CNET editors choose and review the best thin and light laptops, notebooks, and ultrabooks.
Early versions of the Dell XPS 13 had promise, but lacked must-have features. Over time, the system slowly added a high-res display, then a touch screen, making the new 2014 version an ultrabook that hits nearly all the marks.
After two years of incremental upgrades, the XPS 13 gets a touch screen revamp that works.
The HP Spectre 13 Ultrabook features Windows 8.1 and an unique large touch pad that supports special gestures.
A rare larger-screen hybrid, the HP Spectre x2 aims to be both a portable laptop and a video-friendly slate. The price is right, but the design feels awkward and the wonky touch pad makes it hard to use as a full-time laptop.
Samsung joins the Chromebook makeover party with two new models -- an 11.6-incher that will retail for $319 and a 13.3-inch model that will hit for $399.
This slim, reasonably priced ultrabook adds new touch pad design to stand out from the crowd.
Even thinner and lighter than a 13-inch MacBook Air, the Acer Aspire S5 is a great example of an ambitious ultrabook, held back by a few flaws and its high price.
That's for the Windows 8 version. If you don't mind a refurb and want Windows 7, you can get it for even less.
New, less-expensive Yoga models drop the higher-res screens, but keep the 360-degree hinge.
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.