Best Laptops in 2017 For Price & Performance

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In this top best laptops 2016 – my personal subjective rating of the models, which are now on sale (or possibly coming soon), based largely on a set of characteristics and the study of our and English language reviews of these models, and feedback from the owners than personal experience using each of them.

In the first part of the review – simply the best laptops for different tasks in 2016, which, however, most of us do not buy: the price for them in the current realities begins with about 1 579.9 U.S. dollars. In the second part – my sample the best cheap and good laptop for different budgets (for 20 thousand, to 30,000, and up to 50) of those that already today it is possible to buy in most stores.

3 best notebook for any task

I’ll start with the universal, high-quality, light (2 kg) and productive 15-inch notebooks with discrete graphics, excellent screen, metal housing and excellent technical characteristics (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM DDR4 except MacBook c DDR3, 512 GB of the SSD, discrete video ).

Here in the middle of this year, I would like to mention just three models from three different manufacturers.

  • ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW
  • Dell XPS 15, 9550
  • MacBook Pro 15 (in a version with discrete graphics)

From the combination of the characteristics of these three laptops are very similar and are suitable for virtually any application – works, including videos and photos, or software and games (even if they are lagging behind in this respect from the best gaming models, but still show a decent performance).

The differences between the models in the price (the first will be the cheapest, and the last – the most expensive), operating system (Windows 10, the first two and OS X on the top) and some of the features that have Dell XPS 15 are its smaller dimensions due to the “frameless “display (at a similar weight), while the MacBook Pro – is that this laptop from Apple, with a slightly different keyboard layout, more durable battery (if using OS X).

If in front of me today was a question about what laptop to buy in 2016 – I’d opted out of these three, but I can not say exactly which of them focused on what.

The most interesting laptop 2016

I do not know if this notebook is sold in Russia, but I can not fail to note, because something like this has not yet been any one manufacturer. We are talking about LG Gram 15, which has already received several awards related to the design and the interesting fact that the 15.6-inch screen diagonal carry 980 grams (lighter MacBook Air 11 and two times lighter than almost any 15-inch notebook).

When this is not the characteristics of a 12-inch analog MacBook with nearly the same mass and Core-M on board. The LG Gram 15 is a decent size for these Intel Core i7-6500U, in the presence of high-grade ports USB 2.0, USB 3.0 (plus USB Type-C). What else? Magnesium alloy body and 7 hours of battery life.

Reviews of this laptop is a little bit of what I could find – a very decent laptop, surprising weight and compactness, and controversial elements of a screen (in writing that shaky cover).

Best Gaming Laptop

As already noted, the rating of the subjective, and therefore I will not see the best gaming laptops to write about the 5-kilogram Dell Alienware, 18-inch MSI Titan SLI or engineering solutions such as ASUS ROG GX700VO. Notebook, even if it is a game, must remain a laptop.

Here I singled Razer New Blade and MSI GS60 6QD Ghost as the most compact and efficient solutions for both games, as well as MSI GP72 6QF Leopard Pro (or similar Apache Pro), in my opinion, the optimum combination of weight, performance and price.

I will not go into details of the characteristics of these models, they can be easily found on the Internet, but for games, I am sure, will be the most it (unless you’re a fan of suitcases with graphics cards in SLI).

Compact and light laptops (ultrabooks)

Not everyone needs a 15-inch laptops for work, especially if the laptop should always carry with them, quite often something with a diagonal of 11-13 inches, light and mobile enough performance for most workloads and with good battery life.

In my opinion, the perfect representatives of this category:

  • Asus ZenBook UX305LA
  • Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook
  • MacBook (one that, 12 inches) and MacBook Air 11 or 13.

At the same time, however, I chose the first two – I do not know, both are very good. Regarding MacBook – first approach in cases where the performance is not very critical, but is important compactness, weight and quality of the screen (or the existence of golden color). Air line is out of date for today (but does not mean bad) screen, but the performance and the battery life of laptops sometimes even better than expected.

Someone may ask, on the subject of, but where is the Microsoft Surface Book, and therefore say, to begin with, it is not sold, we officially. But the most important thing – to me it seems very, very controversial device to turn it into the best. In something outstanding and different, yes, but not much confident that practical.

Most affordable yet good laptops

And now for the best laptops for specific prices, and in those price ranges, which are most often in demand by ordinary consumers. I tried to pick up those laptops that will be perfect for work, school, of course, to the Internet, video and music, and games, albeit with restrictions.

Laptop for 315.98 U.S. dollars

Unfortunately, a good laptop for 315.98 U.S. dollars  in 2016 at the current rate of the ruble – not an easy task. I know because no more than a week ago he chose this for one of the relatives.

The fact that it is possible to somehow advise – ASUS X553SA (15 inches), Lenovo IdeaPad 100 15 and Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 10 if you need a very compact model. Each of these laptops should be purchased in the version with 4 GB of RAM, and consider that only their versions of Windows without stacked 315.98 U.S. dollars (Free DOS).

With self-selection of notebook for the price and pay attention to the size of RAM: most of the models in this budget are now 2 GB, which is too low for normal operation. At the same time, the processors in this category are quite close in performance.

Up to 473.97 U.S. dollars

If your budget is 473.97 U.S. dollars, then the choice will be easier. Of the models, with a good mix of features for that amount can be noted:

  • Lenovo B5080 and E5080 (not the latest model, but also in 2016 for the price is relevant, talking about modifications to the Core i3)
  • Dell Inspiron 5558 (minor modifications with Core i3)
  • Packard Bell EasyNote TE69BH (laptop with Linux, but with a very nice combination of features for its price of 394.97500 U.S. dollars)

Laptops above selected on set characteristics that affect performance, and take into account feedback and battery life from the battery.

Most laptops up to 789.95 U.S. dollars

And finally, if we in the presence of about 789.95 U.S. dollars, a little can “roam” and even get a good discrete graphics card in a laptop.

To begin with is not very new, but good Dell Inspiron 5558. Modification of the 5558-7092 laptop offers a Core i5-5200U Full HD display, 8 GB of RAM, discrete video GeForce 920m with 2GB of memory, terabyte hard drive and up to 7 hours of battery life . The best combination for this price. And if you find another 47.39700 U.S. dollars, you get a Dell Inspiron 5558-1479 with a Core i7-5500U, Windows 10, and the video card GeForce 940m (4 GB).

Another contender for the choice in this price can be already mentioned Lenovo IdeaPad B5080, but in a version with a Core i5, 8GB RAM, Full HD screen and discrete video Radeon R5 M330 2Gb.


In fact, in this range I were the same notebooks, as in the previous, but with a different set of characteristics.


When choosing a laptop, do not forget to read the reviews about it on Yandex Market, reviews on the Internet (I note both qualitative reviews from, it is possible to see “live” in the store.

If you see that many owners say the same flaw, and it is critical for you – it is worth considering how to consider another option.

If one person says that he has dead pixels across the screen, the laptop is falling apart before our eyes, melts at work and still hangs, and the majority of the rest of this is all right, it is likely that negative feedback is not very objective. Well, ask them here in the comments, maybe I can help.

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