Huawei MateBook 13
Huawei does not really need to upgrade its best-in-class Huawei MateBook X Pro, but it did it with the Huawei MateBook 13.
At CES 2019, we briefly tested the laptop, which was immediately impressive. Huawei has managed to make global improvements from design to power profile, which makes us wonder why Huawei intends to sell it alongside last year’s MateBook X Pro.
Anyway, after testing the MateBook 13, it’s clear that Huawei is not only looking for Apple’s new MacBook Air, but is also establishing itself as one of the best notebook makers.
Dell XPS 13
There are those chasing the lifestyle crowd, lamp-shading their hero products with slick aesthetics. These are are the folks treating notebook PCs as something that’s as fashionable as it is technical. Then, there are those who follow the road of least resistance. The brands that let the ever-expanding boundaries of technical engineering guide the yearly iteration of the products.
Dells’ new XPS 13 walks an interesting line between these two camps. On one hand, it’s clear that Dell still see the value in the traditional, technically-minded, clamshell laptop. On the other, they’re very clearly unafraid to try and provide tangible improvement and evolution on that tradition.
HP Spectre x360 (2019)
While HP has experimented with a variety of unique designs in the Spectre line, the workhorse of the range has been the Spectre x360, which is available in both 13-inch and 15-inch versions. Late last year, HP announced a refresh of the x360, with the latest processors from Intel and a refreshed exterior design.
I’ve been using the 13-inch model, which starts at $1,149 and sells for $1,349 as tested, for the past few weeks, and I can confidently say it’s HP’s best Spectre x360 yet. It’s also one of the best Windows laptops you can buy right now. But there are still a few areas in need of improvement.
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701
ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is an ultra-slim gaming laptop with a narrow-bezel 17-inch G-Sync display in a chassis just 18.7mm thin. With factory-calibrated color accuracy by PANTONE and loaded with up to a GeForce RTX™ 2080 with Max-Q Design, the new GX701 is prepared to dominate anywhere.
Slim bezels and NVIDIA G-Sync immerse you in the latest games and movies with silky-smooth visuals. See and do more without the extra real estate. Upgrade your tream to pro-tier with the detachable ROG GC21 external camera. It captures crisp Full HD detail at a silky 60 FPS that makes movement smoother and more nuanced. Position the USB-connected camera anywhere for the perfect angle, and be heard clearly by the beamforming microphone array.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Wherever you are, new Surface Pro 6 makes it easy to work and play virtually anywhere, with laptop-to-tablet versatility that adapts to you. Professional. Student. Creator. Whatever you do, let next-generation Surface Pro 6, featuring the latest 8th Generation Intel Core processor and all-day battery life, help you take your ideas to the next level.
Personalize Surface Pro 6 to suit your style with a choice of two colors — Platinum or bold, new Black. Make it a full laptop with our Signature Type Cover, Surface Pen, and Surface Arc Mouse. With Windows 10 Home, enjoy familiar features like password-free Windows Hello sign-in and Cortana intelligent assistant — and create your best work with Office 365 on Windows.
First, let me say… I have a hard time making a commitment to my tech. I have high standards and always looking for the perfect blend of performance and design. I have tried the Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, XPS 13, HP Spectre x360, Asus Zenbook and MacBook Pro. My wife is beginning to worry about my inability to commit lol.
Enter the 2017 MacBook 12 inch. At the same price as the MacBook Pro, it didn’t make a lot of sense to buy something smaller with worse specs but I decided… what the heck… I’ll give it a try.
Upon opening the box I was in awe of the build quality and weight. It is unbelievably comfortable to use on your lap and carry around the house. The keyboard is a joy to use as well with its edge to edge build. I was worried the screen would be too small but it honestly looks great and have no issues. The battery is fantastic too!
Heres the deal… I don’t do anything too intense on this laptop. I don’t game or do 4k video editing. I use multiple chrome tabs, MS Office products, Photoshop, Slack, Email and a few other things. This computer handles it all easily with no slowdowns.
I also don’t need an awkward 2 in 1… Every 2 in 1 I have tried it too heavy to comfortably use as a tablet and makes sacrifices as a laptop. Just buy a good laptop and a good tablet, its way better.
The one port doesn’t bother me all that much. Sure, it would be nice to have more but I don’t use any accessories that need a port. Maybe I am in the minority here.
So, who is this for? Well, people like me who want a productive machine that is also comfortable to use and portable. People who want a fast machine, fanless, excellent build quality that can handle a good amount of tabs and apps open at the same time. Yes, I do believe this should be closer to $999 and not $1299. But, I will gladly pay a higher price to finally end my search for the perfect laptop for my needs.