The top laptops in 2016 for every budget
As the year’s final month approaches, you might be thinking of giving yourself a well-deserved reward for doing well this year – or not. Whatever the case, it’s almost certain you’re going to reward yourself, anyway, so it’s best to know what’s available out there. Now is the time to look back at this year’s success and setbacks, and maybe replace that 2-year old laptop you’ve been using for both work and play.
As you look lovingly at your old and beaten down laptop, remember the good times you had with it and utter the words a great philosopher once said to his pupil: “That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.”
Below is a list of worthy successors to your old laptop, arranged according to budget.
P10,000 - P20,000: ASUS Chromebook Flip C100PA
Practical and stylish, this is the first 10-inch convertible Chromebook according to ASUS themselves. This bold claim is supported by the Chromebook’s 1280x800 touchscreen display that flips 360 degrees, high-quality speakers, and 9-hour battery. The display boasts wide viewing angles complemented by crisp and clear sound from built-in speakers with extra-large audio chambers.
Despite its compact size, connectivity is not a problem with this Chromebook’s complete range of I/O ports, including HDMI and USB ports. It even comes with a built-in mini SD card reader to make transferring of music, photos, and other files more convenient. The ASUS Chromebook Flip C100PA is reasonably priced at P15,459.
P20,000 - P30,000: 14-inch Lenovo Yoga 500
If you’re looking for a work laptop and an entertainment tablet this Lenovo hybrid device can give you both for only P28,495. As with the ASUS Chromebook above, this 4-mode laptop features a 360-degree flip display that lets you use the laptop as a tablet. Aside from the Laptop and Tablet modes, Lenovo boasts two more: the Stand and Tent modes.
The Stand mode is useful when viewing media or watching movies, with the screen flipped back and the keyboard used as a “stand.” When space is limited, you can then take advantage of the Tent mode, where the screen is flipped and folded such that the laptop is in the shape of a tent; it is then then stood so that hinge is at the top. Light, portable, and powerful, the Lenovo Yoga 500 might just be your new best friend for the holiday season and beyond.
P30,000 - P40,000: ASUS ZenBook UX305
ASUS ZenBook UX305. With a thinness just shy of 1.23cm and a barely noticeable weight of just 1.2kg, beauty and portability are this ZenBook’s main draws. Of course, this is not to say that it’s underpowered, far from it.Slim. Featherweight. Beautiful. These are three words that best describe the
The Zen-inspired design is made complete by a powerful Intel® Core™ M processor, 8GB of RAM, and a large 512GB solid state drive. It’s also quiet; featuring fan-less cooling and the ASUS-exclusive IceCool technology, heat is efficiently dissipated using a high-tech, ultra-thin 0.5mm-diameter heatpipe made from a special chromium-copper alloy. Not one to give up easily, the ASUS ZenBook UX305 can last up to 10 hours with a single charge, giving you enough time for work and play. It’s priced at P34,995, a reasonable price for something that combines style, power, and convenience.
P40,000 - P50,000: Razer Blade Stealth
Gamers, rejoice! The Razer Blade Stealth can now be had via their online store with a local pricing of P49,990 for the QHD display variant with a 128GB SSD, enough storage for casual users but gamers and power users can always upgrade.
What the package doesn't scrimp on is processing power. This powerhouse features an Intel® Core™ i7-6500U dual-core processor and 8GB dual-channel RAM ideal for graphics-intensive games and heavy video editing. Not short on looks, it comes in a thin aluminum chassis and weighs a mere 2.84lbs. For extreme users, you can take the Razer Blade Stealth to the extreme with the Razer Core, the world’s first true plug and play external graphics enclosure, giving you a desktop gaming experience.
P50,000 - P70,000: 13-inch MacBook Air
The MacBook Air is a solid notebook if you want to get some work done. At P63,990 for the 1.6GHz variant with a 256GB SSD, you get a 13-inch ultra-thin notebook with macOS that will last you the whole day—or at least 12 hours.
Apple has made sure that you need not be close to the wall outlet when you’re using your MacBook; if you leave it in sleep mode for 3 hours or more, it goes into standby mode to conserve battery for up to 30 days so you can start where you left off even after long periods. The mother of all thin notebooks, the latest MacBook Air stays true to its legacy of thinness, portability, and flawless industrial design.
P70,000 - P90,000: DELL XPS 13
When you open the DELL XPS 13, the first thing you’ll notice is the stunning, almost bezel-less display. With a QHD resolution of 3200x1800, the display is bright and sharp, giving you the brightest of brights and the blackest of blacks. It’s powered with a 6th-gen Intel Core processor and a battery that will last up to 18 hours in a single charge – the longest battery life of any 13-inch product.
Designed for power, the DELL XPS 13 is also artfully crafted and cut with precision from a single block of aluminum and features a carbon fiber palm rest so it’s cool to the touch. The 5th-gen Intel® Core™ i7 -550U XPS 13 can be had at P74,990.
P90,000 and Above: 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID
Touted as the next generation in laptop computing due to the addition of a Touch Bar, the latest MacBook Pro is one of the must-haves this holiday season – if you're the type who always wants to be first to novel, new features. Although the usability of the Touch Bar is argumentative at best, all the other components make for a competent performer. At P99,990, you get a dual-core 2.9GHz Core i5 processor, a 256GB SSD, and everything you love about a MacBook. Thinner and faster than its predecessor, it also comes with an eye-popping retina display for richer colors and one of the brightest MacBook displays ever.
BONUS: Microsoft Surface Book with Surface Pen
If you have the moolah, the Surface Book will set you back P169,999. With a detachable PixelSense display and three usability modes, it’s one of the most versatile notebooks from tech giant Microsoft. The Surface Book can be used in standard laptop mode, as a tablet in clipboard mode, and as a drawing or annotation tool combined with the Surface Pen in Draw mode.
It can power through professional software without hiccups, allowing power users to use software such as SolidWorks 3D CAD, AutoCAD, Revit, and Adobe Premiere Pro 5. Its battery lasts up to 16 hours in a single charge, and being a Microsoft product, runs Windows 10 and Office apps without a hitch. – Rappler.com
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