A few years ago, everyone was declaring the death of the laptop computer thanks to the power and popularity of tablets such as the iPad. Well laptops have not only survived but they have thrived with the popularity of new device categories such as “2-in-1’s” (laptop and tablet combined) and ultrabooks (super light and super thin). The Consumer Electronics Show has been taking place in China this month and we expect a host of new exciting laptops to come out during 2017. To help you in your quest to find the best option for you we’ve pulled together a handy list of the 5 best new laptops announced at CES 2017, the best 5 laptops for sale in the UK NOW and a list of the best laptop deals (massive savings) in the UK this month.
Best Laptops Announced At CES 2017
Samsung announced 2 new Chromebook’s (Plus and Pro) both priced at around £400/$500. While Chromebooks haven’t proved to be particularly popular yet 2017 looks like the year they finally take a significant market share with their new found ability to run Android apps. The new laptops look distinctly MacBook-esque and offer a stylus, convertible hinge and touch screen. They come with 4GB of RAM and a 12.5 inch QHD display. The new Chromebooks should be released in the UK in April.
Not to be outdone by Samsung, ASUS announced the launch of 3 variants of its Chromebook with a similar price point and higher specifications. ASUS’s first generation Chromebooks were small, portable and low cost and while these new units aim for the same market they have seriously upped the specifications of the units. The new Chromebooks come with the 6th generation Core M3 and M7 processors and have a 12.5 inch full HD display that can rotate 360 degrees. You’ll be able to choose between 4GB and 8GB of RAM and 32GB, 64GB and 128GB of built-in storage when it goes on sale, with prices starting at £400/$500
DELL XPS 13 2-in-1
The DELL XPS was released in 2016 and proved to be an excellent laptop, winning awards and selling very well. Dell have now announced a “2-in-1” version of the laptop which will have the same InfinityEdge display as the existing XPS 13. This display is almost bezel free which makes it look a lot smaller than other 13 inch laptops. This laptop/tablet crossover will come in both 1080p full HD and Quad HD+ versions and will be specced up to a Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD.
Best Laptop Deals/Sales In The UK This Month
HP Pavilion 15.6″ Laptop with 7th Gen Intel Core i5 Processor – £399 (was £599.99 – save £200.99)
Available at Curry’s and in 5 different funky colours including gold and purple, the HP Pavilion is a great everyday laptop with Windows 10, an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB Ram and 1TB HDD storage. Battery life is up to 9.5 hours.
LENOVO YOGA 510 14″ Full HD 2 in 1 Laptop – £349 (was £549.99 – save £200.99)
Also available at Curry’s, this excellent 2-in-1 laptop is available in white and comes with a 14 inch full HD screen, Windows 10, an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB Ram and 128GB SSD storage. Battery life is up to 8.5 hours and super quick start up time of 3 seconds.
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW Core i7 – £1299.99 (was £1609.97 – save £309.98)
Known as the Macbook killer and featured in our list of the best laptops in the UK (below), the Asus Zenbook Pro is on sale at LaptopsDirect. This is one of the most powerful laptops in the market today and comes with a 15.6 inch 4K ultra HD screen, Windows 10, an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB Ram and 512GB SSD storage. Battery life is up to 9 hours and super quick start up time due to the SSD storage.
Top 5 Laptops For Sale In The UK
ACER Swift 7
Acer have announced the launch of the record breaking Swift 7, the first laptop to squeeze in at under 1cm. Windows 10 and Intel’s brand new 7th Gen Core i5 processor power the incredibly thin laptop while Acer promise a 9 hour battery life thanks to the more efficient processor and chips inside.
The display offers 13.3 inches of pure HD with 8GB of Ram and 256GB of SSD storage. The laptop is fan-less making it very quiet while the aluminium unibody looks fantastic, even in gold. The Swift feels comfortable and solid yet weighs only 1.1kg. It offers a headphone jack, 2 USB ports, a comfortable keyboard to type on and quite possible the widest touchpad we’ve ever seen.
2. Lenovo Yoga 910
In another claim to be the “world’s thinnest laptop” the Lenovo Yoga 910 debuted this week. Technically, the Yoga 910 is the “world’s thinnest Intel Core i convertible,” measuring just 0.56 inches (14.3mm) when closed.
The main selling point of this laptop is that they’ve managed to squeeze in a 13.9 inch screen into the same physical dimensions of a 13.3 inch model. This 10% increase in screen size allows for a 4K ultra high definition display.
Lenovo promise a battery life of up to 15.5 hours or 10.5 hours when using the 4K display. Both seriously impressive numbers. The Yoga 910 is powered by Intel’s 7th generation Intel Core i series processor and is available with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of solid-state storage. The Yoga also offers a wide array of ports including USB-C, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, plus a 4-in-1 card reader.
The laptop weighs a measly 1.38KG and is available in Gold, Silver and Gunmetal.
3. Asus Zenbook 3
The Zenbook 3 is known as the Macbook-killer and for many very good reasons. Critics may say it imitates the look of the Macbook but it completely destroys it in terms of specs and price.
Weighing in at only 90 grams and 11.9mm thick its thinner and lighter than the newest Macbook, Asus claim the Zenbook has made no sacrifices in terms of performance and utility. The base model boasts an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB SSD for £699/$999 while the “all singing-all dancing” model offers a Core i7 processor, 1TB SSD and 16GB of RAM and an added fingerprint scanner built into the corner of the touchpad for £1375/$1,999 (
The Full HD, 12.5 inch screen has been fitted with a sheet of Gorilla Glass 4 for extra durability and Asus says to expect nine hours of battery power.
4. Acer Spin 7
The Spin 7 is the flagship model of a range that includes the lower spec Spin 5, 3 and 1. The “2 in 1” notebook is designed to offer users the best of both worlds – a laptop and tablet combined and the Spin 7 finally delivers.
It comes in at 10.98mm thick and weighs a measly 1.2KG meaning its smaller than a 12 inch Macbook. The 14 inch touchscreen is wrapped in Gorilla Glass for extra durability while the hybrid also featured USB 3.1 type-C ports and a unique glass touchpad.
The Spin 7 is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory and a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD). Notable features also include dual USB 3.1 type-C ports and a double-wide, glass touchpad.
5. Asus Transformer 3
The Asus Transformer 3 is another “2-in-1” laptop that comes in at an incredible 695 grams and 6.9mm thin. It achieves this via a detachable Transformer Sleeve keyboard with an integrated two-position display stand and a glass-covered touchpad. The hybrid is available in Icicle Gold and Glacier Gray (both spun metal finish), while the keyboard comes in four colour options – Stone, Charcoal, Taupe and Amber.
The Transformer 3 boasts a 12.6-inch display with a 2880×1920 pixel resolution. The Transformer is powered by a 7th generation Intel Core processors with up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. The hybrid comes with built-in fingerprint reader and Windows Hello biometric authentication support. There’s also a 13MP rear camera for capturing high-resolution photos and videos.
The higher specification “Pro” version offers an Intel Core i7 processor and has up to 1TB of ultra-fast SSD-based storage coupled with 16GB of RAM.