Thanks to technology continuing to evolve at a pace that seems hard to keep up with, something as simple as picking a new laptop can seem like a rather daunting task. How are you meant to know what is going to fit your needs?
We’re on hand to deliver a rundown of the latest Dell, HP and Apple laptops to make your decision just that little bit easier.
The Dell XPS 13 has been regarded as one of the best laptops ever made. With an 8th generation Intel Core processor of i5 or i7, it’s an utterly flawless laptop. The 2018 model is slimmer and lighter than ever, making it ideal if you need to carry your device from place to place — nobody likes a bulky laptop. The slim and sleek design is also highly appealing if you’re looking for an aesthetic piece of equipment, even more so as the laptop comes in beautiful Rose Gold and Alpine White finishes.
With a stunning 4K bezel-less display, the Dell XPS 13 is an ideal choice if you use your laptop to stream, or even to just binge watch Netflix. It’s little surprise that this is the most popular Windows laptop on the market, as the broad range of customization options means you’re able to tailor the Dell XPS 13 specifically to your needs. However, if you’re a big Skype user, you may find the off-centre webcam may a little off-putting. As an IR camera, we can’t knock the quality, but its unusual position means it’s good for little other than taking pictures of your chin and nostrils.
Depending on the RAM you chose, the laptop is going to set you back between $899 and $1,200.
If you’re after a 2-in-1 laptop and tablet, we present you with the hybrid HP Spectre x360. All of the best designs from HP boast brilliant design flare and almighty power and the Spectre x360 is a perfect example of this. Considering its seemingly small size of 12.04 x 8.56 x 0.53”, the display is pleasantly bright and its components are more than powerful. Such features mean it’s a perfect device for streaming, with its stunning speakers only adding to this experience. With battery life that lasts up to a whole day, it’s certainly the laptop for you if you’re on the move often.
As it comes with a stylus, its ideal for students in lectures or business people attending regularly meetings, as it allows you to jot down notes without rustling paper and carrying a bulky notepad. That said, the keyboard is something to bear in mind if you use your laptop to write a lot, as it is somewhat of a contradiction. The keyboard itself delivers strong tactile feedback; however, its layout is rather awkward. The hinges of this hybrid device should also be considered; they are smooth when you are moving the screen, but when it comes to tapping that gorgeous touch display or typing away on the keyboard, they do a poor job of holding the screen in place.
At $1,129, it’s certainly not a bad price given you’re getting both a laptop and tablet.
It’s no secret that Apple MacBooks are some of the best laptops on the market, as they last for years whilst retaining their peak performance. Dubbed the best MacBook yet, the 2018 iteration of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar yields a super-fast performance. It may appear identical to last year’s model, but there are whole host of improvements. Packing 2560x1600 pixels, the P3 wide color gamut makes this an attractive choice for photographers, artists and designers. If you work a lot with graphics, the 2018 MacBook Pro is the best prospect on the market to help with your work. You can retouch and edit your work in high resolution at lightning speed.
If you tend to be up late at night on your laptop whether you’re checking emails, chatting to friends, or streaming your favorite show, the device’s True Tone feature will be kinder to your eyes. An advanced version of the Night Shift setting, True Tone is on hand all day long and uses a sensor to read ambient lighting, carefully adjusting the colors on screen for your comfort. Another handy feature is the Touch Bar. Whilst we do concede that this can take some getting used to, it’s a great addition. You’re able to use the bar to quickly apply visual changes to the likes of selected text without even lifting your hands off the keyboard.
Available from $1,799.00, it’s a tad more pricy than other laptops on the market, but we believe it’s well worth it.