Alienware 13 ( 2016)
For something truly different and eye-catching, the OLED display on this "limited edition" Alienware 13 gives it great visual punch, but keep in mind this is not a top-end gaming rig.
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 ( silver)
A travel-friendly, tough business laptop, the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 delivers essentials for work or school.
HP Elite x2 1012 G1 Tablet with Travel Keyboard
HP's Elite x2 is a must-look for any buyer considering a Microsoft Surface-like computer, and the quality bundled keyboard means it effectively costs less, too.
Acer Chromebook 14 ( CB3-431-C5FM)
The Acer Chromebook 14 stands out for its stylish design and big screen at an affordable price. If you're looking for a classier Chromebook, this is it.
If you can work with USB-C ports and a nontouch display, the HP Spectre offers a great design and excellent performance in the world's thinnest full-power laptop body.
Samsung Notebook 7 Spin ( 15-inch, 16GB RAM)
Samsung's latest two-in-one laptop range adds in fast charging and a video HDR mode but you might need a reinforced bag for the weight.
Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1
With the Dell Inspiron 7000 series, advanced features come standard -- like facial recognition, backflipping 1080p touchscreens, precision trackpads and USB-C ports you can use to charge the laptop.
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 ( 2016)
Dell brings back its cheap convertible laptop: the Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1.
Asus ZenBook 3
This new laptop from Asus comes lighter and thinner than Apple's laptops while packing more powerful hardware. However, it only has one port.
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HP Omen ( 15-inch)
The Vive-friendly Phoenix desktop gets a new name, joining affordable new 15-inch and 17-inch gaming laptops.
HP EliteBook Folio G1
HP's take on the 12-inch Core M laptop could use a few design tweaks, but it evokes the best parts of Apple's 12-inch MacBook, with better value and more options.
Razer Blade ( 2016)
The Razer Blade is a slim gaming laptop that hits a good balance between power and portability, with the intriguing promise of adding a desktop graphics card later on.
Samsung Notebook 9 ( 15-inch)
Despite not decisively beating the competition in any one area, the Samsung Notebook 9 comes close across the board, making it a safe, if not exactly exciting choice for a slim 15-inch laptop.
HP Chromebook 13
This 12.9mm-thick Chromebook has new Core M processors and a high-res display.
Acer Switch Alpha 12
Unlike the Microsoft tablet hybrid, Acer's version comes with the must-have keyboard cover included.
Apple MacBook 2016 ( 256GB, silver)
With a handful of subtle improvements, the updated 12-inch Apple MacBook is more of a mainstream machine, but remains a few tweaks away from being the best laptop on the market.
HP Stream 11-R010NR
The HP Stream laptop deftly balances fashion and function at a rock-bottom price.
Acer Predator 15 ( G9-591-74KN)
The Acer Predator 15 one of the fastest gaming laptops we've tested, and wisely adds extra cooling to handle high-end parts in a smaller 15-inch body.
Dell XPS 13 ( 2016, Gold Edition)
The excellent Dell XPS 13 series gets a high-end upgrade in this gold edition with improved performance, but also a high-end price to match.
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
That boring black obelisk look notwithstanding, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is a great PC for gaming on the cheap.
Razer Blade Stealth ( 512GB, UHD)
The Razer Blade Stealth is a rare mix of slick design, great performance and top-notch value in a laptop -- but the great-looking 4K screen on the top-end model takes a major hit on battery life.
Acer Chromebook R11
Acer's Chromebook R 11 has a neat hybrid design and the price is right, but simpler, non-touch devices offer better value.
Dell XPS 15 Non-Touch Laptop -DNCWX1626S
The Dell XPS 15 is a premium-feeling 4K laptop that outdoes the MacBook Pro in several categories. Its bezel-free design should be the gold standard going forward.
Lenovo IdeaPad 100S Chromebook
The Lenovo 100S Chromebook delivers on the promise of adequate performance at a low price, but dirt-cheap Windows 10 machines have it beat there.
Origin PC Eon17-SLX ( 2016)
The Origin PC Eon17-SLX is very expensive, and none too pretty, but also one of the only gaming laptops with the specialized components needed for VR hardware such as the Oculus Rift.
Asus ROG G752
Asus carries its Republic of Gamers line forward with a modern-feeling overhaul, but the new Intel processors in the G752 are matched with graphics cards more than a year old.
Vaio Z ( VJZ13BX0311B)
For those willing to pay top dollar for a stylish, functional, highly portable PC, the Vaio Z Flip is impressive -- but you might do better with a Lenovo Yoga 900, MacBook Pro or Microsoft Surface Book.
Dell Latitude 11 5000
The Dell Latitude 11 5175 is a midrange Windows hybrid that your IT department will love.
Samsung Notebook 9 ( 13-inch)
The new 15-inch and 13-inch Samsung Notebook 9 are made of a light, strong magnesium alloy.
HP Pavilion x2 ( 12-inch)
The Pavilion x2 moves its magnetic pull-apart hinge into a 12-inch model.