Find out what to look for in a laptop – from the pros and cons of hybrids to the most important technical specs – so you can buy with confidence.
Laptops come in so many sizes, configurations and levels of performance. Here’s how we help you find the right computer for your needs.
Our overall score is comprised of four subscores.
Design and use (35%) is a broad assessment that covers:
Performance (25%) measures speed during both CPU and graphical processing tasks using the benchmarking tool Geekbench 5. We also test storage speeds (both reading and writing) and WiFi speed.
Battery life (20%) measures how long the battery lasts while playing an HD-quality video on loop, with screen brightness at 100% and WiFi connected.
Display (20%) includes colour accuracy, brightness and contrast, angles of view and surface reflections.
As part of our test, we also check how much of the claimed storage space is actually available to the user, time how long it takes the battery to recharge, and measure weights and dimensions.
The line between laptop and tablet is blurrier than ever, now that many laptops have fold-back or detachable screens. To capture the crossover, we include a few high end tablets in the laptops test. We always test a tablet with its official keyboard case.
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