Of all the ultrathin laptops I've reviewed, the ZenBook 3 is most like Apple's MacBook from a design perspective. It packs a 12.5" display, an edge-to-edge keyboard, and a single USB-C port for charging and all connectivity. Where the ZenBook pulls away from the MacBook is on the inside, packing a lot more processing punch.
When choosing the right laptop it all comes down to what you are willing to spend and what you plan to use it for. After looking this year's releases and analyzing hundreds of expert and user reviews, we bring you the best of the best in a handful of popular categories.
Apple's decision to remove all but USB-C ports from MacBook Pros has brought yet another controversy to Apple customers this year, however the new MacBooks are still a tad faster, they're thinner and lighter, screens are better, and an all-new OLED Touch Bar brings novelty as well. Check out what the first reviews of the MBP 13" model and the 15" MacBook Pro have to say.
The Surface Book "Performance Base" refresh brings a faster Core i7 CPU, a GTX 965M GPU for twice the graphics performance, and a larger battery. All worthy upgrades on a svelte package that is still very expensive. Reviewers are praising it for what it delivers, except that maybe Microsoft could've waited just a little while longer and ship with Kaby Lake and a Pascal GPU instead.
The Yoga Book is one of the most attractive pieces of hardware I’ve used this year. Lenovo is aiming for the best of both worlds: a compact tablet that’s easy to hold and transport; and an on-the-go laptop that isn’t hindered by an awkward dock. But going from concept to actual product, how well does it work?
The MSI GS43VR 6RE Phantom Pro is a compact a 14-inch gaming laptop powered by a GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. This is Nvidia’s latest upper mid-range discrete graphics chip that succeeds and should significantly outperform the aging GTX 970M, narrowly beating the GTX 980M too at a lower power cost and with a less beefy cooling solution.