BUYER'S GUIDE / The Best Laptops
Pick of the best notebook computers
The 4 best laptops of the moment: the best all-rounder, the best-value laptop, the best budget option, the best choice if money is no object.
The Acer Aspire V Nitro 15 Black Edition is one of the best deals on the market right now. It's decent in all respects (picture quality, processing, games, manufacturing...) and doesn't really have any major shortcomings, just some bits that are less optimised than others. Overall, this is a good all-rounder of a laptop.
The new 15" MacBook Pro is exceptional. It has enough processing power to stay well ahead of the competition, and it boasts first-class manufacturing, picture quality and battery life. It's a good machine for anyone with tall expectations—and a tall budget.
The Asus ROG G751 is a first-rate gaming laptop. It has tons of connections and superb in-game performance, all with low fan noise and heat. Our only complaints are with this model's lack of an SSD and that the speakers could have been better.
With the 15" Flex 2, Lenovo has made a slightly better machine than the original Flex. The display is a tad better and has higher resolution, but still has a way to go. It's also nice to have a DVD drive this time around. On the whole, the Flex 2 is a decent, enjoyable laptop for productivity and lightweight multimedia usage, aided in part by its handy "stand" mode.