16 best laptops

The breadth of the modern laptop market allows everyone to find the optimal model for even the most demanding needs. But such a wide range has a downside – the difficulty of choosing and identifying flaws. Today we offer you a rating-review from Expertology, which will greatly simplify your task and help you choose the most suitable laptop at a reasonable price.

Rating of the best laptops

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Nominationseatproduct nameprice
The best inexpensive laptops – price to 30 000 rubles1DELL INSPIRON 557035 690€
26 991€
3Lenovo IdeaPad 32015 390€
4Acer Extensa EX2540-56MP27 990€
5HP 250 G614 815€
The best laptops in terms of quality and performance1ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 N580GD72 385€
2DELL INSPIRON 757762 600€
3MSI GL62M 7REX59 419€
4Lenovo Legion Y52057 625€
  • ON POWER 15
  • 50 631€
    6Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.363 590€
    Best laptops in the premium segment1Apple MacBook Pro 15 with Retina display Mid 2018176 990€
    2DELL XPS 15 9575127 000€
    3Microsoft Surface Book 2 13.592 000€
    4Lenovo THINKPAD X1 Carbon
    93 900€
    5ASUS ZenBook F
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  • 79 828€

    The best inexpensive laptops – price up to 30 000 rubles

    Let’s start traditionally with the most popular and mass segment – the most affordable laptops. Our experts have identified five noteworthy models from the market offerings, in which the relatively affordable price does not imply too pronounced deterioration in performance.

    All listed models are equipped with a Kensington lock slot, memory card slot, HDMI video interface, Bluetooth wireless connectivity modules version 4.0 and Wi-Fi, a built-in networking card with RJ-45 output for wired LAN.


    Rating: 4.8


    To begin with, consider a notebook made by DELL (USA). This is the most expensive model in the “budget” group, but in absolute terms it can safely be attributed to the category of inexpensive laptops.

    With a screen size of 15.6″ notebook dimensions are 380x258x19.9mm, weight – 2.02 kg. TN-matrix detail – 1920×1080. Surface of the screen – matte. The keyboard has a nice backlight. Optional touch screen with support for m

      But this choice will inevitably affect the cost and remove the laptop from the category of budget.

      The potential buyer is offered a fairly wide choice of modifications of this model. Processor choices range from Core i3 to i7 with two or four Kaby Lake-R or Skylake-U cores and starting from 1.6 to 2 GHz. DDR4 type RAM-memory with a frequency of 2.4 GHz can be installed from a minimum of 4GB to a maximum of 16GB.

      Available exhaustive choice of combinations equipping laptop with video: the minimum variant it can be built-in Intel HD Graphics 520, in the maximum two cards at once – the aforementioned built-in Intel and a dedicated Radeon 530 from AMD. SMA video memory capacity of single card from 2GB to 4GB.

      As for hard drives the following variants are offered: classic HDD with up to 2 TB capacity (5400 rpm), single SSD with up to 256 GB capacity or combination of both. There is also an optical DVD-RW drive.

      Peripheral I/O capability includes one Gen 2 USB.0 and two – USB generation 3.1 Gen 1 Type A. Optional Type-C with recharging and video streaming (discrete video adapters only).


      • quality build;
      • good sound;
      • efficiency and consistency of functional modules;
      • optional touch screen;
      • Backlit keyboard;
      • Excellent autonomy;


      • Questionable cooling efficiency;
      • Discrete video card is soldered in and can not be replaced.

      AceravelMate P2

      Rating: 4.7

      Acer<tr></div><p>avelMate P2″ src=”/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/9611666194711-9616.jpg” height=”480″ title=”Acer</p><tr>avelMate P2″><p>As the second number in the rating, our experts suggest to consider a very well-proven laptop from Acer. In fact, it’s even a whole series of laptops for the masses. Let’s describe the capabilities of this solution on the example of the most popular and best-selling P259-MG series.</p><p>The screen parameters here are completely similar to the previous item z 15.6-inch diagonal, budget TN-type matrix, matte surface. The only difference is in the detail options. A choice of a minimum resolution of 1366×768 and a maximum of 1920×1080 is available here. Notebook dimensions – 381.6x259x30.2mm, weight 2.4kg.</p><p>The P259-MG series offers two CPU options – Dual Core (Skylake-U core) Core i3 or i5. Frequency – from 2 to 2.3 GHz. RAM capacity from 4GB to 8GB, upgradable up to 32GB in two slots. Allowed variations with the graphics module: integrated card in the weakest configuration and a mobile dedicated GeForce 940MX from NVIDIA with 2 GB RAM in the maximum.</p><p>Hard drive configuration is exactly the same as on the previous notebook: choice of non-mechanical SSD and classic HDD with up to 2TB capacity in different combinations. An optical DVD-RW-drive is also available.</p><p>When connecting peripherals, the following technical possibilities should be taken into account: a set of USB ports of all three generations, VGA and HDMI video outputs.</p><p>According to user reviews, this model peculiar very good autonomy, which provides a battery capacity of 2800 mAh of 4 cells.</p><h4>Advantages</h4><ul><li>Solid build;</li><li>good autonomy;</li><li>ergonomic trackpad;</li><li>Efficient and quiet cooling;</li></ul><h4>Disadvantages</h4><ul><li>inconvenient layout of connectors.</li></ul><h3>Lenovo IdeaPad 320</h3><p>Rating: 4.6</p><div style=Lenovo IdeaPad 320

      Next in the rating of the best budget laptops Expertology experts offer to pay attention to the laptop production of the company Lenovo – this Chinese brand has long been synonymous with inexpensive, but quite high-quality electronics.

      The notebook measures 378 mm long, 260 mm wide and 22.9mm thick. The notebook weighs 2.2 kg.

      The notebook is notable for the richest variety of modifications offered. The choice begins with the most noticeable part in every way – the screen. Measuring 15″ in size, the notebook is already at the top of the list.6″ diagonal detail matrix is available in two versions – 1366×768 or 1920×1080. The matrix type is IPS, and this sets this model apart from the previous two. The screen surface – matte. There’s a useful option – a fingerprint scanner.

      impressive range of processors offered – from the weakest and cheapest Celeron, mobile Pentium from Intel and E2 from AMD to more powerful Core series from i3 to the most powerful i7. The frequency, respectively, varies in a wide range – from 1.1GHz to 2.7 GHz. Even richer choice of graphics cards – there are integrated HD Graphics modules of different specifications from Intel and a whole set of discrete subsystems AMD Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce for almost every taste and wallet, except for the most expensive top solutions. SMA video memory capacity – from 2 to 4 GB. As for RAM-memory the choice is not so wide – from 4 to 8 GB, and the type of memory itself is not the fastest – DDR4 with a frequency of 1.6 GHz.

      Hard drive configuration is exactly the same as the two models described above: a 128-256GB mechanical drive and a 1-2TB SSD, respectively, in various combinations, including a pair of. DVD-drive is offered as an option, and its availability can be refused.

      The set of interfaces for connecting external devices is quite limited – two USB generation 3 ports.0 Type A and one Type-C, plus HDMI video output.

      The battery life of this model is not the brightest, but for a budget notebook acceptable – on the assurance of the manufacturer’s runtime on a lithium-ion battery is on average 5 hours.


      • the widest choice of modifications;
      • The design of the Lenovo notebook opens 180 degrees;
      • quiet cooling;
      • IPS matrix (TN configurations are also available);


      • flimsy touchpad;
      • very mediocre sound.

      Acer Extensa EX2540-56MP

      Rating: 4.5

      Acer Extensa EX2540-56MP

      Now let’s pay your attention to an interesting solution from another manufacturer of mostly inexpensive equipment – Acer. It has found its place in the rating thanks to its unpretentiousness and lack of a kaleidoscope of modifications, like the previous models. A modest package has defined an affordable price, and this laptop will suit those users who do not need high performance and do not want to understand the modifications when buying.

      The diagonal screen size in this model is 15.6 inches. The detailing is 1366×768, the matrix is TN, the screen surface is matte. Total dimensions of the laptop with this screen – 381.8x258x24.6mm, weight 2.4 kg.

      The only compromise CPU option offered is Intel’s Core i5 dual-core Kaby Lake processor at 2.5 GHz. The factory RAM configuration implies variations only with the memory type – DDR3L or DDR4 and its frequency – 1.6 or 2.133 GHz. The capacity is only 4 GB. You can increase the capacity by yourself up to 16 GB. Graphics module – only integrated HD Graphics 620 from Intel

      The factory hard drive configuration is minimal – one traditional 500GB mechanical drive. Inside the case is allocated space and connectors for upgrades, so if you want you can complete the device SSD. No optical drive.

      The set of peripheral connectors is rather modest, as well as everything else – in addition to the “mandatory” for this group HDMI-video output, there are two USB Gen 2 ports.0 and one USB 3.0.

      Battery capacity and power parameters are 3220mA⋅h and 48W⋅h, respectively. The battery itself consists of four cells, the principle is lithium ion or lithium polymer. The manufacturer’s declared battery life – about 6.5 hours.


      • upgradeability;
      • quality heat dissipation;
      • good battery;


      • Weak ergonomics of keys and touchpad.

      HP 250 G6

      Rating: 4.4

      HP 250 G6

      And in conclusion of the rating of the best laptops of the most inexpensive consider a model that our experts could not ignore because of the record price against a background of quite impressive characteristics and wealth of choice of modifications.

      Screen parameters are similar to almost all previous solutions – diagonal size 15.6″, detail – 1366×768 or 1920×1080, matte surface. Case size – 380 mm long, 253.8 mm in width, 23 mm in thickness.8mm. Weighs laptop 1.86kg.

      In terms of the richness of the choice of modifications, this laptop is very similar to the above model from Lenovo. So, there is exactly the same set of processors (except E2 from AMD) with 2-4 cores of different generations and specifications and frequencies from 1.1 to 2.7 GHz. Factory RAM capacity – 4 or 8 GB, and in terms of speed variations are possible from 1.6 to 2.4 GHz. Built-in cryptographic chip TPM 2.0.

      The range of graphics module options is very wide, and the emphasis is on integrated HD (UHD) Graphics cards from Intel’s 400 to 620 series (605 for UHD). Standalone card is also possible – Radeon R5 M430 or Radeon 520 from AMD with 2GB SMA or GDDR memory. Only one card can be active.

      Hard drive configuration allows options of installing a traditional HDD (up to 1TB capacity, spindle spinning at 5400 rpm), a non-mechanical SSD (up to 256GB) or both. The mechanical is connected via Serial ATA, solid-state via M.2. Internal optical DVD-RW-drive is offered as a voluntary option.

      You can connect your peripherals to the notebook via a single USB 2.0 interface.0 resolution screen, not including VGA and HDMI video outputs. There are also two USB 3-generation connectors.1 (Gen 1) Type A.

      The lithium-ion battery can hold three or four cells for a total capacity of 31 to 41 Watt hours.


      • A wide range of modifications;
      • the most affordable price;
      • TPM 2 cryptochip.0;
      • relatively low weight;
      • Not a bad battery life;


      • noisy cooling;
      • Few USB connectors.

      The best laptops in terms of quality and performance – price up to 50,000 rubles

      Further we suggest you to review the set of notebooks, which have the performance enough to solve more serious problems than the previous group of devices. Expertology has ranked six laptops from different manufacturers that meet the high demands for performance and quality, but cost less than 50k each. rubles.

      All of the following models are equipped with the following interfaces: wireless – Wi-Fi radio, Bluetooth, HDMI video output. Optional interfaces are described individually for each model. Each notebook also has a Kensington slot and memory card reader.

      ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 N580GD

      Rating: 4.9

      ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 N580GD

      Opens this group powerful and bright in many ways laptop superpopular brand ASUS. Even in the minimum configuration of a number of proposed by the manufacturer laptop demonstrates impressive capabilities. And then there’s the only notebook in the group with a 4K resolution screen. Its performance is enough to work comfortably with graphics-intensive graphics.

      The size of this model is 380x256x20.5 mm, diagonal size of the screen – 15.6″. The total weight of the notebook is only 1.99 kg. IPS matrix image detail – 3840×2160. The screen has a matte finish. An important advantage – a strong aluminum casing. The keyboard has a high-quality three-level backlight.

      The manufacturer’s offering is based on two powerful processor options – a 4-core Core i5 or 6-core Core i7 from Intel with Coffee Lake (H) cores from 2.2 to 2.3 GHz. Factory fitted RAM memory is pretty impressive – minimum 8GB and maximum 16GB (the upper limit of what’s possible). The video module is exclusively discrete and full-featured (not mobile, no restrictions) GeForce GTX 1050 from NVIDIA with 4GB of video memory.

      Similar to the maximum RAM capacity, the developers didn’t skimp on the hard drives that are included as standard equipment. So, in this case we offer the configuration with “tandem” of classic and solid-state drives at once. The former with up to 1TB capacity, the latter with up to 256GB. A mechanical HDD, though not the fastest (5400 rpm), but this drawback is more than compensated by all the advantages of a second SSD drive. No optical DVD drive in this version.

      Peripheral devices are connected via two Gen 2 USB ports.0 or one additional USB 3.0. Fingerprint scanner for strict authorization.

      On the whole this notebook is good practically in everything, and the only distinct fault is a rather weak 47-watt-hour battery, which is obviously not enough to provide long battery life for such powerful electronics.


      • 4K screen;
      • Increased resistance to external mechanical loads;
      • richly backlit keyboard;
      • quality sound;
      • metal housing;
      • Powerful electronics even in the minimal configuration;


      • oversized and heavy power supply;
      • insufficient battery capacity.

      DELL INSPIRON 7577

      Rating: 4.8

      DELL INSPIRON 7577

      Next in our ranking is a performance notebook from the American company DELL. There is no explicit emphasis on this or that functionality, but in general quite high performance on all key indicators.

      Diagonal screen size – exactly 15 inches, the matrix – IPS with excellent viewing angles. The detail of the matrix is 1920×1080. Brushed finish on the outside of the screen. The sturdy metal chassis measures 389mm long, 274.Connectors for peripherals three USB 3.0 connectors 7mm wide and 24mm thick.95 mm. Laptop weighs 2.65 kg. Equipped with full-size backlit keyboard (optional) and water-resistant features.

      Like its predecessor, it offers a choice of powerful Core i5 or i7 quad-core Kaby Lake-H processors. As for the frequency, in this case it is even slightly higher than the above solution from ASUS – from 2.5 to 2.8 GHz. Exactly the same way the size of the RAM-memory is available as standard: from 4 to 16 GB, but the possibilities of upgrading are two times wider: up to 32 GB. In addition to the built-in graphics card the laptop has a dedicated video module by NVIDIA – it may be GeForce GTX 1050, 1050 Ti or 1060 with a memory capacity of 2GB to 6GB. Only one video card can be active.

      Rather interesting and more than reasonable developers approached the configuration of hard drives. So, the user can choose from as many as four combinations of mechanical hard drive up to 1 TB, a non-mechanical SSD with a capacity from 128 to 256 GB and another solid state drive with a modest capacity of 8 GB, which is supposed to be used strictly for the cache. Solid state drives in combination with HDD fully compensate for “sluggishness” of the latter (spindle speed – 5400 rpm). No optical DVD drive.

      For peripherals, there are three USB 3.1 Type-A and one Thunderbolt 3. Four-cell lithium-ion battery capacity of 56Wh.


      • Powerful performance;
      • compact SSD for cache;
      • Backlit, moisture-resistant keyboard;
      • easy access inside for upgrades;
      • Efficient and not noisy cooling;
      • attractive appearance;
      • quality build;


      • quite massive and bulky.

      MSI GL62M 7REX

      Rating: 4.7

      MSI GL62M 7REX

      Taiwanese MSI notebook goes on top of Expertology’s list of the best laptops. The model in some moments is similar to the previous one from DELL, and in others it has both notable advantages and disadvantages.

      Diagonal screen size – 15.6″. The matrix is TN with 1920×1080 resolution. IPS matrix with better viewing angles and more adequate color rendering than TN is available as an option. The notebook dimensions – 383 mm in length, 260 mm in width, thickness – 29 mm. Notebook weight – 2.2 Kg.

      As in the case of DELL INSPIRON 7577 manufacturer offers two CPU options – Core i5 or i7 with four cores Kaby Lake-H and a frequency of 2.5 to 2.8 GHz. Minimal factory set RAM-memory – 8 GB, maximal – 16 GB. Top of the line upgrades to 32GB (two slots). There is a built-in graphics card that comes with a dedicated GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB of GDDR5 memory.

      Developers have been quite generous in equipping the laptop with hard drives. So, there is an opportunity to choose from a mechanical one with capacity up to 1TB, solid-state 128GB or their pair. An important difference from the model above – the SSD is connected through a high-speed interface M.2, which adds significantly to the performance.

      A set of interfaces for peripherals is as follows: one USB version 2 port.0, two USB 3 ports.0 Type A, one USB 3.0 Type-C, Mini DisplayPort, digital audio output S


      The battery consists of six cells with a total capacity/capacity of 41Wh.


      • illuminated keyboard;
      • gaming capabilities;
      • Metal case, stylish design;
      • quality cooling;
      • Fast interface for SSD-drive;


      • low battery life.

      Lenovo Legion Y520

      Rating: 4.7

      Lenovo Legion Y520

      Now let’s take a look at a laptop made by Lenovo, which without exaggeration can be considered special in this rating group. Precisely because it is a gaming laptop, and this is emphasized already in its special design – expressive, slightly aggressive appearance, black body “under carbon” with red artifacts and “predatory” reddish backlighting of the keyboard.

      The model case dimensions – 380×265×25,8 mm, weight – 2.4 kg. Diagonal screen size is 15.6”, a high-quality IPS matrix with 1920×1080 detailing is installed. Keyboard illumination – two levels.

      As with the previous examples, there are two processor choices here – Core i5 or i7 with Kaby Lake-H cores from 2.5 to 2.8 GHz. The default RAM-memory configuration gives you from 4 to 16GB (the upper physical limit for this model). The modifications also give you a choice of video subsystem. It can be Radeon Pro 560 or RX 560 graphics card, or three variants from NVIDIA – GeForce GTX 1050, 1050 Ti or 1060.

      Standard equipment includes a “tandem” of hard drives – a classic HDD with 1-2 TB capacity and a non-mechanical SSD with 128-512 GB capacity connected via PCI Express interface. The mechanical drive isn’t the fastest (5,400 rpm), but an SSD removes that completely.

      The notebook’s peripheral capabilities are pretty skimpy. In addition to the “mandatory” interfaces there are four more USB ports of different generations and specifications. The battery is made up of three cells, the total power/capacity – 45Wh.


      • gaming notebook;
      • Stylish design with backlit keys;
      • efficient cooling;
      • Well-built, quality materials;


      • Wobble of the lid when typing or playing;mar
      • paintable surface of the case.

      HP PAVI
    • ON POWER 15
    • Rating: 4.7

      HP PAVI<li></div><p>ON POWER 15″ src=”/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/8516666194711-5616.jpg” height=”437″ title=”HP PAVI</p><li>ON POWER 15″><p>Another notebook that Expertology included in the rating is a high-performance solution from Hewlett-Packard. As almost all previous models, here even the minimal modifications have more than decent characteristics.</p><p>The screen size is the same as all the models in the group described above – 15.6″, matrix is IPS with 1920×1080 detail. The outer surface of the screen is matte. The size of the case is 378×252.2h24.1, the weight of the device is 2.21 kg. Nice backlighting on the keyboard adds a lot of expressiveness.</p><p>Processor you can choose from two performance options – Core i5/i7 with four Kaby Lake-H cores and clocked from 2.5 to 2.8 GHz. The factory RAM-memory configuration allows for variations in frequency – from 2.133 to 2.4 GHz and capacity – from 4 to 16 GB. High starting graphics performance – only discrete GeForce GTX 1050 (or 1050 Ti) cards from NVIDIA with 2GB or 4GB RAM.</p><p>Slightly larger choice of hard drives. So, unlike previous models, you can initially install a faster mechanical HDD (7200 rpm). In addition, it comes with a non-mechanical SSD with a capacity of 128-256 GB. No optical DVD drive.</p><p>The interfaces are represented by a set of USB-ports of generation 3.1 of various specifications, including one with 5Gb/s and Sleep and Charge support. The other interfaces are listed above in the description of a group of models.</p><p>The battery deserves special mention with its relatively outstanding capacity of 70Wh. It provides a nominal 11.4 hours of battery life and an average full charge time of 1.5 hours.</p><h4>Advantages</h4><ul><li>powerful electronics;</li><li>performance video;</li><li>Improved reliability according to user reviews;</li><li>Impressive autonomy;</li></ul><h4>Disadvantages</h4><ul><li>noisy cooling.</li></ul><h3>Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3</h3><p>Rating: 4.</p><div style=Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3

      At the end of this part of our rating laptop from the Chinese company Xiaomi, which is best known for its very good smartphones. This model clearly stands out from the neighboring five laptops for its exceptional compactness and lightness with fully comparable specifications.

      Immediately notice the weight of the laptop – only 1.3 kg and dimensions – 309.6h210.9h14.8mm. Metal enclosure with sleek minimalist design reminiscent of Apple laptops. Screen size for such a compact size is inevitably smaller than the neighboring examples – 13.3 inches diagonally. Quality IPS matrix with 1920×1080 detail.

      The number of modifications of this model is offered only a few and they differ minimally. The processor is Intel’s Core i5/i7 with Kaby Lake cores and 2.5 or 2.7 GHz. Standard 8GB RAM. Video card only separate mobile GeForce MX150 from NVIDIA with 2GB of memory. Hard drive only SSD with 128GB to 256GB capacity.

      For connecting external devices, the notebook features USB generation 3 connectors.0 Type A (2 pcs.) and one USB Type-C interface. There’s a fingerprint scanner for strict authorization.

      The device is equipped with a 40Wh battery that delivers an average of 9.5 hours of battery life.

      The merits

      • Expressive color reproduction;
      • Nice keyboard stroke, backlighting;
      • very good sound;
      • metal casing;
      • high quality build;


      • does not read flash cards.

      The best laptops in the premium segment

      And the final group of devices in the review of the best laptops from Expertology are powerful top-end premium laptops.

      Apple MacBook Pro 15 with Retina display Mid 2018

      Rating: 4.9

      Apple MacBook Pro 15 with Retina display Mid 2018

      Let’s start with a laptop whose manufacturer requires no special introductions – it’s the legendary Apple. The mid-2018 model quite expectedly and logically in a number of parameters gives a head start to the previous versions.

      The diagonal size of the laptop screen is 15.4 inches, an outstanding quality IPS Retina matrix is built in

      ue Tone with 2880×1800 image detail. Surface of screen is matte. It’s all contained in the Apple laptop’s distinctive aluminum enclosure that measures 349.3×240.7×15.5mm. Weighs 1.83kg.

      The system is based on a powerful Core i7 processor from Intel with six cores of Coffee Lake at 2.6GHz. With RAM memory, the manufacturer does not compromise either, and installs 16 GB at once. As for the video subsystem, there are already available variations between the built-in module Intel UHD Graphics 630 and discrete cards Radeon Pro 560, 555X and 560X from AMD with 4 GB of memory.

      In terms of hard drives, the developers offer a non-alternative, but decent option – a single solid-state SSD with a capacity of 512 GB. No optical disc drive.

      Nominal battery life, according to the manufacturer’s assurance – 10 hours. This autonomy is unquestionable due to the more than decent capacity/capacity of the lithium-polymer battery – 83.6W⋅h.

      Useful and often very necessary options: fingerprint scanner, Touch Bar, backlit keyboard.


      • prestigious brand;
      • high liquidity in the transition to a newer model;
      • Stylish, concise design;
      • the metal case;
      • reliability and continuity;
      • Excellent color reproduction of the matrix;
      • a high-capacity battery;


      • Apple’s characteristic lack of interfaces.

      DELL XPS 15 9575

      Rating: 4.9

      DELL XPS 15 9575

      Continuing the premium rating of the best laptops from Expertology is a special model from DELL in every way. A quick glance is enough to see the sleek, slim and airy design with the super-slim bezel, and the hardware doesn’t disappoint either.

      The screen on this model is larger than the above Apple – 15.6″, detailed IPS-matrix is offered in two versions – 1920×1080 or 3840×2160. In addition to the outstanding resolution, the screen is also not simple, but touch screen with m

        ti-touch. Dimensions of the device: 354 mm in length, 235 mm in width, thickness – 16 mm. The notebook weighs 2 kg exactly. The body is made of metal, the keyboard is equipped with a nice backlight. There’s a fingerprint scanner built in for strict authorization, and a Kensington lock slot to prevent theft.

        The system runs on a powerful Core i7 processor with four cores Kaby Lake-G and a frequency of 3.1 GHz. Equipped with RAM memory – from 8 to 16 GB. The video module can be regular built-in, or discrete Radeon RX Vega M GL with a memory capacity of 4 GB.

        Like the Apple model above, there’s only one hard drive, a 512GB SSD. No optical drive, but there is a card reader.

        The set of interfaces is quite limited – one USB 3 connector.1 Type-C and two Thunderbolt 3 interfaces. The capacity/power of the lithium-ion battery is quite decent – 75Wh.


        • Exceptionally elegant “expensive” design;
        • flawless assembly;
        • High quality and nice to touch materials;
        • Wacom drawing stylus support;
        • 4K resolution (optional);
        • powerful processor;
        • high-capacity battery;


        • Very limited set of interfaces.

        Microsoft Surface Book 2 13.5

        Rating: 4.8

        Microsoft Surface Book 2 13.5

        Next in the ranking of premium laptops is Microsoft’s true pride, the Surface Book. It should be said at once that it is not even exactly a laptop, but something more – a transformer, in which the screen can easily detach from the base, turning into a tablet. This is what determined some of the unusual parameters of the device.

        So, at a diagonal screen size of 13.5 “detail is 3000×2000 and the screen is therefore not widescreen. Being a tablet at the same time, the screen has touch control with m

          ti-touch. In assembled condition, the dimensions of the gadget is 312 mm in length, 232 mm in width, thickness – 23 mm. The laptop weighs 1.53 kg. Metal enclosure, the design is extremely concise, reminiscent of Apple products. The front webcam has a relatively high resolution of 5 megapixels. There is also a rear camera at 8 megapixels. Keyboard is backlit.

          This model has several modifications, which allow for variations with key modules. So, you can choose a Core i5 or i7 processor with two or four Kaby Lake cores and frequencies from 1.9 to 2.6 GHz. RAM memory – from 8 to 16 GB. In the minimum configuration graphics module can be an integrated HD Graphics 620 from Intel, in a more advanced version can be installed separately GeForce GTX 1050 from NVIDIA with 2 GB of memory. Only one card can be active.

          Hard drive is SSD only with 128GB to 1TB capacity. No optical disc drive, but a card reader.

          In terms of interfaces for peripherals, the situation is as follows: there are two connectors USB type-A generation 3.1 Gen 1, one USB type-C connector, two Surface Connect interfaces, TPM 2 supported.0.

          Manufacturer’s claimed battery life of about 17 hours. According to user reviews the actual performance is a few hours lower.


          • transformer;
          • facial scan unlocking, including in total darkness due to the IR camera;
          • metal case;
          • high resolution front camera;
          • performance speed;
          • High image quality;


          • The claimed autonomy is grossly overstated compared to the actual.

          Lenovo THINKPAD X1 Carbon

          Rating: 4.8

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