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

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

Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, Retina, Late 2013) 2.3GHz nVidia
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  • Reviewed on: 1 December 2013

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.

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

2. Toshiba Qosmio X70-A

Toshiba Qosmio X70-A
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  • Reviewed on: 14 November 2013

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.

Read our Toshiba Qosmio X70-A review.

3. Dell Precision M3800

Dell Precision M3800
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  • Reviewed on: 9 June 2015

The Precision M3800 is Dell’s take on the ‘Ultrabook’ portable workstation notebook. It’s made from a mixture of materials, and has an undersized battery in order to stay fashionably trim. In its favour, the quad-core processor and midrange pro-certified graphics chipset provide useful performance, and without too much histrionics from the cooling fans. This year’s model now has a UHD 4K display although this still serves to exaggerate problems in some Windows programs, while the overly reflective touchscreen facility results in a heavier panel with poorer viewing that drains the battery faster. For professional users even more so than with consumer laptops, we here question the real worth of a touchscreen on a laptop. Ultimately the Dell’s circa-3 hour battery life means the M3800 is seriously compromised as a mobile productivity tool. If you don't mind staying tethered to the mains, it is a good clothes horse.

Read our Dell Precision M3800 review.

4. Chillblast Messiah 17 GTX780M

Chillblast Messiah 17 GTX780M
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  • Reviewed on: 29 August 2013

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.

Read our Chillblast Messiah 17 GTX780M review.

5. Schenker XMG P503

Schenker XMG P503
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  • Reviewed on: 15 October 2013

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.

Read our Schenker XMG P503 review.