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13th of December 2017

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Steve Jobs never wanted you to have one of these great touchscreen laptops

When we talk about touchscreens, they’re usually in reference to phones, tablets, 2-in-1s, convertibles, and all-in-one PCs. After all, that’s where touchscreens are best utilized, especially when touch-based input is at the forefront of your computing experience. But regardless of how much Steve Jobs hated them, there’s a crowd that wouldn’t mind a traditional clamshell laptop with a screen supporting touch.

Below you will find a mixture of Chromebooks and Windows 10 PCs. Our favorite is the HP Spectre 15 as seen in our recent review, sporting a 13.3-inch screen and an eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor. We also chose a great option for a premium experience, and a great solution if you’re on a tight budget. Our picks for the best Chromebook and budget-friendly options have locked specifications and prices while our other selections have configurations you can customize through the manufacturer.

Our Pick

HP Spectre 13

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Why you should buy this: This touch-enabled laptop provides excellent performance backed by a solid battery, and a beautiful yet thin and light form factor.

Who’s it for: Customers willing to purchase a laptop above the $1,200 mark.

How much will it cost: $1,249+

Why we picked the HP Spectre 13:

For this model, HP provides two configurations with a starting price of $1,249 although we reviewed the higher-end model. The big difference between the two is the underlying processor: a seventh-generation Core i7-7500U in one model, and an eighth-generation Core i7-8550U in the other. Both provide the same amount of system memory and storage, but the seventh-generation version is slightly bigger in size due to two additional speakers.

As the specifications show, the laptop measures just 0.41 inches thick, and weighs 2.45 pounds. Complementing this thin and light form factor is a cooling system that enables the full potential of Intel’s chip without causing excessive heat and possible performance bottlenecks. The system also includes dynamic power settings that adjusts to the current application, so you get high performance when you need it, enabling a longer battery duration.

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Screen size: 13.3 inches Screen type: In-Plane Switching Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 Processor: Intel Core i7-7500UIntel Core i7-8550U Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620Intel UHD Graphics 620 Memory: 8GB LPDDR3 @ 1,600MHz Storage: 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD Audio: 2x Bang & Olufsen speakers4x Bang & Olufsen speakers Connectivity: Wireless AC (up to 867Mbps)Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.2 Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 31x USB-C (Gen1)1x Headphone/microphone jack Camera: HP TrueVision HD IR camera Battery: 38.0 WHr (9.75 hours)43.7 WHr (11.5 hours) Dimensions: 12.80 x 9.03 x 0.41 inches12.13 x 8.83 x 0.41 inches Weight: 2.45 pounds Color: Dark ash silverCeramic White Starting price: $1,249 Best 15-inch touchscreen laptop

HP Envy 15t

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Why you should buy this: Here’s another premium touch-enabled laptop manufactured by HP, but at a far lower cost.

Who’s it for: Customers wanting high performance for a reduced price.

How much will it cost: Starting at $1,019 (currently reduced to $719)

Why we picked the HP Envy 15t:

Here’s another touch-capable laptop from HP. This model isn’t quite as expensive, but still provides a premium experience for a lower price. It’s based on two seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processors, and provides two resolution options when purchasing through HP’s website: 1,920 x 1,080, and 3,840 x 2,160. Memory configurations span between 8GB and 16GB using two memory slots.

With the current two, the Core i7-7560U is the newer chip, but has a slower base speed than the older Core i7-7500U processor. Either way, for a starting price of $1,019 (or $719, even better), the HP Envy 15t is a great buy for non-gaming use.

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Screen size: 15.6 inches Screen type: In-Plane Switching Resolution: 1,920 x 1,0803,840 x 2,160 Processor: Intel Core i7-7500UIntel Core i7-7560U Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620Intel Iris Plus Graphics 620 Memory: 8GB DDR4 @ 2,133MHz12GB DDR4 @ 2,133MHz16GB DDR4 @ 2,133MHz Storage: 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD360GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD1TB HDD (5,400RPM) + 128GB M.2 SSD1TB HDD (5,400RPM) + 256GB M.2 SSD Audio: 2x Bang & Olufsen speakers Connectivity: Wireless AC (up to 867Mbps)Bluetooth 4.2 Ports: 1x USB-C (Gen1)3x USB-A (Gen1)1x HDMI1x Headphone/microphone jack1x SD card reader Camera: HP Wide Vision HD WebcamHP TrueVision HD IR Camera Battery: 52 WHr (up to 7 hours) Dimensions: 14.96 x 10.04 x 0.71 inches Weight: 4.8 pounds Color: Silver Starting price: $719 Best 15-inch touchscreen Chromebook

Acer Chromebook 15

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Why you should buy this: Acer’s solution is the largest Chromebook to date, and is backed by premium components.

Who’s it for: Customers looking for a premium computing experience outside the Windows platform.

How much will it cost: $399

Why we picked the Acer Chromebook 15:

This is Acer’s largest Chromebook to date, and we thought it was a great. There’s only one configuration available, which consists of an Intel Pentium N4200 processor, 4GB of system memory, and 32GB of storage. That’s not a lot of space, of course, but Chrome OS wasn’t designed to download and install programs. On that same note, the platform now supports Google Play and Android apps, so Acer helps alleviate your storage woes with a built-in SD card reader.

Notable features in Acer’s Chromebook include a 15.6-inch screen supporting wide viewing angles, deep colors, and a Full HD resolution. There are also two USB-C ports, both of which can be used to charge the Chromebook. Meanwhile, all four USB ports are capable of video output and wired networking using a compatible adapter (although Google would likely rather you purchase a Chromecast for pushing your screen on an external display). Other ingredients include a 720p webcam and Wireless AC networking.

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Screen size: 15.6 inches Screen type: In-Plane Switching Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 Processor: Intel Pentium N4200 Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 505 Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 Storage: 32GB Audio: 2x speakers Connectivity: Wireless ACBluetooth 4.2 Ports: 2x USB-C (Gen1)2x USB-A (Gen1)1x Headphone / microphone combo1x SD card reader Camera: 720p Webcam Battery: Up to 12 hours Dimensions: 14.9 x 10.1 x 0.75 inches Weight: 4.30 pounds Color: Silver Price: $399 Best touchscreen laptop on a budget

Dell Inspiron 15 5567-3655GRY

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Why you should buy this: Dell’s Inspiron 15 5567 is a decent touch-based 15.6-inch solution based on a seventh-generation CPU, and a Full HD screen.

Who’s it for: Customers seeking a touch-based laptop for under $600

How much will it cost: $589

Why we picked the Dell Inspiron 15 5567:

Finally, we have a great touch-based laptop for under $600. It’s based on Intel’s seventh-generation Core i5-7200U processor, and the chip’s integrated HD Graphics 620 component. This combo powers a 15.6-inch screen with a Full HD resolution, and is backed by 8GB of system memory running at a decent 2,400MHz and a rather slow hard drive spinning at a mere 5,400 rotations per minute.

As for other features, this laptop provides three USB ports, HDMI-based video output for external monitors and HDTVs, wired networking, an SD card slot, and a 720p infrared camera that supports Windows 10 facial recognition via Windows Hello. Unfortunately, the Wireless AC component is capped at 433Mbps, which is half of what you typically see in most laptops sold on the market.

Note that if you want more oomph out of a laptop, there’s a version with a discrete GeForce GTX 1050 graphics chip for $100 more.

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Screen size: 15.6 inches Screen type: Twisted Nematic Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 Processor: Intel Core i5-7200U Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 Memory: 8GB DDR4 @ 2,400MHz Storage: 1TB 5,400RPM HDD1x DVD burner Audio: 2x Waves MaxxAudio Pro speakers Connectivity: Wireless AC (up to 433Mbps)Bluetooth 4.2 Ports: 2x USB-A (Gen1)1x USB-A 2.01x HDMI 1.4a1x SD card slot1x Ethernet Camera: 720p IR camera Battery: 42WHr Dimensions: 10.20 x 15.35 x 0.92 inches Weight: 5.19 pounds Color: Fog Gray Price: $589 Editors' Recommendations Read More




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