This Acer Aspire S13 isn't the most inspiring thin notebook, but it's a remarkably practical and cost-effective choice.
The HP Spectre XT Touchsmart boasts a slim, metal body, a decent serving of power and a Full HD touch-enabled screen for swiping around Windows 8. It's let down by its high price, but you still get quite a bit for the money.
The Asus S400E packs an Intel Core i7 processor into a burly metal shell and doesn't charge an arm and a leg for it. Its touchscreen makes it easy to navigate around Windows 8 but it's let down by a poor resolution and unimpressive colours.
The Sony Vaio Duo 11 offers a Full HD screen, a slide-away keyboard and some very powerful specs. It's a great way to take advantage of Windows 8's tiled interface, but you'll need to make sure you don't mistreat that sliding mechanism.
The HP Envy 6 Ultrabook uses the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processor to offer decent power from its slim, sleek shell. Sadly, it's let down by a poor screen.
The media-geared Toshiba Satellite U845W has an extra-wide 21:9 screen and Harman Kardon speakers, but no DVD or Blu-ray player. The screen is a novelty act that offers some benefits, but it's really no better than your standard laptop for most uses.
Meet the new 14 and 15-inch CT-14 and CT-15, Vizio's first forays into the crowded ultrabook arena. We take a close-up look.