Laptops are insanely popular out there with hundreds of millions of units shipped every quarter. We have seen a steady growth in the laptop market for years where big names are contesting for ground. Windows 10-based laptops are leading the market as Apple MacBook is lagging behind, mainly thanks to its steep prices.
In reality, the rise in MacBook prices that we have seen in recent years may be the reason for its slowdown in sales performance. However, Apple MacBook still stands out on the market thanks to its premium design and optimized macOS. This year, we have seen the unveiling of some amazing laptops from big brands out there like Huawei, Dell, or Asus. So, it’s hard to find out which one is right for you. With that in mind, we are here to help.
In this article, we have compiled a list of the best laptops you can buy in 2018. If you are planning to buy a new laptop this year, then this article helps you find out which one suits your needs.
The Huawei MateBook X Pro
Huawei is the world’s third largest smartphone vendor with hundreds of millions of units sold every year. In the second quarter of the year, the Chinese firm surpassed Apple to grab the number 2 globally. Sources say that Huawei is expecting to ship 55 million smartphone units by the end of the year. However, Huawei is showing the world that the company is more than just smartphones. In reality, the Chinese firm has been busy expanding its business in recent years to drive profit on the market. Huawei has its own laptop lineup called MateBook, which was first announced to the public in 2016. The MateBook family has seen a strong sales performance since the launch day thanks to its affordable prices and crazy specs.
Earlier this year, Huawei announced the MateBook X Pro after months of rumors. The X Pro is expected to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors and beat out Dell XPS 13. The MateBook X Pro received stellar reviews at launch, with praise directed at its high-end performance and long-lasting battery life. With the X Pro, Huawei retains the stunning design from the predecessor, with an aluminum unibody dotted with diamond-cut edges.
When it comes to pricing, the MateBook X Pro is not cheap out there as it sets you back $1,199 for the model with an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD). While the maxed-out model costs up to $1700 on the market. However, the X Pro is now available in the US and the UK only, and there is no word on a global rollout.
Dell XPS 13
Dell is one of the biggest names on the market. The American firm has been improving its laptop lineup for years in an attempt to offer a much-improved experience. Dell has its high-end laptop series called XPS, which was first debuted back in 2013. The XPS is getting better every year when Dell announces a new version.
This year, Dell announced a refresh to its XPS lineup, including a cheaper model and an upgraded XPS 13 2-in-1. The affordable model uses Intel’s Core I3 processor from the latest 8th generation CPU series to keep the price in check. Meanwhile, the 2-in-1 model retains what we have loved about its predecessors while adding an UltraSharp QHD+ Infinity Edge and an 8th-Generation processor to the series. The new laptop offers a better performance when compared to the last year’s model. Dell confirms that the 2-in-1 model will start at $1000 in the US, which is slightly cheaper than the 2017 model which now retails for $1,250 after discounts. Both laptops will be available for purchase on September 11 worldwide. If you are planning to grab a laptop with a recognized brand and beautiful design, then the XPS 13 should be your perfect choice.
Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
Apple MacBook is one of the most desired laptops on the market. Apple has been improving its laptop lineup since day one, but it is now showing a sign of slowdown in sales. In July, the Cupertino company announced a refresh to its MacBook Pro with eighth-gen ‘Coffee Lake’ Intel processors and more RAM.
Apple says that the 13-inch MacBook Pro features quad-core processors, allowing for twice the speed compared to the last year’s model. Besides, the new laptop now features a smarter Touch Bar at the top of the keyboard. For some background, Touch Bar was first debuted back in 2016 and serves as a selling point of the Pro lineup. Basically, Touch Bar replaces the function keys at the top. It instead offers dynamic controls based on what apps you are using on your device.
These are the three best laptops you can buy right now on the market. If you have got a favorite, then make sure you let us know in the comments below.