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Last updated: 20 December 2018

Laptops, or notebook computers, cover several unofficial categories from budget models to ultraportable (including Ultrabooks), family all-rounders, convertible 2-in-1 models that also work as tablets, and even tablets that work as laptops by adding a detachable keyboard. 

Some devices may score better as tablets than laptops and vice-versa. You can sort by 'Tablet use score' using the 'Sorted by': dropdown menu below.

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If the laptop has a touchscreen. Note that not all touchscreen laptops are convertible (2-in-1) models that can be used as tablets. 

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The device can be used in laptop mode (with keyboard) or tablet mode (touchscreen only) with or without a stylus.

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Ease of use score

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The ease of use score takes into account the comfort of the keyboard and touchpad, as well as build quality, balance on lap, sturdiness on desk, noise, heat, and ports and slots. All ease of use evaluation was conducted under the laptop's native operating system. 

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Performance score is based on analysis of the results of several benchmarking tools taking in CPU, storage, and Wi-Fi performance.

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Display score

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Display score is based on a quality assessment that takes into account the screen's reflections, angles of view, colour rendering, brightness and contrast, and video playback.

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Tablet use score

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Indicates how the device performs as a tablet (without keyboard) rather than as a laptop. In addition to the same CPU, graphics, storage, and Wi-Fi tests used for laptops we also consider form factor (45%), display screen (40%), and battery life (15%) from a tablet-user point of view. This score does not contribute to the overall score as non-convertible laptops are not included.  Some devices may score better as tablets than laptops and vice-versa. To sort by Tablet use score, use the Sorted by dropdown menu. You can sort by this score using the dropdown menu at top-right, next to the Compare all products button.

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Battery life score is based on a heavy usage scenario with screen set to 100% brightness and Wi-Fi enabled with continuous high-definition video playback.

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Weight of laptop (kg)

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Weight of laptop (kg) without power supply/plug/cord.

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RAM (GB)

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RAM (random access memory) is the main memory used by the CPU and is measured in gigabytes (GB). These days 4GB of RAM is considered a starting point for most laptop or desktop PCs, while 8GB is common. Generallly speaking, more RAM is better.

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The nominal storage capacity of the built-in storage drive, which may be either a hard disk drive (HDD) or solid-state drive (SSD).

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