The best laptops of 2018: Top laptops ranked

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The PC industry has been claiming that notebooks are dying breed buy despite the odds, new laptops come out every year and somehow always has something new to offer. 

Even with the onslaught of tablets in the market, the laptop manufacturer's adapted by offering 2-in-1 hybrids so that users could experience the portability of a tablet and productivity of a laptop, all in one device. 

As laptops change and evolve, becoming more powerful in general, which is why there are so many options to choose from and diverse features that need to be taken into account. 

This guide rounds up all the devices in the market, to compile the list of which laptops are the best India and what makes them so wonderful. 

 With hybrids, Ultrabooks, traditional clamshells and more portable than ever gaming laptops in a tow, these are the best laptops you can buy. 

Best laptops

Dell XPS 13 (2017)

Dell XPS 13 (2017)

This is the best laptop money can buy in 2017

CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 – Iris Plus Graphics 640 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD

Faster than ever
Long-lasting battery
Poor webcam postion

Slim, light, powerful and majestic, Dell’s 2017 flagship XPS 13 is one of the best laptops today. The company introduced a new Alpine White model recently, but the version we’ve reviewed ought to satisfy anyone looking for a top-notch Windows Ultrabook in the meantime. 

Whether for its powerful Intel Kaby Lake processors or for its bezel-less ‘Infinity Edge’ display, which shoves a 13.3-inch screen into an 11-inch frame, the Dell XPS 13 makes a significant impression. Not only that, the port selection is on point too. 

Compared to Apple’s USB-C exclusive approach, Dell’s flagship notebook impresses with – in addition to USB-C – USB 3.0 and an SD card slot. Bearing in mind those facets alone, it’s no wonder the Dell XPS 13 is amongst the most popular WIndows laptops in the world. And it gets better. You also get a choice of a super high-res and multi-touch screens, as well as a breadth of options for storage and memory. Or you can save on cash and opt for more conservative specs.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon (2017)

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon (2017)

Redefining Legacy

CPU: Intel Core i7-7500U | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 14-inch QHD (2,560 x 1,440) | Storage: 512GB SSD

Smaller and lighter in every way
Doesn't compromise on performance
Expensive

With Lenovo's Thinkpad X1 Carbon 2017 update, the company has redefined the benchmark for business notebooks. This year's edition of the Thinkpad X1 Carbon compromises on nothing, be it portability or performance.

It's smaller and lighter, has a compact profile reinforced with carbon fibre, which means it is as tough as they come, has all the I/O ports you will need and bits like touchpad improvements backed by Microsoft Precision Touchpad program.

Read the full review: Thinkpad X1 Carbon 2017

Asus Zenbook UX310UA

Asus Zenbook UX310UA

The best all-round laptop that punches above its weight

CPU: Intel Core i3 - i5 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch QHD+(3200 x 1800) | Storage: 256GB SSD

Sturdy aluminium body 
Snappy wake-up and use
Average battery life

The Asus ZenBook UX310UA is the perfect replacement for the more expensive Dell XPS 13 without big compromises. Well, it doesn't look as nice as the XPS 13, also, the battery isn't as great either. It's not that the notebook is ugly, you get an all aluminium frame, and fast performance using a Intel's 7th-generation Kaby Lake processor.

Additionally, you can choose between a full HD and an immersive QHD+ screen. No matter what model you go for, this laptop is a solid choice. 

Read the full review: Asus Zenbook UX310UA

Apple Macbook Pro with Touch Bar

Apple Macbook Pro with Touch Bar

The best Macbook Pro ever, now with Touch Bar

CPU: Dual-core Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 – 650 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, (2,560 x 1,600) IPS | Storage: 256GB – 512GB PCIe SSD

The best Macbook Pro ever 
Super fast performance
Expensive
Disappointing battery life

If you're after the latest laptop from Apple, we suggest you welcome the 13-inch Macbook Pro with Touch Bar. Microsoft claims the Surface Book 2 is twice as powerful, but it's not available in India. 

Of course, the headline feature is the Touch Bar – a thin OLED display above the keyboard that can be used for various applications. If you're a fan of the Macbook Pro 2017, you'll be happy with this model but there are some serious reasons why you should consider one of the Windows alternatives too. 

The Macbook Pro isn't as powerful, has a lower resolution display and has no touchscreen support. Plus, its battery is a tad disappointing. We'd recommend this only to diehard Apple fans and those who are already invested in the ecosystem.

Read the full review: Apple Macbook with Touch Bar (2017) 

Apple MacBook 12-inch (2016)

Apple MacBook 12-inch (2016)

The coolest ever Macbook is super slim

CPU: Intel Core M3 1.2GHz - Intel Core i5 1.3GHz | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 12-inch, (2,304 x 1440) IPS 16:10 | Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD

Beautiful design 
Good performance 
Just one USB-C port 
Expensive 

Apple doesn't seem very interested in the Macbook Air nowadays, but it’s only the beginning for the new MacBook. Not only is it the slimmest, sleekest and best-looking Macbook Apple has ever built, it's one of the most popular and best-selling laptops on the planet as well. 

Yet, it may not serve as a primary productivity machine – it's a lot less powerful than the Macbook Pro and has only one USB Type-C port for all you IO needs. If those compromises don't bother you, the Macbook is a super slim and light laptop meant for those who're looking for portability.

Read the full review: Apple Macbook 

Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501

Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501

The best gaming laptop out there right now

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ (quad core 3.8GHz) | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 | RAM: 24GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch, Full HD (120Hz with Nvidia G-Sync) | Storage: 1TB PCIE SSD

Incredibly powerful 
Innovative, quiet cooling 
Laughable battery life 
No SD slot 

Part of Asus' new generation of Max-Q gaming laptops, the Asus ROG Zephyrus is both ridiculously powerful and astonishingly thin and light. Make no mistake, this thing is large compared to a Macbook Pro or Dell XPS 13, but compared to gaming laptops of the past, this is certainly an achievement. Your expectations of a 15-inch gaming laptop will never be the same after seeing the Zephyrus in action. 

It's expensive of course, but with powerful Core i7 CPU and GTX 1080 graphics, it'll be easily powerful enough to play the best games for many years to come. It's an ideal top-end desktop replacement for gamers and other heavy users.

Read the full review: Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming

The best gaming laptop for those on a budget

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ (quad core 3.5GHz) | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch, Full HD | Storage: 1TB HDD

Fantastic value 
Great battery life 
Touchy track pad 
Screen isn't the best 

If it's a new gaming laptop you want, and can't afford the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 above, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming is your best option. It costs about half of what the Zephyrus does and offers good value for money. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics chip is reasonably powerful and there's a 1080p display on this laptop as well. 

The laptop provides 8 hours of battery life, which means the Inspiron 15 7000 is somewhat portable too. Also, a gaming session playing Tom Clancy's The Division for two hours on medium settings uses about 66% battery.

Read the full review: Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming 

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Microsoft's Windows tablet is a brilliant 2-in-1 option

CPU: Intel Core m3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 – Iris Plus Graphics 640 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 12.3-inch, 2,736 x 1,824 PixelSense display | Storage: 128GB – 512 SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.1 | Camera: 8MP rear-facing, 5MP front-facing

Brilliant screen 
Excellent performance 
Keyboard sold separately 

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is the best laptop for those looking for the perfect blend between a nimble Windows tablet and a fully functional laptop. The base version of the Surface Pro 4 is just a tablet and the Surface Pen or Type Cover keyboard are sold separately. And we'd recommend springing for the keyboard case. 

The Surface Pro, alongside the also-excellent Surface Book laptop, is to Windows what the Pixel is to Google's Android. It's the benchmark Windows device, with software and hardware working together in perfect harmony.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 

Hp Spectre x360

HP Spectre x360

A well-rounded 2-in-1 that exceeds expectations

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD 1,920 x 1,080 – UHD 3,840 x 2,160 IPS multi-touch | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

Ultra-thin and light styling
Long-lasting and quick-charging battery
Lacks SD card reader
Especially thick bottom bezel

The 13.3-inch version of the HP Spectre x360 may not have a SD card slot like its 15.6-inch sibling, but it packs the same hardy internal components in a more portable physique. Then there’s the keyboard, which with 1.3mm of travel, feels like a significant improvement. 

Despite having a dependable 8 hours and 45 minutes long battery life, the HP Spectre x360 weighs just about 1.2 kg. Just when we thought there wasn’t a laptop that’s cutting-edge in every category, the HP Spectre x360 proved us wrong.

Read the full review: HP Spectre x360

Best laptops

Samsung Notebook 7 Spin

Samsung Notebook 7 Spin

Premium build, affordable price point

CPU: 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-6500U | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 940MX (2GB DDR3L); Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 12GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) LED with touch panel | Storage: 1 TB HDD – 1TB HDD; 128GB SSD

Excellent value
HDR display
Hefty weight
Graphics narrowly miss the mark

If you've ever wanted a MacBook Pro without breaking the bank, the Samsung Notebook 7 Spin not only delivers the style and glitz of Apple's pro laptops, but it  adds a touchscreen to the mix at an approachable starting price. 

For a hefty 2-in-1 with a Core i7 CPU, 12GB of RAM and even a discrete Nvidia GPU, the Samsung Notebook 7 provides top of the line specs. But, as Samsung probably asked while devising this hybrid notebook, why stop there? 

The company even went put an HDR screen on the Notebook 7 Spin, and although it’s a feature that isn’t widely supported, the deeper blacks and more vibrant colours can never go to waste.

Read the full review: Samsung Notebook 7 Spin