Dozen of new PCs are launching alongside Windows 8. Some are inventive new designs with sliding keyboards and removable screens, others are simple retreads of existing products, occasionally augmented by a new touch screen.
Here you'll find links to all the major new Windows 8 hardware being released this holiday season, sorted by brand. Many of these systems are available to preorder now, and most will ship when Windows 8 launches on October 26 (a handful have yet to even be announced, so we'll add those to this list when they are).
We've seen, tested, or reviewed many of these systems already, and will continue to add links to hands-on content and reviews, so check back regularly.
A big part of Acer's Windows 8 plan is to rebrand the company as a purveyor of high-end laptops. Hence, the expensive, but very attractive, S7 ultrabook.
Aspire S7 ultrabook, 11-inch(touch-screen laptop) Aspire S7 ultrabook, 13-inch(touch-screen laptop) In-depth Editors' Take Iconia W700 Windows Tablet(hybrid tablet/laptop) Hands-on preview Iconia W510(hybrid tablet/laptop) In-depth Editors' Take Aspire V5(laptop) Aspire M5(laptop)
- Aspire 5600U (all-in-one desktop)
Aspire 7600U(all-in-one desktop)
Asus, as usual, has a wide-ranging collection of systems that cover both the experimental and very ordinary.
Vivo Tab RT(Windows RT Hybrid) VivoTab Smart(Hybrid) Taichi(Dual-screen laptop) Transformer Book(Hybrid) Zenbook(Laptop) ET2300/2700(All-in-one)
Dell has resurrected one of its most unique designs in the convertible XPS 12, formerly known as the Duo 12. It's also one of the biggest PC makers trying out a Windows RT device.
XPS 12(convertible laptop) Full review XPS 10 Tablet(Windows RT Hybrid)
- (hybrid tablet/laptop)
XPS One 27(all-in-one desktop) Full review
- (all-in-one desktop)
HP plays it mostly safe with a collection of updated products and slightly expanded product lines, including a detachable-screen hybrid and a touch-screen laptop.
Envy Spectre Touchsmart XT(touch-screen laptop) Hands-on preview Envy Touchsmart X2(hybrid tablet/laptop) Hands-on preview
- Envy m4 (laptop)
- Pavilion Sleekbook 14 (laptop)
- Pavilion Sleekbook 15 (laptop)
- Spectre One (all-in-one desktop)
- Envy Touchsmart 23 (all-in-one desktop)
- Envy Touchsmart 20 (all-in-one desktop)
- Pavilion 20 (all-in-one desktop)
Lenovo is going all-in on convertible laptops, offering several variations, along with a hybrid and even a Windows RT system.
IdeaPad Lynx(hybrid tablet/laptop) Hands-on preview IdeaPad Yoga 11 (Windows RT)(convertible laptop) Hands-on preview IdeaPad Yoga 13(convertible laptop) Hands-on preview ThinkPad Twist(convertible laptop) Hands-on preview ThinkPad Tablet 2(hybrid tablet/laptop) Hands-on preview
Microsoft is making a rare foray into hardware with this tablet line, highlighted by an impressive keyboard cover.
Surface RT(hybrid tablet/laptop) Full review Surface Pro
Samsung adds Windows 8 and touch to some of its high-design laptops, but so far doesn't have a break-out unique product.
Series 7 Slate PC(hybrid tablet/laptop) Hands-on preview Series 5(laptop) Hands-on preview Ativ Tab (Windows RT)(tablet) Ativ Smart PC(hybrid tablet/laptop) Hands-on preview Ativ Smart PC Pro(hybrid tablet/laptop) Series 7 (27-inch)(all-in-one desktop) Series 7 (23-inch)(all-in-one desktop) Series 5 (21.5-inch)(all-in-one desktop)
Surprisingly adventurous, Sony grabbed our attention with its 20-inch tablet/all-in-one and a cool-looking slider PC.
Vaio Tab 20(all-in-one desktop/tablet) Full review Vaio Duo 11(convertible laptop) Full review Vaio T13(touch-screen laptop) In-depth Editors' Take Vaio E17(laptop) In-depth Editors' Take
Toshiba plays it a bit too safe as well in most of these Windows 8 laptops, but it also has a take on the slider PC, which may be the most practical way to combine a laptop and tablet.
Satellite S955(laptop) Hands-on preview Satellite P845t(touch screen laptop) Hands-on preview Satellite U945(laptop) Hands-on preview Satellite U925t(convertible laptop) Full review
The newest big Windows 8 vendor, Vizio's Windows 8 PCs consist mostly of touch-based updates to existing models announced earlier this year.
Vizio CA27T(all-in-one desktop) Vizio CA24T(all-in-one desktop) Vizio CT15(laptop) Vizio CT14(laptop)Play