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The Best Laptops Of 2016

By Edge Ison , Nov 19, 2016 02:50 AM EST

The year is about to come to a close and many who have been holding out on buying a new laptop are probably still struggling to decide on what to get.

Before the Black Friday Sale and holiday sale come, here are five of the most impressive laptops of 2016 that buyers could consider:

Apple MacBook 2016

  • Intel Skylake Core M processor
  • 12-inch 2304 x 1440 LED-backlit IPS display
  • Intel HD Graphics 515
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 256GB and 512GB SSD

Easily one of the more popular if not the most brand today, Apple consistently figures in any best of lists and the MacBook 2016 is no different. This MacBook sells for around $1200.

Asus ZenBook UX305

  • Intel Core M3-6Y30 - M7-6Y75
  • 13.3-inch IPS display; FHD with 1920 x 1080 resolution or QHD+ with 3200 x 1800 resolution
  • Intel HD Graphics 515
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 256GB to 512GB SSD

The MacBook look-alike is the preferred laptop of some because of its low price, thin and light features, and glare-free screen. The latest ZenBook is even better than the MacBook in terms of internal storage and long battery life. It is priced somewhere from $680 to $800.

Dell XPS 13

  • Intel Core i5 and i7 CPU
  • Intel HD Graphics 520 (i5) and Intel Iris Graphics 540 (i7)
  • 4GB and 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB and 256GB SSD
  • $750 to $900

Tech Radar flat out described the XPS 13 as "the best laptop you can buy today". Its bezel-less display is enveloped by a lightweight and compact frame. It costs about $750 to $900.

Razer Blade Stealth

  • Intel Core i7
  • 12.5-inch; QHD+ with 2560 x 1440 resolution or 4K with 3840 x 2160 resolution; IGZO LED-backlit multi-touch display
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
  • 8GB to 16GB of RAM
  • 128GB to 1TB SSD

The Blade Stealth is a favorite among serious gamers not just because of its design and colourful display but also for its powerful battery. The 2016 version of the Razer laptop is way better than its predecessor and is priced at $1000 to $1400.

Surface Book

  • Intel Core i5 and i7 CPU
  • 13.5-inch 3000 x 2000 Pixelsense Display
  • Intel HD Graphics 520 and Nvidia GeForce Graphics
  • 8GB and 16GB of RAM
  • 128GB and 256 GB SSD

Microsoft's Surface Book is a traditional notebook with a futuristic design. It can be used as a regular laptop or as a tablet called the Clipboard. It sells for around $1500.

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