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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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Toshiba Satellite CL10-B

With its lightweight storage and reliance on the cloud, the Toshiba Satellite CL10-B is like a tablet with a keyboard stuck on.

September 3, 2014

Pricing not available

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Origin PC Eon17-S (2014)

The big-screen Origin PC Eon17-S gaming laptop won't win any design contests, and isn't particularly portable, but our high-end config was great where it counted -- running new games at high detail settings.

August 20, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating August 20, 2014

MSRP: $1,576.00

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MSI GS70 Stealth

Making small performance trade-offs to fit into a slim, attractive 17-inch body, the MSI GS70 Stealth is a gaming laptop for those who hate the look of gaming laptops.

July 29, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating July 29, 2014
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Digital Storm Krypton

The bulky, dated body of the Digital Storm Krypton doesn't feel particularly high-end, but it's great at running games at high detail settings, and can be configured to provide excellent bang for your buck.

September 15, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating September 15, 2014

MSRP: $1,531.00

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Mac status report: More laptop and desktop upgrades still possible for 2014

MacBooks and iMacs have already been updated this year, but these systems have not.

By September 5, 2014

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Acer Chromebook 13

One of the nicer-looking and better-performing Chrome OS systems, the 13-inch Acer Chromebook adds some zip by ditching Intel for an Nvidia processor, but also hits a few issues with popular Chrome apps.

September 4, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating September 4, 2014
Editors' Take

Acer Aspire R 13

Convertible modes can be hyperbolic, but the new hinge on the Acer Aspire R 13 gives more credibility than usual to its claim of six modes of use.

September 3, 2014

MSRP: $899.99

Editors' Take

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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Lenovo Y50 Touch

With the Y50 Touch, Lenovo has created a reasonably priced, not-too-big gaming laptop that doesn't look like a throwback. But the most serious PC gamers may want to hold out for a better display and faster GPU.

August 14, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating August 14, 2014
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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