Dark and ethical chocolate products are gaining in popularity as total chocolate sales in the UK continue to rise despite the tough economy.According to Mintel, UK sales of chocolate increased by 9.2% between 2007 and 2009 to reach an estimated £3.6bn and sales are projected to grow to £4.1bn by 2015.The research found that over half of consumers claimed they preferred milk chocolate in 2008, but this dropped to just 35% in 2009. In addition, consumers claiming that dark chocolate was healthier increased from 23% in 2008 to 35% in 2010.Ethical concerns are also a key trend among chocolate buyers. The percentage of consumers who said they looked for Fairtrade chocolate remained steady during the recession, increasing from 35% in 2008 to 36% in 2009, while ’ethical’ was now the third most popular claim for new chocolate products, with 25% of new products launched in the UK in 2009 carrying this claim.”Despite the recession, a growing number of suppliers and retailers have been moving towards Fairtrade. It seems only a matter of time before the seasonal and boxed chocolates market shifts this way too,” said Vivianne Ihekweazu, Mintel senior food and drink analyst.The research also found that in 2008, the brand/own-label divide stood at 84%/16%. In 2009 the split had changed to 77%/23%.
Laptops get refreshed almost every year and sometimes even months after the last update. Of course, you don’t have to go out and replace yours with every new version, but after 10 years, you might notice some slowdown.Member tbarb enlisted us to help find them a laptop within the $900 to $1,300 range to replace their 10-year-old Lenovo ThinkPad. The user wants the machine to have at least an 8th Gen Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU, a 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) display, and an SSD and HDD combo. Their primary focus would be using Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop and TradeStation.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-thinkpad-replacement?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 They also requested a laptop with a DVD drive, but to be honest, that’s very uncommon on premium laptops nowadays, and we suggest getting an external one. So, tbarb, here are the laptops we recommend to replace your ThinkPad:Dell XPS 15You can get the Dell XPS 15 (4.2 pounds, 0.7~0.5 inches) for $1,329, and it’ll come with a Core i7-8750H processor, a GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q GPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.We tested a version with 16GB of RAM, and it transcoded a 4K video to 1080p on our HandBrake benchmark in 10 minutes and 12 seconds. For graphics performance, it ran Rise of the Tomb Raider (Very High, 1080p) at 22 frames per second.This machine’s 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 display is incredibly vibrant and vivid, covering 115 percent of the sRGB spectrum and emitting 371 nits of brightness. It has a low-travel keyboard, at 0.7 millimeters (we prefer travel between 1.5 to 2.0 mm), but the keys feel bouncy and relatively comfortable to type on. However, the keyboard does not have a number pad.MORE: Best Dell and Alienware LaptopsIf you plan on using the Dell XPS 15 on the go, you should find some comfort in that it lasted 11 hours and 53 minutes on our battery test. The machine isn’t cheaply made, either, as it sports a sleek aluminum exterior and a sturdy carbon-fiber interior.Lenovo Legion Y7000If you want to stay in the comfort zone of Lenovo land, then the Legion Y7000 (5.3 pounds, 1.1~0.9 inches) is a great option. It keeps the price down to $1,099 and comes with beefy specs like a Core i7-8750H processor, a GTX 1060 GPU, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a 1TB 7,200-rpm HDD.This speed demon crushed our HandBrake benchmark in just 9 minutes and 24 seconds. It even ran the Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark at 37 fps, pushing above the 30-fps playability threshold.The Legion Y7000’s 15.6-inch, 1080p display is surprisingly colorful, too, hitting 153 percent of the sRGB color gamut. But it could be just a little brighter, as it averaged 277 nits. True to Lenovo’s standards, this keyboard is satisfyingly clicky, with 1.4 millimeters of travel.MORE: Best Lenovo LaptopsHowever, in comparison with the XPS 15, this machine’s battery life is subpar. It lasted 4 hours and 28 minutes on our battery test, which is technically good for a gaming laptop. The Legion Y7000 also has an aluminum top-cover, but the interior is plastic.Alienware m15Like the XPS 15, the Alienware m15 (4.8 pounds, 0.8~0.7 inches) leaps slightly out of budget, at $1,329, but it comes with a Core i7-8750H CPU, a GTX 1060 GPU, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hybrid drive.Our review unit was slightly more powerful than that. Its 16GB of RAM carried it through the HandBrake benchmark in 9 minutes and 51 seconds. And its GTX 1070 hit 49 fps on the Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark. We imagine that the GTX 1060’s performance will be closer to the Legion Y7000’s.The Alienware m15’s 15.6-inch, 1080p panel isn’t the brightest or most colorful screen out there, but it boasts a smooth 144-Hz refresh rate that’s hard to resist fawning over. The display covered 150 percent of the sRGB spectrum and registered 277 nits of brightness. This machine’s keyboard delivered enough feedback to be comfortable to type on, despite its 1.1 millimeters of key travel.MORE: The Best Gaming LaptopsThe GTX 1070 version had an impressive 6 hours and 25 minutes of battery life, and presumably, the GTX 1060 model will last slightly longer. The Alienware m15’s chassis is made mostly of anodized aluminum.Bottom LineIf you’re more interested in value for performance, the Lenovo Legion Y7000 is a great choice, but it has a larger profile. The Dell XPS 15 is a slimmer and sexier alternative, with a much more discrete chassis. However, you might not want to miss out on the Alienware m15’s smooth 144-Hz panel. Hopefully, this response helped you in your quest to replace your ThinkPad! Let us know what you decide to go with.Credit: Laptop Mag As soon as Rami Tabari sprung out of the College of Staten Island, he hit the ground running as a Staff Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder’s dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. 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