Don't-Miss Laptop Stories
This sleek budget machine looks good but lacks performance muscle.
Buy one for yourself, or give one away as a very generous gift. Either way, these are the mobile PC to beat this holiday season.
PCWorld editors select the best systems—desktops, laptops, and hybrid portables—of 2012.
This laptop has nice speakers, a usable touchscreen, and some expensive-looking design elements. But it’s just too bulky and underwhelming (performance-wise) to justify the almost-$1000 price tag.
The Yoga is perhaps one of the most usable Ultrabooks available today. It’s got a great keyboard, trackpad, and touchscreen, and it can be used in multiple positions.
Razer's updated Blade offers a good gaming performance and a cool, programmable set of visual keys for gamers, but its quirky nature makes it less useful for other tasks.
Dell's cleverly designed XPS 12 Convertible Touch Ultrabook functions as both a laptop and a tablet. It's heavy for the size, but a good performer with a great display.
The new operating system improves substantially on Windows 7, but Microsoft’s efforts to woo mobile-device users may leave traditional desktop PC owners feeling abandoned.
The S945-P440 is a mediocre all-purpose laptop that might make a good family machine.
The Inspiron 15R 7520 may not be an Ultrabook, but it certainly packs a wallop under the hood.
Sony's new 11.6-inch convertible includes a minimalist slider keyboard, but behaves more like a tablet.
Microsoft aims to make a splash next month with the debut of Windows 8, but most businesses aren’t leaping to upgrade right away. If you’re planning to run Windows 7 for a while, one of these laptops could be just right for you or your workforce.
Unless you're looking for something very specific, such as an attractive exterior or serious processing power, the 15R is a great choice for budget-conscious shoppers.
This extremely lightweight Ultrabook boasts solid overall performance, but poor usability.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 stands out as packing a punch while remaining economical. It has the on-the-go power for games, programs, and media. If its short battery life and crushing weight don’t dampen your enthusiasm, the IdeaPad Y580 will make you happy.