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Laptops, tablets and desktops for the tech-savvy dad

Dad deserves the best when it comes to work and play, so get him a tablet or computer he'll love.

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Dell XPS 13 (2018)

While the 2018 Dell XPS 13 retains its up-the-nose webcam placement, the updated version of one of our favorite laptops remains an excellent laptop for the on-the-go father.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2018)

With an extra-bright screen and backflipping capabilities combined with business ThinkPad smarts, the X1 Yoga is great for the dad who likes to work outside and stream movies in hotel rooms.

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Asus ZenBook 13

Small but powerful thanks to its discrete graphics, the travel-friendly Asus ZenBook 13 laptop will get him through the heaviest meeting schedule.

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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

This slimmer hybrid version of the XPS 13 is an excellent full-time laptop and part-time tablet.

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Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (15-inch, 2017)

A MacBook Pro is always a good bet as a gift for anyone.

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HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, late 2017)

Lighten Dad's load when he's on the go. This stylish machine is a dynamite balance of design, performance, long battery life and a crisp, 13-inch backflipping touchscreen.

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Apple iPad (2018)

If Dad's iPad is more paperweight than tablet these days, Apple's newest entry-level iPad model will get him up-to-date specs for all the latest apps.

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Asus ZenBook Flip 14

Discrete graphics in a thin design make this ZenBook convertible stand out from the crowd.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus GM501

Thin and light for a gaming laptop, this Asus GM501 doesn't overdo the flashiness, so it'll fit right in during his workday as well as his evening Fortnite battles.

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Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft's finely tuned tablet PC will let your dad travel light without sacrificing a full Windows 10 experience. Add a keyboard cover to turn it into a laptop.

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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 $600 price.

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LG Gram 15 (2018)

It's bigger and heavier than its 13-inch brother, but if Dad needs more screen real estate, the LG Gram 15 is quite light for a 15.6-inch model. And it shares the same all-day battery life, a great feature when he can't find an outlet at the airport.

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Dell G3 15

With its Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU, you can help your dad level up with one of Dell's newest G-series gaming laptops.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370

The Yoga 370 is a solid 360-degree backflipper at a more budget-friendly price.

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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 Chromebook Flip is great for getting basics done as well as kicking back and enjoying some TV shows.

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Samsung Chromebook Pro

This Chromebook two-in-one offers great value, features and performance for a budget laptop. Perfect for web-savvy dads who want a pen-enabled tablet and a notebook. 

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Apple iMac (27-inch, 2017)

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

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Lenovo Miix 520

This Lenovo tablet PC will help your dad get his work done, stream his favorite shows and explore his creative side.

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Apple MacBook

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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Asus ROG Strix GL753VE

If your dad likes his gaming systems to look like gaming systems, consider getting him this Asus ROG. It has an RGB backlit keyboard and bright lid lights, along with pretty great specs for the money.

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Asus ROG Strix Hero Edition GL503V

One of 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 him through the rest of the day.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

For dads 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 wherever you go.

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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, the XPS 15 2-in-1 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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HP ZBook x2

If Dad's a designer, this incredibly flexible detachable workstation with pro-level, color-accurate Adobe RGB graphics and a great-feeling screen for sketching shows him you understand that art requires power.

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Dell XPS 27

For the audiophile father, the XPS 27 all-in-one has 10 speakers that will blast him out of his man cave.

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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 dad in whatever he's doing.

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X3 Hurricane canless air system

Ditch the deposable canned air for the X3 Hurricane canless air system. It sucks in the air around it, then blows it back out at 260mph. Just be aware, it's about as loud as a hurricane, and costs as much as 30 cans of old-fashioned air.

Get the X3 Hurricane canless air system here.

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HP Chromebook x2

This Chromebook for grownups has a detachable keyboard for extra flexibility.

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A bag is indispensable

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

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DockCase

The DockCase protects a MacBook or MacBook Pro with a stiff microfiber leather shell while solving one of the most pressing problems with modern-day MacBooks. Built right into the end of the case is a USB-C dock, with three USB-A ports, two USB-C ports, HDMI, Ethernet and even SD and microSD card slots. 

The DockCase can be purchased here.

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