Welcome to CNET's The Best. This is our new show that tries to answer one simple question, "What's the best?" In this first installment, we try to crown one laptop (premium midsize category, that is) as the king of the hill with the help of CNET Senior Managing Editor Dan Ackerman.
Dan uses his years of expertise to put four notebooks through the wringer -- the Acer Swift 7, the Apple MacBook Air, the and the Razer Blade Stealth. They're judged on five criteria: battery life, design, portability, performance and value. Just remember, even the worst of the group is still a really great laptop.