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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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Apple MacBook Air (11-inch, April 2014)

Apple’s 11-inch Air gets a CPU speed bump and a decent price cut over the already excellent 2013 version. If you have a recent model there's no need to upgrade, but for anyone else, it's now a better deal than ever.

June 27, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating June 27, 2014
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Get Plants Vs. Zombies (PC/Mac) for free

If you've never played this tower-defense classic, don't miss out on this unbeatable giveaway.

By May 9, 2014

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Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2013)

The slimmer body and higher-res screen of the original Retina MacBook Pro were a revolutionary leap. This revamp adds modest internal upgrades for modest improvements, but price cuts to both the 13-inch and 15-inch models sweeten the deal.

October 25, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating October 25, 2013
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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, April 2014)

If you own a MacBook Air from the past couple of years there's really no need to upgrade, but a small spec bump and minor price cut make the most-current Air even more attractive.

June 27, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating June 27, 2014
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Pad & Quill Sleeve for MacBook (13-inch)

Thickly padded, and handmade from premium materials, the Pad & Quill Sleeve for MacBook will fit your 13-inch Air or Pro and fills an important need if you don't want to use a dedicated, padded laptop bag.

February 21, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating February 21, 2014

MSRP: $99.99

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Apple iMac (21.5-inch, 2014)

While it includes some performance and graphics concessions on the lowest priced model, the 21.5-inch iMac brings Apple's iconic design and top-notch bundled accessories and software to a wider audience.

June 24, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating June 24, 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
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MacBook Air (11-inch, June 2013)

Apple’s new 11-inch Air goes a conservative route in 2013, emphasizing longer battery life and more affordable pricing over any big design changes. The battery boost alone might be worth it.

June 17, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating June 17, 2013
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

The third version of Lenovo's ultralight 14-inch laptop, the X1 Carbon, gets nearly all the basics right while adding a few new twists, including a function key row that changes app by app.

February 11, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating February 11, 2014
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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (13-inch, 2013)

There are other high-res laptops out there, but this year’s more powerful and affordable 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is one of the best of the bunch, and makes a compelling case for upgrading from the 13-inch Air.

October 29, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating October 29, 2013