Apple released their latest MacBook Pro in September 2016 and ever since the device has been plagued with issues after issues – including battery draining within a few hours (far short of the claimed 10 hours), inconsistent behaviour, constant lag when using certain third party applications, auto switch off for unknown reason, touchbar only works with some application and has very limited feature set (this may improve over time), Intel Skylake processor only supports up to 16gb RAM (Some Apple users are use to 32GB RAM), lack of legacy ports (users have to buy dongles to use USB, SD card, HDMI etc) and the list goes one.
Loyal Apple fans have been complaining about the latest offering from Apple, claiming that it falls short of the ‘Pro’ title and the starting price of £1,750 (with touchbar) is unjustifiably high considering it has specs from “yesteryear”. So with this in mind, if you are considering buying a windows laptop instead. Here’s my top three MacBook Pro alternatives:
HP Spectre x360 – 13.3”
This is one of the most beautiful looking laptop money can buy in 2017 and in par with MacBook Pro’s superb built quality. The HP Spectre x360 is meticulously crafted and redefines what you expect from technology, this superb 2-in-1 has a stunning design, great battery life and top-notch performance.
– Intel® Core™ i7-7500U Processor
– 2.7 GHz / 3.5 GHz (Turbo Boost)
– 4 MB cache
8 GB LPDDR3
512 GB SSD
1920 x 1080
USB-C 3.1 x 2
Up to 16 hours
Samsung Notebook 9 – 13.3”
The 2017 edition of the Samsung Notebook 9 comes with the claim of being the world’s lightest 13-inch laptop, and at only 1.8 pounds / 820 grams of weight, it probably merits the title and what’s interesting about it to me is how little Samsung has compromised in terms of connectivity with this new laptop, endowing it with full-size HDMI and two USB-A ports along with the new hotness that is the thinner and smaller USB-C.
7TH GEN INTEL® CORE™ i5/i7
DDR4 dual channel, up to 8GB for i3, up to 16GB for i7
Up to 256GB SSD
2XUSB 3.0, 1XUSB-C, HDMI, MicroSD, HP/Mic
Up to 10 hours
LG Gram – 13.3”
LG introduced its 2017 Gram notebooks at CES this year. The updated line includes a touchscreen option and way better battery life. LG claims its Gram 14 notebook could last up to 14.5 hours on a single charge. Anything over 8 hours of life would be impressive for LG considering its last Gram release barely lasted more than five hours.
Intel® Core™ i5-7200U – 2.5GHz/3.1GHz
FHD (1920 x 1080)
2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USBC, 1 x Micro SD,
Up to 14.5 hours
Nazrul Hoque – 01 April 2017
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