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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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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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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 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 X230 2324 - 12.5" - Core i5 3320M - Windows 7 Pro 64-bit - 4 GB RAM - 320 GB HDD

There may not be a better full-fledged business ultraportable than the ThinkPad X230, but more efficient, less expensive, and thinner ultrabooks are the real future of this category.

July 12, 2012

3.5 stars Editors' rating on May 30, 2012
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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.

July 12, 2012

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 27, 2012