Touch­screen lap­tops on test

Buy a lap­top you’ll love with our guide to the best ex­ec­u­tive ma­chines money can buy

PC Pro - - Front Page - CON­TRIB­U­TOR: Stu­art An­drews

G amers have their pow­er­house rigs, de­sign­ers their all-in-one work­sta­tions, but for most of us a pre­mium lap­top is our ideal PC. Thin, light and crafted from high-end ma­te­ri­als, they’re both func­tional tools and ob­jects of de­sire, built to work when­ever and wher­ever, but also to look the part when we’re out in pub­lic. A pre­mium lap­top tells peo­ple that you’re not just a drone with a cor­po­rate lap­top or an av­er­age Joe with a bud­get com­puter, but some­one who de­mands the best. It’s the com­put­ing equiv­a­lent of trav­el­ling busi­ness class.

The stan­dard has been set over the last decade by two de­vices. Ap­ple’s MacBook Air de­fined the Ul­tra­book form fac­tor and cre­ated the de­mand for thin-and-light me­tal­lic lap­tops. Mi­crosoft’s Sur­face Pro, mean­while, re­de­fined the 2-in-1 con­vert­ible, cre­at­ing the high-end tablet with clip-on key­board for­mat that other manufacturers have rushed to copy. Thanks to the Sur­face Pro, the pre­mium lap­tops we see to­day aren’t just thin and light, but pow­er­ful, ver­sa­tile and equipped to work with more nat­u­ral forms of in­put.

Touch isn’t quite ubiq­ui­tous on pre­mium Win­dows lap­tops, but it’s get­ting there. Whether you’re tak­ing notes, sketch­ing di­a­grams or rough­ing out de­signs, sty­luses have be­come use­ful. Touch is no longer a nov­elty but a tool.

Which pre­mium lap­top is the most pre­mium of all? To find out, we’ve rounded up 11 of the most ex­cit­ing, beau­ti­ful, pow­er­ful and ver­sa­tile lap­tops avail­able to­day, all of which sup­port touch in­puts. Read on, and pre­pare to in­flict some se­ri­ous da­m­age to your bank bal­ance.

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