Can Intel-Powered, Evo-Certified Laptops Challenge Apple’s M1 MacBooks?


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For around 25 years, I’ve been using Apple Macs for my writing, photography and media editing. Occasionally, I’ve had to use a Windows PC machine but I never really got on with them. I don’t know why, but PCs always seemed sluggish and the Windows OS never felt as intuitive as Apple macOS. I once described using a PC as a like trying to sew a button on a shirt while wearing a pair of sheepskin mittens. That may have been a little harsh and possibly hyperbole, but that was my impression at the time.

Recently, I was asked if I’d like to try a new breed of a thin and light laptop powered by Intel’s new 11th Generation Core processor and featuring Intel Evo certification. I ended up spending a week or two with a Dell Latitude 7320 and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Gen 1 laptop to see how things had changed now that Intel was shifting its portable processing power up a gear so that laptops can be thinner, lighter and energy efficient. Intel was keen to know how a Mac user found the new processor to work with.

Firstly, a quick word about the two machines I tried out. The Dell Latitude 7320 was a nicely made laptop that seemed rugged enough to cope with life on the road. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Gen 1 was in a different league altogether. It’s impossibly thin and light. I could imagine taking the Lenovo anywhere. It’s almost impossible to think that the laptop I was using was able to run for up to nine hours on a single charge. 

Both laptops were much thinner and lighter than I am used to and with so much power onboard and great battery stamina. It’s clear that the Intel processor and other Evo features have spawned a new range of machines that can go the distance and also have the muscle to run processor-intensive and power-hungry tasks. Both machines were more professional than the old Atom-powered portable netbook…