When tablets first came out, everyone thought that the era of laptops was over. Much to everyone’s surprise laptops remained strong and now it is the tablets who may soon see an end. But what was the reason behind laptops having such a strong following even after tablets came?
The answer was performance. Although tablets were compact, they weren’t powerful enough and thus could never fully replace laptops. Thanks to the recent anniversary update to Windows 10 and Intel’s new Kaby Lake processor, we are sure that laptops won’t be going anywhere soon.
Windows 10 is the latest and the most fluid OS Microsoft has made till date, it comes with tons of new features and if you are a buying a laptop in 2017 without Windows 10 then I would suggest you reconsider your decision because Windows 10 is an absolute bliss to use.
To help you out with your purchase decisions, here are top laptops of 2016 with Windows 10. This list will include all sorts of laptops like ultrabooks, hybrids, gaming laptops etc.
Dell XPS 13
Dell did wonders with the XPSS 13 by inculcating the infinite display. It comes with an edge to edge 13-inch display which is almost bezel-less. Since the display has no bezels it almost looks like the display is floating over the laptop. The display comes in two different resolution, one is Full HD Non-touch model whereas the other one is touch enabled Quad-HD models. The laptop runs on Windows 10 and comes with an Intel i5 7th Gen processor clocked at 1.3GHz.
The laptop comes with 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM. XPS 13 misses an optical drive but provides the user with all other standard ports/connectivity options. On the battery front, this laptop comes with a mightier 60-watts-per hour battery that is able to power the laptop for 10 hours. Dell XPS 13 starts at a price of $799 with the most basic specifications but what truly offers you the best for your money is the $999 variant.
HP shook the whole world when it announced that it has made the thinnest laptop ever called HP Spectre x360. HP Spectre is not only a laptop, it is actually a hybrid and can also work as a tablet.
The biggest attraction of this laptop is its thickness; it just measures 0.54-inches! And this makes HP Spectre x360 the thinnest hybrid laptop ever made till now. X360 comes with 13.3 inches display having a resolution of 1900*1080 pixels. This laptop features Intel HD Graphics 620 which is decent enough for low-level gaming.
As far as the storage of this laptop is concerned, it comes with a 512GB SSD and 16GB of RAM. The CPU used in this laptop is Intel Core i7 7th gen clocked at 2.7GHz. This laptop runs on Windows 10 Home edition out of the box. HP Spectre offers premium looks and decent performance. This 2-in-1 laptop starts at $1050 and goes up as the user opts for higher specifications.
Lenovo Yoga 910
Last year Lenovo did wonders with its Lenovo Yoga 900, this year, the company launched its successor named Lenovo Yoga 910. On the outside, not much has changed, the iconic watchband hinge still remains to be one of the biggest attractions of this laptop, the metal panels on the top and bottom and everything else is almost same.
This laptop boasts a 13.9-inch display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. Usually, laptops of this size have a 13.3-inch display, but Lenovo minimized the bezels and was able to put a bit more of the display. Under the hood, this laptop comes with an Intel i7 7th Gen processor clocked at 2.7GHz.
The user gets 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage, out of the two, RAM can be increased up to 16GB. The battery of this laptop is now beefier and provides and now allows the laptop to run on an average of 10.5 hours on full charge. The Lenovo Yoga 910 starts at $1200.
Alienware is known for power in its laptop. Alienware 13 R3 OLED is no different than the others. It is one of the few laptops that come with a Nvidia 10-series GPU. Also, it is one of the only laptops that are VR Ready.
This laptop comes with a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 CPU. There are 16 gigs of RAM available which can be further expanded up to 32 gigs. The laptop provides 512GB of SSD storage. Alienware 13’s biggest plus point is the intense GPU it houses.
This laptop comes with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 and has a 6GB Video Memory, this makes Alienware 13 one of the smallest laptops that are VR Ready. This laptop also comes with a 13.3-inch display and an optional variant that has an OLED display. Alienware 13 starts at $1,199 for the standard model.
Microsoft Surface Book
Microsoft took everyone by storm last year when it announced Microsoft Surface Book, a direct competitor to Apple’s Macbook. The plus point of Surface Book over Macbook is that it’s convertible and can be also used as a tablet.
Microsoft Surface book comes with 8GB of RAM which can be expanded up to 16GB, also there is 128GB of SSD storage. Surface Book also comes with a 13.5-inch display having a resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels. It also comes with an i5 processor and Intel HD 520 GPU.
Though Microsoft Surface Book was launched in 2015 but still it can give tough competition to the newly launched ones. Also, it has proven itself as one of the top Windows 10 laptops.
2016 was an exciting year for laptops, we saw many new laptops come in the market but there were only few which could establish themselves. If you are interested in buying a laptop with Windows 10 in 2017, then you should buy any one of the laptops that were mentioned above.