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High-end 13-inch laptops

Lenovo's new ThinkPad X1 looks impressive, but how does it stack up against the Samsung Series 9, 13-inch MacBook Air, and Toshiba Portege R835?

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Dan Ackerman
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is the thinnest ThinkPad ever made, and it's a slim, cleanly designed 13-incher worth a look for business travelers--but it's not as thin as a MacBook Air, and its battery life isn't as good, either.

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Samsung Series 9

The $1,649 Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A certainly won't be for every wallet, but this light, well-featured, and striking 13-incher is the closest the Windows world will ever come to a MacBook Air. However, its higher-than-Air price will be hard to stomach.

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Apple MacBook Air fall 2010

The second generation of Apple's MacBook Air fixes many of our gripes about the ambitious original, adding more USB ports, an SD card slot, and a more powerful processor. Read more.
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Toshiba Portege R835-P56X

With 3 more hours of battery life over last year's model, Toshiba's new R800 series of Portege laptops is hard to beat, even in the highly competitive 13-inch laptop category.

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