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Group test: what's the best high-end laptop?

The best laptops where money is no object

PC Advisor reviews the best high-end laptops available in the UK today.

5. Schenker XMG P503

It's baby steps as far as the move towards a more stylish design is concerned, and there's certainly room for improvement in the battery life. However, the P503 provides all the performance you'd expect from a high-end gaming laptop. Schenker's web site also provides plenty of build-to-order options so that you can probably trim the price down a bit without compromising performance too much.

4. Chillblast Messiah 17 GTX780M

It's a shame that Chillblast can't manage some more interesting designs for its gaming laptops. However, the Messiah's gaming performance does justify the price, while its healthy memory and storage, along with features such as the Blu-ray writer and FireWire port ensure that it can handle demanding productivity tasks too.

3. Dell Precision M3800

We have mixed feelings about the Dell M3800. It squeezes incredible performance into a thin and light chassis, with superb build quality. But its poor battery life is unacceptable, and there's no easy fix for the DPI issues in some Windows desktop software. There are also a few niggling issues such as slow 802.11ac wireless performance. We'd recommend trying it out first with older desktop software before making your mind up whether this is the mobile workstation for you.

2. Toshiba Qosmio X70-A

The Toshiba Qosmio X70-A is expensive, but not over-priced when compared to many rival gaming laptops. And, in addition to its strong gaming performance the X70-A also provides an attractive screen and speakers that make it a great all-round entertainment machine.

1. Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, Retina, Late 2013) 2.3GHz nVidia

Apple’s ‘best’ configuration MacBook Pro with Retina display of late 2013 sees the reintroduction of a discrete graphics processor, now removed from the entry-level model. This will be useful for some OpenCL-based professional applications as well as when connecting multiple monitors. For more modest requirements, including gameplay, there’s less pressure to go discrete though. To save some cost, and potentially benefit from longer battery life, you can always split the difference in price and configure the entry model with the memory or storage of the nVidia MacBook.

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