The Chinese Brands to Boycott
Lenovo is the flagship Chinese laptop brand.
The company was founded in the 80’s and reached the world stage after acquiring IBM’s personal computer division in 2005, including the famed ThinkPad laptop. Lenovo’s worldwide market share has been hovering at around 25% (17,5% in the US), up from 6.6% in 2009!
When you take into account that the worldwide laptop and tablet market is worth 172 billion dollars, it puts it all into perspective.
With China’s fame for industrial espionage and surveillance, this is one of the biggest national security threats out there.
The Best Laptops for 2020 on a Budget
It’s really hard to make list of the best laptops. Why? Because there are so many options and flavors that are really hard to compare. We tried to keep the list diverse and with as many options possible so that you can choose whatever configuration or operating system you want.
HP Spectre x360 (2020) – The best laptop overall
The Spectre x360 is HPs flagship 2-in-1 laptop and has brought a considerable boost in specs comparing to previous models. Its modernized chassis design, with thinner display bezels make it a good-looking laptop with high-quality finish. It brings features like an instant mic mute button join other privacy and security features like an IR camera and fingerprint reader and switch to disable its webcam. It’s also available with a 4G LTE wireless so you can get your work done wherever and whenever you want.
With a 10th-generation Intel Core i5–i7, 8–16GB of RAM and Intel Iris Plus Graphics its on the top of overall performance benchmark testing. The 13.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS BrightView micro-edge WLED-backlit multitouch is a stunning 4K touch display. Comes with a hefty storage between 256GB – 2TB SSD. It has a pretty standard 10 hour battery life with normal use.
It gives you a high performance lightweight, flexible with the help of Window 10’s Tablet Mode and added security features. One of the best, if not the best option on the market.
Dell XPS 13 (2020) – Still One of the Best Overall
The Dell XPS 13 is a powerful laptop built for intensive workload. Its 10th-generation Intel Core i5–i7, 8–16GB of RAM and Intel Iris Plus Graphics make it optimal for work or play. It brings a smaller design and is lighter, while having a bigger trackpad, bigger keyboard and practically no bezels on the display on all sides. The laptop stands out with its premium look and feel.
The 13.4-inch, 1920 x 1200 UltraSharp InfinityEdge touch display (can be upgraded to a 3840 x 2400 touch display) is very bright, vivd and sharp. Also comes with a hefty storage between 256GB – 2TB SSD. It comes with an impressive 12 hour battery life even with all its power. The Dell XPS 13 comes equipped with two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, one USB-C 3.1 port, a headphone jack and a microSD card reader.
Competes with the HP Spectre x360 for the best windows laptop on the market. A great option for someone that needs a light and powerful laptop.
Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019) – The Best Apple Laptop Ever
The MacBook Pro 16-inch most likely the best Apple laptop of all time, with a much more comfortable Magic Keyboard than its predecessor. It comes with a larger and stunning 16-inch (3072 x 1920 pixels) display with slimmer bezels. The 6-speaker sound system gives it the best sounding laptop in the world.
Comes equipped with a 9th-generation Intel Core i7 –i9, AMD Radeon Pro 5300M grafics card Radeon Pro 5500M 16GB – 64GB of RAM and 512GB SSD of storage. If you splurge it will be one of the most powerful laptops on the maket. The Touch ID button works great and saves you loads of time logging into the device or websites, you ask yourself how you survived without it. The battery will get 11 hours of usage, pretty impressive for a 16-inch display.
The MacBook Pro 16-inch is quite pricey (especially compared to the Window models) and only comes with USB-C ports, so you need to buy adaptors for your peripherals. Both things that you would expect from Apple. But still the best Apple Laptop of all-time.
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch – The Second Best Apple Laptop
The MacBook Pro 13-inch is a great option if you want an Apple laptop, but don’t want to spend money you don’t have. Packed with an 8th Gen Intel Core CPU i5 processor, the Intel Iris Plus Graphics card, 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD of storage, it is great high-performance laptop in a smaller frame. It comes with an improved and comfortable Magic Keyboard, the Touch Bar and Touch ID.
It’s 13-inch 1600p retina display is both bright and colorful. You’ll get the normal 10 hour battery life. The MacBook Pro 13-inch also does not bring other ports besides USB-C ports.
It’s the optimal option for getting an Apple laptop if you don’t want to spend less money than needed to buy the MacBook Pro 16-inch or if you want a smaller laptop.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 – The Best for Gamers
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is one of the best laptops on the market and the best laptop directed at gamers. It’s incredibly powerful with its AMD Ryzen 4000 processors and Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics, meeting all your gaming needs. And you get an added boost from the 16GB of RAM and the 1TB super fast SSD.
Contrary to what you’d think about a gaming laptop its light, thin and compact. Its 14-inch 120Hz 1080p full HD (1,920-by-1,080-pixel) display gives you all great brightness and bold colors to enjoy your favorite.
The battery life is also that is different from what you’d normally expect for a gaming laptop, getting you an amazing 11 hours of playing time.
It’s powerful, well-built and not ultra-expensive. It also doesn’t have a webcam and can become loud when the game is pushing the system to the limit, but If you’re looking to game on the move this is your option.
Google Pixelbook Go – The Best Chromebook
The Google’s Pixelbook Go is the best Cromebook on the market. Inline with what you’d expect since its coming from Google. Its more affordable than its predecessor but still a premium laptop.
The Google Pixelbook Go is highly customizable and depending on how you customize it the price can increase. The 13.3-inch screen (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) can be upgraded to 4K and provides a bright and colorful display. The Intel Core i5-8200Y 8GB–16GB RAM and 64GB-256GB SSD is a great setup for not very demanding Crome OS.
The Pixelbook is more attractive and robust than any competition Cromebook and the Crome OS and App environment continue to improve over time. The battery life of up to 13 hours is excellent and hush keyboard is a nice touch.
The Google’s Pixelbook Go is missing some features such as a biometric login. But its also quite affordable with the base configuration. A great option for anyone that wants to buy a Cromebook.
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 – The Best 15-inch Laptop
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is a premium hybrid great for work and play, great for business but also for gaming in a thin frame, but confortable to use.
The 3.1GHz Intel Core i7-8705G Processor (quad-core, 8MB cache, up to 4.1 GHz), Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics, Intel HD Graphics 630 cards, 6GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage enable productivity, multimedia and gaming. If you upgrade it to the Intel Core i9 processor paired with the Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU, makes it a beast. And you get an impressive 12 hour battery life on top of it.
The 15.6-inch, 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge anti-reflective touch display is both bright and vibrant.
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is a great option if you want to mix work and play with an attractive laptop.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – The best laptop by Microsoft
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is beautify slim designed with an aluminum body and a premium feel.
The laptop is highly customisable with multiple possible configurations and a choice between an Intel and AMD processor. The Intel Core i7-1065G processor, Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphic card and 16GB of RAM and 256GB SSD of storage, shipped with Windows 10 Pro, will give you high performance and 10 hour battery life.
The 15-inch, 2256 x 1504 resolution display is detailed, bright and colourful.
It’s a laptop designed for business, but an all around 15-inch laptop and in general one of the greatest laptops in the world.