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

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Asus ROG GX500

Chunky gaming notebooks are a thing of the past here at Computex, and Asus is laying claim to the thinnest with a 19mm powerhouse.

June 6, 2014

Pricing not available

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HP Pavilion x360 (13-inch)

With their 360-degree rotating screens, the new 13.3-inch Pavilion and 15.6-inch Envy x360 convertibles join the budget-friendly 11.6-inch x360 from earlier this year.

June 1, 2014

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Seagate Ultrathin Laptop HDD (500GB)

Looking for a standard 2.5-inch hard drive that offers 500GB but is just 5mm thick? Seagate's $89 Laptop Ultrathin HDD is the answer.

June 3, 2013

Editors' Take

Lenovo Flex 14D

AMD CPUs help these half-hybrids hit lower starting prices.

January 5, 2014

MSRP: $499.00

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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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Asus VivoBook S500CA

The VivoBook S500CA offers a big-screened touch-screen Windows 8 laptop for a bargain price -- and without many extras.

April 12, 2013

3.5 stars Editors' rating April 12, 2013

MSRP: $699.00

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MSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro 4K Edition

Featuring a magnesium-lithium alloy chassis, the Intel-powered gaming notebook from MSI is indeed drool-worthy in both specs and design.

June 3, 2014

Pricing not available

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3

While the new Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft's best PC to date, it's more successful as a tablet than a laptop replacement.

May 22, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating May 22, 2014
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Razer Blade 14 (2014)

Razer’s newest gaming laptop trades ultralong battery life for a fantastic screen and even better graphics. It’s a trade worth making: this is the best Razer gaming laptop, and the best thin gaming PC anywhere.

May 9, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating May 9, 2014
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Best 11.6-inch laptops and hybrids

The ultraportable 11-inch PC screen is suddenly hot again, from high-end Sony and Apple laptops to budget tablets and hybrids.

By July 15, 2013