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Best laptops for design, graphics, video, and photography in 2020: MacBook Pro, Dell XPS 15, and more

Apple’s professional users — especially those working in the creative industries — have welcomed the company’s renewed focus on its professional Mac products in recent months, following the long-awaited introduction of the new Mac Pro desktop, and the 16-inch revamp of its flagship MacBook Pro laptop. But there’s no doubt that Apple took its eye off the ball in the Mac market while it spent years concentrating on the iPhone, and that has given rival PC manufacturers a real opportunity to capture a slice of Apple’s creative pie.

Intel got the ball rolling back in 2018 with its Creator PC

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Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020) review: New processors and new keyboard enhance Apple’s lightweight business laptop Review

Apple normally sticks to a relatively strict cycle of yearly updates for its merchandise but, perhaps prompted by the present economic uncertainty, it has accelerated its merchandise releases in modern months. The MacBook Air and the thirteen-inch edition of the MacBook Pro have been very last up-to-date in July 2019: the MacBook Air bought an early update in March, and it is now the transform of the thirteen-inch MacBook Pro.

The aspects of this update bear near assessment, as the thirteen-inch MacBook Pro now gives four common configurations centered on either eighth-technology or more recent 10th-technology Intel Main i5 processors.

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Razer Blade Studio Edition review: A pricey MacBook Pro alternative for graphics pros

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You’re probably not in the mood to think about a $4,000 (£4,000 or about AU$7,900) laptop right now, but if you’re attempting to edit video, work with 3D models or perform other pro-level graphics tasks at home, now’s the time to start considering one. And if you’re going to go for it, Razer’s sleek Blade 15 Studio Edition ($4,000 at Best Buy) delivers a nicely balanced combination of design, speed and features for folks who need workstation-class graphics and Windows. It’ll serve you well when you can finally head back to the office, too. 

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  • Slim, attractive design
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Lenovo Yoga C740 (14-inch) review: A great 2-in-1 MacBook Air alternative

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Whenever someone asks me for a Windows alternative to the MacBook Air, my answer for more than a year has been either the Lenovo IdeaPad 730S or the two-in-one Yoga 730 generally because they cost less, but give you a similar look and feel and potentially better performance. They’re just great ultraportables for normal, everyday home office or school work and the Lenovo Yoga C740 is no different. 

Like

  • Slim, lightweight all-metal body.
  • Privacy shutter for webcam.
  • Excellent everyday performance and battery life for the money.

Don’t Like

  • Memory is soldered on.
  • No Thunderbolt 3.

The C740,

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