A lap­top screen is all-im­por­tant. Just as well we have three stun­ning ex­am­ples

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Dis­plays are su­per-im­por­tant. They’re the way we in­ter­act with our lap­tops and, in the case of the Sur­face Lap­top and HP Spec­tre x360, we can use them for touch, too. If you haven’t used a Win­dows 10 lap­top with touch but used an older Win­dows touch dis­play, for­get ev­ery­thing you knew be­fore; the lat­est-gen lap­tops make touch as easy as with an iPhone. That’s not to say Win­dows is the best op­er­at­ing sys­tem for touch-based in­ter­ac­tion – in fact at times it’s in­cred­i­bly an­noy­ing – but it’s fi­nally pos­si­ble to flick through pho­tos or zoom into web pages on Win­dows just as you would on iOS or An­droid. Ap­ple’s re­fusal to give the Mac a touch­screen looks more bizarre with every month that passes, yet it seems like that’s go­ing to be how it stays. You can use track­pad ges­tures with all these lap­tops, most no­tably the MacBook, so ba­sics like pinch-to-zoom do work.

All three dis­plays are bright and punchy, although we found the Sur­face Lap­top the clear­est of the bunch – just – and the Spec­tre seemed a lit­tle less bright than the MacBook and Sur­face Lap­top. De­spite the HP hav­ing a lower res­o­lu­tion than the other two dis­plays, it’s still Full HD. In­deed, all three dis­plays will only seem in­ad­e­quate if you start play­ing 4K video. What we do have here are three dif­fer­ent dis­play sizes. Only the HP is the more stan­dard 13.3-inch por­ta­ble size. The 12-inch MacBook is a bit of an ac­quired taste if you’re not used to that size of screen; it can be hard when mul­ti­task­ing and switch­ing be­tween win­dows. This is where the mul­ti­ple desk­tops fea­ture in macOS (known as Spa­ces) be­comes rather handy. Sur­face Lap­top, too, has a quirk; be­cause the as­pect ra­tio of the ‘Pix­elSense’ dis­play is 3:2, the screen is taller (it’s 13.5-inches), but it’s our favourite here for sure – af­ter all, you can fit more on the screen with more height.

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