Windows Premium Collection – which laptop is right for you?
Need a new laptop? Go with Windows Premium Collection for future-proof tech and design….
Buying a laptop is a big decision – and if you want something with real longevity, it’s worth investing that bit more. Laptops from the Windows Premium Collection are designed to go the distance – with tough-but-sophisticated design and a whole heap of future-proof technology.
What is the Windows Premium Collection?
High-end laptops hand-picked by Microsoft for their performance and quality and for what each can bring to different people.
Each laptop listed comes pre-installed with Windows 10 – so you can get the best from digital assistant Cortana and the newly redesigned Start Menu as well as run Microsoft Office.
Our chosen laptops also boast powerful Intel Core processors and fast loading times and slim design thanks to SSD – a type of storage that’s slimmer, lighter and faster than a traditional hard drive. But which one should you choose? Read on…
1. Designers and creatives
You need serious power to run demanding software as well as super-sharp screens to showcase your latest projects. A digital pen to draw on-screen rounds off the wish-list.
One of the best laptops you can buy right now. Made from a single piece of magnesium alloy, its 13.5 inch screen can be separated from the laptop to use as a tablet. Projects will look vibrant and clear on its PixelSense display. Photoshop and Illustrator run smoothly with its Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and up to 16GB RAM.
Surface Pro 4
This 12.3 inch tablet packs the kind of power you’d find in a high-end laptop and can be used as a laptop by adding the keyboard accessory. This transforms it into a great mobile workstation for working in coffee shops and on trains – its super lightweight too. With Intel Core i5/i7 processors, it has plenty of power for Adobe CS.
Surface Pen for on-screen designing
The Surface Pen is a pressure-sensitive digital stylus that comes with both computers. With it you can draw directly onto your Surface device’s screen – it’s great for working in Photoshop and Illustrator or taking quick notes in OneNote.
2. Stylish laptops for working on the go
You want a laptop that’s slender, small and sophisticated but that packs enough power to stay productive on the go. You want to turn heads for looking good and working hard.
Dell XPS 13
This is a beautiful machine – compact, powerful and seriously chic. The ultra-thin bezel around the screen makes this the smallest 13-inch laptop in the world. See incredible detail on its HD screen, run demanding software with its Intel Core i5 processor.
HP Spectre 13
This is all about the skinniness. The world’s thinnest laptop is not much thicker than a high-end smartphone at just 10.4m. It’s not at all flimsy though – this 13-inch laptop is made from tough aluminium and carbon fibre. There’s no touchscreen and the ports are USB-C. It’s a small price. Powerful Intel core i5 processor too.
3. Power hungry home-working on the big screen
Your laptop isn’t going any further than your lap – or kitchen table. You want serious processing power and a large high-res screen for working – and relaxing with Netflix, of course.
ASUS Transformer 3 Pro
This premium tablet is more powerful than many high-end laptops. Demanding work like 3D modelling or video editing is smooth with its Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM. Boot and load times are super-fast with a massive 512GB of SSD or solid state storage. Whatever your project it’ll look great on the 12.6-inch Ultra HD screen – there’s a magnetic keyboard too.
Dell XPS 15
The super-powerful big brother of the XPS 13. PC gaming and video editing is a breeze with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 M graphics and Intel Core i7 processor. Projects and games will look good on the Full HD 15.6 inch screen that also features an ultra-thin bezel to make this much smaller than many other 15-inch laptops.