Laptops have replaced desktops as the most common type of computer found in Singaporean households, and it’s easy to see why. They’re portable, so you can use it in any room in the house, and more importantly, use it at school and at any cafe. What’s the best laptop to buy right now?
9 Best Laptops Singapore 2018
Here are 9 laptops in Singapore 2018 that have great specs, from the most affordable to ones with premium pricing from ASUS Singapore, Lenovo, Dell, HP, etc.
|Microsoft Surface Go||$828|
|Acer Aspire E15||$1,198|
|Acer Switch 3||$1,098|
|Lenovo Yoga 530||$1,371|
|Apple Macbook Pro with Touch Bar (13-in)||$1,799|
|Dell XPS 13 (8GB)||$2,299|
|HP Spectre x360||$2,399|
|ASUS Zenbook Flip S UX370UA||$2,498|
|MSI GS65 Stealth Thin||$3,199|
- Microsoft Surface Go
- Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-576G-5762)
- Acer Switch 3
- Lenovo Yoga 530
- Apple Macbook Pro with Touch Bar 13-inch
- Dell XPS 13
- HP Spectre x360
- ASUS Zenbook Flip S UX370UA
- MSI GS65 Stealth Thin
Best Microsoft laptop: Microsoft Surface Go
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Microsoft Surface Go is not a laptop in the traditional sense of the word. Rather, it’s a tablet that’s meant to give you some laptop functionality.
This sort of device is only a good idea if you are mostly looking for a tablet that can accommodate typing once in a while, rather than a full-time laptop.
For what it is, though, Microsoft Surface Go does a decent job. It’s got a 10-inch screen, which is on the small side for a laptop, but large for a tablet. It’s also got a Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y processor, 4GB or 8GB of RAM and a 128 GB flash memory.
At only 552 grams and 8.3mm thickness, it’s very portable and perfect to take on holiday (provided your boss doesn’t bug you to do actual work while on vacation), as it’s a lot lighter and slimmer than an actual laptop. The battery can last for up to 10 hours of video playback, which is decent.
It’s also got a very thin keyboard, which isn’t ideal if you need to do a lot of typing, but is fine for light tasks.
Retail price in Singapore: $828
Affordable Acer laptop: Acer Aspire E 15
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What if you just need an inexpensive laptop that won’t die on you for the next two or three years? Well, Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-576G-5762) is an affordable, fuss-free solution that offers decent performance at a very reasonable price.
It’s got everything you need to get work or school assignments done quickly and efficiently (assuming you’re not a software engineer or something), with the usual Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and 256 GB SSD. These specs are similar to what most of the other laptops on this list offer, at a fraction of the price.
The areas in which you’ll have to make sacrifices are weight and battery life. This 15.6-inch laptop is a bit bulky and heavy at 2.39 kg. For those who commute with their laptops, that could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, as it’s almost twice the weight of some of the lighter laptops on this list.
If you have muscles of steel, the battery can reportedly last up to almost 9.5 hours, which is decent, and enough for a full day of work.
Still, this laptop is worthy of mention because of its price, which make it one of the cheapest laptops with these technical specs on the market. If you’re on a budget and just need a laptop to use at home, this is a decent contender.
Retail price in Singapore: $1,198
Budget convertible Acer laptop: Acer Switch 3
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The Acer Switch 3 is considered a budget convertible laptop. It’s sold at a fairly low price, but in exchange the buyer must not expect to be wowed by any of its features.
For starters, the laptop is neither terribly light nor terribly heavy at 1.3 kg, although the 12.2 inch display might be a bit small for some. It’s all-black casing and keyboard look terribly blah.
The specs aren’t too impressive, with a 1.10GHz Intel Pentium Quad Core N4200 processor, 3GB of RAM and a modest 64GB of storage.
That being said, it does fill a gap in the market for budget convertible laptops that can swivel into a tablet with kickstand. So if you absolutely need a convertible laptop for whatever reason and don’t want to spend much, this is a well-priced option to consider.
Retail price in Singapore: $1,098
Entry-level Lenovo laptop: Lenovo Yoga 530
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This is another convertible laptop that scores highly in almost every category. As the name suggests, it can be twisted and folded into a tablet to be used with touchscreen and stylus.
The entry-level Lenovo Yoga 530 has respectable stats, with a Core i5 processor (there is also an i7 option for those who want better performance), 8GB of RAM and SSD storage.
Franky speaking, this is a great-looking device. But In terms of weight, it’s actually rather heavy at 1.6 kg. It does decently in terms of battery life at a reported up to 10 hours.
It is clear that this is a premium laptop, so prepare to cough up the money. However, if you’re someone who would benefit greatly from owning a convertible laptop (eg. if you frequently make presentations or work on the go) and need superior battery life, this is one device to consider.
Retail price in Singapore: $1,371
Apple Macbook Pro with Touch Bar 13-inch
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Many of you reading this will only consider Mac laptops, and to be honest there’s a lot going for the iOS system other than the fact that it comes housed in pretty shells. If you’re a designer or just prefer iOS for its reliability, you’ll definitely want to consider the new 13 inch Macbook Pro.
The specs are decent enough for everyday use, with a Core i5 processor and 8 GB of memory. You can only choose between 256 and 512GB of SSD storage. And let’s not forget the retina display.
At 1.37kg, it also isn’t the lightest laptop out there, compared with for example Apple’s new 12-inch Macbook and Macbook Air.
As with most Apple products, you are paying a premium for the kind of specs you’ll be getting. But on the bright side you’ll have a reliable product that will likely last at least 5 years with proper care.
Retail price in Singapore: $1,799 (256GB) to $1,999 (512GB)
Dell laptop: Dell XPS 13
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Dell’s computers have a reputation for being workhorses. Theirs might not be flashiest laptops on the market, but they are reliable and well-priced.
The same can be said of the Dell XPS 13. It’s a solid laptop, with the usual Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM and SSD storage to the tune of 256 or 512GB.
This model actually looks great with its borderless InfinityEdge display and ultra-thinness, and at 1.21 kg is lighter than the Macbook Air at a way lower price. This is a great alternative to Macbook Pro for those who want the portability and stylishness, but with better specs.
Retail price in Singapore: $2,299 (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) and $2,549 (16GB RAM, 512GB SSD)
HP laptop: HP Spectre x360
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This is one of the best all-rounders out there. It looks great, offers good performance and the price is reasonable for what you get.
You can choose between a Core i5 CPU, which is what most mainstream laptops have, and Corei7, which is more powerful, more expensive but also higher performing, which you might want if you’re a gamer. You also get a respectable 8GB of RAM and SSD storage, which is faster than hard drive storage. All in all, great specs.
The laptop is also a convertible one, which means you can fold it into a tablet and navigate using its touchscreen. It also comes with a stylus.
Now, not everyone wants or needs a convertible laptop, but if you’re going to be using this at work or school it can be useful to be able to turn it into a tablet when making presentations or having discussions.
It also looks great. You can choose between rose gold and silver, which bring to mind some of the more recent Macbook models, proving that Apple aren’t the only ones offering good design.
And for those who actually commute with their laptops, it weighs 1.26kg, which is lighter than a 13.3 inch Macbook Air. The battery life reportedly lasts an average of 13 hours, which is great.
Okay, we’ll be honest. This computer is not cheap. But it you get good value for every cent you pay.
Retail price in Singapore: $2,399
ASUS Singapore convertible laptop: Zenbook Flip S UX370UA
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The ASUS Zenbook Flip S is a convertible laptop equipped with touch screen that’s worth considering just because it’s so darn thin and light.
As with most convertible laptops, this ASUS laptop can be pivoted around and used as a stand, or simply folded behind the screen when the device is being used as a tablet.
It weighs just 1.1 kg and has a 13.3 inch screen. Plus, it looks great, with a glass-covered touchpad. And oh yes, forget to mention, it’s officially the world’s thinnest convertible laptop at the moment.
It’s also a pretty powerful machine, with an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD storage.
Of course, all this perfection comes at a price, putting this computer firmly in the premium category.
Retail price in Singapore: $2,498
MSI gaming laptop: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin
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Serious gamers looking for a device to play on will not want to go for any of the above options, but a real gaming laptop.
The problem with gaming laptops is that they’re often so bulky that it seems wiser to just build your own desktop rig.
The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin is just portable enough to make a gaming laptop a viable purchase option. At 1.8kg, the 17.7mm thick laptop is actually just slightly heavier than a 15-inch Macbook Pro, and virtually minuscule compared to many other gaming laptops.
It’s also got all the specs you need for a lag-free gaming inexperience, including an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and at least. 256GB of storage.
Retail price in Singapore: $3,199 to $3,799
Which laptop do you have your eye on? Share your recommendations in the comments!
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