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Apple MacBook (12-inch, 2015)

The ultimate laptop for punching up that CV in a coffee shop or writing up your MA thesis. Apple's new MacBook demands a premium -- it starts at £1,049 -- but is also the most enviable new laptop of the year.

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HP Omen

A gaming laptop that slim and light enough to double as a work machine, the £1,400 Omen is sharp-looking enough not to be a bore, but also mature enough to avoid looking like it belongs in a hall of residence.

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Microsoft Surface 3

A slick hybrid tablet-laptop for less, this new version of Microsoft's Surface starts at just £419, but keeps much of the high-end design from the Surface Pro line. The biggest downer is that you still have buy the excellent keyboard separately -- that's an extra £110.

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Logitech MX Master

Thanks to Logitech's Darkfield Laser technology, this deluxe £80 mouse works on just about any surface, and an integrated rechargeable battery can last up to 40 days on a single charge. Mac users, meanwhile, enjoy the extra benefit of gesture support -- most of the multi-finger trackpad gestures can be duplicated on the MX Master while holding down an extra key.

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HP Stream 11

For basic Web surfing and movie watching, this £179 mini-laptop more than does the job. Even better, it has a very long-lasting battery, so it doesn't have to sit chained to the wall.

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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display (13-inch)

While the new 12-inch MacBook is the hottest laptop around, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro is, right now, the best combination of price (£999), features and power. Especially with new Intel CPUs and a Force Touch trackpad.

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Seagate Seven Portable Drive

Thinner than even a standard internal laptop hard drive, the Seagate Seven is by far the slimmest portable drive to date. The drive pairs its great look with excellent performance, making it a superb gift for those needing to carry extra information around.

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