Apr 29, 2009Dr. Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organization, today raised the agency’s pandemic alert level to phase 5, one notch below a full-scale influenza pandemic, signaling that it’s time for all countries to prepare. [Margaret Chan’s statement]The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reported a total of 91 confirmed cases of swine flu in 10 states, with 51 cases in New York City. Besides New York, affected states and case numbers are Arizona, 1; California, 14; Indiana, 1; Kansas, 2; Massachusetts, 2; Michigan, 2; Nevada, 1; Ohio, 1, and Texas, 16. [CDC swine flu page]Fukuda said the WHO knew of 114 confirmed swine flu cases in seven countries as of 5 p.m. Geneva time today. These included 13 in Canada, 64 (with 1 death) in the United States, 26 (with 7 deaths) in Mexico, 2 in Israel, 4 in Spain, 2 in the United Kingdom, and 3 in New Zealand.A 22-month-old boy from Mexico City died in a Houston, Tex., hospital earlier this week, marking the first swine flu death in the United States and the first outside Mexico, the Texas Department of Health Services reported today. The boy’s close contacts have remained healthy, officials said. [TDHS news release]Germany reported three swine flu cases and Austria reported one, according to a Reuters report today. The patients included a Bavarian couple in their 30s, a 22-year-old woman from Hamburg, and a 28-year-old Austrian.New York and Indiana have received their full allotments of influenza antivirals from the Strategic National Stockpile, and all other states will receive theirs by May 3, Dr. Richard Besser, acting CDC director, said in a press briefing held by the US Department of Health and Human Services.A “reference strain” of the swine flu H1N1 virus has been isolated by the CDC and sent to vaccine manufacturers, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at the HHS briefing, adding that limited pilot lots of vaccine could be available for human trials in “early fall.”The US Food and Drug Administration has organized its swine-flu response into an “incident management” structure of seven teams—vaccine, antivirals, personal protective equipment, blood needs, diagnostic research, shortages, and consumer protection—acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Joshua Sharfstein said at the HHS briefing.Viral geneticist Andrew Rambaut, from the University of Edinburgh, told Wired magazine yesterday that the H1N1 virus detected in the global swine flu outbreak doesn’t have human or avian components, but is instead a reassortment of two pig viruses, North American and Eurasian, which have never been detected in pigs or humans before. Two other experts, and reportedly a document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), confirmed the findings.Only 3 of 14 US swine flu patients with known travel histories had been in Mexico, the CDC said in an MMWR Dispatch last night. Forty of the 64 confirmed cases were not linked to travel or to another confirmed case. [Apr 28 MMWR Dispatch]Between Apr 19 and 27, federal officials checked 15 sick travelers entering the United States from Mexico and confirmed that 2 of them had swine flu, the CDC said in the MMWR Dispatch. Nine travelers remained in isolation pending further evaluation, and four travelers were released.
KAS BANK UK, Marzotto SIM, Schroders, Punter Southall, Old Mutual Global Investors, BlueBay Asset Management, SL Capital Partners, AXA Investment Managers, Seneca Investment Managers, CandriamKAS BANK UK – Christopher Sier has been appointed managing director as part of the company’s “strategic refocus” on institutional investors. According to KAS, Sier was responsible for a “range of knowledge transfer, research and thought leadership activities across the institutional investments sector”, with particular emphasis on pension funds. Before then, he worked for a number of management consulting companies, specialising in advising both buy- and sell-side clients on strategic, operational and technology issues. His remit will be to help UK pension funds better understand their costs. KAS BANK is a custodian but also produces data on fees and costs for schemes in its native Dutch market.Marzotto SIM – Antonio Chiarello has been appointed chief executive and general manager at the Italy-based asset manager. He succeeds Gianbattista Duso, who has left the company to pursue other opportunities. Chiarello joins from Antirion SGR, where he was a founding partner and chief executive. Before then, he worked at UBS Global Asset Management, Italy, where he was general manager of UBS Alternative Investments SGR and head of the institutional and alternative business.Schroders – Schroders Portfolio Solutions, part of Schroders’ Multi-Asset Business, has appointed Philip Howard as LDI solutions manager. He will join from Mercer, where he has been a part of the consultancy’s Financial Strategy Group for seven years. Howard will succeed Daniel Morris, who will transfer to New York at the beginning of 2015. Punter Southall – Colette Christiansen has been appointed principal and head of de-risking solutions. She joins from Towers Watson, where she advised a number of buyout and longevity swap transactions. Before then, she was part of Mercer’s financial strategy group responsible for longevity risk and de-risking solutions.Old Mutual Global Investors – Allan MacLeod has been appointed head of international distribution. He spent 21 years at Martin Currie in a variety of senior roles, including eight years managing money. He set up and ran the hedge fund business and was a member of the executive committee and a main board director. He left Martin Currie in 2011 and joined Ignis Asset Management in 2012 as head of global accounts.BlueBay Asset Management – Roberto Valsecchi Oliva, partner and head of sales for Southern Europe, has been appointed to manage BlueBay’s new office in Zurich, Switzerland. David Keel, director of sales for Switzerland, will lead the Swiss-orientated business development efforts out of the new office.SL Capital Partners – The private equity and infrastructure specialist has made two senior hires. Robert Kellermann will lead efforts in the German, Austrian and Swiss regions as head of DACH. He joins from Feri Trust Germany, where he was head of institutional clients. Before then, he worked at Pioneer Investments KAG Munich, where he was head of consultant relations for Germany and Switzerland. Alan Coffey will focus on efforts in the UK and Continental Europe, including the Nordic market. He joins after almost a decade at Goldman Sachs AIMS Group, where he worked as a private equity specialist.AXA Investment Managers – Gregory Venizelos has been appointed senior credit strategist to the Research and Investment Strategy team. He joins from BNP Paribas’s Fixed Income division, where he was a senior credit strategist. Before then, he worked at RBS.Seneca Investment Managers – Peter Elston has been appointed global investment strategist. He joins from Aberdeen Asset Management, where he was head of Asia Pacific strategy and asset allocation.Candriam – William Jaworski has been appointed as senior medical technology analyst. He joins from Riverside, where he focused on investments in healthcare and medical companies and most recently led the European research team. Jaworski started his career at Merrill Lynch in London.
You can lap up the luxury from every room in the house – and from the poolMrs Spencer personally chose many of the key features for the house, flying to Prague to pick out the chandeliers and visiting Bangkok to select the fountain and statues to line the driveway.Italian marble has been used throughout the home, with many of the walls treated by hand.The stunning claw foot bath was also a favourite piece of Mrs Spence, and is overlooked by two Venetian mirrors.“The wallpaper in the main bedroom suites is from France, as are all of the fabrics,” she said.The couple have now moved out their former family home, having downsized to a small Georgian-style house at Kangaroo Point. Additional premium extras include a four car garage, C-Bus System controlled lighting, airconditioning, CCTV security, extensive storage, a large workshop and garden shed, biocycle waste system and 4.5kW solar panels. Luxury features are featured throughout the houseOwners Craig and Christine Spencer built the seven-bedroom residence in 1998, drawing inspiration from their travels.Mrs Spencer said it had been a “work of art spanning 20 years”.“We drew inspiration from the Georgian-style homes in Atlanta, taking that neoclassical look,” she said. 652 London Road, Chandler Wow, just wow!SITUATED on a little over one hectare and just 15 kms from the Brisbane CBD, this Georgian-inspired home has the feel of a modern royal estate.Boasting a 901sq m interior — four and a half times bigger than the average new home — it is filled with ornate and luxurious touches including marble staircases, wrought-iron banisters and chandeliers. French wallpaper adorns the wallsMrs Spence said she would miss decorating the Christmas tree, which was situated in the formal room and needed scaffolding to decorate. “It was a family home. We didn’t treat it like some showcase home. The kids could run around wherever they wanted,” she said. The couple are behind the Carter and Spencer Group, a third generation family-owned fresh fruit and vegetable firm.Entry to their sprawling estate is via a grand, manicured hedge-lined driveway with a tiered fountain and baroque statues, which leads to a grand porte-cochere.You then step inside to a gallery, open plan lounge and formal dining space, with a grand staircase leading to the upper floor.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThe western wing of the ground level incorporates a family room, casual dining area and kitchen with European appliances, a walk-in pantry, cold room and custom built wine cellar. A six-seat home theatre, dance room, home office, games room, laundry, guest room and gymnasium are also located on the ground floor, which leads out on to the terraces, courtyards, patios and alfresco entertaining areas via french doors.Upstairs, there is a family retreat, four bedrooms, a guest room, two bathrooms and a master suite featuring an enormous walk-through robe, generous ensuite with bath and dual basin vanity, and access to two separate Juliet balconies.Outside, there is a 20m lap pool flanked by manicured lawns and paved sunbathing areas and a large pond.
Brookville, In. — Rob Seig, recently announced his resignation from the Ripley County Council after he and his family made a decision to move from Sunman to Brookville and is looking at a new opportunity to serve the community. “I am announcing that I will be filing to run as Franklin County Surveyor in the 2020 election,” Seig, the owner of Seig Surveying, said. “The Franklin County Surveyor position is a discipline that I know and excel at. I have worked as a surveyor since 1990 and licensed since 2002. Franklin County needs an experienced person to work this position.”Seig said that after last fall’s election and being sworn in as a Ripley County Council member in December, he and his wife Rita “reflected on raising our family, looked at the big picture and decided to sell our home while the housing market was good. We did not know exactly where we would go but we wanted to see if we could find something that would be more manageable, hopefully looking for retirement sometime in the future. We sold our home in less than a month and found a home that we liked and fits our wants and needs in Brookville.”The move to Brookville led to his resignation from the Ripley County Council, and then a decision to file for Franklin County Surveyor. “I’ve worked in the Franklin County area since 1990, am familiar with the county, and am looking forward to our family being a part of it,” Seig said.“This was not my plan originally when I decided to run for the Ripley County Councilor even after the election,” he said. “I thank all the Ripley County citizens and friends who supported me. I still plan to be an active participant in the Sunman, Batesville and Ripley County area. We as a family were very active at many levels with various civic organizations and will still be involved. We just moved!”Seig’s resignation from Ripley County council takes effect Friday, April 5.
Press Association Defender Per Mertesacker believes Arsenal have given themselves the perfect platform on which to rebuild their Champions League hopes ahead of a showdown against Bayern Munich. The Gunners recovered from a dismal 3-2 home defeat by Olympiacos, which left them bottom of their qualifying group, to blow away Barclays Premier League title rivals Manchester United on Sunday. Following the international break, Arsenal travel to Watford for another live televised encounter before the small matter of the first of two back-to-back Champions League fixtures against the Bundesliga giants. Mertesacker has retired from international football, so will be among only a handful of players not away. Striker Olivier Giroud will be hoping for some game time with France in their fixtures against Armenia and Denmark, having found himself now behind Theo Walcott in the Arsenal pecking order. France manager Didier Deschamps backed the 29-year-old to come through a “rough patch”. “This is a difficult period for him. His playing time is less important, his confidence has diminished and he recently had a match with us where he could have shown himself to perform better,” Deschamps said on www.20minutes.fr. “But that is part of a season, the fact that he is here means that I have confidence in him. He cannot lose his abilities overnight.” Meanwhile, Arsenal confirmed 19-year-old forward Alex Iwobi has signed a new long-term contract. Bayern – who knocked Arsenal out of Europe in successive campaigns – have again looked formidable, both in domestic form with eight successive Bundesliga victories and the Champions League following comfortable wins from their opening two ties, thrashing Dinamo Zagreb 5-0. German World Cup winner Mertesacker, however, believes the manner in which Arsenal responded against United shows they could just yet pull off a shock result of their own. “We are pleased that we have [won] after the Champions League debacle, and you could see how much the team wanted to respond,” he said. “As a team you try and remind yourself of what you can achieve and you could see that we have a lot of confidence. I hope that we can display that again in two weeks.” Mertesacker is relishing tackling an in-form Bayern side. “That (their strength) is pretty clear and is evidence of how dominant Bayern are and what a great team they have,” he said. “We will still play them twice. We have to play a very, very good opponent and I am curious. “We can look forward to playing against a team like that.”
Would it be a proper USC football offseason without some off-field problems? Of course not; it’s a program always under the national microscope, in a city so desperate for drama that it created The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.But even given that, Trojan football had another summer of very bad PR. Not just one, but two separate instances of disciplinary issues have dampened the excitement surrounding such an exciting team.There are so many positive storylines we could be focusing on going into this 2015 season, from having the top-ranked recruiting class to being ranked eighth in the preseason AP Poll to the Heisman hype surrounding quarterback Cody Kessler to the Pac-12 media poll’s prediction of a conference title. But instead, the big story this week is Coach Steve Sarkisian’s drunken tirade at a USC booster event, just weeks after hearing about major developments in tight end Bryce Dixon’s alleged sexual assault.Though it’s maybe not as wild or mysterious as Josh Shaw’s “superman lifeguard” hoax last year, the pair of preseason headline grabbers are equally — if not more — significant and concerning because of the nature of one and the person involved in the other. Both incidents involve questionable decisionmaking while under the influence, but that’s about where the similarities end. It’s an issue with very broad implications across society, and one that’s particularly endemic here at USC.The Dixon incident is still somewhat up in the air. USC’s expulsion has been removed, but an investigation is still ongoing. The issues of Title IX policy, sexual assault and due process deserve their own columns, and he could be absolved of any wrongdoing, but it certainly has not been good publicity for USC football.There’s less uncertainty regarding what happened at the USC Salute to Troy event. There were plenty of people in attendance and a short video clip from it leaked to ESPN. Sarkisian has not denied that he was intoxicated, inappropriate, incoherent and disrespectful at a sanctioned USC event. The question is if Sarkisian can be disciplined. Digging into the personal lives of full-time professional coaches is only slightly less uncomfortable than that of their players, but this comes with the territory in Division I football.After a press conference Tuesday, Sarkisian reiterated his apology but said he was moving on from the incident and that there wouldn’t be any suspension.I’m surprised that there won’t be.I won’t go as far as putting myself into Pat Haden’s shoes and saying he should have been suspended. But I would have guessed that such behavior would warrant more than a public chastising from Haden and a promise to seek help.I would have been surprised at anything more than one game. Daily News columnist Mark Whicker suggested a season-long suspension “at the very least,” and some people I talked to even suggested even termination, which I think is totally going overboard. If Sarkisian showed up drunk at a practice or game, that would be a different story and indicative of some really severe irresponsibility, but the Salute to Troy event was more like a company holiday party.Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was suspended for one game for inappropriate public comments last season. Haden suspended former basketball coach Kevin O’Neill from a portion of the Pac-10 tournament for a verbal altercation with an Arizona booster several years ago. Sarkisian’s comments were at least as embarrassing as Winston’s, certainly more so than O’Neill’s, and he should be held to a similar standard. Offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Clay Helton has successfully served as a head coach in a one-game interim role, and the Trojans should be okay against Arkansas State.This isn’t the first time Sarkisian has had a problem with alcohol. In 2012, he made similarly derogatory comments about Pac-12 schools during a Washington pep rally. Undisclosed sources have said that alcohol was prominent around Huskies facilities, and it wasn’t until after this weekend that Sarkisian banned alcohol in the USC locker room after games, a rule that probably should have already been in place.It is more than just that, and part of his job description is making public appearances. If President Obama showed up hammered for a speech at the Democratic National Convention next summer, it would be a huge deal and certainly prompt some resignation dialogue.But I really don’t think this warrants a firing, just something more than a slap on the wrist. Sarkisian didn’t endanger anyone else; he was irresponsible, but this isn’t anywhere near the level of the Penn State Sandusky scandal that led to Joe Paterno’s firing. There is precedent for a drunken incident costing a football coach his job. Gary Moeller resigned as the Michigan head coach after a public intoxication, but that was met with a lot of surprise from the Wolverine community.While there is a line between personal irresponsibility and harming others, which Sarkisian did not cross at the event, the issue of substance abuse certainly blurs it. Damaging “the brand” of a football team isn’t really a big deal in the grand scheme of things. If Sarkisian had missed the event because of a gross underestimation of traffic, it would have been similarly irresponsible. Something like that would be inexcusable for a professional on such an important night. But that barely would have generated a tweet in the press. When inebriating substances are involved, though, the magnitude totally changes even if the end result is the same. How far away is public intoxication from drunk driving? Or a drunken domestic assault?These are real issues on USC’s campus. There have been multiple instances of USC fraternities getting in trouble because of alcohol. The federal investigation into USC’s compliance under Title IX has a lot to do with alcohol-infused sexual assaults. One student died of alcohol poisoning last year, and a visiting student at a USC party was so intoxicated he walked all the way to a freeway on-ramp and was fatally struck by a car. Partying too hard and forgetting to wake up for a midterm certainly isn’t a crime or dangerous to anyone else. But that’s the kind of behavior that gets glorified on BroBible, and if USC doesn’t show there’s some kind of consequence for actions like that, then the only thing students will remember from this incident is the BroBible article glorifying it — “If you told me I had to stand up in front of a bunch of tight-assed donors and kiss their asses on a Saturday night, I’d tell you straight up I’m getting hammered for it,” poetically wrote the blog’s Matt Keohan.There’s a little bit of me that does think this is funny. If there’s any good to come from this, then I hope the usual frat stars who don’t last until halftime now feel a special connection to Sarkisian and actually stay the whole game. Plus, if College Gameday comes to campus for the UCLA game —knock on wood — there are sure to be some fantastically hilarious signs in the crowd.But that looks like it’ll be the only silver lining to this event. Hopefully Sarkisian will get the help he needs and can one day be an example of someone who overcame these problems. But it doesn’t look like this academic institution will take advantage of this learning opportunity and make an example.Luke Holthouse is a junior majoring in policy, planning and development and broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Holthouse Party,” runs Wednesdays.
Injury-ravaged pacer Lasith Malinga has stepped down as Sri Lanka’s captain for the upcoming World Twenty20 in India following another breakdown during a disappointing Asia Cup campaign in Bangladesh.Malinga, who led Sri Lanka to their maiden World Twenty20 title in the previous edition, is battling a nagging knee injury.All-rounder Angelo Mathews, who leads Sri Lanka in ODIs and Tests, will now be the team’s captain is all three formats of the game, Sri Lanka Cricket sources said.SLC Vice President Mohan de Silva said Malinga had written to the SLC last night offering to step down down.”He will continue to make himself available for selections,” de Silva said.It is speculated that the SLC management is unhappy with Malinga’s policy of selecting games and tournaments to play based on his recurring injury.He played just the opening match of the Asia Cup in which Sri Lanka fared very badly. the islanders eventually crashed out of the tournament losing to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in what was their worse run in T20 history.
5 HP Spectre x360 Overall (100) Colors 15.6 inches, 3840 x 2160 Editors’ Note: Apple has announced a new version 15-inch MacBook Pro with an improved keyboard and faster 8-core processor. We will update this face-off once we’ve had a chance to test that model.HP’s Spectre x360 just recently burst out of the gate with a new, gorgeous 15.6-inch 4K OLED display for just $1,799. But how does that compare with the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro, which boasts a 15.4-inch Retina display?The MacBook Pro starts at a much steeper $2,399 and our test unit costs $4,699.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? 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On the other hand, the Spectre x360’s Dark Ash Silver breaks the common color palette of many premium notebooks and even adds sleek copper luxe accents. The Spectre x360’s body also has sharp, diamond-cut edges that make it stand out more than the MacBook Pro’s soft, curved corners.When it comes to the interior, the Spectre x360 still has the edge on color, but the MacBook Pro looks neater around the bezels. The Spectre x360’s side bezels are slightly slimmer, but its top and bottom bezels are gigantic compared with the MacBook Pro’s.However, the Spectre x360 2-in-1 touch-screen design is infinitely more useful than the Touch Bar that the MacBook Pro offers. When I asked our reviewer and longtime Mac user Henry T. Casey about the Touch Bar, he said that it “failed to deliver any significant value during its lifetime.” Let’s not forget that the Spectre x360 also comes with a stylus.The MacBook Pro has a slimmer and lighter body, coming in at 4 pounds and 13.8 x 9.5 x 0.6 inches, while the Spectre x360 weighs 4.45 pounds and measures 14.2 x 9.8 x 0.8 inches. But overall, the Spectre x360’s better features and overall design help it stand apart from the MacBook Pro.Winner: HP Spectre x360PortsAs you might imagine, the MacBook Pro doesn’t win many port battles, and this fight is no different. The MacBook Pro offers only four ThunderBolt 3 ports and a headphone jack, while the Spectre x360 features two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one USB Type-A port, an HDMI port, a headphone jack and a microSD card slot.Winner: HP Spectre x360DisplayNothing beats OLED, baby. Sure, the MacBook Pro’s 15.4-inch, 2880 x 1800 Retina display is nothing to scoff at, but it pales in comparison to the Spectre x360’s 15.6-inch, 3840 x 2160 OLED panel.I watched the Godzilla: King of the Monsters TV spot on both systems, and during the establishing shot with the Capitol Hill, the red and orange colors from the fires and the sun in the background looked more rich and bold on the Spectre x360’s panel.When Millie Bobby Brown was hanging out in a server room, her surroundings were slightly brighter on the MacBook Pro’s screen. But this seemed to be a result of the higher contrast, since it washed out some of Brown’s complexion. On the Spectre x360’s panel, Brown’s face retained multiple shades of pink, which looked more realistic. Meanwhile, Kyle Chandler’s stubble was sharp on both displays.According to our colorimeter, the Spectre x360’s screen covers a wild 258% of the sRGB color gamut, destroying the MacBook Pro’s 117%. And in terms of brightness, the Spectre x360 emitted a whopping 483 nits, which again blows past the MacBook Pro’s 354 nits.The Spectre x360 also crushes it when it comes to color accuracy, hitting a Delta-E of 0.19 (lower is better) compared with the MacBook Pro’s 0.25.Winner: HP Spectre x360Keyboard and TouchpadDespite the MacBook Pro’s oh-so-many keyboard problems, the laptop’s keyboard feels relatively clicky — and even pleasant — after extended use. However, there’s no beating the Spectre x360’s keyboard, which features deeper travel, punchier feedback and a full-size number pad.The Spectre x360’s keys measure at 1.3 millimeters of travel and require 70 grams of force to actuate, while the MacBook Pro’s keys travel at 0.7 mm and require 63 g of force. Both fail to meet our 1.5 to 2.0 mm of preferred key travel, but they each met our 60-g minimum requirement for actuation force.I nailed 74 words per minute on the Spectre x360’s keyboard on the 10fastfingers.com typing test, while I managed a slightly slower 71 wpm with the MacBook Pro’s keyboard.When it comes to touchpads, the MacBook Pro has more real estate, at 6.3 x 3.9 inches, but it doesn’t have the pleasant click that the Spectre x360’s 4.7 x 2.3-inch touchpad does. Where HP uses a standard touchpad that you have to press down on, Apple’s Force Touch trackpad actually doesn’t move; instead, it provides haptic feedback to simulate a click.Winner: HP Spectre x360Performance and GraphicsThe MacBook Pro’s Intel Core i9-8950HK CPU with 32GB of RAM completely overshadows the Spectre x360’s Core i7-8565U processor with 16GB of RAM in every possible way you could think of.On the Geekbench 4 overall performance test, the MacBook Pro scored 23,138, which somersaults over the Spectre x360’s 16,096.MORE: The Laptops with the Best Overall PerformanceThe MacBook Pro converted a 4K movie to 1080p in 10 minutes and 16 seconds on our HandBrake benchmark, while the Spectre x360 took twice as long to complete it, finishing in 21 minutes and 13 seconds.Apple’s 2TB SSD crushed it, producing write speeds of 2,600 megabytes per second and read speeds of 2,724 MBps on the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test. When the Spectre x360’s 1TB copied 4.97GB of data, it did so at a sluggish rate of 424 MBps.When it came to graphics, the Spectre x360’s Nvidia GeForce MX150 actually came out on top, nailing 118 frames per second on the Dirt 3 benchmark (Medium, 1080p). That surpasses the MacBook Pro (AMD Radeon Pro 560X GPU), which averaged 84 fps on 1650 x 1050 and 73 fps on 2048 x 1280.When we ran the OpenGL portion of the Cinebench R15 benchmark, which measures graphics performance, the MacBook Pro scored 106 fps, while the Spectre x360 fell behind, at 91 fps.Winner: Apple MacBook ProBattery LifeFor two laptops with high-res displays, the MacBook Pro and Spectre x360 both have commendable battery life — but the MacBook wins this round by a landslide. On the Laptop Mag Battery Test (continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi), the MacBook Pro survived 10 hours and 20 minutes, which is nearly 3 hours longer than the Spectre x360’s 7 hours and 46 minutes.MORE: Laptops with Best Battery Life – Longest Lasting Laptop BatteriesHowever, the good thing about OLED panels is that whenever a pixel is black, that pixel effectively shuts down and conserves power. So when we continuously ran through episodes of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix at 150 nits of brightness, the Spectre x360 OLED lasted 8 hours and 40 minutes. But that runtime still doesn’t come close to the MacBook Pro’s.Winner: Apple MacBook ProValue and ConfigurationsBoth of these machines are relatively configurable, but the 15-inch MacBook Pro is a lot more expensive.The starting model of the Spectre x360 15 costs $1,479 and is outfitted with an Intel Core i7-8565U processor, an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a non-OLED 4K display. The Spectre x360 that I tested costs $1,799. This model comes in Dark Ash Silver and is outfitted with a Core i7-8565U processor, an MX150 GPU, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and a 4K OLED display.Buy the HP Spectre x360 OLEDThe MacBook Pro costs nearly $1,000 more than the Spectre x360 15 to start. For $2,399, you get a Core i7 CPU, a Radeon Pro 555X GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The price of our review model is $4,699 and includes a Core i9-8950HK CPU, an AMD Radeon 560X GPU, 32GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD.Buy the MacBook Pro 15-inchThe Spectre x360’s all-out version is still cheaper than the starting price of the MacBook Pro. For $2,199, you get a Core i7-8750H processor, a more powerful GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD.As far as configuring the MacBook Pro goes, it costs $400 to upgrade to a Core i9 CPU, another $400 for 32GB of RAM, $200 more for a 512GB SSD, $600 extra for a 1TB drive and $1,400 for 2TB.Winner: HP Spectre x360Bottom LineIf you’re in the market for a premium 15-inch laptop, the HP Spectre x360 (OLED) beats the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro. HP’s system wins on design, ports, keyboard, value and especially the display. 10 Performance (20) 14 19 13 Rami Tabari, Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Value and Configs (10) 8 Starting Price (As Configured) 13.8 x 9.5 x 0.6 inches 15 5 Display Four Thunderbolt 3, headphone jack 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. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline in Tom’s Guide, taking on the latest Souls-like challenge. Ports Ports (10) 2TB SSD