Our favorite laptops of 2016Dan Ackerman picks his favorite laptops for 2016, from slim hybrids to gaming systems.
[MUSIC] 2016 may not have been good for much but at least, it was a pretty great year for laptops. And so, based on my decade plus of testing and reviewing computers, here are my personal favorites for 2016. The Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro is actually the least Important things. The real reason it's still king of the premium laptops is that everything inside has been updated, from the thinner, lighter design, to the brighter screen, to a touch pad that's twice as big. Alienware's new 13-inch gaming laptop pretty much runs the table on my wish list. It's got an OLED screen, which is amazing to play games on, an excellent keyboard, and an NVIDIA GeForce 1060 GPU, which means it can run all the big VR headsets. The ThinkPad version of the Lenovo Yoga has always been my favorite Yoga because the keys disappear inside the body When you fold into a tablet. Now it's available with an OLED display which means it's more expensive, but it just looks amazing. HP makes thinner laptops like the Specter, but I prefer the Elitebook Folio G1 from HP's professional line. It looks great, it's very portable and it has an optional 4k touchscreen. The Samsung Galaxy Tabpro S beats the Surface Pro on price by including it's keyboard cover in the box rather than forcing you to buy it separately. It also has a very impressive AMOLED display. It's a great value for a very premium feeling hybrid. Apple's 12-inch MacBook is my pick for people looking for an alternative to the aging MacBook Air. It's very thin and very light and includes all those magic Mac OS touches from long battery life to an amazing touchpad. It's my hands down current favorite for coffee shops and airplane rides.