Which is the best all-purpose ultrabook
The best laptops Q1 / 2020 - 59 notebooks put to the test
First, let's take a look at the best overall ratings, regardless of the respective device class. The Apple MacBook Pro 13, the mobile workhorse among Apple notebooks, clearly leads the field here. According to initial rumors, the MBP 13 will be replaced by a 14-inch model in the future. For many users, the more attractively priced new MacBook Air (2020) could also be exciting, which, however, was only just being tested at the time the article was created. The new Dell XPS 13 9300 is right on the heels of the MacBook. The compact XPS laptop now has an even larger display planted in the case (16:10), and Intel's Ice-Lake ensures an increase in GPU performance. Lenovo's Thinkpad X1 Carbon G7 is also among the top spots in its current Ice Lake configuration. "Working without limits" is the motto of the HP Elitebook x360 1030 G4 and the Thinkpad L13 Yoga, both business convertibles with a 360-degree hinge. Microsoft's Surface Pro 7 is also a convertible, but more of a tablet than a notebook.
Far ahead in our ranking is the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme, so to speak the powerful multimedia all-rounder of the Thinkpad laptops in the latest edition with a 9750H 6-core CPU and Nvidia 1650 (Max-Q) GPU. The Acer Swift 3 SF313 is a representative of the ultra-mobile segment in the conventional clamshell design. The Asus ZenBook Flip 15, which is equipped with a GTX 1050 GPU, appears as a multimedia convertible, so to speak. The Huawei MateBook D 14 has also made it way ahead. Incidentally, this is also the first notebook in the rating based on AMD components.
The chasing group is led by the Acer Swift 5 SF514. The notebook is characterized by its extremely low weight and weighs only 943 grams despite the 14-inch display. Lenovo's IdeaPad S740-15 could be described as the "civil" version of the X1 Extreme. Here, too, a Coffee Lake CPU and a Geforce GTX 1650 (Max-Q) ensure solid multimedia performance. Exciting display concept meets thick equipment: Acer's ConceptD 9 Pro is aimed at multimedia and graphics professionals. The Thinkpad T490 is also preferred in the professional area. The 14 incher has been a mandatory option when equipping companies for years.
Lenovo's Yoga C740-15 is a 15-inch convertible notebook that enables numerous application situations due to the special display hinge. HP's Specter X360 15 follows a very similar concept, which also has a 360-degree hinge. As another representative of the best-rated laptops, we want to list the Apple MacBook Air 2019. The last update not only gave the Air more performance and a significantly better display, it also pushed the price of the laptop up again. The Asus Zenbook 15 UX534FTC, which also belongs to the multimedia all-round class with a 15.6-inch display, did extremely well in our tests.
Last but not least, the Asus Zephyrus G14 can also secure one of the top places. As one of the first notebooks ever, the G14 integrates an AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS processor, i.e. it has 8 cores in an 18 millimeter thin 14-inch notebook. The performance is indeed brutal: even many large and heavy gaming machines with Intel's i9 CPU cannot hold a candle to the compact G14.
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