As laptop shoppers demand more features and versatility for their money, vendors are bending over backwards to please with new designs for 2014. One big trend is 2-in-1 devices that double as tablets, with last year’s Wild West experimentation giving way to more refined choices this year. You’ll also find hybrids that run both Android and Windows, super-thin gaming systems and Ultrabooks with touch-sensitive buttons that change based on context. These are the top laptops and hybrids we look forward to in 2014.
Not only can the Transformer Book Duet's display detach from the keyboard, turning it into a tablet, but this 13-inch system can also boot both Windows 8 and Android. The Duet packs a 1080p touchscreen, dual hard drives, and fourth-generation Core processor. Its combined weight is a somewhat hefty 4.2 pounds, but it's a sacrifice many will likely make for the Duet's $599 starting price.