Windows Central Best of 2018 Awards: PCs, Laptops and Tablets

Surface Laptop 2
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Laptops, tablets, All-In-Ones, Desktop PCs and more; every year we review hundreds of new products in the Microsoft ecosystem (and some outside), all to answer one question: which products are ultimately the best? Which phone, laptop, tablet or PC should you buy? 2018 has seen lots of new announcements, so for the past few weeks, our team has been debating which products truly stood out.

Which phone is the best for Windows users? What's the best overall laptop of 2018? Which devices stood out from the rest? Find out in this roundup of the best devices of 2018:

Why we picked the Surface Laptop 2 as the Best Overall Laptop of 2018

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The Surface Laptop 2 isn't a huge upgrade over its predecessor, but it never needed to be. The Surface Laptop 2 is more powerful with better battery life, but everything else is pretty much the same. And that's a good thing. It's quite simply the best laptop you can buy. Hit our full review for all the specifics.

Why we picked the Dell XPS 13 as the Best Ultrabook of 2018

Dell's XPS 13 is an engineering marvel. The gorgeous 13.3-inch chassis houses some powerful internals, should you configure the notebook that way, and iit can last a considerable amount of time between charges, making it an absolute dream for anyone seeking a portable PC. For more details, read our in-depth review.

Why we picked the Lenovo Yoga C930 as the Best Convertible Laptop of 2018

Lenovo's Yoga C930 replaced the brilliant watchband Yoga hinge with a legitimate soundbar, turning this convertible laptop into a media lover's dream. It has modern hardware that can handle a day's work with ease, a battery that can last more than nine hours, and the 4K or FHD touch display is compatible with the built-in active pen for Windows Ink. All this in a sleek unibody aluminum design? Yes please. Check out our review for more reasons to love this PC.

Why we picked the Xbox Adaptive Controller as the Most Innovative new device of 2018

Combined with a huge range of 3.5mm switches, Microsoft and its partners have taken the lead to bring gaming to millions of users who find standard peripherals don't meet their needs. The company has admirably made it a mission to cater to those with disabilities, and the Xbox Adaptive Controller is a perfect example of a success story there.

Why we picked the Razer Blade 15 as the Best Gaming Laptop of 2018

The Razer Blade 15 is the closest thing to a perfect gaming laptop. Stunning design, amazing build quality, and an incredible amount of power join a now larger display that's still in a highly-portable package. The Blade 15 is simply incredible. Read our detailed review for lots more reasons why.

Why we picked the Surface Studio 2 as the Best Desktop All-in-One of 2018

The Surface Studio 2 is pricey, but at least this year it's more justified with its NVIDIA GTX 1070 (or 1060) graphics card and zippy internal storage. Not only does it have the most impressive PC display on the market, it's actually even brighter this year with better contrast. It's the ultimate Windows 10 experience, plain and simple. Read our full review for everything you could possibly want to know about the device.

Why we picked the Samsung Galaxy Book2 as the Best Always Connected PC of 2018

Samsung created a 2-in-1 PC to compete with the Surface Pro line, and instead of a carbon copy, it made something special. The Galaxy Book2 runs on a Snapdragon 850 CPU for unreal battery life, the sAMOLED touch display is a knockout, and, yes, you can browse anywhere thanks to a Snapdragon X20 LTE modem. If you need an Always-Connected Windows 10 PC, definitely look here first. You will not find a better option. Our detailed review explains exactly why.

Why we picked the OnePlus 6T as the Best Smartphone for Windows users

The OnePlus 6T is a great choice for Windows phone converts as it offers the best OS customization, and powerful hardware for a price that doesn't break the bank. It has all the latest smartphone trends, including an edge-to-edge display, and an in-display fingerprint reader too. We love it.

Those are our best products of 2018, and there's something for everyone. Whether you're looking for that laptop that can do it all, or the always connected PC to accompany your home setup, these are the best products announced this year. To find out the other products that won, including accessories, games and more, check out our Best of 2018 Awards winners!

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