12 Best Laptops Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

12 Best Laptops Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

In this guide to the best laptops 2019 has to offer, we here at TechRadar have gathered up a smorgasbord of fantastic laptops that will appeal to a broad range of people, no matter what sort of laptop you’re looking for.

So, we found the best Ultrabooks and premium laptops, alongside the best Macs, Chromebooks, and budget Windows tablets. On this page, you’ll also find the best gaming laptops and 2-in-1 laptops.

We made sure to fill this list of the best laptops with amazing pieces of kit at every price point, so you can find the perfect laptop, no matter your budget. Remember: you don’t need to spend a fortune to get one of the best laptops on the market.

Top 12 Laptops

- $35.00Bestseller No. 1
Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop, 15.6' Full HD IPS Display, AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, Vega 3 Graphics, 4GB DDR4, 128GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10 in S Mode, A515-43-R19L
36 Reviews
Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop, 15.6" Full HD IPS Display, AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, Vega 3 Graphics, 4GB DDR4, 128GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10 in S Mode, A515-43-R19L
  • AMD Ryzen 3 3200U Dual Core Processor (Up to 3.5GHz); 4GB DDR4 Memory; 128GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 15.6 inches Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen LED backlit IPS Display; AMD Radeon Vega 3 Mobile Graphics
Bestseller No. 2
HP 2019 Newest Premium 15.6-inch HD Laptop, AMD A6-9225 Dual-Core 2.6 GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, AMD Radeon R4, WiFi, HDMI, MaxxAudio, Bluetooth, Windows 10
13 Reviews
HP 2019 Newest Premium 15.6-inch HD Laptop, AMD A6-9225 Dual-Core 2.6 GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, AMD Radeon R4, WiFi, HDMI, MaxxAudio, Bluetooth, Windows 10
  • Intel Dual Core AMD A6-9225 2.6Ghz Base Frequency Burst Frequency up to 3.0Ghz (With DVD Drive, No...
  • RAM is upgraded to 8GB memory for multitasking Adequate high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run multiple...
- $20.00Bestseller No. 3
Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop, 15.6' Full HD IPS Display, 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U, 8GB DDR4, 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Fingerprint Reader, Windows 10 Home, A515-54-51DJ
37 Reviews
Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop, 15.6" Full HD IPS Display, 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U, 8GB DDR4, 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Fingerprint Reader, Windows 10 Home, A515-54-51DJ
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i5 8265u Processor (Up to 3. 9GHz); 8GB DDR4 Memory; 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 15. 6 inches Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED backlit IPS display; Intel UHD Graphics 620
Bestseller No. 4
Lenovo  130S-11IGM 11.6' HD Laptop, Intel Celeron N4000, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 1-Year Office 365, Windows 10 in S Model - Gray
3 Reviews
Lenovo 130S-11IGM 11.6" HD Laptop, Intel Celeron N4000, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 1-Year Office 365, Windows 10 in S Model - Gray
  • 11.6" display Typical 1366 x 768 HD resolution. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • Intel Celeron processor N4000 Entry-level dual-core processor for general e-mail, Internet and...
- $50.99Bestseller No. 5
Acer Aspire E 15, 15.6' Full HD, 8th Gen Intel Core i3-8130U, 6GB RAM Memory, 1TB HDD, 8X DVD, E5-576-392H
934 Reviews
Acer Aspire E 15, 15.6" Full HD, 8th Gen Intel Core i3-8130U, 6GB RAM Memory, 1TB HDD, 8X DVD, E5-576-392H
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i3 8130U Processor 2.2 GHz (Up to 3.2GHz)
  • 15.6 inches Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED lit Display
Bestseller No. 6
Samsung Electronics XE500C13 Chromebook 3 2GB RAM 16GB SSD Laptop, 11.6'
146 Reviews
Samsung Electronics XE500C13 Chromebook 3 2GB RAM 16GB SSD Laptop, 11.6"
  • Up to 11 hours battery life on a single charge
  • Built in security Features ensure you're protected from viruses and Malware
- $398.00Bestseller No. 7
Newest HP High Performance 15.6' HD Touch-Screen Notebook Computer with Intel Pentium N5000 Processor, 4GB_RAM, 1TB Hard Drive, Webcam, WiFi and Bluetooth, HDMI, Windows 10 (Black)
10 Reviews
Newest HP High Performance 15.6" HD Touch-Screen Notebook Computer with Intel Pentium N5000 Processor, 4GB_RAM, 1TB Hard Drive, Webcam, WiFi and Bluetooth, HDMI, Windows 10 (Black)
  • 15.6" HD SVA WLED Back-lit Touch-screen 1366 x 768, Intel UHD Graphics 605
  • Quad Core Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (upto 2.7GHz), 4GB DDR4 SDRAM
Bestseller No. 8
2019 Lenovo 11.6' HD IPS Touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook, Quad-Core MediaTek MT8173C (4C, 2X A72 + 2X A53), 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, HDMI, Type-C, Chrome OS
69 Reviews
2019 Lenovo 11.6" HD IPS Touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook, Quad-Core MediaTek MT8173C (4C, 2X A72 + 2X A53), 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, HDMI, Type-C, Chrome OS
  • 11.6" 1366 x 768 HD resolution. IPS technology for wide viewing angles. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • MediaTek MT8173C Quad-Core Base Clock Speed 1.3 GHz, Maximum Boost Speed 2.16 GHz (4C, 2x A72 @ 2.1GHz +...
Bestseller No. 9
HP Pavilion 15.6 HD 2019 Newest Thin and Light Laptop Notebook Computer, Intel AMD A6-9225, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Bluetooth, Webcam, DVD-RW, WiFi, Win 10
12 Reviews
HP Pavilion 15.6 HD 2019 Newest Thin and Light Laptop Notebook Computer, Intel AMD A6-9225, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Bluetooth, Webcam, DVD-RW, WiFi, Win 10
  • Intel Dual Core AMD A6-9225 2.6Ghz Base Frequency Burst Frequency up to 3.0Ghz, AMD Radeon R4.
  • RAM is upgraded to 8GB memory for multitasking Adequate high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run multiple...
- $80.00Bestseller No. 10
Acer Flagship CB3-532 15.6' HD Premium Chromebook - Intel Dual-Core Celeron N3060 up to 2.48GH.z, 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD, Wireless AC, HDMI, USB 3.0, Webcam, Chrome OS (Renewed)
779 Reviews
Acer Flagship CB3-532 15.6" HD Premium Chromebook - Intel Dual-Core Celeron N3060 up to 2.48GH.z, 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD, Wireless AC, HDMI, USB 3.0, Webcam, Chrome OS (Renewed)
  • This Certified Refurbished product is certified factory refurbished, shows limited or no wear, and...
  • Zero Air Gap allows you to enjoy enhanced screen clarity even in sunlight, so you can enjoy content...
Bestseller No. 11
Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch) - Silver (Renewed)
626 Reviews
Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch) - Silver (Renewed)
  • Chrome OS, Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual Core Processor
  • Display: 11.6" LED HD 1366 x 768 16:9, Ports: HDMI, Headphone/MIC combo, 1 x USB 3.0 + 1 x USB 2.0, 3-...
Bestseller No. 12
New Lenovo 130S 11.6' HD Laptop, Intel Celeron (2 core) N4000 1.1GHz up to 2.6GHz, 4GB Memory, 64GB SSD, Webcam, Bluetooth, HDMI, USB 3.1, Windows 10, Office 365 Personal 1-Year Included
31 Reviews
New Lenovo 130S 11.6" HD Laptop, Intel Celeron (2 core) N4000 1.1GHz up to 2.6GHz, 4GB Memory, 64GB SSD, Webcam, Bluetooth, HDMI, USB 3.1, Windows 10, Office 365 Personal 1-Year Included
  • Intel Celeron N4000 1.1GHz up to 2.60GHz with 4M Cache, 4GB system memory for basic multitasking.
  • Typical 11.6" display with 1366 x 768 HD resolution. Energy-efficient LED backlight.

Which type of laptop is best for you?

General laptops: Where the best cheap laptops are found, devices that focus more on practicality than style, portability or power. That’s not to say they can’t be fast, but you’ll typically find a non-Ultrabook clamshell laptop with an HD screen and spinning drive-based storage for less than $600 or £400.

Ultrabooks: Where you’ll find thin-and-light notebooks sporting SSD storage and display resolutions that exceed 1080p. Paired with powerful, albeit mobile-centric components and especially long battery life, the best Ultrabooks will cost a pretty penny – $700 or £500 to $2,000 or £1,800.

2-in-1 laptops: Where notebooks that double as tablets are located. The Surface Book 2 might be a ways off, but many of the best 2-in-1 laptops are available right now. Outfitted with both detachable and 360-degree rotating hinges, these hybrids are the most versatile way to experience Windows 10 (or Chrome OS) on a touchscreen.

Chromebooks: Where you’ll find the best Chromebooks running Chrome OS. These do much of what Windows and macOS can in the browser, focused on cloud storage over local, while recently getting Android app support for touchscreen models. They generally cost less than $300 or £200 and some can even withstand a slight tussle.

Gaming laptops: Need a laptop to play games (almost) just like a shiny desktop PC can? Then you’ll want one of the best gaming laptops. These machines generally cost from $800 or £600 to upwards of $3,000 or £2,800 and they’ll likely be the ones to take advantage of AMD’s laptop-grade Ryzen processors first.

Laptop-tablet hybrids: Designed from the tablet-first approach to laptop-tablet hybrids, the best Windows tablets pack beyond-HD touchscreens, sometimes with kickstands in their frames or provided via keyboard covers. These generally shine with a stylus and range from the budget to the premium price ranges.

Laptop Shopping by Spec

Understanding Laptop Connections: Ports and Slots

Connectivity is key for a modern laptop. Almost every model on the market today offers Bluetooth for connecting wireless peripherals, and Internet connectivity via 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Mobile broadband options, for when there’s no Wi-Fi hotspot handy, include 3G, 4G HSPA+, and 4G LTE, but these are increasingly rare, as users opt for personal mobile hotspots that work with several devices or tether their smartphone to use its broadband connection.

The venerable VGA interface is rapidly disappearing as well, due in part to space constraints in ultraportables that preclude the bulky connector, and newer monitors and projectors that work better with DisplayPort, HDMI, USB-C or Thunderbolt 3. HDMI is especially popular lately, thanks to the demand for connecting laptops to TVs. Alternately, you can use an Apple TV or Google Chromecast device to beam video and audio to your TV wirelessly.

What’s Under the Hood?

The most dominant processor chips come from Intel. Made with ultraportables and hybrid designs in mind, Intel’s Core mobile CPUs are now in their eighth generation, identifiable by model numbers in the 8000s (such as Core i7-8550U) or by their codenames: Whiskey Lake, Coffee Lake, or Kaby Lake R. These chips not only stretch battery life, they also boast improved graphics processing. (See our picks for the longest-running laptops in terms of battery life.) These eighth-generation processors also feature more cores than predecessors, so you will find a true quad-core CPU in your Core i5 laptop, with more power than an older dual-core.

Beyond Plastic

As designs get sleeker and slimmer, manufacturers are using an array of materials in their construction. Plastic (or polycarbonate) is the least expensive and most commonly used material in laptop frames, but manufacturers have shown great ingenuity in making plastic not look cheap. The most common technique is an in-mold decoration or in-mold rolling, a process made popular by Acer, HP, and Toshiba, in which decorative patterns are infused between plastic layers. This process has evolved into etched imprints and textures, commonly seen on laptop lids.

Should You Buy an Extended Warranty?

Most laptops are backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor. The standard warranty is limited, so it won’t cover accidents that stem from, say, spilling a drink on the keyboard or dropping the system to a hard surface.

Most laptop manufacturers also sell accidental coverage as a separate plan on top of optional extended warranties, so you might end up spending close to $300 for three years of comprehensive coverage. Apple offers a maximum three-year extended warranty ($249 to $379), while most Windows-based laptop manufacturers offer up to four years.

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