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Convertible notebooks are getting larger and larger. The latest 15-inch laptop that flips into a tablet, the HP Envy x360 15t Touch, joins similarly sized systems from Lenovo and Toshiba. Starting at $680 ($770 as tested), the Envy x360 15t features an Intel Core i5 processor and a 1080p touch screen, but how well does it stack up to the competition? And how practical is a 15-inch convertible, anyway? View Reviews »
HP's latest stab at a Chromebook -- the Chromebook 14 ($299) -- delivers the Google operating system in a 14-inch package with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of SSD memory (you'll get two year's worth of 100GB of Google Drive cloud storage as well).  With a battery life of up to 9.5 hours, the Chromebook 14 features an SD card slot, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port and an HDMI output. It's available in red,... View Reviews »
In this late 2013 update to Apple's high-end MacBook Pro laptop line, its 13-inch model comes in lighter, thinner and faster than its predecessor. It's also cheaper, at $1,299, with a longer battery life of up to nine hours thanks to Intel's Haswell processor. At .71 inches thick and 3.46 pounds, this MacBook Pro is almost Air-like in its dimensions (though .5 pounds heavier and a tad thicker). It boasts... View Reviews »
The Chrome OS and Chromebook laptops continue to evolve, as hardware makers embrace the platform for low-cost, cloud-centric users. Acer's C720 -- for a mere $250 -- delivers the Chromebook experience via an Intel core based on the battery-saving Haswell architecture that propelled Apple's MacBook Air to its endurance defying heights. Acer claims the C720 can last for 8.5 hours on a single charge. You'll... View Reviews »
HP's SlateBook x2 is hybrid PC -- combining an Android tablet with a keyboard dock. The $480 device features a 10-inch tablet with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 1.8GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor, 16GB of internal memory (plus a microSD card slot), and 2GB of RAM. When docked on the keyboard, the total SlateBook package weighs in at 2.8 pounds. The keyboard offers several ports, including an HDMI... View Reviews »
Forget the power cord. Thanks to Intel's new Haswell chip, Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Air can now run for 12 hours on battery power alone. Beyond the battery boost, Apple made a few other tweaks to its leading ultra-slim notebook for 2013, including lowering the price to $1099 and adding support for faster Wi-Fi (802.11ac). The base model 13-inch Air offers a 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor... View Reviews »
Few products have been greeted with such divisive reviews as Acer's latest Windows 8 laptop, the Aspire R7. Perhaps it's no surprise, given that Acer took a major design gamble with the R7, putting the touch screen display on a hinge that can be brought forward (covering the touch pad) and flipped around completely for tablet-style use. The R7 is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor (1.8GHz), 6GB of RAM,... View Reviews »
The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 is an ultra-light laptop that can fold back into an 11-inch touch screen tablet (albeit one that weighs 2.6 pounds, or nearly a pound heavier than the Surface RT from Microsoft). The $679 Yoga 11 runs Windows RT via a NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor (1.4GHz), 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. You'll find a 720p camera, two full-sized USB ports and an SD card slot. The design... View Reviews »
While it's still early days in the life of the Windows 8 touch screen laptop, Asus has already thrown a budget-friendly model into the mix with the VivoBook X202. This $599 notebook boasts an 11-inch, 1366 x 768 touch display, Intel Core i3 (1.8GHz) processor and 4GB of RAM. It packs a 500GB Hard drive and dedicated Intel graphics chip. On the connectivity side you'll find two USB 2.0 ports and a single... View Reviews »
A $199 laptop is bound to turn heads, and Acer's C7 Chromebook has certainly done that. The Chromebook runs Google's cloud-based operating system - so fans of Gmail, Chrome and Google Drive will have an laptop optimized for apps you regularly use. The OS is regularly updated, so Google can keep its anti-virus protections fresh. The C7 sports an 11.6-inch HD display (1366 x 768), a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron... View Reviews »

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