What laptop should I buy?
This question is quite common at this time of year. It’s the beginning of another school year, and if you’re a beginner looking for a laptop for the next four years or a high school teacher in need of an IT upgrade, this is the season to buy laptops. The choice of the laptop can be amazing because of all the incomparable specifications, and people buy a MacBook Air just because “you can’t go wrong if you buy a Mac.” Well, it really can be. If you look at it enough, there are many laptops that are as light and stylish as a MacBook Air, at least as muscular, but cheaper, and that makes a good deal.
Here is a list of the best MacBook Air killers; some budget alternatives have just as good performance, and some portable laptops for gamers.
MacBook Air Killers
The standard for my review here is the 2020 Macbook Air, with an i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of SSD memory, up to $ 1,899 in the Apple store before the educational discount and weighing 1.29 kg. This is technically the Goldilocks model of the MacBook Air, and it will meet most of your needs without opening a very large hole in your pocket. All the models I choose to refer to later in this section are almost identical in features, screen sizes, and number of ports, except for a few important differences.
Asus Zenbook 14 A5371T
Look at this amazing baby, and you will know it is a staple product. Made of brushed steel, it features a ZenBook i7 processor and a digital touch. As the name suggests, this is basically the same story. Same features, but 1.15 kg lighter and thinner than the MacBook Air. It comes with the Asus SonicMaster sound system developed with Harman / Kardon. Only $ 1,698, which is more than the MacBook Air.
Razer Blade Stealth
If you want a laptop to stand out, this is for you. White over white is so simple – it’s the black-green era, folks! Wait, did I mention that the keyboard is rainbow-colored? Real people! The quality of the preparation is also excellent. The laptop chassis is made of the same hard object as the MacBook Air, simply in black and looks thin in AF.
Of course, a lot of people associate Razer with games, and it’s okay because they are really toy brands. However, the Razer Blade Stealth is definitely not a laptop. You can’t play most games on Razer Blade Stealth; you have to buy Razer Core for games. If you haven’t already, the Razer Blade Stealth itself is an amazing laptop.
That brings us to the price. For $ 2,219, the 256GB model is a little more expensive than our MacBook Air reference. To do this, though, you’ll get a Matte FHD (1920 x 1080) at 120 Hz (in simple terms, more pixels than the Apple Retina) and a more powerful processor, as well as a cool keyboard. The good news: Razer has an educational program!
Asus VivoBook 14
This is an underrated laptop. Its appearance can hardly stand out from the crowd. If you are willing to carry 1.6 kg at half the price of a MacBook Air, then this notebook is for you. The screen is even bigger. The construction quality is reasonable, and strong enough to be carried around, and can even withstand a few shots. The advantage of VivoBook is the Ergolift hinge, which can tilt a small keyboard, making it easier to type all commands. Prices start at $999; no further settings are required.
Lenovo IdeaPad 3
This is for everyone who has the most difficult and easy budget. You thought you were just saving money to build a new desktop, but you can’t really deliver it to school. Similarly, this 14-inch laptop is only $ 499, weighing around 1.6 kg. It lets you open multiple tabs in Google Chrome, watch movies, and complete everyday tasks. In addition, there will be all the long experiences, but only these are needed as a student. Good portability, good performance, low price (plus Lenovo student discounts, you can still take advantage of that).
Portable laptops for the Gamers
In case you didn’t know, Aftershock is a Singapore brand. If you feel patriotic after Joseph Schooling’s Olympic gold, donate to the site! Even if you don’t, the Aftershock Forge 15X is a good laptop that balances price and performance. Many laptops compromise the weight to give you the power you need to build your gym, but the simple 15X features the latest NVIDIA RTX GPU with a whopping 2.2 kg.
Sure, gaming laptops are not cheap, but Aftershock, as a small, active local company, allows you to customize what goes into your laptop with easy setup, hard drive, GPU, RAM, fully flexible screen so you can get the perfect laptop fits your needs and budget. Recommended models start at $ 1,975 and vary depending on your configuration. The reason is thanks to the ninth Intel Core i7 processor and 144Hz display. This means that you could theoretically play almost any game on this laptop, including AAA titles. If you didn’t understand what I just said in this last paragraph, you thought you wouldn’t want to spend 2k on this laptop. But if you do, try!
Acer Aspire Nitro 5
If you want a slightly cheaper gaming computer, the Acer Aspire Nitro is a stylish looking engine, along with the GTX1650. This guy will subtly handle most 1080p AAA games, but don’t expect him to run the latest and greatest. It weighs about 2.2 kg, is not an ultrabook, but you should carry it in your backpack without any problems.