For 2015, the 13-inch MacBook Pro keeps the same body and high-resolution Retina Display as before, while adding some spec upgrades, including newer processors and Apple's new Force Touch trackpad technology.
The 13.3-inch display has a nearly borderless edge-to-edge design, available in two versions, a 3,200x1,800-pixel touch panel and a 1,920x1,080-pixel non-touch version, making it one of the slickest-looking laptops around.
The latest Surface Pro adds new processors, a slightly larger screen and a handful of hardware and software tweaks. At this point, the Surface Pro is less about pitching the very concept of the Surface to wary shoppers, and more about seeing how far it can go in refining the finished product.
The HP Stream 11 is a no-frills $199 11-inch laptop that offers a full version of Windows 10 in a simple plastic shell that somehow manages to be reasonably useful for everyday computing while also offering decent battery life.
It's not for everyone, thanks to a small screen and modest processor, but the tiny 12-inch MacBook is one of my favorite laptops of the year, and a brilliant gift for anyone who prizes portability and style.
An interesting take on the Stick PC that's practically a stocking stuffer. This $85 micro-desktop runs Google's Chrome OS and fits in your pocket. It doesn't do much, but it's great for turning any TV or monitor into a web-surfing station.