocket-friendly option. In terms of futuristic design, the Microsoft Surface Book 2 is number one.

If you prioritize computing power over classy design and value for money, then you should look no further than the ASUS Zenbook. It simply outclasses all the other options in this list in this regard, making it a top buy for any serious gamer.