The latest Apple MacBook Air 11in (Mid 2011) is a powerful tool for daily computing jobs, and weighs just 1.07kg in its tough aluminium shell. It has a second-generation Intel Core processor, running at 1.6GHz. Turbo Boost picks up the revs on demand, to 2.3GHz, while Hyper Threading makes the dual-core CPU look more like a quad-core to many apps. The Air scored 112 points in WorldBench 6, making this a powerful, stylish, carry-anywhere laptop, with decent battery life to boot.

Best High-end Laptop 2012: The runners-up

Apple MacBook Air 11in (Mid-2011)

About the PC Advisor Awards 2012

Our annual roll call of honour considers every piece of hardware and software that has passed through our Test Centre over the past year. We look for innovation and excellence, outstanding performance and value for money.

Only excellent products make the PC Advisor Awards shortlist, and we congratulate all the manufacturers represented on the list. If a product still looks great from the view point of up to a year after its first review, the chances are that it is great.

That does, however, mean that our PC Advisor Awards coverage is not necessarily a buyer’s guide – for that you should visit our Test Centre and Reviews. Some of the products may no longer be available, and in some categories they may have been superseded.

Whittling down the shortlist to pick out individual winners isn’t easy. In all cases arguments could be (and were) made for products other than the eventual winners. But winners there must be.

See for details on our other award winners