The range of laptops on the market grows larger every year. While it is great to have so many options it can be hard to find the best model for your needs. We have compiled a list of the best laptops of 2014 for five different categories.
Best Hybrid Laptop
The Asus Transformer provides affordable and reliable flexibility with its hybrid form. Detached from the keyboard the tablet is great for browsing online media and video chats via Skype. Attached to the keyboard it makes for a versatile work laptop with responsive keys.
The base also includes an additional battery that will substantially extend the operating time of the device making it perfect for long journeys. A vibrant screen compensates for the smaller size of the tablet, preventing eye strain.
Best Gaming Laptop
Once a niche product, the gaming laptop is growing in popularity. This allows vendors to create more specific variants designed to the customer’s needs. It also means competition which in turn results in better prices.
MSI manage to fit a lot of gaming power into a very slim body. A 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB DDR RAM, 1TB HDD and a hefty GTX 870M Nvidia graphics card are all inside a sleek and discrete case less than an inch thick. This package also includes a Full HD LED screen.
Best Small Business Laptop
The Thinkpad range provides business owners with robust, reliable laptops; day-in day-out laptops that need to be able to withstand the rigors of constant use. The X240 is a super powered variant that comes in a lightweight, slim-line body that retains the series’ durability.
As well as powerful computing capacity the Thinkpad X240 has battery hot-swapping capability. Combining an internal battery with a removable battery allows the battery to be replaced without powering the machine down. This greatly increases the time between charges.
Best Business Ultrabook
Like the Thinkpad X240 this Dell is MIL-SPEC ruggedized. A carbon fiber top provides maximum strength with minimum weight. The Full HD touch screen is responsive and very clear. The low voltage Intel Core i7 processor provides a lot of processing without using too much power. This makes the most of the Latitude’s substantial battery life.
The Latitude also incorporates 8 GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD hard drive for rapid reading of files and starting of applications.
Sometimes even the thinnest and lightest laptops are not portable enough. That is where the Ultraportable laptop comes in. By applying optimal design efficiencies, manufacturers can put a seemingly impossible amount of technology into an unbelievably small chassis.
And when it comes to design efficiencies no one does it better than Apple. Their Macbook Pro 13″ retina provides an Intel Core i5 2.6GHz processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM and 256GB of SSD storage in a laptop that is less than 2cm thick and weighs only 1.57kg. It also has a 2560 x 1600 ultra high resolution retina display.