Don't-Miss Laptop Stories
Everyone's received that call for help. So here's what we'd tell our non-nerdy friends if they asked which laptops are really the best deals on Amazon and Best Buy.
The Predator 17X gives you desktop gaming performance without a noise penalty.
Toast's laser-cut wood cover for the Surface Book offers unique old-world style for an extravagant price.
HP's Chromebook 13 satisfies the corporate user's demand for beauty and power, and it does so for less money than Google's flagship. Battery life is the only question mark.
A newer processor, more VRAM, faster storage, and a cooler chassis provide good, if smaller-scale, improvements over last year's Blade. However, this year's Blade may end up having limited appeal depending on Nvidia's plans for mobile versions of its 10-series GPU.
Acer's Chromebook 14 has a few things to brag about: Its brushed-aluminum chassis and high-resolution display make it stand out among other affordable models, even if other features remain pretty basic.
Toshiba's Z20t is one of the best tablet-laptop hybrids we've seen, with a whopping 14 hours of battery life and design flourishes that include a matte-finish touchscreen. But it is pricey.
HP's Spectre 13.3 delivers competitive performance and a respectable keyboard, in spite of its super-svelte body.
The Acer Predator 17 lets you swap out the optical drive for an extra fan, but novelty can't hide the machine's increasingly long-in-the-tooth discrete graphics.