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Best laptops 2020
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Welcome to the T3 guide to the best laptops of 2020, our expert, no-nonsense, jargon-free overview that's intended to direct you to the best laptop for your needs. The list below features a host of top-quality notebooks to weigh up, all verified by our reviewers to offer outstanding value for your money.

Everyone has different needs when it comes to laptops – different ways of using them and different budgets to stick to – and with that in mind we've tried to do our best to include a wide range of picks, from budget to premium, from general use laptops to more specialist computers.

Our final best laptops list should therefore give you several options to pick from, whether you're looking for a superb do-everything machine, a versatile 2-in-1 hybrid, a high-performance laptop for gaming, a great business laptop, the best sub-£1,000 laptop, or whatever else.

We take the business of laptop buying and laptop recommending very seriously, as these hardware devices are vital for both work and play in the modern world. We'd also recommend checking out our dedicated guides for gamers and students, which you can see our full list of guides below:

Best laptops quick look

1. Asus VivoBook S15
2. Dell XPS 13 (2020)
3. HP Stream 14
4. Apple MacBook Air (2020)
5. LG Gram 17
6. Razer Blade Stealth 13
7. Samsung Galaxy Book S
8. Acer Swift 3
9. Huawei MateBook X Pro (2020)
10. Microsoft Surface Book 3
11. Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch
12. Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701
13. HP Envy 13
14. Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch
15. Dell G5 15 (2020)
16. Asus ZenBook Pro 14 (UX480)
17. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1
18. Google Pixelbook Go
19. Acer Predator Helios 300
20. Razer Blade 15 Advanced
21. Lenovo ThinkPad T490
22. Dell XPS 15 (2020)

The best laptops you can buy today

Asus VivoBook S15 best laptops 2020


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1. Asus VivoBook S15

The best laptop for most people

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i5-10210U or Intel Core i7-10510U
Graphics: Intel Iris Graphics
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 15.6-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution
Storage: 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
Reasons to buy
+Superb, vivid 15.6-inch screen+Very stylish and lightweight+Comfortable, eye-catching keyboard

The Asus VivoBook S15 was a joy to review, which is usually a good sign when it comes to recommending one of the best laptops money can buy. It's lightweight despite the 15.6-inch screen, it's stylish, and it wraps just about everything you could want in a laptop in one appealing package.

The price is a little on the high side, but you do get a lot back for your money, including the latest 11th-gen Intel CPUs – i5 or i7 is the choice. Those chips will guarantee excellent performance without sucking up too much battery life, and unless you're wanting to play top-tier games or do some 4K video editing, this portable computer will cope with everything you've got to throw at it.

There are plenty of ports to play around with, and the fingerprint sensor built into the trackpad makes logging into Windows a breeze. Simply put, the Asus VivoBook S15 will be the perfect laptop for many users, combining a quality tech spec and everyday-versatile design at a very firmly mid-range price point.

Dell XPS 13 2020 best student laptops


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2. Dell XPS 13 (2020)

The best premium laptop at the moment

Specifications
CPU: Up to 10th-generation Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics: Up to Intel Iris Plus
RAM: Up to 16GB
Screen: 13.4-inch display (up to 4K, 3,840 x 2,400 resolution)
Storage: Up to 1TB
Reasons to buy
+Powerhouse performance+Will last you many years

The Dell XPS 13 series has consistently wowed us here at T3, and the 2020 version of the laptop continues that trend – it's powerful, supremely well built, and compact, so just about everything you could possibly want in your search for the best laptop around at the moment.

With the latest 10th-gen Intel processors installed and up to 16GB of RAM installed, this is a portable computer that's going to be able to handle everything that you want to throw at it. From late-night Netflix to early-morning report writing, you'll find the Dell XPS 13 for 2020 a capable and competent laptop.

It's that 13.4-inch display with the super-thin bezels that really makes the XPS 13 stand out though: if you want to, you can go all the way up to a 4K resolution, but the 1,920 x 1,080 resolution models still look fantastic (4K doesn't make a huge amount of difference on a laptop display this size).

best laptops HP Stream 14

The best laptop in 2020 for solid performance at a truly bargain price point is the HP Stream 14.

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3. HP Stream 14

The best budget laptop

Specifications
CPU: AMD A4-9125 Dual Core 2.3GHz
Weight: 1.47kg
RAM: 4GB
Screen: 14-inch, HD (1,920 x 1080)
Storage: 64GB eMMC | 1TB OneDrive
OS: Windows 10 S
Webcam: Yes
MicroSD card slot: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Low price point+Stylish and light+Long-lasting battery+Webcam and MicroSD slot

The HP Stream 14 is not the most powerful laptop money can buy in 2020, but what it does deliver is truly astonishing value. Ringing in at such a low price, the HP Stream 14 really does show that you don't have to spend a lot of money to get a strong computing experience.

The Stream's 14-inch FHD screen is perfectly large enough to have multiple windows open and enjoy content from your streaming service of choice, while the internal hardware, which includes a AMD A4 9125 dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM and a 64GB eMMC storage drive means that any light computing task is handled with ease.

We also like that despite the Stream 14 costing so little, it also comes installed with a copy of Microsoft Windows 10 S, as well as a wide-variety of ports that include a HDMI port, Ethernet port, three USB ports (2 x USB 3.1 and 1 x USB 2.0) and a multi-card media card reader.

The Stream 14 even includes a basic but functional HD webcam, built-in microphone and comes with one year of Microsoft Office use, too.

We think the HP Stream 14 is perfect for users who need a reliable and highly portable laptop for light computing tasks and have a couple hundred notes to spend.

Apple MacBook Air 2020 best laptops

The Apple MacBook Air 2020 is a superb laptop if you prize a premium design and portability.

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4. Apple MacBook Air (2020)

The best laptop for most Apple fans

Specifications
CPU: 10th Gen Intel Core i3 (3.2GHz)
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 13.3-inch 2,560 x 1,600 pixel-resolution Retina display
Storage: 256GB SSD
Connectivity: 2 x Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C
Camera: 720p FaceTime camera
Weight: 1.29 kg (2.8 pounds)
Dimensions: 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.63 inches (30.41 x 21.24 x 1.61cm; W x D x H)
Reasons to buy
+Incredibly quick+New keyboard+Bigger storage+Luxe design

Newly updated for 2020, the latest incarnation of the MacBook Air shows that Apple is more certain than ever in terms of what it wants to do with this laptop: it's the Apple laptop for those of you who need something as lightweight and as inexpensive as possible.

It's no slouch in terms of power, but it can't keep up with the specs offered by the MacBook Pro line, which might be a better bet if you do a lot of image and video editing. This is a laptop built for everyday tasks, but it'll look gorgeous on your desk or your lap while you're doing them.

Like the 16-inch MacBook Pro before it, the 2020 MacBook Air comes with a redesigned scissor switch mechanism for the keyboard, which means those keyboard problems that some users had reported over the past few years are a thing of the past.

macOS continues to grow in terms of features and functionality too – with a ton of software included for free now. This being Apple, you've got plenty of configuration options to pick from, so you can tailor the exact spec to meet your specific needs and budget.

All said, the Apple MacBook Air 2020 is the first laptop anyone used to using the American maker's laptops should consider when shopping for an upgrade, delivering strong and versatile performance at a competitive price point.

LG Gram 17 best laptops 2020

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5. LG Gram 17

The best 17-inch laptop... unless you're a gamer

Specifications
CPU: Quad-core 10th-gen Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics: Integrated Iris Plus
RAM: 16GB
Screen: 17-inch, 2560 x 1800 pixels
Storage: 512GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic 17-inch screen+Lightweight, stylish design+Plenty of battery life

The new 2020 version of the LG Gram 17 is an impressive laptop on many levels, not least with that gorgeous 17-inch, 2560 x 1800 pixel screen. You also get some up-to-date Intel processors, and plenty of RAM and SSD storage space if you're willing to pay for it – it's capable of taking on most tasks with aplomb.

Despite that large screen (well, large for a laptop anyway), this is an incredible light and thin portable computer. It's the sort of laptop that you'll barely notice you've got in your bag, and when you pick it up, it feels as though there are some components missing. Everything from the metal alloy finish to the backlighting on the keys is well judged and well done.

The integrated graphics card is perhaps the only weak spot in what is otherwise a very appealing laptop, even at well north of £1,000 – as long as you're not doing any gaming or any heavy video editing, it'll serve you well.

Razer Blade Stealth 13 best laptops 2020

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6. Razer Blade Stealth 13

The best laptop for gaming and creative work

Specifications
CPU: 10th-gen Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4GB
RAM: 16GB
Screen: 13.3-inch 4K
Storage: 512GB
Reasons to buy
+Superb, sleek design+Enough GPU power to get by+4K touchscreen display

With the Razer Blade Stealth 13, Razer has managed to take the gaming expertise that it's known for and mix in other influences to create a laptop with broad appeal – yes it can play games better than pretty much any other laptop of this size, but it's also going to appeal to creatives and professionals with a clean design and a 4K touchscreen display.

There's a reason that just about every gaming laptop out there is 15 inches or above in terms of its display size – the extra room is needed for heat dissipation. The Blade Stealth 13 does its best in packing a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4GB inside its compact frame, though you will notice it getting hot during gaming (and battery life isn't great either).

That GPU won't give you frame rates up there with the best gaming laptops on the market, but you can still play top-tier games at reasonable quality and at very decent frame rates. Add to that a really nicely designed laptop with a fantastic screen that excels at other tasks too, and Razer has another winner on its hands.

Samsung Galaxy Book S best laptops 2020

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7. Samsung Galaxy Book S

The best laptop for users on the go

Specifications
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
Graphics: Integrated
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 13.3-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
Storage: 256 GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Great design and build+4G LTE connectivity everywhere+Amazing battery life

The Galaxy Book S from Samsung is a fantastic laptop for a number of reasons: it's really lightweight and stylish, the battery goes on and on between charges, and it offers cellular connectivity which means you can always be online (data plans and signal coverage permitting).

You've got the option of a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip – which means it can wake up and get online very quickly, but it also means performance isn't quite on a par with similarly priced Windows laptops – or a more traditional Intel processor. It all depends on what you want most from a laptop, and we think the Galaxy Book S is going to appeal to a lot of people.

As more and more Windows applications are optimised to run on ARM chips, the usefulness of the Galaxy Book S should increase. In our eyes, it's a case of the positives far outweigh the negatives on this laptop – just don't try to do any 4K video editing with it.

Acer Swift 3 best laptops 2020

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8. Acer Swift 3

One of the best compact and lightweight laptops around

Specifications
CPU: Quad-core 1.3GHz Intel Core i7-Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 14-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (16:9 aspect ratio)
Storage: 512GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Bright, sharp screen+Appealing design+Comfortable to type on

There's a lot of competition in the laptop market if you're wanting to spend more than £500 but a little less than £1,000, and several configurations of the Acer Swift 3 fit into that price bracket. This 14-inch compact star really shines in terms of its design and lightness, following on from a strong tradition of Swifts.

The internal specs mean the Acer Swift 3 can cope with just about anything you want to do with your portable computer, besides the more demanding games and video renderings. During testing we were impressed with how snappy and responsive the laptop was while watching movies and browsing the web (even as the number of open tabs started to rack up).

Okay the battery life isn't fantastic, but it should still get you through the working day quite comfortably, and given the pedigree of previous Acer machines, we'd bet that the Swift 3 is going to serve you well for a number of years. A variety of configurations are available, so you can tailor it to suit your budget.

Huawei MateBook X Pro (2020) best laptops 2020

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9. Huawei MateBook X Pro (2020)

The best laptop hybrid on the market for power users

Specifications
CPU: 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-10510U
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU
RAM: 16GB
Screen: 13.9-inch, 3,000 x 2,000 pixel LTPS LCD
Storage: 1TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Decent battery life+Superb, bright screen+10th-gen Intel CPU

The Huawei MateBook X Pro for 2020 is a bit of a stunner, what with its 13.9-inch screen, its ultra-thin bezels, and that new Emerald Green colour option that we have to admit we're huge fans of. If you're looking for a compact but powerful Windows laptop, then you can't go far wrong with this one.

The internal specs hold up very well too – you get a 10th-gen quad-core Intel Core i7-10510U processor (an i5 model is also available), 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of SSD storage space. If you don't want to settle for integrated graphics then you can get the entry level Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU installed instead.

All of which means the laptop will be very comfortable handling web browsing, image editing and document editing, and will even handle some light video editing and 2D gaming as well. We thought the 2019 edition of the Huawei MateBook X Pro was good, but the 2020 version has bettered it.

Surface Book 3 best laptops 2020


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10. Microsoft Surface Book 3

The best premium 2-in-1 laptop

Specifications
CPU: Quad-core 10th-en Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 with Max-Q
RAM: 8GB / 16GB / 32GB LPDDR4x (3733Mhz )
Screen: 13.5-inch, 3000 x 2000 pixels (267 ppi)
Storage: 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
Reasons to buy
+A no-compromise laptop and tablet+Excellent PixelSense display+Powerful gaming GPU option

Microsoft's Surface Book 3 is actually a 2-in-1 laptop, with a screen that can be detached and used as a tablet, but don't let that fool you – this is a beast of a laptop full stop and a worthy top entry in our best laptop buying guide, giving you the best of both worlds (laptop and tablet).

The Surface Book 3 can be packed full of power as well – you can fit an Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia  GeForce GTX 1650 graphics chipset in this laptop if you need to, though multiple configurations are available (so you don't necessarily need to max out on the internal components).

You've got a choice of 13.5-inch and 15-inch screens, which gives you even more options when it comes to deciding which Surface Book 3 model is right for you, and as usual for Surface hardware, the build quality is excellent.

Best laptops Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch

The MacBook Pro 16-inch is the best laptop from Apple on the market today.

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11. Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch

The best laptop for Apple MacBook users

Specifications
CPU: 2.6GHz six-core Intel Core i7
Graphics: AMD 5300M 4GB
RAM: 16GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM
Screen: 16-inch, 3072x1920
Storage: 512 GB PCIe 3.0 SSD
Reasons to buy
+Big, sharp, accurate 16-inch display+Plenty of power+New keyboard

This is the best Apple MacBook on the market today and, for those looking to upgrade to a premium macOS device, the best laptop on the market today.

As you would expect from a high-end Apple laptop, the MacBook Pro 16-inch is supremely slick and powerful, built with a best-in-class fit and finish, and loaded with a brand new keyboard, which is leaps and bounds better than previous incarnations.

The fact the system runs the very latest version of macOS, Catalina, which delivers a plethora of of exclusive, quality apps, and that it is supported by Apple's first-rate support network for if anything goes wrong, really does add a layer of sheen that many competing Windows 10 machines do not.

On raw specs alone the MacBook Pro 16-inch is pipped to the post slightly by the Dell XPS 15, which can be outfitted with a 4K OLED screen, 32GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, and a more powerful Nvidia GPU, but it is the overall package and usage experience where the MacBook Pro shines.

A no-brainer upgrade for anyone looking for a new, high-end laptop from Apple.

best laptop asus rog zephyrus s gx701

Users searching for the best laptop for gaming should look no further – it's the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX701.

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12. Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701

The money no object ultimate gaming laptop

Specifications
CPU: 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H (hexa-core, 9MB cache, up to 4.1GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q (8GB GDDR6 VRAM); Intel UHD Graphics 630
RAM: 24GB DDR4 (2,666MHz)
Screen: 17.3-inch, Full HD (1,920x1,080) IPS, Pantone Validated (144Hz refresh rate with Nvidia G-Sync)
Storage: 1TB M.2 PCIe x4 SSD
Reasons to buy
+Incredible gaming power+Premium build quality+Very portable and thin design

As we noted in our Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 review, and then restated in our guide to the best gaming laptops on the market today, this gaming laptop is the absolute best laptop for playing games on the market today in 2020.

Building on last year's competition slaying GX501, the new Zephrus ensures it stays on the gaming laptop throne by dialling things up to 11. That means that the system comes rocking an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card (Ray Tracing bliss!), a juiced up Intel Core i7-8750H CPU capable of running up to 4.1GHz and a 24GB stack of DDR4 RAM.

The result of all this top-end gaming hardware is, for a portable machine, ludicrous levels of AAA gaming performance. Metro Exodus, with all graphics settings turned up to maximum, and with the gorgeous Ray Tracing lighting tech enabled, looked absolutely stunning and ran like a dream. Equally, the GX701 crushed our 3DMark benchmark tests, too.

A gorgeous and thin magnesium chassis, fantastically engineered vent cooling system, and a 17.3-inch, Full HD (1,920x1,080) IPS, Pantone Validated, 144Hz refresh rate with Nvidia G-Sync panel complete the package.

best laptops HP Envy 13

The HP Envy 13 delivers a great all-round system with some premium-tier features.

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13. HP Envy 13

A fantastic all-round laptop that delivers premium features at a competitive price

Reasons to buy
+Great performance for an ultra-light laptop+High-quality audio design+Camera kill switch

The HP Envy 13 contains the same 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor seen in many other systems in this guide, but doubles down with 16GB of RAM and graphics handled by the Nvidia GeForce MX250, utilising an extra 2GB of dedicated video memory. It doesn’t lose out in the pricing stakes, either, costing only a little over a thousand pounds for excellent performance.

With some decent security features such as a fingerprint scanner and a physical webcam kill switch on the side of the machine, it’s a great laptop for general work, whether that’s spreadsheets or image manipulation. It’s also equipped with audio tech from Bang and Olufsen, along with HP’s own Audio Boost technology, meaning that the sound is as clear as a bell.

The trackpad feels a little flimsy but the backlit keyboard is solid and feels nice to use. The integrated USB Type-A ports are a bit tricky to use due to their snap-open design, but it’s a welcome sight to see regular USB compatibility on an ultralight laptop. The 1080p screen is clear and high-quality, with a little ridge at the base that pushes the lower half of the laptop up at a slight angle when opened on a flat surface, to make typing that little bit easier.

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch best laptops 2020

From a technical perspective, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is the best laptop Apple has ever made.

14. Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch

A fantastic MacBook Pro, and the best laptop choice for many macOS users

Specifications
CPU: Quad-core Intel Core i5
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 – 655
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 13.3-inch, (2,560 x 1,600) IPS
Storage: 128GB – 512GB
Reasons to buy
+Super fast+Touch Bar is genuinely useful+Incredibly desirable

If your budget can't stretch to the MacBook Pro 16-inch, or you simply don't need that much screen real estate and power, then the 13-inch MacBook Pro is another great choice from the Apple range.

The 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro packs in some excellent internals, with a quad-core i5 running all four configuration options available on the Apple site. These configurations can be tweaked further, if needed – i7 chipsets can be had if you're willing to spend the money.

You can add to those specs the gorgeous 13.3-inch 2,560 x 1,600 resolution Retina LED IPS display, and the Touch Bar: after a slow start it's now a genuinely useful part of the MacBook keyboard.

Simply put, if you're a fan of the MacBook design and software, and don't have to watch your budget too much, then this is undoubtedly one of the best laptops available in 2020.

Dell G5 15 2020 best laptops 2020

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15. Dell G5 15 (2020)

A compact gaming powerhouse

Specifications
CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7-10750H
Screen: 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 512GB

If you like subtlety and refinement in your gaming laptops, then the Dell G5 15 could be just what you're looking for – it combines plenty of performance (across multiple configurations) with a tidy-looking chassis, a chassis that has one of the coolest lighting effects we've seen set.

The 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display panel can up the refresh rate to an impressive 144Hz, and your games are sure to look fantastic on this screen. Some top-tier graphics and processor components are available to, so you shouldn't be troubled by any lag or stutter no matter what titles you're playing.

Even with some of the best laptop components packed inside, the Dell G5 15 is still relatively compact. Taking into consideration everything Dell has done here on both the inside and the outside of the laptop, it's absolutely worth a pick as one of our best laptops of 2020.

best laptops 2020

The Asus ZenBook Pro 14 features a touchpad that doubles up as a second display.

16. Asus ZenBook Pro 14 (UX480)

Good specs and a tasteful design make this strong all-round laptop

Specifications
CPU: 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U processor (quad-core, 8MB cache, up to 4.6 GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q graphics (2GB RAM), Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB DDR4
Screen: 14-inch, FHD (1920 x 1080)
Storage: 256GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+High-end specs+Attractive design+Bright, vibrant touchscreen

As we note in our official Asus ZenBook Pro 14 review, this "is a laptop that scores highly in a lot of departments. It looks really nice, it has plenty of power under the hood, and the price you're going to pay represents decent value for what you get in return."

And, really, that sums it up. Well, that is apart from this system's unique feature - it's ScreenPad. The SceenPad is a large touchpad that can also operate as a second screen, with Windows extendable and certain apps like Microsoft Office and Spotify granting you extra information or controls. It feels indebted to Apple's TouchBar.

Specs-wise the Pro 14 really is a rock-solid all-rounder, coming with an 8th-gen quad-core Intel Core i7-8565U processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of SSD storage, as well as an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q chipset with 2GB of video RAM. In short, it is a powerful machine that will handle most computing tasks with ease.

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 best laptop

Dell's XPS 15 2-in-1 is one of the best laptops on the market today for users who need hybrid functionality.

17. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

A thin and powerful hybrid laptop with genuine gaming credentials

Specifications
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i7-8705G Processor (quad-core, 8MB cache, up to 4.1 GHz)
Graphics: Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics, Intel HD Graphics 630
RAM: 6GB DDR4 (2,400MHz)
Screen: 15.6-inch, 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge anti-reflective touch display
Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD
Reasons to buy
+AMD Radeon RX Vega M+Luxe aluminium design+Innovative maglev keyboard

As we note in our full Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 review, "the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is one of the most complete hybrids ever made, scoring big across the board and leaving no obvious weak point for rivals - and critics - to launch a major counter attack. A premium all-rounder 2-in-1 that should appeal to creative tech enthusiasts looking to both work and play hard."

A shoo-in on our best laptops 2020 list if ever we saw one, then, and a machine that should be at least considered by anyone who is looking for premium upgrade right now. Yes, the Surface Book 2 does have a little bit more power-wise, and obviously has the ability to eject its screen, too, but the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is almost half the price.

Pixelbook Go best laptops 2020

The Pixelbook Go is another excellent Chromebook from Google.

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18. Google Pixelbook Go

One of the best laptops around for Chrome OS fans

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core m3, i5, i7
Graphics: Integrated graphics
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.3-inch up to 4K resolution
Storage: 64GB, 128GB or 256GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight and fast+Stylish and sensible design+Chrome OS rapidly improving

When it comes to Chromebooks and Chrome OS, you've got a huge number of models to choose from – and the Pixelbook Go from Google is one of the best. It's stylish, it's lightweight, and you can customise the specs of the device to meet your exact requirements as well.

Every Pixelbook Go comes with a 13.3-inch screen: it runs at a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution on the cheaper models but does go up to 4K if you're willing to pay for it. The other internal components can be specced out as required, so it's really up to you how much you spend.

We like the black and pink colour options, we like the grippy rubber on the bottom to keep the laptop in place, and we like the smooth and subtle lines of the design as well. You're not going to be embarrassed to pull this Chromebook out at a coffee shop or your next meeting at work.

As for Chrome OS, it continues to get better and better. It doesn't slow down, it's easy to use, and the addition of Android apps means that it's now more versatile than ever before.

Best laptop Acer Predator Helios 300

The Acer Predator can really deliver on gaming and normal laptop usage tasks.

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19. Acer Predator Helios 300

Impressive performance and specs at an affordable price point

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H (hexa core 2.2GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 + Intel UHD Graphics 630
RAM: 16GB DDR4
Screen: 15.6-inch, Full HD
Storage: 256GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Impressive set of specs+Competitively priced+Decent gaming chops

Finding the middle ground between affordability and knockout performance is perhaps the biggest challenge facing a new laptop buyer. It's a sweetspot most manufacturers miss, but with the Predator Helios 300, Acer has certainly found it with a Intel Core i7-8750H CPU and a meaty Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU pairing.

This powerful laptop sports a Full HD 17.6-inch display (perfect for giving your favourite Steam games a good showing when on the move) complete with a 144Hz refresh rate and 16GB of in-built RAM to keep you fully stocked with content. As a sub-£1,000 machine, it's got some serious chops.

Best laptop Razer Blade 15 Advanced

You don't have to be a gamer to appreciate the specs and style of the Razer Blade 15 Advanced.

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20. Razer Blade 15 Advanced

A hyper-premium, do-anything laptop that should appeal to the enthusiast

Specifications
CPU: up to 9th-gen Intel Core i7
Graphics: up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
RAM: 16GB
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD
Storage: 512GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Oozes style+Capable of running anything+Screen looks fantastic

Laptops are usually labelled as gaming laptops when they come packed with high-end components and some nice visual flair – but of course you don't have to be a gamer to appreciate those attributes in a laptop. The Razer Blade 15 Advanced is a case in point, and shows Razer is getting better and better at building incredibly premium laptops.

The chassis holding the 15.6-inch display is simply beautifully put together, the internal components are hyper premium, and the lighting system around the keys is really well done too. Whether you're gaming or working on some spreadsheets, the Razer Blade 15 Advanced really impresses.

Best laptops 2020 best sub £1000 laptop

For business-focused users who aren't too concerned about jazzy looks, it's hard to do better than this. 

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21. Lenovo ThinkPad T490

The best laptop for business-focused users

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i5-8265U (starting at 1.60GHz)
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 8.0GB DDR4
Screen: 14.0"FHD IPS LED, Full HD
Storage: 256GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Tried-and-tested design+Excellent keyboard and trackpad+Competitive price point

While it has become the norm that companies issue employees with laptops, there are some cases where this isn't true and Lenovo, having adopted the iconic ThinkPad brand, is here for those exact customers. The design is nothing too fancy, but don't let that fool you: beneath the surface is a capable laptop at an excellent price point. 

The base model, which retails for around £1,069, comes stocked with an Intel i5 CPU at 1.60GHz and beyond, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD, double what many manufacturers offer as standard. For those willing to splash out, Lenovo offers an i7 alongside double the RAM and storage for as little as £1,429.99.

Best laptops Dell XPS 15 2020

Power users will love a max-specced Dell XPS 15.

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22. Dell XPS 15 (2020)

The step-up power users will want over the Dell XPS 13

Specifications
CPU: 10th Gen Intel Core i5 – i9
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti
RAM: 8GB – 64GB
Storage: 512GB – 1TB SSD
Screen: 15.6" FHD+ (1920 x 1200) IPS - UHD+ (3840 x 2400)
OS: Windows 10
Webcam: Yes
Dimensions: H34.4 x W34.4 x D23.01cm
Battery life: Up to 8 hours
Reasons to buy
+A beast at max spec+Stylish and light+WiFi 6 networking

The Dell XPS 15 is more of a niche recommendation as a premium laptop choice than our best premium laptop, the Dell XPS 13. And this is despite the fact that it can be scaled up to a superior spec.

The reason it doesn't get the nod over its younger brother is that, for most users, the power and performance delivered by a maximum spec Dell XPS 15 is just not necessary and unless you have to have the 15.6-inch screen size, then we recommend the 13 over it.

If you are a power user who does want the 15-inch screen size then the Dell XPS 15 is undoubtedly a brilliant choice, though. At maximum spec it delivers a 10th Gen Intel Core i9 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU, 64GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and a 4K Ultra HD+ screen.

In layman's terms it is an absolute beast of a system, and will crush any application you through at in. This is the sort of system that, if specced in its upper echelons, can edit 4K and even 8K video. And, thanks to a strong internal cell stack, the battery life on it is great, too, meaning you can do high-level processing on the go.

All of this awesomeness costs, though, and shoppers will be blasting over the three grand mark to bring the system home. Is it worth it? Yes, you are getting a superb powerhouse laptop – but we still think most users looking for a premium laptop would be better off with a Dell XPS 13.

How to choose the best laptop for you

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Make sure you consider your intended usage scenarios before pulling the trigger on a laptop upgrade.

The laptop market continues to evolve, with new components and price pressure from low-end Chromebooks meaning you can now get more bang for your buck than ever before: it really is a great time to be choosing a laptop.

Picking the best laptop for 2020 for you is all about compromise, though – if you want something as powerful as possible, then it's going to be bigger and less easy to lug around on your travels. If you want something slim and ultra-light, then you simply can't pack in as many components.

Another important consideration is which operating system you're going to go with: you may already have a favourite, but Windows is best for gaming, macOS is great for creatives, and Chrome OS is brilliant as a lightweight computing platform. Look at the strengths and weaknesses of each before committing.

Make sure you've weighed up exactly what you need to do with your laptop and the features that it needs to have before parting with any cash – otherwise you could be looking for an upgrade sooner rather than later.

Of course price is going to play a big part in your decision-making as well, and with that in mind we've included links to all the latest and greatest deals on the web for easy reference. Keep checking back here often as we update our guide with newer models.

Laptop news

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2 November, 2020 – Great news for thin and light laptops has come in the form of Intel's new Iris Xe Max discrete graphics card. This new GPU boasts 96 Execution Unites, 4GB of LPDDR4x graphics memory, and is clocked at 1.65GHz.

The first tranche of laptops to use these new Intel graphics chips include the Acer Swift 3x, Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 and Asus VivoBook Flip TP470, which will be able to make use of the Iris XE Max's graphical power.

And, talking of graphical power, these new GPUs, according to Intel, actually outperform Nvidia's MX350 in a lot of games at a resolution of 1080p. Clearly, then, this new Intel chip has some guts.

In addition, the Xe supports Intel's Deep Link Technology, which looks to sync the GPU and CPU in any system, making compute and graphics engines work together with dynamic power sharing, additive AI and hyper encoding.

September 2020 – a whole host of new laptop models are appearing on the market, models that we'll be sure to get into our best laptops guide as soon as we can review them. With new chipsets, new designs and new features, there's now more choice than ever before for the discerning laptop shopper.

Lenovo's latest flagship Yoga laptops for 2020 come with one very interesting feature: leather cladding. They combine a premium look with some super-powerful internal components, and are definitely worth a look in the thin and light category.

Meanwhile MSI has pushed out a new range of Summit, Prestige and Modern laptops, which all feature the very latest 11th-gen Intel processors. Keep an eye out for these models, which are perfect for business and productivity, when they launch in the coming months.

Huawei has also updated its MateBook X laptop with 10th-gen Intel CPUs and support for the new Wi-Fi 6 standard, making it faster and more power efficient than ever before. The MateBook X was already an excellent pick for a Windows laptop, but now it really stands out from the crowd.

Best laptops Dell XPS 17

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27 July, 2020 – Reviews for the brand new Dell XPS 17 laptop are coming in now and the word on the internet is that, unsurprisingly, it's one of the best laptops on the market.

The laptop, which boasts a 17-inch screen in what would of been traditionally a 15-inch chassis, comes loaded with 10th Gen Intel Core processors and up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card, too.

The system can be specced out with a beastly 32GB of DDR4 memory, as well as a simply gargantuan 2TB of internal storage space, too.

As you might expect, though, a top-specced Dell XPS 17 is not cheap system, with the new laptop ringing in at over 3k.

That said, though, the system looks absolutely stunning and its screen-to-chassis ratio of 93.7% is simply remarkable – bezels really are almost invisible.

So, a shoe-in seemingly for T3's best laptop guide, but admittedly a system that will appeal to only those with very deep pockets. Keep your eyes glued to T3.com for our full XPS 17 review soon.

Best laptops HP OMEN 15 best sub £1000 laptop

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4 June, 2020 - Great news here for fans of HP's lightweight gaming laptops, as the American maker has just released the newest version of its Omen 15 portable.

The new HP Omen 15 laptop is available now, and users can select between a AMD or Intel core; the price starts at $999.

While the new Omen has got internal upgrades, with the system configurable with up to a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7 H-series/AMD Ryzen 7 H-series, and 32GB of RAM, it is very much the exterior that has shifted up most.

A new 15.6-inch screen (which can be outfitted with up to a FHD 300 Hz panel) supported by a new 180-degree hinge is partnered with a far more mature, sophisticated overall aesthetic, which HP itself has said is to help position it more of a multi-functional laptop with gaming chops, rather than a gaming laptop that you can use a bit for normal office / creative work.

Looking at the press images that have released, we can totally see this system in office and home environments, and the understated look would blend in seamlessly to a public setting like a coffee shop, too. There's no typically gamer extreme design notes, with the Intel systems coming in a cool black finish, and the AMD variant in a matt silver.

And, while obviously that price of $999 isn't going to get you the highest spec, we think that it is very well priced for the tech and, with a few choice upgrades, could easily be the backbone of gamer's portable computing world for years.

keep your eyes glues to T3.com for our full review.

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19 May, 2020 - AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir laptops are cleaning up the CPU benchmark scene right now, with PassMark's CPU Mark performance charts showing seven of the top 10 places occupied by APUs from the Ryzen family.

As first spotted by Notebookcheck the top of the chart is now ruled by the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS, only to be then followed by Ryzen 7 4800H, Ryzen 8 4800HS, and the Ryzen 7 4800U. The non-stop AMD beatdown is then temporarily halted by three Intel chipsets only to be then followed up by the Ryzen 5 4600H, Ryzen 5 4600U and Ryzen 7 4700U.

That, no matter how you spin it, is a BIG win for AMD and shows just what a cracking job the maker has done with its Zen 2 APUs. For laptops users around the world, considering that AMD APUs tend to come with a cheaper price tag attached when compared to an Intel equivalent, they also offer great value for money.

T3's advice is if you see a new laptop with one of these Ryzen processors in it for a good price then snap it up, as they clearly don't disappoint both in terms of power or efficiency.

Best laptops Razer Blade 15 best sub £1000 laptop

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3 April, 2020 — Exciting news for fans of Razer's sleek and light Blade series sees 2020's 15-inch notebook get a tidy refresh in the form of not just one new variant but two. The design has been tweaked on both variants, and each system comes with a redesigned keyboard, too, which is smaller and more optimum arrow key placement.

Of course, it wouldn't be a new Razer Blade unless the hardware was shifted up a gear or two and, thankfully, the new Blade 15s don't disappoint. The base variant comes with a Intel Core i7-10750H (10th Gen) CPU, an Nvidia GTX1660 Ti, and a matte 144Hz FHD LCD screen. On this base version, the GPU, RAM, storage and screen can be upgraded as desired.

Moving up to the more powerful Razer Blade 15 Advanced model and you get the jaw-droppingly powerful 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10875H CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super and a mind-blowing 300Hz LCD screen. This screen can be upgraded to an OLED variety if desired for extra spend, and the system can take up to a RTX 2080 in terms of graphics cards upgrades.

We're super excited to see the new Blade 15 on review here at T3, as it delivers what we consider the pinnacle of a professional, premium notebook — a machine that looks like it could be used by a CEO in Blue Chip Company boardroom, but then under the hood has incredible gaming power. Shut up and take our money!

best laptops AMD best sub £1000 laptop

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31 March, 2020 — AMD's Ryzen 4800H equipped laptops are hitting the market right now and, according to reports, the benchmark scores they are setting are beating the top-end Intel i9-9980HK. In Cinebench, Blender and Passmark the 4800H is coming out on top, and with a reported 40 per cent lower power draw.

In Passmark the Ryzen 7 4800H racked up a chart-topping score of 18,193, which is going on double that of the i7-9750H, which only managed 11,600 in the same test. Meanwhile in Blender the AMD CPU came in faster than the Intel CPU by 13 seconds, and in Cinebench the former chipset outscore the latter by 2019 to 1758. 

T3's takeaway? If you're going to be shopping for laptop in the next few months and see a system equipped with a Ryzen 4800H CPU then you can feel confident that you're getting one of the absolute fastest mobile processors on the market today. And, with AMD chips ringing in for less than Intel chips, chances are there will be some rapid bargains to be snapped up.