Top 10 laptops of 2016

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Apple MacBook (12in)

Price: from $1,999

Screen 12in (2,304 x 1,440 pixels) touchscreen
Processor Intel Core m3-6Y30, m5-6Y54 or m7-6Y75
Storage 256–512GB SSD
RAM 8GB
Weight 923g

There's no denying it: the Apple MacBook is a sub-1kg wonder. If your priority is a machine that's light and just fast enough to handle email, cloud applications and the odd foray into more demanding software, the MacBook is astonishingly good.

The Core M processor isn't quick enough to rush through sustained, heavy workloads, but the upgrade to Intel's Skylake generation of processors in 2016 has given the little MacBook a welcome, and much-needed, performance increase. And regardless of the processor's modest capabilities, the blazingly quick SSD does its bit to keep things feeling fluid.

Of course, this minimalist, ultra-light portable won't be for everyone. It isn't powerful enough to do the same jobs as a MacBook Pro 13in with Retina Display; it's expensive, considering that it will most likely play the role of a high-end netbook; and connectivity – limited to a single Type-C USB port – isn't ideal for a work machine. 

The short-travel keys on the keyboard won't appeal to everyone, but factor in the low weight, the improved battery life of the 2016 generation and a brilliant, high-DPI screen, and the MacBook could be your next go-to laptop for remote working.  

Next review: HP ZBook Studio.

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