Last year, there had been many laptops in the market. Few were average, few outperformed and few performed really poor. Of course, the outperformed ones were the most selling ones. You might not have enough time to look back and analyze the laptops, which performed very well and became one of the best selling ones of Best Laptops of 2014.
We took a tour around and surveyed the survivors of the market in 2014. “Survivor” is not the right word, as the laptops we are going to mention here were the best performers of 2014. Continue reading and you will find the reasons of them being the best ones.
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina
Apple is the one to give tough competition to its rivals with the conventional design of Retina display screen and then, there were many companies in the market launching Retina display screens. It was Apple’s time to come up with something new and it empowered its 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with Intel’s fourth generation Core processor. Best Laptops of 2014.The starting price of this MacBook Pro is $1,999.
Users were disappointed with the design, as there was no change in the design. The laptop weighs 4.5 pounds and the dimensions are 14.1 x 9.7 x 0.71 inches. Despite of no change in design, it has proved to be awfully powerful for the travelers.
It has two Thunderbolt 2 ports, which is four times faster than USB 3.0 ports. It houses two USB 3.0 ports—one on the left side of the frame and the one is place at the right side of the panel. One headphone jack, Best Laptops of 2014. MagSafe 2 power connector and dual microphones lie on the left side. Besides, it includes SD card slot and HDMI port.
Once used, the display becomes an addiction. The 15-inch MacBook Pro has a resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels. Every single thing appeared razor sharp—right from the app icon to text of a website. You would appreciate the 178 degree angle, as almost 3 users can flawlessly view the display without any distraction. Display is not good with the outdoors, though.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro features 4th generation 2.3-GHz Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, 16GB of RAM and flash memory of 256 GB. It boots in 14 seconds. It was flaunting to see 4.97 GB of files was transferred in only 16.5 seconds, which means the transfer rate was 309 Mbps. Transcoding a 720p video trailer took only 1 minute and 6 seconds.
HP Chromebook 11
Are you looking for a budget laptop in less than $300? Do you think that it is possible to have one? It is possible with HP Chromebook 11. With the starting price of $279, it has 11.6 inch screen, comfortable keyboard, bright display and an easy-to-use Chrome OS.
It has a glossy white plastic chassis, which might remind you of the old MacBook Pro. You can have colorful slates of this notebook—blue, red, green or yellow accent color. You can avail black color too. The dimension of this notebook is 11.7 x 7.6 x 0.7 inches and you can say that this is one of the lightest and most portable notebooks that you can carry around, without any trouble.
For charging, there is a microUSB port. It has two USB 2.0 ports, which can connect USB flash drives, external hard disks, mice and keyboards. It has a 3.5mm headphone jack. You will be disappointed, if you expect this device to have a SD card reader. RAM is of 2 GB.
The 11.6-inch HP Chromebook 11 has the screen resolution of 1366 x 768 ppi. It has wide viewing angles and there was no wash out of the display until 60 degrees to the left or right of the monitor. Best Laptops of 2014. View was slightly distracted at an angle of 90 degrees.
During the test that it had undergone, it could play videos as well as games fair enough. However, we were not alright with the launching time of few apps. It took only 5 seconds for Chromebook 11 to create a new document in Google Docs.
The 16 GB internal storage is to be appreciated for the faster booting span—it was only 11 seconds. However, working with other programs wasn’t very impressive. Performance on the transfer test was really bad. It was given a task to transfer files of 4.97 GB and after 15 minutes and 12 seconds,Best Laptops of 2014. it gave up with a message stating that 168 items were still left to be transferred. The battery showed a complete run time of 3 hours and 54 minutes.
Dell Inspiron 14R-5437
Dell Inspiron 14R-5437 has been made with an intention of targeting the school going crowd. It has features that make gaming a good experience for its intended users. For a starting price of $819, it delivers satisfying service. There is no doubt about the performance of the system, but the sad part is it compromises the battery life. Let’s plunge deeper to know more about it.
The look and make of the device doesn’t look too classy, as it is made up of plastic and the internal chassis is of magnesium alloy. It has 4 GB RAM, 500 GB hard disk and 2.27-GHz Intel Core i3-350M processor. 14R weighs 5 pound, which is quite heavy and this is due to the kind of material used for the manufacturing of this device.
The front portion of 13.5 x 9.7 x 1.3-inch notebook looks sleeker, but the back portion is quite bulky and making enough room for the battery. It has all edges tapered.
It includes two 2.0 USB ports, HDMI port, VGA, Ethernet port, one memory card slot, a headphone and a mic. All the ports that we have mentioned so far are distributed on left and right frames of the laptop.
The display is 1366 x 768-pixel WLED. It doesn’t have wide viewing angles and we never expected it to have so. We had to tilt the lid to 10 degrees to avoid distortion while viewing the display—not more than 2 people can view the display without any disturbance.
It has outranked many devices with its powerful processor, even the older version of it is no match to this device. We tried to transcode a 114 MB video file and it took a fair time of 1 minute and 6 seconds, which is only 3 seconds more than the lighter notebooks. It took an annoying 56 seconds to boot to its Windows 7 Home Premium. The transferring rate was 23.1 Mbps, which is better than many notebooks in the market.
If you have a constrained budget for a Windows 8 notebook, then Lenovo’s G580 is the best model for you. This laptop is packed with Core i5 processor and 500 GB hard disk. You can avail this notebook for just $469. Let us see whether it is worth going for it or not.
It boasts a glossy lid for its price that the manufacturer calls Dark Brown. The color is too dark for it to appear like brown. We would call it black instead of brown. The keyboard is placed in the same kind of plastic material, but bottom portion of the laptop has a matte finish. The lid of the laptop has witnessed fingerprints, which makes it look cheaper.
The dimension of 5.2 pounds laptop is 14.8 x 9.6 x 0.68 inches. On the left side of the frame, you can spot two USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI port, VGA, Ethernet port.Best Laptops of 2014. The right side of the frame has one USB 2.0 port, one 3.5mm headphone jack, one DVD drive and a power jack.
The LED screen size of Lenovo G580 is 15.6 inch and the resolution is 1366 x 768 ppi. If you want to view the display from wide angles, there will be glares otherwise it would give a sharp and bright view.
Upon launching apps, browsing and streaming videos, the laptop doesn’t show any compromised performance. The booting time of this system was only 23 seconds. The transfer rate of G580 was amazing—it could transfer 5 GB of documents in 3 minutes and 2 seconds. You would be disappointed, if you expect it to run for long without connecting the charger. Battery runtime of this notebook is 4 hours and 8 minutes, with all programs running.
By now, you might have understood why the above mentioned four notebooks were labeled the best ones of 2014.
Robert R. is an avid guest blogger who writes on behalf of My Tech Gurus. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with the everyday computer user, by helping them with common errors, especially Windows installer errors and slow computer problems. Check out his articles at the Mytechgurus blog.
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