It’s never been a better time to gift a laptop–or get one for yourself. There are lots of exciting new Windows 8 netbooks (many with built-in touch screens) and you can pick up a Chromebook running Google’s OS for just $249. Then there’s the ever-popular MacBook Air. When it comes to laptops, one size – or one type – definitely doesn’t fit all. Six of our editors recently sat down with host Manoush Zomorodi to hash out which laptop would make the best holiday present… and for whom.
To help you make a decision about which notebook to buy this holiday season, our gang each brought one of their favorite laptops to the party. Our hots definitely had her hands full moderating this lively and opinionated crew.
Staff Writer Sherri Smith is a gamer, a social media butterfly and a passionate music collector. She liked Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga for its multiple personalities – it’s a tablet, a notebook and a game console. It even transforms into a neat stand for recipes in the kitchen or how-to’s in the workshop.
Mark Spoonauer, our editor-in-chief, showed off the Toshiba Satellite P845t. At $749, it’s a great budget laptop delivers a Windows 8 touch experience along with speedy performance.
Chao Li, a web content producer, loves her MacBook Air – Apple’s iconic Mac not only looks as sleek as ever, it boasts tremendous endurance, a bright and crisp display and – for the clumsy people among us – a MagSafe power adapter that won’t pop off at the slightest tug.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon was Staff Writer Dan Howley’s choice. This ultra-thin, lightweight notebook boasts a svelte soft-touch plastic chassis, a reliable and accurate touchpad and Lenovo’s best-in-class keyboard. The X1 Carbon might be the perfect Ultrabook for business users on the go.
David Eitelbach, our assistant reviews editor, appreciates elegance. Eitelbach revealed Acer’s Aspire S7 — 13 inches of sleek, MacBook-baiting beauty, featuring a aluminum chassis, a Gorilla Glass 2 lid and a gorgeous 1080p touch screen display. At $1,649, it might be the most expensive notebook in our roundup, but no one would be ashamed to carry the Aspire S7 into a coffee shop full of MacBook Airs.
Daniel Berg, a staff writer, showed a ChromeBook Series 3 that boasts an unbeatable price. At $250, the Chromebook is half the price of the iPad, making it an ideal gift for students on a budget or anyone who’s just interested in checking email, listening to Pandora and browsing the Web.
Who won the day? We believe the big winner will be the lucky individual who unwraps the laptop you’ve just given them. Spend a few minutes watching this conversation. We’ll save you hours or days of head-scratching, and help you give your loved one a notebook that provides years of enjoyment.