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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.

January 5, 2014

MSRP: $499.00

Review

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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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.

June 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.

June 1, 2014

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Notebook shipments actually rise for a change

Shipments of notebooks hit 41.5 million in the second quarter, a gain of only 1 percent, but not too shabby after seven straight quarters of declines, says NPD.

By August 21, 2014

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Dell Inspiron 11 3000 (2014)

With the Inspiron 11 3000, Dell delivers an everyday ultraportable hybrid with an excellent battery life at a good price.

August 13, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating August 13, 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.

June 3, 2014

Pricing not available

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Alienware 13 (2014)

With high-end parts and a high-res screen, this new model from Dell's gaming brand is ready for top-notch gaming on the go.

August 8, 2014

Pricing not available

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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (15-inch, 2014)

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.

August 6, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating August 6, 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