For anyone who doesn't care about ports though and just wants to get down and type though, the Microsoft Surface Laptop is the obvious choice.
Excellent keyboard and trackpad, stunning screen, fast performance.
Not enough ports, doesn't ship with a dock, Windows 10 S before the free upgrade.
£ From £979
Keyboard and trackpad
Click feedback paired with 1.5mm of travel combine to ensure that the Surface Laptop keys feel lovely to type on. Each chicklet key is large, clearly labelled and backlit too, so day or night, it's a breeze getting down to some tap-tap action.
Our scientific 'close eyes and start typing test' proved that after mere moments with the Surface Laptop, our fingers naturally found the right keys, and the fabric palm rest is richer than plastic alternatives and warmer than metal.
As for the matte glass trackpad, it too is excellent. Smooth as silk to thumb over, beautifully mapped to the screen while being large and comfortable to use. Supporting left and right click input and loaded up with reassuringly solid click feedback, there's not much we can say to fault it, so we won't.
For anyone who remembers Windows RT back in the Windows 8 days, it was designed to work with Qualcomm Snapdragon chips, offering a curtailed, but more mobile experience. From a practical point of view, this meant no .exe app support. Instead, users had to make do with apps from the Windows Store - and back then, decent offerings were few and far between.
Fast forward a few years and Windows 10 S, which ships on the Surface Laptop, is attempting to strip away the .exe layer all over again. It makes sense in a way as legacy apps slow down your computer faster than Windows Store apps. The fact developers are still making .exe apps also negates the need to make new, Windows Store-specific apps - so, Microsoft is forcing their hand with Windows 10 S.
That's the theory at least. What's the reality? After a quick nosey inside the Windows Store, it's still sorely lacking. No Adobe Creative Cloud, no Google Chome, no Steam - no thanks.
So, while your computer will likely run better for longer with Windows 10 S, it'll most likely be down to the fact you'll have stopped using it.
Thankfully, Windows 10 S is upgradable to the full version for free until December 2017. Word of advice: upgrade, now.
Once you do, the more than capable hardware inside the Surface Laptop showcases the Windows 10 experience perfectly. It has a very good screen with an ideal aspect ratio for document editing. The trackpad is excellent, the interface predictable and functional.
On a final note with regards to Windows 10 S, to be fair to Microsoft, the Mac app store doesn't offer enough apps to get users by without installing .dmg files, so it's not like Windows 10 is behind the competition in this respect, it just isn't where it needs to be for Windows 10 S to exist just yet. Let's give it another few years shall we Microsoft?
Sure, the aspect ratio isn't ideally suited to watching movies, but that doesn't mean they don't look good on this thing. Being 3:2, that actually means the screen has more surface area than were it a 13.5in widescreen laptop.
As a result, there's still a decent amount of immersion, made more complete by the high-quality speakers that reside under the chicklet keyboard. Stereo speakers on a laptop that don't make you want to gouge out your ears - excellent start.
While the sound quality can't stack up to the class-leading MateBook X from Huawei, it isn't far behind and is perfectly adequate for a few episodes of your favourite show or a couple of songs while you're getting ready in a hotel room having forgot your Bluetooth speaker back home.
Getting media on here is also a breeze through streaming services supported through the Windows Store - Netflix, Spotify and Microsoft's own Groove Music and film store.
Gaming and performance
For the spec, the Surface Laptop runs brilliantly. Our review unit has the same i5, 8GB RAM combo that our MateBook X did, and while neither showed any sign of slowdown, the Surface Laptop scores are better in benchmarks.
Geekbench, for example, pulled up a multi-core score of 7081, while the 3D-Mark Cloud Gate 1.1 score was 6,234, better than 23 per cent of tested devices - not bad given this isn't a gaming Notebook or an i7 device.
In the real world, that means the discrete graphics are good enough to run older 3D games like Devil May Cry 2013 at lower graphical settings and apps like Photoshop and InDesign without much slowdown.
Newer games and advanced Premiere Pro/video editing on the other hand might be asking too much.
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