Best Laptop in 2017 | Microsoft, Apple, HP, Dell, Acer
Despite all the additional mobile devices available today, from tablets to smartwatches, the laptop has lasted through all these changes. No matter what the task, the laptop still seems to be the device of choice for many tasks.
Laptops have not remained the same. There has been much advancement in the technology of laptops. Today’s laptops are light, portable, efficient, and elegant and have enough power for most tasks.
Although it may be difficult to find a really bad laptop, users will have different requirements, ranging from cost to weight to specialised features. Two main reasons for using a laptop rather than a smartphone to a tablet are the keyboard and the trackpad.
If you are looking for the best laptop available in 2017, it will depend on your needs and your budget. If you are a college student you might be concentrating on cost, or the type of course you are undertaking. If you are a student of the visual arts, you may need a model that is best for creative activities. There are models available in 2017 to meet everyone’s needs and budget.
Microsoft’s Surface Laptop
The Verge rates Microsoft’s Surface Laptop as the best on the market now. With its power, portability and a battery life better than other in the market is it the best available in 2017. The keyboard and trackpad are fantastic. The touchscreen has high resolution, and it is available in four colours. Intel’s latest processors are used and is has up to 16GB of RAM and storage of 1TB.
It isn’t a cheap option, costing most people about $US1299. One issue is that it runs with Windows 10S, and it only permits apps from the Windows Store to be installed. There is an upgrade available, the Windows 10 Pro. At present it is free, but may cost more in the future. It will allow the user to purchase apps from other stores.
The Apple MacBook Pro, with optional Retina and Touch Bar
If you prefer Apple products then the Apple MacBook Pro might be for you. If you are a student studying design this is probably one of the best laptops available. Although expensive there are some options, making it somewhat cheaper, depending on which features you need. The design is compact and it is light. It has one of the largest trackpads on the market.
The 13 inch model ($US1299) might not have the Touch Bar, but unless you need this feature for design study or creating, it is probably not necessary. If the Touch Bar and other features are included the cost rises dramatically to $US2296, which is probably beyond most college students. The more expensive model does offer more USB ports which can be an advantage.
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4
This is probably one of the best laptop for the average college student. Although it is half the price ($US580) it has impressive specifications and is ideal for the campus. This laptop can also manage graphic design programs, which makes it ideal if that is your area of study. It can also handle some software that is needed for some courses better than most other budget laptops around.
The cheapest laptop with Full HD resolution, and will allow you to run videos, but it won’t play the most recent games. It is a good option for students.
Acer Chromebook R11 Convertible, 11.6 inches HD Touch Screen
This laptop will be able to manage homework, and those late nights when you are watching movies. Once the assignments are completed, you can flip it and watch something more relaxing.
Apple MacBook Air 13.3 inch Laptop
For those who are moving about from the dormitory to the classroom, and the library, this is one of the most portable around, as well as being very portable. Just what a college student needs.
1. ASUS Chromebook c202SA-YS02 11.6 inches –
one of the best available for durability.
2. HP Stream 14 inch
This might be one of the better options for students, as it is great for those who need to move around a lot.
3. Microsoft’s Surface Book
Another option for students, as the detachable screen makes it easy to use as a notebook, which can be very useful for the student.
4. HP Spectre X360
The design is thin and light, and it has a great battery life.
5. Apple MacBook
It is not quite as powerful as other MacBooks, but is thin and light, and therefore useful for carrying around to different locations.
6. Blade (14 inch)
Here is another good option, depending on your needs.
7. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
Although sturdy, there are some limitations, including an awful power button, and can be difficult to open.
8. Lenovo Yoga 901
It has a fast processor, and a good design, but has an irritation keyboard lay-out.
When selecting the best laptop in 2017, it will depend totally on your budget and your immediate needs. Whether you are a college student on a limited budget, or a graphic designer, there is a laptop that will meet your needs.