The holiday season is upon us, and that means you’ll soon be starting to check gifts off of your list (if you haven’t already!) With hundreds of laptops on the market today, it can be a daunting task to figure out which one suits your loved one’s needs best. Whether you’re looking to surprise someone with a brand-new laptop, or dropping hints as to which laptop you want this year, we’ll save you time spent on doing the research yourself!
We’ve looked at everything from USB ports and keyboards, to HDMI output on the most popular laptop brands, including ASUS, HP, ACER, and Toshiba, to give you our top picks for this holiday season!
With a combination of both features and quality, we’ve rated ASUS laptops at the top for the 2017 holiday season. ASUS laptops offer everything from sleek, lightweight designs to practicality – everything you really want from a laptop. The new ZenBook and Chromebook series from ASUS are the hottest on the market right now, but ASUS also has options for gamers and productivity seekers!
ASUS has embraced the USB 3.0 and has even stepped up on it with Thunderbolt 3 technology that is eight times faster than a regular USB 3.0. Their laptops offer anywhere from 1-4 USB ports in the Thunderbolt, 3.0 or 2.0 technology. The connectability of ASUS laptops is also top-notch, as all come equipped with HDMI outputs.
Whether you’re looking for a sleek design for the on-the-go lifestyle that has a standard keyboard without a number pad and comes in screen sizes anywhere from 10.1” to 17.3”, or a more practical laptop for a gaming lifestyle complete with a number pad and a 17.3” screen, ASUS is your best option.
ASUS even makes a laptop (in a surprisingly slim design) with a rare DVD drive for those who haven’t completely boarded the streaming train!
The top laptops from ASUS this holiday season are:
- Best for the travelling professional or student
- Doubles as a tablet making it perfect for students or kids
- The best option for the gamer in your life
HP’s wide selection of laptops offers something for everyone on your shopping list. It only ranks second because it lacks some of the unique features ASUS offers, HP has great basic options for professionals, students, or gamers on your list.
Like ASUS, HP also has options for 1-4 USB ports, including USB 3.0 for more speed.
With options for large screens (the majority coming in at 15.6”), keyboards including a number pad, and HDMI outputs for easy connections, HP laptops are perfect for the working professionals in your life. Gamers can also indulge in these laptops, with a 17.3” screen for an optimal gaming experience.
HP offers even more options than ASUS for laptops still equipped with a DVD drive if that convenient option is high on the wish list.
The best laptops from HP this holiday season are:
- Perfect for the gamers on your list
- Plenty of options available for those looking for both performance and style
ACER makes affordable products for a variety of lifestyles, and while they haven’t been able to rival ASUS and HP in the past, they’ve been creating products that have caught our attention, putting them at third on our list.
Offering gaming laptops with keyboard number pads, 15.6”-17.3” screens, and 1-4 USB ports with options for at least one USB 3.0 port, the ACER gaming models are a budget-friendly option.
The Ultra-thin, Convertible, and Chromebook models are perfect for those with student, professional, or leisure lifestyles. These products offer 1-4 USB ports, including some with Thunderbolt technology and USB 3.0, screen sizes from 11.6” to 17.3” and HDMI outputs. If you’re willing to sacrifice a sleek design for a DVD drive, ACER offers a model for those not willing to give it up!
The best laptops from ACER this holiday season are:
- Designed with durability in mind for students
- Performance, design and reasonable pricing all in one
- Perfect for the on-the-go person on your list
Toshiba comes in last on our list. While some of their options are suitable for the practical laptop user, the options are far more limited, and primarily directed toward businesses rather than the general consumer.
While their screen sizes only range from 13.9” to 15.6”, they still offer 1-4 USB ports (including some with USB 3.0) and HDMI ports in their laptops. One of their options still comes with a DVD drive and others feature a number pad on the keyboard for enhanced practicality. Finding the right version for the business-person on your list is just a matter of weighing the features and options.
The best laptops from Toshiba this holiday season are:
- The sleekest design from Toshiba
- A durable design, perfect for the business traveller