Editors' Choice

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

HP Spectre x360 13 (Late 2017) Review

HP’s late-2017 refresh of the Spectre x360 13 convertible 2-in-1 leverages Intel’s eighth-generation CPUs for significantly improved performance and battery life. The thin and light frame is also tweaked, and looks… See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Apple MacBook Air (80GB) Review

  • Amazingly light; snappy performance; lot of neat…
  • Non-removable battery; few expansion options;…
Our Score 8

HP Envy 15 (2012) Review

  • Excellent all-round performance
  • Above average battery life
  • Beautiful 1080p display
  • Class-leading audio quality
  • Competitively priced
  • Derivative design
  • 1080p display strains the GPU
Our Score 9

Toshiba Portege R705 Review

  • Thin and light
  • Sturdy, stylish magnesium chassis
  • Standard optical drive
  • Comfortable supersized touchpad, firm keyboard
  • Capable Core i5 processor
  • Sharp 13.3-inch screen
  • Surprisingly loud speakers
  • Affordable price point
  • Lacks biz staples like keyboard light, 180-degree…
  • Some intrusive preinstalled utilities
  • Reflective screen
  • Not enough grunt for all 1080p playback
Our Score 8

Lenovo 3000 V100 Review

  • Exceptional keyboard; competitively priced; IBM…
  • Finicky fingerprint scanner; small trackpad;…
Our Score 8

Acer Aspire V5 Review

  • Good build quality
  • Fast processor for the price
  • Hot running at load
  • Short battery life
  • Lackluster overall performance
  • Clunky touchpad
Our Score 7

Apple MacBook 2.0GHz Review

  • Very affordable; light weight; good battery life;…
  • Built-in speakers could be a little louder
Our Score 9

Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 Review

  • Well-rounded and powerful
  • Excellent keyboard
  • Great audio
  • Reasonably priced
  • Sub-par display 
  • Vague touchpad
  • Spotty build quality
  • Small battery
Our Score 8

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