Four new Best Buy laptops revealedNew laptops from Asus, Apple and Dell tested

16 January 2014

Our latest test of 10 new laptops has unveiled four Best Buys, including two models that are among the best we’ve ever tested.

Among the haul of Best Buys are two models that are strong performers in the ultrabook range. Ideal if you need a laptop to take with you when you’re on the go – both models are light, have excellent battery life and look stylish.

Which? members can read our laptop reviews to find out which laptops became Best Buys. If you’re not a member, you can discover the benefits of a Which? membership and get instant access to all our results when you sign up for a £1 trial.

Tablet-laptop convertible reviews

Even more portable are a new breed of laptop/tablet hybrids. These feature a screen that can be detached from the keyboard and used as a tablet.

Although tablet-laptop convertibles aren’t a must-have just yet, they do work well when you don’t want to carry around both devices. They come in various shapes, sizes and with a choice of operating systems but how do you know which ones strike the perfect balance?

Our reviews reveal how they compare to traditional laptops. Is the keyboard big enough and comfortable enough to type on and how does the detachable screen measure up against true tablets, like the iPad Air and Google Nexus 7?

How we test laptops

We test everything from light portable ultrabooks to powerhouse desktop replacement laptops to find out exactly how they perform in real life situations so you can find something to suit you.

Each laptop must face a barrage of technical tests, as well as being subjected to the discerning eyes and ears of our laptop experts.

Our tests are designed to answer questions such as:

  • What is the battery life like?
  • What is the screen quality and sound quality like?
  • How fast is it?
  • Is it enjoyable to use?

Each review contains a verdict to let you know whether or not the laptop is worth spending your cash on. Every laptop goes through exactly the same tests in our lab, so you can directly compare how each one performs.

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  • How we test laptops – more on how we put laptops through their paces
  • Tablet reviews – the latest tablet reviews from Which?