Best Ultra HD Laptops for Work and Gaming

Review & Comparison, Last Update April 21, 2017
Do you think conventional laptops provide poor picture quality? If so, consider getting an Ultra HD laptop boasting a stunning 4K-resolution display! Ultra HD laptops combine the mobility of ordinary laptops and the state-of-the-art 4K display. Read our review and make your pick! ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS
ASUS ultrasharp laptop display delivers a clear image at any viewing angle due to its 3 visual presets and the Eye Care technology. Thunderbolt III port offers great expandability.
CONS
Lacks an SPDIF digital audio port.
OUR VERDICT
This 4K notebook offers a great battery life, which makes it an excellent choice for people who are always on the go. The fast SSD drive and stylish design make using this device rather convenient.
detailed parameters
DISPLAY
IPS touch screen with VisualMaster technology 15.6", UHD 4K (3840x2160 pixels)
VIDEO CARD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 2 GB
CPU
Intel Core i7, Quad Core, 2.6 GHz
RAM
16 GB
STORAGE SPACE
512 GB PCIe SSD
BATTERY LIFE
Up to 8.5 hours
WARRANTY

1 year

PROS
This 4K notebook model has an unusually slim and lightweight case for such a powerful device. The Acer Aspire V15 runs very silently and cool.
CONS
The resolution of 1080p is advised for playing modern computer games at the most comfortable FPS rate.
OUR VERDICT
The dual-band Wi-Fi transceiver, compact size, and small weight make this 4K notebook a reliable traveling companion. The matte display coating eliminates the parasitic and annoying glares, so you can use this ultra HD laptop outdoors.
detailed parameters
DISPLAY
IPS matte finish with LED backlight 17.3", UHD 4K (3840x2160 pixels)
VIDEO CARD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4 GB
CPU
Intel Core i7, Quad Core, 2.6 GHz
RAM
16 GB
STORAGE SPACE
1 TB HDD+512GB SSD
BATTERY LIFE
Up to 6 hours
WARRANTY

1 year

PROS
The model features Harman/Kardon stereo speakers producing an astounding sound. There is a superb frameless keyboard with white backlight and convenient keys.
CONS
For the first installation, Internet connection isn't recommended.
OUR VERDICT
Owing to its 360-degree hinge, the display can be flipped and fixed at any angle, so you can adjust it to your liking and even transform the notebook into a tablet. The touch screen will be of great use in gaming!
detailed parameters
DISPLAY
IPS touch screen with TruBrite LED backlight, 15.6", UHD 4K (3840х2160 pixels)
VIDEO CARD
Intel HD Graphics 520
CPU
Intel Core i7, Dual Core, 2.5 GHz
RAM
12 GB
STORAGE SPACE
1TB HDD
BATTERY LIFE
Up to 6 hours
WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

To enhance sound performance, the HP Envy has been equipped with the built-in Bang & Olufsen speakers, that have long been associated with the perfect acoustic sounding.

CONS

Sometimes the touchpads responds with delay.

OUR VERDICT

The combination of sleek, durable enclosure, fantastic image specs and clear sounding makes it one of the best ultra HD laptops you could get for work and home use.

detailed parameters
DISPLAY

IPS touch screen with WLED backlight, 15.6", UHD 4K (3840x2160)

VIDEO CARD

Intel HD Graphics 620

CPU

Intel Core i7-7500U 2.7 GHz (up to 3.5 GHz)

RAM

16 GB DDR4 SDRAM

STORAGE SPACE

1TB HDD, 128 GB SSD

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 7 hours

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

As the laptop employs two additional coolers, it will stay cool even when if you play some really intense-resource games.

CONS

The memory capacity is rather small.

OUR VERDICT

In spite of high performance, the laptop works pretty quietly even at heavy use. A universal model as of today that you could buy to work and to play games. Available in several modifications.

detailed parameters
DISPLAY

IPS touch screen with LED backlight, 15.6", UHD 4K (3840x2160)

VIDEO CARD

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M-4GB, 

Intel HD Graphics 530

CPU

Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz (up to 3.50 GHz)

RAM

8 GB DDR3L SDRAM

STORAGE SPACE

1TB HDD

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 6 hours

WARRANTY

1 year

What is an Ultra Hd Laptop

To begin with, let's see what an Ultra HD laptop is and what its advantages are. In fact, these are ordinary laptops the main distinctive feature of which is the screen, capable of supporting the stunning resolution of 3840 × 2160 pixels (or the capability of streaming videos to an external screen at this resolution). Owing to this high-resolution display, a user gets a very clear and highly detailed picture and, as a rule, rich colors with good shade rendition. The laptop display with UHD (4K) resolution makes this UHD laptop a perfect pick for those for whom every detail of the image and accurate color reproduction are of great importance. If your work is connected with design and layout development, if you need to work in graphic editors, or if you just like playing modern and demanding games - an UltraHD laptop will be your reliable assistant. Our informative review of five popular 4K notebook models will help you pick the one that suits your needs.

If you are fond of computer games, we recommend you to direct attention to gaming laptops and gaming PCs reviews.

What Features to Compare

Performance

Now when you know what an Ultra HD laptop is, it is high time to consider the options, playing a key role in the choice of a particular 4K laptop. The first important feature of an UltraHD notebook is its performance. As the overall performance is a kind of an aggregate index, to which several pieces of hardware contribute, we will briefly list them. The first one is a central processing unit or a CPU. A powerful modern CPU is required for an effective operation of a UHD laptop with multiple demanding applications running simultaneously (multi-tasking). Modern CPUs are equipped with several cores (from 2 to 8), which operate at a certain clock frequency (from 2 to 4 GHz). The higher the number of cores and their frequency, the higher the performance of the processor. The second key aspect is a UHD laptop's random access memory or RAM. When considering the RAM of a 4K laptop, you need to pay attention to the RAM capacity (measured in GB) - the more the better. One should also consider the speed of data transfer between the CPU and RAM, which depends on the RAM frequency/bus type (the higher the bus frequency is, the bigger the data transfer rate will be). That is why a new generation DDR4 RAM has a higher data transfer rate than DDR3 RAM at the same operating frequency. The third piece of hardware making a major contribution to a laptop's performance is the GPU, also called a video card (streams the image to the notebook display or an external display). Modern graphics cards provide video streaming at resolutions up to 3840x2160 pixels and support many features. Thus, if you like playing video games or using photo and video editing software, you should choose a more performing video card with a high video memory capacity (2 GB and higher).

Display and Image Quality

The next issue you should pay attention to is the display and image quality. The convenience of working with a high-resolution laptop display depends on its size, which should be selected based on your own preferences (as a rule, the bigger the screen is, the more convenient it is to work with it). Therefore, if you are a gamer or if you work with texts, you should choose a bigger screen - 17 inches and more. While for performing some routine tasks on an Ultra HD notebook, a 15.6-inch display is enough. In addition, you can connect your laptop to an external screen (of large size and resolution), even if laptop's own screen does not support 4K resolution. However, the image quality is determined not only and not so much by its resolution but primarily by the type of its panel. For example, an IPS panel provides much better color reproduction and wider viewing angles than a TN panel, for example.

Battery and Sound

Many users of UHD laptops travel a lot (otherwise, they'd have bought PCs with Ultra HD monitors instead of notebooks). Very often, it's impossible to connect a laptop to a power outlet, so battery capacity really matters. Pay attention to the battery life every Ultra HD laptop provides - find out how long every 4K notebook can operate autonomously. Also, modern UHD laptops boast excellent sound quality. Thanks to high-end speakers and audio technologies, it's possible to produce the most informative, clear and loud sound.

Design

Finally, we have come to the last key point in selecting a UHD laptop - the design. The appearance of the device largely predetermines its target group (businessmen, gamers, etc.). However, the design also determines the number of available ports and their location, the materials the casing is made of (aluminum, plastic, etc.), and the screen coating (matte or gloss). These features determine rigidity and durability of an Ultra HD laptop.

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Review of ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW Ultra HD Touch Laptop

ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW Ultra HD Touch Laptop

ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW Ultra HD Touch Laptop

Performance

The state-of-the-art and very powerful quad-core Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU with the 16 GB DDR4 RAM provides effortless running of resource-intensive applications. Even if you have several heavy applications running at once on your 4K laptop and performing many tasks the system will cope with them all easily. The NVIDIA GTX 960M video adapter allows you to enjoy the smooth video playback at 4K/UHD resolution as well as video gaming experience at high frame rates with no choppiness.
Review of ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW Ultra HD Touch Laptop

Display and Image Quality

ASUS 15.6-inch ultrasharp laptop display with a very high 4K/UHD (3840x2160) resolution reproduces the picture of an excellent quality and detail for both movies and photos watching. The Eye Care mode will take care of your eyes while reading e-books and processing texts. You can choose the best fit among the three proprietary preset display modes on this 4K notebook. Regardless of the selected screen mode and the viewing angle, the IPS 10-point touch screen of this UltraHD laptop by Asus will deliver the high contrast and accurate color reproduction.
ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW Ultra HD Touch Laptop in the use

Sound and Battery

SonicMaster Premium technology and the stereo system by Bang&Olufsen makes the sound quality stunning on this 4K notebook. The built-in speakers deliver a powerful sound, and the echo and noise cancellation feature make the voice translation clear during video conferences and in-game voice communication. The powerful battery with a capacity of 96 WH enables this UltraHD laptop to operate in a standalone mode for up to 8.5 hours (~6 hours with Wi-Fi surfing). When the battery charge drops lower than 5%, the system automatically saves the data on ASUS Zenbook Pro.
Detailed review of ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW Ultra HD Touch Laptop

Design

ASUS 4K laptop has an original design and quite thin aluminum casing. The outer surface and the entire lower part retain the natural aluminum color. The large touchpad supports a variety of gestures, and the Asus Smart Gesture technology ensures its fast and correct operation. The keyboard has a 3-level adjustable backlight, so you can customize the lighting according to your personal needs or use a touchscreen feature.

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Review of Acer Aspire V15 VN7-792G Ultra HD Gaming Laptop

Acer Aspire V15 VN7-792G Ultra HD Gaming Laptop

Acer Aspire V15 VN7-792G Ultra HD Gaming Laptop

Performance

The energy-effective Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU, modern graphics card with an impressive GDDR5 video memory of 4 GB and plenty of RAM (16 GB of DDR3 RAM) make this 4K notebook an extremely powerful and high-performing device. With this Ultra HD laptop, it is possible not only to work in the graphics editing software but also to play the vast majority of modern games. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M video adapter, installed in this UHD laptop, gives you the opportunity to plunge into the digital world of PC games and 4K videos.

Review of Acer Aspire V15 VN7-792G Ultra HD Gaming Laptop

Display and Image Quality

One of the main advantages this laptop offers is the display. The high-resolution screen of this laptop has a screen size of 17.3 inches and the resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, so the picture is always detailed. A modern IPS-matrix with the ComfyView technology delivers an excellent level of contrast and brightness at any viewing angle. The matte coating of this ultrasharp laptop screen is a major advantage. This coating eliminates the unwanted glare, enabling you to work with comfort even in comparatively bright sunlight.

Acer Aspire V15 VN7-792G Ultra HD Gaming Laptop in the use

Sound and Battery

The device includes 4 speakers that produce a rich and balanced sound. Owing to this built-in acoustic equipment, you can comfortably listen to music without connecting external speakers. The applications that support the adjustment of Dolby Digital Plus and other sound effects allow you to configure the equalizer and other sound features. This 4K laptop comes with a 3-cell Lithium-Ion battery of 4605 mAh capacity. The battery maintains the standalone operation for up to 6 hours. When running resource-intensive applications on this 4K gaming laptop, the battery life falls to 2-2.5 hours, while web surfing and working with Microsoft Office package can last 5.5-6 hours on a single charge.

Detailed review of Acer Aspire V15 VN7-792G Ultra HD Gaming Laptop

Design

The cover of this UHD laptop is made of high-quality textured plastic, which makes it slightly ribbed to the touch. In general, the case is smooth and very thin for a 4K gaming laptop. The manufacturer has decided to use sharp corners and pointy edges to give this Ultra HD laptop a stylish look. The bezel of this ultrasharp display is wide and has a soft-touch coating. The installed touchpad with a matte surface boasts a fast response, so you can easily work on this 4K laptop without a mouse.

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Review of Toshiba Satellite Radius P55W UHD Touchscreen Laptop

Toshiba Satellite Radius P55W UHD Touchscreen Laptop

Toshiba Satellite Radius P55W UHD Touchscreen Laptop

Performance

For performing data-heavy tasks and calculations, this 4K laptop is equipped with a dual-core Intel Core i7-6500U 6th generation CPU, which runs at the basic frequency of 2.5 GHz and uses the Max Turbo Speed feature for increasing its clock frequency up to 3.1 GHz. The Max Turbo Speed allows utilizing the full CPU potential and provides a more effective data feeding to a GPU. This Toshiba 4K notebook has 12 GB of RAM, which allows running even demanding games and applications. For a high-quality video and image output to the display, the P55W UHD laptop uses a modern Intel HD Graphics 520 integrated graphics processor.
Review of Toshiba Satellite Radius P55W UHD Touchscreen Laptop

Display and Image Quality

This Toshiba model is equipped with a high-resolution laptop screen, which is capable of displaying the videos encoded in Ultra HD format at the resolution of 3840х2160 pixels with no downscaling. Viewing images at such a high resolution will not cause a discomfort as the screen size is 15.6 inches. The IPS panel used in this UltraHD laptop enables you to watch videos at sunlight without any glares and blinks on the screen and the wide viewing angles enable watching videos from almost any position. In addition, the UHD panel (used in this laptop) is of a touch screen type, which opens large touch control possibilities.
Toshiba Satellite Radius P55W UHD Touchscreen Laptop in the use

Sound and Battery

The sound produced by the onboard acoustics of this Toshiba 4K laptop has an excellent quality as the sound output is performed by top-notch Harman/Kardon speakers. Harman/Kardon is famous for its amazing sound systems, which deliver an acoustically arresting and rich sound. As far as the battery life is concerned, this Toshiba Ultra HD laptop has a 3-cell Lithium-Ion battery, which gives this device up to 6 hours of operation before the recharging is required. Not bad for a 4K laptops!
Detailed review of Toshiba Satellite Radius P55W UHD Touchscreen Laptop

Design

The Toshiba Satellite Radius model has a feature that makes it stand out from the rest of UltraHD laptops: you can use its 360° hinge to switch seamlessly between the laptop, tablet, presentation, and tabletop modes. The Toshiba Satellite Radius P55W chassis is rendered in gray plastic and has a carbon-like texture, which makes it more stylish and unique. The frameless keyboard of the 4K laptop is furnished with an LED backlighting that makes using the laptop at night not an issue at all. Great choice for work and fun!

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Toshiba Satellite Radius P55W UHD Touchscreen Laptop
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Review of HP Envy 15t 4K Touchscreen Laptop

HP Envy 15t 4K Touchscreen Laptop

HP Envy 15t 4K Touchscreen Laptop

Everything counts in the first impression

As they say, everything counts in the first impression. Just like you select clothes you should pick your accessories with consideration.The HP Envy 15t laptop can emphasize your style and become an element of your business image, reviving the interest of people around. Even though it doesn’t look extraordinary, it does attract attention by its solid design and thin screen. The keyboard of the laptop features extra thin, smooth-to-touch backlit keys that all together make it look even thinner. The rounded keys on each side of the keyboard add more appeal to the HP Envy 15t design and convenience of use. 

To ensure enhanced user’s listening experience, the manufacturer has fitted the HP Envy 15t with the Bang & Olufsen speakers distinguished by their excellent frequency and sound characteristics, so you could watch movies, listen to music and play games, enjoying the clear sounding. Speaking of other features that make using this laptop much more convenient than most of its counterparts we should mention its touch screen that instantly responds to the slightest touch of your finger on screen. With the screen that responsive and sensitive there’s no need to use a mouse at all since all apps and icons can be accessed and opened by touch. The HP Envy 15t laptop comes with the pre-installed Windows 10 OS and can be used right out-of-the-box. The operating time of the laptop from a single charge makes 7 hours, which comes quite unexpected from a laptop of this price range.
Review of HP Envy 15t 4K Touchscreen Laptop

For work and for home use

Featuring a standard intel graphics, the HP Envy 15t laptop will be a good option for consumers who’ve been seeking a laptop for work (even though according to customers’ feedback, playing games on it is also smooth, seeing that the games aren’t too resource-intensive). The absence of discrete graphics card here has a positive impact on computer’s performance, reducing its operation noise, saving the battery charge and preventing the laptop from overheating. The Intel Core i7-7500U processor along 12GB memory storage provide a quick running speed of all apps, making the HP Envy 15t a favored model of laptops between users who use a computer in the office or at home.

HP Envy 15t 4K Touchscreen Laptop in the use

Gadgets to buy for business people

For people looking for a compact gadget to use during meetings and conferences at work we’d recommend proceeding to read our review on the latest models of Windows tablets that have recently emerged on the market.

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HP Envy 15t 4K Touchscreen Laptop
HP Envy 15t 4K Touchscreen Laptop
 
Review of Dell Inspiron i7559-5012GRY 4K Touchscreen Laptop

Dell Inspiron i7559-5012GRY 4K Touchscreen Laptop

Dell Inspiron i7559-5012GRY 4K Touchscreen Laptop

DELL releases a new model that strikes with its performance

Producing a great range of electronics products at an affordable price DELL Inc has always been favored by consumers around the world. The recent Dell Inspiron i7559 laptop has earned high ranking and positive feedback almost right away after it was presented on the market. On par with much more expensive ultra HD laptops from other brands, DELL Inspiron i7559 boasts of 4K resolution at 3840x2160p on a 15.6” touchscreen. Due to the smallish size of the laptop, it’s become possible to fit it with a full-size backlit keyboard so you could use it too alongside the screen.

Review of Dell Inspiron i7559-5012GRY 4K Touchscreen Laptop

Love playing games? Easy with DELL Inspiration i7559

What you wouldn’t expect from a laptop of this price tag is that it could be used not only for low-intensive applications and programs but also for games. This has become possible due to the power i7 Core processor with a clock rate of 2.6 GHz and 3.50 GHz in turbo boost mode, and additional discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics card with 4GB memory capacity. To prevent the laptop from overheating, they’ve employed two additional coolers which also help reduce its operating noise. We can safely say that the Dell Inspiron i7559 is a universal ultra HD laptop that will suit a wide audience no matter what they need it for.

Dell Inspiron i7559-5012GRY 4K Touchscreen Laptop in the use

Game Sessions All Day Long with Noise-canceling Headphones

Additional accessory you could get along with a laptop is a good set of over-ear headphones with noise-canceling function, with which playing games won't be a problem even during nighttime when all you family’s already in bed and wants silence.

Detailed review of Dell Inspiron i7559-5012GRY 4K Touchscreen Laptop

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