Following the success of our, we're busy testing almost two dozen new holiday models in the CNET Labs.
Same as before, we've scoured the retail shelves of big box electronics stores to find the specific configurations and model numbers you're most likely to find in stores and in Sunday newspaper sales circulars.
In plain English, that means, these are the exact same models and configurations you'll find boxed up and ready to go in traditional brick-and-mortar stores, as well as the systems most likely to end up deeply discounted during the holiday shopping season.
Bookmark this page and check back regularly to follow these links to the full reviews, which we'll be publishing over the next several weeks. We'll also be picking one or more winners in each category and presenting those separately.
Also check out our previous retail roundup, the, along with the .
Entry level ($649 or less)
Budget ($699 - $799)
Mainstream ($800 - $999)
High-end ($1,000 and up)
See more laptop recommendations in our holiday gift guide.