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

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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
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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

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Acer Aspire Switch 10

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.

August 1, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating August 1, 2014
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Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition

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.

July 29, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating July 29, 2014
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Lenovo Yoga 2 11-inch

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.

July 16, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating July 16, 2014
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HP Pavilion x360 (11-inch)

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.

July 9, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating July 9, 2014
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New Chromebook features show up at Google I/O

Google's Chrome OS operating system gets proximity log-in and access to Android apps.

By June 25, 2014

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Dell adds a fold-back hinge to the Inspiron 11 3000

Another low-cost hybrid with a familiar design

June 1, 2014