Surface Studio is Microsoft's first desktop computer. It's not just a desktop PC, it's a specialized artist's and photographer's workstation with a 28" PixelSense IPS 5K display running at 4,500 x 3,000 resolution (192 PPI) that supports both touch and the included N-Trig Surface pen. The display's angle is easily adjustable down to 20 degrees (nearly flat) via the "zero gravity" hinge. The brains are in the base, and the all-in-one desktop is available with 6th generation Intel Core i5/ i7 45 watt laptop CPUs and NVIDIA GTX 965M or GTX 980M dedicated graphics.
The 3rd generation Dell XPS 13 model 9360, the 13.3" Ultrabook with Infinity Display (super-skinny bezels) and the footprint of a 12" laptop, is refreshed with Intel 7th generation dual core Kaby Lake CPUs. The excellent aluminum and carbon fiber design and build hasn't changed, and that's fine with us. As ever it has a backlit keyboard, Thunderbolt 3 and a two display resolution options.
The Lenovo Yoga 910 has a 13.9" IPS touch screen and the Intel 7th generation Core i7-7500U CPU with Intel HD 620 graphics. Lenovo's redesign means this 3.04 lb. Ultrabook has a classier CNC aluminum chassis and a narrow 5mm bezel display. It's available with 8 or 16 gigs of DDR4 RAM and a variety of PCIe SSD capacities. The Yoga 910 features Lenovo's attractive 360 degree watchband hinge and a larger than average display size for its footprint. The laptop has 3.5mm audio, a USB 3.0 type A port and two USB-C ports.
The most powerful laptop in Apple's lineup finally gets a refresh after rocking the same design since 2012. It's a controversial one though, that emphasizes thinness and lightness over pro features like faster dedicated graphics, more RAM and longer battery life. The Touch Bar 15" MacBook Pro runs OS X Sierra on the 2.6 GHz Intel Skylake Core i7-6700HQ, same as the Windows competition, and it's available with AMD Radeon 450, 455 and 460 graphics. It has 16 gigs of RAM and fast PCIe SSDs. The display gets a brightness and gamut bump and the trackpad is super-sized. This Mac has a low travel Butterfly keyboard, much like Apple's 12" ultra-ultra portable 12" MacBook.
This is the late 2016 model with Intel Kaby Lake 7th generation dual core 15 watt CPUs. We look at the 15.6" model with NVIDIA 940MX 2GB GDDR3 graphics. It's also available in 11" and 14" sizes with Intel HD 620 graphics. The Yoga 710 sports a classy metal chassis and is relatively thin and light for a 15" convertible with 360 degree hinges (4.19 lbs / 1.9 kg). It's 18mm thin and works in traditional laptop mode as well as tablet, tent and presentation modes.
The lovely aluminum black 14" Razer Blade is back, this time refreshed with NVIDIA Pascal GTX 1060 graphics for a serious 3D boost. It's otherwise the same as the Blade released earlier this year, and it features the same Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz processor, 16 gigs of DDR4 RAM and fast PCIe NVMe SSDs. It weighs just 4.3 lbs. and is available with full HD IPS and QHD+ IGZO displays. The Razer Blade has the class of a MacBook Pro but with a lower price tag and higher performance graphics.
The first major refresh of the MacBook Pro line in several years is controversial because Apple removed most ports and switched to a very low travel 12" MacBook style keyboard to make a thin laptop even thinner (14.9mm). It's also a half pound lighter than the version it replaces at 3 lbs. thanks largely to a smaller capacity battery afforded in part by a more power efficient display. The base $1,499 model runs Max OS X Sierra on a 15 watt dual core Intel Skylake 6th generation laptop with Intel Iris graphics. The more expensive 13" MacBook Pro models have more powerful 28 watt CPUs and Intel Iris 550 graphics in addition to the Touch Bar. The MacBook Pro has an exceptional wide color gamut, 500+ nit, 2560 x 1600 IPS display, a super-sized trackpad, fast PCIe NVMe SSDs, up to 16 gigs of RAM.
The late 2016 Alienware 17 R4 features much more powerful NVIDIA Pascal 10 series graphics and a slimmer design. NVIDIA GTX 1060, GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 cards are available. The Alienware is slim for a gaming laptop at 1.18" but not terribly light at 9.74 lbs.. The laptop runs Windows 10 on Intel quad core 45 watt Core i7-6700HQ or Core i7-6820HK CPUs with up to 32 gigs of DDR4 RAM in two slots. It has an M.2 boot SSD (most configs are PCIe NVMe) and a 1TB 2.5 inch 7200 RPM HDD. This gaming and pro apps laptop has Killer WiFi and Ethernet, a Windows Hello IR camera and Tobii eye tracking. AlienFX lighting is standard with new external LEDs on the sides.
This is an improved version of the OnePlus 3 that was released just 6 months ago. The price has gone up to $439, but you're getting a faster CPU, bigger battery, higher resolution front camera and higher capacity storage options for that $40 price increase. The phone runs Android 6.01 Marshmallow with OnePlus' OxygenOS customizations on the 2.35 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 CPU with 6 gigs of RAM and your choice of 64 or 128 gigs of storage. It has a slim and elegant aluminum unibody design available in gunmetal and soft gold.
The first generation HP Spectre x360 was a big hit when it launched in March 2015. It was the first 360 degree convertible to sport a truly classy and solid aluminum chassis, plenty of ports, very good battery life and quite strong specs for the price. The competition has stiffened, but HP's up to the task with an updated Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake model that has smaller bezels, a lighter 2.8 lb. weight and a smaller footprint. It has a 13.3" 1920 x 1080 IPS touch screen, Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs, faster PCIe NVMe SSDs and still one of the best looking designs on the market.
It would be easy to say "honey who shrunk the ZenBook?" Sure in some ways the 12.5", 2.0 pound ZenBook 3 is an impressively miniaturized version of their higher end 13.3" ZenBook models. But the UX390UA ZenBook 3 is more than that: it's a 12" MacBook competitor, and that means Asus had to match a high set of standards. It's the best machine they could make in an insanely light 12.5" package. Four incredibly good sounding speakers? Yep. A very bright and high contrast full HD display with excellent color? You got it. Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs in a size where competitors only manage the lower power and slower Intel Core M? Yes! You want 16 gigs of RAM, a fast PCIe SSD and an aluminum chassis rigid enough to slice cake? It's yours, as is a fingerprint scanner that works with Windows Hello for biometric login. Is it perfect? Read our review to find out!
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