Laptop Computer Roundup of 2018: Christmas Edition13th December 2018
Christmas is coming! It’s time to give your loved one the gift that keeps on updating. But which laptop should you buy? This month your prayers are answered with our laptop roundup: three of the best laptops for programming, gaming and writing in 2018.
Where would we be without the humble wordsmith? Cave painting, probably. For the writer in your life, here’s 2018’s best touch-type keyboards and built-in word processors.
- Microsoft Surface Go, £360.00
Its name may make you want to play Pokemon but ignore that and what you have is an ultimately portable smooth experience with the king of word processors onboard.
- Asus Chromebook Flip, £499.00
With looks that would make a MacBook Pro look twice and an elegant tablet option, the Asus Chromebook is ideal for writing if you want to save the dollar and look the part.
- HP Spectre x360, £1,299.00
Why choose this over a MacBook Pro? Firstly, the touch typing on the Spectre is sublime with a pronounced force curve. Secondly, it’s also a brilliant tablet. Thirdly, battery life for new MacBooks are hampered by the touchbar and you need that juice to keep writing!
Like writing but unfathomable, coding is the universal language for the tech world. It, therefore, requires a very particular set of skills from a laptop, so here are our choices.
- Lenovo ThinkPad E470, £430.00
The outstanding value for money with the Lenovo ThinkPad means a portable programming powerhouse for not much money.
- Microsoft Surface Pro 6, £750.00
You’d never believe the power of the quad-core processors and massive RAM on the Surface Pro 6 because it’s so dinky and easy to set up on your commute into the city.
- Apple MacBook Pro 13 & 15 inch, £1575.00
What can we say? Good battery life, sleek, thin, power on tap, extremely fast, a retina display that caresses your eyes. It’s biblical.
The gaming laptops of 2018: lightning-fast processing, eye-watering prices and names that sound like the delights only found in Dutch coffee shops.
- Acer Predator Helios, £849.00
It looks the business for the price point and will perform the best of any laptop in its class. Tweak the fan settings and it’s good to go for hours of non-stop, first-person shooters.
- Razer Blade, £1480.00
It’s a MacBook Pro rival as well as a gaming giant, ready to take on anything with its good looks and 4K Ultra-HD display and high-end graphics card.
- Alienware 17 R5, £1500.00
It may weigh 10 lbs but you’ll forgive it when you see the Alienware is a tank of a laptop with out-of-this-world processing power. Simply the best.