As of mid-2015, the top-rated laptops reviewed by Laptop Mag include the Dell XPS 13, the MacBook Air and the Lenovo ThinkPad T450s. The XPS 13 earns the title of top overall laptop on the basis of its vivid yet compact, near-bezelless display and its mere 2.8-pound weight. Moreover, the laptop is priced below $1,000, carries nearly 12 hours of battery life and offers powerful performance due to its Intel Core i5 processor and solid-state drive.
The Macbook Air's 14-hour battery life, comfortable keyboard, flash storage space and competitive price earn it its place on Laptop Mag's list. The company recommends the ThinkPad T450s for business users, given its HD touchscreen display, robust design, extended battery life and keyboard responsiveness. Laptop Mac also recommends the Alienware 17 for gamers, given its impressive graphics capabilities that allow it to process high video framerates. The laptop also features a 1080p display and a powerful Core i7 processor. The reviewer also awards high marks to the Asus ZenBook Pro for video editors who demand both high-quality graphics and powerful processing capabilities and the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 as an affordable laptop-tablet hybrid.
Additionally, Amazon's customers award the Macbook Air the highest overall customer rating, followed by the sub-$200 ASUS C201 and the Acer Chromebook, the more powerful MacBook Pro and the Surface Pro tablet PC.