Best Laptops for 2020

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Are you looking for the best laptops in 2020? Our guide will point you in the right direction.

We know that choosing a new laptop from the very best out there can be a difficult task. Whether you need a mid-range laptop, a high-end laptop, or a sleek powerful laptop with great speed and memory, we’ve made the best selections for you after comparing and researching lots of laptops available on the market.

This guide x-rays the best performing laptops from Dell, Apple, HP, Lenovo, Asus and more to help you make the right choice.

Without further ado, here are the best laptops in 2020 so far.

Best Laptops 2020 at a Glance                            

No. Item  
1 Dell XPS 13 (2019)
(Editors’ Choice) 
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2 Apple MacBook Air (2018) Check Price on Amazon
3 Lenovo Yoga C930 Check Price on Amazon
4 Razer Blade Stealth (2019) Check Price on Amazon
5 Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2018) Check Price on Amazon
6 Asus Chromebook Flip C434 Check Price on Amazon
7 HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2019) Check Price on Amazon
8 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Check Price on Amazon
9 Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Check Price on Amazon
10 Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-575-33BM) Check Price on Amazon

 

1. Dell XPS 13 (2019)

best laptop 2020

PROS

  • Excellent performance with updated processors
  • Cutting-edge 4K display
  • Slim & lightweight
  • Correct positioning of webcam (now above the screen)
  • Excellent keyboard

 CONS

  • Battery life isn’t extraordinary; just decent
  • Little improvement to its predecessor

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The Dell XPS 13 tops the table as the best laptop overall, knocking off the likes of Apple MacBook Air, Asus Chromebook C434, Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, and the HP Spectre x360.

It is sleek, professional and portable. With regard to design, the 2019 Dell XPS 13 looks very much like the 2018 model. With a 3820 x 2160 4K Ultra HD display, the laptop’s screen flaunts incredible bright and stunning colours which make for an awesome viewing experience

The 2019 version of Dell XPS 13 maintains the same weight at 2.7 pounds (1.23 kg) and size at 11.9 x 7.8 x 0.3 inches (30.23 x 19.81 x 0.76 cm) as the 2018 model.

Port selection is generous on the XPS 13: two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, one USB-C 3.1 port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card slot are the ports available on the laptop. Some laptops like the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 lack the new thunderbolt 3 port.

Three colour models available are: rose gold-on-white, silver-on-black, and frost-on-white design.

The Dell XPS 13’s predecessor which is shipped with Kaby Lake R Core i7-8550U is fast, but the 2019 Dell XPS 13 which has Intel Whiskey Lake Core i7-8565U is faster and more efficient. The slightly superior CPU speed will help the XPS 3 tackle tough computing spreadsheet, Photoshop and video encoding tasks effortlessly.

Read our full Dell XPS 13 (2019) review

Dell XPS 13 (2019) Key Specifications

Display 13.3-inch 3820 x 2160 touch display
CPU 1.8-GHz Intel Core i7-8565U processor
Operating System Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
RAM 16 GB
Hard drive 512 GB or 1 TB
Battery Roughly 8 to 12 hours of use
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620
Camera Widescreen HD (720p) webcam with 4 array digital microphones
Ports Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), USB-C 3.1, micro SD card reader, headset jack
Size 11.9 x 7.8 x 0.3 inches (30.23 x 19.81 x 0.76 cm)
Weight 2.7 pounds (1.23 kg)
Networking 802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.1

 

2. Apple MacBook Air (2018)

best laptop in 2020 

PROS

  • Super fast processors
  • Somewhat lightweight
  • Excellent Retina display
  • Long battery life
  • Revived modern design

CONS

  • A small number of ports (two USB-C Ports, actually)
  • Expensive
  • No SD card reader

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Apple has made the MacBook Air 2018 sleeker, lighter, and smaller. The laptop touts a crisp 2560 x 1600-pixel Retina display which showcases vivid and solid colours.

The 2018 MacBook Air has a smaller footprint and is a tad thinner than the model. It weighs no more than 1.25 kg (2.76 pounds) which is pretty light compared to what some laptops like Acer Aspire E 15 at 2.27 kg (5 pounds) and HP Spectre x360 2.09 kg (4.6 pounds) weigh.

With the 2018 MacBook Air model, you get up 16GB of RAM, a noteworthy improvement on the 8GB found in the previous model. Tucked inside the laptop are faster processors with dual-core CPUs.

The laptop uses a T2 feature which automatically encrypts files and SSD data and is powered by the macOS Mojave operating system.

Read our full Apple MacBook Air (2018) review

Apple MacBook Air (2018) Specifications

Display 13.3-inch Retina Display, 2560 x 1600 LED, 300nits
CPU 1.6GHz dual-core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor
Operating System macOS Mojave
RAM 8GB or 16GB
Hard drive 128GB, 512GB, 1.5TB SSD / 256GB, 512GB, 1.5TB PCIe-based SSD
Battery Up to 12 hours wireless web, Up to 13 hours iTunes movie playback
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 617
Camera 720p FaceTime HD camera
Ports 2 x Type-C USB (supporting Thunderbolt 3), 3.5mm headphone jack
Size 11.9 x 8.36 x 0.61 inches  (30.4 x 21.24 x 1.56 cm)
Weight 2.76 pounds (1.25kg)
Networking 802.11ac Wi‑Fi, Bluetooth 4.2

 

3. Lenovo Yoga C930

best laptop in 2020

PROS

  • Excellent battery life
  • Superb performance
  • Slim and lightweight
  • Good speakers
  • Stylish and functional design

CONS

  • Not so outstanding display

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The Lenovo Yoga C930 boasts a refined, premium design, which is competitive with most  2-in-1 laptops on the market. It has a decent display with touchscreen functionality.

You wouldn’t expect anything less than an Intel Core i7 on a premium laptop like this. As expected, the C930 ticks this box: its CPU is powered by Intel’s Core i7-8550U just like the Dell XPS 13 and the HP Spectre x360.

With a 256 GB storage, this 2-in-1 is fast, however, laptops like the Dell XPS 13 and the HP Spectre x360 have better processing speeds.

The 2-in-1 comes equipped with a stylus, and Lenovo has made available a slot for stowing and charging it after use.

Lenovo has packed in a reasonable 60 watt-hours of battery capacity into the Yoga C930’s chassis. This gives you approximately 12 hours of battery life without visiting a wall plug.


Read our full Lenovo Yoga C930 review


Lenovo Yoga C930 Key Specifications

Display 13.9-inch 1920 x 1080 touch display
CPU 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U
Operating System Windows 10 Home
RAM 12GB
Hard drive 256GB
Battery 60 Wh
Graphics 128MB Intel UHD Graphics 620
Camera 720p with privacy shutter
Ports 2 x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), 1 x USB 3.1, audio jack
Size 12.68 x 8.94 x 0.57 inches  (32.2 x 22.7 x 1.45 cm)
Weight 3.05 pounds (1.38 kg)
Networking 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless; Bluetooth 4.1

 

4. Razer Blade Stealth (2019)

best laptops for 2020

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Excellent 4K display
  • New sleek design
  • Good Battery life
  • Solid audio quality

 CONS

  • Expensive

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A sturdy, premium laptop made primarily of aluminium. It is arguably the smallest laptop produced by Razer. The Stealth’s performance can almost be compared to a MacBook Pro.

Tucked inside the 2019 Razer Blade Stealth are an Intel Core i7-8565U processor, 16 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 256 GB SSD storage which you can upgrade. On the 4K model, you’ll find 512 GB of storage.

The Stealth nails it with respect to port selection with more ports than you will find on any other ultrabook. It beats even Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro in this regard.

Fans on the bottom of the Blade Stealth take care of cooling the ultrabook. Just know: the fans may cause a slight discomfort when you place the laptop on your lap.

The laptop has a comfortable backlit keyboard with a large touchpad large,  although not as large as the 2018 MacBook Air’s.

The 2019 Blade Stealth comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Read our full Razer Blade Stealth (2019) review


Razer Blade Stealth (2019) Key Specifications

Display 13.3-inch 3840 x 2160 touch display
CPU 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U
Operating System Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
RAM 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz
Hard drive 512GB SSD
Battery Up to 13 hours
Graphics 4GB Nvidia GeForce MX150
Camera 720p webcam, Windows Hello infrared camera
Ports Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 (power), 2x USB 3.1 Type-A, headphone jack
Size 11.99 x 8.27 x 0.58 inches
(30.45 x 21.0 x 1.47 cm)
Weight 2.82 pounds (1.28kg)
Networking 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless; Bluetooth 5.0

 

5. Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2018)

best laptop 2020

PROS

  • Enhanced processing speed
  • Improved storage
  • Better display
  • Very portable
  • Outstanding speakers

CONS

  • Same old design
  • Expensive

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The 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar meets the needs of creatives and anyone who needs a high-end, ultra-powerful laptop that ticks all the boxes, especially when it comes to handling power-hungry tasks.

The laptop has an excellent and crisp display, which is as good as good previous models. Apple has incorporated the True Tone technology into this powerful laptop.

The 13-inch model has quad-core i5 and i7 chips whereas the 15-inch version has six-core i7 and i9 processors.  The core i9-based 15-inch model is faster and more expensive than the core i7. For the 15-inch model, you get 32GB of RAM and an amazingly fast 2TB of storage. If you can shell out a few more dollars, you get an extra 2TB of storage.

As for ports, you’ll find four Thunderbolt 3 Ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Any of the four Thunderbolt 3 ports can be used for charging the battery. The 2018 MacBook Pro lacks a HDMI, an SD card reader, and a USB-A port.

With amazing internals, the laptop comes with a solid battery capable of handling the power needs of the powerful MacBook Pro.


Read our full Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2018) review


13-inch MacBook Pro Key
Specifications

Display 13.3-inch, 2560 x 1600 pixels
CPU 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-8559U (quad-core, 8 threads, 8MB cache, up to 4.5GHz)
Operating System macOS High Sierra 10.13.6
RAM 16GB (2133MHz LPDDR3)
Hard drive 2TB SSD
Battery 58Wh
Graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
Camera 720p FaceTime HD webcam
Ports 4x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 3.5mm headphone jack
Size 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.59 inches (30.40 x 21.23 x 1.50 cm)
Weight 3.02 pounds (1.37 kg)
Networking 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0

 

6. Asus Chromebook Flip C434

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PROS

  • Sleek and attractive design
  • Beautiful 4K display
  • Solid performance
  • Thin display bezels

CONS

  • Mediocre touchpad
  • Average sound quality

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Asus has upped its game with the Chromebook Flip C434. The decently-priced, stunning 2-in-1 is fast and bears the same premium mate-silver aluminium chassis most modern pricey laptops manage. It is flashier than the Chromebook Flip C302CA with curved edges.

The Flip C434’ s panel is colourful and crisp, however, its brightness maxes out at 286 nits. If screen brightness is one of your main concerns, you should probably lean toward the MacBook Pro (500nits), MateBook X Pro (458 nits).

The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 pairs an Intel Core m3-8100Y processor with 64GB SSD of storage and 4GB of RAM. If you desire more RAM and storage, then opt for Core i5 or Core i7 variants.

As for graphics, it is equipped with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655.

The biggest drawback here is the poor audio quality. But we don’t see this as a big red flag. The Flip C434’s touchpad isn’t particularly impressive, too.

Read our full Asus Chromebook Flip C434 review

Asus Chromebook Flip C434 key Specifications

Display 14-inch display, 1980 x 1080 pixels
CPU Intel Core m3-8100Y, Core i5-8200Y or Core i7-8500Y
Operating System Google ChromeOS
RAM 4GB or 8GB
Hard drive 64GB or 128GB
Battery 48Wh
Graphics Intel UHD 615
Camera 720p FaceTime HD webcam
Ports 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A, microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio jack
Size 12.6 x 8 x 0.6 inches (32 x 20.32 x 1.52 cm)
Weight 3.2 pounds (1.45 kg)
Networking WiFi (802.11b/n/ac)
Bluetooth 4.2

 

7. HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2019)

best laptop in 2020

PROS

  • Good performance
  • Smart, stylish design
  • Very long battery life

CONS

  • Mediocre touchpad
  • Display could be better
  • Large top and bottom bezels
  • Pricey

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Like the 2019 Razer Blade Stealth, the Asus Chromebook Flip C434, and the 2019 Dell XPS 13, the 2019 Spectre x360 sports an aluminium chassis. One of its most recognizable design features is its curved edges.

The Chromebook Flip C434 is a top-notch 2-in-1  with  a cutting-edge battery life, extra new security features, and brilliant design.

The laptop is 2.9 pounds and has a 12.2 x 8.6 x 0.57- inch footprint.

Every port you could reasonably expect is on this powerful laptop including USB-A and USB-C ports.

Like the Lenovo Yoga C930, the HP Spectre x360 is shipped with a stylus for writing and drawing.

Poseidon Blue and Ash Silver are colour choices available in either 13-inch or 15-inch model.

HP advertises 22.5 hours of battery life. In real-life use, the battery does not live up to what is advertised. That said, you only get roughly 13 hours per charge.

Read our full HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2019) review

HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2019) Key Specifications

Display 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 touch display
CPU 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U
8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U
Operating System Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
RAM 8GB, 16 GB
Hard drive PCIe NVMe SSD
256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB
Battery 61Wh
Graphics 128MB Intel UHD 620
Camera FHD, IR webcam
Ports Two Thunderbolt 3
Two USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 2
USB 3.1 Type-A Gen 2
Micro SD card
3.5mm headphone jack
Size 12.2 x 8.6 x 0.57 inches  (30.9 x 21.84 x 1.45 cm)
Weight 2.9 pounds (1.32 kg)
Networking 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless; Bluetooth 5.0

 

Notable Mentions

Here are other noteworthy laptops for 2020

8. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

 

PROS

  • Outstanding battery life
  • Attractive design
  • Stunning high dynamic range (HDR) display
  • Lightweight

CONS

  • Run-of-the-mill webcam
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Key Specifications

Display 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels,  Full HD Touchscreen Display
CPU Core i7-8650U
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
RAM 16GB
Hard drive 512GB SSD
Battery 57Wh
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620
Camera 720p webcam
Ports Ethernet, HDMI, 2 x USB 3.0 Ports, 2 Thunderbolt 3 Ports, 4-in-1 MicroSD card reader (SD, MMC, SDHC, SDXC),
Size 12.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches (32.26 x 21.59 x 1.52 cm)
Weight 2.5 pounds (1.13 kg)
Networking WLAN: Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 2 x 2, AC + Bluetooth 4.2

9. Microsoft Surface Pro 6

top rated laptop 2020

PROS

  • Long-lasting battery
  • Excellent display
  • Light and portable
  • Very good processing speed

CONS

  • No USB-C and thunderbolt ports
  • Expensive

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Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Key Specifications

Display 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824 (267 ppi): 3:2 aspect ratio PixelSense with 10-point multitouch
CPU i5: Intel  8th Gen Core i5-8250U;  i7: Intel 8th Gen Core i5-8650U
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
RAM 8GB or 16GB
Hard drive 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Battery 45 Wh
Graphics i5: Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Cameras Front: 5 megapixels, Rear: 8 megapixels
Ports USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect port, Surface Type Cover port,  3.5mm headphone jack, microSDXC card reader
Size 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 inches (29.21 x 20.07 x 0.84 cm)
Weight i5: 1.70 pounds (0.77 kg) ,  i7: 1.73 pounds  (0.78 kg)
Networking Wi-Fi ac (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1

 

10. Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-575-33BM)

best laptop 2020

PROS

  • Solid battery life
  • Very good performance
  • Sleek design

CONS

  • Display isn’t very bright
  • Slightly heavy
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Acer Aspire E 15 Key Specifications

Display 15.6-inch,1920×1080 pixels
CPU Intel Core i3-7100U
Operating System Windows 10 Home
RAM 6GB, 8GB
Hard drive 1 TB
Battery 2800 mAh
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620
Ports USB 3.1 with Type-C, USB 2.0, USB 3.0,  Combo Headphone/Mic Jack
Size 15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches (38.1 x 25.91 x 3.05 cm)
Weight 5.27 pounds (2.39 kg)
Networking 802.11ac

Best Laptops 2020

No. Item  
1 Dell XPS 13 (2019)
(Editors’ Choice)
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2 Apple MacBook Air (2018) Check Price on Amazon
3 Lenovo Yoga C930 Check Price on Amazon
4 Razer Blade Stealth (2019) Check Price on Amazon
5 Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2018) Check Price on Amazon
6 Asus Chromebook Flip C434 Check Price on Amazon
7 HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2019) Check Price on Amazon
8 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Check Price on Amazon
9 Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Check Price on Amazon
10 Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-575-33BM) Check Price on Amazon

Bottom Line

All of the laptops we’ve reviewed are the best laptops your money can buy in 2020. Our selections come with the latest processors which are plenty fast. Our picks have a generous amount of storage and RAM.