Best Laptops In Kenya For 2023

More than ever, the portable PC is taking over as the primary computing device in our homes, leaving the stationary tower in the dust and enabling a wider range of applications. Which laptop is the best? There are numerous categories and traits. This article will help you locate the computer that suits your needs and budget.

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Best Laptops In Kenya For 2023
Best Laptops In Kenya For 2023

The proper laptop selection is a significant pain. The offer is made so that it is often difficult to determine the relationship between the need and the optimal machine.

A device for working, creating, and playing? And what is the budget? The first two questions you should ask yourself are these. It's nice that not everyone needs a war machine; the option of light laptops also contains some lovely gems.

Then there are a device's more valuable features; performance is, after all, not everything. We made your decision for you because there are numerous factors to consider, such as autonomy, screen size, treatment, keyboard preference, etc.

 To provide you with an unbiased rating of the PCs on the market, we examined various laptops, evaluating their strengths and weaknesses. You'll be prepared to accelerate your actions if you read a little bit more.

Read Also: Best HP laptops in Kenya For 2023

let us get started

APPLE MACBOOK AIR M2 (2022)

There are indeed certain shortcomings in the MacBook Air M2, but fortunately, they do not diminish how lovely the laptop is to use. Amazingly adequate, Apple's new notebook outperforms competitors even without a heat dissipation system. It also gains from a bigger, brighter screen and can once more rely on a sparkling keyboard and trackpad pair. Of course, Apple also cares about the aesthetics of its product, which has undergone a complete redesign and has a prominent position on the list of the most durable gadgets.

KEY SPECS

  •  Finish. Silver, Starlight, Space Gray, Midnight.
  • Chip. Apple M2 chip. ...
  • Display. Liquid Retina display. ...
  • Battery and Power 2 Up to 18 hours of Apple TV app movie playback. ...
  • Charging and Expansion. MagSafe 3 charging port. ...
  • Memory. 8GB. ...
  • Storage 3 256GB. ...
  • Keyboard and Trackpad.

 HUAWEI MATEBOOK 16S!

 Huawei provides us with an outstanding 16-inch laptop with the MateBook 16S, which has a more competitive starting price than the immediate competition from Dell or HP. Despite some disagreement, the device provides a convincing display quality thanks to a sizable screen with smooth borders, reliable performance despite the lack of an optional dedicated graphics card, and excellent build quality.

KEY SPECS

  •  Operating System. Windows 11 Home.
  • Dimensions. Width. 351 mm
  • Display. Size. 16 inches
  • Processor. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-12900H processor. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-12700H processor.
  • Graphics. Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics.
  • Memory. 16 GB LPDDR5.
  • Storage. 512 GB/1 TB NVMe PCIe SSD
  • Battery. Material.

 Asus Zenbook 14 OLED!

 The Zenbook 14 OLED is unquestionably a wise purchase for high-end ultraportables. With this new model, ASUS provides a machine built with significant consideration, fully utilizing the Core i7-power 1260P's without overheating and keeping a high level of autonomy (10 to 11 hours). A stunning OLED panel is also available that combines a 16:10 dimension perfect for office automation with a comfortable 90 Hz frequency for regular use.

KEY SPECS

 Display size 14.00-inch.

  • Display resolution 1,800x2,880 pixels.
  • Touchscreen Yes.
  • Processor Core i7.
  • RAM 16GB.
  • OS Windows 11.
  • SSD 1TB.
  • Weight 1.39 kg.

 HONOR MAGICBOOK 14 (RTX 2050)

The MagicBook 14 is a little, all-purpose laptop that would almost earn honor for an obscure brand by delivering solid performances on a device that doesn't pay any money. The Chinese builder here offers a nice balance between coziness, power, and independence by veering slightly away from the aggressive pricing that we are used to seeing from him.

KEY SPECS

  •  Display size: 14.00-inch
  • Processor: Core i5
  • RAM: 16GB
  • OS: Windows
  • Graphics: Nvidia

 HUAWEI MATEBOOK D16 (2022)

 Huawei has improved the MateBook D16 to increase its range compared to the 2021 model. The gadget is improving on the display front compared to its predecessor, taking advantage of a 16:10 panel this year (format significantly more pleasant to use). Its performance is also increasing by utilizing the most recent Intel Alder Lake "H" mobile processors. Even while this means essentially reusing the design of its MateBook 16, which was released earlier this year, Huawei is also using a new chassis for its new D16.

KEY SPECS

  •  Intel Core i7-12700H 14 x 1.7 - 4.7 GHz, 64 W PL2 / Short Burst, 35 W PL1 / Sustained, Alder Lake-P.
  • Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Core: 1400 MHz, Memory: 1867 MHz.
  • 16 GB. ...
  • 16.00 inch 16:10, 1920 x 1200 pixel 142 PPI, BOE NV160WUM-NH0, IPS, glossy: no, 60 Hz.
  • Mainboard. ...
  • Silicon Motion PCIe-8 SSD, 512 GB.

 LENOVO LEGION 5 PRO (2021)

Aside from this rather unacceptable flaw in a gaming laptop (which is designed to be plugged in most of the time), the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro exhibits several positive traits. It sports one of the most excellent chassis we've seen in recent months, a model dissipation system, and outstanding performance. The machine is finished off with a stunning QHD + screen in a 16:10 format, which outperforms what the competition has to offer in terms of both str visual experience and usabilitdaily usability

KEY SPECS 

  • Model: Lenovo Legion 5 Pro (16lAH7H)
  • Display: 16-inch WQXGA 165Hz (2560x1600)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7–12700H 3.5GHz (24M cache, 4.7GHz Max Turbo)
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, 8GB GDDR6.
  • Memory: 16GB DDR5 4,800Mhz.
  • OS: Windows 11 Home.
  • Storage: 512GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M. ...
  • Webcam: 720p with e-Shutter.

 SAMSUNG GALAXY BOOK 2 PRO 360 (2022)

There is no denying the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360's superiority as a convertible ultraportable. The gadget, which uses all of Samsung's design and finishing expertise, can rely on its elegance and compactness to entice lovers of mobility. Another thing we can applaud is its beautiful touch OLED display, which will allow us to scribble as much as we like with the graciously included S Pen Stylus. The performance of its Intel Alder Lake-P processor helps to complete the picture of an ultraportable that soars but whose varnish, regrettably, breaks in a few places.

KEY SPECS

  •  Display: 15.6-inch 1080p Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Intel Core i7
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics
  • RAM: 8-16 GB
  • Storage: 256 GB - 1 TB SSD
  • Ports: 1 Thunderbolt 4, 1 USB-C, 1 USB 3.2, MicroSD reader, headphone/mic jack
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, 802.11 ax
  • Battery: 11 hours 59 minutes (tested)
  • Dimensions:  13.97 x 8.98 x 0.47 inches
  • Weight: 3.11 pounds

 ASUS ZENBOOK 17 FOLD OLED

With its Zenbook 17 Fold OLED, ASUS shows us how well it has mastered the art of testing new ideas on the laptop market. Similar to the first generation of folding smartphones, we can sense that something significant is emerging, but ASUS has not yet been able to transform this initial attempt completely. For the time being, it is crucial to keep in mind that the idea of a laptop with a folding screen is still developing.

KEY SPECS

  •  Display Size 17.3 Inches (43.94 cm)
  • Processor Intel Core i7 (12th Gen) Processor.
  • SSD Capacity 1 TB.
  • Ram 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM.
  • Display Resolution 2560 x 1920 Pixels.

 ZENBOOK S 13 OLED

The Zenbook S 13 Oled is an ultrabook that is relatively complete and has an intriguing bias. The maker chose a Ryzen 7 6800U chip because AMD was trusted. The building's components are high caliber, with lovely finishing and impressive finesse. This laptop is completely connected. Above all, the 13.3-inch OLED screen of the Zenbook S 13 is excellent. Although the brightness is a touch low, the OLED's quality is still outstanding. There is a webcam at the top of the screen, but it is still not very good. The most recent AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, which employs the Zen3+ architecture, is installed in this Zenbook. The setup includes 1 TB of M. 2 NVMe SSD storage and 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM. This ultraportable was not intended to run video games, unless they are resource-intensive, even though it works well daily.

KEY SPECS

  •  Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
  • RAM: 16GB LPDDR5 6400MHz
  • Storage: 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD
  • Weight: 2.43 pounds (1.1kg)
  • Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.3 x 0.59 inches (296.2 x 210.8 x 14.99mm)
  • Battery: 67Whr
  • Display: 16:10 2.8K (2880 x 1800) OLED touchscreen, 0.2ms response time
  • Wi-Fi: Dual-band Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) 2x2 LAN

 DELL XPS 13

Dell's XPS line of laptops has become recognized as a standard in the ultrabook market over time. The XPS 13 9315's integration of twelfth-generation Intel U CPUs is the sole meaningful innovation for the 2022 edition. The chassis of the Dell XPS 13 has not been completely redesigned; instead, it still has the same outstanding finishes and immaculate air of sobriety. The XPS 13 stands out because of its unique appearance. We also value the fingerprint sensor's inclusion; it is helpful to have one. As an alternative, a 4K panel is offered.

KEY SPECS

  •  CPU: Intel Core i5-1230U
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Xe (integrated)
  • Memory: 16GB LPDDR5-5200
  • Storage 512GB PCIe SSD
  • Display  13.4-inch, 1920 x 1200, 16;10, non-touch
  • Networking: Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E 1675 (AX211), Bluetooth 5.2
  • Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 4
  • Camera:720p, IR
  • Battery: 51 WHr
  • Power Adapter:  45 watts
  • Operating System: Windows 11 Home

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 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT LAPTOPS IN KENYA

How do I choose a  laptop computer?

The selection of a portable PC is based on several factors—budget first and foremost and how you want to use your portable computer. There isn't one portable computer that is superior to all others; instead, there are models that are better suited to the work you'll be doing with it. Whether you're a student, gamer, or content creator, you need to ask the right questions to determine which parts, formats, or brands are best for your needs. The most crucial questions are summarized for you so you can make your decision.

 Which processor should I use?

 Entry-level computers are constrained at this stage, but they provide Intel Pentium or Celeron processors that can handle simple office tasks and web browsing, among other things. The middle-range laptops will already be much more capable of handling advanced office tasks and multimedia applications like light video editing and photo retouching. Here, we're talking about computers with Core i5 processors from the 10th or 11th generation and AMD Ryzen 4000 or 5000 processors.

How much RAM and storage do you have?

 A less than KSH 50,000 PC RAM and storage capacity should be closely scrutinized. On this kind of system, 4 GB of RAM is the norm, and 8 GB of RAM is occasionally seen. It's not uncommon to find devices with 32 or 64 GB storage capacity for flash eMMC. The 128 GB SSDs are far less common. For computers costing between KSH 50,000 onwards, 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and 256 or 512 GB SSD hard drives are typical. In this last scenario, you may always switch to the cloud to take advantage of a larger storage capacity for a few dollars each month. Such options will restrict the number of programs or browser tabs that may be open at once and the space available for installing your software and storing your files.

We also want to draw your attention to the potential—or potential lack—of some portable PCs' ability to swap out their RAM expansion cards. Thanks to the M.2 NVMe format, which was designed to be removable, SSD hard drives may be changed out more quickly. This possibility is extremely uncommon on 13 and 14-inch portable PCs, but more common on diagonals of 15 and 17 inches.

What screen size should you choose?

 The most common screen size is 15 inches. Its larger chassis allows for the addition of more powerful components (and, unfortunately, lower energy efficiency) and the integration of specialized graphics cards, which are required to play well on a laptop.

The 17-inch screens prioritize user comfort and display size over portability while yet having a large screen. Very comfortable for sedentary use at the office or home, this format also benefits from the presence of practical components in many cases. Considering this, it may be best to walk your path if you want a portable device to carry with you when traveling.

Which brands of portable computers should I choose?

According to Gartner data, Lenovo and HP held the top two spots on the podium in 2019. This is a nearly unstoppable triumvirate. In terms of distributed computers and market share, Dell consistently holds the third spot in 2019, behind Apple, Acer, and Asus. For a few years, there has been a tendency for the balance to change barely, at least among the top 3.

Purchasing a portable computer necessitates keeping track of how the device changes over time regarding software, whether from Microsoft, Apple, or Linux. Since Windows 10, Microsoft has adopted a policy that calls for the regular release of minor and major updates at the rate of two major updates per year. The company also seems to want to rely on its operating system for more years, so you have time to wait.

According to an Apple-managed plan, he will benefit for years from the most significant macOS updates, which will, this time, bring about more notable new features. Once you purchase a Mac, updates will be made to the device on a regular basis to fix bugs, prevent potential failures, and add minor functionality. At Apple, the macOS skin is changed yearly and without charge.

What uses does your laptop have?

The final but most crucial aspect in this comparison is that choosing a portable computer primarily for office work and one for playing the latest games at maximum graphics settings will not result in the same machine. The creative community's needs are also unique, including the need for a computer with the power to run specific software programs and an interface that can be used with the hands.

Joseph Richard Joseph Richard is a distinguished contributor to sledge.co.ke, where he leverages his extensive background in finance, business, and technology to provide insightful guides and analyses. With over a decade of experience in Kenya's dynamic market, Joseph has become a trusted voice in helping individuals navigate complex topics with ease. His work, recognized for its clarity and reliability, spans critical reviews, educational content, and comprehensive guides on making informed decisions in finance and business. Joseph's commitment to empowering Kenyans through accessible information underscores his reputation as a dependable and authoritative figure in the industry