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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 13 (2019) review

The XPS 13 has always been easy to recommend -- that is, unless you needed a good video conferencing webcam. What happens when Dell fixes one of the only problems we had with the XPS 13? Well, it’s near perfection. See Full Review »

Our Score 10

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Acer Chromebook 13 (CB713-1W-56VY) Review

  • The best performance we’ve seen in a Chromebook
  • Display is very bright with good contrast and…
  • Well-built chassis
  • Battery life doesn’t reflect Chrome OS…
  • Expensive for a clamshell Chromebook
  • Fan noise is unusual for Chrome OS devices

HP Spectre x360 13-ae002xx Review

  • Outstanding performance
  • Great battery life, especially for productivity…
  • Excellent keyboard
  • Attractive and well-built chassis
  • Active pen packs some unique special features
  • Full HD display took a step back in quality
  • Pen has lower sensitivity than the competition
Our Score 9

Apple MacBook Air (2018) Review

  • Beautiful, thin, and light
  • Excellent build quality
  • Improved keyboard and trackpad
  • Touch ID
  • Loud, clear speakers
  • Not a good value
  • Below average battery life
  • Display is dim and overly saturated
Our Score 7

Dell XPS 13 (2018) Review

  • Luxurious, modern look
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • Attractive display options
  • Strong performance
  • Long battery life with 1080p screen
  • More body flex than before
  • Touchscreen isn’t standard
Our Score 9

Asus Zenbook UX330UA-AH54 Review

  • Sturdy chassis
  • Enjoyable keyboard
  • Attractive non-gloss display
  • Thin, light design
  • Excellent value
  • Design looks dull
  • Touchpad needs work
  • Battery life went from excellent to average
Our Score 8

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) Review

  • Excellent notebook performance in a tablet format
  • Significantly improved battery life
  • Outstanding build quality
  • Type Cover offers a quieter experience
  • Surface Pen is more precise and faster
  • Lacks USB-C
  • Signature Type Cover and Surface Pen are costly…
Our Score 8

Apple MacBook 12-inch (2017) Review

  • Unparalleled craftsmanship
  • Solid battery life
  • Excellent display
  • Surprisingly robust speakers
  • One USB-C port just doesn’t cut it
  • Not at all competitively priced
Our Score 7

Acer Chromebook Spin 15 Review

  • Solid build quality
  • A lot of value given the price
  • Excellent battery life
  • Good performance for Chrome OS productivity
  • A mediocre display
  • You’ll need a dongle for an external display
Our Score 8