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Apple Macbook Air (M1)

from £999 / stuff.tv/airm1

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The early-2020 version was already the best Macbook Air ever – and this one brings a real step up in power. Apple’s amazing new M1 processor means that, for once, we aren’t hankering after a Pro for video editing and graphics-heavy gaming. It’s a pity about the rubbish camera, but this is a stunning laptop in every other respect.

Stuff says ★★★★★

Our go-to Macbook just keeps getting even go-to-er

● NOW ADD THIS

Satechi Type-c USB 3 Combo Hub

Two ports not enough? This hub adds loads more and sits snugly against the Macbook Air’s side. £49 / amazon.co.uk

Apple Macbook Pro 13in (M1) from £1299 / stuff.tv/pro13m1

The new M1 chip has given this business-class performer an injection of jet fuel. The 13in Pro remains a sturdy notebook, but its processing power is incredible. Our review unit, with just 8GB of RAM, left a higher-specced 2020 Intel Macbook Pro in the dust.

Stuff says ★★★★★

Believe the hype: the Pro with an M1 chip inside kicks big, big bottom

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 from £849 / stuff.tv/surfacelap­3

The Surface Laptop 3 seems plain on paper – no second screen, no graphics card, no hybrid hinge, no fingerprin­t scanner – but Microsoft has put supreme attention to detail into every bit that matters. The keyboard, the speakers and the overall build quality are all superb.

Stuff says ★★★★★

Forget frills and gimmicks: this is everything a laptop should be

Apple Macbook Pro 16in ★★★★★ from £2399 / stuff.tv/macbookpro­16

Not just a bump up in screen size, but a serious upgrade to the already top-class 15in Pro.

Dell XPS 13 ★★★★★ from £1379 / stuff.tv/xps13

Style, portabilit­y, performanc­e… there’s nothing else out there that’s quite so well rounded.

Huawei Matebook X Pro ★★★★★ from £799 / stuff.tv/matebookxp­ro

Not massively better than the 2018 model, but this is a real powerhouse of a Windows laptop.

Google Pixelbook Go ★★★★✩ from £629 / stuff.tv/pixelbookg­o

A light and stylish touchscree­n laptop built for those who like to live and work in the cloud.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go ★★★★✩ from £549 / stuff.tv/laptopgo

A well-built ultraporta­ble that does the basics well, but others offer more power for less cash.

MSI GS66 Stealth ★★★★✩ from £1399 / stuff.tv/gs66

Gets hot and bothered at times, but a great fit for gaming/work jugglers.

Razer Blade 15 Advanced ★★★★✩ from £2350 / stuff.tv/bladeadvan­ced

Razer’s Blade models are our favourite gaming laptops, and this is a worthy flagship.

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