The very latest laptops have gone through our test labs and we can reveal four new Best Buys. We take a look at the line-up to see which models stand out from the crowd.
Eight laptops entered our labs in May and four of them emerged in June with Best Buy awards. This month’s crop of notebooks includes super-light ultrabooks, hefty home office machines and five 2-in-1 laptops, including three from Lenovo’s Yoga range.
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In the spotlight: Lenovo Yoga
Yoga is one of the biggest laptop ranges on the market with 2-in-1 designs that span the full range of budgets and sizes. We’ve tested three of the latest.
The Yoga 330-11IGM is the budget option. But coming in at £400, it’s still more expensive than the average laptop given its relatively modest specifications. 2-in-1s are often more expensive than standard, non-bendy laptops, so this isn’t too much of a surprise.
It weighs just 1.2kg, and with a screen size of just 11.3 inches, it’ll fit into even the smallest of bags. Its touchscreen folds all the way around so you can use it as a tablet, as you could well expect from a ‘Yoga’-branded machine.
Read our full Lenovo Yoga 330-11IGM review to see whether this laptop cuts the mustard.
The Yoga 720-12IKB is a 12-inch laptop that was first announced in late 2017. Yoga 720 models traditionally use the larger, conventional, 13.3-inch form factor, but Lenovo has opted to go for a 12-inch design to cut down on weight and make this laptop even more portable.
It comes with a dual-core Intel Core i3 processor, 128GB of SSD storage and 4GB of Ram. As a bonus, however, it also comes with stylus pen that allows you to jot down notes or draw directly onto the screen.
Weighing just 1.15kg, this is among the lightest 2-in-1s you can buy today. It has niche appeal, but for those who want a lightweight note-taking device that can also be used as a proper laptop, it could be ideal.
Read our full Lenovo Yoga 720-12IKB review.
At the very top of the Yoga range is the 920-13IKB. This 13.9-inch laptop weighs 1.3kg and is every bit a premium device, with the outlandish ‘watch band’ hinge adding a dose of luxury.
It comes with a stylus pen, a fingerprint scanner and the very latest quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of Ram and a 256GB SSD. The £1,100 price will put most people off, but those who want a laptop with lashings of luxury will be eyeing this model very closely indeed.
Read our full Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB review.
The rest of the pack:
Asus Pro B9448UA: A £1,000 1.07kg laptop designed for people who want to work on the move. It’s so small, in fact, that Asus decided it didn’t have room for a webcam and skipped it entirely.
Asus Vivobook S15: A £700, 15.6-inch laptop ideal for desk work. With a powerful processor and dedicated graphics, this laptop wants to be your new companion for editing photos and video.
HP Envy 17-ae series: This is a gargantuan, 17.3-inch laptop that weighs almost 3kg. As you’d expect, it has powerful internals, but is that enough to overcome its relative inconvenience?
HP Envy x360 15-bp and 15-bq series: These two 15.6-inch laptops feature 360-degree hinges and powerful processors. The ‘bp’ model features an Intel Core i5 processor, while the ‘bq’ has an AMD Ryzen 5 chip. Elsewhere, these two models are very similar.
The Which? lab test
Like Lenovo’s Yoga laptops, we bend over backwards to ensure we test each laptop as thoroughly as possible. In fact, for each review we write, we buy two models of the laptop to ensure our tests are accurate. No freebies are sent to us.
We run multiple battery tests, performance benchmark assessments and minuscule measurements to ensure you pick a plum, not a lemon. Each laptop review is based upon nearly 400 data points, including quantitative analysis and qualitative assessments from our lab technicians. For more, see How We Test laptops.