The best laptops of May 2021


Update of the selection on May 3, 2021. The new PCs equipped with latest generation processors are gradually arriving and 2 new models were recently tested by CNET France. We find in particular the Huawei Matebook D16, twin brother of Honor’s MagicBook Pro which it logically replaces, it offers a very good value for money for this original 16-inch screen size. On another price level the Razer Book 13 has something to seduce in its neat look. Note also that the new Laptop 4 surface is already on sale but not yet present in our selection due to lack of testing. You can, however consult its grip.

13 “Laptop: the best for mobility

Dell XPS 13 2021

This 2021 edition (released at the end of 2020) of the Dell XPS 13 stamped 9310 keeps all its promises by offering a computer that can hardly be faulted. Its light weight and finesse do not prevent honorable performance or autonomy at the level of the best models, all in a neat and pleasant design, both in terms of screen and keyboard.

Dell XPS 13 2020

Dell has updated its XPS 13 with the new Intel Tiger Lake processors but the 2020 model below remains on sale. It represents a cheaper alternative if you are attracted by its design but the price of the new edition exceeds your budget. As can be seen from the pictures on the tests of these machines, the design and user experience are strictly identical. The new 2021 edition with Intel Tiger Lake processors, however, provides additional performance and a significant gain in autonomy.

With a slightly larger screen and a more compact chassis, the new XPS 13 continues its uninterrupted march towards ultraportable perfection. It is now almost impossible to find anything to criticize on this new XPS 13, in the chapters of good surprises note the two USB-C ports well distributed on each side, which offers more possibilities to connect accessories or a power supply and the autonomy which is still progressing with good results in our endurance test. Still one of the best Windows ultraportables.

Razer Book 13

The Razer Book 13 is a high-end performance ultrabook for productivity and office that flatters the eye. It has an extremely pleasant full HD + screen, an 11th generation Intel processor and an advantageous plastic.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5″

The Surface Laptop 3 from Microsoft in its 13.5-inch version is a computer that has a design that does not leave marble with beautiful finishes but which also offers powerful configurations while maintaining weight and pleasant daily use.

14 “laptop PC: the best mobility-display compromise

Honor MagicBook 14

Honor’s MagicBook 14 laptop PC displays an entry-level price for mid-range services, it will delight those who cannot invest too much in a laptop PC without having to compromise on the power and the pleasant little extras of the laptop. higher range.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7

The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 is a non-convertible, non-touchscreen, non-convertible, classic-format laptop PC, which is not free from small flaws but which combines two of the most important features. In addition to good performance in its price range, it excels in terms of battery life, taking first place ahead of all the PC models we tested in 2020.

Asus Zenbook 14

The Asus Zenbook UX425EA is available in several configurations still supported by the 11th generation Intel processors which allow to offer good power without sacrificing autonomy. It also has many of the advantages of high-end models such as an infrared camera for facial recognition, 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports and a Wifi 6 network card.

Acer Swift 5

The Acer Swift 5 (SF514-55T-71NL), equipped with the 11th generation of Intel processor, has many advantages of a high-end notebook: a featherweight of just under a kilogram, a full screen HD touchscreen, Wifi 6 compatibility, a Thunderbolt 4 port, insane battery life, a 512 GB SSD. We must admit that we were able to observe very few weaknesses during our test.

Huawei Matebook 14

The AMD version of the Matebook 14 vintage 2020 is just as attractive as that of Intel. If the two machines look alike, the Matebook 14 AMD offers a more powerful processor that will interest software users but without a dedicated graphics card and with a little less autonomy. The strengths are retained in terms of performance-price ratio, design and display.

Asus Zenbook Duo UX482

The Asus ZenBook Duo 14 is intended for all those whose multitasking is precious, especially the creative ones, thanks to the presence of a second Screenpad Plus screen that can extend the main screen or accommodate third-party windows to follow several tasks. simultaneously. It also offers a dedicated control panel compatible with several Adobe tools, all in a comfortable configuration. With this variation the success is with go with a well carried out integration as well at the hardware level as software.

Laptop 15 “: the best for comfort or power

Dell XPS 15 9500

This update of the Dell XPS 15 is a success and Dell has not made any major mistakes. But as a versatile work laptop, it is not super light, its battery life is good but not exceptional, it is not very thin, super fast or cheap. But it’s a workhorse for heavy-duty tasks.

Microsoft Surface Book

The Surface Book remains Microsoft’s most interesting and ambitious hybrid PC. It is aimed at creatives, gamers and tablet users, and a great option for those looking for that precise compromise between laptop and tablet.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15″

In its 15-inch version, the new Surface Laptop 3 offers solid performance and a pleasing design that make it a good everyday ultraportable.

16 to 17 “laptops: the best with a large screen

Huawei Matebook D16

The Huawei Matebook D16 is a computer in the original format, between the traditional 15 and 17 inches but appears as a good option for the undecided who hesitate between two formats, especially as the integration of the screen is successful with a chassis that does not appear to be imposing. On the other hand, at a rather low price it offers performance allowing to consider many uses.

HP Envy 17

This 17-inch general-purpose laptop is both attractive and discreet. If you are planning to upgrade to a 17 inch laptop the HP Envy 17 is a great option and you might have to look a lot to find something better.

Dell XPS 17 9700

The new Dell XPS 17 is the first 17-inch model in the lineup for nearly a decade. Compared to the last XPS 17 we tried a long time ago, or even most modern 17-inch laptops, it’s (relatively) small, with a slim, high-end design and a calibrated 4K-plus display.

Gaming Laptop PC: Best for Gaming

HP Pavilion Gaming 15 i7-9750H

A well-balanced laptop for gaming and work with a low-profile design and affordable price.

Gigabyte Aorus 5 SB (15 “)

The Aorus 5 SB is a 15.6-inch laptop PC that features a solid configuration allowing you to play all the big games in 1080P without batting an eyelid as well as making heavy applications.

HP Omen 15

For a reasonable price, the Omen 15 has all the qualities of a high-end laptop: a sleek design, a powerful processor, a 1TB SSD that promises both space and speed. Only problem: its graphics card, an RTX 2060 lacks a little memory and power to achieve sufficient fluidity in the game.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (14″)

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is a 14-inch ultrabook that can embed muscular configurations that will allow you to play without worries on heavy games while being cut for heavy applications as well (photo and video editing, 3D …) .

Student laptop: the best for studying

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go Laptop PC is a lean version of the Surface Laptop that appears more affordably priced so you can step into the Surface world. We find the quality of the screen, a well-thought-out design with beautiful finishes in a format suitable for mobility and pleasant to use on a daily basis.

Microsoft Surface Go 2

Microsoft Surface Go 2

Launched in 2020, the Surface Go is a miniaturized version of the excellent 2-in-1 Surface Pro tablet. It takes its design, with a detachable keyboard with magnetic connection and a kickstand that can be swiveled from various angles. The screen was reduced to a size of 10.5 inches and the processor part entrusted to an Intel Pentium.

Asus Vivobook S14 S433

The Asus Vivobook S14 S433 is a traditional format laptop with a 14 inch matte non-touch screen in 16: 9 aspect ratio. It incorporates the latest 11th generation Intel processors which allows it to offer interesting performance and to allow all types of use to be considered even with resource-intensive software.

Choosing a new laptop is always difficult. PC or Mac, processor, consumption, battery, finish, RAM, dedicated graphics card or not. So many parameters that can quickly make the search tedious, without ever having the certainty of having made the right choice. To find your way around, we offer you a selection of the best laptops of the moment.

More than specialized computers for a particular use, here we offer a selection of versatile computers that will suit most uses, whether it is playing more or less greedy games, doing photo editing. or video editing and of course all the “classic” uses of a computer such as navigation and word processing. All while keeping a small footprint and decent autonomy.

Dell with its XPS 13 and Microsoft with Laptop 3 both offer excellent thin and light models in formats that are now very popular and very convenient for mobility. They are joined by a newcomer, Honor, better known for its smartphones but which offers something very interesting in 14 inches.

On the side of the more traditional 15-inch format, Microsoft is alongside the Apple alternative for fans of Mac OS. Two models are available for gamers but not with the same in-game capacity or for the same budget. Finally, entry-level and mobile PCs will be of interest to those who do not wish to invest too much and for whom office automation and navigation are sufficient, such as students.

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