Higher-end design and fast AMD performance for less than $1,000.
The 14-inch Acer Swift 3 is an inexpensive ultraportable with more processor performance than you'd normally find at its price.
The Acer Aspire 5 is a 15.6-inch thin-and-light that definitely delivers more for your money.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tired of working on a small laptop screen, but need the weight of an ultraportable laptop? The LG Gram 17 is your answer.
Maintains its title as one of the best all-around general-purpose 13-inch Windows laptops you can buy.
A great two-in-one design with more screen for work but without a big increase in size and weight.
The HP Stream laptop deftly balances fashion and function at a rock-bottom 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.
Unless you need the longest-lasting laptop out there, Microsoft's Surface Laptop 3 is a very easy laptop to love.