Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display
Processor: Dual-core 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 RAM: 8GB Storage: 256GB SSD Screen: 13.3-inch IPS LCD, 2560 x 1600 £1199, $1499 www.apple.com
Apple’s Retina revolutionised laptop screen quality, and while competitors now sport Retinarivalling panels, the MacBook still offers the best viewing experience. Its brightness, contrast, saturation and detail are sublime, and factory colour calibration is the most accurate.
While its 2.7GHz processor is technically faster than the dual-core chips in the Dell and Microsoft laptops, real world performance is almost identical and nothing special. It’s a pity that quad-core processors are restricted to the 15-inch models. Its power-sipping processors make for seriously impressive battery life. Our configuration lasted a mighty 12 hours, 12 minutes in our video test loop.
Class-leading screen; incredible battery life; decent performance
Lacks Surface Book’s versatility; no quad-core CPU option for the 13-inch MacBook
It may be an obvious choice, but this is still a brilliant all-rounder Overall score
Apple’s sleek metal design still looks the part, but it houses RAM that can’t be user-upgraded in the future