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10 Best Laptops To Buy This Year

10 Best Laptops To Buy This Year

Since laptops arrived on the home computing scene, we’ve witnessed huge leaps forward in what these powerful, compact machines can do. The most recent laptops deliver unbelievable graphics, powerful computing, as well as unmatched portability and style. To make your next tech purchase as painless as possible, we’ve collected the 10 very best laptops this year. From gaming powerhouses, to flexible, multi use devices, the following laptops showcase the very best of what is currently available.

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch)

$999 – $1,749

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    The current 13 inch MacBook Air makes little improvements on previous models, but boasts an incredible battery life. Able to run more than 12 hours while in use, this laptop is an excellent option for those needing portability and more power.

    Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 3 Pro

    $1,349 – $1,749

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      The original Lenovo ThinkPad was an effective laptop for professionals and students on the go. A highly reviewed laptop, this years version’s only major changes are a larger screen and body. This laptop still packs a 1 TB hard drive, as well as 8GB of RAM, making light gaming easy and straightforward. Not only that, the unique design allows users to position this laptop several different ways, and also functions as a tablet. This handy computer is an exceptional option for consumers looking for performance, as well as portability.

      Acer C720P Chromebook

      $249 – $349 

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        This impressively low priced laptop manages to still deliver on the main qualities that consumers look for in a budget computer. Running the new Chrome operating system, this computer runs apps online, freeing up your hard drive space for your own files. At such a low price, it’s a computer accessible to everyone.

        Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2013, 15-inch screen)

        $1,999 – $3,200

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          This mainstay in the high performance laptop market brought revolutionary display  features at it’s time of release. The current release added minor improvements to internal hardware, streamlining performance and multitasking capabilities. However, the biggest move forward is a notable price cut to both the 13 and 15 inch models.

          Gigabyte P25X v2

          $1,649

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            A strong alternative to Desktop gaming machines, this high definition laptop offers impressive gaming performance. With a full 1080p screen and powerful battery life, this laptop is an excellent option for consumers looking for a powerful laptop without a huge price tag. Though the laptop does get a bit hot and noisy while gaming, the impressive performance and stylish design still make this laptop a strong contender.

            Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme

            $3,649 – $6,474

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              This superbly tough laptop delivers military grade durability, as well as strong performance. Most interestingly, this laptop includes a rotating display, as well as a touchscreen and spacious keyboard. Some consumers find the 12 inch notebook to be a little heavy for it’s size, but this laptop is nearly indestructible. Not only that, the rotating touchscreen makes this laptop function as a tablet, which may account for the bigger price tag.

              Lenovo Y50-70 Touch

              $1,499

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                Another more affordable laptop that doesn’t skimp on performance is the Lenovo Y50–70. The display allows users to utilize touchscreen technology, and brings mid range gaming performance as well. A worthy bundle for the price tag, however, this laptop does have below average battery life and runs a bit hot while gaming.

                Maingear Pulse 15

                $2,199 – $2,600

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                  This impressively slim laptop still manages to deliver outstanding graphics and performance. Not only that, the display is vibrant and bright, plus the keyboard is wide and comfortable. Another great option for those looking for functional laptop with some gaming capability, this lightweight notebook is a mobile and powerful one. On the other hand however, this laptop also has a shorter battery life and tends to get warm while gaming.

                  Microsoft Surface Pro 3

                  $797 – $1,999

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                    Though technically a tablet, the Surface Pro 3 is a functional, yet cost-effective option for mobile computing. Billed as a tablet that can replace your laptop, this multitasking device packs considerable power for its modest price tag. This laptop may not let users play graphics heavy games, but it easily performs basic computer functions needed for students or professionals. While not a complete replacement for high performance gaming or media computer, this tablet and included keyboard is an effective option for consumers who need a basic and affordable laptop.

                    HP Stream

                    $299

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                      Incredibly, this low-priced Chrome based laptop brings is not only lightweight and portable, it also includes some useful features. Users who purchase this laptop receive 25 GB of Dropbox storage for six months, as well as 100 GB of OneDrive storage for two years. Though this laptop does limit users to the Chrome OS, it packs a decenlty powerful 1.4 GHz CPU and nearly 8 hours of battery life. All of which are phenomenal specs for your average student or professional, especially at such an astoundingly low price.

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                      10 Best Task List Apps to Boost Productivity in 2020

                      10 Best Task List Apps to Boost Productivity in 2020

                      Organizational drag is anything that eats up time and keeps people from getting things done in time. Companies that wish to boost productivity do so by creating more efficient processes.

                      This also applies to individuals, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. Whether you work alone or as part of a team, it is important to use the right tools to boost productivity, and having an accessible and easily manageable task list can go a long way.

                      Here is a list of the top ten productivity apps that you can use to achieve more.

                      1. ToDoist

                        ToDoist is an awesome to-do task list app that is used by over 10 million people. To use the app, you just have to write down all the activities that you plan to do. The software will then interpret these activities and categorize the tasks accordingly.

                        For instance, if you create a task to go for lunch at noon with a friend, the app will automatically categorize this task as a meeting and will send you a reminder at the right time.

                        However, this app is more than a personal activity planner. You can use it to plan activities for the entire team. It is also good for planning entire projects, discussing details about the project, and monitoring the deadlines.

                        The basic functionality is free, but you can unlock premium features for $36 or $60 a year for full access.

                        Available on iOS and Android

                        2. monday.com

                          This productivity app lets you manage your workflows and tasks. It is a great tool for creating a task list and helping you have a clear view of your work and the status of each task.

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                          The app is a bit similar to a spreadsheet. However, it looks much nicer, and it allows you to toggle between multiple views. It gives you alerts and notifications, and it allows you to attach files as well as communicate with colleagues.

                          The features of Monday.com include a task board that can be customized to manage due date, hours spent, task status, and much more. Users can upload and attach files, make comments, mention members of their team, and more. It can also be integrated into Google Drive, Slack, GitHub, Jira, Dropbox, and many other platforms.

                          If you have problems setting it up, you can contact the customer via email or phone.

                          Available on iOS and Android

                          3. CloudApp

                            CloudApp is a great app for boosting productivity. It offers highly intuitive communication, which can help you save up to 56 hours a week. Your only problem will be deciding how you can utilize all the extra time.

                            Whether you are talking with a customer, colleague, or client, this app has all the features you need. With GIFs, screenshots, and image annotation, you no longer have to write lengthy emails. Instead, you can show people what you want them to do.

                            The app has over 3 million users. It has proven quite reliable when it comes to helping users to boost productivity. You can opt for the free version or you can opt for a $9 a month upgrade to access premium features.

                            Available on iOS

                            4. Quip

                              If you are working closely with members of your team, Quip is a great app for team activities. The platform combines spreadsheets, documents, slides, and chat. Its main strength is that it comes with a suite of Live Apps. You can use them to increase the functionality of Quip.

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                              Moreover, you will waste less time by being able to streamline the use of various tools. Quip is one of the most adaptable productivity apps in the world.

                              There are options to use connected tools to track time, manage work, and much more. Some of the integrations of Quip are Dropbox, Github, Slack, Salesforce, and much more. The app costs just $30 a month for 5 users.

                              Available on iOS and Android

                              5. Trello

                                Trello is an app that makes managing projects an easy task. This is made possible by the app’s Kanban philosophy. It is a visual and intuitive platform.

                                Users can break huge tasks into small chunks, making it useful for creating a task list. This is made possible by creating cards for each task. The cards can be organized into different columns, which are representative of various stages of the project. Once a task is complete, a card is moved from one column to the next.

                                The app is free but it comes with a premium plan with $9.99 a month.

                                Available on iOS and Android

                                6. Focus Keeper

                                  This app is perfect for those who wish to improve their work habits and minimize distractions while maintaining focus on current tasks. Focus Keeper is based on the Pomodoro technique. This method utilizes timeboxing to ensure each task is complete.

                                  This is more than a task list app. If you wish to understand how you work best, the app delivers a suite of tools that you can use to set up your workday. It tracks your hours, analyzes, checks interruptions, and much more. Some of the integrations of Focus Keeper are Trello, Asana, Todoist, Basecamp, Outlook, Google Keep, and many others.

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                                  The app costs $2.99 a month for those who wish to access premium features. It is accessible on Linux, iOS, Android, web, macOS, and Windows.

                                  Available on iOS and Android

                                  7. Quire

                                    This app is designed as a professional and personal to-do task list manager. The app has a very efficient and optimized design due to the developers’ philosophy on visual task management. It allows you to easily get updates and work with your teammates.

                                    The app also allows users to customize and choose templates based on their preferences. It is easy to use, but it helps you get things done. The app is currently free.

                                    Available on iOS and Android

                                    8. Asana

                                      This Kanban-style app is quite popular. It helps you visually organize your tasks. With this app, you can set deadlines, tasks, assignees, and visualize your workflow. It is quite popular and used by many people.

                                      The app features a sleek clutter-free design and comes with several integrations. As a result, it can be adapted to a wide range of projects. The app costs $9.99 a month.

                                      Available on iOS and Android

                                      9. Toggl

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                                        You can use this simple time tracker to help boost your team’s productivity. It works on different devices across several platforms, and it comes with numerous friendly reminders to ensure that you remember to keep it on. It usually sends you a report once you complete a task to help you make improvements next time.

                                        The app is free and those who wish to access premium features pay $9 a month.

                                        Available on iOS and Android

                                        10. Omni Focus

                                          This app is considered the gold standard of the to-do apps. Omni Focus delivers a huge number of features that can be used to sort, prioritize, and plan tasks. It features several ways to categorize tasks such as location, energy needed, and priority.

                                          It is only available on Apple devices and it costs $39.99 for the standard package.

                                          Available on iOS

                                          Summary

                                          All the apps above are great for boosting productivity. However, you will need to pick one that best suits your needs. Try a number of them out before you decide to settle on one.

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