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The notebook market is huge, but with our large purchasing advice you can keep an overview and find the best laptops in different price ranges and for different requirements. We present the most popular device classes and give you our recommendations, which are based on our detailed test data and impressions.

Laptop comparison 2020: These are the notebook test winners

When buying a notebook, two aspects usually come into focus: firstly, the price and secondly, the purpose. Are you looking for a laptop that should be particularly suitable for surfing the net, video streaming or office work, then you will probably get a good one All-round device at a fair price. Users, on the other hand, who are looking for special features on their laptop such as a particularly long battery life, low weight or an excellent display, will either find the high-priced all-rounders or the often more expensive but excellent Premium Notebooks found it. A special category are the gaming laptops because they have special features such as a fast processor, a dedicated graphics card and a large working memory.

Our team of editors and test engineers follows the developments on the market and regularly orders current devices from all price ranges in the CHIP test center to take a close look at them . You can see the result of this work in the various thematically separated leaderboards. In the following article we present our purchase recommendations for all-round notebooks, premium laptops and gaming notebooks. We present you with a price tip and the test winner in each category. You will also find our most important purchase recommendations in the following table.

Top notebooks in the test (selection, status: March 2020)

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Model

Schenker Slim 15 – L 19 xds

Huawei MateBook D 14

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7

Acer Swift 3 SF 314 – 54 – 37 H0

Asus ROG Zephyrus M GU 502 GU

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Overall Rating

very good

very good

very good

Good

Good

Note Display

very good

very good

very good

Good

Good

Power : PCMark 8 (Creative)

5.0 16 Points

4. 952 Points

5.0 24 Points

3. 638 Points

7. 371 Points

Service: 3DMark (Cl oud Gate)

36 fps

83 fps

35 fps

28 fps

303 fps

Video battery life

7: 41 hours

9: 06 hours

12: 49 hours

11: 41 hours

5: 04 hours

Diagonal

15, 6 inches

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14, 0 inch

14, 0 inch

15, 6 inches

Resolution

1.920 x 1. 080 Pixel

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1.920 x 1. 080 pixels

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price

from 1.0 99 Euro

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from 1. 479 Euro

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Test winner notebooks for around 1. 000 Euro

  • Source: Image: Schenker Technologies GmbH

    Schenker Slim 15 – L 19 xds (price-performance tip by 1. 000 Euro)

    Overall grade: Very good (1.3) Current processor, large RAM and excellent display. In our test, the Schenker Slim 15 – L 19 Set XDS standards.

Benefits
Current Intel CPU with great performance
Many connections
Excellent workmanship, still light
Very quiet
Disadvantage
battery life could be a little bit better
Contrast value only passable
No optical Drive

In our test, the Schenker Slim 15 – L 19 xds as a powerful work notebook. We could not identify any real weaknesses: An Intel processor of the tenth generation, which with a basic clock frequency of 1, 60 GHz works and thanks to Intel's Turbo Boost technology for a short time to a maximum of 4, 20 GHz turns up, cares for sufficient computing power. In addition, comes the pre-installed Windows 10 with 8 GB RAM very well. The display rate overall with a “very good” – only the checkerboard contrast falls with 172: 1 medium off.

For this, the Schenker Slim 15 – L 19 xds many connection -Options, and the high-quality aluminum housing looks as elegant as it is noble. For this reason, the price is around 1. 100 Euro justified for what is offered. A small point of criticism remains: The battery could last a bit longer in video mode.

Schenker Slim 15 -L 19 xds in the test

Price tip: all-round notebooks

  • MateBook D 14 (53010TVS)

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    Huawei MateBook D 14 (Price Tip Allround Notebooks)

    Overall grade: very good (1.5) The Huawei MateBook D 14 offers strong performance, good equipment and excellent battery life.

Benefits
Good battery life
Crunchy keyboard with lighting
Stable and high-quality plastic housing
Hidden webcam
Viewing angle stable display with 180 – degree hinge
Disadvantage
Slow USB-C socket
Unusual viewing angle of the webcam
display with pale color rendering

The Huawei MateBook D 14 was able to test us thanks to AMD Ryzen 5 3500 U and integrated graphics chip “Radeon Vega 8” fully convince. This combination ensures strong performance values. The notebook also scores in the other categories. Only in terms of equipment, Huawei could have been a bit more generous. The display resolves in full HD and offers a good checkerboard contrast of 200:1. Only the color space coverage could be better in all areas. Here the notebook only reaches 65, 6 percent for sRGB- and 48 , 9 percent in the Adobe color space, so the colors remain pale.

When it comes to connections, there is an HDMI connection, two USB 2.0 ports, one of which is Type C and one USB 3.0 port. The device lacks an SD card reader. The bottom line is that the price for what is on offer is excellent. At the time of testing, the Huawei MateBook D 14 the all-round notebook with the best value for money in our best list .

Huawei MateBook D 14 in the test

Test winner in the premium notebook category

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    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 (test winner premium notebooks )

    Overall grade: Very good (1.4) The K compact 14 Inch notebook weighs only 1.1 kg thanks to the carbon fiber housing and offers excellent performance.

Benefits
Lightweight with strong battery
Excellent ergonomics
Nice display
Disadvantage
SD card reader missing
No cell phone interface
Hardly any increase in performance compared to the G6

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 (20 QD 00 L7GE) is in our premium notebook best list in 1st place 14 inch housing is, as the name suggests, made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic and very light, but nevertheless em stable. Accordingly, the notebook weighs only 1.1 kg and convinces with a long battery life – almost 13 hours in video and about 9 hours 15 Minutes in the office are quite remarkable. The fast Intel processor Core i7 – 8565 U works with four cores, plus 16 GByte RAM and a 512 GByte large M.2 SSD. The display resolves in full HD. Unfortunately, the equipment lacks a memory card reader and a cell phone interface, which you can definitely expect with a device in this price range – otherwise there are hardly any criticisms.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 in the test

Endurance runner for around 1. 000 Euro

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    Lenovo Yoga C 740 – 14 IML (endurance runner for around 1. 000 Euro)

    Overall grade: good (1.4) In our test, the notebook convinced me it with excellent performance values, excellent battery life and a good display. You only have to make a few cuts in terms of equipment.

Benefits
Great job
Very good battery life
Quiet fan – good speakers
With stylus and convertible function
Disadvantage
Housing partly sharp
No HDMI socket

Who more If you are looking for equipment with a notebook with a long battery life, you should Lenovo Yoga C 740 – 14 IML . The notebook knew how to convince in our test procedures and was able to get a top position in in our best list to back up. The 14 Inch-sized full HD notebook is the ideal companion for on the go, because it not only has a long battery life – a charge lasts around 12, 5 hours in video and 6.5 hours in office operation – but it is too quite powerful. Inside is an Intel Core i5 – 10210 U of the Comet Lake generation. It clocks at 1.6 GHz in normal mode and can be operated at 4.2 GHz for a short time thanks to Turbo Boost. Lenovo also donated 8 GB of RAM and an SSD to its notebook with 512 GByte storage space.

The 360 – degree hinge enables the use of the notebook as a tablet – especially since the display can also be operated by touch and an input pen is included.

Lenovo Yoga C 740 – 14 IML in the test

Endurance notebooks at a low price

  • Source: Image: Acer

    Acer Swift 3 SF 314 – 54 – 37 H0 (price-performance favorite for long battery life)

    Overall grade: good (1.9) The notebook with strong mobility and excellent ergonomics e – You have to cut back on the equipment.

Benefits
Long battery life
Very good ergonomics
Disadvantage
Lean equipment
performance is unspectacular

In our test, this knows Acer Swift 3 SF 314 – 54 – 37 H0 with excellent maturity (11, 5 hours of video playback) as well as decent performance and excellent ergonomics. However, the configuration of this device turns out to be quite poor, because Acer only donates 4 GB of RAM to the device. In addition, the built-in Intel Core i3 – 7130 U with only 2 cores, each clocked at 2.7 GHz. For your data there is a 256 – GB SSD. The 14 -Inch screen resolves in Full HD, but it has a rather weak color display, the standard RGB color space is only here 66 percent covered.

Acer Swift 3 SF 314 – 54 – 37 H0 in the test

Test winner gaming notebooks

  • OMEN X 2S 15-dg0070ng (7GW35EA#ABD)

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    HP Omen X 2S 15 (test winner gaming notebooks)

    Overall grade: Very good (1.4) Intel Core i9 9980 H and Nvidia RTX 2080 in Max-Q design and 32 GByte RAM hardly leave Wishes open.

Benefits
Dual display technology
Excellent performance values ​​
Great sound
Very quiet even under full load
Disadvantage
High price
Only suitable for right-handers

The HP Omen X 2S 15 – dg 0070 ng offers everything a gamer heart could wish for: an Intel Core i9 9980 H, plus an Nvidia RTX 2080 in Max-Q design, 32 GByte RAM and 2 TByte storage space for system and data distributed on two SSDs with one TByte each.

The special thing about the notebook are its two displays. It has a main screen in the lid, the 4K resolution with 60 Hz refresh rate offers, and a so-called second screen in the housing body. This touch-capable display falls with 5, 98 inches rather small and offers full HD resolution. Unfortunately, it reflects because it is under a glass plate for your own protection. This gives gamers the opportunity to place mini-maps or inventory lists here. For the device, you also have to dig deep into your pocket, because around 4. 000 Euro due.

HP Omen X 2S 15 – dg 0070 ng in the test

Price-performance tip for gaming notebooks

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    Asus ROG Zephyrus M GU 502 GU-ES 001 T (price-performance tip gaming notebooks)

    Overall grade: good (2.3) Delivered in our test the notebook has convincing performance values ​​and ensured a smooth display in current games.

Benefits
Good performance
Many connections
Liquid 144 Hz display
Good workmanship with high mobility
Disadvantage
Short battery life
Low display opening angle

The Asus ROG Zephyrus M GU 502 GU-ES 001 T cut in many test categories within our gaming notebook test procedure with a “good”. Manufacturer Asus equips its notebook with the Intel Core i7 – 9750 H, a six-core processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and 8 GB of RAM. For system and data you have a 512 GByte large SSD available – especially with regard to current Triple-A titles, the storage space could be larger. The 15 , 6 inch display with 1. 920 times 1. 080 Pixel Full HD resolution and beyond that a picture repetition frequency of 144 Hertz. This ensures clear presentation – even with fast first person shooters. The battery life is a little over three hours and is therefore rather modest.

Asus ROG Zephyrus M GU 502 GU in the test

These are the different device classes

Often notebook purchases are decidedly tough at a previously defined price limit. If every euro really matters, for example for notebooks for schoolchildren and students, then you should take a look at the all-round notebooks and set your maximum price in the filter options – about 500 Euro. The devices in this price range are perfectly adequate if you want to use it for office use, video streaming and for trips to the Internet. Even if you have to live with certain restrictions in this price range, you should make sure that your selected device has at least 4 GB of RAM – working with Windows with less RAM 10 no fun. With regard to the screen size, we recommend at least 13 Inch. If the display turns out smaller, working in the long run becomes exhausting and uncomfortable. On the other hand, you should be aware that a device with a larger display is often larger and heavier. So 17 Inch- Notebooks can weigh between three and five kilograms.

The premium notebooks are characterized by their compact design and high-quality components that the manufacturers install on these devices. The so-called Ultrabooks also fall into this category. Devices tested by us in this class cost between 1. 100 Euro and 3. 000 Euro – you get strong premium notebooks for around 1. 500 Euro. In addition to innovative technology, these notebooks also focus on design, because those who spend so much money on a notebook also expect the corresponding value – and this begins with the look and feel. Manufacturers like Lenovo in the premium class rely on rather unusual materials such as carbon fibers for device housings and thus save weight.

Meanwhile, mobile gaming with the right Gaming Notebook no problem . A powerful dedicated graphics card is important here. And the boundaries between desktop PC and laptop are crumbling, manufacturer Nvidia offers mobile versions of its powerful graphics cards. Even high-end gaming with stable frame rates at a 4K resolution is now possible without any problems. If the gaming laptop is only to serve as a second computer for mobile gaming and you do not insist on maximum graphics settings, a notebook with an entry-level graphics card, for example an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1660 Ti Mobile. These systems are partially for around 1. 000 Euro.

Another category is available still the so-called 2-in-1 notebooks or detachables , which can be used both as a laptop and as a tablet. Another group of devices is slowly establishing itself with workstations or notebooks for creative people – this includes, for example, the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo . In terms of hardware and price, these devices are between the premium notebooks and the high-end gaming laptops.

In addition to the all-round notebooks, there are also premium and gaming versions. Picture: CHIP

This is how CHIP tests

There are countless notebook models, various designs, performance levels, sizes and usage scenarios in every price range. Keeping track of things is not so easy. In order not to have to shear all the devices over a comb, CHIP divides notebooks into different categories, in which we rate differently and sometimes run different benchmarks: All-round notebooks up to around 1. 000 Euros, gaming laptops and premium devices. While the laptops in the first category are very well suited for office work, simple image and video editing and for surfing the Internet and as video players, you need more powerful processors and more powerful GPUs – which are correspondingly more expensive – for gaming or more complex video projects.

Overall, we rate five aspects. In each of these sub-ratings, the best device receives a grade of 1.0 – the other devices receive correspondingly poor grades. In the end, all sub-ratings with different weights are added together – these can differ between the different notebook categories and can be seen in the respective best list.

In our in-house test center, we check the devices for performance, display quality and battery life, among other things. Picture: CHIP

power

Performance has a different status in each of our notebook categories. Because with simple all-round laptops, performance is not quite as important as with gaming laptops. We use practical benchmarks such as PCMark and 3DMark to determine the performance.

Furnishing

The equipment of a notebook ranges from the size of the working memory and the mass storage device to connection options and further features such as a card reader and a fingerprint sensor.

Display

The display is one of the central components of a laptop. In the test, we evaluate the pixel density, but also measured values ​​such as the maximum brightness, the brightness distribution, the contrast ratio and the coverage of the relevant color spaces such as sRGB and AdobeRGB – a central aspect in image and video editing and media enjoyment.

Ergonomics / handling

This rating includes subjective impressions such as loudness of the device and the quality of the case. In addition, we examine the keyboard and touchpad in a practical test. We rate the weight and dimensions in relation to the display size as objective points, i.e. the larger the display of a test device, the higher its weight.

Battery life / mobility

The mobility of a notebook significantly determines how portable it is and how well it is suitable for on the go. This includes the battery life, which we test in two scenarios (video playback and office use).

All-round notebooks in the test

Schenker Slim 15-L19xds Red Edition (10505280) Offer from BestCheck

  • Display (1.0)
  • Performance (1.6)
  • Handling (1.0)
  • Battery life (1.6)
  • Facilities (1.6)

Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML (81TC002RGE) Offer from BestCheck

  • Display (1,2)
  • Performance (1.5)
  • Handling (1.5)
  • Battery life (1.2)
  • Facilities (2.0)

Huawei MateBook D 14 (53010TVS) Offer from BestCheck

  • Display (1.3)
  • Performance (1.2)
  • Handling (1.1)
  • Battery life (1.4)
  • Facilities (2.7)

Acer Swift 3 SF315-52-58HG silber (NX.GZ9EG.007) BestCheck offer

  • Display (1.4)
  • Performance (1.8)
  • Handling (1.3)
  • Battery life (1.3)
  • Facilities (2.2)

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57-58VL (NX.HJFEG.001) Offer from BestCheck

  • Display (1.6)
  • Performance (1.3)
  • Handling (1.1)
  • Battery life (2.0)
  • Facilities (2.0)

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Premium notebooks in the test

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 (20QD00L7GE) BestCheck offer

  • Display (1,2)
  • Performance (1.6)
  • Ergonomics (1.0)
  • Mobility (1.0)
  • Facilities (2.1)

Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL (81Q90022GE) Offer from BestCheck

  • Display (1,2)
  • Performance (1.0)
  • Ergonomics (1.5)
  • Mobility (1.8)
  • Facilities (1.6)

Dell XPS 13 2019 FHD (9380-D8HNF) Offer from BestCheck

  • Display (1,1)
  • Performance (1.3)
  • Ergonomics (1.5)
  • Mobility (1.1)
  • Facilities (2.6)

Price

from 1. 599, 00 €

Price estimation

Very cheap (1.3)

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G6 (20KH0079GE) Offer from BestCheck

  • Display (1.3)
  • Performance (1.6)
  • Ergonomics (1,2)
  • Mobility (1.3)
  • Facilities (2.1)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga G4 (20QF0024GE) BestCheck offer

  • Display (2.0)
  • Performance (1.5)
  • Ergonomics (1,2)
  • Mobility (1.6)
  • Facilities (1.1)

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Gaming notebooks in the test

HP Omen X 2S 15-dg0070ng (7GW35EA#ABD) BestCheck offer

  • Display (1.7)
  • Performance (1.0)
  • Ergonomics (1.8)
  • Mobility (3.7)
  • Facilities (1.0)

Dell Alienware 15 R4 (2FXWX) Offered by BestCheck

  • Display (1.4)
  • Performance (1.3)
  • Ergonomics (1.1)
  • Mobility (4.1)
  • Facilities (1.4)

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Acer Predator Helios 700 PH 717 – 71 – 914 K (NH.Q4ZEG. 002)

Acer Predator Helios 700 PH717-71-914K (NH.Q4ZEG.002) Offer from BestCheck

  • Display (1.6)
  • Performance (1.0)
  • Ergonomics (1.4)
  • Mobility (5.3)
  • Facilities (1.5)

Dell Alienware m15 (565K7) Offer from BestCheck

  • Display (1,2)
  • Performance (1.3)
  • Ergonomics (3.0)
  • Mobility (2.6)
  • Facilities (1.3)

Lenovo Legion Y740-17ICHg (81HH0012GE) Offer from BestCheck

  • Display (1.9)
  • Performance (1.3)
  • Ergonomics (1.7)
  • Mobility (2.9)
  • Facilities (1.3)

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How much RAM does a notebook need?

Anyone using his laptop with Windows 10 If you want to use Home or Pro, you should have at least 4 GB of RAM, ideally 8 GB or more. However, if you want to operate your notebook with a Linux, then depending on the distribution, less RAM may be sufficient.

What does 'dedicated graphics card' mean?

This term appears more frequently in gaming notebooks. What is meant by this is that the manufacturer not only relies on the graphics solution that is integrated in the processor, but its device has its own graphics card, for example an Nvidia RTX 2080 Max-Q or an AMD Radeon RX 5600 M , so that it has more graphic power

What is the meaning of the abbreviation 'M' or 'Max-Q' for notebook graphics cards?

If the abbreviation 'M' is still relatively easy to connect with 'Mobile', Max-Q stands for the Nvidia graphics cards for a new design for the mobile graphics cards, which should enable notebook manufacturers to build them flat without having to forego additional performance with the graphics card.

Which ed solution should have the display of a notebook?

Bet on a 14 or 15, 6 inch laptop, then you should go to the Full HD resolution from 1.920 times 1. 080 Set pixels. Only with larger displays like 17 Inches is worth the 4K or UHD resolution of 3840 times 2160 pixels.

Karsten Bunz

Karsten Bunz

Karsten Bunz is interested in hardware and software related to gaming. Whether mouse & keyboard, headset, notebook or gaming PC – if decent power is in the game, Karsten will take care of it.

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