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Best midsize laptops

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Midsize laptops have 14-, 15-, or 16-inch screens, although 15.6 is the most popular overall. You'll commonly see these in offices, libraries, and homes. Older models were big and bulky, but today's midsize laptops can be ultrabook-thin, while still using full-powered components.

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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

The newly redesigned MacBook Pro with Retina Display combines an amazing screen with just enough of the MacBook Air design to feel like a new animal, and to take its place as the best of the current MacBook breed.

Price: $1,999.95 - $2,060.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 (Intel Core i7-3630QM 2.40GHz)

For those looking for something more than a feature-light ultrabook, the gamer-friendly Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is close to brilliant, and several configurations are currently available at a deep discount -- but I can't believe it doesn't have a touch screen.

4 stars Excellent

Sony Vaio Fit 14

The Sony Vaio Fit 14 is an all-around excellent laptop for the money that will satisfy the basic demands of everyday use for many people and look good doing it.

3.5 stars Very good

Asus Zenbook Prime UX51Vz-DH71

The Asus Zenbook UX51Vz-DH71 is a nice fit for anyone looking for premium looks and performance in a Windows 8 laptop who is willing to pay for it.

4 stars Excellent

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4010nr Ultrabook

The HP Spectre TouchSmart XT is a rare superslim 15-inch laptop with a touch screen, but for the premium price, it should include more high-end extras.

Price: $1,034.99 - $1,034.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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