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CNET editors choose and review the best thin and light laptops, notebooks, and ultrabooks.

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Acer Aspire E1-472G-6844

Acer's variation on the budget E1-472G Aspire laptop has good guts but an underwhelming exterior and design, and also lacks a touch screen. Nvidia graphics add a boost.

March 28, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating March 28, 2014

MSRP: $599.00

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Lenovo ThinkPad 8

If you’re craving full Windows 8 on a tablet the size of an iPad Mini, and want a great display, the ThinkPad 8 is one of the best we’ve seen...but not by much.

February 28, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating February 28, 2014
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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (15-inch, 2014)

While the small updates to the 2014 model aren't enough for most existing users to upgrade, Apple's excellent 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro is still our go-to laptop of choice for shoppers at the high end.

August 6, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating August 6, 2014
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Acer Aspire Switch 10

The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a budget hybrid that skips the more-common fold-back or button-clasp hinges and instead attaches its screen via a magnetic connection. It shares the same hardware limitations as other small hybrids, but can be easier to use.

August 1, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating August 1, 2014
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Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition

A big-screen ultrabook with a long, long battery life, the Samsung Ativ Book 9 2014 Edition delivers a high-end laptop experience for its premium price.

July 29, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating July 29, 2014
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Apple refreshes MacBook Pro line with minor upgrades, no price rise

Apple has updated its Pro laptop line -- all 15-inch models will come with 16GB RAM but with no price increase, and the old 13-inch has even got cheaper.

By July 29, 2014

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Acer Aspire E1-572-6870

As budget-friendly laptops go, the Acer Aspire E1-572-6870 is a good value with sufficient power for basic tasks, and it doesn't look bad, either.

October 10, 2013

3 stars Editors' rating October 10, 2013

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Get a refurbished Lenovo Yoga 2 convertible for $279.99

With its 360-degree hinge, this flexible PC goes from laptop to tablet and back again. Plus: an option to knock off another $20.

By July 9, 2014

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The latest MacBook Air is slightly better, slightly less expensive

The 13-inch MacBook Air gets a minor CPU upgrade and $100 price cut, keeping it near the top of our recommended laptop list.

By June 27, 2014

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Apple MacBook Air (11-inch, April 2014)

Apple’s 11-inch Air gets a CPU speed bump and a decent price cut over the already excellent 2013 version. If you have a recent model there's no need to upgrade, but for anyone else, it's now a better deal than ever.

June 27, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating June 27, 2014