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The Which? top choice laptop of the month: May 2018

By Tom Morgan

Don't fancy browsing lots of reviews? No problem - we've picked out our favourite laptop for May from our recent tests, plus a cheap alternative that'll serve while you save.

Put us to the test

Our Test Labs compare features and prices on a range of products. Try Which? to unlock our reviews. You'll instantly be able to compare our test scores, so you can make sure you don't get stuck with a Don't Buy.

We've tested hundreds of laptops in our lab, but if you're short of time, you don't have to read through all of our expert reviews to find the perfect option. 

Below, we reveal two laptops that soared through our recent round of testing. One of our top picks will suit buyers on a budget - it's an affordable Windows machine that copes effortlessly with multitasking. If you have more to spend, we've also highlighted a premium Best Buy with a built-in fingerprint sensor that's worth a closer look.

There's nothing worse than spending a few hundred pounds on a laptop, only to feel disappointed by sluggish speeds or a rubbish battery life. Our experts would genuinely buy either of these laptops with their own money - we're confident you'll be happy with them, too.

Want to browse our laptop reviews? Our Best Buy laptops page has the details on all of our best models.

Top pick laptops of the month

Typical price £900.00
Which? score 76%
Reviewed Jan 2018
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Screen quality:
4 out of 5
Sound quality:
2 out of 5
Features:
3 out of 5
Screen size (inches):
Member exclusive
Processor:
Member exclusive
Ram (GB):
Member exclusive
Claimed storage capacity (GB):
Member exclusive

This laptop/tablet hybrid is a top commuting companion, featuring a clear, foldable display that lets you scribble down notes with a stylus. It has a nippy 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of Ram - that makes it ideal for day to day web browsing and office work. If you've got the budget for it, this laptop comes highly recommended.

Typical price £480.00
Which? score 73%
Reviewed Jan 2018
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Screen quality:
4 out of 5
Sound quality:
3 out of 5
Features:
3 out of 5
Screen size (inches):
Member exclusive
Processor:
Member exclusive
Ram (GB):
Member exclusive
Claimed storage capacity (GB):
Member exclusive

You don't always have to spend four figures to pick up a high-scoring laptop. This 14-inch model is a proven Best Buy, thanks to a vibrant screen and a capable Intel Core I5 processor. With 8GB of Ram on board, it copes well if you're running multiple apps at once. This is a solid all-rounder that won't break the bank.

Pricing, recommendations, and test scores correct as of May 2018.

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The latest laptops put to the test

The two models above are just a tiny sample of the huge range of laptops we've tested. Our experts have reviewed hundreds of laptops in our expert test lab, and only the models that offer up a great user experience and solid battery life earn the Best Buy sticker. We rigorously test laptops paying close attention to the following:

Spending big on a laptop won't always guarantee you a Best Buy, which is why we suggest you use our expert reviews to find the perfect laptop for you.

Head over to our laptop reviews page for the latest releases from big-name brands including Apple, HP, Dell and Asus. Alternatively, see our guide on the best cheap laptops for under £500 for the best affordable picks.

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