Though tablets stole the spotlight this year, we reviewed some of the best notebooks we’ve ever tested over the past 12 months. From the super-slim, fast-booting MacBook Air to the record-breaking speed of the Alienware M17x, this was a banner year for laptops. Here are our favorite machines of the year, broken down by category.
The HP Pavilion g4 is a value-priced laptop that delivers good performance and a stylish design for less than $400. The 1.9-GHz dual-core AMD processor has more than enough oomph to handle web surfing, Facebook and Twitter, and streaming videos. We also like this budget system's spacious keyboard, comfy touchpad, and sleek lines. You can even play World of Warcraft on this machine at a decent frame rate.
Lowest Price: $379.99