Lenovo IdeaPad 100S ( silver)
The Lenovo Ideapad 100S has the best keyboard we've seen on a low-budget laptop, and more than enough battery life to get through day, but a dated touchpad holds it back.
Samsung Ativ Book 9 Pro
Two machines with sturdy aluminum frames, plenty of ports and ultra-high-res touchscreens.
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 ( P25W-C2300-4K)
Buyers who plan to take full advantage of the Toshiba Satellite Radius 12's excellent 4K screen might get their money's worth. If you want a computer for getting work done, look elsewhere.
Lenovo Yoga 900 ( 900-13ISK, silver)
Lenovo clearly listened to feedback about last year's high-end Yoga, keeping the excellent overall design but boosting the specs to match other premium 13-inch laptops.
LG gram 14
LG takes on the major premium laptop players with the expensive Gram 14. It's light and highly portable, but suffers from some first-gen missteps.
Microsoft Surface Book
While it's not nearly as refined as the new fourth-gen Surface Pro, Microsoft's Surface Book is a powerful, feature-filled premium hybrid that doesn't forget it's a laptop first.
HP Chromebook 14 ( 2015)
For the same price as other Chrome OS laptops, HP's new Chromebook includes a high-res display.
Dell XPS 15 ( 2015)
Along with getting the latest Intel processors, Dell claims the "world's smallest" title for the 15- and 13-inch models with "virtually borderless" displays.
HP Stream 11 ( 2015)
A new screen and slimmer body make this an even better bargain.
HP Pavilion x2 ( 2015)
Easily the best-looking Atom-powered hybrid in its price range, the HP Pavilion x2 is still a few tweaks away from being a budget standout.