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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.

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 (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