Stuff Singapore Readers' Choice Awards: Laptop of the Year 2016 finalists

Which new laptop left you feeling excited for more?

Laptops have become more than just portable computers.

2016's models are feats of engineering tech, with impressive build quality and designs, miraculously thin frames and boast new innovations straight from the manufacturer’s research lab. And it wasn't only the MacBook’s Touch Bar that made headlines, but also new high-end Windows laptops with faster processors, 4K touch screen displays and fingerprint ID authentication becoming the new norm.

Do you prefer a laptop with a touch screen? Perhaps you need a powerful processor for work? Or maybe you're bothered by the fact that you need adapters for your laptop with only USB Type-C ports? Tell us which laptop you felt really left a mark on the tech world. 

HP Spectre

HP's premium ultraportable laptop is only a mere 10.4mm thick, and at its release was the world’s thinnest laptop. But there are no compromises, with a 1080p 13.3-inch display, full sized keyboard, and Intel i5 or i7 core processors. These chips require a fan system, so the HP Spectre cleverly sucks in cool air from underneath and redirects the hot air out the back — pretty smart engineering. Plus, its shiny coppery-gold finish certainly turned heads. 

Razer Blade Stealth

Razer’s 12.5in Blade Stealth ultrabook screams for you to make it your one and only gaming laptop. Inside, the Blade Stealth packs a 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U processor, 16GB RAM and 1TB PCIe SSD space, in addition to a 53.6Wh battery capacity and 4K touchscreen display. Pair it with the Razer Core external GPU enclosure, updated to support the latest Radeon 400 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 10 series of graphics cards.

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

The new MacBook Pro has a Touch Bar just above the keyboard, adding touch screen buttons and customisable digital controls. While it’s had its fair share of mixed reviews, it’s certainly remade the keyboard in way we’ve never seen before, with support for Photoshop and Office in the works. Then there’s the fact that it only has USB-C ports, which means you’ll need adapters for all your existing devices. But love it or hate it, the latest Apple MacBook Pro is certainly pushing towards future tech much like its gadgets of years past.  

Asus Zenbook 3

At its release, the ZenBook 3 was touted by Asus to be thinner and lighter than Apple’s new Macbook. Heck, the Zenbook 3 also only has one USB Type-C port, and sports a similar looking shallow keyboard. Inside though, Asus has fitted the latest 7th generation Core i7 chips, and on the top sits a new track pad with an integrated fingerprint reader compatible with Windows Hello. There’s just so much to like in such a thin frame. 

Lenovo Yoga 910

The Lenovo Yoga 910 still folds all the way around, but this time has a near edgeless 13.9in touch screen display with just 5mm of bezel. With such a thin bezel, the webcam has been repositioned to the bottom center. The Yoga 910 also includes a fingerprint reader that reads your print very quickly, and supports Windows Hello, along with the addition of USB Type-C ports.