Strong Performers

Multitalented and versatile, the latest laptops and tablet hybrids deliver on power, comfort and good looks
2018-02-01
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MICROSOFT SURFACE LAPTOP

With a seventh-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, the Microsoft Surface Laptop is a sleek piece of design with workhorse processing power. The 13.5in Gorilla Glass touchscreen has a resolution of 2256 x 1504, but the real star is the suede-feel Alcantara keyboard. Installed with Windows 10 S, the device is available in Platinum, Graphite Gold, Cobalt Blue and Burgundy.

HP OMEN LAPTOP

The bold design of this Windows laptop underlines the prodigious power of ots Intel Core i7 processor. A Shadow Black cover, carbon-fibre cover pattern and backlit keyboard – in Dragon Red, no less – all point to a beast of a machine, perfect for gaming. The Omen’s 17.3in Full HD display has a 120Hz refresh rate, so online combat is assured without frustrating lag and image ghosting. Bang & Olufsen dual speakers and a wide-vision Full HD infrared camera complete the package.

HP SPECTRE X360 2-IN-1

Every so often, you can have your cake and eat it. And that is the concept behind the HP Spectre x360 2-in-1. This top-spec computer ends the question of whether to commit to a standard clamshell laptop or convert to the lighter alternative of tablet only, as a 360-degree hinge provides both options. At 4K resolution, movies will look pin-sharp on the 15.6in screen, while the Intel Core i7 processor should cope with the most demanding of multitasking programs or games. The x360 even recognises your face and unlocks in less than two seconds.

DELL XPS 13 2-IN-1

The key draw with this 2-in-1 hybrid is that it is super-thin. It is also light, as just 1.24kg, and quiet. Carbon-fibre-composite accents produce a polished look, and the tiny bezel on its 13in Gorilla Glass UltraSharp QHD+ screen results in the computer resembling more of an 11 in laptop than a 13in one. With a 360-degree hinge, you can choose from four positions: tablet, tent, laptop and stand.

ACER PREDATOR 21 X NOTEBOOK

Billed as the most outrageous gaming laptop, the Predator 21 X has the world’s first 21 in curved screen, for an immersive experience. The size of the display hints at the 8.8kg heft, but that’s because this thing is so packed with technology: Nvidia G-Sync, a mechanical keyboard, Tobii eye tracking, an Intel Core i7-7820HK processor, three AeroBlade fans, Dolby Audio Premium with four speakers, and nine pipes for incredible cooling. Outrageous indeed.

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