After two editions designed for the classroom, HP's Chromebook convertible goes premium.
You can find similar components for less, but Acer packs a lot of unique features -- and a big screen -- into the midpriced Predator Helios 300.
If you can live with its limitations, the new 12-inch MacBook delivers a groundbreaking design that points the way to the next chapter in laptops.
It's not as elegant as a Razer Blade or as powerful as an Alienware, but the 15-inch HP Omen is one of the better machines in its price range.
While it has many strengths, the HP Envy x2 doesn't have enough processing power to make it an easy recommendation.
Out of all the cheap Chromebooks, the Lenovo Flex 11 is one of the only models that offers extra built-in durability.
If your primary concern is keeping your data private at all costs while you're in the office or on the road, the Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1 has you covered.
The latest ZenBook and ZenBook Flip laptops offer style, power, voice control and almost no bezels.
They're pretty on the inside, too, with new AMD Ryzen and Radeon Vega processors joining eighth-gen Intel and Nvidia chips.
The design remains mostly unchanged, but PC power users will like the extra power and battery life on the updated 2016 version of the Surface Book.
If you own a MacBook Air from the past couple of years there's really no need to upgrade, but a small spec bump and minor price cut make the most-current Air even more attractive.
Sony's unique attempt at a big-screen hybrid looks great and is reasonably priced, but it works better as a laptop than a tablet.
Despite not decisively beating the competition in any one area, the Samsung Notebook 9 comes close across the board, making it a safe, if not exactly exciting choice for a slim 15-inch laptop.
Apple's rightfully popular 13-inch MacBook gets a decent incremental upgrade, but we're still looking forward to the next version.
Apple slightly revamps its basic MacBook with improvements under the hood, but keeps the design and price the same, which makes the new MacBook tough to beat as a back-to-school laptop.
The new Inspiron 7000 and 5000 two-in-ones and 7000 laptops get tweaked and tuned-up with eighth-gen Core i-series CPUs.
The bold Alienware Alpha makes good on many parts of its promise to meld the gaming PC and living room game console, but there are still too many rough edges to make this a true console killer.
While there are certainly things to like about the Sony Vaio Duo 11, the design gets in the way of enjoying them.