1080p screens are a thing of the past. Most devices nowadays come with 2k, 4k or even 8k screens. That’s why, we decided to publish this article reviewing the 5 best 4k laptops that you can get your hands on this year. Let’s take a look!
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Things You Should Know Before Buying A 4K Laptop
The most important thing you need to consider before buying a 4K laptop is the purpose you are going to use it for. Different laptops fit different categories, and for instance, you don’t need a $2000 gaming machine if you aren’t going to play video games on your laptop. If you are into that though, you should pay importance to the specs of the unit and especially the graphics unit and the display refresh rate. Then again you might be looking for something light and portable to support you on your travels. In that case, you should look out for lightweight and thin bodies with great battery life, 2-in-1 laptops have been great additions to this category. However, you might be a visual artist and need a machine that will be able to process all your work, and you will need a superior device with all the cutting edge technology. What you choose will depend on what you need it for.
When buying a laptop you will see tons of specifications listed, but for those that are not technologically inclined it can get a bit confusing, and after all, you don’t need to know all of them. The most important thing you need to check out is the CPU. This can come in two different brands most of the time, Intel and AMD as of lately. You should check the clock speeds of our CPU, and efficiency to keep your laptop running cool. RAM and storage are also very important factors you need to pay extra attention to them as well. Another important aspect might be the graphics unit if you plan on playing video games or running graphics-heavy tasks.
Brand and Budget
You probably know that different brands deliver different quality with their laptops, and if you stick with the big-name brands you are assured to get a good laptop that will get the job done. However, your budget will also be a significant factor while buying a new laptop, for that reason try to find a balance between quality and price, but still don’t sacrifice on the specs and features you need. It is better to wait a while to get a better laptop than to buy the first laptop you can afford.
Which Is The Best 4K Laptop?
5. Lenovo Yoga 2-in-1
Best Budget Option
To start this list we have the Lenovo Yoga 2-in-1, which is a great option and the cheapest one in this category. However, don’t mistake it for a weak device as it has plenty of excellent specs to get you through everything. Great performance, superb battery life, nice display, and enough power for productivity and gaming at the same time. So let’s take a closer look.
The Lenovo Yoga 2-in-1 has a superb body that is built to be as comfortable and functional as possible. It doesn’t have any interesting detail or something of a similar nature, it has a professional build quality and design that is good with its aluminum lid and dark silver gunmetal finish giving it a premium look. There are slim bezels around the display and the island-style keyboard has the same aluminum finish on the deck. It measures just 0.8-inches at its thickest and weighs about 4.7-pounds in total. which is rather good, in terms of portability. For connectivity, though it is not the best as it has just two USB-A ports, a USB Type-C, a headphone jack, and a Thunderbolt 3 port.
On the front, it is packed with a 15.6-inch touchscreen in-plane switching panel that has a native 4K resolution of 3840×2160. This provides a superb amount of sharpness and detail retention combined with the IPS nature of the panel. The peak brightness is at 300 nits, with the static contrast ratio of 1000:1. This display also delivered some excellent vibrant colors as it managed to reproduce 99 percent of the sRGB color space with a Delta E rating of 1.5, meaning that the accuracy is top-notch.
The performance and power of the Lenovo Yoga 2-in-1 are great overall thanks to the 7th generation Intel Core i7-770HQ quad-core CPU with a boost clock speed of up to 3.8GHz. IN addition to that it has 16GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD for productivity tasks overall. However, that is not all as it has the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 2GB of dedicated VRAM to deliver you enough power for graphics-heavy tasks and some 1080p gaming.
4. Razer Blade 15
Best For Gaming
If you want to have a superb 4K gaming experience you need to invest in a proper gaming device, and the Razer Blade 15 is one of the most solid choices out there. It comes with a beautifully sleek design, one of the best gaming display I have ever seen, great battery life, and enough performance to get you through any task. While it is a bit expensive it is worth investing in, let’s check it out.
I am a big fan of the design and aesthetics behind the Razer Blade 15, as it adopts the design of the previous Blade laptops which is simple yet very attractive at the same time. The body of this laptop is made out of aluminum all-around with sharp edges and jet-black finish that is great. On the lid, you will spot the three-headed snake Razer logo that is very seductive and attractive overall. The deck has also the same jet-black design and has the Chrome keyboard and lighting to give it a more edgy look. The whole thing measures just 0.7-inches at its thickest, which is great for a gaming device and it weighs 4.9 pounds for portability.
In terms of ports, it is packed with three USB 3.2 2nd Gen Type-A ports, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, mini DisplayPort, and a headset jack. On the front, the Razer Blade 15 is packed with a 15.6-inch OLED panel with a native 4K resolution which makes this panel has some pleasing aesthetics. This panel delivers a beautiful amount of brightness at 440 nits and solid color reproduction at 243 percent of the sRGB color space that will make you fall in love with it. While it might not be as smooth as some other displays the OLED panel delivers amazing colors with great accuracy.
To deliver the gaming prowess it promises the Razer Blade 15 comes packed with a 9th Generation Intel Core i7-9750H Hexa-core CPU with a max turbo clock speed of 4.5GHz. In addition to that, it has 16GB of RAM and 512GB of high-speed SSD. But my favorite thing about this device is its amazing Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU with Creator Drivers and 8GB of dedicated VRAM allowing the device to run all the latest entries at max refresh rates.
3. HP Spectre x360
Best For Travelling
The third entry in our list is the HP Spectre x360 which is a superb choice if you are considering something light and portable for traveling. This is also one of the best 2-in-1 laptops out there, providing a superb amount of power, style, security features and so much more, definitely well worth the premium price point. Let’s take a closer look at it.
Right now we are checking out the latest version of this laptop, which looks beautiful right from the get-go. It has a beautiful brushed metal finish on its body that delivers a superior look and a solid feeling. The build quality of the HP Spectre x360 is amazing despite being a 2-in-1 model with 360-degree hinges. It weighs just over a kilogram making it pretty light and very portable. I should also mention that it is one of the best looking laptops out there.
In the connectivity department, it has plenty to offer at least for its size, with a USB-A port, a pair of USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3, a micro SD card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There are different versions of this laptop but today we are looking at the 15.6-inch AMOLED panel 4K resolution version which is rather beautiful. I should say that it delivers 100 percent sRGB, 97 percent AdobeRGB and 99.4percent of the DCI-P3 color space making it one of the best out there.
In the performance department, it has plenty going on with so you can comfortably get the best productivity experience. IT is packed with the latest 10th generation Intel Core i7-10510 CPU with a boost clock speed of 4.9GHz. In addition to that, it has 16GB of RAm, 512GB of SSD and 32GB of Optane memory. Moving on it has a dedicated GPU coming in with the Nvidia GeForce, MX250 with 2GB of VRAM. Without forgetting I should state that the HP Spectre x360 has amazing battery life, despite packing a super bright AMOLED touchscreen panel.
2. Dell XPS 15 7590
The runner up on this list is the amazing Dell XPS 15 7590 which has been for a long time one of the best laptops out there, thanks to its amazing balance between the price and combination of performance and features. It is also a very attractive laptop and the panel is just amazing, let’s take a closer look.
The Dell XPS 15 7590 is made from a combination of aluminum and carbon fiber, this combo delivers durability and lightweight body at the same time. Complete with the silver anodized aluminum finish on its lid you get something that your peers will be jealous of, super attractive. The carbon fiber deck looks very high tech and while we are at it I should state that the keyboard delivers snappy performance. The Dell XPS 15 7590 measures just 0.7-inches at its thickest point.
It is also packed with a great number of ports including two USB-A ports, SD card reader, a Thunderbolt 3 port, HDMI 2.0, and a 3.5mm headset jack. The panel of this thing is a 15.6-inch OLED one with a native 4K 3840×2160 resolution that delivers amazing details. I should note that the color reproduction of this panel is just amazing at 240 percent of the sRGB color space. The brightness is at 630 nits, which is blinding, to be honest.
In the performance department, it is equipped with everything to get you through your day to day tasks and even go the extra mile. It has a 9th generation Intel Core i7-9750H CPU with 16GB of RAm and 256GB of high-speed SSD. For graphical tasks, it has the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with 4GB of dedicated VRAM.
1. Asus ZenBook Pro Duo
On top of our list, we will check out the amazing Asus ZenBook Pro Duo, which is a revolutionary laptop rocking not one but two 4K displays. It is very futuristic overall and I can say that it is an excellent choice for a lot of reasons, including its amazing performance, functionality, superb design, and anything else that is needed to get you through. If you have the funds necessary for this device it is well worth it.
There have been some great advancements in the laptop business in the last 20 years, but generally, we have seen the same clamshell body, with various display sizes, thickness, and weight. However, the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is a different beast rocking a bulky 0.95-inch thick body and a weight of 5.5 pounds making it not the most portable device. But this device looks pretty good overall with its simple but attractive design.
The top part of the keyboard deck is packed with the second panel that has a diagonal size of 14-inches and a 4K resolution of 3840×110. Under that, you will spot the keyboard that has the touchpad that acts as a Numpad when you need it. The glossy 15.6-inch inch main touchscreen panel has an OLED nature with a native 4K resolution. I should note that the color reproduction is at 203.4percent of the sRGB color space with beautiful accuracy and amazing brightness to back it up.
in terms of performance, the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is packed with high-end specifications including the 9th Generation Intel Core i7-9750H 6-core CPU with a boost clock speed of 4.5GHz. In addition to that, it has 16GB of RAM and 1TB of PCIe high-speed SSD. In the graphics department, it has the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU that will get you through most graphics-heavy tasks. One of the best in the market and if you want 4K you get two here.
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