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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 UX330UA review

The new Zenbook UX3300UA is the latest in a long line of affordable yet capable laptops from Asus. It has all the signs of excellence, but does it cut too many corners in pursuit of budget pricing? See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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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

Asus G51J 3D Review

  • Out-of-the-box stereoscopic capability
  • Includes 3D Vision glasses backpack, and gaming…
  • High-end CPU and GPU
  • Capable gaming rig
  • Thick and heavy
  • Mid-size display with low resolution
  • Lack of 3-D content (save PC games) limits useful…
Our Score 7

Lenovo IdeaPad U150 Review

  • Thin and lightweight
  • Bright, high-res 11.6-inch LCD
  • Spry desktop performance, handles 720p-quality Web…
  • Large, multi-touch touchpad
  • Firm, comfortable keyboard
  • Reasonable $649 starting price
  • Five-hour battery life
  • HDMI and eSATA ports
  • Body feels slightly cheapish
  • Annoying software bundle
Our Score 8

Lenovo IdeaPad U550 Review

  • Respectable battery life on Intel graphics
  • Reasonably portable form factor, weight
  • Easy-to-switch graphics
  • Modest gaming performance
  • Solid touchpad and keyboard
  • Loaded to the gills with bloatware
  • Below-par webcam quality
  • Low-resolution screen
  • Cheap-feeling plastic lid
  • Weak speakers
Our Score 6.5

Sony Vaio X Series Review

  • Truly unprecedented size and weight
  • Sharp, high-resolution, LED-backlit screen
  • Acceptable desktop performance
  • Solid carbon-fiber chassis
  • Extreme price premium for netbook hardware
  • Dismal built-in speaker
  • Won't handle many movies and games
Our Score 7.5

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Review

  • Large, responsive touchpad
  • Our favorite Chiclet-style keyboard
  • Strong Wi-Fi reception
  • Reasonably bright LED-backlit display
  • Light weight
  • Handles basic computing tasks well
  • Clean initial software load
  • Expensive relative to specs
  • Insufficient for gaming and HD video
  • Krylon-looking paint job on lid
  • No discrete graphics cards available
  • No optical drive
  • Cumbersome ThinkVantage suite
Our Score 7

HP Mini 5101 Review

  • Durable and attractive matte black finish
  • Sturdy magnesium chassis
  • Drop protection and other business add-ons
  • Respectable performance
  • Superior battery life (with optional six-cell…
  • Reasonably priced
  • Clammy fingers stick on glossy trackpad
  • Average keyboard
Our Score 8