New Notebooks for Holiday 2016

Three of the top computer makers have released an updated line of notebooks within the last week or so. It all started with Razer last Wednesday, then Microsoft yesterday and Apple today. All three companies offer new computers in at least one new/redesigned high-end ultra books. Below is a quick overview of each company's lineup.

On October 27th, Tim Cook took the stage to announce a much awaited refresh to the MacBook Pro line. He delivered with two new redesigned sizes of the MBP that feature Apple's new Touch Bar, a strip of Retina touch display along the top of the keyboard in place of the function keys. Touted as a revolution in computer innovation, the Touch Bar will allow programs to display custom touch controls and commands.

On October 26th, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella showcased a juiced up Surface Book with Performance Base and the all new Surface Studio, a large touch screen desktop geared toward creative types. Even though the Surface Studio is not technically a notebook it does use the same components and is worth mentioning as it puts Apple's 27" iMac on notice.

In Berlin, Germany gaming peripheral and system maker Razer unveiled the New Razer Blade Pro. Billed as a desktop replacement it does not skimp on the details, from a 17" 4k screen powered by an NVidia GeForce GTX 1080 to the Chroma backlit mechanical keyboard and touch pad.

Below is an apples-to-apples comparison of the three ranges in notebooks each company sells.