Laptops:

Best laptops of 2014

Updated

You can dive into the various subcategories here for detailed suggestions for every need and budget, but on this page, we present the current laptops that are our personal favorites, because of style, power, value, or just because we like them.

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Best Windows tablet

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Building on the Surface Pro 2 released late last year, the Surface Pro 3 is the "tablet that can replace a laptop."

Price: $756.75 - $960.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best battery life

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch)

The 13-inch MacBook Air looks and feels just like last year's but runs for more than 12 hours.

Price: $899.00 - $1,139.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best power laptop

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2013, 15-inch screen)

The slimmer body and higher-res screen of the original Retina MacBook Pro were a revolutionary leap. This revamp adds modest internal upgrades for modest improvements, but price cuts to both the 13-inch and 15-inch models sweeten the deal.

Price: $1,599.00 - $1,799.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best inexpensive travel laptop

Asus Transformer Book T100

The Asus Transformer Book T100 revives the Netbook value proposition (and Netbook usability issues) in a budget-price 10-inch laptop that doubles as a tablet. You won’t love it, but for sheer bang for the buck, it’s hard to beat.

Price: $259.90 - $427.52 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Best hybrid

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro

A major update to our favorite Windows 8 hybrid, the IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro is still a better laptop than tablet, but the new version adds a future-proof better-than-HD display at a great price.

Price: $1,096.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent A better-than-HD hybrid for less
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