Laptops are a pretty big tech purchase, and you’ll only get the full value if you choose the right tool to match or mobile computing needs. Here are some of our favourite models that are also affordable.
- We test the main features, like screen quality, keyboard and trackpad and the back hinge.
- We check the build quality using durable materials and smart design.
- Finally we consider the price compared with its competitors.
- That’s FEATURES + BUILD + PRICE = VALUE.
We use standard office software and web browsers, and test the response of the keyboard carefully. Finally we check the port arrangement and the balance of of the laptop against the overall weight of the machine. We also consider the reputation of the manufacturer, including after-sales service.
And that’s how we arrive at this line up of products…
1. Dell XPS 13 2-IN-1
The XPS brand defines reliability in executive business computing. This sleek, all-metal model is fully loaded, features a delightful keyboard and screen, and will give you at least seven hours of battery life. FULL REVIEW
i7, 13” screen, 8 GB RAM, 1.24 kg, R28 500
2. Asus VivoBook S15 S530U
Great build quality and some clever innovations come together in this well-priced model. Opening the lid lifts the base to increase air flow, which saves your battery, and there’s a fingerprint sensor in the trackpad. FULL REVIEW
i5, 15.6” screen, 8 GB RAM, 1.8 kg, R9 000
3. Acer Swift 3
There’s plenty of processing power in this lightweight, all-metal model, which includes a large 500 GB SSD drive to keep things zippy. It weighs just 1.6 kg but has a decent set of four USB ports for adding peripherals.
i5, 14” screen, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD R11 000
4. Asus TUF FX505
Save on this gaming rig and still outgun your mates. The all-plasticbody shell isn’t great, but it’s what’s under the hood that counts: a fast and sharp full-HD screen and blazing Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti graphics.
AMD Ryzen 7, Nvidia GTX 1660, 15.6” screen, 8 GB RAM R18 000
3. Asus Transformer Book
The T101HA is a solid tablet-and-keyboard combination. It weighs around 1 kg and is less than 2 cm thick. It’s also covered in tough aluminium, runs Windows 10 and has a full-sized USB port. FULL REVIEW
Intel X CPU, 10” screen, 2 GB RAM, 1.1 kg, R4 670