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Finding a great laptop that isn’t a MacBook can be a daunting task. Thankfully, we’ve compiled a suitable list that features some of the best Windows and Chromebook laptops on the market. For us, we feel the Dell XPS 13 is the best overall choice due to its style aesthetic and performance. However, if the Dell XPS 13 isn’t your cup of tea, then hopefully, the other options we’ve highlighted will pique your interest.

  • Best Overall:Dell XPS 13
  • Best Value:Asus Chromebook Flip C302
  • Best Gaming Laptop:Alienware M15
  • Best Chromebook:Google Pixelbook
  • Best Keyboard on Laptop:Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2019)
  • Best Microsoft Laptop:Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
  • Best Versatility:Dell XPS 15 2-in-1
  • Best MacBook Lookalike:Huawei Matebook 13

Best Overall: Dell XPS 13

In the picture is a 13-inch Dell XPS in white taken by the folks over at Windows Central.Source: Windows Central

Dell’s XPS line is one of the tops in the industry right now, as it delivers in performance, speed, and design. Albeit, this year’s model wasn’t a considerable spec bump. However, it still brought a couple of welcomed features missing from its predecessor; like improved battery life and moving the webcam back to where it belongs at the top center of the screen (because having it placed at the bottom of the screen was dreadful).

This year’s XPS 13 model has more customization options for those looking for more storage, RAM, or an improved viewing experience with a beautiful 4K display. Seriously, the 4K resolution on this thing looks great, especially with the company’s bezel-less ‘Infinity Edge’ display.

Pros:

  • Improved battery life
  • Beautiful 4K display (optional)
  • Sleek, compact design
  • Centered webcam

Cons:

  • Minor updates
  • No HDMI or USB-A ports
  • A little pricey

Best Overall

Dell XPS 13

The XPS still reigns supreme

The Dell XPS 13 takes the crown as the best laptop on the market for average consumers.

Best Value: Asus Chromebook Flip C302

Asus Chromebook Flip C302 inside the photo is taken by Android CentralSource: Android Central

If you do most of your work in the browser, then you might want to consider snatching you up a Google Chromebook. However, don’t just grab any Chromebook, we suggest you check out the one we feel gives the best value, and that’s the Asus Chromebook Flip.

The Asus Chromebook Flip delivers on many of the features most people look for in a new laptop, like a decent Intel Core processor, a 1080p display, touchscreen, backlit keyboard, and USB-C port all for a few hundred bucks.

Pros:

  • Tactile keyboard
  • 1080p touchscreen display
  • USB-C port
  • Affordably priced

Cons:

  • No out-the-box Android app support
  • Speakers are meh

Best Value

Asus Chromebook Flip C302

HD flip screen with Chrome-OS at an affordable price

The Asus Chromebook Flip’s 1080p touchscreen display and tactile keyboard are impressive for the price.

Best Gaming Laptop: Alienware M15

Photo of Alienware M15 is from Dell.comSource: Dell/Alienware

Alienware is no stranger when it comes to making a best-of list, as it routinely produces a machine that is great for gamers. So, with its unique design aesthetic, the New M15 laptop deserves a place on our list for the best laptops for Apple users who love to game. It’s slimmer than most bulky gaming laptops you’ll find on the market.

The Alienware New M15 has some impressive features under the hood, like a 9th generation Intel Core processor and Nvidia’s latest RTX choice of GPUs. This thing is a powerhouse! Of course, grabbing a computer with this kind of horsepower will set you back a pretty penny; however, if the best is what you seek for gaming at a slim size, then there’s no other option but the New M15.

Pros:

  • Powerhouse
  • Unique compact design
  • Solid keyboard

Cons:

  • Costly

Best Gaming Laptop

Alienware M15

Alienware’s M15 laptop is a powerhouse

The Alienware M15 delivers to gamers ultimate power during playtime in a slimmer body.

Best Chromebook: Google Pixelbook

Photo of Chromebook Pixelbook was taken by Android CentralSource: Android Central

If you spend most of your computer time on the browser, then a Google Chromebook is by far the best option for you. Most Chrome-based laptops usually hover around in the budget-friendly zone, setting you back only a few hundred bucks or less. However, with Google’s Pixelbook line, you get a legit premium laptop that competes against Apple and Windows machines in the build quality department.

The Google Pixelbook is worth looking at as it features a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports and a cool hinge that flips inside out for watching movies during your traveling on a plane, bus, or train. Moreover, you get full access to the Google Play store along with a stunningly high battery that can last up to a full workday (8 hours). The Pixelbook also has an impressive 12.3-inch 2,400 x 1,600 QHD LCD touchscreen display.

Pros:

  • Sleek, industrial design
  • Full Android app support
  • Thunderbolt 3 ports

Cons:

  • Android apps not great
  • Pricey

Best Chromebook

Google Pixelbook

The most premium Google Chromebook experience

The Google Pixelbook brings premium hardware to an emerging Chrome-OS platform.

Best Keyboard on Laptop: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2019)

Photo taken by Windows Central highlighting Lenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonSource: Windows Central

Arguably, no company has a better track record with businesses than Lenovo’s ThinkPad series has had for seemingly forever. That said, the company has made some real inroads into the consumer market with its ThinkPad X1 Carbon line of laptops.

The X1 Carbon is sleek and powerful, weighing in at under three pounds, and it houses the best keyboard on a laptop you’ll find. If you’re a business professional or someone like me who writes for a living, then you’ll appreciate the stellar performance of its keyboard – it’s the star the show. Lenovo also gives a ton of customization options for those looking for features not sold in the base model, such as increased storage, RAM, and a slot to put in both your MicroSD and LTE Nano-SIM.

Pros:

  • Sleek, industrial design
  • Stellar keyboard
  • All significant ports
  • Fingerprint reader

Cons:

  • Screen could be better
  • Pricey

Best Keyboard on Laptop

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2019)

A keyboard built for professionals

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon brings a sleek, industrial design that is missing with today’s shinier options.

Best Microsoft Laptop: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

Image was taken by Windows Central highlighting Micorsoft Surface Pro 3Source: Windows Central

The third time is a charm when it comes to Microsoft’s Surface Laptop line. This year’s Surface Laptop 3 righted the wrong of its predecessor by finally offering the long-awaited USB-C port.

Microsoft did a great job with this laptop, as it displays a robust industrial-like design that comes in four new color options, including Cobalt Blue, Platinum, Sandstone (Gold), and Matte Black. This baby weighs under three pounds and carries some impressive components under the hood. You have the choice between the latest Intel Core or AMD processor along with an option to increase RAM up to 32GB of internal storage up to 1TB.

The touchscreen display is something to behold, as consumers get the choice between the standard 13.5-inch screen or the larger 15-inch screen, with a 3:2 aspect ratio and 2,496 x 1664 resolution. Surface Laptop 3 is, without a doubt, one of the most premium laptops on the market right now.

Pros:

  • Great keyboard and trackpad
  • Solid industrial design
  • Hello facial login

Cons:

  • Only two USB ports
  • No SD card slot
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

Best Microsoft Laptop

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

The best Microsoft has to offer

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 brings a stylish industrial design with upgraded features compared to its predecessor.

Best Versatility: Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

Photo taken by Windows Central highlighting Dell XPS 15 2-in-1Source: Windows Central

Are you looking for something that brings a little more versatility, while doubling as a reliable Windows PC and tablet? Well, Dell’s XPS 15 2-in-1 option may be the way to go, as it offers some impressive power, design, and sizeable convertible display.

The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 display is 15.6-inches, which is a massive screen on a laptop, so when it’s converted into tablet mode, it brings a whole new experience. Potential owners of this laptop have the option of pairing a Dell-branded, Wacom-technology pen to better navigate around the display’s sizeable real estate once in tablet mode. Of course, like other premium PC’s, you have the choice of upgrading storage, RAM, and processor.

Pros:

  • Powerful
  • Convertible 15.6-inch screen
  • Thin design

Cons:

  • Pricey

Best Versatility

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

Large convertible display with tablet-like features

Dell’s XPS 15 2-in-1 is the laptop for those who want the best of both worlds of PC power with a tablet feel.

Best MacBook Lookalike: Huawei Matebook 13

Image of Huawei Matebook 13 taken by Windows CentralSource: Windows Central

For years, Apple’s MacBook line has had a distinctive look with its rounded chamfered edges and aluminum frame. So, of course, over the years, other companies have taken that unique design aesthetic and have turned it into their own. The Huawei Matebook 13 is one of those companies that was inspired by the style Apple has pioneered.

Although Matebook 13 resembles the MacBook in many ways, it does have its distinctive differences. For example, the laptop houses a thin-bezel display that packs a strikingly good 2K (2,2160 x 1440) touchscreen, which is something not even offered by Apple’s premium MacBook Pro line of laptops. Additionally, you can upgrade to the more powerful Intel Core i7 and pay what you’d pay for the base model MacBook Pro. Throw in a USB-A, USB-C, HDMI, and VGA port for extra added support, and we’d say you have yourself one reliable laptop.

Pros:

  • Lots of ports
  • 2K touchscreen
  • Thin and light
  • Fingerprint reader

Cons:

  • Keyboard
  • Speakers are meh

Best MacBook Lookalike

Huawei Matebook 13

The Matebook has a MacBook vibe

The Matebook 13 is perfect for those who love the MacBook design but want a Windows operating system.

Bottom line

There are so many choices when it comes to grabbing yourself a brand-new laptop, not made by Apple. This list highlights several of the best options out on the market today. That said, we feel that the Dell XPS 13 is the best overall choice for average consumers who own an iPhone looking to venture outside the Apple ecosystem. It has almost everything you’d want, including a stylish design, great display, remarkable battery life, and processing power.


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Every one loves Google Docs and use it pretty much every day. Sure, Microsoft Word still remains the most feature-rich and versatile word processor. However, we love Google Docs because it loads swiftly, is easy to use, and the URL shortcut docs.new is cool to open. We got more Google Docs tips and tricks for you below.

Google Docs Tips And Tricks

These small tips will help you get more productive and save time in the process. That’s why I have covered the web as well as mobile app interface of the Google Docs app. Without further ado, let’s begin.

1. HOW TO ADD OUTLINES

Outlines make it easier to navigate long Google Docs files that run into several pages. First, you will enable the feature. Toggle Show document outline under View tab. You can also use keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+A or Ctrl+Alt+H.

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You should now see a sidebar with an empty Outline option. Each heading that you create will appear here, giving you a nested overview of the Outline in real-time.

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In Google Docs mobile app, you will enable the outline feature from the menu and view it at the bottom of the screen.

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Note that you can still use a heading style and not insert it in the outline. Just click/tap on the cross icon next to the outline you want to remove.

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2. HOW TO CHANGE MARGINS

Every Google Doc that you open or create has default or applied margins. If you’re not happy with the way things are, change it.

Open Google Doc, and you should see a ruler with a light-blue down-facing triangle at either end of it.

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Simply drag it to the left or right direction for changing the margin. It is the margin that determines from where you will begin typing on the document.

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You can also define default margin values, so you don’t have to edit it every time you create a new doc. Select Page setup under the File menu to reveal a pop-up.

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You can set margins for all four sides of the document here and save it as default. Play around with values a little to get an idea of how much margin you need.

There is no way to change margins in Google Docs mobile app right now. That maybe due to limited screen estate.

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3. HOW TO DELETE A PAGE

You can add a new page in Google Docs by simply pressing the Ctrl+Enter keys irrespective of where you are on the current page. You can delete that blank page by pressing the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Backspace.

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What if the page is not empty? Well, in that case, you will first delete all the text on that page and then delete the page itself. Press Ctrl+A to select everything on the page and press the Del key. Now you can delete the page as shared above. Unfortunately, there is no dedicated shortcut or button to delete pages that are full in Google Docs.

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You can delete a page on the mobile app using the same trick. Use backspace key.

4. HOW TO STRIKE-THROUGH

Again, there is no dedicated button for strike-through, or even em dash, as we have seen in other popular word processors and CMS editors like WordPress. However, there is a way. Select the text you want to strike-through.

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Open Text option under the Format menu, and you will see the Strike-through option. You can also do it using the Alt+Shift+5 keyboard option. Use the same shortcut to remove it.

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5. HOW TO MAKE LANDSCAPE

Google Docs opens in portrait mode by default. That’s the standard pretty much with every word processor out there. However, landscape mode makes sense when you are dealing with a large image or table that just won’t fit.

To change the orientation of the page, open the File menu, and select Page setup.

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That is where you can change the orientation from portrait to landscape mode. You can also set it to default.

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You must repeat the same steps in the Google Docs mobile app. Select Page setup from the menu and choose orientation from there.

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6. HOW TO ADD PAGE NUMBERS

Select Header & page number under Insert menu, and you will find four options under Page number. See them? Let me explain them quickly.

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The first option is to insert page numbers automatically at the top, the second option will skip the first page and begin numbering from the second page at the top, the third option will insert page numbers automatically at the bottom, and the fourth option will again skip the first page and begin numbering from the second but insert at the bottom.

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To add page numbers on mobile, tap the ‘+’ icon, and select Page number. You will now see the same four options as you did in the web app.

7. HOW TO CHECK WORD COUNT

Google woke up late on this one, but at least they did. At any time, press Ctrl+Shift+C to reveal a pop-up where you can see details like word count, characters, and so on.

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There is a new toggle option to insert word count at the lower left side of Google Docs, so you don’t have to press the shortcut over and over again. As a word processor, this should have been taken care of a long time ago. You will have to toggle that option every time you create or even open a document.

BE A WORDSMITH

Google Docs packs plenty of punch if you know your way around. Sure, some options are not too obvious, and others are still missing, it still works really well if you want a word processor that works everywhere, is free for life and integrates nicely with other Google apps.