Team Y tests out the latest in portable PCs.
We don’t want to sound like a cliché, but east or west, iPad Pro is the best. Not only does it benefit from Apple’s iOS ecosystem, but for 2018 it also packs the all-new and power-packed A10X Fusion chip. This means it’s as fast as a laptop (though, not quite there yet), and can process any application you throw at it. Apart from that, it comes with the ultra-crisp 10.5-inch screen with colour gamut that can put laptops to shame and Apple’s ever-reliable keyboard. You’ll also get a 12-megapizel shooter with f/1.8 aperture for your photography needs. Buy yours from LuLu Electronics from RO340.
Believe it or not: Smartphone and telecom giant Huawei is pitting its wits against the best in the business with its new laptop – the MateBook X Pro. While it borders in on Apple MacBook territory in terms of aesthetics, the device holds its own in specifications. Cradled inside the metal chassis is an 8th Gen Intel i7 processor, which is coupled with Intel UHD Graphics 620 and Nvidia GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5 cards to handle graphic-intensive apps, and 8 or 16Gigs of RAM. Also, we’re hard-set on that gorgeous edge-to-edge 13.9-inch 3K screen. The result is supreme performance – all while bordering in on Microsoft Surface and Dell XPS territories. The giants should be worried; very worried. Get it from amazon.com for a steep RO654.
A MacBook Pro in our list of top laptops for 2018 may not seem like the most original of ideas; we know. But, let’s face it: the 13-Apple Macbook Pro with Touch Bar is as sharp as a razor – figuratively, of course. The operating system is by far the slickest out there and with an option to build it with a Quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM, it makes for a very strong video editing machine, too. The Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 is, frankly, a letdown but the SSD storage and the ample RAM should make for a butter-smooth user experience. It’s a bit overpriced (thank you Tim Cook) at RO670 from SharafDG.
The Dell XPS 13 has long been pegged as the MacBook Pro of the Windows world – and that stays true for 2018. Is it the best Windows laptop money can buy today? Probably not, but it sure puts up a fight against its sure-footed competitors. For this year, the device packs a class-leading 8th Gen Intel Core i7 (with options for a cheaper i5 chipset) processor, Intel UHD Graphics 620, 16Gigs of RAM, and 1TB SSD port. All of this makes it one of the best portable devices on sale today – even more so than the pricey MacBook Pro. Its compact size means it’s bothered by throttling when undertaking heavy tasks but it’s a small price to pay for such a great package. Get it from LuLu Electronics for RO950.