What is the best laptop in 2020

The best notebooks 2020: buying tips for all price ranges and areas of application

Birgit Götz, Gordon Mah Ung, Melissa Riofrio

Are you looking for the best, the cheapest, the most powerful notebook? There is an optimally equipped device for every application, but which one is right for you? Our selection should help you with the purchase decision.

EnlargeWhat is it allowed to do? A notebook for everyday life, for gaming or luxury for the office?

With the almost simultaneous introduction of the mobile CPUs Ryzen 4000 from AMD and Comet Lake-H from Intel, there is real competition in notebooks for the first time. This ensures competition and attractive prices. We have selected what we believe to be the best device from all categories.

Best thin and light notebook: Dell XPS 13 7390

You can get both performance and light weight in the same device - the Dell XPS 13 7390 shows that. With its 6-core Intel Core i7-10710U CPU, this thin, light device has actually overtaken larger work tools. The XPS 13 7390 and its Comet Lake-U-CPU won't surpass any current workstation with a fast, state-of-the-art Core i7-9750H. But it's the first ultraportable notebook that actually outperforms older 7th generation "H" -class CPUs in heavier laptops, including the XPS 15 models.

Buying guide 2020: Find the best notebook

Best notebook for 500 euros: Acer Aspire 5

If this particular model of the Acer Aspire 5 A515-44 looks familiar, it's likely because it has been on Amazon's bestseller list of laptop bestsellers for months. It's easy to see why. The Aspire 5 has some enticing features for the price, including a 15.6-inch Full HD display, a slim and thin chassis, and solid performance for everyday computing. Other than that, such an inexpensive Windows 10 laptop has its tradeoffs. In this case, it's just under 4 GB of RAM, a compact 128 GB hard drive, and slightly shorter battery life.

Best 14-inch / 15-inch notebook: Dell XPS 15 9500

The Dell XPS 15 9500, an overdue addition to the company's high-end device, arrives just in time to truly be considered the "MacBook Pro killer" it has always wanted to be. Dell redesigned it from the ground up, including a 16:10 aspect ratio, a 15.6-inch panel at 4K + with HDR400 and Dolby Vision support, and the thinnest bezel. The result is a stunning all-screen look, a style that other notebook manufacturers may emulate.

Second place in this category: Lenovo Yoga C940 15

The Lenovo Yoga C940 15 is a work notebook with some bonus features: It has a touchscreen that can be switched to tablet mode, a built-in pen for writing or sketching, and a USB-A port to complement the two USB-Cs -Connections. While the screen's backlight is a bit uneven and the audio quality could be better, the Lenovo Yoga is a solid choice for those looking for a luxurious work PC.

Best convertible: HP Specter x360 13t