STATE OF THE ART

WE CHECK OUT THREE OF THE BEST ULTRAPORTABLES FOR WORK AND PLAY

T3 India - - CONTENTS - Words: Dan Grab­ham Pho­tog­ra­phy: Neil God­win

MacBook, HP Spec­tre x360, Sur­face Lap­top - we put three of the finest pre­mium su­per porta­bles to the test and find out which one is wor­thy of tak­ing on your trav­els.

OF COURSE YOU COULD JUST GO OUT AND BUY ANY NEW LAP­TOP. BUT YOU WON’T, BE­CAUSE YOU’RE LOOK­ING FOR MORE THAN JUST AN ALSO-RAN. YOU’RE LOOK­ING FOR A DO-ANY­THING LAP­TOP THAT’S LIGHT ENOUGH TO CARRY AROUND ALL DAY (WITH A BAT­TERY LIFE TO MATCH) AND YOU’RE PRE­PARED TO PAY FOR IT.

So be­hold, three of the finest ultraportables money can buy for around `1,15,000. All three of our con­tenders have some sim­i­lar­i­ties – they all have 8GB of mem­ory, for ex­am­ple, while their pric­ing is sim­i­lar and they all boast the very lat­est gen­er­a­tion of Intel Core pro­ces­sors. But our gang are also in­di­vid­u­als, not least in terms of the pro­ces­sors and op­er­at­ing sys­tems used. We’ve got the best that Ap­ple has to of­fer in terms of porta­bil­ity, the brand-new Sur­face Lap­top from Mi­crosoft (bizarrely, the first non-tablet lap­top Mi­crosoft has de­signed it­self) and the lat­est su­per Spec­tre x360 from HP.

When they were first re­leased, the word ‘ul­tra­portable’ meant hav­ing a ‘re­duced ex­pe­ri­ence’ but that’s no longer the case; there’s true power with each lap­top here. Okay, so don’t ex­pect to be able to edit a fea­ture film on them – they’re not work­sta­tions – but they can do ev­ery­thing else just fine. To be fair, their abil­ity is shown by their price point, al­though there is truth in the fact that gad­get pric­ing has risen sharply in the last year, and when you’re talk­ing about spend­ing more than a grand on a lap­top, the dif­fer­ence re­ally stings. But enough of the bor­ing fi­nan­cials, let’s see which one of our su­per porta­bles is the best!

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