The best laptops

Need a laptop? Discover our selection of the best laptops of the year

Do not hesitate to consult our buying guide, locate under our selection, we give many advices on how to choose a laptop.

A total of 13 have come to our attention. For the most impatient, here is our top 5 of the best computers available:

1. HP Envy 13 (2019)

HP Envy 13
The Envy 13 (2019) is not so different from the previous model and once again HP has created a notebook with exceptional value for money.
Even its cheapest version is very good value and has a Nvidia MX250 graphics card where many competing laptops have the MX150 or have integrated graphics cards.

The Envy 13 also has a microSD slot, which is quite rare these days. HP has significantly improved the touchpad, battery life and the display is much better than last year’s model as well, although a bit too bright.

If you want a high-end laptop at a reasonable price, then the Envy 13 is the one for you.

2. Dell XPS 13 9380 (2019)

DELL XPS 13 9380
Dell XPS 13 9380
The Dell XPS 13 (2019) borders on perfection. It has a beautiful design, superb range and sublime performance. If you choose this Dell, then you’ll have the choice between a powerful Core i7 processor or an i3 that’s enough for most users.

This XPS 13 is not recommended for gamers as the capabilities of its graphics card are not the most impressive. However, it has never claimed to be a gaming PC.

We appreciate the fact that Dell has reduced the size of the webcam, now it better integrates the edge of the slab.

3. Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2
The Surface Laptop 2 hardly differs from its predecessor, but it is sold at the same price, and on top of that, it includes an 8th generation Intel chip with a more generous memory.

Its model with the Core i5 model will suffice for most users who are looking for a PC for simple tasks and gaming thanks to its 4 cores.

4. Acer Swift 5

The Acer Swift 5 is a perfect combination of style, portability, price and power.

In terms of design, it is only 14.95 mm thick and weighs only 990 g. It is made from magnesium-lithium and aluminium alloys. Its quality finishes give it a high-end look.

It features a 14-inch Full HD screen with a very impressive 86.4% body ratio.

Acer has equipped the Swift 5 with a 10th generation Intel processor. You can choose up to Core i7 1065G7 and 1TB of SSD storage.

5. Asus ZenBook S13

ZenBook S13
ZenBook S13
Asus has been making reliable notebooks for years and the ZenBook S13 is proof of that. Indeed, this ultrabook has superb technical features, such as a 512GB SSD, an 8th generation Intel Core i7 chip, a Nvidia GeForce Mx150 graphics card, in such a streamlined size.

Not to mention its inverted notch, which looks incongruous and frivolous, but in reality it keeps the edges thin and makes it easier to open the laptop.

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6. Huawei MateBook X Pro (2019)

Huawei MateBook X Pro
Huawei MateBook X Pro
The design has remained unchanged, but the Huawei MateBook X Pro does have a few new features, and it’s these that make it stand out from its predecessor.
If you have a compatible Huawei device, you will most likely appreciate the integration of HUAWEI Share technology, with which you will share files at high speed.

Its new processor and new graphics card allow it to improve its performance and autonomy (a little over 14 hours), add to that a better cooling system. The Chinese firm has done a nice job of upgrading this high-end laptop.

7. Asus ZenBook 14 UX433

Asus ZenBook 14
Asus ZenBook 14
The ZenBook 14 is smaller, lighter and more aesthetically pleasing than its predecessors, without having to sacrifice ports or power.

Few laptops, like this Asus, have a 14-inch screen in such a compact case, and are equipped with USB-A and HDMI outputs, as well as a Core i7 processor.

Regular Excel users will love the bright numeric keypad.

8. Apple MacBook Air 13 inch (2019)

Apple MacBook Air 13 inch
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch
The MacBook Air is a very good computer and powerful enough for a variety of tasks. We’re only disappointed that it looks a lot like its predecessor and is a bit less powerful.
Among its changes are the keyboard and the addition of True Tone technology to the screen compared to the previous version.

Apple is a safe bet but Windows remains a serious competitor and some PCs are much more interesting.

9. HP Spectrum Folio

HP Spectrum Folio
Are you looking for a powerful laptop? Then don’t count on the HP Spectrum Folio. On this model, HP has focused on style and versatility.

The Folio excels in its combination of metal and leather, and in the different ways it can be used, both as a notebook and a tablet.

Highlights include its stunning display and amazing battery life. Disadvantages include a lack of power for advanced tasks and a slender keyboard, but that’s the price you pay for such a thin PC…

10. ZenBook Pro Duo

ZenBook Pro Duo
The ZenBook Pro Duo is a UFO. It is a high-end device focused on creativity, it combines the best features and 4K screens. Plural because it has two of them!

The main screen is a 4K OLED, the secondary one has a LCD touch panel, it has been placed on top of the keyboard. You can use it for multitasking with several programs, extend your work window, or simply drag in distracting applications like Slack or Twitter.

In addition to this new dual-display feature, it features a Core i9 processor, 32GB RAM, 1TB of storage, and a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card, making it perfect for creative and casual gamers.

However, the Pro Duo has a few drawbacks. It’s a rather large and heavy computer (2.5 kg). Its keyboard is not very pleasant to use, we found it too narrow and its battery life is rather disappointing.

11. Huawei MateBook 13

Huawei MateBook 13
The Huawei MateBook 13 and the MacBook Air are similar in many ways, especially in design. As soon as you look at their technical specifications, Huawei is one step ahead.
The basic model of the MateBook has twice the storage space of Apple’s Air, and is almost 500 € cheaper.

While its most expensive model includes a faster processor (8th generation Intel Core i7) and double the storage space (512 GB), it is once again cheaper than the MacBook Air.

The only real compromises are the webcam’s image quality and battery life.

12. Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13.5 inches)

Microsoft Surface Book 2
Surface Book 2 is clearly not for all purses. In order to amortize it, you need to be sure you need all its specific features (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, etc.).

The Surface Book 2 is a superb premium hybrid, there’s no doubt about it, but most users don’t need such a powerful device and will prefer the Surface Laptop.

13. MacBook Pro 15-inch (2019)

MacBook Pro 15-inch
The MacBook Pro is a superbly capable computer, but we’re still waiting for Apple to refresh its design.

This 2019 edition of the MacBook Pro features a 9th-generation Intel eight-core processor and new graphics cards. This Mac is ideal if you use energy-intensive software on a daily basis.

Guide to Buying the Best Laptops

Today’s tablets have similar functions to laptops, but what about the keyboard or screen size? If you want a laptop that also functions as a tablet, rest assured, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Choosing a laptop is no small task, but don’t worry, Tech Advisor is here to help you!

There are often several configurations of the “same” computer. The case, screen, keyboard or touch pad often remain similar, but the amount of RAM, storage capacity, processor or graphics card can change within the same range.

It is therefore important to check these technical characteristics of each computer before making a purchase. The links in this article refer to specific models that we have tested.

A laptop, yes, but at what price?

There’s something for every budget. The best performing computers on the market will inevitably have high prices, but it is possible to find good quality ones for less than €400. Note that these are intended for basic use such as surfing the internet, sending emails or editing documents.

If you have a small budget, don’t hesitate to consult our selection of the best and cheapest laptops.

The average range, around €500, has improved in recent years. For this price, you can now find computers with SSD (an electronic disk allowing data storage on flash memory, a kind of hard disk but more solid).

From €800 you can get the must of the market: a computer with an impressive processor, plenty of RAM, maximum storage capacity and all this coupled with a superb screen resolution.

Choose your screen size

The size of a laptop screen is another important criterion before going to the checkout. They range in size from 11 to 17 inches.

If your laptop is the kind that follows you wherever you go, opt for a small screen! However, small means less “visibility”, especially when you have to work on it.

Also keep in mind that a computer of this size will have less storage space and fewer features, such as external ports for example.

A 17-inch screen is a portable desktop computer, but not that portable… With a screen this size, you’ll have a full keyboard with numeric pad, all connectivity devices (such as USB-a or Type C, HDMI or Ethernet ports), and even a CD/DVD drive.

The 13-inch screen is the ideal balance between portability and usability. If you want a touch screen, it goes without saying, it will cost you a little more. Also note that most laptops have a glossy screen although most users prefer matte displays.

This is because on this type of screen, the brightness can be reduced by up to 40% of its total capacity, which is more comfortable for extended use. Whereas a computer with a glossy screen, used outdoors or in a very bright room, could be annoying because of its reflections.

How much storage space do you need?

As always, it all depends on how you use it. If you opt for an SSD, your computer will certainly be faster but will not have as much space as a hard drive. Clouds can be an alternative, but you still need to have an internet connection.

In case you need a large storage space for the backup of your videos or simply your favorite albums or series, opt for a hard drive of 1 to 2 TB.

Don’t forget that a USB flash drive can also remedy the lack of space.

RAM or random access memory is the space where your programs and files are located when you use them. In short, the more RAM you have, the better!

A RAM of 4 GB should be a minimum, unless it is a Chromebook (usually limited to 2 GB), 8 to 16 GB is the ideal range.

Which processor to choose?

If you use greedy software or video games, you will need a high performance processor.

If you feel ready to break the piggy bank then you can aim for the latest generation Intel Core i7 processor. Core i3, Celeron, Pentium, or AMD processors are enough to perform common tasks or surf the internet. The Core i5 model is, in our opinion, a happy medium.

If you don’t know which generation your processor belongs to, its first 4 digits will tell you. For example: “i7-7500U” is the seventh generation.

The letter at the end is also important. It indicates the series and power consumption of the processor.

The letters Y and U mean that the chip has less power, therefore insufficient for video games for example, but its battery will last longer.

The letter H will indicate high graphics performance and the letter Q: quad core (four cores in other words, this allows your computer to process several instructions at the same time).

Most laptops are equipped with Intel processors, but it is possible to find them with AMD processors.

Ultrabook or ultraportable computer?

The technical criteria to consider when choosing between an Ultrabook or an ultraportable computer differ very little.

In this dilemma, it’s more a question of priorities. You may want to focus on lightness and durability. Others will privilege the power and the ability to manage heavy programs without breaking their back!

If you’re leaning towards a thin and light laptop, there will be trade-offs. Its battery will be smaller so the computer will have less battery life.

Only some models, such as the MacBook Air, boast ultra-portability and long battery life. 

Efficient hardware is also important because it allows the processor to consume less power.

Warranty & Service

We recommend that you read our comparison carefully before breaking your piggy bank!

Before buying, we advise you to take a look at the warranty as it varies from one computer to another, but also from one retailer to another.

The after-sales service should not be neglected at the time of purchase, regardless of the device itself. Check that this service is based in France and that its online help forums are also based in France.

This will give you an idea of the reliability of the manufacturer’s services.

Of course, if you have a technical problem after six months of use, contact the retailer, who is responsible for it.

This often happens when you buy it from Amazon, Fnac or Darty, who will replace it or give you a refund.

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