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Top PCs and Macs for holiday shoppers

These are our overall top picks for laptops, desktops, and hybrids.

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MacBook Air 13

Apple's latest Airs look the same, but have improved graphics and -- most importantly -- massively better battery life. Just for that huge battery boost alone, the Air remains an excellent go-to laptop.
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Dell XPS 27

Our favorite all-in-one touch-screen Windows 8 PC has a fantastic mix of performance, higher-than-1080p screen quality, and graphics, making for a nearly perfect package.
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Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

What can make this year's Lenovo Yoga even better than last year's? A 3,200x1,800-pixel, ultra-high-resolution display, an innovative keyboard that folds up its keys when in tablet mode, and newer Intel processors.
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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus

Keeping the same overall feel of Samsung's previous Series 9 slim laptop, the Book 9 Plus adds a higher-res touch screen and better overall performance in a really compact 13-inch body.
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27-inch iMac

Apple's latest iMacs amount to some internal upgrades: newer Intel processors and Nvidia graphics. They make last year's already-excellent sleek all-in-one Mac just a little bit better.

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