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We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in laptops.

Asus Zenbook UX305CA review

The Zenbook UX305 is the latest cutting-edge ultrabook from Asus. It reinforces the brand’s affordable appeal, but can it defeat heavyweights like the Dell XPS 13 and Samsung ATIV Book 9? See Full Review »

Our Score 9
User Score 0

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Apple Macbook Pro 13-Inch (2013) Review

  • Excellent build quality
  • Very thin and light
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • Retina display is beautiful
  • Outstanding battery life
  • Strong performance in all areas
  • Runs quietly
  • Good value
  • Design remains unchanged
  • Retina display crushes black detail
Our Score 9.5
User Score 6

Samsung ATIV Book 8 Review

  • Attractive design and good build quality
  • Good, high-contrast display
  • Outstanding performance in apps
  • Adequate game performance
  • Lots of storage space
  • Excellent battery life
  • Good value
  • Keyboard is just average
  • Runs a bit hot at idle
Our Score 9.5
User Score 0

ASUS Zenbook UX51Vz Review

  • Great build quality
  • Attractive
  • Excellent touchpad
  • Class-leading 1080p display
  • Superb audio quality
  • Above-average battery life
  • Solid performance in every benchmark
  • Fan is louder than average at load
  • Expensive
Our Score 9.5
User Score 5

HP Pavilion dm1z Review

  • Attractive design
  • Large keyboard and touchpad
  • Sharp display with decent black levels
  • Good audio quality
  • Long battery life
  • Admirable graphics performance
  • Annoying Norton antivirus
  • Poor processor performance
  • Still too small for some users
Our Score 9.5
User Score 9

Asus ROG G751JY-DH71 Review

  • Attractive, but subdued exterior
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Beautiful, accurate display
  • Strong performance in all areas
  • Incredibly quiet, even at full load
  • Keyboard is hard to read with backlight off
  • Average battery life
  • Bulky
Our Score 9.5
User Score 0

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina (2015)…

  • Robust connectivity
  • Force Touch feels great
  • Top-notch display
  • Long battery life
  • Quicker than competitors
  • A bit heavy by modern standards
  • Retina resolution no longer class-leading
  • Runs hot under load
Our Score 9
User Score 6

Acer Aspire R7 (late 2013) Review

  • Good build quality
  • Excellent 1080p touchscreen
  • Pleasing keyboard
  • Quiet, cool operation
  • Great value
  • Slow 500GB mechanical hard drive
  • Unusual touchpad placement takes getting used to
Our Score 9
User Score 9

Acer Aspire R7 Review

  • Innovative hinge design
  • Solid build quality
  • Large, spacious keyboard
  • Gorgeous 1080p display
  • Cool, quiet operation
  • Excellent value
  • Bulky and heavy
  • So-so storage performance
Our Score 9
User Score 8