PCR’s guide to the latest laptops and notebooks

From Chromebooks and lightweight devices to powerful-yet-portable gaming machines, we round up the most impressive laptops and notebooks on the market.

Gigabyte AERO 15X Notebook

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Specs: 4K UHD IPS 144Hz panel with thin 5mm bezel design, X-Rite Pantone certified display, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GDDR5 8GB with Max-Q design, 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor, Windows 10 Pro, 512GB M.2 PCIe Gen.3 X4 SSD, 16GB DDR4 RAM, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI 2.0 / mini DP 1.4 connectivity.

“The AERO 15X uses state of the art technology in chassis manufacturing to deliver a slim, powerful and stylish notebook with aluminium chassis. It features an impressive 4K UHD slim bezel 144Hz IPS display with impeccable colour accuracy and X-Rite Pantone colour calibration certified. With lightning fast connectivity options and an outstanding 94Wh 10 hour battery, the AERO 15X is a portable power house and also features an 8th gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GDDR5 8GB graphics and Windows 10 Pro.”

Contact: VIP UK

Acer Chromebook Spin 512

Specs: 3:2 aspect ratio display, 360-degree hinge, Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass, either 32 or 64 eMMC storage, 4 or 8GB of RAM.

“The convertible Acer Chromebook Spin 512’s 360-degree hinge lets students use the Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass display in four modes: clamshell, tablet, display and tent. An included dockable Wacom electro-magnetic resonance (EMR) stylus makes note-taking and sketching natural and can be conveniently stored in the device slot.”

Contact: Acer

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

Specs: Intel Core i7 8550U, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, TCG Opal Encryption 2, 14” IPS touchscreen, 2560 x 1440 resolution, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit.

“The X1 Yoga is the very definition of versatility, as it works the way you want to, accommodating your environment with a 360-degree hinge. It features a built- in, rechargeable pen with full inking capability supported in all Office 2016 apps, enhanced security, and of course, legendary ThinkPad heritage – and support.”

Contact: Westcoast

ASUS ZenBook S13

Specs: 13.9-inch screen, latest Intel Core processors, 97% screen-to-body ratio, 12.9mm width, NanoEdge display.

“The new ZenBook S13 is a 13.9-inch ultrabook powered by the latest Intel Core processors and featuring the world’s largest screen-to-body ratio of 97% in a four-sided NanoEdge display that has bezels measuring only 2.5mm. With a width of just 12.9mm, ZenBook S13 is also the world’s slimmest laptop available with discrete NVIDIA MX150 graphics.”

Contact: ASUS

Lenovo V330 15.6” Laptop

Specs: 15.6” FHD display, Intel Core i3-8130U processor, 4GB memory, 128GB SSD storage, USB 3.1 Type-C, FP Reader, DVDRW, Windows 10 Pro.

“Sensitive business data and customer information stay secure with touch-type fingerprint reader, Windows Hello, and privacy camera cover. For those who care about getting sleek design, portability, and built-in security in an affordable laptop, the V330 is the perfect choice.”

Contact: Spire Technology

Acer TravelMate B114-21

Specs: 7th Gen AMD A6-9220C APU, Radeon R5 Graphics, 256GB dual-lane PCIe NVMe SSD or up to 64GB of eMMC flash memory, 10 hours battery life on a single charge.

“The Acer TravelMate B114-21 is designed to equip students with the learning tools they need, supporting educational multimedia apps and resources. Featuring up to a 7th Gen AMD A6-9220C APU paired with Radeon R5 Graphics, it promises powerful support for learning and teaching activities.”

Contact: Acer

Lenovo ThinkPad L480

Specs: Intel Core i5-8350u vPro, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro, 14-inch 1920 x 1080 screen.

“You work hard to get the job done, no matter where the job takes you. The 14-inch ThinkPad L480 has the versatility, power, and portability to keep up – and to make your job easier. The perfect business partner! Thinner and lighter than ever, the rugged, business-ready ThinkPad L480 conquers your must-have list.”

Contact: Westcoast

HP 250 G6 Laptop

Specs: 15.6” display, Intel Core i5-7200U, 4GB memory, 128GB SSD storage, Windows 10 Home.

“Get connected with the value-priced HP 250 Notebook PC. Complete business tasks with Intel technology, essential collaboration tools and Windows 10 loaded on the HP 250. Rest assured that the HP 250 can keep up with assignments on the run. The durable chassis helps protect the notebook from the rigors of the day.”

Contact: Spire Technology

Acer Predator Triton 700

Specs: Windows 10 Home, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, 7th Gen Intel Core i7 7700HQ processor, Dolby Atmos sound, Nvidia G-Sync, Killer DoubleShot Pro, AeroBlade 3D fan.

“Take your gaming with you. Go big on power and small in form with a chassis that measures in at just 18.9mm. The RGB keyboard is low-profile, mechanical and built with individual backlights for each key. The Corning Gorilla Glass plate doubles as a viewport for an AeroBlade 3D fan and a Precision Touchpad, if needed in a pinch. Screen tearing and input lag have no place with the Triton 700’s 120Hz IPS display. Keep your game sessions seamless and fluid without missing a beat.”

Contact: Acer

ASUS StudioBook S

Specs: 17-inch 16:10 ratio display, Intel Xeon or Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA Quadro P3200 graphics, runs silently at just 35dB, weighs just 2.39kg.

“The new StudioBook S brings together the power of Intel Core i7 and Xeon processors with NVIDIA Quadro graphics in a compact 15-inch chassis with a larger NanoEdge display designed to give creators more room to work and provides better mobility. StudioBook S is the first entry in a brand-new laptop series tailor-made for creative professionals, such as designers, animators, architects and programmers.”

Contact: ASUS

Dell Alienware Area-51m

Specs: NVIDIA GeForce graphics, 144Hz G-SYNC 17” Full HD display, supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, Alienware TactX keyboard, fire resistant, liquid-crystal polymer fan.

“The Area-51m features a host of firsts for peak performance and power. It’s our first-ever Alienware laptop to feature 8-core, 16-thread Intel processors, giving it a whole new level of compute power versus other gaming laptops. Engineered with desktop processors, the CPU is enabled with up to 125% rated power, allowing high-end overclocking. This results in higher performance for megatasking, CPU-intensive gaming, as well as day-to-day applications.”

Contact: Dell

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S

Specs: 17-inch display, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080, 8th Gen Intel Core processor, four DDR slots for up to 24GB of RAM and 1TB PCIe SSD.

“The new Zephyrus S is the most compact 17-inch gaming laptop at only 18.7mm thin, and the only gaming laptop on the market with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design graphics. This is an incredible achievement considering the Zephyrus S also packs up to an 8th Gen Intel Core processor, four DDR slots for up to 24GB of RAM and a 1TB PCIe SSD. Zephyrus S comes with a super-fast 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms GTG response time that ensure a sharp and clear image during fast action. The display is not only perfect for playing games, but for creative content work where accurate colours are critical.”

Contact: ASUS

HP EliteBook 745 G5

Specs: AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 2700U, AMD Radeon Vega, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD NVMe, 14” IPS 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), Windows 10 Pro 64-bit.

“Designed for the modern mobile professional, the HP EliteBook 745 offers enterprise-grade security and manageability along with powerful collaboration features to keep you connected. Ultraslim design and a powerful viewing experience on the narrow border ultra-bright display makes working comfortable in almost any light condition. Transition from the field to the office quickly with the optional HP Thunderbolt Dock G2.”

Contact: Westcoast

Lenovo V330 14” Laptop

Specs: 14” FHD display, AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor, 8GB memory, 256GB SSD storage, Windows 10 Home.

“With the Lenovo V330 14-inch laptop, you can stay value-focused without sacrificing performance and reliability. The latest processors, memory, and standardised USB Type-C connectivity let you connect and collaborate faster and more efficiently. Thin and stylish with a 180-degree hinge, this power-packed laptop keeps productivity – and confidence – high.”

Contact: Spire Technology

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