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Best laptops of 2014

CNET editors choose and review the best thin and light laptops, notebooks, and ultrabooks.

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Lenovo Flex 14D

AMD CPUs help these half-hybrids hit lower starting prices.

6 January 2014

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Lenovo Y70 Touch

Lenovo bows a new slim gaming laptop with a jumbo 17-inch touchscreen.

3 September 2014

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Toshiba Satellite CL10-B

With its lightweight storage and reliance on the cloud, the Toshiba Satellite CL10-B is like a tablet with a keyboard stuck on.

3 September 2014

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Review

Origin PC Eon17-S (2014)

The big-screen Origin PC Eon17-S gaming laptop won't win any design contests, and isn't particularly portable, but our high-end config was great where it counted -- running new games at high detail settings.

21 August 2014

4 stars Editors' rating 21 August 2014

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MSI GS70 Stealth

Making small performance trade-offs to fit into a slim, attractive 17-inch body, the MSI GS70 Stealth is a gaming laptop for those who hate the look of gaming laptops.

30 July 2014

4 stars Editors' rating 30 July 2014

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Asus ROG GX500

Chunky gaming notebooks are a thing of the past here at Computex, and Asus is laying claim to the thinnest with a 19mm powerhouse.

6 June 2014

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Digital Storm Krypton

The bulky, dated body of the Digital Storm Krypton doesn't feel particularly high-end, but it's great at running games at high detail settings, and can be configured to provide excellent bang for your buck.

16 September 2014

4 stars Editors' rating 16 September 2014

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Digital Storm Krypton offers the same parts and design as other gaming laptops, for less.

This is a massive 17-inch gaming laptop that's nearly a clone of other, more expensive, systems.

By 16 September 2014

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Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Series

For those in need of an inexpensive thin-and-light laptop for home or school (but not necessarily the thinnest or lightest), the Dell Inspiron 14 5000 series is worth putting on your list despite its imperfections.

13 September 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating 13 September 2014

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Dell's Inspiron 14 5000 a good middle-of-the-road thin-and-light that won't break you

Like all of the Inspiron laptops we've tested, the 14-inch 5000 series is a good value with excellent battery life, but you don't get a lot of choice when it comes to specs.

By 13 September 2014