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A good season to upgrade your PC

There will be many tempting laptops, desktops, hybrids, and other PCs this holiday season, from low-cost Chromebooks to high-end gaming desktops. Thank a new wave a slim laptops using Intel's upcoming Core M processors, as well as some smart-looking revisions to hybrid hinge designs.

See all the most anticipated products in our Fall Tech Preview.

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Lenovo Horizon 2s

Price: $949

Availability: Late September

The outlook: The tabletop PC trend started strong last year, then seemed to lose steam. Fortunately, this new model, a slim 18-inch mega-tablet that weighs only 5.6 pounds, may be giving the tabletop a second shot.

See all the most anticipated products in our Fall Tech Preview.

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Acer Chromebook 13

Price: $300

Availability: September 2014

The outlook: The first Chromebook with an Nvidia K1 processor, it also includes a 13-inch 1080p screen, a good keyboard, and eight hours of battery life. For $300, you're getting a lot of cloud-based computer.

See all the most anticipated products in our Fall Tech Preview.

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Alienware Area 51

Price: TBD (but a lot)

Availability: Holiday 2014

The outlook: This polygonal pyramid looks different and more sculpted than other gaming desktops, and features a brand-new Intel Haswell-E processor, plus the new Intel X99 chipset, which makes it the current cutting edge in gaming PCs.

See all the most anticipated products in our Fall Tech Preview.

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Toshiba Chromebook 2

Price: $250/$330

Availability: October 5

The outlook: A much slimmed down version of the original 13-inch Toshiba Chromebook, the higher-end config has a 1080p IPS display that looks amazing in person, plus stereo speakers tuned by headphone-maker Skullcandy.

See all the most anticipated products in our Fall Tech Preview.

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Asus Zenbook UX305

Price: TBD

Availability: TBD

The outlook: A hot new ultrabook recently previewed for the press, this Zenbook uses Intel's new Core M processor, and is only 12.3mm thick, and kicks the screen resolution up to almost 4K-like 3,200x1,800.

See all the most anticipated products in our Fall Tech Preview.

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Acer Aspire Switch 11

Price: $400

Availability: October 2014

The outlook: Acer is taking the 10-inch hybrid we already liked, thanks to its magnetic snap-apart hinge and adding a larger screen with high-resolution options. It's not remarkably different from other Windows 8 hybrids, but the button-free magnetic hinge makes it easier to use, which is a pretty big thumb on the scale.

See all the most anticipated products in our Fall Tech Preview.

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Alienware Alpha

Price: $550

Availability: TBD

The outlook: For years, we've been promised a gaming PC that's as easy to use as a living room game console. This small-form-factor box is the next great attempt, built around wireless Xbox controllers and Steam's Big Picture mode.

See all the most anticipated products in our Fall Tech Preview.

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But wait, there's more...

Stay tuned for even more PCs coming later in 2014, thanks to Intel's upcoming Core M CPU, which promises a new generation of thinner, lighter, fanless high-end ultrabooks, hybrids, and tablets.

See all the most anticipated products in our Fall Tech Preview.

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