10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers

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High-end laptops might be expensive but if you invest the cash you’ll have a machine that will last the better part of a decade. Here is our pick of the best on the market.

1. Microsoft Surface Pro 3: £1549, johnlewis.com



Finally, after two stumbling iterations, Microsoft has got it right. Their latest machine comes with all the whizz-bang internals of a high-end laptop, with the portability of a tablet.  Featuring 8GB of RAM, a 512GB hard-drive and up to nine-hours of battery life, this is one for anyone in need of a portable office.

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2. 15-inch Macbook Pro: £1599, apple.com



Apple’s focus on clean, premium design and luxe materials may come with a price, but they’re worth the cost. The Macbook Pro is for anyone working on video or illustration on the move. The base model comes with 16GB Ram, 256GB flash-based storage and 2.2GHz intel i7 processor.

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3. Alienware 17: £1598, dell.com



With this price-tag, this isn’t going to be the first choice for every gamer. But if you want to be able to do everything from high-end blasts of Dragon Age: Inquisition, to gruelling graphics-heavy 3D rendering, this is the beast for you.

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4. Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook: £1,199, lenovo.com



Yoga’s an apt term for this flexible machine, which features 4 different ‘forms’ from straight-up laptop mode to stand-up tent, and tablet. It packs a punch, too, with 8GB Ram, 256GB solid-state drive and a 13.3” QHD+ screen. Lightweight, too.

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5. MSI GS70 2PC Stealth Gaming Laptop: £1176, ebuyer.com



Featuring the NVIDIA GTX 860M graphics card and 12GB of RAM, this machine’s worthy of a place in any gamer’s den. It comes with 1TB hard-drive, too, so you can fit as many games as you want.

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6. Macbook Air 13-inch: £849, apple.com



This one’s for anyone who wants a device that’s almost as light as a tablet, without sacrificing on the laptop ecosystem. The 13-inch model comes with 128GB storage, Intel HD Graphics 5000 and 4GB of RAM. It might not play flashy games, but what it can do it does well.

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7. HP Envy x360: £649, hp.com


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HP have integrated a touchscreen into this laptop, which can also be converted into a 15-inch behemoth of a tablet. Comes with 8GB RAM, 500GB of storage and an Intel i5 processor. Perfect for anyone who wants to swap and change from work to play.

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8. Toshiba Satellite P50t-B-10K: £1095, amazon.co.uk



If you’re a video geek and edit a lot of high resolution files you should consider this device from Toshiba. It has a 4K screen, so you’re protected for the future of video editing as more people adopt the resolution. 1TB storage, 8GB RAM and AMD graphics.

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9. Asus Zenbook UX303LA: £749, johnlewis.com



A great alternative to the Macbook Air, this model features an iconic ‘spun metal’ design. Like most so-called ultrabooks it tapers to a thin razorlike edge. Weighing in at 1.4kg it’s slightly heavier than its competitors, but not noticeably so. 6GB RAM, 128GB storage.

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10. Lenovo Thinkpad X240: £929.99, lenovo.com



Thinkpad has kept its same look for almost a decade. They’re the Landrover of the laptop world: reliable, powerful, gutsy. This model boasts up to 15 hours of battery life.

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For anyone wanting a solid but good-looking machine, opt for the Macbook Air - it’s fast, can be carried anywhere, and gets plenty done. If you’re after an office on the go, our pick is the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Gamers will be impressed with the MSI Stealth, though be warned: it might be detrimental to productivity levels.

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