CNET Top 5
CNET editors choose and review the best thin and light laptops, notebooks, and ultrabooks.
Featuring a magnesium-lithium alloy chassis, the Intel-powered gaming notebook from MSI is indeed drool-worthy in both specs and design.
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The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a budget hybrid that skips the more-common fold-back or button-clasp hinges and instead attaches its screen via a magnetic connection. It shares the same hardware limitations as other small hybrids, but can be easier to use.
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.
Lenovo's Yoga 2 11 combines the popular Yoga hybrid design with an affordable 11-inch ultraportable for a system that's budget-feeling but sturdy, and one of the best of a new breed of low-cost hybrids.
HP's Pavilion x360 adds Beats Audio (for now) and rugged construction to the expanding field of 11-inch Yoga-likes, but Lenovo's version feels much more upscale.
Google's Chrome OS operating system gets proximity log-in and access to Android apps.
Small-screen gaming laptops are rare because they require serious engineering sleight of hand. The EON13-S walks the line between power and portability, but it would be so much cooler with a custom body.
Another low-cost hybrid with a familiar design
Chip giant shows off its hybrid mobile PC chops by tapping its next-generation "Broadwell" processor at a Computex keynote. Other highlights include new gaming Core series chips and a tiny quad-core SoFIA processor with LTE.
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.