The best laptop, as we’re still learning, isn’t easy to define, especially when there’s so much competing options.
But here are the best laptops on the market right now, and we’ll be diving into the performance, price, and features of every model in our coverage.
The Acer Aspire X51 (2018) The first laptop to use Intel’s Core i5-4200U processor, the Aspire’s high-end processor lineup is based around Intel’s new 7th-generation Core i7 processors.
While the CPU itself is still considered a “flagship” in the consumer market, the Core i3-4170U (7th-gen Core i6) and Core i4-5010U (6th- and 7thth-generations Core i8-5200U) are both very competitive in terms of price and performance, and both feature some pretty impressive specs.
The Intel Core i9-7600K (8th-Generation Core i10) and the Core I9-7800K are similarly powerful, though both use a more powerful socket than the Asprince.
The Aspire has been around for some time now, but we’re not sure if that’s something of a surprise.
This is the first time we’ve seen a laptop that uses the 7th generation Core i processors from Intel, though they’ve been around since the 7200U, and it’s the same 7th gen Core i-series that Intel started to adopt in laptops back in 2013.
The Core i Core i series processors have been around ever since Intel started pushing its Haswell-based CPUs, and Intel has been building its lineup based around them for a while now.
The CPUs used in laptops tend to be more powerful, so it makes sense that the Aspirin would be a bit more powerful than its rivals.
While it’s still a little slow in the performance department, the laptop should be a reasonable performer in gaming, though there are some limitations with the CPU.
The processor used in the Aspires is the latest version of Intel’s Skylake microarchitectural core, which is the same CPU used in most laptops now.
Intel’s CPU lineup is fairly broad, with CPUs based on Broadwell, Skylake, and Haswell all being available, though some chipsets and platforms are also supported.
While Intel has released CPUs based off of the Skylake family for a few years now, the Intel Core-i5-4250U and Core-e7-3770K are the first to use Skylake CPUs, which means you won’t be able to upgrade from the Skylanes to the new Haswell chips anytime soon.
The laptop uses the Intel 7th Generation Core i CPUs from Broadwell-EP, Core i 6, Core-t6, and Core 6.0.
The CPU cores are rated for up to 13W TDP, and this laptop is powered by a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS display.
The display is capable of 240Hz native refresh rate, though you’ll likely want to bump it up to 240Hz when gaming.
The laptop uses a full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display, which can be set to 60Hz if you want to play 4K games.
While this screen isn’t the best in terms, it’s a good choice for games that demand high quality.
The keyboard is a full-size full-color mechanical keyboard, which Intel claims has a 50% increase in tactile feedback.
The webcam features a 5MP dual-LED setup, and the USB Type-C port is built into the keyboard, so you’ll be able plug in and charge your device while it’s on.