As per a report by Canalys, the global PC market saw the highest growth in 2020 as compared to the last ten years. It goes without saying that the demand for laptops skyrocketed this year, with many people working from home and kids’ classes moving online. However, of the wide array of machines available in the market, only a handful offered an uncompromised experience and even less got nominated to the most prestigious tech awards event in the country – the Indian Gadget Awards for the best laptop of 2020. With the help of 30 tech experts, we will be choosing one winner from the list that follows but, before we get into that, let’s take a quick look at the nominees.
Apple MacBook Pro M1
After much speculation, Apple finally did away with Intel’s X86-based processors and instead, launched its new MacBooks with the homegrown M1 silicone. Much to everyone’s surprise, Apple’s M1 SoC has proven to be quite the powerhouse and has matched if not ousted Intel counterparts in numerous benchmarks and workflows. Add to that the machine’s exquisite build quality, the gorgeous retina display and Apple’s reliable software support and the MacBook Pro M1 is not just the best laptop from Apple’s stables, but quite possibly the best laptop, period.
Dell XPS 15 9500
Dell’s XPS lineup needs no introduction. For years, the company has been designing stunning business and creator-centric workhorses, and the latest torchbearer for the lineup comes in the form of the Dell XPS 9500. The laptop is backed by Intel’s 10th-gen CPUs and can be specced with up to a 4K touch-screen panel that covers 100 percent of Adobe’s RGB colour gamut. Add to that the optional Nvidia GTX 1650Ti GPU and the Dell XPS 9500 makes for a competent gaming machine too.
HP Spectre X360
The Spectre X360 is a 2-in-1 convertible from laptop giant HP that has been milled to perfection. The Spectre X360 sports a gem-cut design wherein the edges of the laptop have been chamfered to house a USB Type-C port. Furthermore, the laptop is extremely compact and offers a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent, making it one of the smallest and most portable 13-incher in the market. And that’s not all, as the Spectre X360 is as impressive on the inside, as it is beautiful on the outside and the unit can be configured with Intel’s 10th-Gen CPUs and ample memory to run multiple apps simultaneously.
ASUS ZenBook 14 UX434
ASUS’ ZenBook lineup has for long, offered pint-sized laptops with stellar performance. With the ZenBook 14 UX434, the company is taking things one step further as the model is among the smallest laptops to ship with a 14-inch display. As a matter of fact, the unit is smaller than a sheet of A4 paper and offers a screen-to-body ratio of over 92 percent. And, if that’s not enough to pique your interest, then consider the fact that the ZenBook 14’s trackpad also doubles up as a tiny display! Rest assured, the ZenBook 14’s tiny chassis is loaded to the brim with innovation and powerful specifications.
Microsoft Surface Pro X
Apple’s MacBook Pro M1 isn’t the only non-Intel laptop on the list as Microsoft’s Surface Pro X too makes use of a custom SQ2 chip, with this one made in collaboration with Qualcomm. The 2-in-1 employs premium materials for its construction, oodles of hours’ worth of battery backup and most importantly, LTE chops, allowing the PC to be connected to the internet, come what may. What’s more, Microsoft has optimised a ton of apps to facilitate smooth operations on the machine and the Surface Pro X comes with full support for popular tools like LightRoom, Teams, Skype etc. Rest assured, Microsoft’s Surface Pro X makes working on the fly, a hassle-free experience.