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Digital Subscriptions > Stuff > April 2019 > LAPTOPS



Who needs a Touch Bar? You can log into your Mac with your iPhone’s Touch ID using the MacID app. The universal clipboard lets you copy text on your iPhone and paste it directly to your Mac


Apple MacBook Pro

from £1249 (13in) /

While the Touch Bar versions of the MacBook Pro have been treated to an internal shake-up, most notably with speedy 8th-gen Intel Core chips, the basic Pro is still running on last year’s specs. But with a Kaby Lake processor under the hood, this is still a monster of a machine. And when you factor in the gorgeous display, fantastic keyboard/touchpad and slick design, there’s no doubt this affordable option still deserves its place at the top of our list.

Stuff says ★★★★★

Performance, portability and a sensible price make this the king of laptops


Satechi Type-C USB 3 Hub

Two ports not enough? This hub adds loads more and sits snugly against the MacBook Pro’s side.

£31 /

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 from £980 /

While there’s little that’s truly new about the Surface Laptop 2, that also means this computer has kept everything that made it such a phenomenal device in the first place. The additions of Intel’s latest processors and the full version of Windows 10 ensure it’s even better.

Stuff says ★★★★★

An even stronger all-round workhorse than its predecessor

Dell XPS 13 (2018) from £1199 /

The Dell XPS 13 is one of the best, most consistent Windows laptops in the world. There are no gimmicks, no flimsy parts: every element is top-quality. You get style, portability, performance and great battery life. And every part of it just feels, well, good.

Stuff says ★★★★★

Royalty among Windows laptops: everything about this is top-notch

Apple MacBook Air 13in

★★★★★ from £1199 /

With a stunning design, screen and features, this is more than enough MacBook for most people.

Apple MacBook

★★★★★ from £1249 /

A Kaby Lake processor keeps the standard MacBook competitively brilliant.

Huawei MateBook X Pro

★★★★★ from £1400 /

A stylish Windows laptop with some clever ideas to get the maximum display for your dollar.

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

★★★★★ from £1749 /

A powerful, portable and versatile hybrid, but with a hefty price tag to match.

Lenovo IdeaPad 320S

★★★★ from £300 /

Cheap and cheerful makes for a refreshing combination, especially if you’re on a budget.

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