Those days are gone. Apple, for whatever the reason, decided that good enough was, well, barely good enough and decided to allow the Mac line to languish. Everyone writing about technology these days points to Microsoft as the PC innovator. Really?
Best Of Criteria
Color me jaded but I don’t really mind lists of the best of whatever. They’re interesting, yes, but also display more about those putting items on the list and their rankings than the products themselves. It seems to me that a ranking of products would have some sort of criteria first. Price. Sales. Specific features. Most such Best Of… lists don’t have that. Instead, we get pablum in the form of a promotion.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 is the best laptop of 2018
Maybe so, maybe not. There is much to like, but there was neither a list of criteria nor a comparison. It’s just an opinion but with the usual The Good, The Bad, and The Bottom Line.
Does this look innovative to you?
Surface Laptop 2– yes, they’re still calling these things laptops instead of notebooks comes with a touchscreen, good battery life, supposedly best-in-class keyboard and trackpad, and improved performance. The latter comes thanks to Intel, not Microsoft, and Intel can be counted as one of the reasons the Mac line has stagnated recently.
Apple’s fumbling with its MacBooks, however, is an opportunity for manufacturers on the Windows side to step up. But it’s not your usual Dell, HP, or Asus who are making the best laptops that balance design, performance, and usability. Instead, my two favorite laptops of the year are coming from relative newcomers.
Huawei. Have you ever seen one in the wild? They’re like Huawei’s highly touted and almost invisible smartphone line. The other is Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 2 priced at $999. That’s less than a less powerful entry-level MacBook which weighs in at $1,299.
Reviews such as Wong’s go into specification detail but points out that Microsoft seems fearful of pulling the plug on USB-A vs. USB-C. Apple did that years ago.
But enthusiasts laptops aside, I strongly feel the Surface Laptop 2 is the best laptop of the year. And by that I mean the best laptop for most folks’ needs.
Therein lies a rub. Of the billion or two people on planet earth, it’s likely that few of us use our laptops or notebooks the same way, but Surface Laptop 2 falls into the mid-range so it must be OK for people whose needs are in the, uh, well– mid-range, too.
The Surface Laptop 2 is beautiful and really well-built, especially the matte black version. But be warned: Like all colored aluminum, the coating will chip or scratch over time and expose the silver aluminum underneath.
It feels like I’m in Bizarro World that Apple no longer makes the best laptop for most people, but Microsoft does. But hey, that’s what happens when you focus on getting all the core laptop features right instead of chasing thinness and lightness.
Yeah, what’s with that, Apple?