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

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Lenovo Flex 14D

AMD CPUs help these half-hybrids hit lower starting prices.

Jan. 5, 2014

MSRP: $499.00

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Asus ROG GX500

Chunky gaming notebooks are a thing of the past here at Computex, and Asus is laying claim to the thinnest with a 19mm powerhouse.

Jun. 6, 2014

Pricing not available

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HP Pavilion x360 (13-inch)

With their 360-degree rotating screens, the new 13.3-inch Pavilion and 15.6-inch Envy x360 convertibles join the budget-friendly 11.6-inch x360 from earlier this year.

Jun. 1, 2014

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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.

Jun. 3, 2014

Pricing not available

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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
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Razer Blade 14 (2014)

Razer’s newest gaming laptop trades ultralong battery life for a fantastic screen and even better graphics. It’s a trade worth making: this is the best Razer gaming laptop, and the best thin gaming PC anywhere.

May. 9, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating May. 9, 2014
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Vaio Pro and Fit are first Vaio laptops since being sold off by Sony

Vaio is now a separate company to Sony, but its first two laptops are familiar for more than their name.

By Jul. 1, 2014

Review

Acer Aspire E1-472G-6844

Acer's variation on the budget E1-472G Aspire laptop has good guts but an underwhelming exterior and design, and also lacks a touch screen. Nvidia graphics add a boost.

Mar. 28, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating Mar. 28, 2014

Pricing not available

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Lenovo ThinkPad 8

If you’re craving full Windows 8 on a tablet the size of an iPad Mini, and want a great display, the ThinkPad 8 is one of the best we’ve seen...but not by much.

Feb. 28, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating Feb. 28, 2014

MSRP: $399.00

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Prefer laptops to lace? One geek's guide to a simpler wedding

With an impending wedding, Crave writer and budget-minded geek Amanda Kooser is putting technology to work planning for the big day.

By May. 22, 2014