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5 of the Best Non-Apple Laptops to Buy Right Now

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Purchasing a new laptop has always been the easiest thing in the world. Just pop open your old MacBook and promptly order the latest version. Many of us have repeated this process time and time again, be it with our iPhones, iPads and, of course, the MacBook Air. But if you feel a bit lost in the sauce in the all-encompassing Apple ecosystem of products, there are plenty of brands with worthy alternatives happy to take your coin. 

This list of suitors is anything but an Apple-bashing session. However, it is every bit an alternative-praising forum. Check out the top five non-Apple laptops to consider for your next purchase.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

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Microsoft

Operating system aside, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better ringer for the MacBook than the Surface Pro 7. On par with Apple’s hallmark product in price and perception, Microsoft’s crowning achievement features an all-day battery life and one of the fastest processors on the market.

Prices range from $800 to $2,300 USD.

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Google Pixelbook

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There’s a notable fluidity to the Google Pixelbook that makes it the most contemporary laptop of the moment. Shifting and folding to serve as a tablet or a secondary screen to view movies/shows, the super-slim device features built-in Google Assistant and comes with a Google Pixel Pen for extremely high-level doodles.

Pricing starts at $999 USD.

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Samsung Notebook 9 Pro

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You won’t find a laptop as impressive for its cost as Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pro. A touchscreen with unfathomable amounts of RAM and a 256GB SSD, this brilliance device is packed to the gills with tech and weighs only a mere 2.8 pounds and 0.55” inches thick.

There’s also fingerprint login for your Minority Report dreams—all for $1,099 USD.

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Dell XPS 13

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There have been moments over the last decade when a Dell laptop felt like typing on a dinosaur. But times have changed, and the Austin-based tech giant is back in a place of prominence. The XPS 13 is representative of the brand’s modernizing; it is lightweight, slim, and mostly on par with its contemporaries.

This Windows laptop rings in at $980.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 730S

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You don’t need to shell out $1,000 for a great laptop. In fact, Lenovo’s IdeaPad 730S is just slightly north of $600. A starter device of sorts and, for what it’s worth, lighter and even thinner than the current MacBook Air. An accelerated Samsung PCIe solid-state drive strengths the Lenovo’s performance optics greatly. But let’s be serious: That price is the real motivating factor.

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