What’s the difference between a good notebook and the best ones money can buy? They deliver a great combination of design, comfort and performance for your money, but also satisfy your specific needs. For example, the best Ultrabooks should boost fast and be easy to carry, while a superior business laptop offers extra durability and security. Then there are budget notebooks, which should deliver snappy performance for everyday tasks while costing less than $500. Or Chromebooks, which require an Internet connection, but often cost less than $300.
At LAPTOP, we review tons of laptops each year, putting each machine through a series of rigorous tests, some synthetic and some real-world. From screen brightness, audio quality and heat to speed and battery life, our writers and editors evaluate every aspect of a given system to arrive at a rating. This list of 4-star notebooks represents the best of the best in every category.
Improved battery life (8:53), a better keyboard and a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor combine in a super-slim chassis that we love. The beautiful 1080p touchscreen and Corning Gorilla Glass covered-lid don't hurt either. This 13.3-inch machine is nothing short of a home run for Ultrabook shoppers.
Basic Configuration: $1,499