Best laptops ... in a nutshell

Take a look at the current Five top laptops each on its niche, of course, according to our humble opinion.

Best Hybrid

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2

The PLUS:
An excellent ultrabook is packed in a case labeled Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 and that is true without getting into the hybrid capabilities. It has a remarkable display with a 3200x1800 resolution and backlit keyboard and still keeping the price-tag under $1,000.

The MINUS:
The biggest drawback is the battery life that is a few good steps behind the more expensive “market companions”. The other thing is that Lenovo has not figured out what to do with the keyboard in tablet mode...

The SCORE:
Although it displays a major improvement to a favorite of many Windows 8 hybrid, the IdeaPad Yoga 2 is still more a laptop, and a better laptop than tablet. The new version brings a brilliant display, that could be labeled as better than HD, all these at a great price.

Best touch screen laptop

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus

The PLUS:
Sturdy design, slim, touch screen with ultra high resolution and a really good battery life – all these describe the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus.

The MINUS:
It feels like you are paying a little bit too much for what it shows, or at least what one may want; also the mini HDMI port is not convenient and ... sadly doesn't convert to a tablet. It remains strictly a laptop.

The SCORE:
This piece is worth the investment if you are looking for strictly a laptop that is excellently made, runs great on Windows 8 and you don't mind the extra expense...

Best power laptop

Apple's Retina-screen MacBook Pro

The PLUS:
Apple's Retina-screen MacBook Pro second gen is without any doubt the faster laptop with better battery at the lower starting price. Given that it has lots of internal upgrades to the Wi-Fi, Thunderbolt, SSD, graphics card, and CPU, all these run into this great performance piece of equipment.

The MINUS:
Every piece of work that was done to this laptop has happened only on the inside and may be not enough to trigger you to upgrade if you have last year's version. At the starting price of $1,999 it is still a very expensive laptop.

The SCORE:
This internal boost adds modest upgrades that generate some improvements, but price cuts to both the 13-inch and 15-inch models sweeten the deal.

Best battery life laptop

13-inch MacBook Air

The PLUS:
It looks slim, thin and you would expect that with that comes a small battery that does not keep up with the functioning of the machinery... you would be wrong! The upgraded MacBook Air sports a new Intel fourth-generation CPUs that helps it achieve amazing battery life. Also, still the industry best is the multitouch trackpad. But the bigger plus is the reduced price (by $100) to the 13-inch MacBook Air.

The MINUS:
Still missing, and maybe that will take Apple longer than other companies are the touch screens and high resolution displays... The competition is catching up with the design so the Air does not stand out that much lately.

The SCORE:
Great improvements on the battery keeps the latest MacBook Air in the top. All the other updates are insignificant, but the reduced price sure helps in sales compensating for the lack of flashy-ness.

The best gaming laptop

Alienware 14

The PLUS:
New Alienware 14 from Dell provides impressively great performance, and as Dell has gotten us used to competitive prices, and unique quirky features - a backlit touch pad.

The MINUS:
The design lacks the spark, and it seems it does not keep with the trends, making it dated and thick measuring up just as a few slim laptops stacked together. The cooling fan is almost as loud as a desktop.

The SCORE:
The gaming line from Dell has been revitalized, but the design has not gone far enough. However, there are no complaints about the current performance of the new Alienware 14.

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