The best laptops today are basking in the glow of Intel’s 8th-gen Core CPUs, which at last bring quad-core performance to mainstream machines. The only thing missing is Oprah shouting, “and you get an 8th-gen quad-core laptop!”
There’s plenty of good news with this new generation. Our favorite convertible laptop, HP’s Spectre x360 13, sports a quad-core 8th gen chip while maintaining its diminutive size. It’s really the total package.
But let’s be honest: Not everyone needs a quad-core powerhouse laptop, especially if the hottest application they run is Microsoft Excel. Check out our budget favorites, like the Acer Aspire E15 and Asus ZenBook Flip, whose dual-core CPUs do just fine with mainstream fare; and the Asus Chromebook Flip, a well-priced and versatile laptop for living on the web—or delving into the wide, wide world of Android apps.