In November last year, Apple started selling the new MacBook Pro with touch panel Touch Bar. In new laptops embedded with a vivid display with better color reproduction among all of the company’s products, the fingerprint scanner Touch ID, improved keyboard, enhanced trackpad Force Touch and a sound system with an expanded dynamic range by half. In addition, it is the most powerful MacBook Pro of all: it handles graphics up to 2.3 times faster than the previous model, is equipped with four – and dual-core processors 6th generation ultra-fast SSD.
Two months after Apple, CES 2017, several manufacturers showed their answer to the MacBook Pro, releasing premium models of laptops running Windows. Innovations in the field of portable computers has demonstrated Lenovo, HP, Dell, Acer, Asus and other companies. The intention of the manufacturers, their devices must compete in the market top-end laptops. MacDigger made the top 5 most serious opponents of the new MacBook Pro in 2017.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
In the beginning of the month, Lenovo showed its new flagship laptop ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the speaker in the same category with a series of MacBook Pro. The 14-inch ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017, as stated, embodied the most advanced technological solutions to become more productive through the use of processor Intel Core i architecture Kaby Lake and was more compact than the predecessor. Dimensions and weight of new items — 323,5 x 217,1 x 15,95 mm and 1.14 kg. For comparison, the dimensions and weight of the latest generation of MacBook Pro screen 13″ — 304 x 212 x 14.9 mm and 1.37 kg 15″ – 349 x 240 x 15.5 mm and 1.83 kg.
The laptop uses Intel Core i7-7600U with vPro, RAM the maximum amount specified is 16 GB. Displays a diagonal of a choice of two: a resolution of 2560 x 1440 or 1920 x 1080 pixels. The maximum brightness of the LCD panels are the same — 300 CD/sq. m.
2017 ThinkPad X1 Carbon is equipped with SSD 128GB (SATA), 180 GB (SATA) 256 GB (PCIe), 512GB (PCIe) or 1 TB (PCIe). The maximum autonomy of the device is 15 hours. At the same time declared support fast-charging technology that allows you to replenish the battery to 80% in just an hour.
The model received two USB-C port with support for Thunderbolt 3 and a slot for memory cards microSD. Among the interfaces there is also a pair of USB 3.0 ports, RJ-45, HDMI, two USB 3.0, as well as modules Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.2. In versions with built-in LTE modem, the Snapdragon X7 has a slot for SIM-cards. In the list of optional equipment including laptop adapters, NFC, and WiGig.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017 equipped with the optional fingerprint scanner, which is located to the right of the touchpad.
Samsung Notebook 9
In December, Samsung announced an update of the series 9 laptops Notebook. The manufacturer proposed a new efficient models of processors Intel Core of the 7th generation (Kaby Lake) and a fingerprint scanner.
We are talking about models with 13.3 – and 15-inch displays, which are thin frame and the ability to recline 180 degrees. The resolution of the screens is 1920 x 1080 pixels, the coverage of the color space sRGB 95%.
In hardware based on the Intel platform Kaby Lake, which may include a Core i7 processor. The maximum amount of RAM equal to 16 GB, the capacity of the storage is 256 GB.
The technical content of new products also includes stereo speakers, wireless modules Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.2, a webcam with HD sensor, the fingerprint sensor and the USB-C port, HDMI and USB 3.0. For the software component of the new products meets the Windows 10 operating system.
Laptops Notebook 9 are made in the body with rounded edges and a thin frame around the display. It is possible to reduce the weight of the devices. When the thickness of 14.9 mm 15-inch laptop weighs 980 grams. The mass of the smaller unit is 820 grams, the thickness is 13.9 mm.
2017 at CES, Asus unveiled a new generation of Zenbook laptops, equipped with Intel Kaby Lake. On a choice there are versions with Core processors i3-7100U, Core i5-7200U and Core i7-7500U.
A thin wedge-shaped body Asus ZenBook UX310 is made from a solid block of aluminum. Display cover has a unique texture in the form of concentric circles. The surface around the keyboard is processed by sand blasting and grinding.
Asus offers two models of the Zenbook UX310 graphics Intel HD Graphics and NVIDIA GeForce 940M. Both devices are available in configurations with displays with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and 3200 x 1800 pixels, support up to 16 GB of RAM, an M. 2 SSD up to 512 GB or SATA HDD up to 1 TB.
In the basis of the results of the testing of mobile CPU and GPU contains enough data about the performance of the Intel Core i7-7500U and Core i5-7200U, so you can compare them with their predecessors Core i7-6500U and Core i5-6200U.
Laptops are equipped with ports USB 3.1 Type-C, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and HDMI, and have dimensions of 223.5 x 322,6 x 17.8 mm and weighs about 3.1 pounds.
Ultrabook Asus ZenBook UX310 will be offered in grey (Quartz Grey) and stylish pink (Rose Gold) colors. The base model Zenbook UX310UQ-FC396T processor-Intel Core i7-7500U, equipped with 16 GB of RAM, 13-inch display 1920×1080 pixels screen and graphics NVIDIA GeForce 940MX will be sold for the price of 1 299 euros.
The Razer Blade Pro
In stock Razer is “uncompromising” laptop model Blade Pro. Device in a metal housing that can compete in performance with the top-end MacBook Pro, got a 4K display and powerful graphics subsystem.
The Razer Blade Pro can be called a gaming laptop without any reservations. The reason for this was the use of the GeForce GTX 1080, which is the most productive in the mobile segment. As the basis of the selected laptop Intel Core i7-6700HQ and 32 GB of RAM DDR4-2133.
17.3-inch IZGO display with 100 percent coverage of the color space Adobe RGB has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and supports touch input, and NVIDIA G-Sync. The storage subsystem presents SSDs with PCIe interface capacity from 512 GB to 2 TB.
The battery capacity stands at an impressive 99 W·h, which probably is a record in this class. Of course, all this affected on the ground. Now she is 3,54 kg, dimensions 424 x 281 x 22.5 mm. From the rest it can be noted adapters family Killer, camera 2MP, card reader, USB-C port supports Thunderbolt interface 3, three USB 3.0, one Gigabit Ethernet port and an HDMI port.
For the model Razer Blade Pro SSD-512 GB manufacturer asking $3700 or 230 000 rubles at the current rate.
Lenovo ThinkPad X270
Despite the popularity of the new MacBook Pro, one of the main claims to it is the time of Autonomous work. Not always users top laptops Apple manages to get the stated 10 hours. While some manufacturers of laptops warn about a record by the standards of the MacBook autonomy.
Lenovo brought to the CES 2017 model Lenovo ThinkPad X270 able to work more than 20 hours without recharging. The total capacity of the battery, comprising 18 cells, is 166 W·h what usage is received this time, the manufacturer did not specify.
The device weighs 1.3 kg with a thickness of 20.3 mm. the Laptop features a 12.5-inch display with a resolution of HD or Full HD depending on the modification. In addition, the display may be touch. Maximum RAM is 16 GB, SSD-drive – 512 GB, hard disk – 2 TB.
The number of declared interfaces USB-C and Ethernet, HDMI and three USB 3.0 ports, including one with constant power supply. ThinkPad X270 is based on the generation processors from Intel, Kaby Lake, and running under Windows 10.
Sale ThinkPad X270 will start in January 2017 at a price of $910.