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The Top 10 Bestselling Laptops from Computer Upgrade King

We examine the top 10 laptops users are actually buying to see how they may differ from what we believe are the best and most recommendable.

Introduction

Lists of "the best laptops available" are easy to find, but what experts suggest can be very different from what regular users often end up buying. The following is a list of the top 10 bestselling laptops on CUKUSA.com as of this past quarter with the intention to enlighten and aid readers who may be on the fence for a particular model. Please note that the rankings of these laptops are based solely on inventory sell-through to customers from a single online retailer and so the results may differ from other sellers based in different regions. Notebookcheck receives no commission from units sold through Computer Upgrade King.

We've also provided some handy comparison tables and charts at the end of this page to more quickly compare and contrast the general performances and sizes of these 10 notebooks. Since CUKUSA is a large-scale retailer for a wide range of computers, however, expect to see a healthy mix of systems from thin Ultrabooks up to bulky gaming machines.

1st — HP Spectre x360 15

Users are willing to pay $1200 USD or more for a well-made flagship 15-inch convertible notebook
Users are willing to pay $1200 USD or more for a well-made flagship 15-inch convertible notebook

Sitting in first place with nearly three times the sales of the 10th bestselling notebook on this list is HP's 15.6-inch flagship consumer convertible. The popularity of this  system is not entirely unexpected as the manufacturer has been pushing its Spectre series into more brick and mortar electronics stores in North America with hard-to-miss ads. Fortunately, its bark is as big as its bite since the latest generation of Spectre convertibles has been receiving rave reviews from press and is attractively designed to appeal to the Millennial generation. We highly recommend either the latest generation model (i7-8550U, GeForce MX150) or the previous generation model (i7-7500U, GeForce 940MX) since these systems utilize narrower bezel designs. The older first generation units were notoriously bulky and unwieldy even for a 15-inch a convertible laptop.

See our full take on the latest Spectre x360 15 here and the previous generation model here. Note that HP very recently unveiled its 2018 refresh scheduled to launch in the coming months, so the best deals on these outgoing models are likely coming to fruition.

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2nd — Asus ROG GL702VS and GL702VI

Finding a gaming notebook with the same CPU and GPU as the GL702VI for under $1900 will not be easy. This is one of the most inexpensive notebooks available with the GTX 1080 GPU
Finding a gaming notebook with the same CPU and GPU as the GL702VI for under $1900 will not be easy. This is one of the most inexpensive notebooks available with the GTX 1080 GPU

Spiking to second place is one of Asus' most powerful gaming laptops. The 17.3-inch Republic of Gamers GL702VS and GL702VI are equipped with GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 GPUs, respectively, for extreme gaming performance that can be faster than what most gaming desktops have to offer. According to CUKUSA, interest in these two GL702 models rose in direct response to a significant $600 USD price cut on the GL702VI SKU. When considering the high prices of desktop GPUs as of early 2018, the GL702 series should be even attractive from a gamer perspective.

In our recent review on the GL702VI, we praised its easy serviceability, acceptable running temperatures, and light weight considering the high-end hardware. Unfortunately, graphics performance is a hair slower than anticipated since the GPU has weaker Boost potential and fan noise can be an issue if gaming without headphones.

See our take on the GL702VS here and the GL702VI here

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3rd — HP Spectre 13 and Spectre x360 13

The well-received Spectre x360 13 Touch starts at $1300 USD and it is arguably more versatile than the Dell XPS 13
The well-received Spectre x360 13 Touch starts at $1300 USD and it is arguably more versatile than the Dell XPS 13

The Spectre series started life as a 13.3-inch offering and this size remains a popular choice for users on the go with sales very close to beating the #2 spot on this list. Both the Spectre 13 and Spectre x360 13 were recently refreshed with Intel 8th gen Core processors and brand new narrow bezel designs that likely boosted sales to where they are now for this family. The x360 version in particular is one of our highest-rated convertibles and so we can't disagree with its position.

Note that the refreshed Spectre 13 is not included on this list because it was not on sale at CUKUSA last quarter. Thus, should we update this list again in the near future, we will likely see the Spectre 13 family yet again should the redesign be popular with press and readers.

See our take on the 2017 Spectre 13 here and the latest 2018 Spectre x360 13 here. Our review on the latest 2018 Spectre 13 is currently ongoing as of this writing.

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4th — HP Omen 17t

For $1500 USD, the Omen 17t comes packed with a 120 Hz 1080p display, i7-7700HQ CPU, Thunderbolt 3, and a GTX 1070 GPU to power it all
For $1500 USD, the Omen 17t comes packed with a 120 Hz 1080p display, i7-7700HQ CPU, Thunderbolt 3, and a GTX 1070 GPU to power it all

The 17.3-inch Omen 17 was built for mainstream gamers with its GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1060, and GTX 1070 GPU options to compete directly with MSI's GP72 and GE72 series. The HP was refreshed with a sleeker chassis late last year that is leagues beyond what the older model had to offer in terms of features and durability. Whereas the older design looked like a rebranded Pavilion 17, the newer design is distinctly Omen in the same way that Alienware notebooks have their own visual idiosyncrasies to distinguish them from "standard" Dell notebooks.

We recommend avoiding the older Omen 17 chassis as it is poorer than the current design in almost every way. Still, we can't shake off how heavy the Omen 17 series can be even for a large gaming notebook and its difficult serviceability will be an annoyance to tinkerers.

See our take on the 2016 Omen 17 here and the latest generation 2017 Omen 17 here.

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5th — MSI GF62VR

$1300 USD for an average chassis and display, but performance-per-Dollar is where the GF62VR excels
$1300 USD for an average chassis and display, but performance-per-Dollar is where the GF62VR excels

Squashed between two 17.3-inch notebooks is MSI's mid-range 15.6-inch GF62 series with the GTX 1060 GPU. It's not a perfect system by any means as we found its display underwhelming with an equally disappointing plastic chassis and flexible lid. After all, the GF62VR is supposed to be a cheaper version of the flagship GT62VR. Actual performance, however, is still excellent as one would expect from a GTX 1060. The system is able to play most modern titles at native 1080p and 60 FPS on Medium to High settings, which is likely the benchmark most mainstream gamers are after in a purchase.

See our review on the MSI GF62VR here.

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6th — Asus GL703VM and GL703VD

The Asus GL703VD and GL703VM start at $1100 and $1300, respectively, with similar hardware features to the Omen 17
The Asus GL703VD and GL703VM start at $1100 and $1300, respectively, with similar hardware features to the Omen 17

Behind the MSI GF62VR by only just a few units are collectively the 17.3-inch Asus GL703VM with the GTX 1060 and the GL703VD with the GTX 1050. These mainstream 17.3-inch gaming notebooks are thinner, lighter, and generally more prepared for word processing and classwork loads than the hulking Omen 17. When compared to other gaming notebooks on this list, these Asus systems provide a better balance of gaming, portability, and battery life so long as users are aware of its very warm surface temperatures when gaming.

See our take on the Asus GL703VD here.

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7th — HP ProBook 450 G5

Its $700 USD starting price is very low considering its Intel 8th gen CPU and MIL-STD 810G-certified aluminum keyboard deck
Its $700 USD starting price is very low considering its Intel 8th gen CPU and MIL-STD 810G-certified aluminum keyboard deck

After three dedicated gaming notebooks in a row, the affordable HP ProBook 450 G5 is the only business-centric model to make it on the list. The 450 G5 is a complete redesign from the outgoing 450 G4 as it omits the optical drive in favor of a thinner form factor, larger battery capacity, and Intel 8th gen ULV options. Unfortunately, the outdated GeForce 930MX remains as the only discrete GPU option with no MX150 in sight.

We can't comment on the ins and outs of the ProBook 450 G5 as we've yet to publish a full review on the unit. Based on what we've experienced on previous generation models, however, we can safely assume that the budget business notebook will be reliable for common office work without the bells and whistles found on the much more expensive EliteBook series.

See our review on the ProBook 450 G4 here with the 450 G5 coming soon.

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8th — HP Omen 15t

Be sure to skip the inferior discontinued model for the completely redesigned version with the GTX 1060 GPU for $1300 USD
Be sure to skip the inferior discontinued model for the completely redesigned version with the GTX 1060 GPU for $1300 USD

Whereas the Omen 17 covers most mainstream gamers, the Omen 15 dips slightly lower into the budget-mainstream category of users with GPU options ranging from the GTX 1050 up to the GTX 1060 and GTX 1060 Max-Q. Its overall quality is very similar to the Omen 17 because both sizes share an identical visual design, but this also means that users should again avoid the much older Pavilion-inspired models since the newer redesign is stronger, sturdier, and with more features. Potential Omen 17 buyers will be saving themselves a few hundred Dollars by going with the smaller Omen 15.

See our reviews on the older Omen 15 here and the newer redesigned Omen 15 here.

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9th — HP Pavilion Power 15

The low starting price of $900 USD for the GTX 1050 model should satisfy frugal students who want a little more power than the typical Ultrabook
The low starting price of $900 USD for the GTX 1050 model should satisfy frugal students who want a little more power than the typical Ultrabook

Dropping down even further in the gaming category is the budget-oriented Pavilion Power 15. Although the series also ships with AMD RX 550 graphics, it's the GTX 1050 SKU that makes up all 100 percent of the seller's Pavilion Power 15 stock in this ranking. From a gaming perspective, we're relieved to see that the AMD version has been extremely unpopular as the RX 550 has proven to be inferior to the GTX 1050 in terms of raw performance, power consumption, and software support. Still, we recommend skipping the 4K UHD option altogether since the GTX 1050 is nowhere near powerful enough to play most modern titles at such high native resolutions.

See our take on the Pavilion Power 15 GTX 1050 here and the Pavilion Power 15 RX 550 here.

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10th — HP Envy x360 15t

At $800 USD, this convertible is several hundred Dollars cheaper than the Spectre x360 15 while coming with the same CPU and GPU options
At $800 USD, this convertible is several hundred Dollars cheaper than the Spectre x360 15 while coming with the same CPU and GPU options

The 10th bestselling notebook is yet another 15.6-inch convertible from HP. THis time, however, it is the mainstream and less expensive Envy x360 15 instead of the flagship Spectre x360 15 from above. The latest redesign incorporates the attractive narrow bezels found on the Spectre series and most other flagship Ultrabooks from competing manufacturers to make the cheaper Envy model more enticing to those on a budget. CUKUSA says its sell-through of the new Envy x360 15 would have been even greater and higher up on this list if it weren't for the restricted supply. It's important to note that the Envy x360 15 carries many of the same CPU (i5-8250U or i7-8550U) and GPU (GeForce MX150) options as the pricier Spectre x360 15 for essentially the same performance at a lower price of entry.

See our full take on the AMD version of the new Envy X360 15 here.

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Closing Remarks

Similar to how iBuyPower is a popular outlet for MSI products, CUKUSA is a popular outlet for HP. Seven of the top spots are occupied by HP products with no Lenovo or Dell in sight even though these latter two companies collectively make up over 40 percent of the worldwide laptop market. Nonetheless, the data reveals a couple of noteworthy trends about HP buyers. The flagship Spectre series in particular is doing exceptionally well relative to cheaper Pavilion and Envy alternatives. Users seem willing to pay more for a sleeker and hopefully longer-lasting product over something like a plastic Pavilion 15 even if it means dropping down hundreds more at checkout. Secondly, notebooks with discrete graphics for gaming are selling nearly as well as Ultrabooks, which back up reports of a steadily growing gaming notebook segment.

The top 10 list will likely reshuffle throughout the coming seasons as CUKUSA cycles its supply. It should be interesting to see how users will respond to new models and releases especially with Coffee Lake-H on the horizon. Manufacturers like MSI and Dell will presumably launch new designs in tandem with Coffee Lake-H that should shake up the popularity list. Expect us to revisit these bestselling notebooks later in the year.

Size Comparison

System Performance

PCMark 8
Storage Score v2
HP Spectre 13-af033ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
5052 Points ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
5040 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 15t-ce000
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
5036 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5032 Points ∼100%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
5004 Points ∼99%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
5000 Points ∼99%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4771 Points ∼94%
HP Envy x360 15m-bq121dx
Vega 8, 2500U, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
2386 Points ∼47%
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 17-an014ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5289 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5199 Points ∼98%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
5090 Points ∼96%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
4998 Points ∼94%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4964 Points ∼94%
HP Spectre 13-af033ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4562 Points ∼86%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4217 Points ∼80%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
4149 Points ∼78%
HP Omen 15t-ce000
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
2484 Points ∼47%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
7853 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 15t-ce000
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
6901 Points ∼88%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
5328 Points ∼68%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
5136 Points ∼65%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
5083 Points ∼65%
HP Spectre 13-af033ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
5011 Points ∼64%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
4967 Points ∼63%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
4885 Points ∼62%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 17-an014ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4989 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4970 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 15t-ce000
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
4325 Points ∼87%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
4069 Points ∼82%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4042 Points ∼81%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
3868 Points ∼78%
HP Spectre 13-af033ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3705 Points ∼74%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3457 Points ∼69%
HP Envy x360 15m-bq121dx
Vega 8, 2500U, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
3385 Points ∼68%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
3306 Points ∼66%

Graphics Performance

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
19487 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 17-an014ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
17289 Points ∼89%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
11951 Points ∼61%
HP Omen 15t-ce000
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
9992 Points ∼51%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
7821 Points ∼40%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
6242 Points ∼32%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
6002 Points ∼31%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3563 Points ∼18%
HP Envy x360 15m-bq121dx
Vega 8, 2500U, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
2460 Points ∼13%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
1064 Points ∼5%
HP Spectre 13-af033ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
1052 Points ∼5%

Processor Performance

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
161 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 15t-ce000
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
161 Points ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
154 Points ∼96%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
152 Points ∼94%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
151 Points ∼94%
HP Spectre 13-af033ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
145 Points ∼90%
HP Omen 17-an014ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
144 Points ∼89%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
144 Points ∼89%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
143 Points ∼89%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
142 Points ∼88%
HP Envy x360 15m-bq121dx
Vega 8, 2500U, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
137 Points ∼85%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
740 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
736 Points ∼99%
HP Omen 17-an014ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
735 Points ∼99%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
734 Points ∼99%
HP Omen 15t-ce000
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
730 Points ∼99%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1002
724 Points ∼98%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
723 Points ∼98%
HP Envy x360 15m-bq121dx
Vega 8, 2500U, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
574 Points ∼78%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
519 Points ∼70%
HP Spectre 13-af033ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
515 Points ∼70%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
489 Points ∼66%
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.