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Laptops, PCs and tablets to gear up your graduate

Whether your grad is moving on to the next grade or the next stage of life, one of these computers or tablets is sure to help them reach their goals.

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LG Gram (13-inch, touch)

This 2-pound superslim laptop has enough battery life to last an entire day going class-to-class and won't weigh you down.

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HP Spectre x360 (15-inch)

Does your grad like extra space to work when they're on the go? This durable, stylish machine is a dynamite balance of design, performance, long battery life and a crisp 15.6-inch backflipping touchscreen.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

For grads who really value a great screen, the Tab S3 is the gift to get. The Android tablet is the first with an HDR-ready AMOLED display and, paired with its great speakers, it's a top choice for indulging in binge-watching style, wherever you go.

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Samsung Chromebook Pro

A Chromebook two-in-one offering great value, features and performance for a budget-priced laptop. Perfect for grads who live 24/7 on the web and want a pen-enabled tablet and a notebook.

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Apple iPad (2018)

Now that it supports the Apple Pencil and a power upgrade, the mainstream 9.7-inch model offers more flexibility than ever before for student studyin' and streamin'.

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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

This slimmer two-in-one version of the XPS 13, a favorite ultraportable, is an excellent full-time laptop and part-time tablet.

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Lenovo Miix 520

This tablet PC will help your grad get their work done, take handwritten notes, stream favorite shows and explore their creative side.

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Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA

Like a less expensive 11-inch MacBook Air in build quality, but with the streamlined capabilities of Google's web-based Chrome OS, this thing is great for getting basics done, as well as kicking back and enjoying some movies or TV shows.

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Asus ROG Strix GL753VE

If your grad likes their gaming systems to look like a gaming system, consider getting them this. It has an RGB backlit keyboard and bright lid lights, along with some pretty great specs for the money.

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Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft's finely tuned tablet PC will let your grad travel light without sacrificing the full Windows 10 experience. Add a keyboard cover to turn it into a laptop. And now there's an option for LTE for when you're away from Wi-Fi.

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Asus ROG Strix Hero Edition GL503V

Asus' ROG GL500 series of 15-inch midrange gaming laptops will please all but the most frame-rate obsessed gamer, plus it's got a better-than-average (for a gaming laptop) keyboard and touchpad to get them through the rest of the day.

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Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

The 13-inch version of the XPS 2-in-1 is great, but sometimes you just need more screen. Plus, this is a more powerful model thanks to an option with the new Intel/AMD combo chip. And avoid the 4K screen if battery life matters.

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Apple MacBook 2017

It's the ultimate coffee-shop laptop for Apple fans. The updated 12-inch MacBook is a can't-miss gift.

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Samsung Chromebook Pro

This Chromebook isn't for your kindergarten graduate but it's a great alternative to a Windows or Mac laptop for the student who doesn't need a whole lot of applications.

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Acer Aspire E15 E5

It's a bit bulky, but this budget notebook has a ton of features, including discrete graphics and a DVD drive, for its can't-be-beat and eminently giftable $600 price.

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HP Spectre x360 (13 inch, late 2017)

If you're going to flip for a convertible laptop, this is a great choice, and 13 inches is frequently a more manageable size than 15.

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Dell G3 15

With an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU, you can help your kid level up to Dell's newest G series gaming laptops without breaking the bank. 

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LG Gram 15 (2018)

It's a bigger and heavier than its 13-inch brother, but if your grad needs more screen real estate, it's quite light for a 15.6-inch model. And it shares the same all-day battery life, a great feature if the next stage in their journey doesn't have enough outlets.

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Asus Zenbook Flip 14

Discrete graphics in a thin design make this convertible stand out from the crowd and give it a little more muscle than a typical competitor.  

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Asus Zenbook 13

Small but powerful thanks to its discrete graphics, this travel-friendly laptop will get them through the heaviest class schedule.

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HP ZBook x2

For the art student or newly minted MFA, this incredibly flexible detachable workstation with pro-level, color-accurate Adobe RGB graphics and a great-feeling screen for sketching shows them you understand that art requires power.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2018)

Take school outside with this one, a great backflipping laptop with higher-than-usual screen brightness and broader spectrum of colors.

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Lenovo Yoga 720

Another really nice 13-inch backflipper, the Yoga 720 might be a little more budget friendly.

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Dell XPS 13 (2018)

The updated clamshell version of its two-in-one sibling bests even itself and is a great Windows alternative to the MacBook.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus GM501

Thin and light for a gaming laptop, this GM501 doesn't overdo the flash so it'll fit right in during the gaming graduate's job hunt.

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HP Chromebook x2

Like the Chromebook Pro, this isn't for your elementary school graduate; it's a detachable model for extra flexibility, and it's a more premium design.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370

A solid 360-degree backflipper at a more saving-for-college-friendly price.

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Apple iMac 27

If your grad appreciates minimalist design, the iMac is a go-to all-in-one computer.

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Dell XPS 27

For the audiophile student, the XPS 27 all-in-one has 10 speakers guaranteed to annoy the neighbors.

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HP Curved Envy AIO 34

For even more room for work (or play), this HP's curved 34-inch display is great for immersing your grad in whatever they're doing and pulls double duty as a full-on entertainment system.

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A bag is indispensible

If a new laptop isn't in the cards -- or the budget -- help spruce up the old one with a great new bag

See more from CNET's Grads Gift Guide.

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