CNET editors choose and review the best thin and light laptops, notebooks, and ultrabooks.
AMD CPUs help these half-hybrids hit lower starting prices.
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.
For anyone tired of working day-to-day on a small screen, but still wants a high-end, thin-and-light with a long, long battery life, the Book 9 2014 Edition is one sweet system.
Sluggish performance is usually the deal breaker for an entry-level laptop, and though the single-core Compaq Presario CQ62-215DX is far from a speed merchant, its biggest flaw isn't a lack of power but rather the finger power it requires to depress the stiff mouse button.
That's for a 2GB model. Want 4GB and your choice of colors? Just $20 more.
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.
The Compaq Presario CQ60-615DX covers the basics, and that's really all you can ask for from a $349 laptop.
Asus is getting ready to market a 15.6-inch laptop with lots of horsepower and a 4K display. Should Apple be worried?
The slimmer body and higher-res screen of the original Retina MacBook Pro were a revolutionary leap. This revamp adds modest internal upgrades for modest improvements, but price cuts to both the 13-inch and 15-inch models sweeten the deal.
Toshiba takes a solid premium 15-inch laptop and adds a great-looking 4K touchscreen while keeping the price reasonable. But at this point, it's mostly for bragging rights or early adopters.