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The best laptops you can buy right now

Our favorites, from budget-priced hybrids to upscale ultraportables to gaming laptops that skip the performance compromises.

By 22 July 2016

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Best laptops of 2016

You can dive into the various subcategories here for detailed suggestions for every need and budget, but on this page, we present the current laptops that are our personal favorites, because of style, power, value, or just because we like them.


The skinny on super-slim laptops

Full-power processors and high-res screens hit a new generation of laptops just 10mm to 13mm thick.

By 2 July 2016


The slimmest laptops of 2016

These new ultra-thin PCs get down to just about 10mm thick, while still packing in Core i7 processors.

By 1 July 2016


Dell laptops coming soon with WiTricity wireless charging

A Dell wireless charging dock and laptops supporting WiTricity's wireless charging standard made an appearance at Computex 2016 in Taipei.

By 3 June 2016


AMD's new processors let you binge watch for longer on laptops

Forget drones and cars, AMD wants to put its new 7th Generation processors where it counts: in your PC. And if you're into streaming video, you're going to be better off.

By 1 June 2016


Samsung Notebook 9 (15-inch)

Despite not decisively beating the competition in any one area, the Samsung Notebook 9 comes close across the board, making it a safe, if not exactly exciting choice for a slim 15-inch laptop.

By 4 May 2016

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Why the HP Spectre x360 is one of CNET's favorite laptops

CNET's Sean Hollister explains why the HP Spectre x360 is one of our favorite thin-and-light laptops

By 28 April 2016


Acer's Switch 2-in-1 notebooks take aim at the budget-conscious

The Taiwanese company is offering two new inexpensive convertible notebooks that run Windows 10 with the touch- and keyboard-friendly Continuum feature.

By 30 May 2016


Stay flexible with Lenovo's 710 and 510 Yoga laptops and Ideapad Mixx tablet

Bend, fold, and type however you want with Lenovo's pair of Yoga laptops and its new Ideapad Mixx 310 tablet, which features an attachable keyboard.

By 22 February 2016


Apple's notebook shipments plummet

The company's shipments in the first three months of 2016 fell by 40 percent from the holiday-shopping quarter -- a plunge more than double the drop among the top notebook vendors as a whole.

By 11 May 2016