In this video, I’ll tell you about the top 5 laptops of early 2016. The list includes everything from gaming powerhouses to ultraportables and even transformers! Any of these laptops would be perfect for a (quite expensive) Christmas present, or even for students for the new college/university year.
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Dell XPS 15 (2015)
This has been described as “possibly the best Windows laptop ever”, which really isn’t an overstatement. It has an amazing 15″ InfinityEdge 4K display which is virtually borderless, giving you an immersive content viewing experience. It’s also advertised as being the only laptop display to cover 100% of the Adobe RGB color gamut.
Apart from the amazing engineering with the display, the design of the rest of the laptop is also really impressive. It is apparently cut from a single block of aluminium, and has a carbon fibre palmrest, both of which are really durable materials.
SPECS: Intel’s Skylake 6th generation processors, up to 16GB RAM, the option for a PCIe SSD, and an optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics card.
Lenovo Yoga 900
CATEGORY: Ultraportable / transformer
You can’t look at this laptop without noticing something very interesting about the hinge. It’s called a “watchband hinge”, and is apparently made of 813 individual components. This allows the Yoga to flip 360 degrees, and gives it four modes of use: laptop, stand, tent and tablet.
SPECS: Intel Core i5 / i7 CPU, 8GB RAM, between 256GB and 512GB SSD. 13.3″ Quad HD screen with an amazing 276PPI.
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2015):
This is quite possibly the best Apple laptop at the moment.
Apple’s always been known for its fantastic design sense, and this laptop is no different. It has a nice aluminium body that’s just 1.8cm thick (0.7in) and weighs just 1.5kg. This is complemented by a 13.3″ Retina display.
It might not be the most powerful computer in the world, but it more than makes up for it with design and some innovative features that you might not find in any of its competitors, like the Force Touch trackpad.
SPECS: Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, from 128GB to 512GB PCIe SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 6100.
CATEGORY: Gaming powerhouse
This is the computer you want if you need heaps of CPU performance and plenty of GPU horsepower.
Obviously, if you want the best hardware, portability won’t be on your mind. And that’s lucky, because the EON-15X measures in at just 3.5cm thick, or 1.4 inches.
In my opinion, the design’s quite nice. And you can even customise the lid by sending your own artwork to Origin.
SPECS: Desktop class Core i5 and i7 processors (literally desktop processors inside a laptop, some of them overclocked). In terms of graphics, from a 4GB GTX 965M to an 8GB GTX 980M. 2133MHz DDR4 RAM. 15.6″ display, which (depending on the model) can run at a 4K resolution.
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501:
CATEGORY: Ultraportable / Stylish
Has a fantastic design, including a beautiful brushed metal lid. But not only is the physical appearance a sight to behold, it also has a fantastic screen, which measures in at 15.6″ and is 4K.
Plus, you even get 6 hour battery life, even with the high-res screen.
SPECS: Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor, up to 16GB RAM, GeForce GTX 960M graphics, up to 512GB PCIe x4 SSD storage (yes, you did read the x4 correctly; it gives you a transfer rate of 1400MB/s).
Top 5 Laptops (late 2015 / early 2016) – from gaming to ultrabooks