Best ultrabooks

Updated April 14, 2014 1:47 PM PDT

The latest hot buzzword, "ultrabook" is actually a trademarked Intel marketing term applied to thin laptops that meet certain size and component requirements. For this list, we're considering officially labeled ultrabooks, as well as other laptops, such as Apple's MacBook Air, that follow the same design aesthetic.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus

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.

Price: $1,120.39 - $1,523.30 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch)

Apple keeps the latest MacBook Air updates on the inside, but greatly improved battery life and a lower starting price make up for a lack of flashy design changes.

Price: $1,074.99 - $1,799.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Acer Aspire S7

One of the few standout products from the first wave of Windows 8 laptops, the Acer Aspire S7 proves that Apple does not have a monopoly on great design.

Price: $879.99 - $951.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony Vaio Pro 13 Touch Ultrabook (Summer 2013)

For those who want an excellent ultraportable laptop with more than just the latest Intel processors, the Sony Vaio Pro 13 Touch is it.

4 stars Excellent

Toshiba Kirabook

Toshiba's ambitious Kirabook has a screen that rivals Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and a price to match. It's a solid, useful laptop, but for these prices, the design should really be more exciting.

Price: $1,399.99 - $1,399.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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