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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Windows 7 is more than what Vista should have been, it's where Microsoft needed to go. How much damage Vista did and whether Windows 7 is enough for people to finally abandon Windows XP are questions that nobody has the answers to right now.

June 26, 2009

4.5 stars Editors' rating on July 31, 2009
4 stars User rating out of 3 reviews
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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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Samsung Series 7 Slate PC - tablet - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 128 GB - 11.6"

The Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T is the fastest Windows 7 tablet we've tested, and paired with its optional accessories, it provides a very laptop-like experience, but one marred by the typical awkward onscreen Windows typing experience.

January 30, 2012

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 22, 2011
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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
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Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t 0651 (Atom N450 1.66GHz, 1GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Windows 7 Starter)

The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t convertible Netbook tablet is priced to compete with the iPad, but underwhelming battery life and unpredictable touch response mar an otherwise sharp-looking portable.

February 4, 2010

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 5, 2010
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Lenovo ThinkPad X120e 0611 - 11.6" - E-240 - Windows 7 Pro 64-bit - 2 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.

February 25, 2011

4 stars Editors' rating on August 7, 2012
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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
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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