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Laptop Mag is devoted to helping you choose the best laptop. Our editors and writers thoroughly evaluate all the latest Windows notebook, MacBooks, Chromebooks, 2-in-1s and tablets that come through our independent lab.

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Our goal is to make shopping for a laptop simple, which is why we provide constantly-updated top pick lists, buying guides and interactive product finders to help narrow your search and avoid buyers’ remorse. We put ourselves in your shoes by going undercover to thoroughly test the tech support of every major brand.

Laptop Mag is also the place to go for tips and how-to advice for your laptop, whether you want to supercharge your old system or password protect specific folders.

How We Test Laptops

Our lab uses a combination of real-world tests and synthetic benchmarks to determine how well laptops perform. We evaluate battery life using our home-grown web surfing test, as well as speed by timing how long a system takes to transfer files and complete a demanding spreadsheet test. In addition, we use tools to tell you how colorful a laptop’s screen and how much travel its keyboard has. Learn more about how we test laptops.


Laptop Mag’s journey began in 1991 when Bedford Communications launched the first issue of Laptop Buyers’ Guide and Handbook. Later, the publication’s name was shortened to LAPTOP as it expanded its focus to handhelds, smartphones and tablets. The publication won an Eddie award from Folio Magazine.

Laptop Mag was acquired by TechMedia Network (now Purch) in July 2011. In April 2013, we went 100 percent digital to provide millions of monthly visitors more current and comprehensive information. In 2014, we moved our smartphone coverage to sister site Tom’s Guide and made laptops the focus of Laptop Mag.

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Author Bio
Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  • Mr Mzalendo Says:

    I need Tech specs for lenovo yoga c390 8th generation

  • Fern WErner Says:

    You advertised the Asus VivoBook E403NA with Storage of 128 GB. I cannot find this anywhere.

    Please help. I would like to purchase-thanks

  • Adnanqays Says:

    Please review HP Omen 15 2018 GTX 1060 and compare with Lenovo Legion Y730. Which one is the best?

  • joe hillesum Says:

    I just read a write up of Chromebooks by Henry T Casey. Very informative!
    But I have a question about google support of the Chromebook OS. I have read that they support Chromebook for only five years after manufacture. Is this true? What can you tell me about this, Thank you very much, in advance, for your help.

  • Jazzy Jeff Says:

    I'm posting this here as the article in question on your site had no author listed, nor is there a method of contact anywhere except for advertising inquiries to your publisher!

    Regarding this article:


    It starts out by saying 300 nits is very bright yet the brightest in the list is 209? I read lots of reviews on Notebookcheck and typically all the units they review are in the 175-275 range. These numbers look very low to me. Granted I might not be comparing exact models, but an HP Envy 17 on notebookcheck review was showing average 330 nits and 209 here? Same with most of the models they listed.

    Is your test method THAT much different?

  • Jonan Says:

    What what a well designed long lasting and Portable laptop.
    Keep it up.

  • D Debelak Says:

    How do I unsubscribe??? While you info is helpful, your notice are annoyingly frequent!

  • Cassie Says:

    Hey, do you have permission on Amazon.com to post the price of the devices here? When I go to Amazon website, it says the Kid's Fire is $99.99 not $69.99. How does this offer works?

    Here is the content on your articles:

    -If you're looking to buy the cheapest kids' tablet possible, the Fire 7 Kids Edition won't disappoint. Although it originally sells for $99.99, Amazon currently offers it for $69.99.

    Take Up to $40 Off the Editors' Choice Fire Tablets for Kids
    By Louis Ramirez
    November 7, 2017 01:06 pm

  • zafar Says:

    I have DellE6320 laptop some time screen on with out battery and with out plugin .the screen hung and the fan is working is this possible. or I have tribal in laptop

  • Yoland Says:


    Usefull info BUT ...

    I was looking for a 2 in 1, i.e. a laptop and a tablet in one product. I bought the spectre 15' X360 ... but this is not a 2 in 1 !!! this is a laptop with a screen that can rotate to 360 degrees. The such called 'tablet' portion cannot take picture like all tablets do ! If to have a real 2 in 1, we have to buy a detachable screen product, then only those should be tagged as 2 in 1. The spectre like laptops should be tagged 1 1/2 IN 1 !!!!!!
    Over and above that, I have seen some 3 IN 1 products on some site ... over and above these confusions, suppliers are building different families name (spectre, elite, pro, pavillon, ...) for whatever reason ... ah those marketing guys !


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  • Ben Arnold Says:

    Thank you so much for your service. You're truly a humanitarian. Your advice has saved me on several occasions. Thank God for people like you and your team! And your site and writing style is flawless (English major indeed; and artist)! -Ben Arnold (AnaEzine)

  • Henrik R. Says:


    The LAPTOP INTERACTIVE BUYING GUIDE is a great idea. I don't think I have seen that before. But your system found 7 laptops out of which one is more or less useful to me. The problem is that I have used PCs for about 30 years, and I DON'T want a laptop where the keys are in 'strange' locations compared to what I have been using for 30 years (...) and that very much limits my options! I don't understand why laptop manufactures think that keyboards should look very different from what "old folks" like me are used to? :-)

    Best regards,
    Henrik R.

  • ed artman Says:

    Why do you continue to bombard me with invasive messages when I never subscribed to your service
    Stop pestering me.

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