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Laptop test 2020: comparison of 15 notebooks

For several years now, more notebooks than PCs have been going over the counter in Germany. This is no wonder, because the mobile computers are almost on a par in terms of performance, not far in terms of price and can be used much more flexibly.

And although one might think that basically there is not much that can be improved, there can be no question of that. New processors, faster graphics cards or new chipsets appear with regularity, which not only offer more performance but also lower power consumption.

More compact and energy efficient

In addition, the components are becoming more compact and more and more functions are being integrated directly into the processors. Fast WLAN is an example of this: This has been built into the processor since the eighth generation of Intel Core CPUs, and the additional WLAN module, which was always required in older computers, can thus be completely eliminated.

Improvements like these not only reduce costs, but also benefit the notebook's dimensions. These are also getting smaller and smaller because the modern components consume less electricity and therefore produce far less waste heat. The fans are shrinking or are no longer available on many notebooks.

SSDs as standard

The price development for SSDs is encouraging from the customer's point of view. These are still more expensive than their classic brothers with rotating discs, but the prices are falling dramatically.

An NVMe SSD with a terabyte capacity now costs little more than 100 euros; it should therefore become more and more a matter of course, especially for notebooks in the price range over 1,000 euros. Our comparison test with a total of 15 notebooks from three device classes shows that this is not the case at the moment

New Intel CPUs with Wi-Fi 6

But more on that later. The first notebooks are currently coming onto the market that are equipped with Intel's 10th generation core processors. These are at least partially manufactured using 10 instead of 14 nanometer technology and promise more performance and some interesting features, such as integrated Thunderbolt 3 support and Wi-Fi 6.

Wi-Fi 6 is the direct successor to 802.11ac, which recently went under the name Wi-Fi 5. Wi-Fi 6 uses the same 2.4 and 5 gigahertz bands as its predecessor, but thanks to MIMO-OF-DM the data throughput should increase from a maximum of 1.3 GBit / s to up to 11 GBit / s.

Thunderbolt 3, which is integrated directly into the silicon, should ensure that next-generation notebooks have corresponding USB interfaces far more often than before.

Wait or buy?

So should you wait before buying a notebook and buy one with Intel's Ice Lake or Comet Lake CPU instead of the test candidates? Unfortunately, this question cannot be answered with a clear yes or a clear no at this point.

Anyone who is always waiting for a better successor is basically not allowed to buy anything, especially in the fast-moving IT sector. And if you are hoping for Wi-Fi 6, in addition to your new notebook you will of course also need a corresponding WLAN router that supports the new technology.

Anyone who uses a reasonably up-to-date router should definitely consider that. In terms of price, the next generation is likely to be a bit higher, at least initially, although this will normalize over time. In short:

If you need a new notebook, you are welcome to use it. The devices offered today are based on proven, high-performance technology that is ideally equipped for most tasks.

Our test candidates: Notebooks from three categories

In the past few years, too, we presented you with large comparison tests with notebooks from different categories in the PCgo. In addition to the three categories in the current test, there has been a fourth with devices in the price range under 500 euros.

After careful consideration, we decided for this test to delete this device category without replacement and only start with notebooks over 500 euros. The reasons for this are diverse. On the one hand, many manufacturers are unwilling to provide entry-level devices for extensive tests.

We can only speculate about the reasons for this, but it is primarily related to the fear of unfavorable reviews. Although we always grade and classify the devices within their class, benchmark results do not lie in the end.

One or the other manufacturer may therefore be embarrassed if one of their devices reaches the goal with comparatively few performance points. Secondly, inexpensive notebooks have meanwhile become a take-away item that often does not require support through a detailed test.

Up-to-date, and above all powerful, hardware can hardly be found in this device class, which should make the tests less interesting. And when manufacturers also have to hit a psychologically significant price point, they make compromises in many and too often wrong places.

So in this test, the categories with notebooks under 1000 and over 1000 euros as well as current gaming machines at prices between 1150 and 2500 euros remain. Incidentally, the cheapest notebook in the test costs only 670 euros and is therefore not very far from the magical 500 euros mark.

Unlike the cheaper brothers, however, it has a modern Core i5 processor including fast Intel graphics and a very balanced configuration without serious weaknesses. There is nothing for less than 500 euros.

Continue reading: On the next page we look at the standard notebooks up to 1,000 euros.

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