Best 14-inch laptops 2024: Small size, big potential

The best 14-inch laptops are small in size, but big in potential. Hitting the sweet spot between a 13-inch laptop's portability and a 15-inch laptop's expanded performance, 14-inch laptops are taking over as one of the most popular laptop form factors around — and for good reason.

While a typically slim and minimalist form will see you lose out on some of the larger USB Type-A or Ethernet ports, 14-inch laptops tend to be outfitted with powerful Thunderbolt ports for excellent power delivery and lightning-fast transfer speeds. You're also likely to find dazzling edge-to-edge displays, lighter and sleeker builds, and, more often than not, an improved battery life over their 15.6-inch counterparts.

Are you in the market for a new machine that's both portable and powerful? We've put together our shortlist of the best 14-inch laptops you can currently lay your hands on. Our selection draws across our impressive library of reviews to pick out laptops suited to a variety of different budgets and use cases to help you narrow down your search. Read on for our guide on the best 14-inch laptops in 2024.

Best 14-inch laptops in 2024: Quick list

Best overall 14-inch laptop

Apple MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Pro

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The best 14-inch laptop

Specifications

CPU: M2 Pro (10-core CPU, 16-core GPU or 12-core CPU, 19-core GPU), with optional M2 Max with up to 12-core CPU and 38-core GPU
RAM: 16GB to 96GB
Storage: 512GB to 8TB
Display: 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display (3024x1964 pixels, 254ppi)
Size: 12.3 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 3.5 pounds (M2 Pro) - 3.6 pounds (M2 Max)

Reasons to buy

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Impressive performance
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Over 14 hours of battery life
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Great port selection
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Beautifully vibrant display with crisp detail
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Excellent audio

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Off-putting notch
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Still no Face ID

Apple Macbook Pro 14 sets the standard for other 14-inch laptops to follow. It's the total package and an obvious top pick for anybody looking to pick up a laptop in this category. Beyond the MacBook's iconic style, its M2 Pro or M2 Max SoC is a consistent powerhouse when it comes to accomplishing computing tasks and a real pioneer when it comes to efficiency and battery life.

Beyond the MacBook Pro 14's performance, you'll find Apple's iconic keyboard and plus-sized trackpad, powerful speakers, a fantastic high-resolution webcam, and a stunning 14-inch Liquid Retina XDR display.

This MacBook Pro 14 is a multipurpose laptop that can do just about anything, from productivity to creation — and even a little gaming, too. Work or play, the MacBook Pro 14 is a best-in-class option that is well worth a place on any buyer's prospective shortlist.

See our full M2 Pro MacBook Pro review.

Best 14-inch budget laptop

Asus Zenbook 14 (Q409ZA) OLED

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Best budget 14-inch laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5-1240P
GPU: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 256GB
Display: 14-inch, 1800p
Size: 12.4 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 3.1 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Great battery life
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Striking 90Hz display for price
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Beautifully vibrant display with crisp detail

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Off-putting notch
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Still no Face ID

Buying budget doesn't mean sacrificing a premium aesthetic or solid performance. In fact, for less than $800 you can snag yourself the Asus Zenbook 14 OLED, a stylish laptop backed by 12th gen Intel performance with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

Not every laptop has to achieve stratospheric levels of face-melting performance or the type of graphical prowess that could rival the latest games consoles. The Zenbook 14 OLED instead provides a decent platform with which you can handle a considerable amount of work and pairs it with a great battery life and a smooth 90Hz 1080p display that's both crisp and vibrant.

See our full Asus Zenbook 14 OLED (Q409ZA) review.

Best 14-inch gaming laptop

Alienware x14 R1

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Best 14-inch gaming laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-12900HK
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 2TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
Display: 14-inch, 1920 x 1080
Size: 12.7 x 10.3 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 4.1 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Sleek, portable design
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Great overall and gaming performance
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Super fast transfer speeds
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Solid battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Display could be more vivid
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Somewhat expensive

Alienware's catalog of laptops might turn some away with its prices, but that kind of investment usually results in some pretty phenomenal gaming performance and incredible on-screen visuals.

Case in point: the Alienware x14 R1 — a portable gaming platform with everything you need to burn through your game library without a second thought. Armed with a 12th gen Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 30-Series graphics, the x14 is a tremendous 14-inch option, brimming with gaming potential. Add to that a ridiculously fast SSD with 2TB of storage and 16GB of high-speed RAM and you have a well-rounded machine that can even serve a purpose as a decent workstation or creator-class device.

It's not the most premium gaming laptop you can aim for, and if that's what you're looking for then our selection of the best gaming laptops will do you nicely, but it is a solid mid-range option for gaming looking for quality and visual splendor in a portable 14-inch form.

See our full Alienware x14 R1 review.

Best 14-inch Ultrabook

Acer Swift Go 14

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Best 14-inch Ultrabook

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-13700H
GPU: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Display: 14-inch 2,880 x 1,800-pixel OLED
Size: 12.3 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 2.9 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Incredible performance
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Most vivid screen I’ve ever seen
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Phenomenal display
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Affordable
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Satisfying keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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Runs a bit hot
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Subpar battery life

There always has to be one machine out there touting the "MacBook killer" moniker, and our current best pick for that title in the 14-inch laptop category is the Acer Swift Go 14. It's packed to the gills with high-performance components and ticks off all of the Ultrabook requirements. Better still, it's plenty affordable and houses one of the most vivid OLED displays we've come across.

The Swift Go 14's incredible performance is the result of a 13th gen Evo certified Intel Core i7 processor, Intel Iris Xe graphics, and 16GB of RAM with 512GB of SSD storage to back it up. However, regardless of the top-notch tech housed inside, it's the Swift Go 14's dazzling 2.8K, 14-inch OLED display that will steal the show for many.

See our full Acer Swift Go 14 review.

Best 14-inch laptop display

Asus ZenBook Pro 14 Duo OLED

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Best 14-inch laptop display

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700H
GPU: Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti 4GB vRAM
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 1TB SSD
Display: 14.5-inch, 2.8K OLED
Size: 12.8 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 3.3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Excellent build quality and design
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Vibrant, colorful crisp display
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Punchy performance
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Second display is functional

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey
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Battery Life is an issue
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Awkward keyboard and touchpad

Asus’s latest Zenbook Pro 14 Duo features the world’s first 14.5-inch, 2.8K 120Hz OLED laptop display. Like its larger 15-inch variant, this is a beautifully built, wow-factor laptop for content creators that will grab everyone's attention wherever you choose to set up shop for the day.

However, you better be near an outlet if you plan to use both displays and get in a full day's work. That said, packed with an Intel 12th Gen Core i7 CPU, Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti GPU, two gorgeous displays, and potent speakers, the Zenbook Pro Duo 14 has a lot going for it. 

The Pro Duo 14 also smartly comes with an excellent, highly accurate stylus that is a joy to use. However, there is the crowded keyboard, and thumb-sized touchpad to contend with, which will be a turn-off for some. Overall, it’s a perky performer which could make it perfect for on-the-go content creators who will put that stylus to good use. 

See our full Asus ZenBook Pro 14 Duo OLED review.

Best 14-inch all-rounder laptop

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon

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Best 14-inch all-rounder

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
GPU: AMD Radeon Graphics
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Display: 1800p OLED display
Size : 12.3 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 2.4 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Bright, colorful display
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Comfortable keyboard
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Bumpin’ speakers
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Strong performance

Reasons to avoid

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Below average battery life

If you're unsure of what kind of laptop you need, it's sometimes best to aim for the middle of the pack and choose a solid all-rounder. In this case, we'd recommend the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon — an AMD-powered laptop that ticks all the boxes when it comes to striking the balance between performance, price, and comfort.

AMD's Ryzen 7 5800U processor provides the muscle, with Radeon Graphics, 16GB of RAM, and a zippy 512GB of SSD storage all playing a vital supporting role when it comes to this laptop's strong overall performance.

But a bright and colorful 14-inch OLED panel and quality speakers make the user experience stand out, with the combination of both greatly bolstering the Slim 7 Carbon's entertainment potential. 


See our full Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon review.

Best 14-inch 2-in-1 laptop

Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8

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Best 14-inch 2-in-1 laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1360P
GPU: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB
Display: 14-inch, OLED, 2880 x 1880-pixel @ 90Hz
Size: 12.5 x 9.1 x .6 inches
Weight: 3.09 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Breathtaking 2.8K OLED display
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Great productivity performance
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Blisteringly fast SSD
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Loud and impactful audio
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Decent battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Display could be brighter

Everyone loves a comeback, and the tale of the Yoga 9i's return to form is exactly that. The previous model suffered from middling performance and a weak battery life, but the 8th Generation of this fantastic device put to rest all of our complaints.

While its gorgeous 14-inch (2880 x 1880) OLED display is no doubt a potential show stealer, there's no weak link in this ensemble cast thanks to a powerful 13th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU tuned for performance, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of supersonic SSD storage, and Intel Iris Xe graphics.

On top of all of this is the Yoga 9i's convertible potential, offering tablet, tent, and traditional laptop modes of interaction. This versatile machine has plenty to offer to the right owner, and came within a hair's width of a perfect score during our review.

See our full Levovo Yoga 9i (Gen 8) review.

Best 14-inch laptop for Windows

Acer Swift 5 (2022)

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Best 14-inch laptop for Windows

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1260P
GPU: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 1TB SSD
Display: 14-inch, 2560 x 1600
Size: 12.2 x 8.4 x 0.59 inches
Weight: 2.6 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Attractive design
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Rival-beating performance
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Ultra-fast SSD
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Zippy video transcoding
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Fast file transfer rates

Reasons to avoid

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Annoying bloatware
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Speakers could be louder

If we hadn't already attributed the title of "Macbook Killer" to one of the other Acer laptops on this list then the Acer Swift 5, with its rival-crushing performance and striking dark green and gold design, would no doubt have claimed it for itself.

A 13-hour battery life, a stunning 2.5K display, and a rapid SSD are all joined by peppy 12th gen Intel Core i7 performance that results in one of the best day-to-day Windows laptops you're likely to find within the same price bracket.

Acer's offering is a dark horse, one many might initially overlook. However, in doing so, many pass up the opportunity to lay claim to one of the best laptops on the market when it comes to delivering big on price-to-performance.

See our full Acer Swift 5 (2022) review.

Best 14-inch business laptop

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 11)

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Best 14-inch business laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1355U
GPU: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB
Display: 14-inch, 1200
Size: 12.4 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 2.5 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Shockingly lightweight
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Fast SSD
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Great battery life
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Excellent keyboard
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Bright display

Reasons to avoid

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Disappointing webcam
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Display could be more vivid

Lenovo's legacy of supplying incredible ThinkPads to the business sector is back to its dizzying heights. The X1 Carbon, now in it's 11th generation, is is a true return to form for the ThinkPad, solving the battery life woes of the previous model and supplying all the power and performance you'd expect to accompany the ThinkPad name.

This time around the X1 Carbon tallied up 13 hours and 45 minutes in the Laptop Mag battery test, and topped premium average scores throughout our benchmarks trials. That performance comes courtesy of a 13th gen Intel Core i7 processor backed by Iris Xe graphics, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of speedy SSD storage.

Perhaps most impressive is how the X1 Carbon managed to squeeze all of this into a body that weighs just 2.5 pounds without sacrificing anything of its excellent keyboard or bright 14-inch display.

See our full Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 review.

Best 14-inch workstation

Dell Precision 5470

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Best 14-inch workstation

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i9-12900H
GPU: Nvidia RTX A1000
RAM: 32GB
Storage: 1TB
Display: 14 inches, 1920 x 1200 pixels
Size: 12.2 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 3.3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Powerful performance in a premium package
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Sleek chassis, economical design
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Beautiful InfinityEdge touchscreen
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Outstanding battery life
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Advanced thermals keep things cool

Reasons to avoid

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Premium price point
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Lacks USB-A or HDMI ports

"The world's smallest, thinnest, and most powerful 14-inch workstation" — sometimes the marketing for these devices says it all for you.

The Dell Precision 5470 is outfitted with a mighty Intel Core i9-12900H CPU, a processor designed with enthusiasts in mind to deliver maximum performance wherever possible. Graphics are handled by an Nvidia RTX A1000 GPU, which is capable of some considerable polygon pushing if that's what you need. Rounding things off nicely is 32GB of RAM and a bountiful 1TB of SSD storage.

Designed with the power user in mind, the Precision's powerful performance is met with a pretty potent price tag for most people. But when you absolutely, positively need every drop of performance, accept no substitutes.

See our full Dell Precision 5470 review.

Best 14-inch Chromebook

Acer Chromebook Spin 714

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The best 14-inch Chromebook

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5-1235U
GPU: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 256GB SSD
Display: 14-inch 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) touchscreen
Size: 12.3 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 3.2 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Excellent, bright, colorful responsive touch display
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Speedy stable performance
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Excellent design
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Sturdy
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Great keyboard and stylus combo

Reasons to avoid

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Could use better speakers

There's a familiar turn of phrase that appears a lot when somebody talks about an Ultrabook running ChromeOS. You may have noticed it before — when people mention how fast it is, or how well it performs. It's almost always followed by "for a Chromebook."

The Acer Chromebook Spin 714 bucks that trend entirely, packing a substantial 12th Gen Intel Core i5 processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. It's a more than capable machine with plenty to offer and even features a crisp and vivid 14-inch 1080p display,...

... Notice what wasn't tacked on at the end of that?

See our full Acer Chromebook Spin 714 review.

How we test laptops

We put 14-inch laptops through extensive benchmark testing — both synthetic and real-world — before they end up in the hands of our reviewers. We evaluate each aspect of the laptop, including its performance, battery life, display, speakers and heat management.

In our benchmark testing, we use a Klein K10 colorimeter to detect the brightness and sRGB color gamut of the laptop's display. For performance testing, we run the laptop through a gauntlet of benchmarks, including Geekbench 5.0 and 3DMark professional graphics tests. 

To determine real-world performance, we task the laptop to convert a 4K video to 1080p resolution and to duplicate a 4.97GB multimedia file. Our real-world graphics test is the Dirt 3 benchmark with medium settings at 1080p resolution. Gaming laptops go through an entire library of games at high settings to see how their discrete GPUs keep up. 

We also run heat tests by playing a 15-minute full-screen video and measuring temperatures in different areas of the laptop. Last but not least, our battery test consists of continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness. For MacBooks and premium Windows 10 laptops, a runtime of over 9 hours is considered a good result whereas gaming laptops and workstations that can stay powered for longer than 5 hours deserve praise. 

These tests are complemented with extensive hands-on testing from our reviewers who critique everything from the laptop's materials to the feel of its touchpad.