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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Lenovo IdeaPad 100S Chromebook

Alienware X51

Toshiba Satellite Radius P55W

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260

Alienware Steam Machine

Intel Skylake Core i-series CPUs

Price: $179

Availability: September

The outlook: For under $200, you can get a slim 11-inch laptop running either Windows 10 or Google's Chrome OS.

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Price: $1,049

Availability: September

The outlook: This recently updated X51 now offers Skylake-generation CPUs and liquid cooling, plus it works with Dell's external add-on graphics cards for even more gaming power.

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Price: $1,199

Availability: Now

The outlook: This impressive 15-inch laptop packs a 4K display and fast Core i7 processor into a very slim, upscale body.

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Price: $949

Availability: Fall

The outlook: Of all the Yoga models Lenovo makes, the 12.5-inch ThinkPad model may be the best, with a keyboard that locks away in tablet mode and new Skylake CPUs from Intel.

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Price: $450

Availability: November

The outlook: At long last, the first machines that run on Valve's game-centric Steam OS are here, including this $450 box from Alienware.

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Price: N/A

Availability: Now/late 2015

The outlook: The first high-end processors from Intel's sixth generation of Core i-series chips appeared in late August, but new CPUs for mainstream and mobile PCs are only just now starting to appear. Expect better battery life and modestly improved performance.

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