Revealed: Best high-tech laptops for every type of traveller
We take a look at the ideal gadget companion for the businessman on the go.
Is the world’s best travel laptop dead? Ten years after Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air to the world, the laptop is on Apple’s back burner – and some fear that it’s being phased out entirely.
Rather than redesigning and upgrading the hardware like all of the tech giant’s other marquee products, Apple has left the Air to collect dust, and now the MacBook and MacBook Pro are taking the spotlight. While they’re more powerful, they’re not as convenient for frequent travellers.
These five MacBook replacements are guaranteed to meet your work and play needs – all standing out for their excellent portability, keyboard comfort, battery life, and computing power.
1. If efficiency Is your middle name… get the Google Pixelbook
Why we like it: The two-toned body, which features Gorilla Glass and brushed metal, won’t smudge no matter how many times you have to unpack and repack it around the airport. And at just 2.4 pounds, you won’t feel the Pixelbook in your carry-on. There’s top-of-the-line hardware inside this laptop, including quad-core i7 processors and 16 GB of RAM, making for ultrafast loading speeds and easy multitasking.
The specs: weight - 2.4 lbs size - 11.4” x 8.7” x 0.4” Price: from AED3,995.99 (souq.com)
2. If you want to turn heads … get the Microsoft Surface laptop
Why we like it: Call it the first laptop to give the MacBook Air a run for its design money. The Surface laptop comes in a bevy of sharp colours including burgundy, cobalt blue, and graphite gold, and the fabric trim around the keyboard is polished and sophisticated. The battery lasts an impressive 14 hours, but be sure to upgrade the hardware specs as you customise your model. For on-the-go professionals, the i7 CPU, 16 GB RAM, and 1 TB solid-state drive are best.
The specs: weight - 2.76 lbs size: 12.13” x 8.79” x .57” Price: from AED 6,294 (Sharaf DG)
3. If you frequently work in cramped quarters... get the Dell XPS 13
Why we like it: Sometimes, adjectives like “slim” and “lightweight” translate to a far-too-tiny screen. Not so with Dell’s redesigned XPS 13. It’s five ounces lighter, 0.22 inches thinner, and about 45 percent smaller in volume than the MacBook Air – and yet the 13.3-inch screen is identical in size, thanks to a “virtually borderless” InfinityEdge display that you can order in touchscreen 4K definition.
The specs: weight: 2.76 lbs size: 12.13” x 8.79” x 0.57” Price: from AED6,000 (Noon.com)
4. If you never, ever unplug… get the Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1
Why we like it: The sixth-generation ThinkPad Carbon X1 from Lenovo is built for business, with an unparalleled 15-hour battery life. It also has the latest eighth-generation quad-core CPUs for faster performance, multiple inputs (USB-C, standard USB, Mini DisplayPort, and HDMI), fingerprint authentication and a sliding webcam cover, a richly hued HDR screen, and a stealthily quiet keyboard.
The Specs: weight: 2.49 lbs size: 12.74” x 8.55” x 0.63” Price: from AED7,179.00 (Noon.com)
5. If you want the best bang for your buck… get the Huawei Matebook X Pro
Why we like it: Like its phones, Huawei’s flagship laptop offers significantly better performance for less of an outlay than its rivals. The latest eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor has a high-speed solid-state drive and there’s plenty to love besides the price, including a superslim bezel, 3K-resolution touchscreen, and four Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers. Plus, the oversize track pad makes it easy to go mouse-free, while a spill-proof, back-lit keyboard takes the stress out of ordering coffee on your red-eye.
The specs: weight: 2.92 lbs size: 12” x 8.5’ x 0.6” Price: from AED4,500 (Souq.com)