Windows 8: The complete new PC launch list

Every major new laptop, desktop, tablet, hybrid, and convertible launching with Windows 8 or RT.

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Dozen of new PCs are launching alongside Windows 8. Some are inventive new designs with sliding keyboards and removable screens, others are simple retreads of existing products, occasionally augmented by a new touch screen.

Here you'll find links to all the major new Windows 8 hardware being released this holiday season, sorted by brand. Many of these systems are available to preorder now, and most will ship when Windows 8 launches on October 26 (a handful have yet to even be announced, so we'll add those to this list when they are).

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We've seen, tested, or reviewed many of these systems already, and will continue to add links to hands-on content and reviews, so check back regularly.



A big part of Acer's Windows 8 plan is to rebrand the company as a purveyor of high-end laptops. Hence, the expensive, but very attractive, S7 ultrabook.

  • Aspire S7 ultrabook, 11-inch (touch-screen laptop)
  • Aspire S7 ultrabook, 13-inch (touch-screen laptop) In-depth Editors' Take
  • Iconia W700 Windows Tablet (hybrid tablet/laptop) Hands-on preview
  • Iconia W510 (hybrid tablet/laptop) In-depth Editors' Take
  • Aspire V5 (laptop)
  • Aspire M5 (laptop)
  • Aspire 5600U (all-in-one desktop)
  • Aspire 7600U (all-in-one desktop)


Asus, as usual, has a wide-ranging collection of systems that cover both the experimental and very ordinary.

  • Vivo Tab RT (Windows RT Hybrid)
  • VivoTab Smart (Hybrid)
  • Taichi (Dual-screen laptop)
  • Transformer Book (Hybrid)
  • Zenbook (Laptop)
  • ET2300/2700 (All-in-one)



Dell has resurrected one of its most unique designs in the convertible XPS 12, formerly known as the Duo 12. It's also one of the biggest PC makers trying out a Windows RT device.



HP plays it mostly safe with a collection of updated products and slightly expanded product lines, including a detachable-screen hybrid and a touch-screen laptop.



Lenovo is going all-in on convertible laptops, offering several variations, along with a hybrid and even a Windows RT system.

  • IdeaPad Lynx (hybrid tablet/laptop) Hands-on preview
  • IdeaPad Yoga 11 (Windows RT) (convertible laptop) Hands-on preview
  • IdeaPad Yoga 13 (convertible laptop) Hands-on preview
  • ThinkPad Twist (convertible laptop) Hands-on preview
  • ThinkPad Tablet 2 (hybrid tablet/laptop) Hands-on preview


Microsoft is making a rare foray into hardware with this tablet line, highlighted by an impressive keyboard cover.

  • Surface RT (hybrid tablet/laptop) Full review
  • Surface Pro

Samsung Series 7 Slate


Samsung adds Windows 8 and touch to some of its high-design laptops, but so far doesn't have a break-out unique product.

  • Series 7 Slate PC (hybrid tablet/laptop) Hands-on preview
  • Series 5 (laptop) Hands-on preview
  • Ativ Tab (Windows RT) (tablet)
  • Ativ Smart PC (hybrid tablet/laptop) Hands-on preview
  • Ativ Smart PC Pro (hybrid tablet/laptop)
  • Series 7 (27-inch) (all-in-one desktop)
  • Series 7 (23-inch) (all-in-one desktop)
  • Series 5 (21.5-inch) (all-in-one desktop)



Surprisingly adventurous, Sony grabbed our attention with its 20-inch tablet/all-in-one and a cool-looking slider PC.

  • Vaio Tab 20 (all-in-one desktop/tablet) Full review
  • Vaio Duo 11 (convertible laptop) Full review
  • Vaio T13 (touch-screen laptop) In-depth Editors' Take
  • Vaio E17 (laptop) In-depth Editors' Take



Toshiba plays it a bit too safe as well in most of these Windows 8 laptops, but it also has a take on the slider PC, which may be the most practical way to combine a laptop and tablet.

  • Satellite S955 (laptop) Hands-on preview
  • Satellite P845t (touch screen laptop) Hands-on preview
  • Satellite U945 (laptop) Hands-on preview
  • Satellite U925t (convertible laptop) Full review



The newest big Windows 8 vendor, Vizio's Windows 8 PCs consist mostly of touch-based updates to existing models announced earlier this year.

  • Vizio CA27T (all-in-one desktop)
  • Vizio CA24T (all-in-one desktop)
  • Vizio CT15 (laptop)
  • Vizio CT14 (laptop)
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