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Laptop and tablet reviews

Last updated: 05 February 2020

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. Note that some devices may score better as tablets than laptops and vice-versa.

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Our expert testers compare each model head-to-head to find the laptops, 2-in-1s and tablet/keyboard combos that:

  • are the best performers
  • are easiest to set up and use
  • have the best specs and features.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find which models have the specs and features you're looking for, such as the crucially important battery life and charging time, types of connection ports, weight and performance.

Note that system specifications are as tested, but minor specifications can change quickly and available models in the same family may differ slightly in model name, spec (e.g. colour, RAM, storage capacity) and price.

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List of brands we tested in this review.


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    Purchase price at time of testing. Note that prices may change quickly in this category and can vary significantly between vendors, so shop around. Prices will also vary if a model is available as refurbished. Where a tablet has a keyboard (even if optional) the price shown includes the cost of the tablet and keyboard.

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    Operating system

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    The operating system (OS) that came with the computer (updated/patched to latest version before testing).

      Tablet mode

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

          Screen size (in)

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          Measured diagonally, in inches.

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          • Overall score
          • Tablet use score
          • Performance score
          • Ease of use score
          • Battery life score
          • Display score
          • Audio score
          • Wi-Fi score
          • Storage write-speed (MBps)
          • Storage read-speed (MBps)
          • Wi-Fi speed (MBps)
          • Average battery life (heavy usage, h:min)
          • Charging time to 80 percent hmin
          • Charging time to 100 percent full (h:min)
          • Available user space (GB)
          • Good points
          • Bad points
          • Tester comments
          • Brand
          • Model
          • Availability
          • Price ($)
          • Screen size (inches)
          • Native screen resolution (pixels)
          • Processor (CPU) type
          • CPU frequency (GHz)
          • RAM (GB)
          • Video graphics type
          • Screen finish
          • Touchscreen
          • Storage capacity (GB)
          • Storage type
          • Wi-Fi type
          • Wireless Display (WiDi)
          • Weight of laptop (kg)
          • Weight of power supply (kg)
          • Size H x D x W (mm)
          • USB 2.0 ports
          • USB 3.0 ports
          • USB-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1 or 2, not Thunderbolt 3) ports
          • Thunderbolt 3 (as USB-C) port
          • Thunderbolt 2 port
          • SD card slot (full-size)
          • SD card slot (micro)
          • HDMI port
          • Mini HDMI port
          • Micro HDMI port
          • Gigabit ethernet port
          • Rear camera
          • Windows Hello available
          • Backlit keyboard levels of brightness
          • Ultraportable
          • Ultrabook
          • Tablet mode
          • Operating system


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