If you're looking for a new laptop, you quickly end up in a jungle of specs, marketing slogans and unclear features. That's why we've rounded up the ten best laptops you can buy in 2015. Whatever your budget or goal, there's bound to be something for you.
This article will be updated as we test more laptops. This may cause changes in the devices being treated.
Dell XPS 13
Dell's XPS 13 can best be described as a 13-inch ultrabook with the size and weight of an 11-inch ultrabook. The screen lid and bottom are made of attractive aluminum, while the inside is made of sturdy carbon fiber. The non-slip inside is unfortunately very sensitive to fingerprints.
The XPS includes an Intel Core i5-5200U as the beating heart in combination with 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. This hardware guarantees excellent performance. The battery lasts for about ten hours, enough to survive your working day.
With the XPS 13, Dell is putting one of the most beautiful ultrabooks on the market at the moment. The laptop combines powerful hardware with a great screen in an impressively compact housing that you can easily work on all day long.
Price: € 1199,-
Read the full review of the Dell XPS 13.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015
Lenovo's ThinkPad series always has some extra business features that the average user doesn't need, making the devices a bit more expensive. The 2015 X1 Carbon upgrade over the 2014 model is less impressive than the previous upgrade, as it focuses more on speed and efficiency than a full overhaul like it did in 2014.
The 14-inch screen is made of plastic reinforced with carbon fiber and fiberglass, making it lighter, thinner and stronger than a screen made of just plastic or aluminum. The underside of the X1 Carbon 2015 still consists of aluminum and magnesium and can also take a beating.
The third-gen design seems to be a step backwards somehow due to the lack of the great customizable dynamic function keys on the otherwise good keyboard. The build quality of the device is excellent.
Price: From € 1499,-
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Read the full review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
ASUS ZenBook UX305 CA
Tested on: December 18, 2015
ASUS has given the popular ZenBook UX305 a slight update in the form of the UX305CA. Basically, it is the same notebook that stands out with its well-finished housing and lack of active cooling, which allows you to do your work quietly. The energy-efficient processor used is now a Core m3-6Y30 from Intel's latest Skylake generation, but it's still not a speed monster. Still, you can work fine on the UX305CA and the laptop feels nice and fast thanks to the SSD.
The Full HD screen used is of excellent quality and due to the matte finish you are not bothered by incident light. It is nice that the UX305CA now also has 802.11ac on board in the Netherlands and that the supplied network adapter supports gigabit. An included sleeve completes the package. It's a shame that the UX305CA, like its predecessor, only has 4 GB of RAM.
This makes the UX305CA suitable for all everyday tasks and thanks to the SSD it feels smooth. Intel has also taken care of the integrated GPU, but in the end this is of little use in practice. Despite the increased power, gaming is still not possible. Unfortunately, the battery life has not improved.
Price: € 799,-
Read the full review of the ASUS ZenBook UX305CA.