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  • - Hey guys, this is Austin.

  • We've taken a look at a lot of laptops this year,

  • but these are my absolute favorites.

  • And huge shout out to Intel for sponsoring this roundup.

  • Starting out with, we have the HP Spectre Folio.

  • Now we very recently took a look at this

  • and it is hands down one of the most unique

  • laptops I've seen all year long.

  • First of all, we have the design.

  • So it's made out of a hybrid of a magnesium chassis

  • paired with leather that's wrapped all the way around,

  • and it looks and feels incredibly premium.

  • Unlike a lot of laptops, this does have a standard hinge

  • so you can use it just like a standard notebook,

  • or if you want you can pop out the magnetically

  • attached screen and use it here either in

  • the Tent Mode where you can use the touch pad,

  • or if you want to go completely flat

  • you have a nice little folio.

  • Like many of the other laptops

  • in this roundup, it is powered

  • by an Intel Core i7 eighth-generation processor.

  • In this case it's the 8500Y which means

  • that not only is it completely fanless

  • so it's thin and light, but importantly it still

  • does have the power to run full fledged Windows apps.

  • What's really cool about this is that it's

  • an always connected PC with an Intel modem that is built in.

  • So with an always connected LTE setup,

  • what this means is that you don't have to go around and

  • hunt for sketchy public wifi or anything like that.

  • It makes a big difference to the way that you use the PC.

  • And I do feel like this is going to be

  • something we're seeing a lot more in the next couple years.

  • The biggest problem with the Spectre Folio is price.

  • With the maxed out version, with the Core i7

  • as well as the LTE modem, it is a full 1500 dollars.

  • But if you want one of the most unique

  • and coolest laptops that you can buy right now,

  • the Spectre Folio definitely fits the bill.

  • If you're looking for something

  • a little bit more traditional,

  • the ASUS ZenBbook S is definitely one of my favorites.

  • The ZenBook also has an interesting design.

  • So this is what ASUS calls ErgoLift.

  • As you can see, when you open up the screen,

  • it gives a little bit of a lift to the keyboard.

  • Now this has implications for things such as the cooling,

  • but importantly, paired with the awesome keyboard,

  • this is once of my favorite typing experiences of the year.

  • It is so comfy to type on this guy for long periods.

  • This really is the sweet spot for a thin and light laptop.

  • You have the portability, but you also have the power

  • with that eighth-gen Core i7 8550U,

  • and on top of that you have a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports,

  • which means that even though

  • it's super thin and it's super light,

  • you can get some proper work done on this guy.

  • It's not perfect, especially when you outfit it

  • with the 4K touchscreen, battery life is only decent,

  • but when you put the entire package together,

  • this is hands-down one of my favorite

  • ultra-portable laptops of the year.

  • Another option is the brand-new Razer Blade Stealth.

  • Now, we're still well into premium laptop territory here,

  • but for such a thin and light form factor,

  • we're getting a lot more performance

  • than you'd usually expect.

  • Inside, of course you'll find

  • the eighth-gen Core i7 processor,

  • but it's also backed up by an NVIDIA MX150 GPU.

  • Now it's not completely unheard of,

  • but this is a pretty unique combination

  • in such a thin and light laptop,

  • which can not only play some decent games,

  • maybe not on ultra settings,

  • but importantly also has the great build quality

  • and the great battery life to back it up.

  • It also has a great screen and speakers,

  • the touchpad's awesome, and the keyboard is really solid.

  • The important thing here is,

  • while it does have the power to do some gaming,

  • importantly you're not sacrificing anything

  • as an everyday laptop.

  • Now if we really wanna get overkill with things,

  • we have the ASUS G703, which I sadly don't have here,

  • because they asked for it back.

  • But this is hands-down the craziest laptop

  • we've ever looked at.

  • With a $5000 price tag, overclocked Core i9 processor,

  • GTX 1080, full desktop class GPU, 64 gigs of RAM,

  • it's got a full 1.3 terabytes of RAID SSDs,

  • I mean this thing is literally like a nerd's dream.

  • As long as you're a very buff nerd

  • who can pick up the very hefty, (laughs),

  • I can't say it.

  • It is not remotely practical in any way, but come on!

  • This is my favorite laptops of the year.

  • How can I not include the most ridiculous, overkill thing

  • that we've taken a look at,

  • well, pretty much ever on the laptop side.

  • Next up we have everyone's favorite laptop,

  • the crowd favorite known as the Apple MacBook Pro.

  • So, this is slightly cheating,

  • since this was actually brand-new in 2016,

  • however, it did get a big spec bump this year.

  • With a six-core Intel Core i9 inside,

  • this is a properly powerful system.

  • Now, no, it may not be quite as powerful

  • as that G703, but this is also something

  • that can be picked up and carried by normal human people,

  • a very important trait of a laptop.

  • It's still got some of the best build quality in the game,

  • and the basics are pretty much all here,

  • with the slight exception of the keyboard

  • which is just so-so.

  • When you put it all together,

  • this is one incredibly expensive machine

  • because we do so much stuff that is specific to MacOS,

  • specifically with Final Cut,

  • it means that this is actually

  • one of my most used laptops this year,

  • even though it might not necessarily be my favorite.

  • If we switch over to a slightly more reasonable price range,

  • we have this, the VivoBook F510UA.

  • For just about $500, this is easily

  • one of the best laptops in the game right now.

  • So one of the important things that you should probably keep

  • in mind, is that this is a standard hard drive configuration

  • for $500, but for only about $30,

  • you can very easily upgrade it with an SSD,

  • and I definitely recommend it.

  • It makes a huge difference,

  • and it really nicely rounds out the rest of the package.

  • With the VivoBook, even though it is a fairly cheap laptop,

  • you're not really giving up a lot,

  • and I think that's very, very important at this price range.

  • So you've got an eighth-gen i5 processor,

  • a pretty impressive 1080p IPS panel,

  • you got a good keyboard, good touchpad, plenty of ports,

  • there's really very little that's wrong with this laptop,

  • and that is super, super impressive at the price.

  • Okay.

  • So I am really, really cheating with this one,

  • but my next choice is the Microsoft Surface Go.

  • Yeah, you could say this is a tablet,

  • but the way I use it, as a tiny,

  • awesome little Windows laptop.

  • Even the base $400 version is built well,

  • and you've got a decent amount of performance thanks

  • to the Pentium Gold processor,

  • nothing too crazy, but it is enough for a 10 inch laptop.

  • On top of that, you've got a lot

  • of the nice Surface features,

  • including the fully adjustable kickstand,

  • as well as the keyboard.

  • Now, yes, if you take off the keyboard, it's um, a tablet,

  • so this doesn't really quite qualify as a laptop,

  • but I mean, you should buy the keyboard.

  • You should put it on.

  • It should live like this.

  • And then it's eligible to be in my video.

  • Look, okay, I get it, it's not really a laptop.

  • But I mean, the way I use this thing is just like a laptop.

  • It's got a touchpad, a keyboard, and I dunno.

  • I actually really like the Surface Go.

  • I think it makes a lot of sense,

  • and especially because it has things like, I dunno,

  • a USB-C port, something that some of the other Surfaces

  • could maybe take note on,

  • this really is one of my favorite cheap-budget devices

  • right now, especially when you consider just how portable

  • and small