There’s nothing quite like building your own PC, but sometimes it’s more efficient and cost effective to buy a full system, and building your own laptop is only a pleasant dream.
Winner: Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
The form factor that inspired a legion of clones, Microsoft’s hardware is slick, polished and mature and is available with a wide range of configuration options.
A mild update to last year's all new flagship laptop from Apple is still one of the classiest laptops on the market.
Asus ZenBook Flip S is one of the world’s thinnest and lightest convertible laptops, designed for anywhere and everywhere. It combines elegant sophistication with the convenience and versatility of a 360°-flippable display.
This value convertible features good audio and media playback. Its metal cover helps it go on the road and it comes in a choice of three configurations.
The VivoBook Slim S15 offers a perfect combination of beauty & performance. Equipped with slim NanoEdge bezel, brushed-metal finish, Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB RAM and GeForce GT 940MX graphics.
This return to form for Fujitsu manages to be super light but manages to provide a long battery life and sturdy chassis full of ports.
Laptops don't get much thinner than HP's 13in ultraportable and the 2017 update makes a great product even better thanks to the new i5-8250 CPU.
Built for style as much as performance, the Spectre x360 is made from a single block of aluminium and features stylus support when in tablet mode, and has unusually good battery life.
Microsoft’s first Surface Laptop is a classy looker with very impressive engineering and build quality, and offers a choice of Windows 10 or 10 S.>
Purposely built to be productive, perfectly balanced features, designed to impress and built to work from your first coffee until you turn the lights out and go beyond.
Best gaming laptop
Winner: Razer Blade
This 14in gaming laptop features a 6GB GTX 1060 GPU, core i7-7700 CPU and either a 1080p or 4k screen but still weighs less than 2kg
Aimed at the esports market, the 15” GL503 Scar edition features GTX 1050 or GTX 1060 driving a fast 1080p screen with a 120Hz refresh rate.
Based around the MaxQ design philosophy, the Zephyrus boasts a GTX 1080 but is only 17.99mm thick when closed.
Available in both 15.6” and 17.3” form factors, the Acer Predator Helios contains a GTX 1060, i7-7700HQ processor and 16Gb RAM.
At 18.9mm thick and weighing 2.4kg, the Triton 700 is powerful and portable, with a GTX 1080, 120Hz, 1080p G-Sync IPS screen and mechanical keyboard.
HP check all the boxes, with a mechanical keyboard, 1080p 120Hz or 4k screen powered by a factory-overclocked GTX 1080 GPU and efficient cooling for overclocking.
With a 17.3” 1080p, 120Hz, G-Sync screen, a GTX 1070 and a Steelseries mechanical keyboard, the GT75VR 7RE-018AU is a serious gaming laptop.
Suitable for the gamer and the professional, the Blackbook sports a mechanical keyboard, GTX 1060 and a touch aluminium shell. Designed and built in Australia.
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