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Best laptops to buy in 2014


Discover the best laptops to buy in 2014 and read our in-depth laptop reviews, as rated by our team of expert reviewers. Not sure if a laptop is right for you? We've got something for everyone here, from 11in budget bargains to the latest flagship models and laptop-tablet hybrids from all the major brands. Our always up-to-date list will help you make the right choice.

Expert Reviews Best Buy

Chillblast Fusion Defiant Mini


A petite powerhouse gaming laptop
Chillblast Fusion Defiant Mini
Our Expert Opinion Chillblast's first laptop is a superb 13in gaming system with a powerful quad-core Core i7 processor and a super fast 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics processor. It not only manages to combine all the speed and power of larger gaming systems into its smart 13in chassis, but it does so at a competitive price without any compromises in performance.

Read our full Chillblast Fusion Defiant Mini review

SPECS
CPU 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ
RAM 8GB
STORAGE 1TB hard disk
GRAPHICS 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M
OPTICAL DRIVE none
DISPLAY 13.3in, 1,920x1,080 LCD
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8 64-bit
DIMENSIONS 32x330x227mm, 2.1kg
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE Defiant Mini

BUY IT FROM £899 from Chillblast

Expert Reviews Budget Buy

Asus Transformer Book T100TA


The definitive budget two-in-one laptop
Asus Transformer Book T100TA
Our Expert Opinion The Asus Transformer T100TA has redefined what we should expect from a £350 laptop. With its quick Atom processor, great IPS screen and near-twelve hour battery life, it sets a new standard for the budget touchscreen hybrid.

Read our full Asus Transformer Book T100TA review

SPECS
CPU 1.3GHz Intel Atom Z3740
RAM 2GB
STORAGE 32GB hard disk
GRAPHICS Intel HD Graphics
OPTICAL DRIVE none
DISPLAY 10.1in, 1,366x768 LCD
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8.1 64-bit
DIMENSIONS 24x263x171mm, 1.1kg
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE T100TA-DK002H

BUY IT FROM £350 from Currys

Expert Reviews Ultimate

Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display


The ultimate laptop just got even better
Apple 13in Macbook Pro with Retina Display (Late 2013)
Our Expert Opinion The new 13in MacBook Pro is very expensive, but when this year’s best model costs just £50 more than last year’s, you’re getting much more for your money. With a beautiful Retina display, a large SSD, powerful hardware and improved graphics performance, the 13in MacBook Pro stands head and shoulders above every other ultraportable available today.

Read our full Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display review

SPECS
CPU 2.6GHz Intel Core i5-4288U
RAM 8GB
STORAGE 512GB SSD
GRAPHICS Intel HD Graphics 5100
OPTICAL DRIVE none
DISPLAY 13.3in, 2,560x1,600 LCD
OPERATING SYSTEM MacOS X Mavericks
DIMENSIONS 18x314x219mm, 1.6kg
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE ME866B/A

BUY IT FROM £1,499 directly from Apple

Expert Reviews Best Buy

Toshiba Satellite C55-A-1N0


A powerful desktop replacement for less than £500
Toshiba Satellite C55-A-1N0
Our Expert Opinion It’s rare to find such a powerful system for less than £500 and it shows you don’t have to settle for sluggish components if you don’t want to spend a lot of money. With a fast processor and quick integrated graphics, this desktop replacement is a great buy.

Read our full Toshiba Satellite C55-A-1N0 review

SPECS
CPU 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-4200M
RAM 4GB
STORAGE 750GB hard disk
GRAPHICS Intel HD Graphics 4600
OPTICAL DRIVE DVD+/-RW +/-DL, DVD-RAM
DISPLAY 15.6in, 1,366x768 LCD
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8.1 64-bit
DIMENSIONS 33x380x242mm, 2.3kg
WARRANTY one year carry-in
PART CODE PSCGJE-00D004EN

BUY IT FROM £469 from Kikatek

Expert Reviews Budget Buy

Acer Aspire V3-772G


A powerful 17.3in desktop replacement
Acer Aspire V3-772G
Our Expert Opinion The Acer Aspire V3-772G is rather more imposing than your average desktop replacement, but this huge 17.3in laptop has some seriously powerful components inside its chunky chassis, including a quad-core proccessor and 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics chip.

Read our full Acer Aspire V3-772G review

SPECS
CPU 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-4702MQ
RAM 8GB
STORAGE 750GB hard disk
GRAPHICS 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 750M
OPTICAL DRIVE DVD+/-RW +/-DL
DISPLAY 17.3in, 1,920x1,080 LCD
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8 64-bit
DIMENSIONS 34x415x275mm, 3.2kg
WARRANTY one year carry-in
PART CODE NX.M74EK.001

BUY IT FROM from £800 SaveOnLaptops

Expert Reviews Ultimate

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus


A gorgeous Ultrabook with a stunning 3,200x1,800 display
Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus
Our Expert Opinion There are very few laptops with resolutions higher than 1,920x1,080, but even Apple's Retina display Macbook Pro models can't compete with the gorgeous 3,200x1,800 display of the Ativ Book 9 Plus in terms of raw pixel count. Combined with outstanding build quality, powerful hardware and an excellent battery life, this is the ultimate Ultrabook.

Read our full Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus review

SPECS
CPU 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U
RAM 8GB
STORAGE 128GB SSD
GRAPHICS Intel HD Graphics 4400
OPTICAL DRIVE none
DISPLAY 13.3in, 3,200x1,800 LCD touchscreen
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8 64-bit
DIMENSIONS 14x320x223mm, 1.4kg
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE 940X3G-K01

BUY IT FROM £1,280 from Saverstore

Expert Reviews Ultimate

MSI GE60


Sets the bar for all Haswell gaming laptops
MSI GE60
Our Expert Opinion The GE60's smart chassis proves you don't have to settle for an ugly plastic box if you want a powerful gaming laptop. With 8GB of RAM and one of Intel's latest quad-core Haswell processors that can Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz, this laptop has almost desktop levels of performance, and its 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics chip can power through almost any game you throw at it.

Read our full MSI GE60 review

SPECS
CPU 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ
RAM 8GB
STORAGE 128GB SSD + 500GB HDD
GRAPHICS 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M
OPTICAL DRIVE DVD+/-RW +/-DL
DISPLAY 15.6in, 1,920x1,080 LCD
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8 64-bit
DIMENSIONS 32x383x249mm, 2.4kg
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE GE60 2OE-039UK

BUY IT FROM £1,127 from SaveOnLaptops

Expert Reviews Best Buy

Scan 3XS Graphite LG115


A great value gaming laptop
Scan 3XS Graphite LG155
Our Expert Opinion The Scan 3XS Graphite LG155 has almost identical specifications to the MSI GE60, but it's almost £200 cheaper, delivering just as much power for a more affordable price. You don't get the MSI's stylish chassis, but if you're not fussed about what it looks like, the 3XS Graphite LG155 is one of the best gaming laptops around.

Read our full Scan 3XS Graphite LG155 review

SPECS
CPU 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ
RAM 8GB
STORAGE 1TB HDD
GRAPHICS 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M
OPTICAL DRIVE DVD+/-RW +/-DL
DISPLAY 15.6in, 1,920x1,080 LCD
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8 64-bit
DIMENSIONS 42x374x250mm, 2.7kg
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE 3XS Graphite LG155

BUY IT FROM £925 from Scan

Expert Reviews five stars

Sony VAIO Fit 15


Customise your perfect laptop
Sony VAIO Fit
Our Expert Opinion The Sony VAIO Fit 15 is one of the most customisable laptops we've tested in recent months and there's a great range of options to choose from, too, including a powerful graphics chip and a dual-core Intel Core i7 processor. There's plenty of value to be found from tweaking the specification to your liking, but its screen and keyboard just hold it back from an award.

Read our full Sony VAIO Fit 15 review

SPECS
CPU 2GHz Intel Core i7-3537U
RAM 8GB
STORAGE 1TB HDD
GRAPHICS 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 735M
OPTICAL DRIVE DVD+/-RW +/-DL
DISPLAY 15.6in, 1,920x1,080 LCD touchscreen
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8 64-bit
DIMENSIONS 22x379x255mm, 2.4kg
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE SVF15A1S2E

BUY IT FROM £949 direct from Sony

Expert Reviews Best Buy

Apple 13-inch Macbook Air


Apple's super thin laptop just got even better
Macbook Air
Our Expert Opinion The Macbook Air has always been one of the slimmest and lightest laptops around, but this year's model now has an even lower price and 18 and a half hours of battery life. It may not be quite as powerful as previous models, but its display looks absolutely stunning and its responsive keyboard and touchpad make it a joy to use.

Read our full Apple 13-inch Macbook Air review

SPECS
CPU 1.3GHz Intel Core i5-4250U
RAM 4GB
STORAGE 128GB SSD
GRAPHICS Intel HD Graphics 5000
OPTICAL DRIVE none
DISPLAY 13.3in, 1,440x900 LCD
OPERATING SYSTEM OS X 10.8
DIMENSIONS 17x325x227mm, 1.4kg
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE 13-inch Macbook Air

BUY IT FROM £949 directly from Apple

Expert Reviews Budget Buy

Acer C7 Chromebook


The cheapest and best value laptop
Acer C7 Chromebook
Our Expert Opinion Chrome OS is nowhere near as versatile as Windows 8, but you can't really argue with the C7 Chromebook when it's less than £200. The C7 also goes one better than most other Chromebooks, as it's got a 320GB hard disk instead of a 16GB SSD, which gives you much more room to store your media collection. It's battery life isn't so great, but if you're on a limited budget then the C7 should be at the top of your list.

Read our full Acer C7 Chromebook review

SPECS
CPU 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847
RAM 2GB
STORAGE 320GB hard disk
GRAPHICS Intel HD Graphics 2000
DISPLAY 11.6in, 1,366x768 LCD
OPERATING SYSTEM Chrome OS
DIMENSIONS 27x285x202mm, 1.4kg
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE C710-B8472G32iii

BUY IT FROM £199 from Amazon

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