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In the Top of the best laptops 2016 — my personal subjective rating of those models that are currently on sale (or perhaps coming soon), based largely on a set of characteristics and the examination of our and English reviews of these models, and the owner reviews than on personal experience of usage of each of them.
In the first part of the review is just best for different tasks laptops in 2016, which, however, most of us can’t buy: price is at current realities begins with approximately 100 thousand rubles. In the second part of my selection of the best cheap and good laptops for different budgets (for 20 thousand, and up to 30,000 up to 50) of those that today you can buy in most stores.
3 best laptop for any task
Start with universal, high-quality, lightweight (2 kg) and productive 15-inch laptop with discrete graphics, great screen, metal body and excellent technical characteristics (Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM DDR4 in addition to c MacBook DDR3, 512 GB SSD, discrete video).
Here in the middle of this year, I would classify three different models from three different manufacturers.
- ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW
- Dell XPS 15 9550
- MacBook Pro 15 (in the version with discrete graphics)
Due to its characteristics, these three notebooks are very similar and are suitable for almost any task — work, including videos and photos, or programming and games (even if they lag behind in this respect from the best gaming models, but will still show a decent performance).
The differences between the models in price (the first will be the cheapest and the last the most expensive), operating system (Windows 10 in the first two and the last for OS X) and some of the features that the Dell XPS 15 is its smaller footprint due to the «frameless» display (with similar weight), and MacBook Pro is that it’s a laptop from Apple, with slightly different keyboard layout, more tenacious battery (if you are using OS X).
If before me today was a question about what laptop to buy in 2016 — I would choose of the three, but can’t say for sure what would have stopped.
The most interesting laptop in 2016
I don’t know if this laptop will be marketed in Russia, but I can not mention, because of something like that yet was not from the same manufacturer. We are talking about LG 15 Gram, which has already received several awards related to design and is that in the diagonal of the screen 15.6 inches to 980 grams (lighter MacBook Air 11 and two times lighter than almost any 15 inch laptop).
In this case, the characteristics are not analogs of 12-inch MacBook with almost the same mass and Core-M on Board. LG Gram 15 is decent for this size Intel Core i7-6500U, in the presence of a full USB 2.0 ports, USB 3.0 (plus USB Type-C). What else? The magnesium alloy body and 7 hours of battery life.
Reviews of this laptop a little while, that managed to find — the laptop is very decent, surprised by the weight and compactness, and controversial elements is the screen (write that flimsy cover).
Best gaming laptop
As already noted, the rating is subjective, and therefore in the section the best gaming notebook I’m not going to write about 5 kg Dell Alienware, 18-inch MSI Titan SLI or engineering solutions like ASUS ROG GX700VO. The laptop, even if it’s, must be the laptop.
Here I’ve highlighted the New Razer Blade and MSI GS60 Ghost 6QD as the most compact and at the same time efficient solutions for games and GP72 6QF MSI Leopard Pro (or similar Apache Pro) as, in my opinion, the best combination of weight, features and price.
I will not go into the details of the characteristics of the models, they can easily be found online, but for games, sure, that would be great (if you’re not a fan of suitcases with video cards in SLI).
Compact and light laptops (ultrabooks)
Not everyone needs 15-inch laptops to work, especially if the laptop should always carry with them, often enough something with screen size of 11-13 inches, lightweight and mobile, powerful enough for most tasks and with good battery life.
In my opinion, the perfect representatives of this category:
- Asus ZenBook UX305LA
- Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook
- MacBook (one, 12-inch) and MacBook Air 11 or 13.
In this case, what would I choose from the first two — I don’t know, both are very good. As for MacBook — the first choice in cases where performance is not critical, but important compactness, weight and the quality of the screen (or Golden brown). The range Air has a legacy today (but not so bad) screen, but the performance and battery life of these laptops sometimes even better than expected.
Someone might ask about, and where is the Microsoft Surface Book, but because answer: for starters, he’s not for sale officially. But most importantly — it seems to be a very controversial device for inclusion in the best. Something outstanding and different, Yes, but really not sure that practical.
The best cheap but good laptops
And now for the best notebook for a particular price, and in those price ranges that are most often sought after consumers. I tried to pick up those laptops, which are suitable for work, study, course, Internet, videos, and music, and for gaming, though with limitations.
Laptop for 20000 rubles
Unfortunately, good laptop for 20,000 rubles in 2016 at the current exchange rate of the ruble is not an easy task. I know because not more than a week ago, chose this for one of your relatives.
That you can somehow advise — ASUS X553SA (15 inch), Lenovo IdeaPad 15 and 100 Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10 if you need a very compact model. Any of these laptops should be bought in versions with 4 GB of RAM and you consider that to 20 thousand rubles are placed only their versions without Windows (Free DOS).
For independent selection of notebook at this price also pay attention to the amount of memory: most models in this budget today have 2 GB, which is too low for normal operation. At the same time, the processors in this category are fairly close in performance.
Up to 30000 rubles
If your budget is 30 thousand rubles, then the choice will be easier. Model, with a good combination of characteristics for the specified sum may be noted:
- Lenovo B5080 and E5080 (not the newest models, but in 2016 his price is relevant, talking about the versions with Core i3)
- Dell Inspiron 5558 (Junior model with Core i3)
- Packard Bell EasyNote TE69BH (the laptop with Linux, but with a very nice blend of characteristics for 25,000 rubles pictures)
The notebooks above are selected by the totality of characteristics that affect performance, also took into account the feedback and time of Autonomous work from batteries.
Best laptops to 50 thousand rubles
And finally, if we have 50,000 rubles, a little can «roam» and even get a decent discrete graphics card in the laptop.
Start with the not so new, but a good Dell Inspiron 5558. Modification 5558-7092 this notebook offers a Core i5-5200U Full HD display, 8GB RAM, discrete video GeForce 920m with 2GB of RAM, terabyte hard drive and up to 7 hours of battery life. The best combination for this price. And if you find another 3000 rubles, you get 5558-1479 Dell Inspiron with Core i7-5500U, Windows 10 and GeForce 940m (4 GB).
The second contender for this price can be the already mentioned Lenovo IdeaPad B5080, but in the version with Core i5, 8GB RAM, Full HD screen and discrete video 2Gb Radeon R5 M330.
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In fact, in this range I have had the same laptops as in the previous one, but with a different set of characteristics.
Choosing a laptop, don’t forget to read the reviews on Yandex market, reviews on the Internet (I will mention how quality reviews Ferra.ru), it is possible to see him «live» in the store.
If you see that many owners have noted the same shortcoming, and it is critical for you — should think about how to consider another option.
If someone writes one, he had dead pixels all over the screen, the laptop is falling apart before our eyes, melts at work and all I and most others with this all right, it is likely that a negative review is not very objective. Well, ask here in the comments, perhaps I can help.