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 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: $1,499.00 - $1,845.00 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 - $959.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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: $778.38 - $799.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best Chromebook

Toshiba Chromebook 2

If you're looking for an all-around solid Chrome OS experience -- with one of the best screens we've seen on a Chromebook -- the Toshiba Chromebook 2 should be your starting point.

Price: $376.98 - $419.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Best portable gaming

Lenovo Y50 Touch 4K

One of our favorite gaming laptops get a sharp 4K display that will make all kinds of content look better, although it's a bit of a tease, as you can't actually crank most games up to that resolution.

Price: $1,474.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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