CNET Top 5
CNET editors choose and review the best thin and light laptops, notebooks, and ultrabooks.
This one-time favorite is still an excellent go-to 13-inch laptop, if you don't need something quite as slim as an ultrabook, and you can get it for the right price.
The original Toshiba Portege Z835 was a fantastic value that helped us overlook a weak touch pad/keyboard combo. This faster version is about $200 more, but keeps the same so-so design.
In a post-iPad era, Toshiba's expensive and needlessly bulky Portege M780 is a convertible tablet notebook that feels like a design relic from five years ago.
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.
The Toshiba Portege M200's successful combination of notebook performance and tablet functionality make it one of the best on the market, despite its mediocre speed.
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.
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.
The APC Convection Cooling Notebook Computer Stand offers decent passive cooling, but isn't as effective as APC's fan-powered version.
The APC Forced Air Cooling Notebook Computer Stand offers effective cooling, despite having only a single fan.
A high-res 9-inch screen, solid battery life, SD card slot, and DivX playback make this portable DVD player easy to recommend.