Apple, as the master of branding that it is, has managed to turn Retina Display into more than a brand. Their high-definition displays are an industry standard that are now seen with respect. Some would go as far as saying these are the “best displays around”… but are they?
I will not deny Apple laptops have some stunning screens. Especially now that the newest 13-inch and 15-inch Macbook Pros are blessed with Retina Displays. We are here to tell you Apple is not the only one offering such super high definition screens, though.
While they are often overshadowed by Apple, the marketing beast, there’s plenty of non-Apple options with amazingly high resolution panels. In fact, these often carry higher-resolution screens compared to the 15-inch Retina Display’s 2880x1800p screen.
Jump on the list below if you are not willing to give Apple or OS X a try, but need more than a mundane 1080p display.
Dell XPS 15
This bad boy won’t come at a very affordable price, but it will offer some stunning specs, a great design and an unreal display. You can customize it to have an Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, up to 1 TB of internal storage and more. It’s a BEAST!
It’s display measures in at 15.6 inches and sports a resolution of 3200x1800p.
Samsung ATIV Book 9 plus
The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus is a great option for those looking to get an amazing display laptop with less cash. Available for only $1150 from Amazon (at the time of this post’s publishing), it is a great alternative for the otherwise expensive Macbook Pro.
I will say this is one of my favorite laptops in the list, in terms of design, though. It’s display measures in at 13.3 inches and the resolution is also 3200x1800p. Specs are not as powerful as the XPS, as this laptop sports an Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD.
Lenovo Yoga Pro 2
Want a more unique form-factor? Lenovo’s Yoga line is known for its flexible and adaptability. These are great portable laptops for carrying around to any type of situation. Their new version also offers a display that can easily go against a Retina Display.
The laptop is very well designed and has a backlit keyboard, as well as the ability to upgrade to an Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB of internal storage. Prices are also quite accessible.
HP Envy 14
If what you want is a stunning Retina-like display on a very tight budget, you will be hard-pressed to find something cheaper than the HP Envy 14. It’s going for under $800 at the time of this posting.
It carries a 14-inch 3200x1800p display, an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive. This one probably offers the best bang for your buck.
Fujitsu LifeBook U904
This one is pricier, but it comes with a great build quality and pretty good specs. That 14-inch screen does have a 3200x1800p resolution. The Intel Core i5 processor and 6 GB of RAM will also take care of work very well.