Alienware 13(OLED)

The highlight and uniqueness of this laptop is its OLED screen, that has very bright and clear display. To make even more unique, it is the first laptop(as far as I know) to have it. The OLED is found in only the best big-screen televisions besides other laptops. This is also a limited edition laptop. It costs from $1800 to $2400SGD online(shipping takes 3-4 days). If you are getting your hopes up, don’t. This is one of the few good things about this laptop. Its battery life is not amazing and there are better gaming laptops out there. Its aplication performance is quite bad and the when gaming, the battery lasts only 90 minutes.OLED is not as good as televisions with OLED an example is that the colour is not accurate as it was tested by a television expert, you can trust him. But there are good things about the OLED such as how it shows the colour black and its brightness(tested by the expert mentioned earlier). Before I end this, I want to warn you that the bottom gets hot easily, so don’t burn your lap or anything else.

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000

This laptop can play pretty much any PC game you want without spending tons of money on the device. However,It is thick and heavy and has a mediocre battery life. It is a cheap yet has great performance. It works well on games like Fallout 4 and Bloons TD 5 quite well.

However games that require a better processor to play needs to be set to low graphics in order to have a smooth gameplay. I like to think of this is more of a gaming laptop.

The keyboard is responsive despite being shallow but the touchpad does not perform well but most people will use a mouse for gaming anyway so it does not matter.And as I said the battery life is not very good so avoid long periods of constant gaming.The screen does not reflect much light so you will not have any distractions when gaming.

It has a hybrid hard drive which can slow application and game load time But for $850(For better speed),I doubt anyone can find a better gaming laptop than this.

I would purchase this laptop for gaming due to its price and performance and I would also definitely recommend it to friends.Its only has a few shortcomings like its battery life. I do not think battery life is a significant problem unless the laptop need to be frequently moved around.

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HP ProBook 6360b

 

The HP ProBook 6360b has a solid feel, an excellent keyboard, and an up-to-date second-gen Intel Core i5 processor. However it has boring looks, a bulky design, and business-oriented features that make this a laptop your IT department may love, but you probably won’t be enthusiastic about.

We have seen some high-design business laptops, particularly thin 13-inchers, emerge as trendy alternatives to the consumer laptops, but the ProBook 6360b isn’t one of those. While well-appointed, this $814 laptop is neither a bargain nor a real looker, and it’s one of the thickest 13-inchers we’ve ever seen.If an IT department hands you one of these, don’t worry: it’s a good laptop. I just wouldn’t advise running out and buying one for home use.

Squared-off, darkly bronzed, and thick like an office chair, the HP ProBook 6360b is the plain blue blazer of laptops. It’s timeless, but not in a way you’d be proud of. Open it up in a coffee shop, and you’ll instantly be seen as someone who took your business laptop for a walk.

The 4GB of RAM included in the ProBook 6360b is increasingly standard on mainstream Windows laptops, but the 320GB hard drive, albeit at 7,200rpm, feels a little small for the price now that we’ve become used to seeing 500GB

It has a very good processor (Core i5-2410M), programs run fast and multitasking is a breeze, unlike the laptop I have at home,*cough cough*.However most of us are already used to such speed so its does not really stand out.

Overall I think it is worth the money and although it is not very thin,who cares? All I care about in a laptop is speed and memory which this laptop has so I would not mind purchasing this laptop to replace my old laptop.

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Razer Blade Stealth

The Razer Blade Stealth is a laptop that is just great at all aspects. It is slimmer and lighter than most of other similar laptops. It runs on an i7 and it even offers a cool looking Chroma backlit keyboard. But battery life cut due to the 4k screen but it should not be much of a problem if you don’t game much outside. It offers something that not much laptops offer which is a mix of sleek design, great performance and value in a laptop. However, the perfect looking 4k screen gives it’s battery life a major blow.

The design of the Razer Blade Stealth is perfect. It offers a sleek beautiful design which just looks great. It gives the laptop a really professional feel.

The Razer Blade Stealth offers a Chroma backlit keyboard which just fits the laptop perfectly. It is only for aesthetic purposes it may use more of the battery but it does not really use that much.

It has an eye catching 13-inch 3,840 x 2,160 touchscreen display. It offers a 2.5Ghz Intel Core i7-6500U PC CPU. And it runs on a Windows 10 Home (64-bit) operating system. All for the price tag of $1,399

Overall, if you’re looking for a laptop, this is the best laptop you can buy at the price range of $1,399. It offers a good design, good performance and good price therefore the best option for you.

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Lenovo LaVie Z

This is an extremely lightweight laptop and it is made from a magnesium/lithium alloy, much lighter than the aluminium that makes up most premium laptop bodies. It weighs approximately 1.9 pound (0.86kg) and is 13 inches.

It has a Core i7. The Core i7 is paired with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD at $1,499 in the US .That’s a premium price but only $200 more than Apple’s lauded 12-inch MacBook . Yet the LaVie is lighter than the MacBook at 1.9 pounds versus 2.04 pounds (0.86kg to 0.93kg), and it has a larger screen and a much more powerful processor plus most of the standard ports and connections missing from the USB-C-only MacBook. It has good performance and battery life and is also one of the lightest laptops but it has a small keyboard.

Overall I think it is worth its price as it is a portable computer and it has good battery life too . It is good for people who work in an office and needs the laptop to be carried along with them wherever they go .However it is expensive and purchasers should think through thoroughly before they purchase this item.

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Dell XPS 15

The Dell XPS 15 is a beautiful outstanding laptop with a 15 inch 4k display. It has a great processor and offers wonderful graphic options. All in a sleek and beautiful body. But the keyboard could be bigger and offer a more comfortable typing experience. And the touchpad could generally be improved. Well there is no doubt that the Dell XPS 15 is a laptop that really makes you feel proud when you own it.

One of the reason that the Dell XPS 15 is really great is that it comes with the best processor and comes with stunning graphics. It offers a 15.6-inch 3,840×2,160 touch display. A 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ. As for graphics it uses one of the best which is a  2GB Nvidia Geforce GTX 960M. And it runs on Windows 10 Home (64-bit).

Well in my opinion you are only going to be getting this if you are avid in watching videos. For example watching youtube, twitch, netflix. If you want to get this for gaming I would not recommend it as there are many much better options.

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Dell Inspiron 11 3000

Nowadays most budget laptops you find could be of poor quality and is hard to actually find a decent one. This could be your solution with the Dell Inspiron 11 3000.

As expected from budget laptops, they’re hardware are fairly outdated. As this laptop has a low-performance Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of memory and 32GB of solid-state storage, and the 802.11n wifi standard. As for the battery, Dell promises at least 10 hour of battery life for the laptop. This is good if you require to travel quite often and not be able to charge your laptop.

The keyboard on the laptop is pretty decent where the buttons are spread out far enough so that you won’t find it a problem to press other buttons accidentally. The touch pad is quite nice too and isn’t an annoyance to use.

The plastic construction of the laptop feels solid and durable too. However the anti-glaring screen doesn’t have great viewing angles but it isn’t much of a nuisance. If the specifications of the laptop doesn’t sound appealing, you can pay extra for better parts. You can get up to 4GB of memory, 500GB of storage (or a 128GB solid-state drive), and a quad-core CPU.

The laptop also weighs around 1.4 Kg which is fairy lightweight and would not be much trouble to carry around especially if you’re on the move often.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for  a cheap computer where you can use for your office work, then this computer would suit you. This could also be beneficial as a first computer for people who are still studying and requires a laptop to use for education. The computer is currently priced at S$210 at retail price which is easily affordable by most people. Thus if you need a cheap laptop for work or education then this would suit you really nicely.

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Asus K455LB

The Asus K455LB is a laptop for both gaming and office work. It is nothing that outstanding but it is still a good laptop. It has a self-cooling palm rest for usage of long periods of time and a fairly long battery life of atleast 2-3hours when playing games and 4-5 hours when doing office work like writing documents.

It comes with an i7 core-5500U processor and 8GB of RAM which are fair decent for a laptop. It also has a Nvidia Geforce 940M which is not that great for running games at super high graphics settings but it is able to process things like videos much faster. From experience, it is able to run games like Bioshock infinite at high settings and Team Fortress 2 at max settings without experiencing any framerate drops.

It is fairly light as I have no trouble carrying the device on hand and a portable bag is given to people who purchased the laptop. A free Logitech M105 wired mouse is also given.

The device only has 1 audio port so if you have headsets that has 2 plugs, you have to choose which to put in. It comes with a LAN port, HDMI port and USB 3.0 port at left side of the device and 2 USB 2.0 ports, an SD card slot and a CD ROM drive at the right side of the device. It comes with 1 TB of memory which is handy if you need to install programs that take up lots of space.

In conclusion, this device is really convenient if you need to bring it all around as it is not very heavy and would be a burden to carry. The lack of 2 audio ports though is troublesome as headphones with 2 plugs can’t be used. I also noticed there’s a lack of a Caps Lock indicator. This could be rather troublesome if you accidentally pressed it and began typing things out, only to see all the words capitalised. The battery life is a nice touch as if you’re spending a long time outside it should last for a long period of time.It is around $1099 at retail price which is not recommended for people are at a budget. Thus, if you’re looking for a laptop that is for both gaming and work this would suit you nicely.

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Razer Blade 14

The Razer Blade 14 is another one of Razer’s gaming laptops. This laptop has made some huge improvement compared to some of the previous gaming laptops they have made. This laptop has a upgraded Nvidia graphics and hugely improved IGXO 3,200×1,800-pixel-resolution touch display.

The Razer Blade 14 has a price tag of $2,399 and it has a 14-inch, 3,200×1,800 screen. It has a 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-4702HQ. And it has a PC memory of 8GB 1,600MHZ DDR3 SDRAM. It uses a 3GB Nvidia Geforce GTX 870M for it’s graphics. It has 256GB of storage. It does not have a optical drive. As for networking it uses Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0. It’s operating system is a Windows 8.1 (64-bit)

It is 0.7 inch thick and weighs 4.47 pounds and can easily be placed in a bag allowing you to carrying the laptop to wherever you want. The keyboard and touchpad are great, welly placed and responsive. But for gaming you would most probably use a external mouse instead of the touchpad. It also allows you to go on social media and use it like a smartphone thanks to it’s touchscreen. It has glowing green keys which makes the laptop look even more flashy. It also has a Razer logo that glows from the back lid which makes the laptop look very good.

One of the best few features of this laptop is it’s new IGXO 3,200×1,800 display. It is such a great feature as it has such a high resolution screen together with touchscreen function. The new display is glass-covered, brighter, and very vivid, it has wonderful viewing angles, and it is a multitouch.

Games aren’t really meant to be played at such a high resolution though. Steam’s main UI seemed to be downscaling to lower-res. But, as for everyday usage, extra pixels are always good.

But sometimes after playing a game for half and hours causes the bottom of the laptop to get really hot. The battery life also drop quickly. It has around a 90 minute battery life when you play BioShock Infinite at medium graphics setting. Like all other Razer laptops, this laptop is also Razer Synapse 2.0-enabled, too, which saves game setting for the keyboards and peripherals in the cloud and allows deeper customization.

There are three USB 3.0 ports on the edge of this laptop, along with HDMI. It has Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.22ac Wi-Fi and a 2MP Web camera and a microphone which are slightly better than those in average laptops.

The Blade has around 4 hours, 20 minutes of battery life. As when playing games at different settings on battery power will result in between 60 minutes to 90 minutes of life.

So overall, in my opinion I think that this gaming laptop may have a few weaknesses but they are not very major and I think that the good points of this gaming laptop covers it. I think that this laptop is able to be carried around easily. The high res screen of this laptop and the high speed causes it to have a lower battery life but I think that it is worth sacrificing the battery life of this to have a better quality screen and performance of the laptop. So in conclusion, I think that this laptop is worth it to buy if you have the money, you are into gaming and travel frequently but just be sure to bring your charger due to the low battery life of this product.

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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro

The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is one of the most anticipated laptops of the year. The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro won the popularity vote at the Digital Life Awards 2014. This laptop consists of more than 800 different aluminium and steel parts and has a new hinge which is not as bulky as the older versions.

The new Yoga 3 Pro is extremely thin. With the laptop lid closed, it is only 13mm thick. A typical ultrabook is 17mm thick. This laptop is very light considering the fact that it is a 13-inch laptop. It weighs 1.19kg. It can be carried around easily. The Yoga 3 Pro has an ultra-high resolution 3,200 x 1,800-pixel screen. It is an extremely bright screen with vivid colours and excellent viewing angles.

This laptop is also highly responsive to touch inputs. There is also an disadvantage for this laptop. The icons and text displayed are extremely tiny, and they are practically unusable. Therefore, Lenovo has to deliberately enlarge the font of the words and icons to their largest size.

The biggest issue is with its battery life as this laptop, with screen brightness and volume at its maximum, can only last 4 hours in a battery life test. In my opinion, this is a great laptop for usage. It is convenient however its price is $2,299 and its battery life is not so good. In my opinion, this laptop is a good all-rounder that I would recommend to consumers.

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