Chill­blast Photo OC Mo­bile 3

Pro­ces­sor: Quad-core 2.6GHz In­tel Core i7 RAM: 16GB Stor­age: 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD Screen: 15.6-inch IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080 £1000, $1332 (cur­rency con­ver­sion) www.chill­blast.com

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Chill­blast’s con­tender is all about speed, post­ing a win­ning Cinebench score of 678. It also leads the field in RAM ca­pac­ity, and its SSD ri­vals the ThinkPad’s su­per-fast stor­age. You only get a 128GB SSD, but teamed with a 1TB con­ven­tional hard drive, its the most spa­cious set-up here.

How­ever, all this speed and stor­age af­fects bat­tery life: we could only ex­tract three hours nine min­utes, which is es­pe­cially dis­ap­point­ing com­pared with the sim­i­larly-specced ZenBook. Like the Len­ovo, Chill­blast’s dis­play also has a matte coat­ing, which re­duces colour vi­brancy. Full HD res­o­lu­tion over the 15.6-inch panel isn’t high enough to con­ceal in­di­vid­ual pix­els, but bright­ness and con­trast are good, as is the over­all view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Pros

Best pro­cess­ing speed and stor­age ca­pac­ity on test; fair price for the spec

Cons

Rel­a­tively bulky; lacks pre­mium feel; poor bat­tery life

We say

Plenty of power, just be sure not to stray too far from a mains con­nec­tion Over­all score

The black plas­tic cas­ing may not look in­spir­ing, but it helps make this lap­top lighter than the sim­i­lar-size ZenBook

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