With the Galaxy Book Flex, Samsung has made a step into the world of convertible notebooks, and it has done well. Its 1080p OLED screen is of the excellent quality you’d expect from a company device, with a thinner bezel than most 13-inch laptops.
We like having the option to fold the screen 360 degrees, although this certainly means that the hinge is more unstable than desired. Nonetheless, this is a lesser evil for a device with a performance and battery like the Galaxy Book Flex .
This laptop also has a pretty decent webcam ideal for working from home and making video calls, but it doesn’t support the Windows Hello facial recognition system. But its fantastic finger scanner makes up for it.
The XPS 13 used to be the undisputed king of ultrabooks , but the competition has kicked in and Dell is no longer able to keep up. Now, this doesn’t mean that the 2020 Dell XPS 13 is no longer worth it, and a lot (albeit expensive).
In fact, its pretty 16:10 screen and having the best keyboard you can find means it’s worth considering especially if you’re looking for a Windows ultrabook . Its drawbacks are the few ports, heating problems and a high price.
As we said, it is not a bad laptop: the XPS 13 is a magnificent team and also improves in several aspects with respect to the previous edition. If you end up buying it, you will surely love it, but its flaws make it not the best of the year.
More information: Review Dell XPS 13 9300 (2020)
The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is a very particular notebook. It is a premium device designed for creatives that includes 4K screens. Yes, “screens” in the plural. The main 4K OLED panel is complemented by a secondary LCD screen.
You can use this second screen to multitask , use both for a single program and thus have more space or simply use the small one for applications that you want to use in the background such as Twitter or Slack.
In addition to this novelty, its specifications of up to a Core i9 processor, 32 GB of RAM, 1 TB of storage and RTX 2060 graphics are interesting. It is, therefore, ideal for video and photography editors and also for gamers .
More information: Asus ZenBook Pro Duo Review
Dell XPS 15 – The best laptop
Your webcam may not convince us and you have not implemented HDR technology well, but this is of very little importance when you consider everything else that this Dell laptop with a 4K screen offers.
Those looking for a 15 ”Windows laptop, an alternative to the MacBook Pro, should keep the 2020 XPS 15 in mind. You won’t find anything better on the market: well-built, compact, and spectacular performance.
Obviously it is expensive, but not as much as you might think for what you will get in return. Of course, we do not recommend that you spend so much if you are going to buy the entry model. Spend a little more and avoid the integrated graphics card.
Honor MagicBook 14 – Best cheap laptop
The MagicBook 14 is the first Honor laptop to hit the European market, and it couldn’t do it at a better price. What’s more, its attractive design and more than decent performance remind us of much more expensive models.
Although it is a fairly light laptop, that does not prevent it from having a decent AMD processor and a Radeon graphics card, which means that you will be able to use two intense programs (including games) at the same time.
Another point in favor is the long autonomy of its battery. You can use this MagicBook to work or play for more than 10 hours. It looks a lot like the Huawei MateBook D 14 in terms of specs, but the Honor model is cheaper.
More information: Review Honor MagicBook 14
Huawei MateBook X Pro – Best budget laptop
The Huawei MateBook X Pro (2020) looks a lot like the last two generations of the MateBook X Pro, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It is one of the best laptops of this year thanks to its 10th generation Intel chips.
Its specs start with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, an MX250 GPU, and 1TB of storage. This is hard to beat, although the cheaper option of the MateBook X Pro with Intel Core i5 will work for most.
This powerful performance comes with a lightweight design, a great display, one of the best keyboards on the market, and impressive battery life. Our only but would be the strange place where we found the webcam.
More information: Review Huawei MateBook X Pro (2020)
Huawei MateBook D 14 – Best mid-range option
Despite being a mid-range notebook, Huawei could not have done better with the Huawei MateBook D 14 , which seems like a premium computer at all levels. It’s light, easy to transport, and very powerful, which is hard to beat at this price.
It has some AMD internals that are the envy of models that cost more or less the same. Although it is not considered a gaming laptop , the truth is that its Radeon Vega 8 graphics will be ideal for games like Fortnite and Rocket League .
As if this were not enough, Huawei’s MateBook D 14 enjoys a battery life of a whole day. Benchmark results give more than 10 hours. Its 65W fast charge means you can charge the battery to 43% in just half an hour.
Acer Swift 5 – Better portability
The Acer Swift 5 is an option to consider for those looking for a laptop that combines style, portability, price and power. Thus, it is a computer with good value for money, as well as a beautiful design.
In this sense, this Acer laptop ticks all the boxes and has very little to go against. It has a good selection of ports and an enviable battery life. Now it is not perfect and it is important to say so.
We’ve been a bit disappointed with the Swift 5’s display and keyboard . In this sense, it is perhaps more advisable to bet on the HP Envy 3, which has a similar price and also comes with a dedicated graphics card inside.
More information: Review Acer Swift 5 (SF514-54T)
Asus ZenBook S13 – Best ultrabook
Asus is another laptop manufacturer to consider even though its products have not yet reached the level of popularity of brands like Dell or Apple. The ZenBook S13 perfectly exemplifies that its computers are up to par with their rivals.
You will have a hard time finding an ultrabook that has such high specs (Intel Core i7 processor, discrete graphics card, and 512GB of storage) in such a small body. Best of all, you can have it at a not too high price.
You may not be completely attracted by the design finished in silver and it is true that the trackpad is not the best, but they really are small drawbacks compared to the large list of advantages that this Asus laptop presents.