Best Laptops with SSD

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 31, 2019
Are you looking for a lightweight yet powerful laptop that has lightning quick performance? Then you probably need a laptop with an SSD. Read on for our reviews of five great laptops with SSD drives and find the best laptops with SSD for yourself. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
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PROS

The laptop is equipped with the latest generation Intel® Core™ processor, a powerful NVIDIA® GeForce® 940MX graphics card and an exceptionally fast 128 GB SSD drive, which will allow it to quickly and perfectly handle tasks of varying complexity.

CONS

When working with resource-intensive programs, the fan becomes a bit noisy.

OUR VERDICT

The ultra-slim and elegant ASUS ZenBook laptop in aluminum is the best choice for anyone looking for a productive, high-quality and mobile work tool. Its matte display with wide viewing angles does not glare, and the full-size keyboard is complemented by a backlight and features an optimal keystroke for the most comfortable work.

detailed parameters
Display

14.0" FHD (1920 x 1080)

CPU

Intel® Core™ i7-8550U 1.8 GHz (Turbo up to 4 GHz)

Storage Space

1 TB HDD + 128 GB SSD

Interfaces

1 x Headphone-out & Audio-in Combo Jack, 1 x HDMI, 1 x USB 3.1-Type C (Gen1), 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x SD, MMC Card Reader

Operating System

Windows 10 (64bit)

Dimensions

12.7" x 8.8" x 0.7"

3.1 lbs

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The laptop is equipped with a hard disk of 2 TB, which allows you to install a ton of media and programs on the device - games, music, movies, images. The display is touch-sensitive, which means that you do not need a touchpad or mouse to control the device, and sometimes not even the keyboard.

CONS

Low screen resolution.

OUR VERDICT

This HP T8TJG laptop with built-in drive starts instantly and ensures fast operation of any applications, even the most demanding. Also, its compact and ergonomic case provides the necessary conditions for comfortable work not only in the office, but also beyond.

detailed parameters
Display

15.6" HD touchscreen (1366 x 768)

CPU

Intel Core i5-8250U Quad-Core, 1.60 GHz (up to 3.4 GHz)

Storage Space

2 TB HDD + 128 GB SSD

Interfaces

2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only), 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ-45, 1 x Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack, Integrated 10/100/1000 GbE LAN

Operating System

Windows 10 (64bit)

Dimensions

14.96" x 9.99" x 0.94"

4.52 lbs

Warranty

1 year limited

PROS

The Precision Touchpad with 10-Point Touch allows you to easily zoom images and scroll through pages. A large number of USB ports make the laptop convenient for connecting peripherals of any kind.

CONS

Relatively weighty.

OUR VERDICT

The Acer Aspire E is a mid-range solution for daily basic tasks. The laptop is made in a sturdy plastic case without designer frills, so it will look harmonious on any desk, particularly in the office. The size of the SSD drive will allow you to store and process large files.

detailed parameters
Display

15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)

CPU

Intel Core i5-8250U 1.60 GHz (Up to 3.4 GHz)

Storage Space

8 GB RAM Memory + 256 GB SSD

Interfaces

2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x VGA, 1 x Network (RJ-45), 1 x HDMI Output, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C

Operating System

Windows 10 (64bit)

Dimensions

15" x 10.2" x 1.19"

5.27 lbs

Warranty

1 year limited

PROS

This ultra thin ASUS laptop comes loaded with features. For example, thanks to the fingerprint scanner built into the touchpad, you can easily and quickly log in to Windows 10 without any passwords - just one touch is enough.

CONS

The keyboard back light could be more properly adjusted.

OUR VERDICT

The ASUS VivoBook S is a balanced solution that will become an excellent working companion at home, in the office and on the road. The laptop has an attractive design with a thin ASUS NanoEdge bezel, high performance and will please  everyone with Expertly-Tuned Audio.

detailed parameters
Display

15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)

CPU

Intel Core i5-8250U 1.8 GHz (Turbo up to 4.0 GHz)

Storage Space

8 GB RAM Memory + 256 GB SSD

Interfaces

1 x Headphone-out & Audio-in Combo Jack, 1 x HDMI, 1 x USB 3.1-Type C (Gen1), 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x SDXC Card Reader

Operating System

Windows 10 (64bit)

Dimensions

14.2" x 9.6" x 0.7"

3.7 lbs

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The hinge, which rotates 360 degrees, allows you to quickly switch between four modes of operation, including presentation, console, tablet or laptop. The versatility of this laptop is untouched by most other models.

CONS

Speakers are not in an ideal location.

OUR VERDICT

An adaptive laptop with SSD, this model is efficient, reliable and will increase the productivity of all processes, both working and gaming. The built-in infrared camera allows you to enter the OS using a fast and secure face recognition function, which makes working with the device even more practical.

detailed parameters
Display

13.3" FHD touchscreen (1920 x 1080)

CPU

Intel Core i5-8250U (6 MB Cache, up to 3.4 GHz)

Storage Space

8 GB RAM Memory + 256 GB SSD

Interfaces

1 x SD Card Reader. 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI 1.4a, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 with PowerShare, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1 x Audio Jack

Operating System

Windows 10 (64bit)

Dimensions

12.76" x 8.85" x 0.80"

3.56 lbs

Warranty

1 year

ASUS ZenBook (UX410UA-AS74)

Great High-End Laptop

Acer has become one of the most well-known manufacturers of laptops within the last few years, and for good reason. They have a history of making high-quality yet affordable laptops that compete with any other manufacturer on both price and capabilities. They were one of the first manufacturers to start making netbooks when they were popular, and this gave them the experience they needed in order to make laptops that are both very powerful yet lightweight, thus boosting their profile as one of the world's premier laptop manufacturers.

This trend continues with the ASUS ZenBook (UX410UA-AS74) 14” FHD IPS Display. This model definitely competes with everyone else on all of the important specs. It sports an Intel Core i7-8550U processor running at 1.8 GHz, but with a turbo boost of up to 4.1 Ghz, making it one of the fastest laptops available. Along with the high-end processor, this system has a 14-inch HD screen with a color gamut of 72% NTSC ,100% sRGB, and 74% AdobeRGB. This gives the screen the ability to accurately reproduce colors that match even the most complex images, making this one great looking laptop. Few other manufacturers offer a display this good, even in their high-end laptops.

Review of ASUS ZenBook (UX410UA-AS74) 14” FHD IPS Display (i7-8550U, 8GB DDR4, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD)

Fast and Light

One of the biggest concerns with a laptop with SSD is that it won't have enough internal stores space to satisfy a power user who does serious work with their system. Thankfully, ASUS has enough foresight to include both a 128 GB SSD as well as a 1 TB HDD, giving this laptop enough storage space to hold even large amounts of videos or other large files. The 8 GB of RAM gives almost any user enough RAM to run all of their important programs at once, ensuring that you don't run out of available memory quickly.

Plenty of other features are included with this laptop as well. Plenty of ports are included to make sure that you are able to connect the laptop to anything that you need, including an HDMI port for video output to a television or monitor, two USB ports (1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0), a Type-C connector, and even an SD card slot for transferring files to another computer or tablet. The keyboard is even backlit, providing you an easy way to type even in low light conditions. WIndows 10 comes pre-installed on the computer, ensuring that you can work with anything you need right out of the box. The ultra-light and compact dimensions give you the utmost in portability, making this an extremely powerful yet portable laptop.

ASUS ZenBook (UX410UA-AS74) 14” FHD IPS Display (i7-8550U, 8GB DDR4, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD) in the use

 

HP T8TJG

Outstanding Performance

Laptops are generally not known for being high-end computers in regards to performance. No matter how powerful a laptop is, it always lags behind the top performance of its equivalent desktop system. However, high-end laptops have been able to narrow the performance difference, with laptops today now offering performance that is sure to make any serious computer user happy. With such high performance, though, many trade-offs are often made, most often at the expense of portability.

The HP T8TJG Laptop with 15.6" Touchscreen HD Display is a high performance notebook with SSD that does not make any trade-offs for its performance. The heart of this laptop is an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U Quad-Core processor, offering substantial performance in comparison to many other laptops. The system includes 8 GB of RAM, giving you plenty of memory to work with multiple large files and programs at once. The 15.6-inch diagonal HD SVA WLED-backlit touchscreen features a resolution of 1366 x 768, which is a bit lower than many other high performance laptops, but it makes up for its lower resolution by providing high graphics performance thanks to the Intel UHD Graphics 620, which should be more than suitable for most tasks.

Review of HP T8TJG 15.6" Touchscreen HD Display (i5-8250U, 8GB DDR4, 128GB SSD + 2TB HDD, Backlit Keyboard)

The Complete Package

The basic specs of this laptop are enough to make most people who are looking for such a high performance system quite happy. As is the case with all of the other laptops reviewed here, this system comes with a 128 GB Solid State Drive for internal storage, but also supplements it with a 2 TB HDD, giving you plenty of storage capacity. Such a configuration lends itself well to having the OS and most frequently used applications stored on the SSD while data is stored on the HDD, giving you great performance.

Along with the ample storage and fast processor, this laptop provides plenty of other features that help make it the complete package for those looking for a high performance portable computer. The system includes 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 data transfer only ports, letting you connect any peripherals to take advantage of the fast data transfer speed of USB 3.1. A USB 2.0 port is also included, which can be used for connecting an external mouse or keyboard, or even for charging another portable device. An HDMI port lets you connect the system to any modern monitor or television for a larger display, and an SD card reader is also included. All of the other standard interfaces are included, such as Ethernet, headphone, and wireless networking. These features and more help make this one of the best values for a high performance laptop with SSD.

HP T8TJG 15.6" Touchscreen HD Display (i5-8250U, 8GB DDR4, 128GB SSD + 2TB HDD, Backlit Keyboard) in the use

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Acer Aspire E (E5-576G-5762)

Work and Play

Many laptops that are often featured for being powerful are more often geared towards office or even casual use. Having a powerful laptop is quite important for work, as many people do multiple tasks simultaneously and require the extra processing power, but often these systems are limited in regards to the graphics they can display. The integrated graphics often featured in these systems can power most office applications and even play videos fine, but there are few that are also good enough for gaming. And as many of us know, gaming is an important activity for many laptop users.

The Acer Aspire E (E5-576G-5762) laptop with 15.6" Full HD Display is a great system not only for work, but also for play. This laptop features an 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor that runs up to 3.4 Ghz, but it also features the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM, giving you powerful graphics to go along with the powerful processor. This allows any serious computer user to get their important work done during the day, while also having the ability to do some extended gaming sessions with friends at night. A laptop that excels at both of these activities is sure to be well received by anyone.

Review of Acer Aspire E (E5-576G-5762) 15.6" Full HD Display (i5-8250U, GeForce MX150, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)

Eye Pleasing Design

This laptop is hardly the only one on the market that features powerful specs, but it also manages to match its power with its looks. The system features a sleek black design that gives it a professional appearance with a clean design. Anyone that values the outer design of their laptop as much as its interior design is sure to be pleased with how it looks. What is also great is that it allows easy access to upgradeable components such as the RAM and hard drive, letting you easily upgrade the system to lengthen its life span. Being able to look great without sacrificing the ability to upgrade these components seems to be a rare feat with laptops these days, but this model manages to pull it off flawlessly.

The design and power of this laptop are great, but it also has plenty of features to go along with these qualities. The screen features the standard HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, giving a crisp, sharp image to properly display the high quality graphics. The system also features the Acer TrueHarmony speaker design that gives unbelievable sound quality that is light years ahead of most other laptops. The system's integrated 802.11ac WiFi ensures that you always have a speedy connection to the Internet, letting you stream movies without any problems. For anyone who wants a laptop for both work and play, this system is an excellent purchase.

Acer Aspire E (E5-576G-5762) 15.6" Full HD Display (i5-8250U, GeForce MX150, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) in the use

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ASUS VivoBook S (S510UA-DS51)

Thin Bezel Display

Ask anyone who regularly uses a laptop on the go which characteristic for their system is most important to them, and most of them will probably say that it's portability is at the top. Laptops, after all, are meant to be taken with you, so having an ultra portable design is going to make any laptop appear desirable. Even so, having one that has good specs and is powerful enough to handle your everyday needs is equally important. For many people, though, it is hard to find both of these characteristics in the same laptop.

The ASUS VivoBook S is a great example of one of the few systems that retain maximum portability along with powerful specs. This laptop features a 15.6" Full HD NanoEdge Bezel Display, ensuring that it has a small footprint, remains light, and is highly portable. Despite its extreme portability, it is also quite powerful, as it uses an 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor running at 1.8 GHz, with turbo speeds of up to 4.0 GHz. This gives the laptop plenty of processing power to handle all of your tasks, along with the 8 GB of RAM that the system comes with. Of course, it also comes with a hefty 256 GB SSD, giving you plenty of storage for your most important applications along with accompanying data. Most people should not find any of these features to be lacking in comparison to their needs.

Review of ASUS VivoBook S (S510UA-DS51) 15.6" Full HD NanoEdge Bezel Display (i5-8250U, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD)

Ergonomic Design

The thin bezel of this laptop's display goes a long way towards making this system ergonomic and highly portable. The bezel of the display is only 0.3 inches, giving you an 80% screen to body ratio, which is much higher than is found with most other laptops. With this lack of wasted space, this makes the system quite small for a system of its screen size. The smallness of the unit doesn't hamper the ergonomics of using it, though. In fact, this is one of the most ergonomic designs that you'll find in a laptop. The keyboard also adds to its ergonomics, as the backlit keys help make it ideal for use in low light situations. Most people also find the keyboard to be quite comfortable to type on, something which is not often found on other laptops.

Plenty of other features are also found on this system. The laptop comes with all of the necessary interfaces that people require, including a USB 3.1 port with a reversible Type-C connector, along with USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and HDMI ports. There is even an SD card slot that makes it easy to exchange data between the laptop and another mobile device. Virtually everything that a person needs in a laptop can be found in this model, and its ergonomic design and features make it quite an appealing choice.

ASUS VivoBook S (S510UA-DS51) 15.6" Full HD NanoEdge Bezel Display (i5-8250U, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD) in the use

 

Dell Inspiron 5000 (i5379-5893GRY)

2-in-1 Laptop/Tablet Hybrid

One of the big trends with portable computers now is the apparent merging of laptops and tablets. This trend has produced a number of 2-in-1 designs of laptops that are also meant to work like a tablet. They can be quite useful in a number of cases, but there also tend to be some limitations to them. Probably the biggest limitation is the fact that most of these hybrids tend to be underpowered, leaving those who need to do serious work with them with a slow computer. This, in turn, leaves few options for those who want a hybrid system that is powerful enough to meet their demands.

The Dell Inspiron 5000 2-in-1 computer is the answer to the problem of hybrids being underpowered. This system is quite powerful, as it includes the 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor running at up to 3.4 Ghz, giving plenty of processing power to the user. Coupled with the 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD, the basic specs of this 2-in-1 system make it just as powerful as many other dedicated laptops, not to mention being much more powerful than most other tablets on the market. And for those who worry about a tablet display being too small, this one features a 13.3-inch touch display that is big enough for serious use while remaining small enough to use as a tablet.

Review of Dell Inspiron 5000 (i5379-5893GRY) 2-in-1 13.3" FHD Touch Display (i5-8250U, 8GB RAM 256GB SSD)

Big Features In a Small Package

Many of the 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrid systems tend to have a screen that detaches from the body of the laptop when in tablet mode. This can be fine for some cases, but in others, it makes the system a bit cumbersome to use, especially when changing from one form to the other. This system gets around that by using a 360 degree hinge that lets you fold the keyboard all the way around to the other side of the screen. While this makes it thicker to hold than a standard tablet, it is still surprisingly light weight, and not nearly as cumbersome to use as some might think. This also has the added benefit of adding 4 modes to its use, including tent, stand, laptop, and tablet mode, giving you an extreme amount of flexibility in its use.

Along with its innovative features, this system includes plenty of interfaces for connecting whatever you need to the system, including multiple USB 3.1 ports, USB 2.0, HDMI, audio jack, and even a Noble lock slot for keeping it secure. A 3:1 SD card slot also lets you use flash media for additional storage or transferring files to other portable devices. For those who require the best of both worlds in a laptop and tablet, this 2-in-1 system is an exceptional solution.

Dell Inspiron 5000 (i5379-5893GRY) 2-in-1 13.3" FHD Touch Display (i5-8250U, 8GB RAM 256GB SSD) in the use

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What Is a Laptop with SSD?

Just 20 years ago, laptops were quite a luxury for most people who required or wanted a home or office computer. Most computers sold were large, bulky desktop systems that were anything but portable. Nowadays, the situation has reversed, with laptops actually selling much better than desktop systems. Although the portability of a laptop is nice, they tend to have some drawbacks, namely in that they are often not as powerful as their desktop counterparts, but more importantly that they tend to run slower.

A good solution to this issue, of course, is to get a laptop with an SSD. SSDs (Solid State Drives) have a large number of benefits in comparison to mechanical hard drives, mainly in that they are much faster to access. Opening large files or even running a lot of programs at once on your laptop can benefit greatly from having an SSD in your system, as the constant accessing of the internal storage will often slow your computer to a crawl with a mechanical hard drive. Thankfully, many laptops now come with SSDs installed, which means that the best laptops with SSD are much easier to find now than they were before.

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What Features to Compare

Finding a laptop that comes with an SSD already installed isn't very difficult now, thanks to the proliferation of SSDs. However, finding the right laptop for your needs is still just as difficult as ever, as laptops vary widely in such things as their specifications and characteristics. For power users, a laptop with an SSD but bare minimum specs just won't cut it, so you'll have to search for one that has all of the characteristics that you need. Below are some of the most common characteristics to look for in the best laptops with SSDs.

Processor

One of the most important characteristics of any computer, whether it be a desktop or laptop, is the processor. The main processor is the central brain of the computer, and is usually the fastest part of it that dictates how quickly your programs will run. As a general rule, the faster the processor speed (measured in Gigaherts, or Ghz), the faster the computer is. However, this isn't always the case, as older processors may run with the same processor speed as a newer one, but will often be slower in real world use. It is usually best to get not only the fastest clock speed available, but also the newest model of processor.

RAM

The next most important characteristic is the amount of RAM that comes in your laptop, as this will dictate how much data you will be able to work with simultaneously before your computer needs to start swapping data to the internal storage. Most of the models reviewed here come with at least 8 GB of RAM installed, but as usual, the more, the better.

Storage Space

The amount of total storage space available in the computer is definitely important, especially for power users who work with a lot of programs and large data files such as videos. One of the drawbacks of an SSD is that they generally offer much less storage space than a mechanical hard drive of the same size. However, many laptops made for power users include both SSDs and mechanical hard drives to ensure that enough storage space is offered. If you are a power user who works with a lot of programs and large data files, you will want to make sure that the laptop with SSD that you purchase will have enough storage space for your particular needs.

Other Features

In addition to the characteristics mentioned above, there are plenty of other features that you will want to look for in your new laptop, including the dimensions, screen size, weight, battery life, and more. Make sure that you check all of the specifications and characterstics that are important to you in any new laptop that you buy in order to ensure that you are getting the best laptop with SSD for your needs.

Did you know?

SSDs: The New Storage Medium

SSDs aren't really new, as they have been around for a number of years now. However, they have become more and more prevalent, to the point now where more laptops are coming with SSDs than with mechanical hard drives. Even many desktop computers are now shipping with SSDs installed, and soon it may actually be rare to see a system that includes a mechanical hard drive. This leaves the question, though: What benefits do SSDs really bring to computers, and what drawbacks do they have in comparison to mechanical hard drives? For those who don't really know much about SSDs, prepare to be educated!

How SSDs Work

An SSD (Solid State Drive) is mass storage meant to replace the older mechanical hard drives. SSDs work by utilizing what is known as flash storage to hold and maintain data, whereas older hard drives use metal platter to magnetically store data. The flash storage in an SSD is essentially NAND flash non-volatile memory, which works in a manner somewhat similar to the RAM used by a computer, but is able to retain stored data even with no electrical current. Since it is drastically different than how a hard drive works, the only thing that SSDs have in common with hard drives are that they are a method of mass storage.

Benefits of SSDs

The number of benefits provided by solid state drives are numerous. As they do not contain any moving parts. they tend to be much more reliable than a hard drive, including being resistant to shock. SSDs also have much quicker access times than a standard hard drive, as there is no need for moving parts to physically find a location where data is stored. SSD speeds tend to be limited more to the drive controller than to its internal operation, whereas hard drives speeds are limited by the speed of the physically moving parts. Along with these advantages, SSDs also tend to be much less power-hungry, which is a huge benefit for portable systems such as laptops, where battery life is a huge concern. They are also usually physically lighter as well, which helps reduce the total weight of a laptop.

Drawbacks of SSDs

Despite the numerous advantages that SSDs have over hard drives, there are a number of drawbacks as well. The biggest drawback tends to be that they are much more expensive in comparison to a hard drive of the same storage capacity, which explains why SSD storage sizes tend to be much smaller than an equivalently priced hard drive. This, in turn, often results in users opting to have a mechanical hard drive installed alongside an SSD, just so they have enough internal storage to meet their needs. Another large drawback is that SSDs do run the risk of losing data retention over a period of time, which is due to the nature of how they operate. This makes them less than ideal for long term storage, as an SSD that sits unused for a long period of time (such as for more than a year) has a high risk of losing the data that is stored on it.

SSDs Are The Future

Although SSDs do have some disadvantages compared to mechanical hard drives, the number of advantages they bring means that they are the future of mass storage. Furthermore, SSD technology has advanced at a rapid pace, and many of the disadvantages they currently have are likely to disappear. With this being the case, mechanical hard drives may be relegated to being relics from the past.

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Publish Date: 2018-11-29 19:42:05