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What is the best laptop of 2018?

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We’ve been spoiled with a number of brilliant laptops this year, from sleek MacBooks to equally sleek Windows machines. We’ve been privileged to see many of the best laptops here at The Big Tech Question, and have one clear winner. Here’s the best laptop of 2018.

Best laptop of 2018: Huawei MateBook X Pro

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What’s so brilliant about the MateBook X Pro? That it squeezes so much into such a small chassis, without making any obvious compromises.

To be fair, that comment could be applied to numerous laptops released in 2018, but here’s what makes the MateBook X Pro special:

  • A gorgeous 13.9in screen with a 3,000 x 2,000 resolution
  • Brilliant nine-hour battery life
  • Fast enough to run games thanks to an Nvidia chip
  • Looks damn nice

It’s not perfect, nothing is. I’m not a fan of the pop-up webcam, for instance. But I’d buy the version with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD in a flash if I hadn’t already invested in the excellent Surface Book 2.

Read our full review of the Huawei MateBook X Pro.

Bargain laptop of 2018: HP Envy 13

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HP is on something of a roll with its laptops. If you’d asked me to recommend a laptop two years ago, I’d have probably pointed you elsewhere – but the Envy 13 shows just how far it’s come.

Sure, it’s 13in display isn’t the best out there, but in truth it’s more than good enough for most of us. Here’s why I loved it:

  • Looks that defy its sub-£1,000 price
  • Superb keyboard
  • Gaming ability despite its low price
  • Excellent specs for £849

You can buy the lesser but still mighty fine spec for £849, or upgrade to 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD for £1,099.

Read our full review of the HP Envy 13.

Performance laptop of 2018: Dell XPS 15

Dell XPS 15 (Model 9570) non-touch notebook computer, codename Berlinetta CFL.

Just like Dorian Grey, Dell’s XPS range doesn’t get old. Each year Dell updates it with a design tweak and component upgrades, and each year it’s right up there with the very best machines you can buy.

While I could have highlighted the excellent 2018 update to the Dell XPS 13 or the monster convertible, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1, it’s the luxurious clamshell Dell XPS 15 that wins my pick of the year. Here’s why:

  • Rammed with powerful components
  • A fantastic screen
  • All the ports and connectivity anyone needs
  • Stylish and lightweight design… considering what’s inside

Read our full review of the Dell XPS 15.

About the author

Tim Danton

Tim Danton is editor-in-chief of PC Pro magazine and has written about technology since 1999. He enjoys playing with gadgets, playing with words and playing tennis. Email tim@bigtechquestion.com

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