The Best Laptops of 2018

Shopping for a laptop is more than just poring over spec lists. Whether you want a simple budget laptop, a productivity workhorse, or a screaming machine for gaming, our guide has the advice you need to find the mobile PC that fits your needs.

Shopping for a laptop is more than just poring over spec lists. Whether you want a simple budget laptop, a productivity workhorse, or a screaming machine for gaming, our guide has the advice you need to find the mobile PC that fits your needs.

Lenovo ThinkPad T480s

The 14-inch Lenovo ThinkPad T480s is well-rounded workhorse laptop, but it can’t escape the shadow of its superslim sibling, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

The 14-inch Lenovo ThinkPad T480s is well-rounded workhorse laptop, but it can't escape the shadow of its superslim sibling, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Alienware 17 R5

The Alienware 17 R5 gaming laptop delivers serious power in a big, but nicely built, package. The model we reviewed is expensive, but the configuration choices offer well-priced options for different budgets.

The Alienware 17 R5 gaming laptop delivers serious power in a big, but nicely built, package. The model we reviewed is expensive, but the configuration choices offer well-priced options for different budgets.

AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus

The AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus is an incredibly handy standalone game capture device with 4K pass-through, 1080p60 capture, and the ability to record footage directly to a microSD card without a PC.

The AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus is an incredibly handy standalone game capture device with 4K pass-through, 1080p60 capture, and the ability to record footage directly to a microSD card without a PC.

Lenovo ThinkPad X280

In the X280, Lenovo gives the ThinkPad X200 series its biggest redesign in ages, serving up a winning take on the 12.5-inch ultraportable.

In the X280, Lenovo gives the ThinkPad X200 series its biggest redesign in ages, serving up a winning take on the 12.5-inch ultraportable.

AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus

The AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus is an incredibly handy standalone game capture device with 4K pass-through, 1080p60 capture, and the ability to record footage directly to a microSD card without a PC.

The AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus is an incredibly handy standalone game capture device with 4K pass-through, 1080p60 capture, and the ability to record footage directly to a microSD card without a PC.

Jabra Elite 65e

The wireless Jabra Elite 65e earphones deliver excellent audio performance and noise cancellation for the price.

The wireless Jabra Elite 65e earphones deliver excellent audio performance and noise cancellation for the price.

Lenovo Legion Y730

The fresh design of the Legion Y730 holds promise, with a well-rounded feature set at a relatively modest price.

The fresh design of the Legion Y730 holds promise, with a well-rounded feature set at a relatively modest price.

Jabra Elite 65e

The wireless Jabra Elite 65e earphones deliver excellent audio performance and noise cancellation for the price.

The wireless Jabra Elite 65e earphones deliver excellent audio performance and noise cancellation for the price.