The best laptop 2019: Huawei MateBook 13

Our picks of the latest models from the top brands to help you find the best laptop for your needs

 

In this guide to the best laptops 2019 has to offer, we here at TechRadar have gathered up a smorgasbord of fantastic notebooks and laptops that will appeal to a broad range of people, no matter what sort of laptop you’re looking for. 

So, we found the best Ultrabooks and premium laptops, alongside the best Macs, Chromebooks and budget Windows tablets. On this page, you’ll also find the best gaming laptops and 2-in-1 laptops. 

We've made sure to pack our best laptops guide with brilliant devices that cover a wide range of price points, so every budget is catered for in this list. Remember: you don't need to spend a fortune to get one of the best laptops of 2019.

All of the laptops on this list have been tested and reviewed right here at TechRadar, so you can be sure they’re worth your time. Only the best laptops will be found here, so you won’t find any lemons here. Plus, we included our exclusive price comparison tool, so you can make sure you’re getting the best laptop deal at all times. 

We're constantly updating this guide as well, so as soon as the newest laptops are released, we'll add them to this best laptops guide – as long as they are worthy, of course.

Our built-in price comparison tool will also automatically highlight the top deals from  online retailers, so you can be sure you're getting the best laptops for the best price.
 

Huawei MateBook 13

CPU: 8th generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 , Nvidia GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13-inch 1440p (2,160 x 1,440) | Storage: 256GB - 512GB SSD

 

Pros

Great performance

Nvidia graphics

Excellent value

Cons

Only 8GB RAM

No Thunderbolt 3

 

Huawei has done it again, and its latest laptop has topped our best laptops list for 2019. As with last year's Huawei MateBook X Pro, the MateBook 13 comes with some of the latest components, including a discrete Nvidia MX150 graphics card, and a gorgeous lightweight design, that you'd expect to find on a much more expensive laptop. The fact that the MateBook 13 offer so much, yet comes with an impressively low price – compared to its Ultrabook competitors, like the XPS 13 below – makes it our choice for the best laptop money can buy right now. Sure, you may be missing a few minor niceties here and there to achieve such a competitive price, but on the whole, this is the most value-packed flagship laptop that we’ve ever tested.  If you're after a few more bells and whistles, like super-fast Thunderbolt 3 ports and a 4K display, then the Dell XPS 13 or MacBook Pro (also on this list of best laptops) may be better choices, but for sheer bang for your bucks, the MateBook 13 is the laptop to beat in 2019.

 

Which type of laptop is best for you?
General laptops
: Where the best cheap laptops are found, devices that focus more on practicality than style, portability or power. That’s not to say they can’t be fast, but you’ll typically find a non-Ultrabook clamshell laptop with an HD screen and spinning drive-based storage for less than $600 or £400.

Ultrabooks: Where you’ll find thin-and-light notebooks sporting SSD storage and display resolutions that exceed 1080p. Paired with powerful, albeit mobile-centric components and especially long battery life, the best Ultrabooks will cost a pretty penny – $700 or £500 to $2,000 or £1,800.

2-in-1 laptops: Where notebooks that double as tablets are located. The Surface Book 2 might be a ways off, but many of the best 2-in-1 laptops are available right now. Outfitted with both detachable and 360-degree rotating hinges, these hybrids are the most versatile way to experience Windows 10 (or Chrome OS) on a touchscreen.

Chromebooks: Where you’ll find the best Chromebooks running Chrome OS. These do much of what Windows and macOS can in the browser, focused on cloud storage over local, while recently getting Android app support for touchscreen models. They generally cost less than $300 or £200 and some can even withstand a slight tussle.

Gaming laptops: Need a laptop to play games (almost) just like a shiny desktop PC can? Then you’ll want one of the best gaming laptops. These machines generally cost from $800 or £600 to upwards of $3,000 or £2,800 and they’ll likely be the ones to take advantage of AMD’s laptop-grade Ryzen processors first.

Laptop-tablet hybrids: Designed from the tablet-first approach to laptop-tablet hybrids, the best Windows tablets pack beyond-HD touchscreens, sometimes with kickstands in their frames or provided via keyboard covers. These generally shine with a stylus, and range from the budget to the premium price ranges.

 

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