A big-screen ultrabook with a long, long battery life, the Samsung Ativ Book 9 2014 Edition delivers a high-end laptop experience for its premium price.
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.
If you’re just looking for an all-around excellently made Windows touch ultrabook and don’t mind that it's on the expensive side (and doesn’t convert to a tablet), the improved Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus is worth the investment.
The superthin, superlight Sony Vaio Pro 11 is everything we expect from an excellent ultrabook.
The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T walks the line between ultrabook-level laptop and tablet, but doesn’t truly excel at either.
This concept design has a detachable 11-inch screen and all-day battery life, and could cost less than $800.
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Another ambitious Windows 8 laptop from Asus, the Transformer Book can transform into a Core i7 slate.
Big screen, same story, with touch: Sony's modest touch-enabled entry to CES is a big brother to the existing Vaio T 13 and 14.
If you like the idea of having a touch screen on your Windows 8 laptop, the Sony Vaio T13 Touch isn't a bad way to go.
The Toshiba Portege Z935-P300 is an excellent ultrabook value if you can overlook its few design shortcomings.