Best Laptop Models in 2014

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2014 has seen a tremendous splurge of laptop, ultrabook and convertible ultrabook laptop models. With so many models out during the year, picking and choosing the best laptop models of 2014 can be quite a daunting task.

Apart from meeting your unique personal requirements, there are several key aspects one must consider while purchasing a 2014 release laptop. Our short reviews of some of the best laptop launches this year will provide information on performance, display quality, ease of keyboard use, touch-pad reliability, battery life and more, allowing you to quickly narrow down your choice of computer!

Top laptop models 2014 – The 7 Best!

1. Apple Macbook Pro 13-inch Retina Display

  •  2500 x 1600 13-inch IPS display
  • Dual-core Intel core i5 or i7 processor
  • Up to 9 hours battery life
  • Available in 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB
  • OS X Mavericks
  • ~$1,300

Retina display equipped Macbook Pro 13-inch model is one of the best laptops available in the market today. If you are looking for a model that is highly portable and can guarantee top-notch performance, then Apple Macbook Pro 13-inch retina display model is a clear winner.

top 2014 laptops - apple macbook pro retina display 13'It provides an incredible battery life of up to 9 hours which complements the model’s portability. The Retina IPS display is stunning with resolutions of 2560 x 1600. The display has an optical finish which reduces the effects of reflection. With very short travel keys, the Macbook Pro offers great comfort while typing.

The dual-core Intel i5 processor renders competitive performance. The Macbook Pro, priced at $1299 is definitely a great buy. The downside of course is the premium Apple price. But, if you don’t mind some heavy investing in quality products, this is a fantastic purchase.

2. Asus Transformer Book T100

  • 1” 1366 x 768 IPS HD with Touch
  • 46 GHz Intel Atom
  • Up to 11 hours battery life
  • Available in 32 GB Tablet, 500 GB Dock and 64 GB, 500 GB Dock
  • Windows 8.1
  • ~$360

ASUS Transformer Book T100 has done an incredible job in blending a10.1-inch tablet into a laptop with a docking keyboard. It uses the Intel’s new atom platform to deliver good performance, not top notch performance but value for money performance. With the atom quad-core processor, users can experience speeds that are more than enough for average laptop use.

It provides an astounding battery life of 11 hours of continuous web browsing.  The keyboard dock renders 19mm travel distance providing comfortable typing experience. It is the perfect 2-in-1 portable laptop that can be converted into a tablet easily.

3. Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga

  • 6″ LED high-definition with 10-point multi-touch display
  • Intel Pentium N3520 Processor 2.17GHz
  • Up to 8 hours battery life
  • Available in 500 GB HDD
  • Windows 8.1
  • ~$1,000

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga is a classy convertible that has a great ‘flip and fold’ design. That’s where it gets it’s name from. Unlike other models of Lenovo, this model is equipped with a Pentium N3520 processor. The processing speed is adequate to carry out basic tasks such as web browsing or word processing. Hence, if you are looking for a laptop with high-end performance then, you should give the IdeaPad Yoga a skip. The Pentium processor is power efficient and offers a decent battery life.

The striking feature of this model is the 11-inch convertible design that allows you to fold the screen back up to 360 degrees. popular 2014 laptop - Lenovo IdeaPad YogaThe display is quite impressive for a non-IPS panel. It renders bright and sharp pictures with an outstanding resolution of 3200×1200 pixels. Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga is an ideal budget laptop for the average user.

It is also a great choice if you need a laptop that can be converted into a tablet with super ease!.

4. Dell XPS 15

  • 3200 x 1800 15.6 inch display
  • Intel core i7 processor
  • Up to 9 hours battery life
  • Available in 512 GB SSD
  • Windows 8.1
  • ~$1,800

Dell XPS 15 offers incredible display quality and visual appeal with 3200 x 1800 display resolution. With 235 pixels per inch, it renders higher resolution than the Retina display of Macbook Pro. The IPS panel is bright and sharp.

dell xps 15 best performance laptop 2014The laptop looks impressive with a sleek aluminum casing that is sturdy for a 15.6 inch display screen. It is light to carry and is built well. The Dell XPS provides better performance with a quad-core i7 processor and comes with a 512 GB solid-state drive.

The touch pad has a soft-touch matt-black plastic finish which is comfortable to use. Users won’t experience any lag while using the track pad which is a great benefit considering the quality of track pads other laptop models have.

Dell XPS 15 is competitively priced for the incredible features it offers to the user.

5. Toshiba Kira – 101

  • 2560 x 1440 13.3 inch display
  • Intel core i7-4500U processor
  • Up to 9 hours battery life
  • Available in 256 GB SSD
  • Windows 8.1
  • ~$1,700

Kira-101 is Toshiba’s effort to enter the mid-range laptop market with a core i7 processor, 13.3 inch display and 256GB Solid state drive storage.  A display resolution of 2560×1440 offers impressive visual appeal.

The laptop performs well offering smooth user experience. best student laptop 2014The Haswell processors deliver better performance in comparison to the i5 core processors used in other models. 256 GB of solid state drive complements the processor by providing amazing read/write speeds.

Kira-101 is an ideal laptop for students who are looking for good performance and long-lasting battery life.

6. HP Chromebook 14

  • 1366 x 768 14-inch display
  • Intel Celeron 2955U
  • Up to 9 hours battery life
  • Available in 16 GB SSD
  • Google Chrome OS
  • ~$250!

The Chromebook is an affordable laptop targeted to attract the younger generation with its trendy design. It runs on Google’s Chrome OS which is a great alternative to the Windows 8 operating system. The Chromebook is also available in 11-inch HD display.

hp chromebook 2014 laptopThe Chromebook provides auto-sync features that allow you to store your data online with up to 100GB of Google Drive Storage. It has built-in 3G and 4G connectivity to meet the demands of the next generation. It comes equipped with thousands of your favorite Google apps.

7. Acer Aspire E1 – 572P

  • 1366 x 768 15.6-inch display
  • Intel Core i5-4200U
  • Up to 5 hours battery life
  • Available in 750 GB HDD
  • Windows 8.1
  • ~$425

Acer Apsire E1 is unbelievably slim measuring only 25.3 mm with a built-in DVD player. It is highly portable and is robust.  You can experience amazing speed while browsing or working with Intel or AMD processor.

The Acer E1 has an M-DISC Ready™ Drive that can preserve your precious data for long. The drive is designed to protect your data against wear and tear of regular use. acer aspire e1 best value for money laptopThe specification of Acer Aspire E1 varies based on the model.

Aspire E1-572P is 15.6 inch laptop that provides great value for money. The 15.6 inch backlit display renders a decent resolution of 1366×768 pixels. The track pad is a little oddly placed but once you get used to the keyboard, it is comfortable to use.  Overall, Aspire E1-572P is a budget-friendly laptop that provides optimal performance.

Hope we helped a little to help you find the best laptop model of 2014, one that specifically meets your requirements. Also, read this post if you are specifically looking for models with the best ultrabook battery life.

About the Author
Michelle, author at Mach Machines. A tech lover and an insatiable latte drinker. Michelle blogs about improving the personal computing experience.
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