Budget laptops are fine for everyday emailing and browsing, but you'll get considerably more features and functionality - think hoards of storage, plenty of memory, and super-fast processing - if your budget can stretch to more than £700. At that price, you can also expect brilliant screen display, excellent build quality and premium materials.
Here are five laptops worth spending a bit extra on...
See also: Five best budget laptops on Amazon
1. Apple MacBook Air: £899.00, Amazon
The Apple MacBook Air is super-slim and offers a great balance of power and portability. With its high-resolution screen, it's great for watching movies and it is super-fast, even with several browsers open at once. And with nine hours of battery life, you should be able to stay on the go for longer. Don't worry if you're used to Windows and haven't tried a Mac - it's easy to find your way around (and many users wish they'd made the switch years ago).
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2. Microsoft Surface Pro 4: £899.99, Amazon
Not sure if you want a touchscreen tablet or a full-powered laptop? Microsoft Surface Pro 4 does both jobs beautifully. Lighter than ever before (just 1.73lbs /786g) it is highly portable and thanks to its upgraded Intel Kaby Lake chips, offers an impressive nine hours of battery life. It comes with a pen to work the touchscreen (though your finger works equally well) and it has support for angled drawing so you can shade like with the Apple Pencil.
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3. Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 900: £989.00, Amazon
With its sleek design and champagne-gold colour, the Lenovo is one of the best-looking touchscreen options around. It's lightweight and comes with a versatile hinge, making it easy to move into different positions - which is handy if you like watching movies on your laptop. Even better, it comes with a high-resolution 13 inch screen and Dolby-tuned speakers.
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4. MSI GE62VR 7RF (Apache Pro): £1,099.00, Amazon
If you're after a gaming laptop, you'll need something that packs some serious power – and the MSI GE62VR 7RF won't disappoint. It has 16GB of RAM, and a combination of hard drive and SSD memory – with an advanced cooling system built-in to avoid overheating. This one comes with a 15.6 inch screen - if you want a 17-inch screen version it will set you back £1,271.08.
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5. Dell XPS 13 9360: £1,228.00, Amazon
The Dell XPS 13 markets itself as being the smallest laptop around. Measuring just 13.3" (33.8cm), it features a virtually borderless InfinityEdge display - available with touch - that maximizes screen space by squeezing a 13" (33 cm) display in an 11" (28 cm) frame. With more screen and less to carry, it's ultraportable without compromising on performance (and thanks to its seventh-gen Intel Core i7 chip, it's now even better). Add a range of connections, great battery life and superb screen quality, and the Dell XPS 13 is hard to beat.
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