Steam is streets ahead of Xbox Live when it comes to number of players

Steam has just revealed a load of fresh stats concerning the popularity of the gaming platform, showing that it has way more users than Xbox Live – and almost as many as PlayStation Network (PSN).

According to the statistics revealed by Valve at the Casual Connect event in Seattle, Steam has 33 million daily active players, and no less than 67 million monthly active players (i.e. players who dive into a game at least once per month).

The latter figure eclipses Xbox Live’s 53 million monthly active players, and comes very close to PSN which has around 70 million.

There’s certainly a thriving PC gaming community here, although that’s nothing we didn’t already know.

Valve had a number of other figures to share, including the total number of users registered with the service which is now 125 million. The firm also noted that Steam set a new record for concurrent users – i.e. gamers playing simultaneously – with a figure of 14 million, not far off double the peak number seen in 2015 (8.4 million), just a couple of years ago.

That certainly points to brisk growth, further underlined by the fact that Steam has accumulated some 27 million paying users since the beginning of last year.

Asia has also witnessed impressive growth, and Asian gamers now represent 17% of Steam’s worldwide sales compared to just a few percent only a couple of short years ago.

Social platform

All these statistics were highlighted by GeekWire, incidentally, as were many of Valve’s PR slides for the service at the big Casual Connect presentation, which stressed Steam’s value as a ‘massive social network’ of gamers, and also the strengths of PC gaming: openness and innovation, and not just the consumption of games, but creation (i.e. the modding scene).

Valve also boasted about the variety of games on Steam, in terms of casual through to hardcore games, and different genres from shooters to point-and-click adventures.

As we saw last week, the new darling of Steam is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which set a new record as the most-played non-Valve game ever with a peak player count of 481,000 – a figure only eclipsed by Valve’s own Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2.

Via: GameSpot

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The best cheap hard drive and SSD deals in August 2017

There has never been more content available to fill your hard drive space on your laptop or desktop PC. Movies, music, and those many Steam games you bought in the sale that you absolutely will play one day all need a home. On the plus side, storage manufacturers are constantly striving to make bigger and faster drives.

Directly below you'll find links to the hard drive aisles at some of the best retailers around for cheap hard drive or SSD deals. Below those links you'll find our hand-picked highlight of what we think are the best deals of the week. These include multiple sizes of 3.5-inch drives going up to 10TB. If you're wanting to give your laptop a boost, you'll want to check our latest SSD deals. There are also some cheap external drive options too and we'll point you in the right direction for the best deals on USB flash drives.

Not seeing anything that takes your fancy? Feel free to bookmark the page and check back next week. Fingers crossed we'll find you something before Black Friday. Or maybe you'd prefer a completely new setup? If so, check out our cheap laptop deals guide.

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Cheap hard drive deals

If you prefer to browse through a larger collection, we've rounded up a selection of relevant retailer links for you below.

  • Hard Drive deals at Amazon
  • Hard Drive deals at Newegg
  • Hard Drive deals at Currys
  • Hard Drive deals at John Lewis
  • Hard Drive deals at ebuyer

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This week’s best SSD deals and hard drive deals

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2.5-inch SSD deals

KingDian 120GB SSD | Now £45.99 | Amazon

With 120GB SSD deals being a bit scarce of late, it's made more sense to look towards the larger 240GB Solid State Drives instead, especially as they've been the same price lately. KingDian range of cheap drives offers a modest saving over the 240GB deal below though.

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Drevo X1 Series 120GB SSD SATAIII SSD Solid State Drive | Now £46.99 | eBay

While the Drevo brand doesn't carry as much weight as the likes of SanDisk or Toshiba, they're one of the cheapest options this week for a 120GB Solid State Drive.

SanDisk 240GB Solid State Drive Plus | Now £76.99 | Amazon

If you know you're going to need some extra space for games or movies, we'd recommend this deal over the smaller SSDs. This is your best deal for a more recognised brand than the cheaper deal above.

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SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB SSD
This highly rated SSD might be a bit on the pricey side, but the fast sequential read and write speeds are more than worth the cost. Crucially, there's also a 10 year warranty, which cheaper drives just don't dare offer. That's confidence from SanDisk for you right there.

Like the idea of a 1TB SSD deal, but don't want to pay over £300/$300? That sounds like a reasonable enough request and the Crucial MX300 SSD could be the one for you as it strikes a fine balance between performance and cost.

Kingston 1TB SSDNow KC400
This new 2.5-inch SSD from Kingston is super fast and ideal for laptops or even a PS4. It's newness is keeping the price quite high though, with most retailers hovering around the £320 mark for early adopters. Keep an eye on this comparison chart below though for the latest prices and you'll hopefully find a better deal as time goes by.

3.5-inch PC hard drive deals

Toshiba P300 2TB 3.5-inch High-Performance Hard Drive | Now £57.99 | Amazon

With most retailers charging over £70, this cheap internal drive is well worth a look if you're wanting to upgrade the capacity on an older PC.

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Toshiba P300 3TB 7200RPM 3.5-inch Hard Drive | Now £72.98 | Amazon

The price for this 3TB drive is impressive enough, but the increased 7200RPM speed is another big selling point too.

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Seagate ST4000DM000 4TB 3.5-inch Hard Drive | Now £118.25 | Novatech

This is one of the cheapest 4TB PC hard drives we've seen for a while and should provide enough space for most users. Most other drives of this size start at about £135.

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Toshiba X300 5TB 3.5-inch Extreme-Performance Hard Drive | Now £139.99 | Amazon

This speedy 7200RPM hard drive is excellent value if you're looking for a large 5TB capacity. If you need something that big though, maybe we can tempt you with the 6TB drive below instead?

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Toshiba X300 6TB 3.5-inch Hard Disk Drive 7200RPM | Now £169.94 | Amazon

This Toshiba drive isn't a massive leap in price over the 5TB option above. Still not enough space though? That's ok, we have some even larger hard drive deals below.

Seagate IronWolf 10TB 3.5-inch hard drive deals
This brand new hard drive from Seagate has just been released and our very own Matt Hanson gave it a highly recommended 4.5/5 rating in his extensive appraisal. Prices are pretty high, but you can use our comparison chart below to track the latest prices if you’re after the best deal on this huge hard drive.

External hard drive deals

The Seagate drives in our comparison chart below are regular tennants on this page so we've included a range of the best prices for different sizes of their Expansion series of portable and desktop hard drives. Below these deals you'll find our other favourite external hard drive deals.

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Another popular option in the ranks of best external hard drives are the Western Digital My Passport range. These colourful and compact hard drives comes in 1TB-4TB sizes and have reliable data speeds too. They make a nice change from the parade of generic grey boxes too and add a little flair to your desk.

The Seagate hard drives mentioned earlier are excellent value for money. But you don't actually have to spend that much more to get 5TB of storage space. the 5TB Seagate Expansion is one of the most popular picks around and gets consistently high-scoring reviews from press and public alike. A real people's champ all-round and one of our favourite external hard drive deals.

Need something a lot bigger? Enter the WD My Book Duo 16TB external hard drive. The Duo of the title refers to the fact you can use RAID technology to split this into two drives and configure them manually. This is especially handy if you want to backup the drive's content on the same drive, so if one part fails, you'll still be able to recover the data. These excellent external desktop drives don't come cheap though, so take a look at our comparison chart to find the latest and cheapest prices available.

WD My Book recertified external hard drives
There are some super cheaper recertified external hard drive deals on at the WD store this week, with big discounts on multiple large model. The older 4TB My Book is down to £66.99, with the newer version also discounted down to £74.99. As for the 6TB version, you're saving a huge £95 with a fresh price of £104.99.

Maxtor M3 1TB USB 3.0 Slimline portable hard drive | Now £47.70 | Amazon

A great price for a portable drive with 1TB of space. This is currently the very cheapest 1TB option in our internal hard drive deals guide.

external hard drive deals

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB USB 3.0 portable hard drive | Now £53.94 | Amazon

This stylish hard drive is available in multiple colours and is cheapest at Amazon today.

Transcend 1TB Military-Grade Shock Resistance Portable Hard Drive | Now £52.49 | Amazon

This 1TB USB 3.0 external drive is usually a bit pricier than the offers posted above, but it's had a tenner knocked off this week! It's able to withstand clumsy drops or getting bashed about a bit. If you need something that's going to travel with you a lot, this is certainly one to consider.

Maxtor M3 2TB USB 3.0 Slimline Portable Hard Drive | Now £61.93 | Amazon

We haven't had a decent 2TB deal in while as the prices have been way too close to the 1TB or 3TB options. At this price though, this 2TB hard drive deal sits nicely between the other sizes.

Seagate Expansion 4TB Desktop USB 3.0 external hard drive | Now £99.99 | Argos

This Seagate offer from Argos is your next best option for a 4TB external hard drive, especially as Argos' offer for a similar drive last week has shot up by £10. This really should be plenty of space unless you're storing a lot of media files.

Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 external Hard Drive | Now £134.98 | Currys

If the Toshiba deal above doesn't do it for you, you could opt for this Seagate drive, so maybe hang on for a discount. It's also listed as Xbox One compatible, which is very handy if you're still struggling with the constrictive default 500GB internal one.

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AMD Vega release date, news and features: everything you need to know

At CES 2017, chipmaker AMD officially revealed the first details about its Vega graphics processing unit (GPU) architecture. However, it wasn’t until July 31st that we found out the first Vega cards would sometime in mid-August not to mention the full details of the GPUs.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The follow-up to AMD’s Polaris GPU architecture
  • When's it out? August 14, 2017
  • What will it cost? $499 (about £380, AU$625)

AMD Radeon RX Vega release date

AMD's affordable, consumer-facing Radeon RX Vega 64 will arrive on August 14 with three versions including a standard edition model, an aluminum-clad limited edition version and a liquid-cooled design with higher clock speeds.

AMD has also announced the Radeon RX Vega 56 that positions itself below the Vega 64, however, availability has yet to be announced.

AMD Radeon RX Vega price

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64  will be available as a standalone card for $499 (about £380, AU$625). 

That's a big step up from the Radeon RX 500 lineup, which starts as low as $169 (about £136, AU$219), but this is meant to be AMD enthusiast-class grade graphics card. It's been a long awaited sequel to the company mostly defunct Radeon R9 Fury X, which was still going for a cool $389 (about £313, AU$506) up until its demise. 

What's more, at this price point it's competitive against the $549 (£619, AU$1,299) Nvidia GTX 1080 Founders Edition.

The Vega 64's other two editions have to be bought as part of AMD's new Radeon Packs, which bundle two free games, plus a $200 discount on the 34-inch Samsung CF791 curved ultra-wide FreeSync monitor and $100 off a Ryzen 7 processor and motherboard. 

Unfortunately, those hardware discount will only kick in if users are buying the said monitor and CPU/motherboard combo at the same time as their Vega GPU. Of course, users can choose to not buy the extra components and peripherals while still getting the two free games  – confirmed to be Wolfenstein II and Prey in the US at least.

The limited-edition AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 will come as part of an Radeon Black Pack for $599 (about £460, AU$750). Meanwhile, the liquid-cooled Vega 64 will run for $699 (about £530, AU$875) and can only be purchased as part of AMD's Radeon Aqua Pack.

Lastly, you'll be able the purchase the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 by itself for $399 (about £300, AU$500). Alternatively, the $499 (about £380, AU$625) Radeon Black Bundle includes the same discounts and free games seen above.

All things considered, Vega is shaping up be as competitive to Nvidia as Ryzen is to Intel – even if buying graphics cards in a bundle isn’t exactly ideal. For the sake of the industry, we could see Nvidia discount its GPUs in order to remain ahead of the curve in terms of value.

AMD Radeon RX Vega specs

Following its 2017 Capsaicin 2 livestream event, AMD revealed the exact specifications for its two new Vega GPUs as well as its underlying Vega 10 architecture.

From the chart above, it's clear the most powerful of the bunch will be the liquid-cooled version of the Radeon RX Vega 64. The more expensive water-cooled version will operate at higher base/boost clocks despite share identical specs to its air-cooled twin.

The RX Vega 56, on the other hand, is positioned against Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070 at $400 (about £306, AU$504). However, early benchmarks have cited performance that greatly outweighed that of its closest competition while running triple-A games at 2,560 x 1,440. 

Like the Polaris 10 architecture that preceded it, AMD's Polaris 10 architecture is built on an 14nm FinFET process that should ultimately make it more power efficient and robust in performance.

Vega 10 is also noticeably skewed towards delivering on more compute power than raw graphical strength like Nvidia's Pascal GPUs. This will likely mean Vega will be able to better handle the complex calculations of procedural surfaces, volumetric lighting and the overall quality of the in-game graphics.

This era of Vega GPUs also ditches GDDR5 memory altogether for a new format known as HBM2, or high-bandwidth memory. AMD believes believes its efficient memory offers a 75% smaller footprint than GDDR5 while also being 3.5 times more power efficient.

AMD also claims that Vega’s high-bandwidth cache controller will improve maximum frame rates by 50% and minimum frame rates by 100% over GDDR5 memory. 

Interestingly, Vega 10 is also designed to support up to 16GB of HBM2 memory  – which we've already seen from Radeon Vega Frontier Edition – so Nvidia's Titan X may finally get some competition from AMD.

Stay tuned for more details regarding everything AMD Vega, as we'll be updating this page with the latest as it happens. In the meantime, be sure to update to the latest version of AMD Radeon Software Crimson ReLive for a generous helping of GPU control features.

Gabe Carey has also contributed to this article

  • Will Vega be featured in the next best gaming laptops?

The best webcams 2017

Despite the best laptops and all-in-one computers sporting built-in HD webcams these days, most traditional desktop towers don’t bear the same luxury. As such, it’s here that we’ll determine the answer to a question as old as time itself: what is the best webcam for you?

The answer depends largely on whether your sights are set on getting famous on YouTube or simply chatting it up with friends. From those with classical designs focused on AV quality to webcams with colorful and quirky designs, we’ve found the best webcam for every occasion.

So, if you want to buy the best webcam for video calling using Skype or Google Hangouts, look no further – the top 10 are on this very list. Read on to find out which one has the best set of features in terms of sound or image quality or even a perfect combination of both.

Logitech's newest webcam, the Logitech G922 Pro Stream features the same classy design as the C920 before it, but it’s especially interesting for gamers this time around. The C922 still boasts excellent 1080p video quality when it comes to hosting video calls, and its automatic low-light correction makes it a great cam for streaming with the lights off. It also supports background removal, making it ideal for budding YouTubers.

1. Logitech C920

The C920 isn't the most expensive webcam that Logitech makes, but it covers the essentials so well you probably won't need to check out anything more powerful. There's automatic low light compensation for poor lighting conditions, full 1080p HD resolution, stereo audio and an adjustable mount. It's PC and Mac compatible, has a smooth autofocus and is built to the high standard you'd expect from Logitech kit.

2. Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

If you need something cheap and cheerful for Skype, Messenger, Facebook or AOL, Microsoft's LifeCam range offers decent performance for a low price. You don't get 1080p video at this price point, but you do get automatic color correction, a noise-cancelling unidirectional microphone and a stand to fit laptops and desktops alike. It's a cheap way to solve the problem of a PC without a camera or even with a camera that isn't up to snuff.

3. Logitech C615

The C615 is a full HD webcam that's particularly well suited to travellers and mobile workers, thanks to its clever "fold and go" design. It offers 1080p recording and 720p for video calls, and the autofocus system can handle anything from brightly lit offices to extreme webcam close-ups. It swivels in 360 degrees, offers 8 megapixel static shooting and you can pop it on a tripod to keep it steady while you're recording. This is the one we'd pack if we were traveling for work.

4. Microsoft LifeCam Studio

Aimed at pro users with big monitors, the LifeCam studio offers the familiar combination of 1080p recording and 720p live video calling. It rotates 360 degrees, can be mounted on a tripod and even autofocus with a range from four inches to infinity. The wideband mic delivers crystal clear sound and Microsoft's TrueColor system automatically adjusts the exposure to keep you from the darkness. It's a good choice for business conferencing and presentations.

Read the full review: Microsoft LifeCam Studio

5. TeckNet C016

For the cost of the TeckNet C016, you get a webcam with noise cancelling and the ability to rotate 360 degrees horizontally and 180 degrees vertically. You don't get full HD or fancy-dan autofocus, but the camera does offer automatic face tracking and automatic adjustment of exposure and white balance for clearer video in poor light. It's not a camera you'd buy for a business boardroom but it's perfectly fine for everyday use.

6. Novo Minoru 3D

Fancy a webcam that shoots in 3D? That's the Minoru's USP, and while the specification isn't stunning – it's 800 x 600 with manual focus and a fixed aperture, so it's only suitable for indoor shooting unless you've got a bunch of filters handy – it looks like a cute robot and enables you to take 3D video. Don't expect amazingly lifelike, photorealistic 3D avatars; this is a camera for messing around with, and if you approach it on that basis it's good fun.

7. Logitech C930e

The C930e claims to be Logitech's most advanced HD webcam and it's also one of the most expensive ones on the market. But, unlike traditional webcams, which rely on the PC to do the heavy lifting, this unit does the video encoding itself, which should in turn result in better video quality. The wide, 90-degree field of view means it’s well-suited to business videoconferencing and presentations, and of course it’s Skype-certified for PC and Mac.

8. Samsung VG-STC5000

Normal webcams don't work with Samsung smart TVs, and by an interesting coincidence Samsung just happens to have its own proprietary camera for its H, HU, JS and JU models. We wouldn't recommend buying one for Skype as the smart TV version of Skype is no longer being supported, but if you want to use Samsung's own gesture control features and its virtual mirror for fitness apps then it's really your only option. 

9. Hue HD

The Hue HD is a little bit different to other webcams: it's also been designed as a document capture/projection camera and a stop-motion camera. Pair those features with a bendy neck, flexible approach and tough construction and there’s no wonder it’s a hit in classrooms. It works on PCs and Macs, includes a microphone and can double up as a microscope. If you're looking for a good all-rounder for kids, the Hue is well worth your consideration.

10. AUSDOM 1080P HD Webcam

If you want a full HD webcam without the full HD webcam price, this little beauty is currently going for cheap. Bolstering resolutions up to 1080p HD while supporting 12MP stills, a noise cancelling microphone and low light compensation, this camera is feature-packed yet frugal. There’s no autofocus and you don’t get a big bundle of software, but the low, low price more than makes up for any shortcomings.

  • You can't stream without the best wireless router

Gabe Carey has also contributed to this article

The 10 best Ultrabooks of 2017: top thin and light laptops reviewed

Tablets are on the decline, so it’s time to start talking about why you should make the switch to one of the best Ultrabooks. Originally devised by Intel to compete with Apple’s MacBook Air, an Ultrabook is a power-efficient clamshell computer intended for portability rather than explicitly for performance. 

  • Ultrabook not for you? These are the best laptops across every category

Rather than hoisting heavier, louder and less reliable hard drives, all of the top Ultrabooks take advantage of faster and typically lower capacity SSDs, effectively making them slender and resilient. At the same time, Intel promises that their CPUs consume less power, so while they’re not quite as fast as bulkier laptops, they boast excellent battery lives.

Souped up with all-aluminum chassis and unibody designs, what’s the best Ultrabook for you? The affordable yet practical Acer Aspire S 13 or the glistening HP Spectre? Maybe even the MacBook-inspired Huawei MateBook X. No matter your budget and performance preferences, you’ll find that the best Ultrabook for you is right here on this list.

  • Dell XPS 13
  • Razer Blade Stealth
  • HP Spectre x360
  • Asus ZenBook UX310
  • Acer Aspire S 13
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop
  • Acer Swift 7
  • Lenovo Yoga 910
  • Huawei MateBook X
  • HP Spectre

Best Ultrabooks

In terms of looks, specs and pricing, the Dell XPS 13 is nothing short of a miracle. Once again, Dell has done the universe a favor by squeezing a 13.3-inch InfinityEdge display into a measly 11-inch figure, and weighing in at only 2.9 pounds (1.29kg), the XPS 13 is blessed with extravagance. The Dell XPS 13 not only bears a lengthy battery life, but it’s even sold in a variety of different flavors, sporting all the way up to an i7-7700U model. 

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13

When we think of Razer, instantly our heads turn to gaming. While a case can be made for the Razer Blade Stealth as a gaming notebook, the lack of a discrete GPU suggests otherwise. When paired with a Razer Core external graphics card enclosure, however, the Blade Stealth goes from powerful to unparalleled. On the upside, even without it, this laptop packs zippy processing performance and nets a lengthy battery life nearing six hours.

Read the full review: Razer Blade Stealth

Among the first to sport 7th-generation Kaby Lake processors, the HP Spectre x360 is more than a CPU upgrade. Sure, the 2-in-1 zips by faster than it did last year, but it’s also thinner and lighter than it was before – not to mention more stylish. From the revamped HP logo on the outer shell to the higher quality keyboard, the Spectre x360 is a force to be reckoned with, even if the port selection is limited.

Read the full review: HP Spectre x360 

Best Ultrabooks

It’s no secret that Apple has all but neglected the MacBook Air recently, but in some cases a Windows Ultrabook can be just as good. Take the Asus ZenBook UX310, for example, the long awaited follow-up to the award-winning ZenBook UX305. Donning a 7th-generation Intel Kaby Lake processor, a 178-degree rotating QHD+ screen, a USB-C port an and an all-aluminum shell, this truly a candidate for the MacBook Air’s throne. 

 Read the full review: Asus ZenBook UX310

The Acer Aspire S 13 may not win prizes for being the thinnest nor the lightest Ultrabook around, but it's an impressive machine none the less with speedy and reliable performance. Although the battery life fails to exceed 10 hours, it’s nearly as affordable as the Asus ZenBook UX305 and the touchscreen comes standard, an anomaly when it comes to laptops in this price range. Add in the fact that the display is non-reflective and we have ourselves a winner.

Read the full review: Acer Aspire S 13

  • This product is only available in the US and UK as of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Asus ZenBook UX310

best ultrabook

No, it’s not another Surface Book – this is a full-on traditional laptop (albeit with a touchscreen) designed by Microsoft. From the Italian imported Alcantara fabric material decorating the keyboard to its gorgeous 13.5-inch, 3:2 PixelSense display, there’s no questioning the Surface Laptop’s appeal at face value, but dig even deeper and you’ll find a notebook that’s arguably more competent than Apple’s more expensive 12-inch MacBook. 

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Laptop

It’s no surprise that the world’s thinnest laptop doesn’t come without its own share of port shortages; however, it’s also unfair to judge the Acer Swift 7 by its pair of USB-C twins alone. Sporting an Core i5 processor from Intel’s 7th-gen Y-series lineup (previously Core M), the Swift 7 is by no means a powerhouse, but it doesn’t need to be, really, when it looks this damn good. Despite being short-lived in the battery life department, the Acer Swift 7 thrives.

Read the full review: Acer Swift 7

  • This product is only available in the US and UK as of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Microsoft Surface Laptop.

The Lenovo Yoga 910 is a fine example of a laptop that takes two steps forward and one step back. It may be heavier and colder to the touch than the Yoga 900, no thanks to its aluminum finish, but it’s also substantially more stylish. Not only that, but Lenovo even managed to keep the same frame size and fit a larger, 14-inch screen inside it. As a result, it’s still not perfect, but the Yoga 910 is a clear upgrade over its predecessor. 

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 910

From Huawei, a Chinese company that’s still little known in the laptop space, the MateBook X doesn’t do itself any favors with its high price tag and strikingly similar looks to Apple’s 12-inch MacBook. Still, it’s dollar to performance ratio rivals that of even the MacBook Pro. Featuring the option of full-on Intel Core i5 or i7 “U” series processors and weighing only 2.3 pounds (1kg), the MateBook X is well-versed in balancing horsepower with portability.

Read the full review: Huawei MateBook X

  • This product is only available in the US as of this writing. UK and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the HP Spectre.

Best Ultrabooks

One glance at the HP Spectre, and you'd think it belongs in a mansion. As if looks weren't enough, this gilded machine is actually more powerful than the latest MacBook and for a lower price at that. You won't find laptops thinner than this and with an optional Intel Core i7 configuration to the trio of USB-C ports, it's supremely capable and not to mention future-proof. If there were ever a such thing as a MacBook killer, it would be called the HP Spectre. 

Read the full review: HP Spectre

Gabe Carey has also contributed to this article