The AMD-powered HP Pavilion Sleekbook TouchSmart 15z is a slim, midsize laptop at a very reasonable price, and includes a touch screen.
This Dell has a great slim design for a budget-minded 15-inch touch laptop, and even fits in an optical drive.
Dell's Inspiron line continues to look sharper than its budget reputation would suggest. The new touch-enabled version of the 15z works as a reasonably priced Windows 8 laptop with a big screen and an optical drive.
An early AT&T launch of BlackBerry's touch-screen phone shows more signs of struggle.
Claiming to be the world's thinnest Windows laptop, the Dell XPS 15z is a sharp-looking package with upgradable high-end features and a reasonable $999 starting price.
Dell says the new XPS 15z is the "thinnest 15-inch PC on the planet." Check out our review and hands-on video to find out if that's true.
Dell killed Adamo earlier this year when its take on the luxury laptop didn't resonate with customers. Now it's back with a more moderate take on a more wallet-friendly thin notebook.
Dell plans to roll out its Adamo follow-on tomorrow. It's not as thin as the Adamo but packs more performance and features.
With a great design for the price and some better-than-expected graphics power, the HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15z-b000 Sleekbook may justify overlooking its shortcomings if you're on a tight budget.
First-quarter shipments tumble 14 percent, much worse than expected, says IDC. Gartner, meanwhile, says PCs slid 11 percent, falling below 80 million units for the first time since 2009.