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.
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.
The 14-inch Acer Swift 3 is an inexpensive ultraportable with more processor performance than you'd normally find at its price.
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.
With the Stream 14, HP once again shows that a Windows laptop for email and online apps can be attractive and inexpensive.
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.
Unless you need the longest-lasting laptop out there, Microsoft's Surface Laptop 3 is a very easy laptop to love.
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.
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.
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.
If you want a cheap and more travel-friendly gaming laptop, the G3 15 is worth a look.
The 15.6-inch Lenovo Flex 5 makes a nice alternative to a traditional mainstream laptop, especially if you've got entertainment in mind.
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.
The HP Stream laptop deftly balances fashion and function at a rock-bottom price.
Excellent performance and a stylish and functional design make the Lenovo Yoga C930 simply one of the best two-in-one laptops available.
The MacBook Air's long overdue makeover adds welcome additions like a high-res screen and Touch ID, but it includes some unwelcome trade-offs -- including a much higher price.
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.