Apple MacBook Pro, Dell XPS 15, ASUS ROG Zephyrus 14: Best laptops with cutting-edge performance

As lockdown-induced WFH routines have altered the way we work and play, the laptop has become cool again. Whether you’re a gamer hiding under a formal jacket or an Apple fan boy seeking cutting-edge performance, we’ve got you covered

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Apple MacBook Pro

Apple has given the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the ‘go to’ notebook for Mac die-hards who thrive on heavy duty specs and performance, a complete reboot. Apple has doubled the storage (starting at 256GB and going all the way up to 1TB) across all standard configurations. At the heart of the new line-up are 10th-generation quad-core Intel Core processors with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 4.1GHz. If you need to switch from work mode to binge-watch mode, the vibrant 13-inch Retina display (that delivers more than 4 million pixels and millions of colours, along with 500 nits of brightness), backed with all day battery life, won’t let you down. The Magic Keyboard with a redesigned scissor mechanism is one of the headline features. 

Rs 122,990

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ASUS ROG Zephyrus 14

ASUS’ ROG (Republic of Gamers) line has built a loyal legion of fans with smartphones and laptops that are geared for gaming.. The Zephyrus 14 is designed to be a showstopper and won’t look out of place in a futuristic board room. It’s also remarkably light (1.6kg) and slim (17.9mm) for a badass gaming laptop. The design borders on industrial chic with an edgy magnesium-aluminium alloy deck that’s forged and machined for a perfect fit. Typing on the chiclet keyboard is a joy. 

We totally dig the Anime Matrix feature (available in the high-end variants), an innovative personalisation element that combines 1,215 mini LEDs across the lid. 

You can customise the animation adding GIFs or text. The Zephyrus is powered by the future-proof AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS processor with up to 8 cores and 16 threads offering power packed performance;  it comes with a host of storage options (up to 32GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage). A 14-inch HD display with an impressive 85 per cent screen: body ratio combines with the Dolby Atmos App making it perfect for binge watching or gaming. 

Rs 98,990 onwards

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Dell XPS 15 

Style, portability and heavy duty performance come together in one of the world’s smallest performance class 15.6-inch laptops. This lightweight laptop is crafted from a single piece of machined aluminium. Kitted with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core Processors and with up to 21 hours of battery life, this one’s for serious Content creators and professionals who balance work and play. Dell’s InfinityEdge display enables top camera placement with the best in class screen to body ratio at 92.9 per cent. Entertainment creds get a boost with up-firing speakers featuring Waves Nx technology for a 3D surround sound experience previously possible only with high-end headphones.

Rs 1,86,072

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