The Best UltraBook Laptops- Best Laptops From Favorite Brands 2020

Humble greetings to you all and welcome to the review of the Best Laptops From Your Favorite Laptop Brands. I am a huge fan of laptops by HP, ever since i was a child i always thought that HP was the only brand for laptops LOL! i shake my head to how closed minded i was. But the very reason i thought that, was because i was not exposed to the tech world and hadn’t the capacity to own any by then.

So here we will be taking a look at some of the best laptops from some mentionable brands, such as: HP, Lenovo, ASUS, Apple, Dell, Microsoft, Acer, and MSI. If one was to buy a laptop and they were looking for the best, how would they decide on what or which is “The Best Laptop”? The truth is, what separates the best laptops from the rest is dependent on a multitude of factors. These factors can be summed up in the following points:

– How they balance power, efficiency, portability, and comfort.

– Purpose for which it will be bought for or intended

Other factors vary from person to person. A good laptop needs to be portable, comfortable, and powerful enough for all the tasks you would want to perform on it. There are no perfect laptops, each and every feature in which a certain laptop would shine in, it has to give in other areas. For example, some are excellent performers while their battery is poor. As for those that come close to being perfect, those that balance near perfectly in power and performance, they are extremely pricey! On this list you will find that there are some very expensive laptops.

1. HP Elite Dragonfly (2020)

HP Elite Dragonfly 2020

The HP Elite Dragonfly Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop is the best and latest laptop from HP. HP designed and built this beautifully elegant piece of tech for the traveling professionals. Not only is it beautiful and elegant but it is very powerful too.

Design-wise, the HP Elite Dragonfly is super light and beautiful thanks to the dragonfly blue CNC magnesium chassis. The device has dimensions measuring 11.9 x 7.8 x 0.6-inch and weighs 2.2 pounds (which is just below a kg, though this could be heavier if one was to go for the optional larger batter). This makes it lighter than most of it’s competitors like the MacBook Air, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga, and Dell Latitude 7300. The entirety of the laptop is made from the exact same dragonfly blue magnesium metal. On both sides of the keyboard i.e. Left and Right, are two upward firing speakers by Bang & Olufsen. It’s beauty also comes from the oleophobic coating, which helps maintain the surfaces from stains and fingerprints-by making it easy to wipe clean. Finally, the laptop has two silver chrome-accented hinges which allow it to turn 360-degrees and perfectly transform it from a laptop into a tablet. To fully utilize this feature you could get the optional HP Rechargeable Active Pen G3, which provides 4,096 points of pressure, which allows for precise pen strokes. This Pen is USB-C rechargeable so no batteries needed!

HP Elite Dragonfly

When it comes to ports, you’ll find an HDMI port, headset jack and a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports along the laptop’s right side whilst on the left sits a USB 3.1 Type-A Gen 1 port, Nano SIM slot and the power button. What about security you say? well, not to worry, this laptop comes with a fingerprint scanner on the right side of the palm rest, an IR camera capable of facial recognition scans for use with Windows Hello logins and there is also a physical switch above the camera to close the shutter and keep the want-to-be hackers away. More importantly, the HP Elite Dragonfly comes equipped with a self-healing BIOS in case it gets attacked by a virus.

HP Elite Dragonfly

Packing high performance internals-1.6GHz Intel Core i7-8665U 8th Gen Processor with 16GB of RAM, this device will take on your day-to-day multitasking with much ease. Powered by a 4-cell, 56 Watt hour battery, you will be able to work from anywhere with extended battery life and stay connected with optional gigabit-class 5G LTE and gigabit-speed Wi-Fi 6. Another added bonus is it’s charging capabilities, it will do 50% charge in just 30min thanks to fast charging technology.

HP Elite Dragonfly

It’s worth noting that the HP Elite Dragonfly doesnt come cheap even for it’s base model, which costs around $1,500 and this rises to a whooping $3,657.72 (This is the all-maxed out specs and features version which comes with an Intel Core i7-8665U 8th Gen Processor with 16GB of RAM, 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe TLC SSD, 4K UHD Display)! This is some price tag if you ask me. This is by no doubt an amazing business laptop for those always on the go and it’s worth recommending to them. For anyone else other than the professionals on the move, i wouldn’t recommend this, especially if you are a gamer. There are cheaper EliteBooks on the market for those looking for affordable laptops.

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2. DELL XPS 13 (2020)

Dell XPS 13 2020

The powerhouse, beast, super laptop, and all rounded-top laptop by a good margin. This is a close to perfect laptop with minor flaws. Last year it was the best overall laptop and this year Dell has added minor improvements to an already almost-perfect device. These little improvements have made it even more stunning than it was before (than XPS 2019), a flawless design, gorgeous display and sheer power under it’s thin and light chassis. You will notice when it comes to the display, unlike it’s predecessor, Dell trimmed the bottom bezel from 19.5mm to 4.6mm, what you have left is an InfinityEdge display that has an amazing 91.5% screen-to-body ratio and is virtually borderless. The display is also home to the webcam, which is located in the center of the top bezel. The laptop also features a twin-coil hinge that makes the laptop easy to open with one hand while avoiding any unsightly bulk near the bottom of the display.

When it comes to ports the XPS isn’t much on ports so be prepared to have a USB-C HUB. The laptop packs two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports for charging and connecting to USB-C accessories. Beyond that, you get a microSD reader and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Dell does include a USB-C to USB-A adapter in the box, which is useful for all who need to connect legacy peripherals. The Dell XPS 13 features both versions of Windows Hello, with a fingerprint scanner above the backspace key that doubles as a power button, along with a IR-capable webcam that can scan your face to let you into the device. Battery-wise, this Ultrabook is very good when it comes to the battery but you will have to settle for the 1080p model for long endurance as opposed to the 4K model. Like all 4K laptops, the UHD Dell XPS 13 takes a knock when it comes to battery life.

DELL XPS 13 2020

Now for the Engine behind the XPS- it comes outfitted with Intel’s latest 10th Gen processors, making it an even faster multitasking machine for browsing the web, efficiency and doing some light gaming. Let’s remember that with all it’s beauty and capability, the Dell XPS 13 is no cheap machine. The base model currently starts at a premium $1,249, which gets you a 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD and a 13.4-inch 1920 x 1200 display. Stepping up to the $1,299 model gets you the same specs but with a touchscreen display. Dell typically also sells a $999 Intel Core i3 version of the XPS 13. But if you really want to go all-out with it, you can have Dell strap a 4K touch screen on here for an extra $200 and a 2TB SSD for an added $300. This means that with everything added up, a fully maxed out Dell XPS 13 9300 is going to set you back a whopping $2,249.

Dell XPS 13 2020

Now regardless of how much this device costs or how many ports it lacks, the XPS 13 is truly worth every penny and you do get value-for-money with this device. With it’s bright and beautiful display, a comfortable keyboard and a super compact design that you’ll immediately fall in love with, it’s one elegant piece of tech. And, if you’re looking for a premium laptop that you can show off wherever you go, you’ve got an ace here just whip it and watch them gaze in astonishment.

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3. MacBook Pro (16-inch 2019)

MacBook Pro 16 2019

The MacBook Pro 16″ 2019, despite being last year’s model, is Apple’s best laptop to date. The newer models have some improvements over the MacBook Pro 16″ 2019 model but despite that, it is still a competitive machine. Apple’s Mac line has always been strongly criticised by it’s butterfly keyboard design and thank goodness Apple changed that on this model and the newer models that came after it- they now have the traditional keyboard design. Another factor or change that makes this an exceptional device is Apple also altered how the laptop dissipates heat, allowing the processor to run faster and more predictably.

MacBook Pro 16 2019

It also brought back a physical Esc key and most pro users’ preferred arrow key layout, another is the shortening of the Touch Bar. It doesn’t look at all different from the rest of the other Mac laptops, the design is quite familiar. Dimensions measure 0.64 x 14.09 x 9.68 inches (1.62 x: 35.79 x 24.59cm) and it weighs a hefty 4.3 pounds. It has an increadible display with a resolution bumped up to 3,072 x 1,920 and a pixel density of 226 pixels per inch, there is a usual disappointment that most Mac users find on Apple’s laptops and that is the lack of ports. Apple has decided to just include four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports and an audio jack, not all users would be happy about this especially that most have modern peripherals. This means you have to invest in a USB-C hub. When it comes to the speakers, there are six speakers in the MacBook Pro, with Force Feedback-enabled woofers. This allows the MacBook Pro to produce bass sounds without extraneous vibration causing unpleasant distortion.

MacBook Pro 16 Deck

Performance, again, the MacBook Pro 16″ shines! It is one of the most powerful laptops you can currently find on the market, and very few can actually rival it at performance. With your choice of 6-core Core i7 processor or an 8-core Core i9 CPU. You get 16GB of RAM to start with but it can be maxed up to 64GB of memory. And there’s 512GB of SSD as the base storage option that’s configurable up to 8TB! Jaw dropper yes? I think yes too! The AMD Radeon Pro 5300M is the starting GPU but you can upgrade to the Radeon 5500M and max out with 8GB of video RAM. Very powerful and yes, very expensive too.

Now for one of the important topics-BATTERY! The Mac is equipped with a 100-watt-hour-battery, which Apple claims will provide up to 11 hours of web surfing time. In short, you don’t have to worry much when it comes to the Mac’s battery endurance. What you have here is somewhat of a complete package, for power users it is a delight of a device.

MacBook Pro 16 2019

It has minor flaws going for it such as, it’s quite heavy, lacks Face ID, lacks a 4K display and lack of port options. Despite that, all these are worth neglecting when you look at the bigger picture. The MacBook Pro 16″ 2019 is for professionals/power users. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone with a tight budget, or doesn’t need all that power under the hood.

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4. LENOVO THINKPAD X1 CARBON (2019

ThinkPad X1 Carbon

This is another top end business laptop from last year, but it is a worthy machine to be found on this list. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon was designed for premium performance, it is slim, sleek and extremely light. With up to 18.3 hours of battery life, it will last all day while busy delivering excellent performance. It also features a built-in suite of ThinkShield security features, an Intel Core technology for high performance, enhanced audio for ultimate surround sound, and an optional carbon-fiber weave top cover. The laptop is one of the lightest weighing just 2.2 pounds and is 0.6 inches thick.

The design of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is not as flashy as mentionables like the Dell XPS 13 or HP Spectre x360, it’s a rather subtle design and is stylish too, very pleasant on the eye. On it’s lid/cover is an X1 logo located at the bottom left corner and ThinkPad branding, which has the latter “i” illuminated in red, located near the top right corner in diagonally. Once you open the lid you’ll find two speakers located on the deck near the hinges and the laptop rocks a spill-resistant keyboard whic has a two-level bacllight. Lenovo offers five display options on this model, three of which are 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution. There are also a WQHD (2,560×1,440 pixel) and the UHD display (3,820×2,160 pixel) and the screen does open 180 degrees, which gives you plenty of positioning flexibility. The webcam found in the frame above it is fitted with a physical shutter that slides to block the camera, it’s also worth noting that there are two different webcam options available on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon: a standard camera and an IR camera for facial recognition. A fingerprint reader is located near your touchpad on the right side and stores and processes your print on it’s own system-on-a-chip (SoC) for better protection of your system and print from hacks or malware. There are other security features such as self-encrypting SSDs and Intel vPro processors, discrete TPM 2.0 and FIDO authentication.

Lenovo X1 Carbon 7th

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has an assortment of ports. On the left side are two Thunderbolt 3 ports, an Ethernet dock connector, a USB 3.1 Type-A port, an HDMI 1.4 input and a headphone jack whilst on the right side of the X1 Carbon you’ll find a second USB 3.1 Type-A port and a Kensington lock. Units with cellular connectivity have a WWAN card slot on the back edge. Unfortunately there is no microSD slot on this piece of tech.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 7th

The maxed-out model is packed with a 1.9GHz Intel Core i7-8665U vPro processor, 16GB of 2,133MHz RAM and a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD. For non-heavy tasks you’ll be alright with the entry-level config running a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8265U. Both these models have 8th Gen processors. However, If your days usually have you handling more intensive tasks such as working in large databases or spreadsheets or creating multimedia presentations or you just want the best, then the Core i7 is for you. When is comes down to battery endurance, it will mainly depend on the model that you get. The 1080p version has excellent endurance and lasts 9 hours and 30 minutes, which involves continuous web browsing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits. However, the battery takes a huge hit when it comes to the 4K panel, dropping that time by nearly 3hrs.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a very versatile machine that can be used or targets all consumers, whether a business user or evreyday consumer. Despite it’s little short-commings, it has a lot of good going for it and is easily recommendable to anyone. The price is hefty, afterall it’s Lenovo’s best ultrabook, so it might not be for everyone plus you might just want to wait a little because Lenovo already announced that it will bring 10th Gen Intel CPUs to it’s latest flagship ThinkPads. The new chips are expected to bring a nice performance boost on top of Wi-Fi 6 and integrated Thunderbolt 3 support.

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5. Microsoft Surface Book 3

Surface 3

The full on business ultrabook, here according to Microsoft “performance meets versatility in our most powerful Surface laptop yet. Speed, graphics, and long battery life pair with the flexibility of a robust laptop, processor-powered tablet, and portable studio.” Its got the same design and looks as the model from 2017 but the internals are absolutely different.You can plug the screen on backwards, and you can use the keyboard as a kickstand. The Surface Book 3’s removable screen and hinge still stands out in the laptop world and it’s the only one of it’d kind, though many PC makers took a stab at making their own Surface-like tablet PCs, but none dared to mimic the Book’s approach. Some of the laptop’s main components are located behind the screen (these are storage, RAM, CPU and motherboard), the keyboard base however, houses the battery, and dedicated graphics.

It has a beautiful touch display of resolution 3240 x 2160 and a 3:2 aspect ratio with 260 PPI. On the screen burried in the thick bezels(thats another flaw you’ll notice, unless you like thick bezels), tou find a 5MP front-facing camera 1080p, and at the rear is an 8MP 1080p lense. The laptop is quite thick when compared to other pro laptops, it’s up to 23mm thick and the hinge doesn’t do any justice to it by leaving that big gap on the inside when closed. This is also one of the heaviest 15-inch laptops weighing 4.20 pounds. Coming to the ports selection, there are two USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen1), one USB Type-C w/ video, power in/out and USB 3.1 (Gen2) data, full-size SDXC card reader (UHS-II), headphone jack (3.5mm), two Surface Connect ports (1 in tablet, 1 in keyboard base) and Microsoft is packing chargers that are powerful enough to keep the laptop charged under extremely heavy loads. Microsoft claims that the battery will last 17.5hrs when connected to it’s base.

The Surface Book 3 features big updates such as Intel’s quad-core 10th generation Ice Lake CPUs, which max out at a 3.9GHz Turbo Boost speed, up to 32GB of RAM, up to 2TB SSD storage and new graphics options. Graphics options include, NVIDIA’s GTX 1650, GTX 1660 Ti and Quadro RTX 3000 as options. That is pretty impressive and obviously must be pricy.

Microsoft SurfaceBook 3

Now when it comes to price it’s worth mentioning once again that for a premium device comes a premium price to go with it, and for the Micrsoft Surface Book 3 is no exception. The 15-inch entry-level model starts at $2,299 for an Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB storage and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q. The top-end Surface Book 3 includes the NVIDIA Quadro 3000 RTX graphics card, along with 32GB RAM, 2TB storage and an Intel Core i7 for $3,399. If you wish to go for the 13-inch model, it starts at $1,599 for the entry-level model. This gets you an Intel Core i5, 256GB storage, 8GB RAM and integrated Intel Iris Plus graphics. We recommend stepping up to the $1,999 model that significantly improves the processor, RAM, and graphics with an Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650.

That said, it is both a powerful and beautiful laptop but there are other similarly powerful laptops like it which are going for far much less. Plus it’s worth notting that this is a business laptop. So it is quite difficult to recommend, the price is really steep and if you are a regular consumer i wouldn’t recommend this to you. This laptop is even hard to compare with other pro laptops simply because it’s in it’s own zone, a tricky customer. Nonetheless, it’s beautiful and unique at the same time.

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6. Huawei Matebook 13 2020

A special laptop maker here is Huawei. The Huawei MateBook 13 is one of the value-packed flagship laptop on the market. The lack of Thunderbolt 3 might be felt by some more professional users looking for the fastest possible data transfers. There are other ports missing, such as the MicroSD slot and HDMI port. Huawei’s new Matebook 13 2020 features an Intel 10th gen Comet Lake mobile processors, with a 512 GB PCIe SSD, and a 13 inch, 2160 x 1440 IPS panel.

Dimension-wise the device measures 286mm x z4.9mm x 211mm and it weighs approximately 1.3kg. A beautiful 13 Inch IPS 2K display with a resolution of 2160×1440, an aspect ratio of 3:2, 88% screen-to-body ratio and a PPI of 200. It has a 100% sRGB color gamut and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. It is a 10-point multi-touch sensitive screen with finger gesture screenshot (That is by swiping down with three fingers to capture the screen and then extract text from the screenshot for editing). The maximum brightness is 300 nits and has a viewing angle of up to 178 degrees. Display is home to the 1 MP camera.

The Huawei MateBook 13 is available in two models- with an Intel Core i7-10510U and the other being a core i5-10510U. The Core i7 model features 16 GB of LPDDR3-2133 RAM, 13 inch touchscreen display with resolution of 2160 x 1440 IPS with a 3:2 aspect ratio, which is powered by NVIDIA’s GeForce MX250. The Core i5 model has an i5-10210U processor, 8 GB of LPDDR3-2133 RAM,and the same when it comes to display. Both Huawei Matebook 13 2020 models share the same space grey aluminium alloy frame with a 512 GB PCIe SSD. It also has a batter capacity of 41.7Wh and goes up to 11.6 hours on 1080p video playback at 150 nits, in addition it features a 65 W USB-C charger that’s much more versatile. The charger comes with a detachable cable that can be used for either charging or transferring data. It also supports HUAWEI SuperCharge for certain phones. Now that is impressive!

Huawei MateBook 13

The Huawei MateBook 13 features a Full-size backlit chiclet keyboard and fingerprint Power Button. To the ports, you will find two USB-C (The left port supporting data transfer and charging, the right port supporting data transfer. The HUAWEI MateBook 13 is equipped with two USB-C ports that support 3.1 Gen1 protocol, and have a theoretical transmission speed of 5 Gbps. Actual transmission speed may vary depending on the third-party USB-C device used.) and a 3.5mm headset and microphone 2-in-1 jack x 1.

When it comes to heat dissipation, according to Huawei, the new Shark Fin 2.0 fan design can dissipate heat faster than ever by using dual fans. The 25% speed increase of normal fans enhances air flow to cool the computer rapidly and quietly for a better working experience. This new technology means your workflow will be uninterrupted and smooth even when running multiple apps or playing intense games.

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