When it comes to picking the very best laptops of 2019, this is the only guide you need: the constantly updated, expertly curated, definitive T3 list of the best laptops for working, gaming, designing, studying or anything else.
We’ve acknowledged that the best laptop might be different for everyone, so we’ve tried to cover as a wide a selection of system types, prices and designs as possible – no matter what your needs, you should find something that fits here.
1. DELL XPS 13 (2019)
The mighty Dell XPS 13 is a frequent member of our best laptop buying guides and here, in 2019, it’s business as usual. The most recent model moves the webcam back to a more sensible spot above the screen.
The machine is thinner and more powerful than ever before, and – screen aficionados rejoice – comes rocking a luxe 4K screen too. The almost bezel-less new design is also absolutely lovely, which squeezes a 13.3-inch screen into an 11-inch frame, and the wide selection of ports is right on the money too.
It’s expensive, and the stunning Alpine White model is even more so, but it is simply one of the best laptops in the world and an easy recommend for the vast majority of users.
2. MICROSOFT SURFACE BOOK 2
Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is a 2-in-1 laptop, with a screen that can be detached and used as a tablet, but don’t let that fool you – this is a beast of a laptop full stop and a worthy top entry in our best laptop buying guide.
Not only is its power unmatched in the 2-in-1 sector, but with a powerful Intel Core i7-8650U processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, and stunning 15-inch 3,240 x 2,160 pixel display, it is more than a match for any laptop in this buying guide.
It’s expensive though – very expensive – and you can get a similar spec for less elsewhere if you sacrifice the ability to detach the screen. However, if you have the budget then this laptop delivers a fantastically powerful and versatile computing experience.
3. HUAWEI MATEBOOK X PRO
The 2019 Huawei MateBook X Pro marries form and function with effortless style, delivering an incredibly capable internal hardware suite in a form factor that also matches Apple’s MacBook range in terms of dynamite looks and feel.
Its sleek design houses a 13.9-inch 3K display, 8th-generation Intel Core CPU, and Nvidia GeForce MX250 2GB GDDR5 GPU, as well as delivering rock solid battery life, too.
Build quality is also top draw and the system retains the luxe quality that helped its predecessor take the ultraportable laptop market by storm, while the new addition of Huawei Share OneHop makes transferring files between the system and a compatible Huawei phone a breeze.
It’s expensive, sure, and many users may prefer the lower price of last year’s model, however if you want a better than Apple MacBook experience but with some modest gaming chops and the Windows 10 OS then this is one of the best laptops on the market.