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Best Laptops of 2017

  • $2,699.00 at Apple See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 9 Battery
    Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, 2016)

    Best MacBook Pro for portable power

    Apple's smart, useful Touch Bar helps keep this as a top choice for combining power and portability.

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  • Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

    Best 2-in-1

    Dell takes one of our favorite ultraportables and turns into a hybrid.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 7 Performance
    • 9 Battery
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  • $1,999.00 at Apple See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 8 Battery
    Apple MacBook (2016)

    Less is more with this MacBook

    With a sizable boost to performance and battery life, Apple’s short-on-ports design is back with updated internals and a rose gold color option.

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  • HP Spectre x360 (late 2016)

    Best all-around

    For under $1,300, you can't beat the HP Spectre x360's combination of speed, style, battery life and full-size ports. A beautiful backflipping touchscreen also doesn't hurt.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 8 Battery
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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 8 Battery
    HP Spectre x360 15 (2017)

    A big-screen hybrid

    The 15-inch HP Spectre x360 is a very attractive option if you're looking for the flexibility of a 2-in-1 with more space for work and play.

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  • Razer Blade Stealth

    Best Windows MacBook alternative

    The Razer Blade Stealth offers better specs for less money than the competition, and includes features others lack, such as a high-res touch screen and full-size USB ports. The design is slick, the price is right, but it's not as slim and portable as...

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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 8 Battery
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    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 7 Battery
    Origin PC Evo 15-S

    Best for VR

    Stepping up to virtual reality requires an oversized desktop PC, unless you get something like this -- one of the few laptops that supports Oculus and Vive.

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  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4

    Best hybrid

    Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 is the best-in-class Windows 10 hybrid, and works especially well as a pen-and-slate drawing tablet. The add-on keyboard is a great engineering feat, just be prepared to pay extra for it.

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    $1,349.00 at Microsoft Store See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 7 Battery
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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 7 Battery
    Lenovo Miix 510

    Surface Pro alternative

    If you want the look and feel of Microsoft's 2-in-1, but for a little less, the Miix is an excellent option.

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