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Laptop comparison: These are the notebook test winners

The best notebooks for every requirement

Karsten Bunz & Sven Wolf & Thorsten Nowag

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The notebook market is huge, but with our extensive buying guide you can keep track of things and find the best laptops in different price ranges and for different requirements. We will introduce you to the most popular device classes and give you our recommendations, which are based on our detailed test data and impressions.

Laptop comparison 2021: These are the notebook test winners

When buying a notebook, two aspects usually come into focus: on the one hand, the price and, on the other hand, the intended use. If you are looking for a laptop that is primarily suitable for surfing the net, video streaming or office work, then a good all-round device at a fair price is likely to be an option for you. Users, on the other hand, who are looking for special features on their laptop such as a particularly long battery life, low weight or an excellent display, will find what they are looking for in the high-priced all-rounders or the workstation and creator laptops. The gaming laptops form a special category, as they have their own equipment features such as a fast processor, a dedicated graphics card and large RAM. Digital creators who need a lot of computing power for video editing, rendering processes and the like should take a look at our workstation and creator laptops. Here elegant business design meets powerful graphics cards, RAM and CPUs.
Our team of editors and test engineers follows the developments on the market and regularly orders the latest devices from all price ranges to the CHIP test center in order to take a close look at them. You can see the result of this work in the different thematically separated leaderboards. In the following article we present our purchase recommendations for all-round notebooks, premium laptops, workstation and creator laptops and gaming notebooks. We will present you a price tip and the test winner in each category. In addition, you will find our most important purchase recommendations in the following table.
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Top notebooks in the test (selection, as of March 2021)

Test winner all-round notebooksPrice tip for all-round notebooksBest battery lifeTest winner workstation notebooksPrice tip for gaming notebooks

model

model

Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G1 AMD

Huawei MateBook 13 2020

Schenker VIA 14-E20xhr

Dell XPS 17 9700

MSI GS66 10SE-045 Stealth Core Black

Pro Contra

Pro Contra

power
Battery life
Display
LAN only via adapter
Display
Input devices
Battery life
Connection options
performance
Display
Battery life
Equipment gaps
performance
Furnishing
Battery life
Weight
price
performance
casing
240 MHz display
No card reader
Annoying fan

Overall rating

Overall rating

Very good

Very good

Very good

Very good

Well

Note display

Note display

Very good

Very good

Well

Very good

Very good

Battery life video

Battery life video

15:11 hours

09:55 hours

21:14 hours

11:50 hours

08:38 hours

diagonal

diagonal

14 inch

13-in

14 inch

17 inch

15.6 in

resolution

resolution

1,920 x 1,080 pixels

2,160 x 1,440 pixels

1,920 x 1,080 pixels

3,840 x 2,400 pixels

1,920 x 1,080 pixels

Storage space

Storage space

512 GB SSD

512 GB SSD

1 TB SSD

1 TB SSD

1 TB SSD

Most popular shop

Most popular shop

from € 1,716

TO THE SHOP (Amazon)

from € 859

TO THE SHOP (Otto)

from € 1,329

TO THE SHOP (Media Markt)

from € 3,199

TO THE SHOP (Amazon)
NO OFFERS

Cheapest shop

Cheapest shop

from € 1,411

TO THE SHOP (Check24)

from 839 €

TO THE SHOP (Media Markt)

from € 1,329

TO THE SHOP (Media Markt)

from € 2,799

TO THE SHOP (Cyberport)

from € 2,300

TO THE SHOP (Proshop)

price comparison

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Test winner: all-round notebooks

  • Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G1 AMD (20UH001AGE)

    Overall grade: Very good (1.4) The Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G1 AMD scores with an ultra-light magnesium case, excellent performance and a long battery life.

advantages
Very high quality magnesium case
Bright display
Strong computing power
Excellent battery life
disadvantage
LAN only via an additional adapter
Micro SD card reader hidden and can only be opened with a needle
The Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G1 AMD proved, among other things, its qualities as an endurance runner in our test. You can watch around 15 hours of videos or work with Office applications for 8 hours on one battery charge before you have to reconnect it to the power supply.
The AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U processor and the integrated graphics solution AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 ensure sufficient performance - however, you have to do without a dedicated graphics card with this laptop. There is also 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and a 512 GB M.2 SSD. The ThinkPad T14 also supports WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. There is also no reason for criticism when it comes to connection options. Two USB 3.2 Type A (Gen 1) and two USB 3.2 Type C ports (Gen 2) and an HDMI connection complete the package.
The 14-inch display has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels in Full HD and, at 370 candelas per square meter, offers a good measured value for the maximum brightness and an equally good checkerboard contrast of 180 to 1. The notebook can also be used in bright areas use.

Price tip: all-round notebooks

Price tip for all-round notebooks: Huawei MateBook 13 2020 (WRTB-WAH9L)

  • Huawei MateBook 13 2020 (WRTB-WAH9L)

    Overall grade: Very good (1.5) The Huawei MateBook 13 2020 not only offers an affordable entry into the all-round notebook, but also an excellent display and good battery life.

advantages
First class battery life
Good 14 inch display
Fleet performance
Attractive price-performance ratio
disadvantage
Small gaps in equipment