Recently several manufacturers introduced premium models of laptops on Windows. Innovations in the field of portable computers showed HP, Dell, Microsoft and other companies. According to the plan of the companies, their devices need to compete on the market of high-end laptops Apple. Edition PCworld has named the top 5 most serious rivals new MacBook Pro from PC world.
Dell XPS 13
An updated model of the 13.3-inch XPS 13 boasts ultra-thin frame around the display and a retina screen with a resolution of 3200×1800 pixels. Dell only managed to surpass the MacBook.
Different XPS 13 is equipped with a full Intel Core i5 and i7. In the presence of 8 GB of RAM and SSD to 256 GB of user memory. The developers have indicated a great time working XPS 13 battery life — as much as 15 hours offline, what is the best indicator among the other listed models.
It is also noted that touch 13-inch Dell screen has a resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels, so it is best if you compare with the MacBook Pro screen. The XPS 13 is superior to Apple laptops by weight that is at the level of 1.29 kg 1,37 kg of Apple solutions. Thickness of the notebook Dell on the same level with the MacBook Pro is 15 mm.
The cost of the top version of the Dell XPS 13 was comparable to a MacBook price: $1650.
Microsoft Surface Book
At the recent new York event, Microsoft introduced an updated version of your notebook Surface Book, which is by 30% longer battery life (an impressive 16 hours) and twice the graphics performance compared to the most powerful versions of the original Surface Book.
Updated Surface Book includes the latest Intel Core i7 sixth-generation and completely redesigned cooling system with the optional fan, allow the processor to work at full strength. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M can offer computing power at 1.9 teraflops. Microsoft claims the laptop is twice as fast as the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
All of the improvements the company has managed to fit in the existing body Surface Book. However, the updated laptop was a bit heavier than the predecessor: 1.65 kg to 1.52 kg. against the rest of the features are the same: 13.5 inch PixelSense screen with a resolution of 3000 × 2000 pixels, 8 or 16 GB of RAM, 5-Megapixel webcam and 8-Megapixel rear camera with support for 1080p video, dual microphones, stereo speakers Dolby Audio Premium.
Pre-orders are already being taken, and access to the US market will be held on November 10. Announced version with 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB SSD at a price of respectively $2400, $2800 and $3300. Only the latest model has 16 GB of RAM.
HP Spectre x360
In mid-October, HP announced a new generation of notebook-transformer Spectre x360. The novelty is already available for order on the website of the North American division of HP at a price of $1050.
In comparison with the previous generation model, the new Spectre x360 has become more compact: the thickness decreased by 13% and is now at 13.8 mm, frame around the screen have become. Weight reduction was 11% (weight of 1.29 kg). Also, the developers say additional loops, new sound system with four speakers, increased at 12° angle of the web camera.
Despite the size reduction, the HP Spectre x360 has received a battery of increased capacity is 57.8 W•h: according to the calculations the creators of the autonomy of the laptop when the battery reaches 15 hours. In addition, the device supports fast charging Fast Charge HP: 90 minutes connection to the mains is enough to charge the battery to 90%.
HP Spectre x360 is equipped with Intel Kaby Lake series Core i5 and i7 processors, DDR4 RAM up to 16 GB and SSD with PCI-Express with capacity of 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB. Also the laptop has got IPS display diagonal of 13.3 inches resolution Full HD, one USB 3.0 port Type-A and two USB-C Thunderbolt 3.
Razer Blade Stealth
Users focused on gaming applications, it is recommended to pay attention to the long-running series of slim laptops the Razer. New Razer Blade Stealth combines a 12.5-inch IGZO capacitive matrix touch layer. Its resolution depending on the model can be 2560 × 1440 or 3840 × 2160 pixels. Despite the fact that the processor and graphics core are contained in a relatively modest dual-core SoC Core i7-7500U (Kaby Lake-U 2,7/3,5 GHz), the laptop can easily turn into a gaming machine by connecting to it via Thunderbolt 3 dock Razer Core with a desktop graphics card.
The system contains 8 or 16 GB of memory LPDDR3-1866, an M. 2 SSD-drive capacity from 128 GB to 1 TB, wireless network adapter Killer Wireless-AC, and battery capacity of 53.6 W⋅h. Many other features “borrowed” from the 14-inch Razer Blade: 2-megapixel camera, USB 3.0 (however, the Stealth Blade only two of them), the aforementioned Thunderbolt 3/USB-C, HDMI 2.0, keyboard backlight and logo on the lid of the laptop, etc.
The novelty weighs around 1.29 kg with dimensions of 321 × 206 × 13,1 mm. manufacturer’s Recommended price for the base variant Stealth Blade is $999 (U.S. market). For buyers of this model, as well as senior Blade online store razerzone.com 100-dollar discount on the dock Razer Core, normal price which is $499.
The Razer Blade Pro
Last week, Razer has announced the imminent start of deliveries of the new 17.3-inch laptop the Blade Pro, which will replace the same name last year’s model with an Intel Core i7-4720HQ and a video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M. The company’s engineers set out to design a truly powerful mobile PC in aluminum body thickness of only 22.5 mm.
“Under the hood” from the Razer Blade Pro are both Quad core CPU Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake-H, and 2.6/3.5 GHz) and the GeForce GTX 1080, which, like its desktop counterpart, operates 2560 stream processors, Pascal, 256-bit memory bus and 8 GB GDDR5X. Used matrix made by technology IGZO, characterized by viewing angles 170/170°, a resolution of 3840 × 2160 pixels, the color gamut is 100% Adobe RGB and support for multi-touch. The laptop is also equipped with 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) RAM SO-DIMM DDR4-2133 and two drives M. 2 SSD with a capacity of 256, 512 or 1024 GB operating in a RAID 0. A self-powered laptop provides Li-polymer battery nominal 99 W·h
The keyboard is traditionally accompanied by a customizable RGB-backlit Razer Chroma. Depending on the game application can be customized and trackpad. The new Razer Blade Pro use a network subsystem Killer DoubleShot Pro, including a controller Gigabit wired network and E2400 Killer wireless adapter Killer Wireless-AC 1535(Wi-Fi (802.11 ac)/Bluetooth 4.1).
Among other things, the device features a Full HD web camera, card reader SD/SDHC/SDXC and compact external power adaptor nominal value of 250 watts. In the basic configuration, the laptop weighs 3,54 kg.
The side faces of the Blade Pro are Thunderbolt connector 3 (USB 3.1 Type-C), USB 3.0 (3 PCs), RJ-45 video/audio output HDMI 2.0 combo 3.5 mm audio Jack and Kensington lock. Worldwide sales of the laptop will start in November at a price of $3699 for the version with two 256-GB SSD.