The 3 best laptops ready for Windows 10

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro

Lenovo Yoga
Lenovo has pushed its magical Yoga line to the front of the pack with the Yoga Pro 3, a lightweight laptop with a sexy design that brings a back bending 360-degree hinge.
At just 12.7mm thick when shut, the Yoga Pro 3 decemates tablets and undercuts Microsoft’s Surface 3 by a hefty chunk. The outer frame of the screen and laptop underside are shielded by brushed metal that feels premium and strong.
The special skill of the Yoga 3 Pro is that hinge mechanism, which is comprised of more than 800 pieces of steel and aluminium to deliver a laptop-meets-tablet experience.

To its sides the Yoga 3 Pro houses with 2 USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, micro HDMI and a headphones port as well as a power adapter port. Subtle volume up/down controls and the power button are also nestled to the side.
The 13.3-inch display clearly wants to dazzle by packing in the resolution. This IPS panel, which makes for decent angles of view, sees the Apple MacBook Air look archaic thanks to the Lenovo’s 3200 x 1800 resolution on offer. The specs squeezed into this slither of a device are impressive as well. Intel’s latest Core M processor is on board, revving up at 1.1Ghz, which is backed by a whopping 8GB of DDR3 SDRAM, Intel HD Graphic 5300 and 256GB of SSD storage. There’s the option for 512GB too.
Thanks to Intel’s latest Core M processor the power efficiency of the Yoga 3 Pro lives up to Lenovo’s claims of 7-hours on a single charge. If you’re looking for a versatile, super-slim device with few compromises, then the Yoga 3 Pro could well be for you.
Yes there are more affordable device available, but most ultimately lack the flexibility of this Lenovo.


Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS
Looking at the spec sheet, the Dell XPS 13 seems like a MacBook Air killer.  
The infinity display cuts back on the Dell’s bezel to such a degree that it’s close to non-existent. But rest the XPS 13 on your lap or any kind of material other than a hardened desk and it may cause some audible problems. Nothing jet-engine like, mind, just a hum. That’s no surprise given what’s under the hood though.
There are various power configurations available, starting with the 2.7Ghz Intel Core i5 processor and topping-out at the 3.2Ghz Intel Core i7 option, each option paired with 8GB RAM and Intel HD 5500 graphics. No discrete graphics, unfortunately.
For plugging in extras there are two USB 3.0 ports, a mini DisplayPort, full size SD card reader and3.5mm headphones jack. If you want Ethernet then you’ll need to use an adaptor accessory – a compromise that many laptops now have to make given slimmer form factors. Dell also claims a “long battery life”, but we got around 8 hours of constant keyboard battering.
At its highest configuration, the Dell XPS 13 isn’t a budget machine by any means. But is it worth it? I think so. Quality design and high-end features fare worth paying for. Saying that, we had some qualms about the price of the inventive Lenovo Yoga Pro 3, which is less powerful but more versatile than the Dell.

Microsoft Surface 3

Following on from the 12-inch Pro 3 launched in 2014, the 10.8-inch Surface 3 is smaller, slimmer and you’ll save 50 per cent the price of its Pro cousin.
But it is, technically, less powerful. Still, it doesn’t scrimp on hardware appeal, nor ability. The Surface 3 boasts an 8.7mm thickess, making it the most slender Surface to date. The flip-stand to the rear doesn’t have a freely rotational hinge as found on the Pro 3, though it pops out from flat into one of three positions.
To the side of the device, there’s a full-size USB 3.0 port, bringing a sense of laptop-like functionality, alongside a new miniUSB charging port, a 3.5mm headphones jack, and Mini DisplayPort. Importantly, there’s also a microSD card slot around the back under the flip-stand, used to expand the on-board memory.
The 10.8-inch within the Surface 3’s 267 x 187mm frame is built with a bezel similar to a laptop screen surround. In terms of resolution, the 1920 x 1080 pixel display delivers an ample 204ppi density.We got ultra-impressive battery life, particularly with the cool-running, fan-free Intel Atom quad-core processor – it’s the 1.6-2.4GHz x7-Z8700 derivative; the first Cherry Trail processor we’ve seen in a device – but it didn’t exceed our expectations.
The Microsoft Surface 3 might not be the biggest or most powerful of the Surface family, but it is the most sensible one to date. Out of the box, there’s one key thing missing from the Surface 3: a keyboard. It will set you back an additional £109.

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