Video: Different notebook PC types
Georgina takes a look at the different types of laptop on the market.
How we test
The overall score is a combination of the following:
- Ease of use (40%)
- Battery life (25%)
- Performance (20%)
- Display evaluation (15%)
Ease of use
Includes an expert assessment of connectors, design flaws/advantages, overall style, mobility and evaluation of security, manuals and recovery options. All ease of use evaluation is conducted under the laptop's native operating system.
Assessed by conditioning each battery before testing to achieve optimum life, then testing it under both light- and heavy-usage scenarios. For the heavy usage test the power management features are set to maximum performance, screen brightness 100%, with Wi-Fi turned on and connected to a network. For light usage testing the power management features are set to the most economical setting, with screen brightness at 50% and Wi-Fi turned off.
Testing includes benchmarking each laptop using a variety of software tools. These measure various aspects of CPU performance, memory performance and memory bandwidth, video performance, 3D graphics and storage speed. The benchmarking software is designed to measure performance under a variety of simulated workloads.
Takes into account colour, glare and surface reflections, plus angles of view.
Testing involves determining the hottest point on the underside of each laptop with a thermal camera after a period of heavy usage on battery only. We deem 44°C to be the maximum acceptable limit for laptop comfort. All models on test passed our temperature test, with temperatures ranging from 32°C for the two Sony models to 40°C for the HP Envy TS14.
CHOICE applies the following interpretation to the scores achieved in our tests. When we describe a result as "excellent", "poor" etc, it usually relates directly to a numerical score in that range.
- 0 - 24 Very poor
- 25 - 45 Poor
- 46 - 54 Borderline
- 55 - 69 OK
- 70 - 79 Good
- 80 - 89 Very good
- 90 - 100 Excellent