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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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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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Apple Mac Pro

Apple radically re-imagines the professional desktop with the new Mac Pro, featuring a design that looks fantastic and offers genuine breakthrough advantages. But, consumer-level Apple enthusiasts should note that this product isn't specifically targeted at them and DIY upgraders will lament the loss of traditional desktop tower flexibility.

December 20, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating December 20, 2013
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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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Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

As it's a free upgrade that gives you more apps, improved features across the board, and better performance, there is really no reason not to get Mavericks on your Mac.

October 24, 2013

4.5 stars Editors' rating October 24, 2013

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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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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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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
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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, June 2013)

Apple keeps the latest MacBook Air updates on the inside, but greatly improved battery life and a lower starting price make up for a lack of flashy design changes.

June 14, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating June 14, 2013
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Apple Mac Mini (fall 2012)

New Ivy Bridge chips come to Apple's tiny desktop

October 23, 2012

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