From low-cost Chromebooks to an iMac with an incredible 5K-resolution display, there are laptops, desktops and hybrids out there for every budget and for everyone in the family. These are a handful of our recent favourites.
Lenovo makes one of our favourite laptop-tablet hybrids. It starts off as an ordinary thin laptop, but the lid and display fold back a full 360 degrees to form either a thick tablet, or a stand/kiosk device when only folded partway back. This year the company is on its third version. It's changed up the design with some tweaks for a thinner, lighter system. The difference is that the new hinge has the look and feel of a wristwatch band and is constructed of more than 800 individual pieces of steel and aluminium.
The iMac remains the gold standard in all-in-one desktop computers. In person, the new "5K" 5,120x2,880-pixel display is simply stunning, especially when displaying high-res full-screen photos and video. For a photo or video professional, it's certainly worth a serious look, although it is very expensive.
The idea behind the Surface Pro is that it can replace both a laptop and a tablet. This latest Surface is thinner than its predecessors, with a larger, higher-resolution screen. Just be aware that you'll probably have to buy the clip-on keyboard separately.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (15-inch, 2014)
The flagship MacBook Pro laptop exists somewhere between the chunkier idea of a "pro-level", power-user laptop and the slim ultrabook ideal. But the high-end 2,880x1,800-pixel native resolution screen it packs in is incredible.
Chromebooks are basic computers that don't run Windows or Mac applications, only Web-browser based ones. If you've used the Chrome Web browser on a computer, imagine the only things you could do on a computer were the things that can be done within that browser -- you'll get the idea of what these devices are like to use.
The simply named Acer Chromebook 13 drops the common x86 CPU for the ARM-based Nvidia K1, which allows for a smooth high-definition 13-inch screen, and the kind of 3D performance you usually only find in much more expensive products. It's very cheap, and good for the basic stuff.
The 13-inch MacBook Air, despite not being the newest design on the block, is still one of the most universally useful laptops you can buy. And, now that the 13-inch version starts at £849, it should be the go-to starting point for anyone looking for an excellent portable computer.
The Switch 10 hybrid uses a powerful magnetic catch that connects two prongs on the top of the hinge to two openings on the bottom of the tablet screen. Sounds simple, but it's a much better system than every other pull-apart hybrid we've tried.