Keep things organized with these portable laptops (Photo: Included/Getty)
There is nothing better than feeling organized. And nothing makes you feel more organized than having a compact, powerful laptop that you can carry in a small bag.
Just because these laptops are lightweight and portable doesn’t mean they aren’t excellent. On the contrary, these laptops are seriously impressive.
So whether you need it for work or play, make the right decision with these proven recommendations and get the laptop that’s perfect for you.
Best for Performance: MacBook Air
Mac at its best (Picture: Apple)
The latest MacBook Air is thinner and lighter and has a beautiful new design, plus an improved keyboard – the most comfortable in the test. It also brings back MagSafe, which ensures that if someone trips over your cable, it dislodges so the Air doesn’t fly.
Performance is very fast, thanks to Apple’s new M2 chip, which also performs
18 hours of battery life. The screen is larger (13.6 inches), but has a notch for the webcam. It comes in four cool colors, especially a gold-silver color called Starlight.
Best for Portability: Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360
Portable sky (Picture: Samsung)
The pinnacle of versatility: The 360 in the name means the screen folds back on itself. You can put it upright as a trestle table or use it as a tablet. There is a smart stylus that allows you to scribble on the screen.
Video playback looks great – this is the only laptop tested with an OLED screen. It makes the laptop exciting to use however you use it, even though the bezel at the bottom of the screen is bigger than we’d like.
The battery life is strong and this laptop beats the MacBook Air in terms of lightness.
Best for Value: Microsoft Surface Laptop 4
Value for money (Picture: Microsoft)
Microsoft makes a range of proprietary hardware to match Windows software. The Surface Laptop 4 looks different from rivals, thanks to a reflective Microsoft logo on the lid and a curious but very comfortable Alcantara keyboard bezel that you can rest your wrists on (on platinum and ice blue finishes only).
Solid build quality means when you poke the touchscreen it won’t slide backwards. The battery life is decent but not exceptional. Performance is strong.
Best for Display: Huawei MateBook 16s
The big screen (Picture: Huawei)
If you want a bigger screen, but still need portability, the MateBook 16s with a high-resolution 16-inch touchscreen is a real performer. It’s not the lightest here (under 2kg whisker) but is thin and looks great.
Thanks to the 12th generation Intel processor, this is a laptop that is fast, responsive and capable of running multiple programs simultaneously. Even when pushed hard, the MateBook is very quiet in use. If you have a recent Huawei smartphone, you can wirelessly connect it to the MateBook 16s and transfer files between the two.
Like the MacBook Air, there is a fingerprint sensor in the power button. However, battery life isn’t so much that you can leave the power stone behind. Large value.
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