In terms of laptop fashion, this year will surely be remembered for its sleek and slim, yet high-powered notebooks. Utilitarianism is out and showiness is in. Image is everything, although the latest additions to the laptop market are more powerful than ever. Brands have sought to back up style with raw power in their struggle to lead the market. Just as with other fashions, consumers have to be prepared to dig deep if they want to be among the first to get their hands on the latest models.
The Acer Swift 7
Billed as the first ultraportable laptop, the super-skinny Swift 7 was first revealed to customers at the IFA 2016 tech show, held in Berlin, Germany. This model boasts stats that would make Twiggy herself turn green – 9.98mm in thickness, and weighing a meagre 1.1kg, this Taiwanese beauty is the slimmest option available to laptop lovers at the moment.
With a classy gold and black exterior, the Swift’s stats also make the eyes dilate: it has a Full HD IPS display, the latest Intel Core i5 (Kaby Lake) processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD along with two USB 3.1 Type-C ports. All of which can be yours for a handsome $1,000.
Lenovo’s Yoga Book
Not wanting to be outdone by their rival across the Strait, Chinese behemoth Lenovo showed off its latest device at the same IFA tech show in September. This addition is aptly named yoga – perhaps for its flexibility of use – and is a hybrid between tablet and PC. Its one-off Halo keyboard is 100% touch-sensitive and can be tailored for specific purposes. Not only that, you can choose which type of operating system you want – Windows or Android.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Yoga also gives you the option of using the Real Pen stylus to write on the device’s surface and have it displayed accurately onscreen. Even better, Lenovo is offering you all this for $500 with the Android operating system, or $699 with Windows.
Before the Asian tech firms introduced their latest devices, American hardware developer HP caused a stir with the Spectre – quite a different model from what the company is usually associated with.
This laptop features all the latest components and set the trend for super-slim fashion, measuring just 10.4mm and weighing only 1kg. One of its main selling points is the glass display, which is resistant to scratching. On top of that, there is the Bang & Olufsen twin speaker audio system, which has proven popular with those who want portable, high-quality sound. This laptop is yours for $949.
This model comes with three screen size options from 13.3in to 15.6in. At 980g, it’s lightweight and isn’t too thick at 12.8mm to 16.8mm. You can get it with Intel Core processors, 265GB flash and 8GB RAM. The 13in model will set you back $800 and the 15in is $971.
Apple MacBook Pro
Apple’s MacBook Pro is big in name, small in design, at 14.9mm, with its touch-sensitive ‘Magic Toolbar’ and fingerprint ID reader. This model only has USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 connectors. It’s yours for $1,217 for the 13in model, or $1,849 for the 15in model.
(note: the prices listed on this page are subject to change without notice)