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Notebook finder 2018 – which notebook is for me?
Your notebook is as much a statement as your style of clothing. Sporty or couch potato? Business class or economy? Read on to find out which notebook is the right one for you.
«Too fast» is not in your vocabulary? Go for an Intel Core i7 or Intel Core i5 processor. If you're in no hurry, an Intel Atom processor will do. Are you an avid gamer or an ambitious amateur filmmaker? Your notebook should have at least 8 GB RAM. Are you a passionate photographer or are you always downloading something? Go for an SSD/HDD combo as data memory. If you use your notebook for office work and surfing the Internet, eMMC memory is all you need. Read on for a rundown on our notebooks, categorised by type, and advice on buying the best notebook. Keep in mind that there are large differences within the types. Depending on the components, a multimedia notebook can also be used for gaming.
2-in-1 notebooks – for those who can’t make up their minds
The wheels of the digital era continue to turn. A few years ago, all you could find were desktop PCs. Now tablets, phablets, smartphones and notebooks have managed to find their way into the market.
These days, you have a huge selection to choose from, with each of the devices bringing their own benefits and weak points to the table. This ultimately means the average person in Switzerland has more than one of these types of computers. But when it comes down to it, the growing number of devices doesn’t just mean we end up spending more time on them; owning several devices costs us more, too.
Renowned manufacturers of the likes of Intel and Microsoft responded to this trend with 2-in-1 notebooks. These devices feature rotating, folding, sliding and clicking mechanisms so you can switch between tablet and notebook mode whenever you like. The touchscreen and lightweight build give the laptop advantages you’d usually only get from a tablet.
Equally, if you have a lot of work to do, it’s quick to turn the 2-in-1 into an efficient notebook. The latest generation models in particular don’t struggle to keep up performance-wise. There’s also the fact that Windows 10 with its desktop apps was built to support the device being used as a tablet and notebook in one.
CHF 489.–instead of 599.–1
VivoBook Flip 14 TP401NA-EC076T (14", Full HD, Intel Pentium N4200, 4GB, eMMC)
Impressively slim with aluminium body
Spin 3 (SP314-51-555A) (14", Full HD, Intel Core i5-8250U, 8GB, SSD)
Spin 5 (13.30", Full HD, Intel Core i7-8550U, 16GB, SSD)
Powerful 13.3" all-in-one notebook
Surface Pro, 256GB SSD (12.30", Intel Core i5-7300U, 8GB, SSD)
Attention: Type Cover and Pen have to be purchased separately.
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Business notebooks – for those who put safety first
In a business environment, there are higher demands on security, productivity and reliability than in the private sphere. Business notebooks tend to be more durable and are known for the enhanced manufacturer support that comes with them (for example, driver support).
They boast more resistant housing, a good range of interfaces and improved administrative functions thanks to Windows pro. But most of all, business notebooks are supposed to be secure. Because, let’s face it, they’re used to store important data. Business devices usually include the following safety features:
- Better basic warranty cover (including option to upgrade)
- Drive encryption
- Physical anti-theft device
- Fingerprint reader
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
- Smart card reader
- Intel vPro, etc.
With these clear benefits, it’s no surprise business notebooks are becoming more and more popular with private customers.
TravelMate P2510 (15.60", HD, Intel Core i3-7100U, 4GB, SSD)
V330-15IKB (15.60", Full HD, Intel Core i7-8550U, 8GB, SSD)
CHF 899.–instead of 1099.–1
ThinkPad 13 (13.30", Full HD, Intel Core i7-7500U, 16GB, SSD)
Robust 13.3" notebook for business use
V330-14IKB (14", Full HD, Intel Core i5-8250U, 8GB, SSD)
CHF 749.–instead of 899.–1
V330-15IKB (15.60", Full HD, Intel Core i5-8250U, 12GB, SSD)
Surface Book 2, 512 GB SSD (13.50", Intel Core i7-8650U, 16GB, SSD)
The most powerful Surface of all time.
ProBook 470 G5 (17.30", Full HD, Intel Core i7-8550U, 8GB, SSD, HDD)
Slim and robust 17.3" business notebook
ProBook 470 G5 (17.30", Full HD, Intel Core i5-8250U, 8GB, SSD, HDD)
Full-featured, thin, and light, the HP ProBook 470 lets professionals stay productive in the office and on the go.
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Home office notebooks – for couch potatoes
If you intend to use your notebook mostly for things like checking the SBB timetable, writing letters and having a look at the weather forecast, a home office device is the best for you.
These starter devices deliver enough performance for everyday tasks without breaking the bank. They’re known for their fairly large screens and computing power that’s good enough to run common programmes without stalling. They’re robust and usually have a good range of interfaces for connecting peripheral devices (printer, mouse, speakers, etc.). But you’ll find your eyes drawn to the keyboard design. A separate number pad, for instance, can significantly increase your productivity across the day.
X540NA-GQ047T (15.60", HD, Intel Pentium N4200, 4GB, SSD)
VivoBook Max X541UA-DM794T (15.60", Full HD, Intel Core i7-7500U, 8GB, HDD)
High-performance 15.6"work and multimedia notebook
Extensa EX2540 (15.60", Full HD, Intel Core i5-7200U, 8GB, SSD)
Good value 15.60" notebook with large hard drive space.
Aspire E15 (15.60", Full HD, Intel Core i5-8250U, 8GB, SSD)
Aspire 5 (17.30", Full HD, Intel Core i7-8550U, 8GB, SSD)
Powerful 17.3" all-in-one notebook
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Multimedia notebooks – for entertainment junkies
Who doesn’t recognise this scenario: you’re enjoying some well-deserved holiday, taking photos and filming to see what your new camera can do. You’ve got all your memories captured. Now all you have to do is remove that belly with Photoshop and edit the footage for your next YouTube video.
The only problem is your GoPro camera records in 4k (4096 x 2160 pixels) and your old notebook don’t have the computing power to edit the media files. As camera resolution (pixel depth) and system requirements on photo editing software increase, so too must computing power.
Multimedia notebooks bridge this gap between cheap home office devices and gaming systems with high-end graphics power. They have enough computing power for the most common photo and video editing software. More often than not, they also feature full HD screen solution (1920 x 1080 pixels) and above-average speaker quality.
Combine all of this and it’s clear to see multimedia notebooks offer an entertainment platform for users who want to be able to make and consume films, music and other entertainment on the go.
CHF 1449.–instead of 1639.–1
VivoBook Pro N580VD-FY244T (15.60", Full HD, Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB, HDD, SSD)
CHF 1199.–instead of 1399.–1
VivoBook Pro N705UD-GC109T (17.30", Full HD, Intel Core i7-8550U, 16GB, SSD, HDD)
Performance is everything!
Aspire 7 A717-71G-74LS (17.30", Full HD, Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB, SSD, HDD)
High-performance multimedia notebook
Nitro 5 (15.60", Full HD, Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 8GB, SSD)
Surface Book 2, 512GB SSD (15", Intel Core i7-8650U, 16GB, SSD)
The most powerful Surface of all time.
Spectre x360 15-bl190nz (15.60", UHD, Intel Core i7-8550U, 16GB, SSD)
Seductive performance. In all modes
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Gaming notebooks – for demanding PC games
Gaming notebooks are the front runners in terms of processor and graphics performance. These are the devices that get tech enthusiasts going. Gaming notebooks usually feature eye-catching design with adaptable lighting and keyboard layout. But these devices are about more than just their looks; they also stand out for:
- good RAM (at least 8 GB)
- the fastest processors (e.g. Intel Core i7 with four cores)
- high-end graphic performance (e.g. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050)
- highest screen quality (above-average resolution/colour saturation/contrast)
SSDs (quick initialisation) and fast Wi-Fi/Ethernet (shorter loading times online) deliver additional speed. As this kind of concentrated computing power generates a lot of heat, gaming notebooks need robust casing and efficient cooling systems. They also feature a broader range of interfaces for connecting peripheral devices (mouse, keyboard, screens, etc.)
So if you’re someone who likes to go to LAN parties with friends but you don’t want to have to cart lots of heavy gear with you, gaming notebooks are the way forward. Up until a few years ago, it used to be the case that only desktop PCs had the required computing power to play the latest games smoothly. But now notebooks can also keep up with the performance requirements of «Battlefield», «Far Cry» and «GTA».
ROG STRIX GL502VM-FY172T (15.60", Full HD, Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB, HDD, SSD)
Powerful and handy 15.6" gaming notebook
Predator Helios 300 (15.60", Full HD, Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB, HDD, SSD)
Predator 21X (21", Full HD, Intel Core i7-7820HK, 64GB, SSD)
Master of the universe
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Portable notebooks – for long-distance workers
Portable notebooks were made with today’s need for flexible, travel-friendly devices in mind. All the notebooks in this category have two main features in common: lightweight design (≤ 1.5 kg) and screen diagonal no larger than 13.3 inches. This makes them practical and easy to pack into your bag.
Another advantage is their low energy consumption. In tangible terms, this means one charge lasts up to a whole day, depending on usage. It goes without saying you’ll only get this level of battery life when the notebook is combined with energy-efficient components.
That’s why low-voltage processors and RAM are usually built into these notebooks. Storage solutions focus mostly on the SSD, as this is usually lighter than current HDDs and doesn’t have moving parts. SSDs also consume less energy, are less prone to damage and run silently.
And we haven’t even got to the main benefit yet, namely their short seek times. With an SSD, your notebook starts up within a few seconds. This undoubtedly increases flexibility while you’re on the move.
CHF 219.–instead of 279.–1
VivoBook E12 E203NA-FD020T (11.60", HD, Intel Celeron N3350, 2GB, SSD)
Elegant and incredibly light with 32GB eMMC flash memory
Aspire ES1-132-C1T7 (11.60", HD, Intel Celeron N3350, 4GB, SSD)
VivoBook 15 X510UA-EJ708T (15.60", Full HD, Intel Core i7-8550U, 8GB, HDD)
Elegant design. State-of-the-art computing.
VivoBook S15 S510UA-BQ768T (15.60", Full HD, Intel Core i5-8250U, 16GB, SSD)
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