With 28% of the votes, Apple is the brand that comes to most of our readers’ mind when asked about ultraportable notebooks. To refresh your memory, towards the end of 2018, Apple finally introduced an all-new MacBook Air portable. Sporting the original MacBook Air’s signature wedge-shape design, the new Air measures 15.6mm at its thickest point and weighs just 1.25kg. It also has Touch ID, two USB-C ports (support Thunderbolt 3) and, yes, a Retina display. Another Mac portable that’s released in 2019 is the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. Other than its larger screen size, the most obvious difference between it and the 15-inch MacBook Pro is the inclusion of a Magic Keyboard that uses a more traditional scissor-switch mechanism. Other notable features include a 3-mic array for better audio recordings and four USB-C Thunderbolt ports.
With 26% of the votes, ASUS is the new winner of our Readers’ Choice award for Best Convertible Notebook Brand. For the uninitiated, if you’re looking for an ASUS 2-in-1 convertible, you should explore the company’s VivoBook Flip, ZenBook Flip or Transformer series. As the Flip in their names implies, these notebooks’ key difference from the regular ZenBook and VivoBook portables is their 360-degree hinge, which enables the screen to hold securely at any angle. Like the regular ZenBook and VivoBook models, the Flip models are also very thin and light, with some offering unique ASUS’ features such as this NumberPad function on the trackpad. Coming in a close second with 25% is Microsoft, which has a lot of products to show for in 2019, including the Surface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro X.
With 21% of the votes, Lenovo has narrowly defeated Apple (20%) to win this year’s Readers’ Choice award for Best Business Notebook Brand. The hardworking notebook maker certainly launched a lot of notebooks last year for both home and office use, including new ThinkBook 13s, ThinkBook 14 and 15 affordable business-centric notebooks, new Yoga models with 10th Gen Intel ‘Icelake’ chips and Wi-Fi 6 support and a ThinkPad X1 Yoga with a 360-degree hinge — just to name a few. And there's more are to come from Lenovo in 2020: at CES, we already caught glimpses of a Yoga 5G Windows ARM laptop and ThinkPad X1 Fold foldable PC. There’s also this ThinkBook Plus, which has an E Ink display built right into its lid.
Sim Lim Square has always been the go-to place for DIY enthusiasts building their own systems, as this is the mall that gathers numerous PC components retailers under the same roof. For the 11th straight year, our readers have voted Fuwell (14%) their favorite local PC components retailer. Once again, Fuwell has to fight off strong challenges from many other crowd favourites such as Bizgram (10%), Allstars (9%), PC Themes (9%) and Best Bargain (9%).