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The 8 best laptops and Ultrabooks available today

At a Glance

If you're looking for a laptop for back-to-school that's not too pricey, the Lenovo U410 is worth a close look.

Price when rated: $800.00

Pros

  • Perfect for student on a budget
  • Fast startup, OneKey Recovery button

Cons

  • Does poorly at gaming
  • Battery life is a little below average
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At a Glance

The EON17-S is bulky, heavy, and generic-looking, but it's an excellent performer.

Price when rated: $3442

Pros

  • Excellent performance
  • Above-average audio

Cons

  • Heavy, uninspired design
  • Graphics performance could be better
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At a Glance

It may not be an Ultrabook, but it packs a wallop under the hood.

Price when rated: 1149

Pros

  • Excellent full HD screen
  • Good overall performance
  • Not very stylish

Cons

  • Heavy
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At a Glance

The lenovo Y580 is a great choice for any portable computing needs, provided you can carry it.

Price when rated: $1099

Pros

  • Powerful graphics and processor
  • 1920-by-1080 pixel resolution

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Power hungry; short battery life
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At a Glance

The Yoga is perhaps one of the most usable devices on the market. It has a great keyboard, trackpad, and touchscreen, and can be used in multiple positions.

Price when rated: 1099

Pros

  • Great keyboard, trackpad and touchscreen
  • Smooth, responsive display
  • Excellent speakers

Cons

  • A little heavy
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Price when rated: $1,649.00

Pros

  • Super thin and handsome looking
  • Excellent performance for an Ultrabook

Cons

  • Relatively short battery life
  • Pretty expensive
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At a Glance

The new Zenbook offers a superb IPS display and solid performance in an ultralight, slick package.

Price when rated: 1449

Pros

  • Superb IPS Full HD display
  • Extremely thin and light given its performance

Cons

  • Keyboard is a bit slippery
  • Only two USB ports, though they're 3.0 capable
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