Style, power and value: the Asus ZenBook UX305 has it all. This 13.3-inch Ultrabook features an Intel Core M CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD and crams it into a sleek aluminum chassis for just $699. You'll also get a bright matte screen that's immune to reflection, and battery life that lasts more than 9.5 hours. Asus even manages to pack three USB 3.0 ports into the UX305.
Asus knows how to make a good laptop for less. Just don't call it cheap. The originator of the netbook trend has created an 11-inch laptop with a quad-core Intel Atom CPU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage that is more than enough to handle your everyday computing needs. The $199 X205TA is backed up by a 1TB of cloud storage for one year, courtesy of Microsoft's OneDrive, along with a year subscription to Office 365. Its battery also lasts over 12 hours on a single charge, which is probably enough to make even your smartphone jealous.
The Transformer Book T300 Chi is a solid 2-in-1 for the price. This $699 convertible seduces with its dark-blue aluminum body, and opens to reveal a bright 12.5-inch touch screen and a detachable Bluetooth keyboard. The two halves are connected by magnets with a stronger grip than other hybrids, and its Core M-powered processor performs well. Just make sure you opt for the full HD screen instead of the quad HD model. It's not only cheaper but lasts longer on a charge.
The Asus Transformer Book T200 comes in a sleek, compact design that contains a wildly comfy keyboard and touchpad. The detachable tablet option makes this a multiuse, and incredibly portable device. The handy smart drive bay, which lets you expand the storage space, makes it a workhorse as well. We also appreciate the bundled Asus photo and video editing apps.
Nvidia Maxwell graphics and searing-fast SSDs power this sexy gaming laptop. The Asus G751JY features an eye-catching design with a comfortable, gamer-friendly keyboard. But the bleeding-edge graphics, as well as blistering boot and transfer times, make this a definite candidate for any serious fragger.
The 4K touch-screen display on the Asus ZenBook NX500 is simply stunning. The top-of-the-line design doesn't hurt, either, on this 15-inch laptop. But it's the solid overall SSD performance and strong Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M graphics that really pushed this one over the edge to be named among our Editors' Choice winners.
Asus shows off the newest version of Chrome OS in the Chromebook Flip. Starting at $249, this notebook can bend backward to be a tablet, making it a solid replacement for a regular Android slate. Inside, it sports a 1.8-GHz Cortex Rockchip processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage that's expandable to 64GB with its SD card slot. It also has two USB ports, an HDMI port and handy tablet buttons on the side for easy navigation. Boasting more than 9 hours of battery life, the Asus Chromebook Flip is a great all-day Chrome OS device.