Top 10 laptops of 2016

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HP ZBook Studio

Price: from $5008

Screen 15.6in (Full HD or 3,840 x 2,160 pixels)
Processor Intel Core i7-6820HQ or Xeon E3-1505M
Storage 256GB–512GB SSD
RAM 8–32GB
Weight 2.1kg

To say this is the most powerful laptop in this line-up is to undersell just how quick the HP ZBook Studio is. It's a power-packed beast of a thing; a 15.6in laptop that packs in the kind of professional hardware that will tackle any application you can throw at it. 

The surprise, however, is that it manages to pack that grunt into a chassis which weighs a reasonable 2.1kg. That's not featherlight by any stretch, but it is light enough to carry around without investing in regular visits to the chiropractor. 

And it's got it where it counts. We tested the model with 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Xeon processor and 32GB, and it absolutely lapped up the heaviest of workloads. In our benchmarks, the HP eased past the fastest laptop we'd previously ever seen: the Dell XPS 15.

This is partly due to the lightning-fast NVMe SSD. With mind-blowing read and write speeds, this laptop will comfortably handle the biggest video and image files. If you need raw, brutal power in a laptop that you can actually lift off the desk, there's nothing quite like it.

The ‘entry-level’ model has a Full HD screen, but pay another $1,000 or so (or drop back to an Intel Core i7-6820HQ processor) and you’ll get an incredible 4K display. Wide-gamut, colour-accurate and gloriously sharp, that display turns the HP from a powerhouse into a complete, professional package. 

Is it cheap? No. Is it the best professional laptop on the planet? Probably.

Most of the reviews in this feature originally appeared on alphr.com.

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