The best laptops of 2019

The Razer Blade Stealth 13 (GTX) is world's first ever gaming ultrabook. — AFP Relaxnews

In the fast-evolving world of portable computers, this year will be remembered as one that was especially rich in innovation, with certain manufacturers bringing out models that have set new trends (bezel-less screens, dual screens etc.). Here are some of the PCs that particularly marked 2019.

Razer Blade Stealth 13

American manufacturer Razer, which specialises in lightning-fast computers for gamers caused a stir at the IFA in Berlin, Germany, when it presented its new Blade Stealth 13 range, which included one model equipped with a very powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, which broke new ground as the world's first-ever gaming ultrabook. All of the laptops in the range, which ship with the latest generation of Intel processors, can be fitted with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage, and they are also 4K compatible.

Asus ZenBook Pro Duo

At Computex 2019 in Taiwan, Asus unveiled the ZenBook Pro Duo, a laptop with two tactile OLED screens and a large front-mounted keyboard. The particularity of this was the presence of a second screen as wide as the main one but located on the same panel as the keyboard. The two screens, which respectively have diagonals of 15.6in and 14in, are both 4K. The second screen can serve to extend the display of a window, or show one in another application. As for the other details, the PC comes equipped with an Intel Core i9 processor and an Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU. It can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.

HP Spectre x360 13in

The presentation of the new generation of high-end HP Spectre x360 13in, which is a 2-in-1 laptop that can also be used as a tablet, did not go unnoticed. At first glance, it looks very similar to the previous generation, but what is new is the very fine bezel around its 13.3in display which gives it an unprecedented screen/body ratio of 90%. This also means that when it is folded, the computer gains two centimeters in depth. In this range, HP is proposing two types of screen, one that is full HD and another that is 4K. With regard to processing, the HP Spectre x360 13in offers a choice between an Intel Core i5 or i7, which, depending on the model, ships with 8 to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage. There is also a button on the side of the keyboard, which deactivates the webcam and ensures privacy. Finally HP has announced a remarkable battery life of 22 hours.

MacBook Pro 16in

It would be impossible to conclude this selection without mentioning the much-awaited MacBook Pro 16in, which is replacing the more traditional 15in model. The new MacBook is by far the most powerful ever to be sold by Apple. It comes equipped with a six-core Intel Core i7 or an eight-core i9, mated with a Turbo Boost of up to 5GHz. Its AMD Radeon Pro 5500M graphics card ships with 4 or 8GB of GDDR6 memory. In its maximum specification, the machine can be loaded with 64GB of RAM and, even more remarkably, with up to 8TB of SSD storage, a new record. Apple is also shipping this machine with a new keyboard, which is much more reliable than the previous "butterfly" keyboard it released in 2015. – AFP Relaxnews

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