The Asus ZenBook 13 is just the ticket for productivity on a budget. It shines when it comes to everyday computing chores, and its battery keeps going and going.
The inexpensive Lenovo Legion Y530 will tempt budget-minded gamers, but its middling graphics card struggles to keep up with today's games, let alone tomorrow's.
Big and heavy though it is, the Lenovo Legion Y920 boasts some serious gaming firepower and a mechanical keyboard to boot, not to mention one-touch overclocking and Dolby sound.
Armed with a screamingly fast six-core CPU and a reasonably robust graphics card, the $1,200 Dell G7 15 packs in an impressive amount of processing and gaming power into a shell that’s less than an inch thick.
While it’s thicker and heavier than we’d like and it suffers from an iffy display, the Optane memory-equipped Acer Aspire 5 delivers impressive quad-core performance for hundreds less than its ultraportable competitors.
It’s not the thinnest, lightest, or most powerful gaming laptop on the market, and we wish its 15.6-inch screen were brighter. But for a budget-friendly price, the GTX 1050 Ti-powered Dell G3 15 packs an impressive punch.
The budget version of 2018’s Acer Aspire E15 delivers great value for the price as well as a significant performance boost over its predecessor.
While it's a couple of pounds too heavy to quality as an ultraportable, this $599 version of the Acer Aspire E15 will please bargain hunters looking for smooth Office performance, and it's even got some game thanks to its discrete Nvidia graphics card.
The Lenovo Flex 6 14 boasts peppy productivity performance, a discrete GPU and solid battery life for a relatively budget price, but it also comes saddled with a dim screen and iffy graphics.
The Logitech MK320 keyboard feels fine and boasts solid wireless connectivity plus programmable keys for a bargain price, but its included, stiff-buttoned mouse doesn’t quite pass muster.
The Logitech MK520 keyboard and mouse combo boasts roomy, comfy and quiet keys, a smooth and substantial mouse, and dedicated media buttons. It's also affordable, easy to set up, and highly customizable.
Available for as little as $20 online, the MK270 looks and feels a bit cheap, and it makes a fair amount of racket as you type. That said, the MK270's keys feel relatively springy and it's easy to set up.
The Logitech Wireless Wave Combo MK550 could be just the thing for typists with aching wrists and tendons, provided you warm to the wave-like keyboard design.
The Acer Nitro 5 may be big and heavy, with so-so battery life and a fairly dim screen, but if you're shopping for a gaming laptop that handle AAA titles without breaking the bank, it delivers the goods.
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