Top 10 laptops of 2016

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Retina Display

Price: from $1,999

Screen 13.3in (2,560 x 1,600 pixels)
Processor Intel Core i5-5257U, i5-5287U or i7-5557U 
Storage 128GB–1TB SSD
RAM 8–16GB
Weight 1.58kg

It's telling that, even now, the 2015 MacBook Pro is still one of the best laptops you can buy. At 1.58kg and 1.8cm thick, it’s not lightest or thinnest 13-inch laptop around, but it's concoction of power, battery life, quality and all-round capability are tough to beat at the price.

The downside is the MacBook Pro still uses fifth-generation Intel Core (Broadwell) processors, not the latest (Skylake) generation. However, they’re higher-powered (28W) processors than the ultra-low-voltage (ULV) chips used in most ultra-slim laptops.

Those processors, combined with the MacBook Pro's larger chassis (which helps by allowing heat to dissipate, for example) deliver an impressive amount of raw power. And combined with blazingly quick solid state drives (SSDs), the MacBook Pro still shows most Skylake-powered laptops a clean pair of heels when it comes to performance.

The high-resolution display is also brilliant, providing pixel-perfect, colour-accurate images from the get-go, and the array of connectivity hits the mark. With twin Thunderbolt 2 ports, two USB 3 ports and an HDMI output for hassle-free multi-monitor shenanigans, the MacBook Pro has enough flexibility to please demanding professionals. 

Other features of note include the innovative Force Touch trackpad – not only is it the best touchpad on any laptop, but OS X's baked-in gesture support means you'll rarely find yourself reaching for a mouse. It makes bouncing between multiple apps and desktops an absolute breeze.

Next review: Microsoft Surface Pro 4

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