The Best Laptops Of 2016: Ultrabooks, Hybrids And Gaming – Forbes – Forbes

Technology advancements offered the opportunity for some pretty great notebook products in 2016, whether you’re looking for something sleek and stylish, a workhorse device or a beastly desktop replacement gaming machine.   To that end, here’s a round-up of what I feel are some of the best of each breed in the market currently. Though some of these are likely due for an Intel Kaby Lake refresh, even in their current incarnation, they’re all fantastic laptops worthy of your consideration…

Ultrabooks And 2-in-1s Notebook Hybrids: 

Dell XPS 13 And XPS 15 (Starting at $799 and $999): 


We might as well start with two of the most-awarded laptops of 2016, Dell’s venerable XPS 13 and XPS 15 premium 13-inch and 15-inch notebooks. From their high quality machined aluminum and composite carbon fiber build materials, to their impeccable fit and finish, these two machines exemplify fantastic product design and features that will likely underpin this Dell family of notebooks for years to come. Dell’s ultra-thin bezel design of its Infinity Edge display technology enables these machines to have significantly smaller footprints than traditional 13 or 15-inch frames but it also looks fabulous, like no other notebook display currently on the market. Performance-wise, these two score top notch in the benchmarks and with battery life as well. In fact, Dell’s recently refreshed XPS 13 with Kaby Lake and a Rose Gold finish is not only a beauty to behold but it’s one of the fastest 13-inch machines I’ve ever tested and one of the longest lasting as well.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga With OLED (Starting at $1403): 


If you’re a road warrior that also has a propensity to be a pixel snob, Lenovo’s ThinkPad Yoga With OLED display (Organic Light Emitting Diode) might just be complete nirvana. I’ve used Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 series as daily drivers for years now, primarily due to the fact that, in addition to their strong build quality, thin and light ways and top shelf performance, ThinkPads have the best keyboards in the notebook business, in my opinion. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga is no exception with a typing deck that I personally can fly on. It weighs a svelte 2.8 pounds, its display articulates a full 360 degrees and yes, that 13-inch OLED panel is so very pretty. Nothing can match the saturation, contrast and pop of an OLED display. Once you’ve lived on one for a few days, you’ll never want to go back to a standard IPS panel again.


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