Laptops:

Best 13-inch laptops of 2014

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This category is reserved for 13-inch laptops, which are a perfect hybrid for globe-trotting business types (or campus-trotting students). They hit the sweet spot of portability, performance, and features. Most 13-inch laptops today are ultrabooks, but not all, so you'll occasionally find a heftier "performance" 13-inch laptop. To explore the best in all categories, check our list of the best laptops overall.

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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch)

The 13-inch MacBook Air looks and feels just like last year's but runs for more than 12 hours.

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4 stars Excellent

Lenovo Yoga 2 13-inch

If you can't quite afford the Yoga 2 Pro but still want a full-time laptop and a part-time tablet, the 13-inch Lenovo Yoga 2 is an excellent choice.

4 stars Excellent

Toshiba Kirabook (2014)

Kirabook 13-i7s-touch Ultrabook

A new CPU and much-improved battery life make the Kirabook easier to recommend.

4 stars Excellent

Acer Chromebook 13

One of the nicer-looking and better-performing Chrome OS systems, the 13-inch Acer Chromebook adds some zip by ditching Intel for an Nvidia processor, but also hits a few issues with popular Chrome apps.

4 stars Excellent

HP Spectre 13t-h200 x2

A rare larger-screen hybrid, the HP Spectre x2 aims to be both a portable laptop and a video-friendly slate. The price is right, but the design feels awkward and the wonky touch pad makes it hard to use as a full-time laptop.

3.5 stars Very good