Lenovo LaVie Z 360 ( 2.40GHz 1600MHz 4MB)
The Lenovo LaVie Z is an impressive engineering feat, but unless you need the touch screen and 360-degree hinge, stick with the less-expensive, lighter, non-touch model.
Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550
Despite a few design quirks make it feel less than premium, the Lenovo LaVie Z can't be beat for a combination of light weight and processor power.
Apple MacBook Air 2015 ( 13-inch, 128GB)
While still a great all-around useful laptop, the 13-inch MacBook Air is stuck with a lower-res display and a design that's no longer cutting-edge.
Nextbook Ares 11
Although affordable, the Nextbook Ares 11 isn't fit to be your next workstation or tablet. You'd be better off investing in an inexpensive Chromebook.
Samsung Ativ Book 9 ( 2015)
This very usable 12-inch laptop is a good, if expensive, tool for websurfing and casual use, but would benefit from better battery life.
The Hisense Chromebook offers just enough power and comfort for far less money than the competition.
Apple MacBook ( 2015)
If you can live with its limitations, the new 12-inch MacBook delivers a groundbreaking design that points the way to the next chapter in laptops.
Acer Chromebook 15 ( black, 32GB)
If your one gripe about Chromebooks is the small screen sizes, the Acer Chromebook 15 is the solution and it's a very nice solution at that.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display 2015 ( 13-inch, 128GB)
While the upcoming 12-inch MacBook has all the buzz, this 13-inch system gets a handful of updates to remain a top choice for combining power and portability.
Google Chromebook Pixel ( 2015)
The updated Chromebook Pixel sets the bar for high-end for Chrome OS hardware, but its browser-based operating system imposes far too many limitations to justify its lofty price point.