The best laptops of 2018: Top laptops ranked

The PC industry has been claiming that notebooks are dying breed buy despite the odds, new laptops come out every year and somehow always has something new to offer. 

Even with the onslaught of tablets in the market, the laptop manufacturer's adapted by offering 2-in-1 hybrids so that users could experience the portability of a tablet and productivity of a laptop, all in one device. 

Laptops change and evolve, becoming more powerful in general, and that is why there are so many options to choose from and diverse features that need to be taken into account. 

This guide rounds up all the devices in the market, to compile the list of which laptops are the best India and what makes them so wonderful. 

 With hybrids, Ultrabooks, traditional clamshells and more portable than ever gaming laptops in a tow, these are the best laptops you can buy. 

Best laptops

Dell XPS 13 (2017)

Slim, light, powerful and majestic, Dell’s 2018 flagship XPS 15 is one of the best laptops today. The XPS 15 ought to satisfy anyone looking for a top-notch Windows Ultrabook. 

Whether for its powerful Intel 8th Gen processors or for its bezel-less Infinity Edge display, which shoves a 15.6-inch screen into an 11-inch frame, the Dell XPS 13 makes a significant impression. Not only that, the port selection is on point too. 

Compared to Apple’s USB-C exclusive approach, Dell’s flagship notebook impresses with – in addition to USB-C – USB 3.0 and an SD card slot. Bearing in mind those facets alone, it’s no wonder the Dell XPS 15 is amongst the most popular WIndows laptops in the world. And it gets better. You also get a choice of a super high-res and multi-touch screens, as well as a breadth of options for storage and memory. Or you can save on cash and opt for more conservative specs.

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Read the full review: Dell XPS 15 (2018)

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon (2017)

With Lenovo's Thinkpad X1 Carbon 2018 update, the company has redefined the benchmark for business notebooks. This year's edition of the Thinkpad X1 Carbon compromises on nothing, be it portability or performance.

It's smaller and lighter, has a compact profile reinforced with carbon fibre, which means it is as tough as they come, has all the I/O ports you will need and bits like touchpad improvements backed by Microsoft Precision Touchpad program.

Asus Zenbook UX310UA

The Asus ZenBook UX310UA is the perfect replacement for the more expensive Dell XPS 13 without big compromises. Well, it doesn't look as nice as the XPS 13, also, the battery isn't as great either. It's not that the notebook is ugly, you get an all-aluminium frame, and fast performance using a Intel's 7th-generation Kaby Lake processor.

Additionally, you can choose between a full HD and an immersive QHD+ screen. No matter what model you go for, this laptop is a solid choice. 

Read the full review: Asus Zenbook UX310UA

Apple Macbook Pro with Touch Bar

If you're after the latest laptop from Apple, we suggest you welcome the 13-inch Macbook Pro with Touch Bar. Microsoft claims the Surface Book 2 is twice as powerful, but it's not available in India. 

Of course, the headline feature is the Touch Bar – a thin OLED display above the keyboard that can be used for various applications. If you're a fan of the Macbook Pro 2017, you'll be happy with this model but there are some serious reasons why you should consider one of the Windows alternatives too. 

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The Macbook Pro isn't as powerful, has a lower resolution display and has no touchscreen support. Plus, its battery is a tad disappointing. We'd recommend this only to diehard Apple fans and those who are already invested in the ecosystem.

Read the full review: Apple Macbook with Touch Bar

Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501

Part of Asus' new generation of Max-Q gaming laptops, the Asus ROG Zephyrus is both ridiculously powerful and astonishingly thin and light. Make no mistake, this thing is large compared to a Macbook Pro or Dell XPS 13, but compared to gaming laptops of the past, this is certainly an achievement. Your expectations of a 15-inch gaming laptop will never be the same after seeing the Zephyrus in action. 

It's expensive of course, but with powerful Core i7 CPU and GTX 1080 graphics, it'll be easily powerful enough to play the best games for many years to come. It's an ideal top-end desktop replacement for gamers and other heavy users.

Read the full review: Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming

If it's a new gaming laptop you want, and can't afford the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 above, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming is your best option. It costs about half of what the Zephyrus does and offers good value for money. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics chip is reasonably powerful and there's a 1080p display on this laptop as well. 

The laptop provides 8 hours of battery life, which means the Inspiron 15 7000 is somewhat portable too. Also, a gaming session playing Tom Clancy's The Division for two hours on medium settings uses about 66% battery.

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Read the full review: Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming 

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is the best laptop for those looking for the perfect blend between a nimble Windows tablet and a fully functional laptop. The base version of the Surface Pro 4 is just a tablet and the Surface Pen or Type Cover keyboard are sold separately. And we'd recommend springing for the keyboard case. 

The Surface Pro, alongside the also-excellent Surface Book laptop, is to Windows what the Pixel is to Google's Android. It's the benchmark Windows device, with software and hardware working together in perfect harmony.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 

Hp Spectre x360

The 13.3-inch version of the HP Spectre x360 may not have a SD card slot like its 15.6-inch sibling, but it packs the same hardy internal components in a more portable physique. Then there’s the keyboard, which with 1.3mm of travel, feels like a significant improvement. 

Despite having a dependable 8 hours and 45 minutes long battery life, the HP Spectre x360 weighs just about 1.2 kg. Just when we thought there wasn’t a laptop that’s cutting-edge in every category, the HP Spectre x360 proved us wrong.

Read the full review: HP Spectre x360

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