2018 might not have been a really adventurous year for laptops, but it was still pretty good. The best thing that happened is that Intel released their 8th generation Core i5 and i7 processors, which have multiple cores, are faster, and manage battery life better. Let’s take a look at the best laptops — all which have used Intel’s latest processors.
5. 2018 MacBook Pro (13-inch)
The 2018 MacBook Pro doesn’t look very different from the one we saw last year and at the end of 2016. But, as your parents might have told you, it’s what’s inside that counts. And the newer 8th generation processors make a huge difference, and this can especially be seen when working with memory-intensive programs like Final Cut Pro.
There has been some controversy over the fact Apple keeps including the much-divisive Butterfly keyboard. However, at least you don’t have to worry about particles of dust and food crumbs getting under the keys with the latest keyboard. And there is more of a “crunch” feel to the keys as well.
4. Dell XPS 13 9370
Dell’s latest 13-inch laptop makes one wonder how Dell fits such power under such a thin design. Since 2015, Dell has surpassed expectations with the XPS 13, but 2018′s version takes the biggest leap. There is a new improved keyboard, touchpad, and 4K screen that makes this laptop the best 13-inch one available. We can’t wait to see what Dell has cooked up with the next generation XPS 13, which should be revealed at CES 2019
3. Surface Pro 6
The Surface Pro 6 looks identical to 2017′s Surface Pro, but there are some important differences — the 8th generation Intel Core processor, the improved (and insanely good) battery life, and the contrast ratio of the screen. Everything about the Surface Pro 6 is so good that you can forgive it for not having a USB-C port.
2. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1
Dell’s 15-inch hybrid hasn’t been as discussed as much as the XPS 13 9370, but it’s just as impressive. Dell’s higher-end laptop has a gorgeous 4K 15.6-inch screen that is the stuff legends are made of. And although you would think putting a 15.6-inch laptop in tablet mode would be cumbersome, it actually works well. The magnetic-driven keyboard is one of the best you can get on a laptop.
1. Huawei MateBook X Pro
A. True. MacBook. Pro. Killer. Have you ever owned or used a MacBook Pro and wished there could be a PC laptop with the same quality hardware but with a cheaper price? Welcome to the MateBook X Pro.
Everything about this laptop is top notch — the beautiful 13.9-inch screen (with just as much screen contrast as any MacBook Pro), the keyboard (with keys that actually have travel), and the stereo speakers (the best speakers on a notebook). The best thing is that you can purchase this touchscreen laptop (includes 16GB of RAM and an 8th gen Intel Core i7 processor) for $1500 — almost $800 cheaper than a MacBook Pro with the same specs would cost.
The only thing that isn’t top-notch is the touchpad, but it still works very well. Huawei may be having some public relations problems lately, but they made the best laptop of 2018.