Laptops are changing. They’re getting smaller, lighter and smarter. And this isn’t just the inevitable march of tech in action: they’re fighting to survive, as more of us use phones and iPads for tasks we’d have been relying on a laptop for a couple of years ago.
Judging by these five contenders, however, we won’t be hearing any death rattles just yet.
Each of the laptop giants has adopted a different survival tactic. Apple is starting to merge iPhone and MacBook, weaving Siri into the laptop’s hardware, adding a Touch ID scanner and a cleverly dynamic OLED touch-panel.
Microsoft has tried to make its Surface Book the only device you need, bar a phone anyway. Its screen pops off for tablet fun, there’s a pressure-sensitive stylus, and a special Nvidia GPU boosts its gaming chops.
Then there’s the blinged-out HP Spectre, gaming-minded Razer Blade Stealth and slinky-screened Dell XPS 13. All great, but which is right for you?
Apple MacBook Pro 13 with Touch Bar | from £1749
Pricier editions of the MacBook Pro have a fancy OLED touch-panel where the function keys used to be.
Dell XPS 13 | from £1249
Dell’s ‘virtually borderless’ InfinityEdge screen makes the XPS 13 significantly smaller than the average 13in laptop.
HP Spectre 13 | from £1199
One of the slimmest, lightest laptops in the world, the Spectre is the most eye-catching computer HP has made to date.
Microsoft Surface Book | from £999
An ambitious hybrid with pressure-sensitive stylus and a custom gaming processor by Nvidia.
Razer Blade Stealth | from £1549
The Blade Stealth is a slim ultraportable. Hook it up to the Core desktop module with a good GPU and it turns into a gaming rig.