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Dell Alienware 17 Gaming Laptop Computer - Windows 7 - DKCWJ01S_2

It's not as much of a conversation piece as the tank-like Alienware 18, but the slimmer, lighter Alienware 17 is arguably more practical for serious gamers with realistic budgets.

March 1, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating on November 6, 2013
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Dell Alienware 18 Gaming Laptop Computer - Windows 7 - DKCWX01S_2

There's a premium to be paid, but the massive Alienware 18 is a show-off-worthy desktop replacement that takes down even the newest PC games, and is just plain fun to use.

March 1, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating on November 1, 2013
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Dell Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop Computer - Windows 7 - DKCWG01S

Dell has revamped its gaming line, including the new Alienware 14. The design changes don't go nearly far enough, but no complaints about the performance.

January 14, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating on August 21, 2013
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Lenovo ThinkPad X131e 3367 - 11.6" - Celeron 877 - Windows 7 Pro 64-bit - 4 GB RAM - 320 GB HDD

The business-oriented Lenovo ThinkPad X1 has a few quirks, but is otherwise a very impressive business-oriented ultrabook with strong crossover potential.

March 27, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating on August 7, 2012

MSRP: $979.00

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ASUS ZENBOOK UX32A DB51 - 13.3" - Core i5 3317U - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB HDD

Stuck between a budget model and a high-end, feature-filled model, this middle Asus Zenbook is a slim, slick ultrabook, but also a tough sell.

April 23, 2013

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 27, 2012

MSRP: $899.00

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ASUS X75A DB31 - 17.3" - Core i3 2370M - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB HDD

Asus makes some of the most full-featured ultrabooks available, but this stripped-down Zenbook UX32A version is missing those extras and faces tough competition in its price range.

July 12, 2012

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 25, 2012

MSRP: $599.00

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ASUS ZENBOOK Prime UX31A DB71 - 13.3" - Core i7 3517U - Windows 7 Home Premium - 4 GB RAM - 256 GB SSD

With a Core i7 CPU, discrete graphics, and a full HD screen, the Asus Zenbook UX23VD is pretty close to being the ultrabook that has it all, but you'll pay for all those features.

July 12, 2012

4 stars Editors' rating on July 23, 2012
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Sony VAIO E Series VPC-EE23FX/T - 15.5" - Athlon II X2 P320 - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 4 GB RAM - 320 GB HDD

With only a handful of 11-inch laptops still available, serious travelers are flocking to ultrathin 13-inch models instead. But the low price and good battery life of the Sony Vaio E keep it from being counted out.

July 14, 2010

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 17, 2012
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Samsung Series 7 700Z7CH - 17.3" - Core i7 3615QM - Windows 7 Pro 64-bit - 8 GB RAM - 750 GB HDD

A high-end big-screen multimedia laptop that's pretty portable (for a desktop replacement), the Samsung Series 7 Chronos is what we imagine a 17-inch ultrabook would look like.

July 24, 2012

4 stars Editors' rating on June 29, 2012

MSRP: $1,499.99

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Acer Aspire S5-391-9860 - 13.3" - Core i7 3517U - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 4 GB RAM - 256 GB SSD

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.

June 27, 2012

4 stars Editors' rating on July 10, 2012