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f you reg­u­larly take your lap­top out on shoots, the com­pact 30.6 x 21.8 x 1.36cm, 1.29kg Spec­tre is a tempter. The x360 moniker refers to the touch­screen’s abil­ity to flip round through 360 de­grees so the lap­top can con­vert to a tablet, although it isn’t par­tic­u­larly com­fort­able to hold in tablet mode.

The 13.3in screen may be good for porta­bil­ity, but it re­sults in a re­stric­tive Pho­to­shop workspace. The touch­pad is also quite small.

A 4K res­o­lu­tion across a screen of this size makes it ex­tremely crisp, and while the dis­play’s Delta-E colour ac­cu­racy score of 2.75 isn’t great, this does im­prove to 1.22 af­ter cal­i­bra­tion. Over­all bright­ness, uni­for­mity and 81% Adobe RGB cov­er­age are av­er­age. The same can be said of per­for­mance, with the In­tel i7-8550U pro­ces­sor geared to­wards power ef­fi­ciency over speed. We’d also rec­om­mend up­grad­ing to 16GB of RAM to en­sure Pho­to­shop smooth­ness.

Just a sin­gle nor­mal USB port is present, along with two USB-C ports and a Mi­cro SD slot.


his sixth-gen­er­a­tion X1 Car­bon can be specced with sev­eral screen op­tions – all us­ing a 14-inch dis­play – but we went for the range-top­ping Dolby Vi­sion-cer­ti­fied panel, boast­ing 500-nit bright­ness and a huge 1,500:1 con­trast ra­tio. It isn’t a touch­screen, and the 2,560 x 1,440 res­o­lu­tion trails 4K, but you’ll need a mag­ni­fy­ing glass to no­tice that, and fewer pix­els to push means bet­ter bat­tery life. We mea­sured an ex­cel­lent Delta-E colour ac­cu­racy of 1.2, 100% Adobe RGB cov­er­age, and dis­play bright­ness was even beyond the stated spec, though bright­ness uni­for­mity was more av­er­age.

The same can be said for the X1’s speed, which falls no­tice­ably short of lap­tops pack­ing six-core pro­ces­sors, though the trade­off is in­creased power ef­fi­ciency. You still get enough per­for­mance for all but the most in­ten­sive Pho­to­shop tasks.

If you value porta­bil­ity and bat­tery life over ex­treme speed, yet you don’t want to com­pro­mise on screen qual­ity, this con­fig­u­ra­tion of the X1 Car­bon is ideal.


azer’s fo­cus is on the gam­ing mar­ket, and the Blade 15 is pri­mar­ily a gam­ing lap­top, but the styling doesn’t shout about it like many sim­i­lar lap­tops. Only the il­lu­mi­nated Razer logo and the colour-chang­ing back­lit key­board give the game away, and the lat­ter can be muted.

What makes the Blade 15 a good photo-edit­ing ma­chine is its 15.6-inch 4K screen, which boasts 100% Adobe RGB cov­er­age and fac­tory colour cal­i­bra­tion. It’s a gor­geous dis­play, very sim­i­lar to the one in high-end ver­sions of the Dell XPS 15, and while its recorded 1.82 Delta-E score slightly trails the very high stan­dard set by some ri­val screens, it’s still very colour-ac­cu­rate and a plea­sure to view.

The Blade comes equipped with a faster graph­ics card than av­er­age in this sec­tor. That’s great for gam­ing, but Pho­to­shop won’t re­ally use the ex­tra oomph. The main Core i7 pro­ces­sor scores within 20% of a top-tier Core i9 ma­chine in our bench­marks, but uses less power and gen­er­ates less heat. We also ap­pre­ci­ate the solid build qual­ity, as well as the three USB ports.


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