Working from home can be a daunting prospect when you don’t have a computer powerful enough to do the tasks at hand.
Thankfully, we’ve curated a list of 7 laptops that are good enough to get your job done and some can do even more than that.
The MacBook Pro has been a staple in computer engineering for many years running. Apple’s ability to redefine what a laptop means, with new processor upgrades and stylish aesthetical changes, have put the MacBook Pro at the top consistently.
The newest model of this machine boasts the new Apple M1 chip, a processor so powerful that it ‘delivers up to 3.5x faster CPU performance, up to 6x faster GPU performance and up to 15x faster machine learning, all while enabling battery life up to 2x longer than previous-generation Macs‘ according to Apple themselves.
Base model 13 inch MacBook Pro’s will set you back around £1,299.00 with 8GBs of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage space, plus all the extras such as Touch ID and the fabled Touch Bar. However, the storage and RAM can be easily upgraded through the Apple website for more money and you can even get a 16 inch version, which starts at around £2,399.00.
Apple MacBook Pro’s are available here, starting from £1,299.00.
The ASUS Vivobook is a multifaceted machine, with all-round performance on all fronts.
Sporting an 11th generation Intel Core i7 processor, with its built-in Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU for more graphical programs like 3D design and video editing, plus a speedy 16GBs of RAM and a 1TB SSD, it’s guaranteed to get your tasks done.
The Asus Vivobook is available at Laptops Direct for £854.98.
While you may believe that Google’s Chromebook line is somewhat under-powered compared to most of the machines on this list, we can assure you that they are simply nothing to scoff at.
Running Google’s very own ‘Chrome’ operating system, you’ll be able to create presentations, write documents and fill in spreadsheets using Google’s very own free editor suite that is included on the machines. These programs are also accessible on other machines such as your phone, or another PC/Mac.
The Acer 314 Chromebook can be purchased from Argos, here.
Microsoft Surface Pro
As previously mentioned in the ‘8 Essentials For Your Spacemaker Home Office‘ article, the Microsoft Surface Pro is a nifty piece of kit.
With a fold out keyboard and tablet-like screen, you can use the Surface Pro for a multitude of tasks, whether its graphic design, video editing or even just daily errands. No matter what you throw at it, the Surface Pro can do it.
With a 10th generation Intel Core i5 with 4 cores, 8GB of RAM and an SSD for storage, the laptop is guaranteed to be quick off the mark.
The Microsoft Surface Pro is currently for sale on Amazon here.
Dell XPS 13
Dell’s series of ‘XPS‘ laptops are lauded as some of the best in their field by tech magazines alike. It’s hard to not see why, seeing as the laptop consists of a huge 11th generation Intel Core i7 processor, part of Intel’s new ‘EVO‘ line of CPUs for 2021.
16GBs of RAM and a 512GB SSD all come as standard with this laptop, so you’re ready to go as soon as you start up your machine.
The Dell XPS 13 is available on John Lewis for £1,299.00.
Lenovo ThinkPad (Detachable)
2 in 1s are getting increasingly popular as time goes on, as consumers seek to have a tablet and a laptop combined, instead of owning two separate devices.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X12 solves this issue, putting Windows 10 onto a touchscreen tablet, as well as being able to be attached to a keyboard, so it can also just be used as a normal laptop.
With a 12″ screen and added stylus, you can use the Lenovo ThinkPad as a graphics tablet very easily with software like Adobe Photoshop.
The Lenovo Thinkpad X12 is available on Lenovo‘s website, starting at £1,459.44.
Lenovo Legion 5
We saved the most powerful machine for last. Gaming laptops are becoming increasingly more frequent in workplace environments. Think about it, they have fantastic processors in them for multi-tasking, high speed SSD storage and they also come with a built-in graphics card.
The Lenovo Legion 5 in particular jumps ahead of the pack with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 with 4GB of VRAM, perfect for programs like Blender and Cinema4D.
You can pick up the Lenovo Legion 5 on Amazon, here.
All prices are subject to change.