Laptop Guide

If you're in the market for a high-performance laptop, you have plenty of choices. Unfortunately, you'll have to navigate a minefield of inferior options. Our laptop reviews and buying guides are here to help you find and compare the best 2016 laptops for your needs and your budget.

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Help Me, LAPTOP: ThinkPad X1 vs. MacBook Air

You write to helpme@laptopmag.com for advice and we respond. Today, a reader named Kevin wants a light, portable notebook and can't decide between the Lenovo ThinkPad X1, MacBook Air 13-inch, or somet...

Help Me, LAPTOP: Big-Screen Notebook For Day Trading

Brokers and traders are known for their multi-monitor set-ups in the office. But getting a comparable arrangement with a laptop can be challenging. At least it is for Jeremy in Canada. He writes:"I am...

Help Me, LAPTOP: I Want A Gaming Rig Under $1700

Gaming systems run the gamut from the 11-inch Alienware M11x to the 18-inch Toshiba Qosmio X505 and have an even wider price range. So how much system do you need to run World of Warcraft at maximum r...

Help Me, Laptop: Should I Buy an Acer Notebook?

Springing for a new laptop isn't a purchase to take lightly. You'll spend at least a few hundred bucks, and on the high-end prices can climb to multiple thousands of dollars. So when it comes to parti...

Help Me, LAPTOP: I Want To Upgrade My Video Chat Capabilities

Integrated webcams have become standard on almost every laptop, which isĀ  great not only for people who make lip-syncing videos on YouTube, but also for families who want to stay connected across lon...

Help Me, LAPTOP: Which Netbook Is Best For $300 - $400?

Even though tablets are stealing all the thunder in mobile tech these days, there are still plenty of people out there who want a lightweight companion computer they can do real work with. And since w...

Help Me, LAPTOP: I Want a Gaming Notebook For Under $1,000

Nothing taxes a notebook like serious gaming and nothing adds to the price of a notebook like high-end graphics chips and CPUs. Fortunately, these days you can get a system that's good enough for gami...

Help Me, LAPTOP: Programmer Needs Notebook With Long Battery Life

Users write to helpme@laptopmag.com all the time asking for notebook buying advice, and most focus on gaming, student tasks, media consumption, or video editing. However, today reader Oleg asks for a ...

Help Me, LAPTOP: Which MacBook Should I Get For Video Editing?

If you're set on buying a MacBook, you don't have a ton of different models to choose from, but even those couple of configurations can be daunting. User Christian plans to edit video with his next no...

Help Me, LAPTOP: What Specs Do I Really Need on My Notebook?

Your job requires a high-performance machine, but how much is more than you really need? Gigabytes, rpms, GHz, CPU and GPU naming conventions can all be very confusing. That's what sent Behrooz to us ...