The best laptops of 2019: Perfect for work or play

The definitive list of the best laptops you can buy in 2019

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Trying to find the best laptop is a little like asking for the impossible. There are so many laptops out there, and most of them really seem quite similar on paper. However, that's usually not the case. Just because it has the same Intel Core processor, memory and storage capacity doesn't mean it's the same laptop, nor worth the asking price.

Regardless of that rather tricky situation – after all, nobody can help you find something you don’t even know you need – we’ve put together our list of the best laptops in 2019 to help you out.

It’s compiled of our favourite all-rounders and powerhouse players. If you want something light and powerful, we’ve got it. If you want something that gives you a lot of bang for your buck, it’s here. If you need a device that can be slim, stylish and capable you’ve come to the right place.

Here’s our guide to the best laptops of 2019.

The best laptops of 2019

1. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 (2018): Arguably the best Windows laptop out there right now

Price: £1,599 | Buy now from Amazon

Dell’s latest XPS 15 2-in-1 can be the most expensive laptop in our list if you want it to be but make no mistake, this is the new king of the laptops. It’s remarkably well-priced given its internals of eighth-generation Intel CPUs and 16GB of RAM. It’s the fastest hybrid device we’ve tested and its 15.6in InfinityEdge display makes it wonderful to use in tablet mode and beautiful to behold when used as a laptop. Few laptops are as great as this.

Key Specs – Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

Processor: Quad-core 2.8GHz Intel Core i5-8350G

Screen resolution: 1,920 x  1,080

RAM: 16GB

Weight: 2kg

Total Storage: 128GB

2. Huawei MateBook 13 (2019): Plenty of power at a reasonable price

Price: £1,199 | Buy now from Amazon

The MateBook 13 was one of three Huawei laptops to be released this year and while it's the cheapest of the bunch it's no less mighty. Putting portability and performance at the forefront, the MateBook 13 uses the same chipset as Huawei's current flagship and it weighs in at 1.3kg. The touchscreen 2K Full View display is stunning and we love that you'll get a full charge from the MateBook 13 in just two hours. 

Key Specs - Huawei MateBook 13
Processor: 8th Intel Core i7-8565UScreen resolution: 2,160 x 1,440 touchscreen
RAM: 8GBWeight: 1.3kg
Total Storage: 512GB

3. XPS 13 (2018): Small, lightweight and powerful

Price: £1,150 | Buy now from Amazon

Dell’s XPS 13 has always reigned supreme in our list of best laptops. Each year Dell knocks it out of the park with this phenomenal device and 2018’s model has only driven our love for the device home even more. The Full HD InfinityEdge display dazzles and the addition of eighth-gen Intel CPUs and NVMe SSDs make this a blazingly fast machine to boot. It may not be the lightest device in the XPS family, but it’s certainly worth every penny.

Key Specs – XPS 13 (2018)

Processor: Quad-core 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U

Screen resolution: 1,920 x  1,080

RAM: 16GB

Weight: 1.21kg

Total Storage: 512GB

4. LG Gram (2018): The best lightweight laptop around

Price: £1,499 | Buy now from Currys PC World

Previously locked to South Korean and US shores, the LG Gram is now available in the UK and it’s brilliant. If you’re looking for a lightweight, big-screened laptop, this is it. Not only is it one of the lightest laptops around for its size, it doesn’t ask you to compromise on performance. Now it’s available on British shores, there’s really no excuse not to pick this up if you’re after a portable powerhouse.

Key Specs – LG Gram

Processor: Quad-core Intel Core i7-8550U

Screen resolution: 1,920 x  1,080

RAM: 16GB

Weight: 1kg

Total Storage: 1TB

Buy now from Currys PC World

5. Google Pixelbook (2017): The best Chromebook you'll find

Price: £979 | Buy now from Amazon

Google’s Pixelbook is, easily, the best Chromebook on the market. So good, in fact, that I’d be more than happy to use it on a day-to-day basis. Like it’s premium cousins of old, this high-end Chromebook doesn’t have a single whiff of the cheap plastic look that many of its counterparts have.

To add to its charms, Google has also crammed Assistant into the Pixelbook, making it an AI-powered tool that can help you out with queries and tasks all at the press of a button. It’s also an absolute powerhouse, so if you need to do some big tasks it’s going to be more than capable of it – making it well worth the asking price.

Key Specs – Pixelbook

Processor: Dual-Core 3.3GHz Intel Core i5-7Y57

Screen resolution: 2,400 x 1,600

RAM: 16GB

Weight: 1.1kg

Total Storage: 256GB SSD

6. Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (2018): An excellent tablet-based hybrid

Price: £1,029 | Buy now from Amazon

Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro may well be a year old, but it’s still the firm’s best hybrid yet. It features improved performance over the Surface Pro 4 and twice the battery life, as well as support for angled drawing thanks to a subtly redesigned Surface Pen. Unfortunately, the Surface Pro doesn’t include a Type Cover – which is an extra £125 – but if you’re after a tablet-like hybrid, you can’t really go wrong with Microsoft’s excellent 2-in-1.

Key Specs – Surface Pro

Processor: Dual-Core Intel Core i7-7660U

Screen resolution: 2,736 x 1,824

RAM: 16GB

Weight: 1.3kg

Total Storage: 512GB

7. Razer Blade 15 (2019): The best gaming laptop for portability

Price: £1,569 | Buy now from Currys PC World

If you’re after a gaming laptop but don’t want to lug around some hulking thick beast, Razer has you covered with its latest 15in Razer Blade. Marrying portability and power in a way that no other laptop on this list can manage, the Blade is wonderfully slim and constructed from a premium all-metal aluminium chassis. Utilising Nvidia’s Max Q technology, it crams a beefy Nvidia GPU into its shell meaning it can smash through almost any game you can throw at it and, paired with its silky-smooth 144Hz screen, you won’t want to play games on the go any other way.

Key Specs – Razer Blade 15

Processor: Hexa-Core 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H

Screen resolution: 1,920 x 1,080

RAM: 16GB

Weight: 2.1kg

Total Storage: 512GB

Buy now from Currys PC World

8. MacBook Pro (2018): Infinitely configurable

Price: £1,749 | Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

Apple’s infinitely configurable range of MacBook Pros can make for confusing decision making – do you need a Touch Bar, what about extra storage? Every addition you make only drives the price up further but, there are few other devices on the market that are as robust and reliable as a MacBook Pro. It may cost more than most other devices on the market for what you get, but at least you know it’ll still be there and working hard for you a few years down the line.

Key Specs – MacBook Pro

Processor: 2.3GHz Intel Core i5

Screen resolution: Retina Display

RAM: 8GB

Weight: 1.37kg

Total Storage: 128GB

Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

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