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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.

Dell XPS 15 9560 review

The XPS 15 builds on the success of the XPS 13 by offering a slightly larger display in a very similar chassis, but can it surpass its smaller sibling? See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Apple MacBook Air (11.6-inch) Review

  • Class-leading boot and resume times
  • Full-size keyboard, enormous trackpad
  • Surprising power for productivity and gaming
  • Gorgeous, high resolution 11.6-inch display
  • Unmatched aluminum unibody build quality
  • Respectable volume for its size
  • Shallow, mushy keyboard
  • Limited port selection
  • Display doesn’t lean back past 45 degrees
  • No removable battery, RAM, HDD
Our Score 8.5

HP EliteBook 2540p Review

  • Powerful selection of Core i5 and i7 CPUs
  • Top-notch build quality
  • Extremely effective anti-glare screen
  • Durable, comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Competitive weight and size
  • Optional optical drive, pointing nub
  • Well short of rated battery life
  • Ho-hum LCD display
  • Business-class price
  • No optional 3D graphics
Our Score 8.5

Lenovo IdeaPad V460 Review

  • Superb, ThinkPad-grade keyboard
  • Sleek aluminum design, lightweight
  • Powerful processor options
  • Decent gaming performance with optional GeForce…
  • Bright matte screen
  • Affordable
  • HDD protection, fingerprint reader, other business…
  • Short battery life
  • No Nvidia Optimus for automatic GPU switching
  • Screen borders on washed out at max brightness
  • Occasionally finicky touchpad
Our Score 7.5

Sony Vaio Y Series Review

  • Fashionable, high-end look
  • Reasonable desktop performance
  • Sharp, vibrant LCD screen
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Large, multi-touch trackpad
  • FireWire and ExpressCard/34 ports
  • Shorter battery life than competitors
  • Feels cheap around display bezel, lid
  • Pitifully weak speakers
  • Loaded with bloatware
  • No optical drive
  • No discrete graphics option available
  • HD video drags, little gaming prowess
  • Sluggish boot times
Our Score 6.5

Maingear eX-L 17 Review

  • Unstoppable gaming power
  • Vibrant, 17-inch 1080p display
  • Minimal preinstalled clutter
  • Loud speakers
  • Generous inputs and outputs
  • US-based customer support
  • Heavy, bulky
  • Cheap, irritating rear door
  • Glare from glossy screen
  • Typical high-performance drone and heat
Our Score 8

HP Mini 210 HD Edition Review

  • Large, high-resolution screen
  • Stylish design with fingerprint-defying finish…
  • Excellent build quality
  • Broadcom chip tears through downloaded video up to…
  • Clean, uncluttered keyboard
  • Atrocious touchpad
  • Preinstalled trialware and junk
  • QuickWeb feature borders on worthless
  • Less than snappy around the desktop
  • Extended battery jiggles in place
  • No HDMI output
Our Score 6.5

Asus U30Jc-A1 Review

  • Powerful Core i3 CPU and dedicated GeForce 310M…
  • Sleek aluminum-wrapped design
  • Incredibly quick boot time
  • Surprising gaming performance
  • Comfortable, quiet keyboard
  • Extra-large multitouch touchpad
  • Over six hours of battery life with light use
  • Usable speakers
  • Chunkier than a true thin-and-light
  • Optimus still has some rough edges
  • Tacky chrome touchpad buttons
  • Some bloatware
Our Score 8.5

Toshiba Satellite U505-S2010 Review

  • Powerful Intel Core i5 CPU
  • Handles 1080p HD video
  • Plentiful ports
  • Slot-loading optical drive
  • Comfortable LED-lit keyboard and trackpad
  • Very poor, dim screen (on touch models)
  • Touch screen lacks utility
  • Thick and heavy for size class
  • Some preinstalled bloatware, nags
  • Very little gaming prowess
  • Three-hour battery life
Our Score 7