Buying a new laptop is surely one of the more daunting tech purchases you can make. There’s an intimidating amount of products out there on the market, and they do a an amazing amount of things. How do you find the best laptop for your needs?
The first step to answering that question is to work out what those needs actually are and most times people say “I want a powerful computer.”
The most powerful laptops today are capable of handling incredible workloads. In the past, for tasks like video editing or graphic design that require a lot of high-performance hardware, no laptop would have been able to come close to the capabilities of a desktop.
The most powerful laptops were often so big and heavy as to be barely portable, and many would sacrifice battery life completely, lasting no longer than an hour away from a plug socket.
The narrative has completely changed. The latest generation of processors with six or eight Central Processing Unit (CPU) cores means the most powerful laptops can perform every bit as well as desktops. Graphics cards and screen resolution, are beating former models.
Here are some of the most powerful laptops on the market today and how you can maximize their usage….
Dell Precision 5530:
Dell describes its Precision 5530 as its thinnest, lightest and smallest 15-inch mobile workstation ever. The two-piece silver and black chassis looks great, and inside there’s a choice of Core i5, i7 or i9 Intel processors with four or six cores. Up to 2TB of fast NVMe storage is available and unlike many other slim and light laptops, you can add a second hard disk to give you both a fast system drive with additional internal storage for media.
15-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2019):
Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro is the most powerful laptop the company has ever made by a wide margin. Whether it’s video editing, 3D design or photo editing, the top-end MacBook Pro will chew through it effortlessly, no matter if you choose the six or eight-core model.
Now this device is for a simple yet powerful use. You would hardly feel it’s weight and morphs into a tablet in a blink of an eye.
Chrome books are small, lightweight laptops that use Google’s operating system and prioritise convenience over everything else. You’ll find Google’s own suite of applications, including Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Gmail, which habitually save files to the cloud rather than your hard drive. You can pick up your work wherever you are, whatever device you’re using.
HP ZBook Studio G5:
The best display in a mobile workstation. The futuristic looking angled edges on the lid and case of HP’s professional-grade ZBook Studio laptop befit an equally forward-thinking internal specification that features four or six-core Intel processors, up to 4TB of SSD storage (across dual SSDs) and Nvidia Quadro graphics.
While other high-end mobile workstations have fantastic screens, the 15.6-inch 4K HP DreamColor display on the ZBook studio is possibly the best on any laptop. It offers 100% AdobeRGB coverage and 10-bit colour accuracy, which means visibly better colours, in addition to particularly high brightness levels with up to 600nits.
Lenovo ThinkPad P1:
The ThinkPad P1 is the real star of Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptop range. It has plenty of CPU power, with up to 6-core Intel Xeon or Core i7 processor, and is considerably thinner, lighter (1.7kg) and more portable that any of the other ThinkPads.
Asus Zenbook Pro 14 UX480:
The portable 14-inch Zenbook Pro is both attractive and highly capable, with processor and graphics performance in spades. And it has an interesting second display, a 5.5-inch screen built into the touchpad that can run special Asus-designed apps.
Weighing just 1.6kg, it comes with a quad-core processor and discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics that will give it a leg up in both creative software and gaming, with up to 16GB of memory and a 1TB SSD. Good specifications for the price that will certainly power any software you might run on it.
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