Guide to the top laptops 2017

If you’re in the market for a laptop then things are about to get crazy. To help you with our decision, we’ve compared some of the top laptops 2017.

The concept of laptops was first raised in the early 1970’s and the first flip-form laptop was released in 1983, made right here in Australia, the Dulmont Magnum was charmingly known worldwide as the Kookaburra. (Of course, this knowledge won’t help you buy a laptop, but keep it in your back pocket for pub quizzes.

Nowadays, you’ll find all sorts of different brands offering hundreds of different products, each one with different specifications, different strengths and different weaknesses, and all at very different prices. Making the right decision is tough. But don’t worry, at finder.com.au were committed to comparing things side by side, to help you make the right choice for you. So read on for the best laptops available right now.


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1. Apple Macbook

Technology powerhouse Apple, is set to continue its run of form with its new Macbook. They continue to find a range of ways to improve their technology and for the first time offer a laptop with different casings available.

  • Completely compatible with other Apple devices including iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch.
  • Very portable at 13.1mm thickness and weighing in at less than a kilo.
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life, even while watching films.

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2. Dell XPS 13 Touch

The line between tablets and laptops is beginning to blur, and the two will begin to get closer and closer together. The Dell XPS 13 Touch has a touch screen, enabling you to control your laptop with a touch of your finger.

  • Touch screen
  • UltraSharp™ QHD+ resolution screen
  • ENERGY STAR® 6.0 certified.

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3. Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro

Lenovo has built a laptop that can also be used a tablet, and is incredibly versatile in a wide range of scenarios. If you’re after a device that can fulfil multiple uses, then check out the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro

  • Tablet/laptop hybrid with multiple uses.
  • 13.3-inch, 3200 x 1800 touch-sensitive display
  • 4-in-1 card reader

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4. HP Pavilion 13-B107TU

The name hardly rolls of the tongue, but none the less, HP have created a high quality machine that will fill a variety of needs for a variety of users.

  • BeatsbyDre built-in audio
  • HP TrueVision HD web cam
  • 13.3 inch screen.

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5. Apple Macbook Air

The superlight original Macbook Air may lose some customers to the new Macbook, but at a few hundred dollars less than the Macbook, the Air still offers outstanding value. It’s a high-powered machine available in two different monitor sizes.

  • 11 or 13 inch monitor size available.
  • 9 or 12 hour battery life available.
  • Great range of apps available from the App Store.

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6. Samsung Ativ Book 9

Samsung is one of the great all-rounder companies, offering everything from smartphones and smart watches, to home appliances. They also produce a wide range of laptops, including the handy little Ativ Book 9

  • 12.2-inch, 2560 x 1600-resolution display
  • Intel Core M processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage
  • Runs Windows 8.1 and related apps.

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7. Microsoft Surface 3

Okay. So this isn’t technically a laptop, but the great thing about the Microsoft Surface 3 is that with a handy keyboard attachment, it basically becomes one.

  • Useful for a wide range of uses.
  • Great accessories including click-in keyboard and stylus.
  • Fully compatible with Microsoft Office

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