Photo Of The Day By Teri Franzen

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Skimming Away” by Teri Franzen. Location: Nickerson Beach in Long Beach, NY.
Photo By Teri Franzen

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Skimming Away” by Teri Franzen. Location: Nickerson Beach in Long Beach, NY.

“A recent Friday morning found me sitting at the edge of a pool of water on the shore of Nickerson Beach in Long Beach, NY,” says Franzen. “The water had been perfectly still and I hoped Black Skimmers might make their way over in search of food. The image I envisioned involves a skimmer flying towards me, connecting to the water and showing the narrowness of its bill. Occasionally, one or two of them did skim through, but far more often on the way out rather than in my direction. I don’t normally shoot birds flying away, but the sight was so intriguing I made an exception with this frame-filling moment.”

See more of Teri Franzen’s photography at terifranzenphotography.com.

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The Best Laptop 2017: Our pick of the 15 best laptops you can buy this year

If you're looking to discover what is the best laptop to buy before the end of 2017, you've come to the right place. We've tested hundreds of the latest laptops, including all of the best models from the most popular and trusted brands, so that you can be sure you're getting the best laptop for you at a price that makes sense.

So whether you're after a thin and light laptop to throw in a bag every day, a desktop replacement to stay at home, a gaming laptop to have fun with in the evenings, a 2-in-1 laptop that doubles as a touchscreen tablet or a cheapo Chromebook – we've got lots of recommendations for you!

Rest assured, while there are 15 laptops in this list, the order they're placed in doesn't particularly matter. We've included something for everyone, starting with the Dell XPS 13 which we think is the out-and-out best laptop in the world right now. And underneath that you'll find a whole range of our top recommendations – so whether the one you like the look of is at number 1 or number 15 – rest assured every laptop in this list is worth buying and gets a solid recommendation from us.

What's more, our funky price comparison tools will show you where you can buy each one for the absolute cheapest price, so you won't have to trawl through the web comparing prices. If you want to see a more comprehensive list of prices and retailers, simply click the 'view all prices' link on each widget!

The best laptops of 2017:

Slim, light, powerful and majestic – Dell’s 2017 flagship XPS 13 is the best laptop in the world. If you're after a brilliant all-rounder with powerful performance, a superb screen and extremely slim dimensions it simply cannot be beaten. This laptop squeezes a 13.3-inch 'Infinity Edge' screen into an 11-inch frame- that means it's the smallest/slimmest 13-inch laptop out there, with the screen stretching almost all the way to the edge of the device. Couple that with Intel’s latest Kaby Lake Core i7 and Core i5 processors, plus the availability of a multi-use USB-C port, standard USB 3.0 and SD slots, and what you end up with is the worlds' most popular Windows laptop. You can buy this one in many flavours too – the most expensive versions have super high-res multi-touch screens plus Core i7 processors and loads of memory and storage, but you can save money in several steps which include opting for a non-touch full HD screen, Core i5 processor and less memory/storage etc. But rest assured, whichever version of the Dell XPS 13 you go for, it'll be best in class and well worth the money.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13

If you love the look of the Dell XPS 13 but you don't want to pay the steep asking price, the Asus Zenbook UX310UA is the best alternative. It costs substantially less – in fact it's usually about half the price – while retaining a fabulous screen, excellent build quality and looks, plus top performance for everyday tasks. Because of this, it's also a viable alternative to the 2017 Macbook if you want something super slim that's not a Mac and doesn't cost as much. Like most laptops of this kind, it comes in various specifications so the cheaper versions have Intel Core i3 CPUs and full HD screens while the most expensive options come with a super high res display and Intel Core i5. Whichever one you go for, though, you're getting a fantastic laptop. Asus has long been a great brand for offering great value on these kinds of laptops so it's not much of a surprise that in 2017 we find ourselves recommending another Asus laptop in this price bracket.

Read the full review: Asus Zenbook UX310UA
See more like this: The best Ultrabooks 2017 

If you're after a cheap laptop that offers something a bit special, look no further than the Lenovo Yoga Book 2017. As with all Yoga devices, the screen folds flat so you can use it either as a tablet or a laptop. To add more versatility, Lenovo has now added the option to buy it with either Windows 10 or Android 6.0 onboard – which one you choose will depend how you're more likely to use the device. The screen on this thing defies the cheap asking price and the keyboard and capacitive touch-keyboard are both fantastic too. This is a great option if you want something cheap for basic computing tasks, for creating art using the built-in Wacom digitizer or a train device for watching movies. But for more heavy lifting you'd be better off choosing one of the options above as the Intel Atom CPU in this thing is great at saving power and making the battery last for ages but not so good at super speedy processing.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga Book
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The best 2-in-1 laptops 2017

If you're after the latest and greatest laptop from Apple, welcome to the 13-inch Macbook Pro with touchbar. It's the best laptop Apple has ever made, and builds new features into the classic design. Of course the headline feature is the touchbar – it's a thin OLED display at the top of the keyboard which can be used for any number of things, whether that be auto-suggesting words as you type or offering Touch ID so you can log in with just your fingerprint. If you're a massive fan of the Macbook Pro 2017 you'll be happy with this model but there are some serious reasons why you should consider one of the Windows alternatives. For a start, this laptop is very expensive for what is is, especially considering the better value alternatives. On top of this, it's not as powerful, the screen is lower-res versus the competition and isn't touchscreen friendly, plus the battery is a bit disappointing too. So if you're open to switching to a PC, definitely consider the XPS 13 as a more modern, cheaper alternative. But if you're a steadfast Apple die hard, this is definitely the best laptop for you!

Read the full review: Apple Macbook with touchbar (2017)
See more like this: The best Macs and Macbooks 2017

The Macbook Air is dead – long live the new Apple Macbook! It's the slimmest, slickest and best-looking Macbook Apple has ever built and it's one of the most popular and best-selling laptops on the planet. It will not serve as a main productivity machine – it's a lot less powerful than the Macbook Pro and has only one IO port in the form of USB Type-C. But in terms of being a sluper slim and light Macbook that you can take anywhere without even noticing the weight, and giving you the same slick OS X performance, the Macbook is a beautiful machine.

Read the full review: Apple Macbook
See more like this: The best Macs and Macbooks 2017 

Part of a new generation of Max-Q gaming laptops in 2017, the  Asus ROG Zephyrus is both ridiculously powerful and astonishingly thin and light. Make no mistake, this thing is large compared to a Macbook Pro or Dell XPS 13, but compared to gaming laptops of the past this effort from Asus is something of a holy grail achievement. Your expectations of a 15-inch gaming laptop will never be the same after seeing the Zephyrus in action. It's expensive of course, but with powerful Core i7 CPU and GTX 1080 graphics it'll be easily powerful enough to play the best games for many years to come on the built-in 1080p screen. It's an ideal top-end desktop replacement that is, possibly for the first time ever, also extremely portable.

Read the full review: Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501
See more like this: The best gaming laptops 2017

If you're after a new gaming laptop and you don't have the kind of money that you need for the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 above, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptop is your best option. It comes in at well under half the price and offers absolutely fantastic value for money. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics chip is easily powerful enough to lubricate the best games on the built-in 1080p display while general performance in Windows is super slick thanks to the Core i5 CPU. If you're going to be moving around a bit, you'll be pleased to know that the battery life on this laptop is also superb – we got nearly 8 hours out of it while watching HD video. A gaming session with Tom Clancy's The Division on medium settings for two hours only dropped the battery to 66%. This is far better than similarly priced rivals. So in the reasonably-priced category, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is definitely the best laptop around at the moment.

Read the full review: Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming
See more like this: The best gaming laptops 2017 

A Chromebook doesn't run Windows, Android or Apple's Mac OS. Instead it's powered by Google's Chrome OS – a super lightweight operating system based on the Chrome web browser. It's a great way to save money on a laptop (no Windows license to pay for and no need for top-end Intel chips etc) while still retaining all of the productivity options you'd get on a full-blown windows or Mac OS laptop. The Chromebook Flip is the best Chromebook out there at the moment, offering truly premium build quality, a fabulous touchscreen and keyboard and excellent performance. All while offering great value for money too. For students and teachers it's a brilliant option, and it could also be for you if you're a bit of a technophobe who just wants a simple laptop to browse the web, watch videos and write emails on.

Read the full review: Asus Chromebook Flip C302
See more like this: The best Chromebooks 2017

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is 2017's best laptop for you if you're looking for the perfect cross between a nimble Windows tablet and a fully functional laptop. The base version of the Surface Pro 4 is just a tablet – you get the main unit itself with kickstand but if you want the Surface Pen or the fantastic Type Cover keyboard you'll need to pay extra for a bundle or buy it separately. Often the best value option is a bundle but even the tablet on its own represents pretty good value. The Surface Pro, alongside the also-excellent Surface Book laptop, is to Windows what the Pixel is to Google's Android. It's the benchmark Windows device, with software and hardware working together in perfect harmony. So if you need a new laptop and a tablet, the Surface Pro is the best does-it-all 2-in-1 option. If you want this but need something a little cheaper, check out the Acer Switch 3 below!

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 4
See more like this: The best 2-in-1 laptops 2017 

If you want the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 but you want to spend a lot less, the Acer Switch 3 2017 is definitely the your best option. It's designed around essentially the same concept as the Surface Pro and it's a less capable thanks to slightly lower power innards, but for most tasks it's a brilliant little machine. What's more, to add further value this 2-in-1 laptop/tablet comes with the keyboard upgrade which means no little extras to pay for. As usual it comes in several different versions, with USB Type-C, 8GB RAM, an IPS display and Intel Core i3 7100U CPU coming with the more expensive option.

Read the full review: Acer Switch 3
See more like this: The best 2-in-1 laptops 2017 

The Acer Chromebook R11 is probably the best cheap laptop around at the moment. Like the Acer Chromebook Flip higher up this page, this laptop runs Chrome OS so does away with all the overheads that Windows brings. Consequently it's able to run nice and fast on less powerful components, which means a very cheap price! Its touchscreen is decent, though it's only HD, and it will flip to become a tablet too. What's more, it'll run practically all day thanks to its excellent battery life. So if you're looking for a capable but very cheap laptop, this one is your best bet.

Read the full review: Acer Chromebook R11
See more like this: The best Chromebooks 2017 

If you're after a low cost Windows laptop that you can slip into a bag and carry around all day without noticing the weight, the Asus Transformer Mini T102HA is a fantastic device. Honestly it's not the fastest laptop in the world, so don't expect to do any video editing. But for simple every-day tasks it's more than adequate. What's more, it's similar to the other 2-in-1 laptops in this list in that it can become a tablet – you can choose whether or not to take the keyboard with you. And it comes as standard so you don't need to pay extra for it.

Read the full review: Asus Transformer Mini T102HA
See more like this: The best 2-in-1 laptops 2017 

If you love the look of the XPS 13 at the top of this list but need something a little bigger with more graphics power, the Dell XPS 15 2017 could be the best laptop for you. Packing the same InfinityEdge technology, the screen extends right to the edge of the machine which means it's as small as it's possible to make a 15-inch laptop in 2017. It's quite pricey though, depending on which version you get. The very top end version has a 4K colour-accurate display which makes it perfect for graphic design, and gaming performance is decent as long as you play at either a lower resolution or on medium settings.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 15

If you're after a workhorse 15-inch laptop that'll give you loads of grunt for your money with top features and excellent design, the Samsung Notebook 7 Spin is the best laptop for you – despite the silly name. You won't want to be carrying it around too often as it's a bit heavy for that, but otherwise it's a superb laptop. The keyboard is lovely to type on and the HD screen is HDR capable which makes it ideal for watching video and editing images. It's a cracking alternative to the Dell XPS 15 but for a lot less money.

Read the full review: Samsung Notebook 7 Spin

And finally – HP's best 2-in-1 laptop is a really stunner. It's super thin and light while packing in fantastic performance and a fast charging battery. It's expensive, but for the money what you're getting is the best ultra portable laptop available in 2017. As with many laptops on the list, this laptop comes in a number of different builds – with the bottom end one starting with a full HD screen while the top end model packs in a 4K one. Whichever one you go for though, you're getting a fabulous laptop that you'll love carrying around with you.

Read the full review: HP Spectre x360
See more like this: The best 2-in-1 laptops 2017 

Which type of laptop is best for you?

General laptops: Where the best cheap laptops are found, devices that focus more on practicality than style, portability or power. That’s not to say they can’t be fast, but you’ll typically find a non-Ultrabook clamshell laptop with an HD screen and spinning drive-based storage for less than $600 or £400.

Ultrabooks: Where you’ll find thin-and-light notebooks sporting SSD storage and display resolutions that exceed 1080p. Paired with powerful, albeit mobile-centric components and especially long battery life, the best Ultrabooks will cost a pretty penny – $700 or £500 to $2,000 or £1,800.

2-in-1 laptops: Where notebooks that double as tablets are located. The Surface Book 2 might be a ways off, but many of the best 2-in-1 laptops are available right now. Outfitted with both detachable and 360-degree rotating hinges, these hybrids are the most versatile way to experience Windows 10 (or Chrome OS) on a touchscreen.

Chromebooks: Where you’ll find the best Chromebooks running Chrome OS. These do much of what Windows and macOS can in the browser, focused on cloud storage over local, while recently getting Android app support for touchscreen models. They generally cost less than $300 or £200 and some can even withstand a slight tussle.

Gaming laptops: Need a laptop to play games (almost) just like a shiny desktop PC can? Then you’ll want one of the best gaming laptops. These machines generally cost from $800 or £600 to upwards of $3,000 or £2,800 and they’ll likely be the ones to take advantage of AMD’s laptop-grade Ryzen processors first.

Laptop-tablet hybrids: Designed from the tablet-first approach to laptop-tablet hybrids, the best Windows tablets pack beyond-HD touchscreens, sometimes with kickstands in their frames or provided via keyboard covers. These generally shine with a stylus, and range from the budget to the premium price ranges.

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Amazon Great Indian Festival: Best deals on laptops

The festival season is just around the corner and Amazon India is back with its Amazon Great Indian Festival sale. To celebrate the festive season, Amazon is offering deals across a wide range of products from phones, electronics, fashion, home & kitchen products, etc. The sale will start at 12 PM on September 21 and will last till September 24.

Amazon Prime members will have the first pick at all the deals as they will enjoy early access to all deals. Prime members will be able to avail the offers one day in advance, i.e, they can buy the products at a discounted price from 12PM on September 20. In this post, we will cover the best deals on laptops.

Apple MacBook Air MQD32HN/A at Rs 55,990 @ Amazon (save Rs 22,210)

The Apple MacBook Air MQD32HN/A comes with a 13.3-inch screen, Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD and runs on MacOS Sierra operating system. It is currently being offered at Rs. 55,990, after a discount of Rs. 22,210.

HP 15-BE002TX at Rs. 44,990 @ Amazon (save Rs. 8,301)

The HP 15-BE002TX features a 15.6-inch display, sixth generation Core i5 processor, AMD Radeon R5 M430 2GB Graphics, 8GB RAM, 1TB internal storage and runs on Windows 10 Home. It is available for Rs. 44,990 after a discount of Rs. 8,301.

Dell Vostro 3468 at Rs. 25,990 @ Amazon (save Rs. 7,500)

The Dell Vostro 3468 comes with a 14-inch screen, a seventh generation Intel Core i3 processor, Intel HD graphics, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive and runs on Ubuntu 14.04. It is currently being sold at Rs. 25,990 after a discount of Rs. 7,500.

Lenovo ideapad110 at Rs. 19,990 @ Amazon (save Rs. 7,000)

Lenovo ideapad110 features a 15.6-inch display, a sixth generation Intel Core i3 processor, Intel HD graphics, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and runs on DOS. You can buy the ideapad110 for Rs. 19,990 after a discount of Rs. 7,000.

HP 15-be016TU at Rs. 24,990 @ Amazon (save Rs. 6,610)

The HP 15-be016TU comes with a 15.6-inch screen, a sixth generation Intel Core i3 processor, Intel HD graphics 520, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive and runs on FreeDOS 2.0. It is available for Rs. 24,990 after a discount of Rs. 6,610.

Lenovo Ideapad 320E 80XL0376IN at Amazon @ Rs. 34,990 (save Rs. 6,000)

The Lenovo Ideapad 320E 80XL0376IN comes with a 15.6-inch display, a seventh generation Intel Core i5 processor, 2GB NVIDIA Graphics, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive and runs on FreeDOS. It is available at a price of Rs. 34,990 after a discount of Rs. 6,000.

Lenovo Ideapad 320E 80XH01FHIN at Amazon @ Rs. 27,990 (save Rs. 6,000)

The Lenovo Ideapad 320E 80XH01FHIN features a 15.6-inch screen, a sixth generation Core i3 processor, Intel HD graphics, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive and runs on Windows 10. You can buy it for Rs. 27,990 after a discount of Rs. 6,000.

HP 15-BU004TU at Rs. 24,990 @ Amazon (save Rs. 5,700)

The HP 15-BU004TU comes with a 15.6-inch screen, a sixth generation Core i3 processor, Intel HD graphics, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive and runs on FreeDOS. It is available for Rs. 24,990 after a discount of Rs. 5,700.

HP 15-BU008TX at Rs. 29,990 @ Amazon (save Rs. 5,000)

The HP 15-BU008TX comes with a 15.6-inch screen, a sixth generation Core i3 processor, Intel HD graphics, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive and runs on FreeDOS. It is available for Rs. 29,990 after a discount of Rs. 5,000.

HP Notebook 14-BU008TU at Rs. 36,990 @ Amazon (save Rs. 4,000)

The HP Notebook 14-BU008TU comes with a 14-inch display, a seventh generation Intel Core i3 processor, Intel HD Graphics 620, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive and runs on Windows 10 Home. It come at a price of Rs. 36,990 after a discount of Rs. 4,000.

Lenovo Ideapad 320E 80XL0378IN at Rs. 39,990 @ Amazon (save Rs. 4,000)

The Lenovo Ideapad 320E 80XL0378IN comes with a 15.6-inch screen, a seventh generation Intel Core i5 processor, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive and runs on Windows 10 Home. It is available for Rs. 39,990 after a discount of Rs. 4,000.

Acer Switch 10E SW3-016 at Rs. 11,999 @ Amazon (save Rs. 3,991)

The Acer Switch 10E SW3-016 is a budget laptop and comes with a 10.1-inch screen, Atom X5 processor, Intel HD Graphics, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and runs on Windows 10 Home. It is available for Rs. 3,991 after a discount of Rs. 11,999.

HP 14-BU006TU at Rs. 28,990 @ Amazon (save Rs. 3,500)

The HP 14-BU006TU comes with a 14-inch screen, a sixth generation Core i3 processor, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive and runs on Windows 10. You can get the HP 14-BU006TU for Rs. 28,990 after a discount of Rs. 3,500.

Lenovo Ideapad 320E 80XH01GKIN at Rs. 23,990 @ Amazon (save Rs. 3,500)

The Lenovo Ideapad 320E 80XH01GKIN comes with a 15.6-inch display, a sixth generation Intel Core i3 processor, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive and runs on FreeDOS. It is available for Rs. 23,990 after a discount of Rs. 3,500.

Dell Vostro 3468 at Rs. 31,990 @ Amazon (save Rs. 3,000)

The Dell Vostro 3468 comes with a 14-inch screen, a seventh generation Intel Core i3 processor, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive and runs on Windows 10. It is available for Rs. 31,990 after a discount of Rs. 3,000.

Last Frame: Food Fight!

Last Frame: Food Fight!
Photo By Jerry amEnde

The Susquehanna River in northern Maryland is full of activity in the fall when migrating bald eagles gather to feed on fish, and Jerry amEnde was there to catch the action. “Bald eagles are thieves by nature and often would rather steal a meal than catch it,” he explains. “Once a fish is caught, a free-for-all ensues as other eagles attempt to steal the catch. In this photo, a juvenile bald eagle attempts to grab a fish from an adult. Juvenile eagles are various shades of brown and don’t acquire their characteristic fully white head and tail until they’re about 5 years old.”

Canon EOS-1D X, Canon EF 500mm F/4L IS USM and 1.4x teleconverter, Gitzo tripod, Wimberley gimbal head. Exposure: 1/2000 sec., ƒ/7.1, ISO 2500.

See more of Jerry amEnde’s photography at photos.amendegw.com.

 

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