CNET editors choose and review the best thin and light laptops, notebooks, and ultrabooks.
It's not as much of a conversation piece as the tank-like Alienware 18, but the slimmer, lighter Alienware 17 is arguably more practical for serious gamers with realistic budgets.
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A hefty investment if nicely configured, the Maingear Nomad 17 delivers for serious gaming, although the look may not be for everyone.
HP's new Leap Motion laptop has a built-in motion and fingerprint sensors.
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If you like the idea of having a touch screen on your Windows 8 laptop, the Sony Vaio T13 Touch isn't a bad way to go.
While it packs an impressive punch in terms of sound performance and feature set, the G-17 is more expensive than an iPad and doesn't seem worth its $550 price tag.
In 2012, the very definition of the term "ultrabook" became increasingly vague. And the hope that this nebulous category would give the PC industry a much-needed boost did not come to fruition.
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A little slimmer and lighter than some other big-sceen gaming laptops, but still not exactly portable.
The HP Pavilion X2 comes in both 11- and 13-inch screen sizes, but at $599.99 is it too expensive to compete with other cheaper hybrids also hitting the market this year?