Latest laptop buyer's guides

Best gaming mice: The best wired, wireless and RGB gaming mice to buy today
Best gaming mice: The best wired, wireless and RGB gaming mice to buy today By Adrian Willings

Gaming mice are the high-end devices of the mouse world. They are designed to be more accurate, offer a more comfortable experience and are built to last - as gamers are likely to spend more time with their mouse than anyone else.Top-of-the-range gaming... Read more

Best PC gaming headsets: The best wired, wireless and surround sound headsets around
Best PC gaming headsets: The best wired, wireless and surround sound headsets around By Adrian Willings

Setting out on a mission to find the very best gaming headsets was a daunting task. There are a multitude of options out there - wired, wireless, closed and open cup designs, stereo and surround sound headsets, oval and round earcups, leather and material... Read more

Best gaming keyboards: The best quiet, loud, colourful and proud mechanical keyboards around
Best gaming keyboards: The best quiet, loud, colourful and proud mechanical keyboards around By Adrian Willings

Keyboards are a personal preference, gaming keyboards equally so. A good quality gaming keyboard can make all the difference when you're in the heat of battle. The best mechanical keyboards not only offer extra key travel, but a choice of tactile response... Read more

Best laptop 2018: All the top notebooks, 2-in-1s and ultraportables to buy today
Best laptop 2018: All the top notebooks, 2-in-1s and ultraportables to buy today By Mike Lowe

Mobile devices like 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,... Read more

Best Apple MacBook cases and sleeves: Protect your 12-inch laptop
Best Apple MacBook cases and sleeves: Protect your 12-inch laptop By Elyse Betters

 Got a MacBook? You're not alone, of course, and there are absolutely stacks of MacBook cases to protect your diminutive laptop. Here's a selection of the best MacBook cases around.  Best iPhone X cases: Protect your new Apple device AppleApple now... Read more

The best Windows 10 laptops: Our pick of the top Windows 10 notebooks to buy today
The best Windows 10 laptops: Our pick of the top Windows 10 notebooks to buy today By Dan Grabham

Windows 10 has been out for three years now and has been generally very well received over that time. Plus, Microsoft keeps on adding new features, such as the recent Windows Fall Creators Update. If you're in the market for a new Windows 10 laptop you've... Read more

Which Microsoft Surface device is best for you? Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book 2, or Surface Studio?
Which Microsoft Surface device is best for you? Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book 2, or Surface Studio? By Elyse Betters

Microsoft offers four Surface device families within its portfolio comprising the Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book and Surface Studio. The latest to launch is the Surface Book 2, the updated version of the Surface Book, which comes in 13 and... Read more

Best laptops of CES 2018: All the laptops that matter so far
Best laptops of CES 2018: All the laptops that matter so far By Adrian Willings

The Consumer Electronics Show, which takes place in Vegas every January is back for 2018 and we've been rushing around the show floors looking for all the best in upcoming tech. Companies usually use CES to showcase the latest updates to their laptops,... Read more

New Dell XPS 13 (2018) vs XPS 13 (2017): What’s the difference?
New Dell XPS 13 (2018) vs XPS 13 (2017): What’s the difference? By Dan Grabham

Dell’s XPS 13 has been one of the best ultraportable laptops since it was first launched back in early 2012. It was part of Intel’s initial push into what it decided to call "ultrabooks".Now there is a 2018 model, the Dell XPS 13 (9370), which features... Read more

Google Pixelbook vs Microsoft Surface Laptop: What's the difference?
Google Pixelbook vs Microsoft Surface Laptop: What's the difference? By Elyse Betters

If you're a student who wants an easy-to-use, high-end hybrid laptop, you have two main options: Pixelbook and Surface Laptop.The Pixelbook is essentially a glorified Chromebook, a cloud-based laptop geared toward the education market. However, Chromebook... Read more

Which Apple MacBook is best for you? MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro?
Which Apple MacBook is best for you? MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro? By Britta O'Boyle

Decided you want an Apple laptop, but you're not sure which one is the right one for you? You've come to the right place. With six MacBook models available before you even consider configuration options, it's not an easy decision, or a simple one.This... Read more

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK laptop deals: Acer, Asus, Lenovo and more
Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK laptop deals: Acer, Asus, Lenovo and more By Adrian Willings

Black Friday is over now we're into Cyber Monday. As with previous years, there are loads of savings on laptops, netbooks and notebooks to be had – so plenty of opportunity to grab a bargain in time for Christmas or as a treat for yourself.If you're... Read more

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Laptop
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Laptop By Britta O'Boyle

It's that time of year again where the team here at Pocket-lint is gearing up ready for our annual Pocket-lint Gadget Awards, in association with EE. Our awards are now in their 14th year and with them will come 18 categories, each celebrating the amazing... Read more

Apple MacBook Pro (2017) vs MacBook Pro (2015): What's the difference?
Apple MacBook Pro (2017) vs MacBook Pro (2015): What's the difference? By Elyse Betters

Apple's new MacBook Pro arrived in October 2016, with a Touch Bar in place of function keys and a hefty price tag. It was then updated in June 2017 with new specs, as was the MacBook Air, while the company also announced new iMacs.Before you spend all... Read more

Apple MacBook Pro (2017) vs Apple MacBook Air: What's the difference?
Apple MacBook Pro (2017) vs Apple MacBook Air: What's the difference? By Elyse Betters

Apple hasn't officially killed the MacBook Air yet, but it hasn't redesigned it recently either, choosing to give it a slight bump in specs at WWDC in June only, which it also did to the newer MacBook Pros.There are six Apple MacBook laptops to choose... Read more

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) vs Apple iPad Pro 12.9: What's the difference?
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) vs Apple iPad Pro 12.9: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

Microsoft announced the successor to the Surface Pro 4, the Surface Pro, at an event in May, while Apple announced updated specs for it's iPad Pro 12.9 device at its developer conference in June.Both devices are similar in size, designed to work with... Read more

Microsoft Surface Pro vs Huawei MateBook E vs Samsung Galaxy Book: Battle of the 2-in-1s
Microsoft Surface Pro vs Huawei MateBook E vs Samsung Galaxy Book: Battle of the 2-in-1s By Chris Hall

If there's one category that's heating up, it's the 2-in-1 category. Small format notebooks have largely stepped aside for tablets with a lot more power, while weak tablets seem to have given up completely; it's the age of the Pro tablet and there's a... Read more

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) vs Surface Laptop vs Surface Book: What's the difference?
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) vs Surface Laptop vs Surface Book: What's the difference? By Elyse Betters

It's been a busy month for Microsoft. A couple weeks after announcing the new Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S, it has announced the successor to the Surface Pro 4. But instead of being named Surface Pro 5, it's just called Surface Pro. So, how does it... Read more

Microsoft Surface Laptop vs Apple MacBook (2016) vs Apple MacBook Pro (2016): What's the difference?
Microsoft Surface Laptop vs Apple MacBook (2016) vs Apple MacBook Pro (2016): What's the difference? By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has introduced a new Surface-branded device - and it runs a new version of Windows 10.Called Surface Laptop, it's a premium device designed to rival the 12-inch MacBook. So, with that in mind, we pitted the Surface Laptop against the MacBook... Read more

Microsoft Surface Book vs Apple MacBook Pro (2016): What's the difference?
Microsoft Surface Book vs Apple MacBook Pro (2016): What's the difference? By Chris Hall

The gauntlet has been thrown down. Microsoft has updated its top-spec Surface Book, while Apple has updated its MacBook Pro, putting in a new Touch Bar feature.These two laptops square up, both pushing innovative features, trying to pull you to Windows... Read more

Microsoft Surface Book i7 (2016) vs Surface Book (2015) vs Surface Pro 4: What's the difference?
Microsoft Surface Book i7 (2016) vs Surface Book (2015) vs Surface Pro 4: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

Microsoft announced a couple of new devices to its mobile computing portfolio in 2015 with the launch of the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book. One year on and a new device has joined the party in the form of the Surface Book with Performance Base,... Read more

Microsoft Surface Studio vs Apple iMac: What's the difference?
Microsoft Surface Studio vs Apple iMac: What's the difference? By Chris Hall

If there's one message we're getting from companies, it's that designing your own hardware and pairing it with your own software is the way to go. Apple has long known this and doesn't do anything else, we've seen Google embrace this through Pixel devices... Read more

Apple MacBook (2016) vs MacBook (2015): What's the difference?
Apple MacBook (2016) vs MacBook (2015): What's the difference? By Rik Henderson

Considering the 12-inch Retina display MacBook was released last April it was due for a refresh and Apple hasn't disappointed.A new model has been announced and is now available to buy from Apple.com, Apple retail stores and select partners.As before,... Read more

Best designer handbags for work: Here are 11 for carrying your tech in style
Best designer handbags for work: Here are 11 for carrying your tech in style By Britta O'Boyle

It doesn't matter what profession you are in, many of us need a practical bag for work and for some that means carrying a laptop, tablet or some other form of tech around with you on a daily basis.Just because you need to carry a laptop, doesn't mean... Read more

Microsoft Surface Book vs Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display: What's the difference?
Microsoft Surface Book vs Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display: What's the difference? By Luke Edwards

Microsoft says that its first ever laptop, the Surface Book, is the most powerful 13-inch laptop ever made. Apple may have something to say about that.The Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display is the company's most powerful laptop creation, aimed at power... Read more

Apple MacBook vs MacBook Air 11-inch: What's the difference?
Apple MacBook vs MacBook Air 11-inch: What's the difference? By Chris Hall

Apple has announced a new MacBook at its Spring forward special event, a device that Phil Schiller, Apple VP, said was designed for "extreme portability". It revives the MacBook name, which used to be the entry-level notebook device.The small format sees... Read more

Retina MacBook Pro (2013) vs MacBook Air (2013): What's the difference?
Retina MacBook Pro (2013) vs MacBook Air (2013): What's the difference? By Elyse Betters

Apple recently updated its Retina MacBook Pro line with Intel’s fourth-generation Haswell processors, new graphics chips and better battery life. It also dropped prices across, significantly.The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook Air are... Read more

Mac Pro (2013) vs Mac Pro (2012): What's the difference?
Mac Pro (2013) vs Mac Pro (2012): What's the difference? By Elyse Betters

Apple has announced the release date and pricing details for the new, cylindrical Mac Pro. It looks nothing like the 2012 Mac Pro, and the price hike it comes with is just as drastic too.Apple has explained away the £2,499 price tag for the base model... Read more

Retina MacBook Pro (2013) vs Retina MacBook Pro (2012): What's the difference?
Retina MacBook Pro (2013) vs Retina MacBook Pro (2012): What's the difference? By Jake Smith

Apple has officially announced its next-generation Retina MacBook Pro, the laptop considered to be the go-to among students, professionals, and those looking for a bit of play. You may be curious to see what changes the new MacBook Pro brings over the... Read more

Acer C720 Chromebook vs HP Chromebook 11: What's the difference?
Acer C720 Chromebook vs HP Chromebook 11: What's the difference? By Stuart Miles

Acer and HP have just announced budget Chromebook laptops that promise to be cheaper, lighter, thinner and quicker than the previous offerings, but with both vying for your budget bucks what's the difference between the two?Screen size and DisplayBoth... Read more

Apple MacBook Air (2012) vs MacBook Air (2013): What's the difference?
Apple MacBook Air (2012) vs MacBook Air (2013): What's the difference? By Chris Hall

Apple has opened up WWDC 2013 with an announcement of a new MacBook Air models. They look the same, they cost just about the same and in many ways, they are the same.But they're not. Phil Schiller, Apple's senior VP of worldwide marketing, said: "MacBook... Read more

Best Bluetooth keyboards
Best Bluetooth keyboards By Jamie Carter

For anything other than tweets and status updates on Facebook, a Bluetooth keyboard can take the on-the-go typing experience that little bit further. Able to work with almost any brand or model of smartphone or tablet, and appearing in myriad styles,... Read more

Best Windows 8 accessories
Best Windows 8 accessories By Dan Sung

Windows 8 is ready to go for your computing experience but are you ready for Windows 8? Sure, you might have a laptop of AIO that can handle it. By Jiminy, you may even be heading down to the shops to buy a new machine specially for it but, either way,... Read more

Ultrabook face off: Toshiba Portégé Z830 vs Acer Aspire S3 3951 vs Asus Zenbook UX31 vs Lenovo IdeaPad U300s vs Macbook Air
Ultrabook face off: Toshiba Portégé Z830 vs Acer Aspire S3 3951 vs Asus Zenbook UX31 vs Lenovo IdeaPad U300s vs Macbook Air By Hunter Skipworth

Technology has been on a diet from day one. The slimmer, the better. Why the need for this permanent state of weight loss? It's rather simple really; thin stuff looks cool.The latest piece of gadgetry to undergo the slimfast treatment has been the laptop.... Read more

Best looking laptop accessories: making your gadgets beautiful
Best looking laptop accessories: making your gadgets beautiful By Dan Sung

We’d all love to own the most beautiful gadgets in the world but sometimes irritating things like money and family members who don’t want us to blow it all on items that we don’t technically need can get in the way. Essentially, there’s two ways... Read more

Best looking laptops in the world. Ever.
Best looking laptops in the world. Ever. By Dan Sung

Laptops have been through quite the change over the last five or six years. As soon as the technology that ran them got small enough, manufacturers realised that they didn?t have to churn out grey bricks any more. In fact, a splash of colour here, a super... Read more

MacBook Air 2010 vs MacBook Air 2011
MacBook Air 2010 vs MacBook Air 2011 By Hunter Skipworth

The new MacBook Air is here, complete with brand spanking new OSX Lion and a connectivity update in the shape of a speedy Thunderbolt port. As ultra-portables go 2010s Air wasn't exactly a slouch, long retaining the tiny crown until eventually being toppled... Read more

Best Computer 2010: and the nominees are...
Best Computer 2010: and the nominees are... By Libby Plummer

The past year has seen plenty of innovation on the computer front, not least the introduction of an entirely new sector - tablets, with Apple's iPad leading the charge. Add to that the ever-increasing range of portable and affordable netbooks and a wide... Read more

10 great laptop cases
10 great laptop cases By Lucie Clay

Regardless of whether your personal, portable PC is for work or pleasure, it deserves protection from everyday bumps and scratches - and we've got ten tidy options that offer just that. Whether you want a fashionable cover, belt-and-braces protection... Read more

Ten best netbooks for students
Ten best netbooks for students By Lucie Clay

While there’s been a lot of chat of late about tablets being the next big thing in the portable, lightweight computer space, right now the average consumer still can’t beat a netbook. Small, capable, easily toted around and in most cases, affordable,... Read more

Best external hard drives for your desktop
Best external hard drives for your desktop By Lucie Clay

The funkier the laptop, the smaller the disc drive. Unless you’re shelling out for some kind of gaming beast, that’s largely the trade off these days. If you want your notebook to look slim and sexy, then it’s unlikely to be able to cope with all... Read more

Best gaming laptops on the market right now
Best gaming laptops on the market right now By Lucie Clay

The desktop is dead, apparently, long live the ridiculously overpowered, heavy and LED encrusted gaming laptop that'll take your arm off and crush your femurs should you try to either carry it anywhere or rest it on your thighs.All the manufacturers are... Read more

Best PC Peripheral Nominations
Best PC Peripheral Nominations By Stuart Miles

Here are the nominations for Best PC Peripheral in The 4th Pocket-lint Awards: Logitech MX Air Sandisk USB SD Card Devolo dLAN 200 AV starter kit D-Link RangeBooster wireless-n Seagate FreeAgent Pro The Pocket-lint awards are the longest running gadget... Read more