That means this laptop will perform every bit as fast as a top-of-the-line gaming desktop rig with a $550 GPU in it. You’ll need a GeForce GTX 980 Ti, GeForce Titan X or Fury X to outrun this laptop. A laptop!
With its 17.3-inch IPS panel, the GT72 Dominator Pro is heavy, but this is a laptop you'll lug mostly to another room or a friend's house. The good news? MSI throws in a backpack large enough to carry this sucker around. That alone can cost you a couple of hundred bucks. Given that the model we’re reviewing pushes $3,100 with a quad-core Skylake CPU and G-Sync 75Hz display, every freebie helps.
Best high-end Chromebook: Dell Chromebook 13
Whereas many lower-end Chromebooks feel like toys, the Chromebook 13 is made for grown-ups. Its build includes a tough carbon-fiber lid with a rubber gasket for even more durability. It houses a 13.3-inch, 1920x1080 IPS display—either anti-glare (as with the unit we're testing), or a Gorilla Glass touchscreen. Inside the magnesium-alloy body you'll find a Broadwell Celeron CPU. Our review unit's Celeron 3205U is looking peppy in our performance tests, and battery life seems close to Dell's promise of 12-13 hours.
Dell's Chromebook 13 is no bargain at $429 as configured. We know most people like Chromebooks costing $300 or even far less. For a category that's hitting its stride, however, with growth in education and the enterprise, the Chromebook 13 is a laptop that looks and acts like it means business.
Best low-end Chromebook: Asus Chromebook Flip
We have low-end Chromebooks to thank for bringing web productivity to the masses—budget-minded individuals, and of course, cost-conscious schools. The cheapest model we've seen, the Hisense Chromebook at Wal-Mart, costs just $149. Go there if you want to, but our pick for the best low-end is a little more expensive—and a lot more versatile. That would be the Asus Chromebook Flip, the first mainstream Chromebook convertible and a solid deal at $249.
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