This week it was all laptops, all the time. We got our hands on the Dell XPS 13 (2012), Dell’s first foray into the world of ultraportables; the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420, Lenovo’s latest entry in the super-affordable small business notebook market; the Acer Aspire 5755-6647, a laptop designed to give you a powerful multimedia platform without breaking the bank; and the M2342, a sleek thin-and-light laptop from the relatively small manufacturer Gigabyte.
When you're one of the last to enter a new category, you better make sure your laptop brings something fresh. Dell has done just that with its XPS 13 Ultrabook. Starting at $999, this 3-pound machine is one of the smallest of its ilk, and has some neat innovations, such as Smart Connect technology for downloading email and social networking updates when the lid is closed. Add to that a blazing-fast SSD and a great backlit keyboard, and you have the makings of a great ultraportable. Is this the best Ultrabook yet?