|Product||Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 (Intel Core i7-3630QM 2.40GHz)||Toshiba Satellite U845t||Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display||Alienware M14x||Alienware M11x (Core i7, Nvidia Optimus)|
|Price||$999.99 to $1,611.00||$740.99 to $799.99||$1,999.00 to $2,227.07||Starting at $1199.00.||Pricing is currently unavailable.|
|CNET editors' rating||4 stars||4 stars||4 stars||4 stars||4 stars|
|Average user rating||4.5 stars||2.5 stars||3.5 stars||4 stars||3.5 stars|
|Release date||Info unavailable||Info unavailable||June 11, 2012||April 19, 2011||Info unavailable|
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For those looking for something more than a feature-light ultrabook, the gamer-friendly Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is close to brilliant, and several configurations are currently available at a deep discount -- but I can't believe it doesn't have a touch screen.
While it's not going to dazzle anyone, the Toshiba Satellite U845T is a great example of exactly how much laptop $799 should buy in 2013.
The newly redesigned MacBook Pro with Retina Display combines an amazing screen with just enough of the MacBook Air design to feel like a new animal, and to take its place as the best of the current MacBook breed.
It's tough to find mobile PC gaming in a package that's neither too big nor too small. The Alienware M14x comes very close, with plenty of component options and a size that's hefty, but not backbreaking.
Equipped with Nvidia Optimus technology and new Core i5 and i7 processors, the updated 11.6-inch Alienware M11x has improved performance, but it takes a small step forward, not a quantum leap.
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