Welcome to 2013. This start of the year there is a lot to look out for, what with the CES coming up in Las Vegas from 8th to 11th of January and the electronic goodies that will be the statement of desires post that, Blackberry 10 coming up and other much hyped events to take centrestage soon, it will be quite an experience to look out for on what to get from the endless product lines which will now get more competitive then ever before.
To make the task of going through the hundred of products that are expected to crowd the market soon, a much easier task, MachineHappy presents a featured roundup of the best products to see and chose from this year. For the first in a series of featured roundup here is my collection of the top 5 laptops that could be your next best buy.
MachineHappy Top 5 Speak:
In this round up I evaluated an exhaustive array of laptops across segments as diverse as business, media, general purpose utilities and others and finally shortened the list to the following Top 5 which I am sure you will consider as your next best buy too. The following laptops made it to my wishlist of Top 5 Laptops To Buy:
- Macbook Pro 13-inch (Retina Display)
- HP ENVY 17 3270NR
- Asus Zenbook Prime UX 32VD-DB71
- Dell XPS 15z
- Lenovo IdeaPad Y580
Macbook Pro 13-inch (Retina Display): The Apple Macbook Pro 13-inch power packed with the retina display grants you an assured high end firepower in terms of a laptop meant for visual arts and high end media usage. In terms of a computing companion that is meant for being handy in a constantly on the move scenario, the Mackbook Pro 13-inch is the pick of the lot. It is ultra portable, packs in high end configuration in all departments and especially in terms of the graphics art package.
- Specs Speak: The MacBook Pro 13-inch (Retina Display) packs in a black chiclet backlit keyboard and one-piece glass multitouch trackpad, matte-finish aluminum all around, and a glass-covered 13.3-inch widescreen surrounded by a black bezel. The Macbook Pro 13-inch feels sturdy in your hand, at a weight of 3.57 pounds. It’s a little heavier than some ultrabooks, but then the MacBook Pro isn’t beholden to the ultrabook specs. MacBook Pro uses flash storage instead of a spinning hard drive, the system boots up and launches apps much more quickly. Flash storage also lets the MacBook Pro use Apple’s Power Nap, which updates social media, email, contacts, and location tracking over Wi-Fi even while the laptop is asleep. Wi-Fi is supported in the system via dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.1a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
- Price Speak: The Macbook Pro 13-inch with retina display is available at $1999.00.
- Buyers Speak: My advice is buy it if you want a high end laptop with highly workable features for on the move computing.
HP Envy 17 3270NR: The HP Envy 17 3270 NR is one of the best I have seen in terms of providing the best of most things good. It packs in intensely good HD performance with Beats Audio technology. The HP Envy 17 3270 NR carries a very fast processor, sports a large screen and a switchable graphics card. All in all it is one laptop that carries the best of all worlds including business and personal use.
- Specs Speak: The HP Envy carries some of the best specifications in its packaging like full HD resolution, a battery life of 7 hours and Beats Audio technology. The HP Envy carries Intel Core i&-3610 QM (3.3 GHz/2.3 GHz), an AMD Radeon HD 7850M Switchable graphics card and 8GB DDR3 memory. The hard drive is a SATA hard drive sporting 750 GB. The ports carried by the HP Envy 17 3270 NR include 4 super speed USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 microphone in, 1 RJ45, 2 display ports and 2 headphone out ports.
- Price Speak: The HP Envy 17 3270 NR is priced at $1349.99.
- Buyers Speak: If you are looking out for an all purpose attractive laptop then the HP Envy will be the envy of your friends if you decide to get it.
Asus Zenbook Prime UX 32VD-DB71: Asus is known for the packaging it gives all its laptops and the Zenbook is no different. It is the thinnest and lightest laptop in this genre which packs in a high end 1080 p HD system. It brings to board a very highly stylized laptop with intelligent features.
- Specs Speak: Asus Zenbook Prime UX 32VD-DB71 is dimensioned at around 0.7 by 12.8 by 8.9 inches (HWD) and weighing about 3.2 pounds. It carries a powerful Intel Core i7-5317U processor, discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 620M graphics. Though the Zenbook UX32VD-DB71 is one of the heavier ultrabooks in the 13-inch range, it is still lighter than the ultraportable Lenovo ThinkPad X230 (3.39 pounds) with a 12.5 inch screen, and the 14-inch ultrabook Dell XPS 14 (4.7 pounds). The system is solidly built, with an aluminum body and chiclet-style backlit keyboard. The one-piece trackpad is responsive, including the expected pinch to zoom and two finger swipe gestures. The three-finger swiping allows switching open windows or pages.
- Price Speak: The Asus Zenbook Prime UX 32 VD-DB71 is a bit on the pricey side with a price tag of $1299.00.
- Buyers Speak: If you want to get a laptop that is not as highly priced as the Macbook Air with similar performance and configuration except the brand, this one is the best buy to look for.
Dell XPS 15z: The Dell XPS 15z features power packed performance and features in a small package. This laptop is a general purpose utility laptop that fits in well features ranging from a business class laptop to a multimedia laptop that also is a good fit for occasional gaming and entertainment options.
- Specs Speak: The Dell XPS 15z features a third generation i7 processor. The normal processor speed stands at around 2.3 GHz but with Turbo Boost, it gives an extra speed of 3.1 GHz. There is a GeForce 640 M graphics card which is mounted in the system and is supportive to occasional gaming but not to the ones sporting high end graphics. The Dell XPS 15z features a Maxx Audio 4 sound system thats almost on par with the Beats Audio system under certain circumstances. The Dell XPS 15 offers 8GB of RAM and 750GB of hard drive space. It comes with up to eight hours of battery life. The battery life is what makes the laptop an optimal option for the frequent traveller.
- Price Speak: The Dell XPS 15z is priced at $1148.99.
- Buyers Speak: The Dell XPS 15z is a best buy for people who are on the look out for a multi purpose utility laptop that packs in a punch in all its configurations.
Lenovo Idea Pad Y580: The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 packs in a neat package for people who love gaming and taking their laptops along on an entertainment ride. Although it is slightly bulky and features a weak battery life, still this machine is a gamer’s pride that is available at quite a low price for a gaming and multimedia specific laptop. Check out the specs speak for more.
- Specs Speak: The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 is a pretty large system at dimensions of 15.2 x 10 x 1.4 inches and weigh at around 6.07 pounds. The screen provides a resolution of 1920 x 1080 with the screen size at 15.6 inches. The IdeaPad Y580 sports a built in Blu Ray player and has excellent video playback capabilities at 1080 p. It also features JBL speakers built in directly above the keyboard which are highly impressive and almost discount the requirement of any external speaker systems while using it. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 features a Intel Core i7 3610 QM processor and 8 GB of RAM with a processor speed of 2.3GHz. It scores high over the HP Envy 17 in most multimedia performance reviews. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 features a discrete 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX660M GPU which enables a very high end gaming performance.
- Price Speak: The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 is competitively priced at $1099.00
- Buyers Speak: The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 is a best buy for users who are seeking a highly competitive gaming and media utility laptop.