Tom Brant

Tom Brant
As a hardware analyst, Tom tests and reviews laptops, peripherals, and much more at PC Labs in New York City. He previously covered the consumer tech beat as a news reporter for PCMag in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, where he rode in several self-driving cars and witnessed the rise and fall of many startups. Before that, he worked for PCMag's sister site, Computer Shopper, where he occasionally dunked waterproof hard drives in glasses of water. In his spare time, he's written on topics as diverse as Borneo's rain forests, Middle Eastern airlines, and big data's role in presidential elections. A graduate of Middlebury College, Tom also has a master's degree in journalism and French Studies from New York University. Follow him on Twitter @branttom.

Recent Articles by Tom Brant

The Best Chromebooks for Kids in 2020

Chromebooks are now a staple of American education (not to mention, a quick laptop fix in these pandemic times). If your child needs one for schoolwork or playtime, here's help with the specs, the features, and everything else you need to know before you buy.

By Tom Brant

2020 Apple MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro: Which Mac Laptop to Buy?

Apple's MacBook Air and MacBook Pro share similarly impressive, iconic designs, but which one delivers the right balance of power and value for what you do? Check out our MacBook comparison and see how they rank in our testing.

By Tom Brant

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9310) Review

4.5
Editors' Choice

Sleek, powerful, and flexible, Dell's latest XPS 13 2-in-1, now packing "Tiger Lake" silicon, is our top pick among premium convertible laptops.

By Tom Brant

The Best Chromebooks for 2020

Budget-friendly, web-centric Chromebooks can save you money. But is it worth opting for one if you can find a capable Windows 10 laptop for well under $500? Here's what you need to know, along with the best Chromebook models we have tested.

By John Burek  & Tom Brant

The Best Laptops for College Students in 2020

Where college is, and what form it takes, are the biggest current questions for students and their families. Which laptop to use? That doesn't have to be one. Whether for remote learning or carrying around campus, start your "best laptops" short list with these top-rated, value-focused models.

By John Burek  & Tom Brant
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