10 Laptop Brands to WATCH OUT For in 2020

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Whether you are buying shoes, clothes, or tech gadgets like mobiles and laptops, the brand always has a vital role to play. That is because, in the case of laptops it can define the type of components used, customer service provided, design, etc.

But deciding on the right brand is easier said than done. After all, we not talking about 2-3 brands but rather 5-10 brands that deliver laptops for every use and budget.

Thankfully, you do not have to worry about searching through reviews and articles about all the brands to find the best one. We have listed them all right here.

So here are the best 10 best laptop brands to watch out for in 2020.

The 10 Best Laptop Brands for 2020

1. Apple

Apple MacBook

Well, who at some point hasn’t wanted to own a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, right? But while many of you might buy it because of its luxury brand status, both the Pro and Air can pack serious punches in the features department.

For starters, both the laptops fit the ultralight category which means if you live life on the go, these laptops are ideal for you as they easily fit into any backpack, or handbag (you can carry them in the hand as well).

The laptops run on the Mac OS and are some of the most user-friendly models on the market as they are super quick. So whether it is booting or switching between windows and tabs, you can do it all at lightning speed.

Plus, compared to the Windows OS, the Apple OS has lesser bugs and is not prone to viruses. Not to forget, these look extremely attractive as well especially with the Apple Logo on the front lighting up every time you turn it on.

But can these sexy looking laptops pack some power as well? Find out all about them here.

Do you need a light and portable MacBook laptop? The MacBook Air is the obvious choice but there's more to it than meets the eye. The laptop also packs a punch in terms of performance.

MacBook Air comes with either an i5 or i3 processor, 2k, 13.3" display, and a fast SSD. When it comes to storage, you can either go with a 256GB SSD or a 512GB SSD but keep in mind that price goes up as space increases.

It also weighs a mere 2.8lbs but what really makes it ultra-portable is its long-lasting 7-8hr battery life.

MacBook Air costs less than $1000 and yet features 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports that give you data transfer speeds of about 40GBPS making these laptops ideal for medium to light scale work like editing videos at 1080p, some graphics designing, blogging, etc.

Need a professional-grade MacBook? The MacBook Pro is an obvious choice. The New Apple MacBook Pro is the very first MacBook to feature a large 16" display with a 3072x1920 resolution.

If you do not want a 16" laptop, there's also a 13" variant. Furthermore, you have the option of either a 9th Gen, i7 processor, or i9 processor depending on your usage. If you are into editing 4k videos, you might want to choose the 1TB SSD over 512GB SSD.

Another amazing feature of MacBook Pro is the TouchBar that makes software-based shortcuts, options just fingertip away.

As for the graphics card, there's the AMD Radeon Pro 5500M. Even with all the power, the Pro remains both lightweight and compact making it easy to carry around.

Oh, and even its battery life is pretty good as it runs for about 5-6hrs on a single charge.

Are you skeptical about spending around $1000 to $2500 on a MacBook since you aren’t sure whether it will live up to expectations? No problem Apple’s got you covered.

Well, what if I told you that your purchase was 100% risk-free? Interested. Well, that’s true. MacBooks come with a 14-day money-back guarantee.

As for customer services, that remains solid as ever and clearly shows why they are a top-notch brand worth a few extra bucks. They are available on all social media platforms.

you can also use the live chat or phone support and irrespective of your problem, you won’t be disappointed. Sure there’s room for improvement but a big thumbs up nonetheless.

2. HP

HP Laptops

HP or Hewlett-Packard was one of the first laptop brands and if it has lasted this long as one of the best then it surely is doing something right.

Not just laptops, HP is also one of the leading manufacturers of desktops as well. So in case you are looking for a power-packed desktop for your home office or live streaming of games, this is the go-to brand.

HP even has a wide range of printers as well that are worth every penny. From laser to inkjet printers they have got a model that suits every need and every budget.

As for the laptops, if you want durability, the HP laptops top the charts and are way ahead of brands like Acer and ASUS. Once again, they cater to a wider audience by manufacturing both high-end and low-budget laptop.

Yup, that means you can get a from $200 to even a gaming beast like the HP Omen for over $2000. And the Omen does not just leave you gobsmacked with its feature but design as well that is sure to appeal to any avid gamer with its RGB keyboard, build, etc.

Other great laptops from HP include Envy, Spectre, Pavilion, and Elite. These also include convertible laptops which make for the perfect travel partner as they can also be used in tent mode and tablet mode.

HP Omen

With the i7 and i9 processors, top of the line graphics card, excellent refresh rates, etc. Omen is HP's omen of good things for gamers.

The series is divided into Omen X and Omen laptops. Omen X comes with higher configurations whereas the Omen is suited for budget gamers.

HP Pavilion Gaming

Want a mid-range to a budget gaming laptop that costs less than $1000? Then an HP Pavilion gaming laptop could be your next.

Not as powerful as the Omen series but have ample graphical and processor power to support games like Overwatch, Fornite, etc.

HP Spectre Series

Need a laptop with a premium build, solid keyboard with perfect travel time between keys, a smooth trackpad that is powerful enough for office use, and even professional tasks like programming, video editing on 1080p, etc.? The HP Spectre is for you.

Another good thing about the Spectre X360 in this series is that it comes with Thunderbolt 3 ports giving you excellent data-transfer speeds.

HP Envy Series

Created for budget buyers, HP Envy packs a punch in the performance department. What it lacks in terms of design, it makes by delivering excellent performance at a lower rate thanks to its AMD Processor and Graphics Card.

The Graphics Card even outdoes the Intel UHD by giving better frame rates while gaming. So if you want to play the occasional game with friends, this is worth the consideration.

Envy or Spectre is hot debate but it comes down to your budget and needs.

HP Pavilion

From gaming laptops to professional laptops, this is one series that comes with powerful, fast, and even budget laptops os almost every category making it one of the most versatile HP series.

HP Essential

Are you looking to get an HP NoteBook? NoteBooks from the Essential category. These are pocket-friendly laptops with decent performance, fast SSD storage, and Full-HD display making it a great pick for entertainment purposes.

Although customer services are not as good as Dell’s, in general, there is very little to complain about. Add to this the warranty and the reasonable pricing and HP makes a compelling case to be your next laptop brand.

You can connect with them through email, chat, or for more pressing issues, just give them a call. And for more differences between the two brands, check out our detailed post on HP or Dell.

3. Dell

Dell Laptops

Need a Windows laptop? Then Dell is the go-to brand irrespective of what you need a laptop for what your budget is. But cheap doesn’t mean compromising on quality. Yup, they keep their design simple but when it comes to hardware, they leave no stone unturned.

In the past, Dell wasn’t as competitive as it is today but with the launch of their XPS series, they have stepped it up a notch thus making them a clear winner in Dell VS Lenovo battle.

Similarly, even their Inspiron series has been performing well. But the real game-changer is their Alienware gaming laptops.

The XPS series makes for the perfect laptop for programmers, video editors, and other similar professional work that is not too graphic-intensive whereas the Inspiron series is ideal for budget buyers as you can get a good laptop for less than $400.

And then comes Alienware, the one designed for gamers. Ever since their launch, Alienware has garnered thousands of positive reviews from users and isn’t just powerful but also grabs the eye with its design.

But only manufacturing powerful or even durable budget laptops alone won’t get it if you are aiming to be recognized as one of the top brands, your technical support plays an important role.

And that is where Dell shines brighter than most other brands. Whether you get in touch with them via email or live chat, their replies are efficient and provide quick-fire solutions. When contacting them through phone waiting time is minimal and once again, the replies are equally efficient.

All in all, their wide range of laptops, customer support, and build quality makes them a brand that is worth consideration irrespective of your needs.

4. Lenovo

Lenovo

The one thing Lenovo is revered for amongst users is their range of convertible laptops. Convertible laptops are great choices for businessmen that live life on the go and entertainment purposes as they can be used even in smaller spaces buy converting it into a tablet.

Two of their most-popular convertible laptops are the Yoga and the Flex. The Flex’s lower price range combined with the good features has made it turned into one of Amazon’s best-selling 2 in 1 laptop.

Another range of their laptops goof for budget buyers and office use is the Ideapad.

But that’s not where the buck stops.

To cater to the growing demand for gaming laptops, Lenovo announced its Lenovo Legion range of laptops which are set to go toe to toe with some of the other beasts in the market such as the HP Omen, ASUS ROG, and even Acer Predator in terms of features.

But when it comes to pricing Lenovo fares better than HP, ASUS, etc. on gaming laptops.

The Legion isn’t just about good design and an RGB keyboard but is also armed with a powerful graphics card, processor, RAM, etc. and thus capable of supporting all the upcoming gaming titles.

5. Asus

ZenBook vs VivoBook for 2020

Are you looking for something on the cheap? Then an ASUS laptop could be your next purchase. But hey, that does not mean they do not have some big guns in the armory.

Yup, haven’t you heard of the ASUS ROG Mothership yet? It is one of the biggest, Baddest gaming laptops out there. This beast is pretty much everything any hardcore gamer dreams about. It’s quick, durable, and powerful enough to run gaming engines of the future.

But if you do not want to go all-in with the ROG Mothership, the ROG Strix Scar series is also pretty popular for its mid-range to high-end gaming laptops while the ASUS TUF has been designed keeping in mind budget gamers.

That’s great but I am not a gamer?

Well, no problem, ASUS has something for everyone. On the professional laptop side, the ZenBooks and ZenBook Flips are the ones to watch out for.  The Flips are not only power-packed but also offer you the advantage of owning a 2 in 1 laptop i.e. excellent portability.

And for all you students out there looking for a budget laptop to watch your favorite movie or make presentations, browse the web, etc. there is the VivoBook series. VivoBooks are available for less than $800, some for even less than $500.

The awesome part about ASUS is that even at the cheaper range, their laptops are durable and come with good-quality parts when it comes to RAM, Processor, etc. so you get your money’s worth.

The only letdown with ASUS is their Chromebooks that compared to some of the other brands like HP are slower. But that compromise on speed and power means their Chromebooks cost much lower making them the ideal choice for budget buyers.

As for the customer care department of ASUS, there is room for improvement when it comes to phone and chat services and time taken for replies is longer when compared to Lenovo or HP.

The best way to contact ASUS customer service would be through their Twitter or Facebook or you can also check out the main website and forum for quick-fire solutions.

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6. Acer

Acer

Acer is another brand that has taken huge strides in the gaming lineup with the Acer Predator Triton 900. Yup, it is a laptop at par with the ROG Mothership is terms of performance and build. It only misses a 144Hz or a 244Hz refresh rate but apart from that, if you have the big bucks, the Triton 900 is hard to ignore.

Acer has an eye-catching lineup of gaming laptops for mid-range to budget gamers as well. For example, their Predator Helios 300 is one of the best-selling gaming laptops of all time (yup, even in 2020).

But that’s not where the buck stops for this Chinese brand, the Acer Spin 3 does not just offer you the portability a 2 in 1 laptop comes with but is also powerful enough for all professional uses including programming and graphics designing.

Aspire is one of the most popular Acer series. They are best suited for budget buyers as you can get a decent laptop for less than $500. Though keep in mind, they lack durability and cannot be used for gaming or another graphics-intensive task.

As for Chromebooks, the R11 impressed us the most and you can read all about its features and how to it compares to some other Chromebooks in our Acer vs Lenovo post (if you looking for a Chromebook, you definitely want to read this).

Talking about customer care, there was a time when calling the Acer support services would be a nightmare for laptop users but in recent times, Acer has worked a lot on improving that and the results are visible.

Though there’s no doubt, improvements can be made in terms of response timings and solutions when it comes to emails and chats but it has gotten better.

Like all top brands, even Acer can be contacted on their social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter. They also have a handy YouTube channel where they cover tips and tricks to improve the performance of their laptops. You can also find similar details (and more) on their community page.

 7. MSI 

 If you are looking for a gaming laptop, not checking out MSI laptops is almost criminal.

MSI or Micro-Star International has been in the hardware and laptop industry for over 34 years now but it is their range of eye-catching gaming laptops combined with brute power and speed that make them so popular.

And guess what, there are laptops for every budget. Yup, MSI gaming laptops can cost anywhere between less than $1000 to over $2000 catering to beginners and professional gamers alike.

Some of their most popular gaming laptop series is the Stealth Series (GS), the Titan Series (GT), the Raider Series (GE), lastly, the Leopard Series (GP). More about them below.

 GT Titan Series

This is their flagship series and just what the doctor ordered for professional gamers. Yup, from the latest overclockable processors, high-end graphics card to features tailor-made to make gaming engaging and fast, these are the laptops of the future (there's nothing you can't play on these beasts).

GS Stealth Series

The GS series perfectly combines design, performance, and portability. And the reason for its portability isn't just its thin chassis but also the extended battery life. Oh, and thin chassis doesn't mean low durability. These laptops can take a beating as well.

GE Raider Series

What sets this series apart from the other is that it is the only one to come with the GE series is born with enthusiastic gamers in mind.

Aside from delivering maximum performance, this is the first series to feature RGB lighting to anodized diamond-cut cover thus adding to the look and feel of a gaming laptop.

GP Leopard/GL series

GP & GL comes with gaming laptops for almost anyone and everyone. Yup, from high-performing gaming laptops that cost over $1500 to laptops under $1000, this series captures the essence of a gaming laptop across a wide range of configurations.

GF Thin

If you are looking for a portable gaming laptop then this is the series for you. Not just mobility, the GF series takes into consideration aesthetics as well ensuring gamers get the best of both worlds.

Creator Series

If you want a creator laptop with an eye-popping display, the MSI Creator Series is just what the doctor ordered.

With a crystal clear, 4k display, there's not a pixel you will miss with this. And yes, it is perfect for professional editors and designers as the i9 processors mean it can run pretty much any software needed.

Prestige Series

Battery plays an important role when it comes to portability and that's where the Prestige Series stands out.

The laptops in this series can deliver a run-time of up to 7-8 hrs or more. These laptops also have a 4k display and 100% AdobeRGB which means you get true to life images.

Modern Series

If you are looking for a lighter laptop that does not compromise on performance or build, the Modern Series could be your next laptop. The lightweight yet durable chassis means the laptop can take a beating and yet stay ultralight.

Also, it sports the CoolerBoost 3 technology which means it has 2 dedicated fans and 3 heat pipes to keep the laptop cool irrespective of the usage.

Are you a 3D designer? Or maybe you are an architect that needs a laptop run programs like Revit, 3DS Max. Either way, you will need a high-end laptop that can support AutoDesk, Dassault, Adobe, etc. and that's where MSI Workstations can come in handy.

Any MSI laptop that starts with WS, WE, WP, WT is a workstation. These laptops come with NVIDIA Quadro graphics card and display that are larget yet ultra-clear. They also come with the latest 9th Gen and 10th Gen processors giving you ample power and speed needed to get the work done ASAP.

Most popular laptops in the series include WS 75, and WE75.

Apart from that, they also manufacture Workstations, MotherBoards, Graphics Cards, Monitors, and special gaming laptop bags that are worth checking out if you are a hardcore gamer.

Their customer support is where they lack. Whether you contact them via social media or phone calls. it can be slightly frustrating.

On the phone, as they mostly seem a bit hurried while they aren’t present on all social media channels and response on the ones they were present was slow.

The ideal way to get help would be through forums or online chat which had the quickest response time and more thorough solutions.

8. Razer

Razer Inc. is another laptop brand with a primary focus on gaming laptops that are suitable for both professionals and beginners and powerful enough to play any and every game, even streaming.

The Razer Blade is their one and only series and here’s everything about it.

Apart from gaming laptops, Razer further caters to the gaming laptop market with its wide range of award-winning peripherals that include mice, keyboards, mats. Then there are also monitors, eGPUs, Desktops, etc.

If you are into streaming, they have a wide range of streaming gear as well.

One of the few features that help Razer standout from the pack is the Razer Synapse. This is an IoT platform with an 80M+ user base. There’s also Razer’s proprietary RGB lighting system known as the Razer Chroma that has become hugely popular.

And their 8th year of winning the Best of CES award is all the proof you need of the durability and performance of their laptops and accessories.

As for the customer care services, it is one of the best there is whether you connect with them via chat or phone or social media as the response is quick and you get thorough answers.

And if they update it to a 24*7 service, there will some catching up to do for the other brands.

9. Microsoft

Who hasn’t heard of Microsoft, right? They are one of the most popular software companies and have been around for almost 35+ years but believe it or not, their laptop unit isn’t as old.

Started just 8 years back, Microsoft manufactures some of the most popular 2 in 1 laptop like the Surface Go.

What makes this baby such a fan-favorite is that it is one of the lightest laptops on the market. Then there’s also the Surface Book 2, Surface Laptop 3 that are powerful laptops designed for creators. Learn more about them below.

Surface Go

If you are looking for something light and portable on the cheap, the Surface Go just what you need. These laptops weigh less than 2lbs and are so compact, you could use them in the flight, at a cafe, or while lying down on the couch. Oh, and they have ample processing power for everyday tasks as well.

Surface Pro

Surface Pro is the more beefed-up version of the Go. No, not in size but in processing power. It maintains the light, portable size but configurations can go up to 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, i7 Processor, and Windows Pro making it an ideal laptop for office use, editing, designing, etc.

Surface Laptop and Surface Book

The Surface Laptop and Surface Book are also professional-grade laptops that have been developed keeping in mind designers and editors. They also have a powerful processor, fast RAM, etc. But there's a difference and that's the graphics card.

The Surface Laptop comes with AMD Radeon Graphics Card while the some Surface Book's have GeForce GTX graphics making them more suitable for light gaming. Also, the Surface Book is detachable wheres the Surface Laptop is a traditional laptop.

One of the best things about owning a Microsoft laptop get a 90-day technical support guarantee absolutely free.

When it comes to customer service, Microsoft has one of the best online support services. Apart from a live chat option, you will also find videos, FAQs, etc. that are very helpful.

You can also drop in your questions on their forum for a swift reply.

Though the same cannot be said of their social media and phone support where waiting time was more than we would have liked. Though on the bright side, their staff was polite and gave comprehensive answers for most questions.

10. Samsung

Known mostly for their range of smartphones, televisions, and other household appliances like AC, fridges, etc. Samsung has made huge strides in the laptop market as well but there’s still a long way to go.

Their line of laptops includes Galaxy Books, Notebook 9, Notebook Odyssey, and Notebook Flash. And while these laptops are light and well-designed, they lack the performance or even the battery life that some of the other brands deliver.

Plus, most laptops aren’t suited for gaming either. The one area that Samsung does excel at is Chromebooks.

The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook, Samsung Chromebook 3, Chromebook 4, Chromebook Plus V2, are some worth the considerating in case you are looking to purchase Chromebooks.

Another thing we loved about the brand is their customer services. That comes as no surprise as they have been successfully managing customer services for their range of smartphones and home appliances for quite some time now.

You can get in touch with them via the phone, email or their webchat. Response rates are quick as you can expect a reply within 24hrs and the staff is well versed ensuring your queries are dealt with in the shortest possible time.

Oh and in case you have any problem with the laptop, they have service centers in pretty much every country and city so getting repair and upgrades should be a breeze.

Last Updated on October 27, 2020

My name is Eric Smith and I've been working within the tech space for over 10 years, both at one of the largest computer manufacturers (for which I have no affiliation with anymore) but also in the retail sector where I gained a lot of experience in helping people finding suitable tech products.

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