Does the love of your life love computers as much you? Then nothing will make him or her happier that one of these fine computers or peripherals. This is, after all, the year of Intel 8th Generation Core and Thunderbolt 3.
If some of the goodies near the top seem too much for your budget, read to the bottom for some slightly less expensive stuff.
Lenovo Yoga 920 (14) – $1,899 to $2,999
The Lenovo Yoga 920(14) convertible is a “consumer-verging-on-prosumer” computer, so says our reviewer. You can fold the screen of a convertible computer all the way back, turning it into a tablet. The Yoga uses a “watchband”hinge to give it that flexibility.
Of course, you can choose the processor from Intel’s 8th generation line up. Storage is 512GB of NVMe SSD, while the screen can be either full high definition or 4K. It’s a touch screen. Some models come with a pen. For others, it’s an option.
Read our review here. We rated it 4.4/5.
Dell Inspiron 14” 5000 2-in-1 – $959 to $1,529
There’s more than one convertible – or 2-in-1 – on the market. The Dell Inspiron 14” 5000 impressed us almost as much. This one can reach closer to entry level since the basic model comes with an 8th generation Core i3. But for those wanting more power it can be optioned up to i5 or i7.
Optioning up also increases the storage from 128GB to 256GB. Our reviewer says that this computer is “a great i3/i5/ i7 device at a great price with above average specs for the price”. And to “do better, you would need to spend at least $1000 more”.
Read our review here. We rated it 4.3/5.
Read our review here.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 – from $1,349
Anyone want to buy this particular writer a Christmas present? He’d be very pleased indeed with the latest Microsoft Surface Pro. “Next Generation”, our reviewer called it. The Surface Pro has returned to its former naming conventions. It’s now the Surface Pro 6.
Now finished in black, it has been upgraded to 8th generation Intel. The price above does not include a keyboard or pen (it’s compatible with those from the last two years). The screen is magnificent. With storage from 128GB to 1TB, and CPUs up to Core i7, you can provide your loved one whatever power he or she needs.
Read our review here. We rated it at 4.3/5.
Dell Inspiron 27 7000 All-in-One PC – $1,999 to $2,789
Desktop computers. Remember them? For real power and for a real screen, your loved one will love the Dell Inspiron 27 7000. No peering at a 14 inch, or even 15 inch screen. This one is a Full HD touch screen and comes in at 27 inches. There’s a powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX1050 graphics card and you can use that to run an external monitor. Sorry, he or she can use it.You wouldn’t be buying this for yourself, would you?
But remember, this is an all-in-one PC, so expansion possibilities are limited. Still, this one made our reviewer reassess his former dislike of all-in-ones.
Read our review here. We rated it at (a very impressive) 4.5/5.