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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2013)

Asus Zenbook UX301

Acer Iconia W4-820-2466

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Apple Mac Pro

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

The flagship MacBook Pro retains its very high screen resolution, which results in crisper text and clearer photos (2,560x1,600 pixels for the 13-inch model, 2,880x1,800 for the 15-inch model).

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$1,999.00 MSRP

The Zenbook was one of the first laptops to truly embrace the ultrabook vibe, with slim, tapered metal shells, and lids that stood out from the crowd with a circular pattern that some say resembled rippling water. Here the same effect is generated not in aluminum, but but under a Gorilla Glass 3 lid, over a dark blue background.

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If dad wants the entertainment vibe of an iPad, but needs workday Windows software, the real deciding factor among Win 8 tablets is the eight-hour-plus battery life in the Acer W4.

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An all-business laptop with just enough style, the X1 Carbon will fit in at any board room or conference room, while still looking slightly cool at the coffee shop.

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The Mac Pro is more computer than most people need. But if dad wants a great desktop showpiece, or he does a lot of HD (or 4K) video editing, it's a gift he won't soon forget.

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The Yoga 2 Pro is a high-end hybrid features an ultra-high-res 13.3-inch display with a native resolution of 3,200x1,800 pixels, plus a body that folds and twists into a variety of positions.

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$1,099.99 MSRP