Tablets and smartphones are great for enjoying games and movies on the sofa or browsing emails on the train on the way to work, but neither are a match for actually getting things done when it comes to work.
Whether it's school work, video editing, spreadsheet managing, or whatever else your job may entail, you need a good laptop to get the task in hand sorted.
Here we've compiled a list of the best laptops available on the market, aimed at differing users, covering Windows, Chrome OS, and MacOS systems.
Acer Chromebook 11
Buy the Acer Chromebook 11 for around £190 on Amazon.co.uk
If you're looking at the budget end of the market then a Chromebook is a savvy choice. The Chrome OS operating system has developed considerably over the course of time, with both online and offline use possible, including the option to run Play Store apps.
Sure, the Acer Chromebook 11 isn't going to bring design excitement with its plastic finish, but it's befitting of the price point. Besides, it's smartly made, portable, has a 360-degree hinge so the screen can be positioned as you please, and it works for many hours at a time too.
If your school or college season is incoming and you don't have heaps of cash then this is a savvy buy to crack on with your homework.
Read the full article: Acer Chromebook 11 review
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
Buy the Surface Pro (2017) from £949 on Amazon.co.uk
Is it a tablet, or is it a laptop? Well, the Surface Pro is the best of both worlds. And it's the 2-in-1 device to beat in its category. Many have tried - from Acer to Samsung and beyond - but it's Microsoft that still has the upper hand.
The Surface Pro is the best built in its category, offers exceptional performance with near-silent operation - whatever loadout you choose - and has a 12.3-inch "PixelSense" screen (which, at 2736 x 1824, is ultra-high resolution).
Ok, so it doesn't come with a keyboard - you'll have to buy that separatey - and the battery life isn't as out-and-out good as a dedicated and larger device, but the Surface Pro has defined a whole category for good reason.
One for creative types, where the option of handheld tablet and/or stylus pen use will be just as important as typing up notes.
Read the full article: Microsoft Surface Pro 5 review
12-inch Apple MacBook
Buy the Apple MacBook for £1,189 from Amazon.co.uk
The Apple MacBook is one of the most beautiful and portable laptops we've ever seen. This updated version (from 2016) arrives with a faster processor and improved battery life than the original, along with an optional rose gold finish.
However, a word of caution: its a future-facing device, which means only USB Type-C ports, not full-size USB ports, which may put some hurdles in your way.
If you're using the cloud for everything and are after a stylish, peppy little laptop that's ultra-portable then this little number is approaching just about perfect.
Read the full article: Apple MacBook (2016) review
Microsoft Surface Laptop
Buy the Surface Laptop from £979 on Amazon.co.uk
Originally pitched as the ultimate laptop for college - in part due to being the first laptop to don Windows 10S - we think the Surface Laptop is actually oh so much more versatile than just that.
It's gorgeous to look at, incredibly well built, powerful, silent in operation, and offers an excellent screen and decent battery life to boot.
If we were going to buy any sub-£1,000 Windows machine tomorrow it would be the Surface Laptop. It's only the out-the-box Windows 10S software that gets in the way a little, but that can be easily rectified in our view, but that's easily rectified as it's free to upgrade to full Windows 10 throughout 2017. Bonus.
Read the full article: Microsoft Surface Laptop
Best all-round workhorse
Dell XPS 13 / Dell XPS 15
For years Dell has been making really, really great laptops that not only look the part, but act the part too. That's the great thing about the latest XPS series with InfinityEdge display: they squeeze more into their small form factor than their respective 13-inch and 15-inch screen resolutions might suggest. Plus battery life is up there among the best.
In addition to appearing stylish, the XPS 13 and XPS 15 and powerful beasts too. Fully equipped with the latest processors, all the ports you'd need, plus discrete graphics (in the case of the XPS 15) if you want, these Dell machines leave no stone unturned. If you're not a Mac user then we can think of no better all-round workhorse option.
MacBook Pro (13- or 15-inch)
In 2016 Apple made some interesting changes to its MacBook Pro range, offering a TouchBar control (rather than a touchscreen) for the higher-spec models. Some love this touch-sensitive strip to the top of the keyboard, others thought it was dead on arrival. If it's not for you, then the entry-level 13-inch model can't feature it, which makes for one of the best balanced powerful portables on the market.
Elsewhere, both MacBook sizes include brighter screens than their earlier models, move to Thunderbolt 3 connections, add a new keyboard and trackpad motion, and, naturally, powerful specs. You can even go with Radeon Pro discrete graphics in the 15-inch model, in a similar fashion to the Dell XPS 15 (above).
If MacOS is your thing and you would struggle to consider running a Windows 10 setup then the latest MacBook Pro options are perfect workhorses, savvily straddling the line between portability and power - whichever size you select.
Read the full article: MacBook Pro review
Best 360-degree laptop
Lenovo Yoga 900S
Buy the Lenovo Yoga 900S for £699 from Amazon.co.uk
This one might seem like a curious choice - what with so many other 360-degree flippy laptops on the market today - but the slightly older Yoga 900S has plenty of positives on its side. Plus it's available for a cut of the price, which makes it a total bargain.
Lenovo has taken the design concept of the Yoga 900 and wrapped it into a slimmer carbon fibre build, with a slightly smaller 12.5-inch screen, ensuring it's ultra-portable and practical. Its processor choice means silent operation and performance that, while it won't blow anyone away, is sufficient - plus the battery life is more than ample.
Read the full article: Lenovo Yoga 900S review
If bling is your thing
HP Spectre 13
Buy the HP Spectre 13 for £1,249 from Amazon.co.uk
There's a lot to be said for looking good. And the HP Spectre 13 is a concerted attempt to make something that looks about as far from a MacBook as possible, while still having the same level of design and portability credibility.
It works, particularly as the build quality, screen colour and contrast, keyboard and trackpad are all sound. Plus in the style stakes, this is the Windows 10 laptop few other companies can compete against. Just look at it.
Read the full article: HP Spectre 13 review