The best notebook for reaching out and seeing someone just happens to be a diminutive gaming rig. Yes, the 4.6-pound Alienware M11x R3 beat out machines from Apple, Dell, HP, and Lenovo when we recently tested video calling quality across several notebooks.
During Skype calls and when we streamed video clips recorded to the hard drive, the M11x R3’s 2-megapixel camera offered lush, saturated colors; clear details; and smooth motion. The laptop also transmitted clean audio during our chat sessions and performed well under low-light conditions. Alienware bundles comprehensive software tools that let users adjust settings, track faces, and activate fun avatars and backdrops.
Starting at $749; www.alienware.com