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Best laptops of 2014

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

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Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2013)

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.

October 25, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating October 25, 2013
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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus

If you’re just looking for an all-around excellently made Windows touch ultrabook and don’t mind that it's on the expensive side (and doesn’t convert to a tablet), the improved Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus is worth the investment.

October 15, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating October 15, 2013
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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
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Asus VivoBook S451LA

Some might call the midsize Asus VivoBook S451 attractive, and it's certainly inexpensive, but too many sacrifices were made to hit that budget price.

June 18, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating June 18, 2014
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Apple iMac (21.5-inch, 2014)

While it includes some performance and graphics concessions on the lowest priced model, the 21.5-inch iMac brings Apple's iconic design and top-notch bundled accessories and software to a wider audience.

June 24, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating June 24, 2014
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HTC Desire 816

The HTC Desire 816's combination of solid design and quality performance strikes all the right chords to make it a compelling phone for its price.

May 7, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating May 7, 2014

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Google Chromebook Pixel

Despite impressive hardware specs and solid industrial design, the Chromebook Pixel’s high price and cloud OS limitations make it impossible to recommend for the vast majority of users.

February 22, 2013

2.5 stars Editors' rating February 22, 2013
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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, April 2014)

If you own a MacBook Air from the past couple of years there's really no need to upgrade, but a small spec bump and minor price cut make the most-current Air even more attractive.

June 27, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating June 27, 2014
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Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Avant

B&O's latest upscale TV pairs 4K resolution with a fancy motorised stand -- but demands a huge wad of your cash.

May 8, 2014

MSRP: $7,995.00

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Samsung SSD 850 Pro

The hefty pricing aside, the Samsung SSD 850 Pro is one of the best, if not the best, standard consumer-grade solid-state drives on the market.

July 8, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating July 8, 2014