Most powerful laptops in South Africa — and how much they cost

The most powerful laptops in South Africa and how much they cost

The South Africans on the market for a laptop that offers the fastest processors and best graphics cards available in a portable form factor have some excellent options to choose from.

While these machines are more expensive than most laptops on the market, you will be guaranteed a high-performance device that can tackle any task with ease.

MacBook M1 Pro and Max chipsets sold in South Africa are equipped with 16-core and 32-core graphics processors.

Both offer up to 14 hours of battery life and a 10-core CPU that delivers fast, reliable performance.

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Studio has a maximum processing speed of up to 4.8GHz and features a 14-inch touchscreen display.

The convertible display offers tablet functionality that can be useful for graphic editors and designers.

For those looking to buy an ideal all-rounder, the MSI Creator M16 or Dell XPS 17 are noteworthy options.

Both devices are equipped with an 11th generation Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 GPU (with the MSI sporting the Ti variant) and each will comfortably perform any task.

Both laptops are suitable for programming, multimedia, business and even gaming.

Gaming enthusiasts in the high-performance laptop market should consider the specifications of the graphics card, central processing unit (CPU), and the amount of RAM.

Display refresh rate is also important, particularly when the device contains a high-end GPU.

The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 offers a 12th generation Core i7 CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, 24 GB of RAM, 1 TB of NVMe SSD, and a display refresh rate of 165 Hz.

This makes it capable of running any modern game at a constant speed of 60 frames per second and beyond.

The prices and specifications of these laptops are listed below.


Acer Predator Helios 500 – € 73,999

Acer Predator Helios 500 specifications
Screen ComfyView IPS 120Hz HDR1000 17.3 inch UHD (3840 x 2160)
processor 11th Generation Intel Core i7-11980HK @ 2.60GHz
RAM 32GB DDR4 RAM
GPU Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 16GB GDDR6
storage 1 TB SSD
Ports HDMI | Mini-DP | Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C | 2 x USB Type-C | 3x USB Type A | RJ45 LAN port | Headphone and microphone jack
Dimensions 40 x 31.9 x 3.53 cm (3.9 kg)
Battery life Up to 4 hours

MacBook Pro Max 16-inch – R67.899

16-inch MacBook Pro Max specifications
Screen 16 inches (3456 x 2234) at 60 Hz
processor Apple M1 Max 10-core chip
RAM 32GB unified memory
GPU Apple M1 Max 32-core integrated graphics
storage 1 TB SSD
Ports 3 x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) | 1 HDMI | 1 x 3.5mm Headphone Jack | MagSafe Port 3 | SDXC card slot
Dimensions 35.57 x 24.81 x 1.68 cm (2.1 kg)
Battery life Up to 14 hours

MacBook Pro 16-inch – R52.299

16-inch MacBook Pro specifications
Screen 16 inches (3456 x 2234) at 60 Hz
processor Apple M1 Pro 10-core chip
RAM 16 GB of unified memory
GPU 16-core Apple M1 Pro integrated graphics
storage 1 TB SSD
Ports 3 x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) | 1 HDMI | 1 x 3.5mm Headphone Jack | MagSafe Port 3 | SDXC card slot
Dimensions 35.57 x 24.81 x 1.68 cm (2.1 kg)
Battery life Up to 14 hours

Dell XPS 17 – R43.999

Dell XPS 17 Specifications
Screen 17.3-inch FHD + (2400 x 1600) IPS InfinityEdge
processor 11th Generation Intel Core i7-11800H at 2.30 GHz
RAM 16GB DDR4 RAM
GPU Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 4GB GDDR6
storage 1 TB SSD
Ports External USB Type-C to HDMI | Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C | 4 USB Type-C | RJ45 LAN Port | 1 combo headphone jack
Dimensions 37.45 x 24.81 x 1.9 cm (2.1 kg)
Battery life Up to 11 hours

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio – R41.999

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio specifications
Screen 14 inches (1920 x 1200) at 120Hz
processor 11th Generation Intel Core i7-11370H at 4.8 GHz
RAM 16GB DDR4
GPU Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB GDDR6
storage 512GB SSD
Ports 2 x Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C | 1 x Headphone Jack | 1 Surface Connect port
Dimensions 32.22 x 22.83 x 1.91 cm (1.8 kg)
Battery life Up to 18 hours

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 – R39.999

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 specifications
Screen 16-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) at 165Hz
processor 12th Generation Intel Core i7-12700H up to 4.70 GHz
RAM 24GB DDR5
GPU Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6
storage 1 TB SSD
Ports 2 x USB 3.2 Type A | 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C | 1x USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 | 1 HDMI | 1 combo headphone jack | 1 RJ45 LAN port
Dimensions 35.5 x 24.3 x 1.99 cm (2.0 kg)
Battery life Up to 6.5 hours

MSI Creator M16 – R31.999

MSI Creator M16 specifications
Screen 16-inch QHD + (2560 x 1600) at 120Hz
processor 11th Generation Intel Core i7 11800H up to 4.6 GHz
RAM 16GB DDR4
GPU Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 4GB GDDR6
storage 512GB SSD
Ports 1 x USB 3.2 Type-C Gen1 | 2 x USB 3.2 Type A Gen1 | 1 x USB 2.0 Type A | 1 x RJ45 | 1 HDMI | 1 combo headphone jack
Dimensions 35.9 x 25.9 x 2.75 (2.26 kg)
Battery life Up to 6 hours

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