Higher-end design and fast AMD performance for less than $1,000.
The Acer Aspire 5 is a 15.6-inch thin-and-light that definitely delivers more for your money.
The 14-inch Acer Swift 3 is an inexpensive ultraportable with more processor performance than you'd normally find at its price.
With the Stream 14, HP once again shows that a Windows laptop for email and online apps can be attractive and inexpensive.
Lenovo's Flex 5 Chromebook is one of the best two-in-one Chromebooks you'll find with a premium look and feel but a sub-$500 price.
Whether you're into the novelty of having a secondary touchscreen or not, Asus has put together a good, affordable lightweight 15.6-inch laptop with the VivoBook S15.
A solid, sleek and well-performing laptop, the HP Envy 17 still doesn't manage to stand out from the crowd in any significant way.
There may not be a better full-fledged business ultraportable than the ThinkPad X230, but more efficient, less expensive, and thinner ultrabooks are the real future of this category.
The 14-inch Lenovo Yoga C940 gives you more screen space than its 13-inch competition while boosting performance over its predecessor making it an easy choice in its category.
The redesigned Razer Blade moves the bar on slim gaming laptops, with better hardware and a bigger screen, but you'll need a bigger budget for it, too.
For those in need of an inexpensive thin-and-light laptop for home or school (but not necessarily the thinnest or lightest), the Dell Inspiron 14 5000 series is worth putting on your list despite its imperfections.
While still a great all-around useful laptop, the 13-inch MacBook Air is stuck with a lower-res display and a design that's no longer cutting-edge.
HP's Pavilion Gaming 15 is a well-balanced laptop for both gaming and office or school work, without the high price or flashy looks.
A great two-in-one design with more screen for work but without a big increase in size and weight.
Unless you need the longest-lasting laptop out there, Microsoft's Surface Laptop 3 is a very easy laptop to love.
The 15.6-inch Lenovo Flex 5 makes a nice alternative to a traditional mainstream laptop, especially if you've got entertainment in mind.
Other laptops offer the same mainstream graphics power for less, but the Asus ROG Strix GL753 dresses it up with a nice display and game-friendly extras.
While the upcoming 12-inch MacBook has all the buzz, this 13-inch system gets a handful of updates to remain a top choice for combining power and portability.